If you’re like me, I’m on top of scheduling my annual physicals, semiannual dental appointments, the kid’s immunizations and even the annual cleanings of my homes furnace and air conditioner.  But as far as scheduling routine car maintenance, I usually wait for one of three things to occur:

  1. a warning light appears;
  2. my husband tells me it’s time to take the car in for some sort of service, or
  3. the car won’t start

Unfortunately, I avoid routine car maintenance like the plague.  Why?  First, I have way too many other, seemingly more important, things to do than to be sitting at a dealer or service center for an hour or more while my oil is being changed.  Second, there’s never a convenient time to go.  Not surprisingly, my reasons for avoiding routine car maintenance are in line with 35.7% of those surveyed who delay taking their car in for service.  According to automotiveresearch.com, the top reason for delayed maintenance is being unable to find a convenient time to take their car in for service (33.0%).  I find it interesting when you consider all the benefits of keeping to a good vehicle maintenance schedule, that we ‘make’ the time to take care of our health, our children’s health and the health of our home, however the health of our vehicle falls to the wayside.

According to the AAA Network, one of the most important benefits of good car maintenance is that your car will most likely have a longer life.  In fact, the three main benefits of maintaining your vehicle are:

  1. Longevity
  2. Safety
  3. Save money in the long run

So what’s the push back on maintaining the health of your vehicle?  A recent article published by FoxNews citing a survey conducted by Cooper Tires, found that 25% of those surveyed, feel they take a risk when they drive their vehicle on the roads, as their vehicle is currently in need of repair or no longer runs well.  Results of the survey show that 68% of cars currently have at least one thing wrong with them.

While routine car maintenance may seem like a hassle, it’s a necessary obligation of owning a car.  The benefits of ensuring a safe trip to your annual physical or the kid’s immunizations appointment, far outweigh the inconvenience of scheduling routine car maintenance.

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