Is The 60,000 (60K) Mile Maintenance Necessary?

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One of the most frequent searches we see is: “Is the 60,000 mile (60K) maintenance service necessary?”. Like many things, the answer is “It depends”. It depends upon whether or not you like to gamble and whether or not you want to get the most out of your investment in your automobile.

The 60,000 mile (60K) maintenance service is critical in keeping your new car warranty in effect if its warranty period exceeds 60,000 miles (Most drive train warranties do, independent of the overall bumper-to-bumper warranty). It should be noted that it is just as important to follow the correct 60,000 mile (60K) service schedule. There is the “Normal Service” schedule and the “Severe Service” schedule. Of course, most all of us would believe we fall into the “normal” category. However, if you live in the desert southwest, you fall into the “Severe Service” category based just upon our normal temperature averages.

Your dealership can, and will, deny a warranty claim for major engine or transmission failures if the factory recommended services have not been followed. This includes following the correct service category recommendations. It is also illegal for the manufacturer to deny a warranty if the proper services have been performed by independent repair facilities. The dealership would like you to believe that your warranty requires them to do your maintenance services but that is simply not true. You can even perform the services yourself and keep your warranty in effect by saving the receipts for the products purchased and installed.

We also see a large number asking “What is a 6o,000 mile (60K) Service?” or “What services are needed for a 60,000 mile (60K) service?”. The answer once again is, “It depends”. It depends on the make and model of your car, truck, or SUV. Even among the same manufacturer, the models have different 60,000 mile (60K) services. On top of that, even the models will have different requirements based upon the drive train. A perfect example is the difference between a 4-wheel drive truck and a 2-wheel drive truck of the same make and model. The service requirements will differ based on how the vehicle is equipped and on how it is operated. Remember, your owner’s manual (and our staff) has all the answers as to what services are recommended and when.

The 60,000 mile (60K) service is an extremely important service interval. It will include all of the maintenance items of a 30,000 mile (30K) service and a bit more. There are often very vital services that are needed at this interval and the financial impact of ignoring this important service can be extremely high.

As you can see, the real answer is YES. The 60,000 mile (60K) service is vital to getting the most out of your automotive investment!

If you are due for this important service, please contact one of our Service Writers for your convenient appointment today!

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