Owning a vehicle means it’s inevitable that you eventually will need automotive repair services done. The best way to prevent costly repairs is to follow the recommended service intervals in your vehicle’s owner’s manual. You also can lower the cost of ownership by ignoring the following four common myths about auto repair services.
1. Alignments Are Rarely Needed
A common misconception is that you only need to align the wheels on a vehicle after an accident or when work is done on the suspension. The rougher the roads are where you live, the more likely one or more wheels will get knocked out of alignment. According to Car Talk Community, owners should align the tires on their vehicles at least once a year and preferably twice or more if the tires show a lot of wear and tear. The alignments help ensure full control while driving, keeping your vehicle in its proper lane.
2. Oil Must Be Changed Every 3,000 Miles
An old adage says you should change the oil and oil filter in your vehicle every 3,000 miles or about four times a year. There was a time when that was mostly true, but the quality of oils available today enables much longer intervals between oil changes. If you run regular motor oil in your car’s engine, then it likely will be good for about 5,000 miles or even more. Synthetic oils have even longer service lives and only require changing every 7,500.
3. Only Dealerships Should Perform Services
Many people think any maintenance or automotive repair services should be done at a dealership to keep warranties intact and have factory-trained mechanics do the work. Instead, private automotive services that have been in business for many years and employ certified and experienced mechanics do just as well, if not even better. A dealership generally charges more for labor but doesn’t do better work than an unaffiliated shop. A dealership also tends to charge more for the same parts that you could get at a private automotive shop.
4. You Should Wait Until Something Goes Wrong
Preventive maintenance is the key to long life and lower ownership costs for your vehicle. Following the recommended service intervals in the owner’s manual will help keep your vehicle in good condition, reliable, and safe to drive. Waiting until there is an obvious problem drives up the costs.
These were just four common myths regarding automotive repair. If you’re looking for a dependable auto repair shop, turn to Kruse Automotive. Our shop has been in business since 1971, providing high-quality automotive services to the local area. Contact us today for an appointment.