Keep a Maintenance Journal
Whether you bought a new car, or a used car, there’s nothing like that new car feeling when you pull out of the dealership. And if you’re like many, you think, “I will take extra care of this car.” But life gets busy, oil changes become overdue, and it loses that new car feeling. So what can you do?
Start a Journal of Maintenance for Your Car
Get a small journal to keep in your car and record important events, before you even put your vehicle in gear. Not only will writing down the maintenance on your car create better habits, you will have important records should your vehicle have any problems. Here’s what you should record…
Keep one section of the journal to record the mileage at each fill up and calculate your gas mileage on the last tank. By keeping an eye on your mileage you have a good idea how well your car is running. If you see a drop in your mileage, you can point it out to your mechanic.
Keep a couple pages to record the mileage and date that tires were rotated, to extend the life of your tires.
Keep a couple pages to record the date and mileage of your most recent oil change. Also write down the month/mileage that your next oil change should be.
Other Maintenance and Repairs
If your vehicle requires you to make any repairs, keep a couple pages to mark the date, and the parts that were replaced. It’s a whole lot easier to look back in a journal than look for a receipt. Some parts may have a warranty, so if it goes bad within a set period of time, the parts manufacturer will replace the faulty part.
Depending on the size of your journal, this might be a good place to keep your receipts. Should you have a warranty, you may have to show that you’ve maintained the service schedule, for repairs to be covered by the warranty. Having them organized will save you frustration.