Your auto repair shop has undoubtedly told you time and time again that you need to follow your scheduled factory maintenance diligently or your new car will have serious problems. But really, is this kind of rigid timeline necessary or is it just a scam?
Scheduled Factory Maintenance Basics
Scheduled factory maintenance is designed to keep your vehicle in tip-top shape by checking your vehicle’s important systems and keeping them running optimally. Generally, your first scheduled maintenance update comes around 7,500 miles. You can go through as many as seven scheduled factory maintenance sessions in your first 100,000 miles.
A Typical Scheduled Factory Maintenance Schedule
Maintenance plans vary but they usually start at 7,500 miles and come up again at the following mileages: 15,000, 30,000, 45,000, 60,000, 90,000, and 150,000. Each milestone has its own set maintenance such as an inspection of brake pads, rotating tires, replacing brake fluids, changing spark plugs, and more. Naturally, all of these maintenance items vary as different brands, models, and vehicles may wear or break down at different speeds.
Is All This Necessary?
In a certain way, all these scheduled maintenance trips are not essential. Many people drive their vehicle over 100,000 miles without running into a single problem. After all, the parts being replaced might not be worn out when their maintenance time is due. Missing one or even all of your scheduled factory maintenance times won’t cause your car to break down.
The problem that people who avoid scheduled maintenance trips may come into down the road is an endless series of system failures. Simple $100 repairs spiral into $2,000 repairs after parts and systems completely degrade. Spending a little bit here and there on a new car with the maintenance you missed can actually keep it operating at a near-new level for years and years. It may cost you more money short term, but it can save you a lot in the long run.
Try your best to not skip out on your scheduled factory maintenance, but trust your car won’t explode if you miss one here or there. Just know that the money you save in the long run is easily worth the little you’ll spend in the short term.
May 27, 2013 by Jamie Rettig