WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN MAINTENANCE AND REPAIR?
The difference? Our advice: make the former a priority to avoid the latter longer.
To a certain extent, every automobile is on an unstoppable ticking clock toward necessary repair. The clock cannot be stopped, but maintenance slows it. Maintenance cares after certain drivability conditions that, when they begin to deteriorate, lead to core parts and systems’ breakdowns.
- To encourage engine health and discourage catastrophic engine breakdowns, schedule oil changes at regular intervals and periodic radiator flushes
- To maintain proper balance and alignment that prevents premature wheel, tire and suspension wear, make a point of having a technician regularly rotate and balance your tires
- Make a point of periodic full computer diagnostics to root out potential system malfunctions that may not be detectable during day-to-day driving
In turn, “repairs” are the procedures, fixes and part replacements that in the worst cases take your car entirely out of commission when something is no longer in any working order. The bigger difference being, they’re often avoidable and considerably more expensive than regular maintenance work that often costs less than $100 per visit.