The old cliché that the family car is the second-biggest purchase you will make doesn’t seem to mean that car owners are taking the time to properly look after their car.
And it’s a simple lack of available time that is the most common excuse for not doing routine checks and other forms of car maintenance.
Those were the main findings of research conducted by the non-profit Car Care Council.
It was found that one out of three car owners that put off routine vehicle maintenance do so because they cannot find a convenient time.
Millennials and those who own older vehicles are more likely to delay routine maintenance.
But, Rich White, executive director of the Car Care Council, says a lack of time is simply no excuse for not looking after your vehicle.
“Whether changing the oil, replacing the wiper blades or checking the tyres, finding the time to perform simple preventative vehicle maintenance is money in the bank,”
“There is an old adage that if you take care of your car, your car will take care of you,”
“Making time to perform routine auto care not only ensures a safer, more dependable vehicle, but car owners can preserve the trade-in value and save money by addressing small issues before they become more complicated, expensive repairs.”
What should car owners get into the habit of doing?
The most common maintenance procedures to keep a car operating safely and reliably while maintaining its long-term value involve checking the oil, filters and fluids, the belts and hoses, brakes, tyres and air conditioning.
The Car Care Council also recommends (at least) an annual service and a wheel alignment.