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Top 3 Reasons Why You Shouldn’t Skip Regular Car Maintenance

Life’s golden rule of treating others how you want to be treated can be appropriately applied to the world of automotive maintenance. Our technicians have some pretty wild stories of friends, acquaintances and customers asking, ‘How bad is it to skip regular car maintenance?’ Automotively speaking, you should treat your car as you would like to be treated. That means keeping your car, truck or SUV as healthy as possible by keeping up with regularly scheduled maintenance. The Southside Dodge Service Department takes vehicle maintenance seriously, and they want to share some of the obvious and not so obvious reasons why visiting them is so important.

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Getting the Most Out of Your Vehicle in the Long-Term

Other than a home, a vehicle will be the most expensive purchase most people will make. Buying (or leasing) a car is quite literally an investment in one’s self. It is a crucial tool for getting to work, running necessary errands and generally living life. Following through with regular maintenance like oil changes, tire rotations, and brake replacement is more cost-effective in the long term than ignoring these issues and repairing them as problems threaten to spiral out of control.

How Does Car Maintenance Improve Vehicle Safety?

Barring some kind of catastrophic mechanical failure, modern automobiles are more reliable than before. The intersection of regular maintenance and safety will help people avoid breakdowns, those that rarely happen at convenient times but rather in inconvenient places. Anyone who has been temporarily stranded on the side of a highway wondering how they’re going to change a tire while worrying about the too-close-for-comfort cars speeding by will enthusiastically attest to this. 

One area where the correlation between maintenance and safety is the clearest is tires. A set of tires that haven’t been rotated or otherwise been used too long is a significant hazard. Mismanaged tires will degrade a given vehicle’s handling profile, extend emergency braking distance and hurt fuel economy.

Save for a few particular circumstances, vehicle maintenance isn’t free. However, it is still more affordable than just ignoring problems and dealing with the consequences, which will undoubtedly be very expensive. Southside Dodge helps its customers control maintenance costs as much as possible by offering coupons and other incentives. This also includes coupons for people who buy genuine factory-approved parts to perform their maintenance at home.

Make an appointment with the Southside Dodge Service Department today if it has been a while since a qualified expert has taken a close look at your car, truck or SUV.