Many used car dealers in the market today confidently attest that their used cars are “like new”. A lot of used cars today really are like new, thanks to the fact that in recent years, vehicles are more durable and well-built than ever. Nevertheless, should you ever buy yourself a good quality BMW used car, you still need to take good care of it. Once it’s yours, the key to your new purchase’s longevity is regular maintenance by a Tampa BMW service center.
Very often, used car owners believe they don’t have to be as vigilant as new car owners about regular maintenance with your Tampa BMW Service Center. This however, is a huge mistake, as this excerpt from a Bankrate.com article titled ‘The True Cost Of Not Maintaining Your Car’ will tell you.
“People on tight budgets are often tempted to skip some routine car maintenance services, or at least to delay an appointment with the auto shop.
However, poorly maintained vehicles cause thousands of wrecks each year. The bill for accidents resulting from unperformed vehicle maintenance tops $2 billion a year, according to a 2004 study by Car Care Council, an advocacy group based in Bethesda, Md.
Even if you are lucky enough to avoid a crash, putting off maintenance is likely to reduce your car’s life span.
“If you don’t maintain your car, you’re taking a vehicle that might have been driven for 200,000 miles over its life, and you’re knocking it down to maybe 150,000 miles,” says Philip Reed, senior consumer advice editor at Edmunds.com.”
The importance of regular maintenance cannot be overestimated. There are two main philosophies about this that you can follow: the do-it-yourself philosophy and the let-a-professional-do-it philosophy. The trick is to strike a good balance between the two. You wouldn’t want to spend your hard-earned dollars on something you can do well yourself, would you?
As a BMW used car owner, even if you don’t have the technical skill and know-how to fix car problems, you can still perform simple but essential maintenance checks on your vehicle. For instance, you can check the tires if they are properly inflated. You can also check the vehicle’s fluid levels to ensure that they are sufficient, and add to them if need be. You can also check for leaks, rust, unusual sounds, etc. For the maintenance tasks that you are not capable of doing, such as safety checks, better let BMW repair technician handle them for you.
(Source: True cost of not maintaining your car, Bankrate.com)