How to Save Money on Vehicle Maintenance

How to Save Money on Vehicle Maintenance

Feb 10, 2018

How to Save Money on Vehicle Maintenance

Proper vehicle maintenance extends the life of your car, minimizes the likelihood of costly repairs, and increases your resale value. Below is what you need to know to save hundreds to thousands of dollars each year on driving, repairs, and maintenance.

Schedule Reminders For Your Preventative Maintenance

Your owner’s manual provides you with a guide for suggested vehicle maintenance by miles and age. Staying on top of this maintenance schedule is the most effective way to reduce the likelihood of future repairs and improve fuel efficiency. Keep in mind that your manual is just a guide designed to make your maintenance schedule easy. Unfortunately, life and unexpected repairs make using this schedule pretty much impossible. Paragon Motors uses a state of the art predictive service tracking analytic system that builds you a custom maintenance schedule based on your service history and the miles you drive per day. Once a schedule is determined, you will be consulted about all the major maintenance services your vehicle needs. This includes your oil changes, tune-ups, transmission flush, brakes, and much more. You will know exactly what services are past due and the exact date they are due in the future.

DIY Monthly Inspections

In-between your maintenance and service visits, there are a few things you can do:

  • Keep your vehicle clean, including the undercarriage. Moving parts covered in dirt and mud create resistance and are more prone to rust and corrosion. A clean vehicle lasts longer and runs more efficient.
  • Never let your fuel run below 1/4 tank. This will help prevent contaminants from entering the fuel system and moisture build up in the tank during cold winters. Both can cause issues with the fuel system of your vehicle.
  • Learn how to check your tire pressure and add more air as needed. Proper air pressure can extend the life of your tires and increase fuel efficiency.

Tire Maintenance Is Important

Speaking of tires, make sure to have your tires balanced at least once a year. This will extend their life as the tread will wear more evenly. Not just that but it will improve traction. Also, learn to visually inspect your tires for uneven wear, bubbles, or damage.

Last but not least,

As soon as you notice a change in sound, smell, or performance—stop by our Kelowna auto repair shop ASAP. The sooner we can inspect and diagnose a problem, the most likely you will spend less on repairs and avoid a breakdown that could leave you stranded.

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    John Cook

    Excellent service and the prices are more than fair. Zero complaints and I will be going back. -

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    Phil Spoelstra

    I've never been more motivated to write a review than this! My wife came off the Coquihalla from Vancouver with some car problems and couldn't find a place open on Saturday that could help her. She found Paragon Motors who showed her kindness, respect and understanding.... read more -

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    Carla Polischuk

    Rick and his crew at Paragon motors are awesome!! They are knowledgeable and friendly...the service is great!!!
    I trust them with my car 100%!!!
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    Anita Millar

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    Pauline Eggebrecht

    I wanted to buy a car and needed a check up so I called Paragon and got an appointment for the next day. They did the check in an hour and after I got my insurance I could bring the car back to get new ball joints and they were... read more -

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    Carol Boutilier

    Excellent service, complete confidence my vehicle is safe and well maintained. No overcharges, talk up in packages and value for your money, no gouging. I highly recommend this fabulous team they really care for people and their reputation is paramount to everyone at Paragon. Paragon's top rating... read more -

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    Kaley S.
    5 star rating

    Paragon Motors went above and beyond for me!It was my first time at the shop, and they got me in ASAP after calling! I'm from out of town and was scared to find a reliable mechanic at a good cost, as I am a student! They made sure everything in... read more -

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    wouter van der hall

    Pleasant and skilled staff/owners. Always ready to help and adjust to your schedule when needed for more elaborate repairs. Nice massage chair in the waiting area too! Would certainly recommend. -

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    Phil S.
    5 star rating

    I've never been more motivated to write a review than this!  My wife came off the Coquihalla from Vancouver with some car problems and couldn't find a place open on Saturday that could help her.    She found Paragon Motors who showed her kindness, respect and understanding.  They fixed the... read more -

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    Lori Haisty

    Rang around multiple companies asking for help with my car. Paragon was by far the most cost effective and helpful in helping me understand what was wrong with my car and the repair they were doing.
    Will definitely be a returning customer

    Thanks so much.
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    Very professional, polite and easy to deal with. Fixed the problem on time and on budget. Great job. -

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    Carla Polischuk

    Rick and the boys at Paragon have taken care of my BMW for years and I won"t take her to anyone else!!
    Knowledge, experience, integrity, helpful, friendly .... that's what you can expect every time!
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    Chris Roi

    Hands down one of the best autoshops in town. Quality service and they never try and upsell you something you don't need. You'll get informed on when to do your next repair and the urgency of it. My new auto shop hands down I'll be going back for anything else... read more -

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    Freddie Banfield

    Always good. No complaints. Drews the best hands down. -

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    Michael Baccari

    Awesome, highly recommend. Very nice and accommodating. I had to leave my car there for a few days due to traveling. After they were done with the repair they phoned and asked if I'd like my car to be inspected for any other issues that needed to be addressed. -

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    George Sartori

    Drew and his team gave us great service, very good workmanship and a good price. Drew got my elderly mother’s car in for some major repairs, in the last week before Christmas. Would recommend Paragon Motors to anyone, excellent in every way. -

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    Mountasar Al-Lawandi

    Fabulous place and staff. I was coming to Kelowna from Vancouver and started hearing a whistle noise when accelerating. These guys did what is right even though I came in without an appointment. Test drive and small tweaks and guaranteed me that I will be able to head back home... read more -

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    Erik Kelownaguy

    Last week I had a problem with the charging system in my Dodge Grand Caravan. I dropped by Paragon hoping they might have time to take a quick look at it. Although they were fully booked and I didn't have an appointment, Drew still managed to fit me... read more -

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    Very knowledgeable staff and owners. Always 10/10 I trust Paragon Motors with all my families vehicle needs and advice. Recommended to everyone! -

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    Jasmine .

    High quality service.
    Great communication, trustworthy, and fast.
    Provided a free hire car for the day while our car was getting fixed!
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