Here in North Carolina, the DMV requires all vehicles to go through an annual inspection process. However, this is not the same as a tune-up. With a tune-up, a mechanic will perform preventative maintenance and optimize your driving experience. But how often should you get a tune up for your vehicle? And what can you expect with your tune-up? At Xpress Lube of Kernersville, we will help you understand the tune-up process.
How Often Should You Get a Tune Up – The Real Truth
In all honesty, the answer is going to be different for every vehicle. How often should you get a tune up for your vehicle? That depends on the following:
- Age of your vehicle
- Type of vehicle you have
- How many miles you drive every month or year
- If the vehicle has had problems in the past
- Special driving conditions (such as taking the vehicle off-road)
In general, an older car or a car with high mileage needs tune-ups more regularly. If you want to extend the life of your vehicle, proper preventative maintenance is crucial. However, we recommend an annual tune-up for all vehicles. It is easy to remember; simply schedule your tune-up at the same time as your annual inspection.
You should always bring in your car at the first hint of a problem, even if it isn’t time for your annual maintenance yet. Some common signs of a problem include:
- The check-engine light coming on
- Weird noises coming from the engine or elsewhere
- Squealing brakes or brakes that don’t seem to be performing well
- Your fuel mileage is significantly worse than normal
- The car not starting right away or stalling
- A noticeable difference in handling
- Leaking fluids, such as fuel or antifreeze
When in doubt, bring it in. It is better to be safe than to be stuck waiting for a tow truck. We can help with many different problems. Every fully-trained, ASE-certified mechanic on our team works with owner Mac Allen, who has over 24 years of experience. When scheduling an appointment with our shop, you don’t have to worry about an untrained mechanic giving you bad advice. Our focus in on our customer service. We keep you informed every step of the way when we are working on your vehicle. You can learn more about our auto center here.
What Do We Check During a Tune-Up?
Every auto shop is different, but here at Xpress Lube of Kernersville, we check for the most common problems with your vehicle. We perform preventative maintenance such as oil changes, brake repair, transmission service, and more. You can learn more about all our services here.
Even if your car isn’t currently experiencing problems, our check-ups can help you get better fuel mileage and prevent costly repair bills in the future. So, it makes sense to service your car, truck, or SUV on a regular basis. We are proud to use only the highest quality fluids for your vehicle; therefore, we use only Havoline products.
The cost of your tune-up will depend on multiple factors. Obviously, a simple oil change will have a lower cost than a full engine re-build. However, we do our best to keep prices competitive for all customers. We have experience finding the highest-quality parts at the lowest prices. So, we’re able to pass on this savings to you, the customer!
We also have a loyalty program you can use to save money. With our loyalty program, you’ll earn points with every single purchase. You can redeem these points for oil changes, car washes, or discounts on future services.
If you’re experiencing car trouble, contact us today to set up an appointment. No problem is too big or small for our licensed mechanics. Or, give us a call at 336-993-7697.