Practical Maintenance and Repair Wisdom for the New Car Owner

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Toyota is ranked number one in the United States auto industry for customer satisfaction. Maybe that is why you chose to look at Toyota vehicles when picking out your first car? Now, months later, you are no longer a new car owner, and the reality around insurance payments and the cost of gas has taken some of the romance away. At this point, you have probably come to the realization that there is more responsibility attached to owning a car than anyone thought to tell you when you were taking that test drive. Since most things in life are better late, then having never happened, here is some practical wisdom that you can use to keep that car running and in great shape for as long as possible.

Car maintenance is like doing your laundry. You could skip it, but it’s not a good idea.

Toyota vehicles tend to have a very long life, which may be part of why they were named by Kelley Blue Book as being number one in the United States for brand loyalty. However, long life or not, they still need regular maintenance, and I mean more than just your occasional oil change. According to The Car Council, $60 billion worth of maintenance and repair is not performed by car owners every year. Here are a few items that need to be checked regularly, as per manufacturer suggestions for your particular model.

  • Fuel filter
  • Battery
  • Air filter
  • Tires
  • Brakes
  • Spark plugs
  • Belts (engine and timing)
  • Power-steering fluid
  • Transmission fluid and filter
  • Coolant

Of course, the easiest way to make sure that these components get serviced and replaced at the appropriate time is to bring your vehicle into your local auto repair shop to have the professionals check.

Vehicle repairs are like taking off a band-aid. Do it quickly, and it will hurt less.

No one likes having to bring their car in to get it repaired after a fender bender, or when the strange noises or smells can no longer be ignored. However, the truth is that postponing those necessary repairs can mean that your car either does further damage to itself, in the case of failing parts, or may start to develop rust, or no longer be able to protect you as efficiently, in the case of a damaged body. Look for auto body repair shops that will also go under the hood, if necessary, to repair Toyota vehicles and bring them into top condition. Taking care of necessary repairs now will protect you from larger costs or a dangerous situation down the line.

Did you know that Toyota Motor Corporation has produced more than 400 million cars? There are a lot of great reasons why their cars are so popular and well-loved by their owners, but the ongoing performance of that vehicle is largely in your hands. Remember to get regular maintenance, and to take care of problems quickly before they get out of control so that you can enjoy your car despite all the new responsibilities. Check out this site for more.

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Alice Stratt

I'm Alice, from Bristol Tennessee, and I love NASCAR. I've never raced myself but I grew up right there off the track, watching my dad race the #94 car and learning how to work on my own engine. Now I'm all grown up and have a shop of my own, but I still help out in the #94 pit for my old man. Want to learn more about NASCAR or auto repair? Read on!