Proper vehicle maintenance is the key to reducing unpredictable and expensive repairs. BONUS: If your vehicle has less than 75,000 miles, some BG maintenance services come with an inMOTION Lifetime Protection Plan (at no additional charge) that actually pays for a repair should one occur after the system has been properly serviced. Keep your vehicle properly maintained and running at its peak performance and you will save money in the long run.
The single most important service to ensure a vehicle’s longevity and dependability is a regular oil change. The standard interval for an oil change is 3,000 miles or 3 months, whichever comes first. For newer vehicles with oil monitoring systems that could be different. For those of you who don’t drive a lot of miles, we suggest a twice a year maintenance plan (spring and fall daylight savings time is easy to remember).
When having an oil change, you should always get a thorough vehicle inspection – not a 15 point inspection where the first 6 are fluid conditions/levels, check the air filter and the rest are tire tread depths and pressure readings. A thorough vehicle inspection involves a technician checking the vehicle over for potential problems down the road, along with fluids, filters, belts, hoses and tires. Some problems evolve over time. Subtle changes in performance or handling can go unnoticed by the primary driver. Fluid seeps/leaks, worn spark plugs, suspension concerns are some of those things. Being informed about needed repairs isn’t a bad thing. It is an opportunity to become aware of the condition of your vehicle. Most items found during an inspection are things that need to be tended to but might not be a “have to do right now” emergency repair. There are exception items, like brakes, that left unattended will cause bigger (more expensive) repairs or any other safety related items. A good shop will advise you on what is and isn’t an immediate concern. At inMOTION, we provide a free detailed, “Know Your Vehicle” report with any service performed in our shop.
In addition to cutting repair costs, proper maintenance enhances your vehicle’s safety, performance, fuel mileage, handling, and potential resale or trade-in value. More importantly, regular maintenance can be budgeted for, unlike an unexpected major repair.
Regardless of your vehicle’s age or mileage, all manufacturers provide a recommended (and sometimes required) maintenance schedule for oil changes, fluid changes/flushes, tire pressures, and more. Our Service Team can assist you in locating and understanding yours.