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Car Maintenance Tips

Regular vehicle maintenance can extend the life of your car and help you avoid costly or catastrophic repairs. Changing the oil every 3,000 miles is a great start, but there are other routine vehicle maintenance tasks that will keep your car running better for longer. Check out our top car maintenance tips!

Preventative Vehicle Maintenance vs. Vehicle Repair Maintenance

Preventative vehicle maintenance is all about keeping your car out of the shop, where expensive repairs add up quickly. The expense required to perform routine maintenance will pay for itself many times over compared to fixing a broken down car. 

Preventative Vehicle Maintenance means:

  • Changing your car’s oil every 3,000 miles vs. just adding oil when it leaks out or burns off
  • Using mid-grade fuel from reputable gas stations vs. using the cheapest gas
  • Checking your car’s fluid levels regularly (oil, coolant, brake fluid, transmission fluid, etc.)
  • Performing annual maintenance vs. ignoring your vehicle manufacturer’s maintenance recommendations
  • Aligning the front-end of your car annually vs. having uneven, premature wear on your tires and paying to replace your tires often

Are you a single mom or woman in need who needs car repairs?

Vehicle Maintenance Tools has a handy tool that creates a customized maintenance schedule for you, complete with reminders, based on the year / model / make of your vehicle, mileage, etc. 

Advance Auto Parts has a wonderful list of suggested car maintenance tasks to perform throughout the year, broken down monthly and quarterly to make sure nothing gets missed. has a great list of eight vehicle maintenance tasks that are possible on your own, from changing your air filter (10 minutes and no tools required!) to replacing worn out brake pads (intermediate skill level) 

Car Talk lists their top car-maintenance related apps, with topics ranging from repairs to carpooling and parking apps.

AppGroove also has a solid list of driving and car maintenance apps. 

Vehicle Maintenance Tips

Here are two great articles with vehicle maintenance tips for older vehicles: 

Winter time and cold weather can wreak havoc on your car, here are some useful tips for cold weather vehicle maintenance:

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UPDATED 3/30/20:
As an essential business, Hands is open!

Operating with the highest level of care, our team is continuing to serve women who come for help and hope.

You can have an immediate impact through financial gifts, or offering a vehicle as a gift in our vehicle donation program.

Single women in need are still needing to get to the store, get to doctor’s appointments and provide for their families. 60% of the women in Hands’ two year repair, maintenance and education program have reported having lost a job, had reduced hours/pay or their business has closed all together. 40% suggest that their vehicle currently needs maintenance or repair. Transportation is a necessity – Please be a champion for them today! 

Hear more about how to help via this message from Dan Georgopulos.

Thank you in advance for your generosity! 

-Dan Georgopulos Founder & CEO