Picture of a mechanic doing service maintenance on a car.

Owning a car counts as one of life’s biggest ongoing expenses. Since taking your car to the shop for maintenance can sometimes cost a healthy chunk of change, it’s tempting to let repairs and maintenance slide. However, there are a lot of reasons why you should spend the money to have this work done. Here are three of them.

Your Car Will Be Safer

Keeping your car maintained means that it keeps you safer. You don’t have to worry about it breaking down when you’re on your way to work. You’ll avoid the serious accidents that are caused by neglect, such as a tire blowout, for example, which can cause a serious wreck. However, it’s not just on the way to work that you want to stay safe. It’s especially important to get your vehicle looked at before going on a road trip. If you don’t want to get stranded in town on your way to work, you certainly don’t want that to happen if you’re on the road in the middle of nowhere.

Saves Money

While it can feel like your car is nickel-and-diming you out of your monthly budget, the truth is having your car maintained on the regular is the best way to save money in the long run. Often, something that wasn’t a big problem to begin with—say an oil change—suddenly becomes a big problem. Forgetting to change your oil or forgetting to add fluid to the engine can burn it up, which can cost you a lot to fix. These are just some examples. The truth is that an oil change usually costs you less in the grand scheme of things than the major repairs that you’re going to have to do if you don’t maintain your car.

Better Trade-In Value

At some point, you’re going to want a new car, and when you do, your current vehicle can become a valuable trade-in. If you’re buying a new car from a dealership, then you can expect the salesperson to offer you the wholesale price of the car. A used car’s value is determined by a number of factors including the condition it’s in. That being the case, the better condition your car is in, the more money you can get from your trade-in.

Keeping up with your car’s maintenance is just part of life when owning a vehicle. However, having a good attitude about it can change your perspective. When you realize how much you actually get back from following a regular maintenance schedule, it’s easier to part with the money required for your car’s upkeep.

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