Create a Budget For Car Maintenance in the New Year
Learn how a vehicle maintenance budget can keep your car - and your life - running well.
Ah New Year’s. That time of year when the holiday celebrations end and reality sets in, and we think about what we will resolve to do in the year ahead. Lose weight, exercise more, save more money – you know the drill. But have you ever stopped to think about developing a plan that will keep your car – and your life – running well? Here are three tips to get you started:
Read the owner’s manual for your vehicle. That will tell you what maintenance items need to be done and at what intervals. Budget for having these items done at the recommended times, based on the age and mileage of your car.
Stay current on your car’s maintenance needs. As Ben Franklin said, “an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.” Ignoring simple maintenance like regular oil changes can lead to expensive repairs down the road. See our vehicle maintenance tips to learn more.
Plan for unexpected repairs. Things happen. What will you do if your car’s engine dies or the air conditioning conks out? Not everyone has money set aside to cover expensive repairs. A vehicle service contract, such as those offered by Toco, provides an affordable option to help you pay for covered car repair bills that may come up along the way.
We wish you the best of luck in keeping your resolutions. Happy New Year and safe driving everyone!