What does your car mean to you?
How you view your car may determine how well you tend to treat it. If you see it as a mere conveyance, you may give it little thought. If you consider it a proud possession, you probably will be more attentive. But no matter how you relate to your vehicle, it is important to care for it in specific ways that will maintain its reliability, preserve its drivability and protect its resale value.
This section explains each service that most vehicles require. We talk about why it is important, how to determine if it is needed and how often it should be done.
Which best describes your car care priorities?
- I want to keep my car for as long as possible and I want it to look and run great.
- I want to keep my car for as long as possible with minimum cost.
- I keep my cars for 3 to 5 years, then trade them in.
- I have a leased car — I want to keep my costs to a minimum when turning it back in.
Understanding the services your vehicle might need
- Under hood checks
- Oil change
- Alignment & Balance
- Tire rotation
- Tune up
- Timing belt
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