If you have a car (and chances are you do if you are reading this), then you should be making sure to perform regular maintenance on your vehicle to make sure that it is running well and to limit the likelihood of a breakdown or accident that could result in an expensive auto repair bill. So, now that we have convinced those of you who were not previously as diligent about regular maintenance as you should have been, the question arises: What exactly will it cost me to get regular car maintenance service for my car? And how do I budget for it?

That’s a very good question. So, we’re going to explore ways that you can budget for the regular car maintenance service that you should be getting for your vehicle. Vehicle maintenance can be one of those things that is difficult to budget for because it is an expenditure that will only happen every few months rather than every month. So, to determine how much you will need to budget on a per month basis, you should add up the estimated cost for all car maintenance service needs for the entire year and divide it by 12 to get your estimated monthly amount to budget.

How do you budget for your car maintenance service? (photo by loop_oh via Flickr)
How do you budget for your car maintenance service? (photo by loop_oh via Flickr)

Make sure to include things like oil changes, tire replacements, tune-ups and the like. If you need an estimate on what these things would cost you can call us at Fort Collins Foreign Car Service and we can give you a rough estimate for your make and model. Then you can consult your vehicle’s owner’s manual to determine the recommended interval for each car maintenance service. This will allow you to get the total estimated cost for annual car maintenance services. It is also a good idea to add a buffer of a couple hundred dollars onto this amount in order to account for any unexpected breakdowns that may require auto repair.

Once you have determined the rough annual cost and divided it by 12 to get your rough monthly amount, you should set up a recurring transfer from your checking account to a savings account for that amount. This way, you will always have enough in your savings for that car maintenance service or even the odd auto repair.

If you are looking for an honest and reputable foreign car service, don’t forget to check us out at Fort Collins Foreign Car. We offer auto technicians with unmatched experience and knowledge as well as good prices on all regular car maintenance service that your vehicle may require including oil changes, tire rotations, tune-ups and the rest. Our foreign car service is second to none, and don’t forget we know just as much about domestic vehicles as well!