I generally prefer not to spend money frivolously. Okay, if you regularly visit here, that’s not exactly a newsflash! In fact, you might even be similarly inclined when it comes to being interested in sensible spending as a part of your approach to personal finance.
Of course, there are are times when we need to spend money. It’s a theme I’ve touched on lately, and this topic fits into that framework. One of these times is when we need to make sure that we do the right maintenance and repairs. We’ve explored the topic of saving money for home maintenance, and how it’s important to make sure we take care of keeping things in good shape before big problems occur.
The same concept applies to car maintenance. It’s almost like taking care of our health, and relating it to money. Of course health itself is paramount aside from money concerns, but if we eat well and keep ourselves fit, it can only help us financially. With car maintenance, if we do the right things along the way during the life of the car, we may be able to enjoy car longevity and avoid spending extra money. As far as that money is concerned, if we need to spend it we might have to utilize cash loans, but doing the right things regularly can help us control expenses better.
So, here are 4 car maintenance tasks that are worth spending money on:
When you get an oil change, you’re taking a step that can keep the engine safe from heat and friction. There are also additives included that can help your engine in a variety of ways. If you don’t change the oil, the impact on the engine can be devastating.
It’s simple and doesn’t take much time. I know there are a few folks that want to do this themselves, but considering the concept of time is money, I will use a coupon and go someplace to get the oil change done.
So, how do you “maintain” tires? I think it’s multi-faceted. One way is to make sure that you regularly check tire pressure. Having the right pressure can help the health of the tire (thus avoiding shortening its life), and can also help with fuel efficiency. Another way is to rotate tires. I’ve done this every few oil changes, but what’s best for you might depend on how you drive your car and the type of car and tires.
Also, needless to say, replace tires when this needs to be done. This is of course good for safety.
These things aren’t overly expensive, but they’re important. If the air can’t flow, it could impact the cleanliness of oil as well as the ability to keep the engine working properly. It’s something that’s not top of mind, but if you don’t change it, the performance of your car can suffer. Meaning, you could end up spending a ton of money you wouldn’t otherwise want to. So just check it periodically, and change it when needed.
Certain fluids are important for your car’s ability to work right. Transmission fluid, brake fluid, coolant, and the like are all vital to keep an eye on. It the fluid levels are low, your car might not function properly and there could be risks of breakdown and maybe even safety in certain cases. Monetarily, it’s worth it to spend when necessary.
My Questions for You
How often do you perform these car maintenance tasks?
Do you do any of these yourself, or do you pay others to do them all?
Do you have any others to add?