New, old, owned or leased — a regular maintenance routine can help protect the value, enjoyment and safety of your car. It can also save you hassles and money in repairs down the road.
How often and what care your car needs depends on the make, model and mileage of your vehicle, as well as your individual driving habits. For instance, caring for an older car will require more frequent and different types of maintenance. It is also important to recognize what checks and repairs you can do yourself, and what is best left to the professionals.
These general guidelines and links can help you establish a basic car maintenance routine. Specific recommendations and instructions for your car can be found in your vehicle owner’s manual. Remember to follow your dealer’s recommended service schedule, too.