Monthly Archives: January 2015

Avoid costly repairs by budgeting for car maintenance

Avoid costly repairs by budgeting for car maintenance

One thing which seems to sneak up and ruin many budgets is car repair. While you still have a clean financial slate in front of you for 2015, why not add regular car maintenance as a budget line item. Regular maintenance increases the safety and reliability of your vehicle, as well as prolonging its life. It doesn’t guarantee a lack of problems, but can reduce the likelihood of major repairs. So what items should be on your maintenance schedule and why? Engine oil is as vital to your car’s health as blood is to yours. Conventional engine oil lubricates, removes heat, prevents corrosion and sludge, and keeps the inside of the engine clean. Full synthetic oil does an even better job at all this. However, all oils eventually wear out over time, losing their ability to perform as needed. Regular oil changes help prevent various, and varying degrees, of engine damage. You know it’s time to change your oil either from a lube oil window sticker or your gauges. Fluid ... read more