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Learn the importance of keeping a maintenance schedule for your vehicle.

When is your next battery and spark plug replacement due date? Don’t know? Well, don’t worry. We weren’t trying to make you panic. Although if you did panic, you will want to read the rest of this blog – and trust us, you wouldn’t be alone. Many of us take the importance of keeping a car maintenance schedule for granted.

The fact of the matter is life gets busy, time gets scarce and certain appointments tend to be overlooked or postponed. Sadly, tomorrow – that magical day where all things will eventually get done – might be a day too late and cost you the well-being of your car. Scheduled maintenance will save you spending money on repairs you could have avoided through regular servicing. In this case, there’s no saying truer than “a stitch in time saves nine.” You stand to lose quite a lot if you miss an important check-up.

What does a car maintenance schedule look like?

A car maintenance schedule is usually prepared by the manufacturers of each model of car. But, in the absence of one, a qualified mechanic will be able to supply you with a general guideline. The notion behind the maintenance schedule is to ensure that your prized possession receives at least the recommended maintenance attention. The schedule will outline the parts and components to be serviced, the recommended interval of maintenance (e.g. three months), and the date and mileage at the particular time of service.

vehicle maintenance log will help you keep track of past service visits by logging in the corresponding dates of maintenance and repairs as well as the corresponding cost, mileage and notes detailing any particular areas of concern.

A helpful hint

The following need frequent attention, and performing your own servicing of these areas is not difficult:

  • Spark plugs
  • Lights
  • Tire inflation and condition
  • Air filter
  • Windshield washer fluid
  • Engine oil
  • Coolant

Why you need a car maintenance schedule

  • It prevents unexpected replacements and unnecessary breakdowns.
  • Less need for repairs because your vehicle is regularly assessed.
  • Lower cost of service because regular checks reduce the likelihood of emergency repairs.
  • It improves the performance of your vehicle and reduces its fuel consumption.
  • Prevents excessive strain on components that are overcompensating for other parts.
  • It extends the lifespan of the vehicle.
  • It allows for the best possible resale value of the vehicle in the future despite natural wear and tear.
  • In the same way, we do our best to get regular check-ups from the doctor to ensure our good health; we should do the same with our vehicles. Parting with sizeable amounts of money to purchase a car or complete vehicle fleet is a good investment. However, it is only a good investment if you are willing to maintain and service each vehicle properly.

AMCAP Distributors works with some of the world’s most established automotive brands and is trusted to supply, deliver and stock quality automotive parts. Contact us for professional advice for your vehicle fleet.