Car Maintenance 101: What to Expect When You Own a Car

Owning a car comes with its responsibilities. Depending on the make and model of your car, you’ll have different maintenance requirements. However, all cars will need some basic maintenance like oil changes and tyre rotations. We will go through the basics to maintain a healthy running car with good market value.

Regular oil changes and fluid level checks

Depending on your car’s make and model, you’ll likely need to change your oil every 3,000 to 5,000 miles. Also checking and changing your fluids is important for both safety and performance.


Properly inflated tyres can improve your fuel mileage and handling, so it’s important to check them regularly. Getting your tyres rotated and aligned every 6,000 to 8,000 miles will help ensure even wear and tear, and can improve your fuel mileage.

Battery replacement

Over time, your car’s battery will lose its charge and will need to be replaced. Most batteries will last between 3 and 5 years.


Faulty lights can lead to accidents, so it’s important to make sure they’re always in working order.


Clean filters like air filter, oil filter, fuel filter can improve your car’s performance. As you run your car, these filters get dirty and clogged so it’s important to check and replace them as needed.

Serpentine belt

The serpentine belt or engine belt is responsible for running all of the accessories in your engine (water pump, power steering, alternator, etc.). It should be replaced every 60,000 to 100,000 miles.

If you can follow these maintenance practices as at when due you should have a perfectly working car with a very high resell value. We offer you professional maintenance service. Please feel free to contact us HERE for scheduled check up services.

About Nonso Okafor

I've worked as a technical support representative in major auto centers in Nigeria for more than twenty years. I have dealt with a variety of problems in my capacity as a customer service representative and auto diagnostics expert. I'm committed to assisting people in properly maintaining their automobiles and in appreciating this magnificent innovation known as an automobile.

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