The Importance of Timely Scheduled Maintenance – A Q& A with Carriage Kia Gainesville Service Manager Kevin Williams
You’ve probably heard it over and over again, scheduled maintenance on your vehicle is important. But How important? Is it just a sales tactic? Are the schedule points really that detrimental to the value of your vehicle and its performance?
We asked our Service Manager a few questions about why you should be committed to bringing your vehicle in for its factory suggested maintenance.
Q & A with Kevin Williams of Carriage Kia Gainesville
If you compare timely scheduled maintenance to untimely maintenance, what are the differences and how do they relate to the life of a new vehicle?
Scheduled maintenance is very important. Your vehicle needs regular car. Whether that’s oil changes, tire rotations, tune ups, filter changes or brakes. The recommended factory maintenance is in place to increase the longevity and efficiency of your vehicle. A good example is tire rotations. If you do not rotate your tires properly you could possibly have to replace them in less than 18,000 miles whereas if you do replace them, you can get over 40,000 miles out of a set. This saves money in the long run.
What happens to a warranty when a consumer doesn’t manage their timely maintenance?
The manufacturer can refuse to honor a warranty that the customer received at purchase or even paid extra for if the customer does not maintain their vehicle properly. For example, if you consistently go over mileage on oil changes and you damage the engine, the warranty may not cover it.
Does tire maintenance affect gas mileage?
Absolutely! Poor tire maintenance will affect traction and cause a pull that can keep the vehicle from performing at optimal efficiency.
What is the importance of having a clean air filter both under the hood and in the cabin?
The cabin filter makes sure the air you breathe is clean by filtering out flying debris and pollens that can enter the cabin. Just like you, your car needs to breath well to be able to get the best fuel economy and performance. A clean air filter is the first step for that.
If there were 5 things you could tell every single customer about service what would they be?
- Never let anyone but a Kia certified tech touch your vehicle.
- Always keep your maintenance records, even if you think they are saved in the dealership’s system.
- Remind yourself that for every $10 you spend now, you will save hundreds in the future.
- Cars that are maintained by the dealer are worth more money when traded in than cars that are maintained by a third party.
- Dealers value service customers more than anything and that could save you money on your next car.
Some Other Important Things to Think About
Managing Your Regular Scheduled Maintenance Will Save You Time and Money
I know that oil changes, tires, rotations and brakes can all add up. And getting into the dealership to get it all done can certainly take up your time. While it might seem like you’re spending more time and money as you go, you are actually saving money on the repairs if your vehicle breaks down as a result of poor maintenance.
If you were to replace a timing belt before it broke, you would be paying a lot less than the damage a broken belt would cause to your engine. Also, getting an engine repaired takes a lot more time than getting a belt changed out proactively.
Sticking to a maintenance schedule allows you to save money and be in control of your time. Coming in for an oil change on your schedule rather than when your vehicle decides to break down (which is never convenient).
Remember there are plenty of things to do while you wait for your vehicle to get serviced here at Carriage Kia of Gainesville.
A Quick Glance at a General Schedule of Maintenance for a New Vehicle
For a maintenance schedule for your specific vehicle, check your owner’s manual. If you lost car’s manual, a quick search online should get you answers and a downloadable PDF. You can always call us here at Carriage Kia of Gainesville with any questions about scheduled maintenance.
- Check for unusual lights in your dash
- Check all headlights, taillights and brake lights
- Check windshield wipers and washer fluid
- Check tires (air, condition of tread, look for punctures)
Every 3,000 Miles (may require service technician)
- Check transmission fluid
- Check cables and battery
- Check engine oil and filter
- Check your exhaust
- Check your fuel filter
- Check your hoses
- Check your power steering fluid
Every 6,000 Miles (may require service technician)
- Chassis lubrication
- Engine air filter
- Windshield wiper blades
Every 12,000 Miles (may require service technician)
- Check the cabin air filter
- Check the power steering fluid
- Check the coolant (antifreeze)
- Check the steering and suspension
Vehicle maintenance can take up your time and your money. Stay ahead of the curve and practice timely scheduled maintenance on your vehicle to stay in control, save time, money and maintain the value of your car. And of course, Carriage Kia of Gainesville is always just a phone call away.
Carriage Kia of Gainesville is a family owned dealership who offers honest prices on one of America’s most awarded auto brands. Come by and speak to someone from our knowledgeable staff who can make sure you get into the best vehicle for your lifestyle.