A car is likely your largest purchase besides your house, and therefore, you should be doing everything possible to ensure it stays properly maintained. Not only will this enable you to enjoy a nicer vehicle or potentially sell it for more money than you would otherwise, but it can also put more money in your pocket from fuel savings.
The Car Care Council recently issued a report convincing consumers why they should have periodic tune-ups to their vehicles. According to the council, car owners can save as much as 4 percent on fuel by having their vehicles tuned up.
"Regular tune-ups are an investment that really pays off," said Rich White, executive director, Car Care Council. "A well-maintained vehicle is not only more fuel efficient and environmentally friendly, but performs better and is safer and more reliable."
The council noted that a number of factors contribute to the increased fuel savings from having periodic tune-ups. The largest savings likely comes from ensuring the oil and filter in a vehicle has been recently changed. As both directly impact an engine's performance, motorists should see the value of keeping up with oil changes. However, that's not the only way a tune-up helps a vehicle with its fuel efficiency. Ensuring tires are properly inflated is another. The fact of the matter is many vehicles on the road are under inflated, therefore, causing an engine to work harder and as a result, a car burns more fuel.
As vehicles on the road are older than they've ever been before, preventative maintenance is becoming increasingly important.
Vehicles hit record age
A recent Polk survey showed that vehicles on the road have hit a record 11.4 years old. The report indicated that the aftermarket automotive industry will see high demand for servicing and repairing these vehicles.
"As the aftermarket prepares to service this aging vehicle population, this creates concerns about appropriate parts inventory," said Mark Seng, Polk's global aftermarket practice leader. "As a result of our analysis, we're currently working with customers in the aftermarket to help them prepare for increasing demand throughout the entire supply chain."
Other ways motorists can prepare
Many drivers are likely watching their odometers tick up past the 100,000-mile mark, and as a result are wondering about some ways they can keep their aging vehicle properly maintained.