30k 60k 90k Services: Setting Up a Maintenance Schedule with Your Mechanic

Every vehicle will need different 30k, 60k, 90k services or, in other words, services for every 30,000, 60,000, and 90,000 miles it travels. It is important to understand, of course, that these mile marks are just general guidelines. A good mechanic, such as those at Mr. Clutch, will understand that every make and model of vehicle is different and will require unique services as it reaches each mile mark. While you can get on a consistent schedule with your mechanic, a truly good mechanic will always give your car a new and thorough inspection each time you bring it in.

The reason it is so important for a new inspection to be performed is because  not every car will just fall in line and need the exact same services at each mile mark. Vehicles are complex and while having set services for each mile mark works as a rule of thumb, it is not exact. The only way to tell exactly what your vehicle needs is with an inspection, and any reputable mechanic will perform this inspection free of charge and will not perform services that your vehicle doesn’t actually need.

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Most mechanics will tell you that they plan to give your vehicle an inspection, but you’ll want to make sure that the inspection actually happens and that, when it does, it is a full and complete inspection. A thorough inspection will check every part of your vehicle, including the belts, hoses, fluid levels, brakes, tires, and everything else. Your maintenance plan will then be designed around the findings from the inspection.

Your mechanic should also understand that where you live and how you drive affects your vehicle’s needs. In Seattle, for example, it is common for drivers to do a lot more freeway driving than they would elsewhere. The stop-and-go-traffic that is so common on the freeway can cause your vehicle to have different needs than cars that are not regularly involved in this type of traffic. Likewise, Seattle residents also tend to go up and down hills a lot, which can affect what services a vehicle requires. Of course, even within Seattle, every driver will be different. Maybe you live close to work and are able to avoid the freeway or maybe you live in a flatter part of the city. Just as the 30k, 60k, and 90k mile marks serve only as general guidelines, the fact that you live in Seattle should be secondary to the exact type of driving that you do.

So, as you can see, your mechanic needs to offer personalized, individualized services. While it’s okay to use the mile markers and the fact that you live in Seattle as a way to make likely assumptions about your vehicle and the services it requires, these should only be used to offer approximate estimates and to give you an idea of what services your vehicle is likely to need. What your services will actually cost and which services you will actually need can and should only be determined through inspection.

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