National Car Care Month reminds drivers to take care of their vehicles

April 12, 2012 12:00 AM

April is National Car Care Month, and the Car Care Council is taking the opportunity to remind drivers that it's a good time to think about auto maintenance.

With just about every driver trying to save money, many are putting off car repairs or other maintenance work. In fact, Car Care Council community events held throughout 2010 found that 70 percent of cars on the road failed at least one part of the inspection process.

Putting off maintenance in this manner doesn't even necessarily save money, as it can soon result in larger and more expensive problems.

"Neglected vehicle care almost always means much higher costs down the line in the form of more extensive repairs or lost resale value," said Rich White, executive director of the Car Care Council. "Chances are if you own a car, it needs some work. National Car Care Month in April is the perfect time to focus on your vehicle’s maintenance needs."

The Car Care Council recommends that drivers take some basic steps, such as getting an oil change or investing in a tune-up, to make sure that their car is ready for the spring and summer travel seasons.

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