Cars today are more complex than they were years ago. They have more moving parts and electronic components than ever. While this has made vehicles more fuel efficient and eco-friendly, it has created more ways for cars to fail, and when they fail, it is inconvenient and costly.
Your best defense against a major repair is following a regularly scheduled maintenance plan like the one we offer here at Cunningham’s Automotive Repair. It includes regular fluid changes and regular replacement of certain components including belts, filters, and spark plugs.
Although preventative maintenance costs money, in the long run it saves. A recent study showed that by following a similar plan to Cunningham’s, vehicle owners save on average about $0.10 a mile over the life of the car. Our plan also saves you money by packaging services together and letting you take advantage of any overlap time.
Preventative maintenance also makes your car more valuable when you trade it in. Dealers allow more for vehicles that have had regular maintenance because they are a convincing argument for someone else to buy the car. If you plan on trading or selling your car, just ask us for a print out of the maintenance history of your vehicle.
Many dealers and manufacturers suggest that you need to get your maintenance services at a dealership in order to keep your warranty. That simply isn’t true! You can have your vehicle serviced at Cunningham’s Automotive Repair in Ottsville, PA without affecting your warranty. A federal law, called the Magnuson-Moss Warranty Act, prohibits a manufacturer from voiding your warranty just because you got parts or services from a non-dealer. In fact, a manufacturer can’t require you to use their brand of oil filters, lubricant, or any other part in order to maintain your warranty protection. This protection is also true for aftermarket extended warranties purchased on new or used vehicles. This protection also applies to leased vehicles.