Some people only take their vehicle into a car repair shop whenever there is a problem; however, you should not wait until your vehicle has a problem before you visit a repair shop. In fact, there are times when you should take your vehicle in for service to perform regularly scheduled maintenance and to ensure that your vehicle remains in top running condition.
You should always take your vehicle in for scheduled oil changes and preventive maintenance procedures. Depending on what type of vehicle that you drive and the manufacturers suggestions for scheduled maintenance, you should take your vehicle in to a repair shop or service center every 3 to 6 months, or 3,000 to 5,000 miles for an oil change as well as have other fluid levels checked.
In addition to scheduled oil changes, you should make sure you take your vehicle into a car repair shop at least every two years or 30,000 miles – whichever comes first. This is the generally suggested interval for major tune-ups and inspections for your vehicle. Avoiding scheduled tune-ups and major inspections will generally result in a vehicle that runs much less efficiently and puts you at risk of higher repair bills in the future.
You should always be proactive in the maintenance of your vehicle, and never wait until there is a major problem before taking your vehicle in to be repaired or serviced. If you notice small problems, take your vehicle in for service immediately. Failure to do so will usually result in harder to fix problems that cost a lot more money later on.