Why do so many mechanics recommend work on my car? It seems to be running just fine.

Numerous studies have been performed on this subject.  One such study claims when a vehicle has regular maintenance performed it will save you $0.10 per mile driven.  That adds up to $300 dollars in savings between oil changes when you change your oil every 3000 miles. 

Why is this you ask?  $300 for a transmission flush for a vehicle with these new super expensive fully synthetic transmission fluids seems like a ton of money.  When you compare that $300 for a transmission flush to keep the transmission like new to $3000 for a new transmission it doesn’t look so bad though.  The same goes for oil changes.  If you calculate $40 for an oil change you can get about 130 oil changes for the price of 1 engine.    

Another reason for the lower cost is the increase in gas mileage on a properly maintained vehicle.  We performed an experiment in house recently where we changed the oil in an 06 Prius every 10,000 miles for a total of 40,000 miles using only fully synthetic oil.  The gas mileage in the car started at 52 miles per gallon average and ended up at 45.3 miles per gallon in the end.  We then added a chemical to the old oil to clean all of the accumulated goop and sludge from the motor and changed the oil again.  The mileage then jumped from 45.3 to 50.5 miles per gallon.  The conclusion seems to be a clean engine runs more efficiently than a dirty one.

There are many different things that need to be taken care of on a vehicle over its lifespan.  Everything from alignment and properly balanced tires to having clean fluids can greatly increase the lifespan of your vehicle and save you a ton of money.  In the short term maintenance can seem very expensive but in the long term it ends up being much less expensive.

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