The first and best reason to pay attention to vehicle upkeep is for safety. Faulty parts or failing systems risk your life when driving. Worn tires make driving risky and mechanicals that break down leave you by the side of the busy road.
It doesn't take much time or cash each week to clean your car and check the oil and airs in the tires. Regular maintenance helps maintain the resale value of your car.
Your friends and neighbors might not say so, but asking folks to drive with you in a dumpy car is an embarrassment. A clean car -- both inside and out -- makes your work colleagues and neighbors view you with greater respect.
You can trade your car in for a higher price when the vehicle has a good look and sound mechanicals. Blue book values group cars into categories according to upkeep. The better care you take of your car, the greater cash you'll have to put toward a new one.
Police patrols routinely look for cars that need repair and give drivers fix-it tickets for problems such as broken lights, license plate problems and, in some areas, cosmetic items that may have safety risks -- including low-hanging mufflers.
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