Routine Auto Care Drives Home Savings


Dear Editor,

Whether changing the oil, replacing the wiper blades or checking the tires, making time for routine auto care not only ensures a safer, more dependable vehicle, but car owners can preserve the trade-in value and save money by addressing small issues before they become more complicated, expensive repairs.

Even though finding the time to perform simple preventative vehicle maintenance is money in the bank, research conducted by IMR Inc., an industry leader in automotive research, has found that one out of three consumers who put off routine vehicle maintenance do so because they cannot find a convenient time. In addition, millennials and those who own older vehicles are more likely to delay routine maintenance.

To make it easier for car owners to include auto care in their busy schedules, the non-profit Car Care Council offers a free custom service schedule and email reminder service. This simple-to-use online resource can be personalized to help make auto care more convenient and economical.

The service schedule includes the common maintenance procedures to keep a car operating safely and reliably while maintaining its long-term value, including checking the oil, filters and fluids, the belts and hoses, brakes, tires and air conditioning. The Car Care Council also recommends an annual tune-up and wheel alignment. To learn more, visit


Rich White

Executive Director

Car Care Council