How often should my vehicle be inspected?

As a vehicle owner, it is important to understand the best way to keep your vehicle safe and reliable on the road. One aspect of owning a vehicle that isn’t as well taught as it should be is the idea of preventative maintenance. Preventative maintenance is essentially the idea that you should have certain small services performed on your vehicle periodically that will help prevent larger, more expensive problems from occurring. Preventative maintenance not only protects your vehicle overall, it will end up saving you lots of money over the years by avoiding those major repairs that can become costly. 

One important part of preventative maintenance is vehicle inspections. A vehicle inspection is a quick, comprehensive look at your vehicle to determine if there is any obvious issue with a major component. It also looks at fluids to make sure that they are topped off and clean, as well as checking other parts such as filters and chambers. Many people are a little scared about vehicle inspections, because they think that an inspection automatically means that they will need to spend money on a repair or service. However, that isn’t the case when you bring your vehicle into an honest auto repair shop. At our trusted shop, we complete a full inspection and only suggest services or repairs that we feel are necessary to your safety or to the integrity of your vehicle. Ultimately, it is always your choice whether or not you want to move forward with a service or repair. 

You may be wondering - how often should my vehicle be inspected? In terms of regular maintenance, we always recommend having your vehicle inspected at every oil change, or 2-3 times per year. When you have it inspected at your oil change, you save yourself an extra trip to the shop and it makes remembering inspections easy. However, if you ever notice a strange symptom with your vehicle, such as a strange noise or lack in performance, a vehicle inspection should be completed as soon as possible to catch any issue before it gets bigger. 

If you ever need a vehicle inspection, don’t hesitate to give us a call here at NWA Car Clinic or stop by our shop today for fast and friendly service. 

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