Scheduled Maintenance, or preventative maintenance, is the regular schedule of services that vehicles manufacturers recommend to keep a car running well and safely. Maintenance schedules vary by vehicle, driving style, and driving conditions.
When it comes to maintenance advice, consumers are confronted with numerous recommendations and opinions. The truth is in the owners manual. Manufacturers define maintenance schedules for your car, not dealerships.
You might think the conditions you put your car under aren’t considered severe, but if you frequently do any of the following, then your car maintenance should indeed follow the "severe" driving conditions schedule:
- Drive in heavy traffic with many stops and starts.
- Drive at high rates of speed.
- Drive off-road.
- Drive in dirty conditions.
- Drive in very cold or very hot climates.