Team Maintenance or Team Wait and See



Which side are you on: Team Proactive Maintenance, committed to regular care and inspections, or Team Wait-and-See? At Dickerson Automotive, we firmly stand with Team Maintenance. While some may suggest we sell items not currently broken, our belief is that assisting you in maintaining your vehicle's peak condition will ultimately save you money. We've assembled a list of pros and cons to enable you to make an informed decision.

Pros of Regular Vehicle Maintenance:

  1. Preventive Measures: Regular maintenance helps identify and address potential issues before they become major problems.
  2. Extended Lifespan: Routine servicing can prolong the life of your vehicle by keeping all components in optimal condition.
  3. Enhanced Safety: Well-maintained vehicles are safer to drive, reducing the risk of accidents due to mechanical failures.
  4. Improved Fuel Efficiency: Keeping your vehicle properly tuned and maintained can lead to better fuel efficiency, saving you money in the long run.
  5. Resale Value: A well-maintained vehicle typically has a higher resale value compared to one with a history of neglect.
  6. Peace of Mind: Regular maintenance provides peace of mind, knowing that your vehicle is in good condition and less likely to break down unexpectedly.

Cons of Regular Vehicle Maintenance:

  1. Cost: Routine maintenance incurs regular expenses, which may seem like an additional financial burden for some.
  2. Time Consumption: Scheduling and waiting for maintenance can be time-consuming, especially for those with busy schedules.


Pros of Waiting Until There's a Problem:

  1. Immediate Cost Savings: If no issues arise, you avoid the regular expenses associated with preventive maintenance.
  2. Flexible Schedule: You don't need to adhere to a strict maintenance schedule, allowing for more flexibility in your routine.
  3. No Unnecessary Repairs: Without regular maintenance, you only address issues as they arise, avoiding potentially unnecessary repairs.

Cons of Waiting Until There's a Problem:

  1. Higher Repair Costs: Delaying maintenance may lead to more significant issues, resulting in higher repair costs when problems are finally addressed.
  2. Reduced Reliability: Vehicles that don't undergo regular maintenance are more prone to breakdowns and may become less reliable over time.
  3. Safety Risks: Neglecting maintenance increases the risk of safety-related issues, putting both the driver and passengers at risk.
  4. Decreased Resale Value: Vehicles with a history of neglect often have a lower resale value compared to well-maintained counterparts.