There are many reasons that it may seem like a good idea to put off routine maintenance on your vehicle, such as not having the time or the money to get it done, but this is something that should never be put on hold. Some things, like changing the tires or brakes, can even make the car dangerous when put off for too long. Waiting to have routine maintenance, such as an oil change, can end up costing quite a bit more in the long run and will even reduce the life of the car.
When you neglect to maintain your vehicle the costs are usually greater than if you have it done regularly. With things like tires and brakes you are also putting your family and others around you in danger. With things like oil changes and spark plugs you are basically throwing away your money, because when not properly maintained, a car will not last as long as it possibly could.
Oil is meant to lubricate the engine of a car which allows all of the parts to move smoothly without friction. When oil gets old, it loses some of its lubricating ability. This will cause parts to grind against each other which will cause permanent damage to the engine and reduce the lifetime of your vehicle. An oil change should be done about every 3,000 miles and can be done rather cheap and quick, so there really is no excuse to not have it done.
Something as simple as an oil change can save you quite a bit of money when you consider that not having it done can potentially cost you a car. A car with new oil will also run better which can lead to better gas mileage, which is something that everyone is always looking for. Tire pressure and spark plugs can also have an effect on your gas mileage, and should be checked when you have your oil changed at the very least.