January is Financial Wellness Month

January is Financial Wellness Month and caring for your vehicle the right way is the first step in financial wellness and responsibility. Owning a new or even used vehicle is an investment and it takes proper routine vehicle maintenance to make it worth the money you spent to own it in the first place. Smart financial decisions and smart ownership are the keys to spending a little money now in order to avoid spending major money down the road.

GWAR_FB_Maint_3-1Preventative maintenance services – like regular oil changes, brake services, and wheel alignments – are an essential part of saving money. Vehicle maintenance plays a vital role in how long any product will provide a consumer trouble-free service and, ultimately, how long it will last. As the saying goes, “nothing lasts forever,” care and regular servicing combined with your vehicle’s maintenance needs can help to provide normal, anticipated operation. For example, when you purchase a new vehicle, there is usually a scheduled maintenance plan established by its manufacturer to ensure the vehicle performs optimally as expected and lasts for the buyer. Attention to preventative maintenance and driving habits could, of course, also affect the vehicles performance and endurance.

A properly cared-for vehicle should still be running long after the odometer has reached 100,000 miles. Keep driving it and you save money not only because you don’t have to make payments on a new car, but also because insurance premiums are lower. A vehicle properly maintained and kept just three years after your payments end could save you up to $20,000 to $30,000! The savings alone could purchase your next car outright.

When you have your gas-powered or hybrid vehicle maintained and serviced at our auto repair shop, we will raise the hood each time and check all of the vital fluids. Our service team will then make maintenance recommendations based on the condition of these fluids, the odometer reading, and the time interval since your last service. We offer a comprehensive service interval schedule to keep you organized and up-to-date and work to help you achieve financial freedom or at least limit your financial burdens from major repairs due to lack of preventative maintenance over the period of time you drive your car. In order to achieve this, however, it takes routine service and a strong partnership with a respected auto repair shop.

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