Finding your dream car is a wonderful thing. It means that not only will you get to where you’re going… You’ll get there in style. The perfect car is more than just a means of transportation; it’s an extension of your personality. Its size, shape, spec, color and interior are all carefully chosen to result in an overall package that says to everyone you pass on the road “Hey, this is me!”. But even the most perfect cars don’t stay perfect for long. As much as we invest in our cars and the little customizations and finishing touches that make them well and truly ours, we must also dedicate our attention and our money into making sure that they’re well maintained and continue to serve you faithfully while still turning heads for years to come.
But just because you need to commit to keeping your car healthy, doesn’t mean that you need to spend over the odds. In the decades we’ve spent on the road, we as a society have perpetuated certain myths about car maintenance that are generally accepted by even the most knowledgeable of drivers… But don’t necessarily bear scrutiny. Here we’ll look at some common car maintenance misconceptions which could cost you more of your hard earned money…
You should only get your vehicle repaired by the main dealer
When you buy your car, you likely get some oil services thrown in by your dealership to encourage you to go back to them for maintenance and repairs. They’ll tell you that only they have the up to date technical knowledge and genuine parts that you need to ensure your car’s wellbeing. But this isn’t necessarily the case. There are many auto repair specialists with skills equal to the main dealer’s technicians. Moreover, they will have access to the same genuine parts or at least high quality aftermarket parts that will keep your car humming for years to come. While there are certainly lots of cheap and nasty non genuine parts out there, a reputable ASE certified repair shop don’t go anywhere near them.
You need an oil change every 3,000 miles
For some bizarre reason, an entire generation of road users have grown up believing that their cars need an oil service every 3,000 miles regardless of what the maintenance schedule of their vehicle tells them. If you’re using mineral oil you only need to book your vehicle in for an oil change service every 10,000 miles or 12 months, whichever comes first. If you travel more than 10,000 miles in a year you may be better off using synthetic oil. This is more expensive but more refined meaning that it can do its job for longer. This only needs to be changed every 20,000 miles or 2 years, whichever comes first.
You need to stick with your insurer for the length of your contract
Car insurance is essential. But over paying for it sure as heck isn’t. Most people know that rolling over your policy year after year is almost always a waste of money. But what fewer people know is that if you spot a better offer out there, you don’t have to wait out the length of your policy to take it. Most of the time you can change insurers whenever you want. You may need to pay an administrative fee but it may well be worth it.
A beautiful and well maintained car needn’t come at the expense of your financial wellbeing.