Routine maintenance advice from a car shop may sound like a push to sell more services. On the contrary, we’re big advocates of proactively countering higher expenses and full replacement of big-ticket items like engines, brake systems, exhaust systems and new tires. Let’s take a look at five examples of preventive maintenance and the impact on your wallet if done routinely or ignored.
Oil Change – The most common routine maintenance for your car may just be one of the most important. When oil levels are low in your car, there’s more wear and tear with extra friction on the moving parts of the engine. That’s not healthy for your car and can lead to engine failure. Clark’s oil changes start at $24.99 and $39.99 for synthetic oil changes. Assuming 4 oil changes a year, that’s a total of $99.96 to $159.96. On the other hand, a new engine averages $4,250.
Wheel Alignment and Tire Care: If your wheels aren’t properly aligned, the lifespan of your wheels and other related components will reduce significantly. Just as important, your steering and suspension system will underperform with potentially dangerous and costly consequences. Get your air pressure and alignment checked regularly and rotate your tires every 4,000-7,000 miles. The resulting savings are up to $600 on average, just for four new tires. Factor in service for tire installation and more if there are alignment issues. Stop by Clark’s during regular business hours and we’ll check your pressure and fill your tires if necessary FREE of charge!
Brake Checks: Brake expenses can be some of the highest in car repair. It’s important to have them checked regularly. You’ll save on repair bills while also keeping you and your passengers safer. Badly worn brake pads are trouble and almost always lead to major repairs. Checking them regularly could save up to $400 vs a routine brake job.
Air Filters: Car air filters suffer a lot of wear and tear, so it’s smart to stay on top of keeping them clean. A dirty filter can cause damaged spark plugs, engine buildup, harmful emissions and more. Most people assume there’s only one filter in their car. In reality, cars can have four or more: air, oil, gas, transmission and a cabin air filter. All the more reason to routinely work with a professional to keep your car’s filters clean.
Comparing the cost of preventive maintenance and replacement of major high-ticket items doesn’t address less tangible quality of life impacts. Factor in safety issues, time savings, increased stress with road emergencies, the hassle of not having a car to drive, and well, you get the picture. Keep up with routine preventive car maintenance. You’ll save money and make your life easier – That’s a powerful combination!
Clark’s Car Care is a full-service car repair shop located in Naperville. Whether your auto needs major repairs or routine factory maintenance, Clark’s serves American, Import and European vehicles. We focus on educating our customers so they can make informed choices about car maintenance and repairs now and in the future. We take pride in being a local family owned and operated business trusted by Naperville and surrounding communities for over 16 years. We believe strongly in giving back to the community and remain very active in several causes and associations at the local, state and national level.