Although the monthly maintenance cost of a brand new car is low, it will increase as your car ages. With consistent care, you can reduce the likelihood of serious and costly car problems down the line.
Let’s go through what monthly car maintenance entails:
Basic Car Maintenance Expenses
To find out if your vehicle needs basic maintenance, refer to the basic maintenance requirements listed in your car’s owner’s manual. It explains the services needed and their frequency. Older cars may need more frequent maintenance than newer models.
Newer models require less maintenance due to improved mechanical design and increased computerization.
The following basic services apply to all car models, no matter how sophisticated they may be:
Oil and Filter Change
The previous guidelines required an oil change once every 3 months or 3,000 miles, whichever comes first. But, newer models and improved motor oil technology have raised those standards.
Some new cars require an oil change after as much as 10,000 miles. Most cars can travel 5,000 miles before an oil change is necessary. The estimated cost is around $20 -$100. Your car’s owners manual can provide you with more accurate information for you vehicle.
Front wheels endure greater loads and wear compared to rear tires. So you should rotate them more frequently to prolong their life.
Auto experts recommend a tire rotation each time you change motor oil. You can expect the estimated cost to range between $20 and $50.
The scope and cost of multipoint inspections depend on your mechanic. Some even offer this service for free. When getting an oil change, you should also get a multipoint inspection which includes a check up on:
- Tire pressure
- Tire tread depth
- Air filters
- Fluid levels
Car part replacements can also increase your maintenance costs. However, car parts now have enhanced design for improved durability. They usually don’t fail unless subjected to severe conditions.
Some parts, however, are more fragile by their very nature and may need more frequent replacement.