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Jan 9, 2024

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Cars are an expensive, lifelong investment. Whether you use your car every day to get to work or you have a luxury vehicle you take out on the weekends, you’ll want to make your investment last by taking care of it.

It may be tempting to stretch out visits to the mechanic to save money but taking your car for regular car safety inspections can save you even more money in the long run.

Don’t ignore unusual sounds or dashboard warning lights.

Think of regular car maintenance like going to the doctor for your yearly check-up, a trained automotive technician can spot potential problems before they become serious issues. That slight squeak you barely notice on the morning commute? That could be your brake pads wearing down to their replacement indicators. Fixing the issue promptly could mean the difference in getting a new set of pads instead of having to invest in new brake discs as well. After all, once a car’s brake pads have worn down, they start to carve grooves in the brake system’s rotors, which will require replacement too. Catching this problem early will surely save you money.

The winter season is here and you should have your winter tires on already, but you can still ask your mechanic for a quick check-up and inspection. Requesting a visual inspection of suspension components and exhaust pipes, for example, can identify potential problems that can either be taken care of in the moment or planned for down the road. The latter approach lets you put aside a bit of money for the repair, lessening the sticker shock when a bill appears.

CAA is here to help.

The CAA Approved Auto Repair Services (AARS™) program identifies auto repair facilities that meet stringent CAA standards for quality service at fair prices. Whether you are purchasing a used vehicle or just want to be proactive about car care, CAA’s 139-point Vehicle Inspection Service is a thorough, affordable, and objective way to spot potential problems before they become headaches.

The technicians are fully qualified and will provide a technical computer scan of your car’s electrical system. Each vehicle is then road tested to check for any abnormalities or performance issues that may not have surfaced during visual and technical inspections.

Reliable and trustworthy service has never been so easy to find.

Find an AARS Facility

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