- Heavy commuter
This is a car most likely to have its warranty expire by miles
rather than months. Those who drive across county lines know
the most how hard it is on their car. We generally recommend
minor services every 3-5 thousand miles, an intermediate service
around 15,000 intervals, and major services at 60,000 or 90,000
miles, depending on the manufacturer specs.
All cars are different.
The goal with vehicle maintenance is to keep a car comfortable
and reliable for as long a span of time as the cost doesn't
get out of hand. For most cars manufactured in the past few
years, it is not unreasonable to expect 15 years or 250,000
miles out of a car that is maintained properly.
This is a car that will only leave town occasionally These cars
generally are driven less than 100 miles a week. Warranty periods
usually expire with the mileage and months close. Minor services
should probably be performed around 5,000 miles, intermediate
services between 15,000 and 20,000 mile intervals.
This is sometimes a sentimental car, a classic, or other vehicle
of high value. Mileage is probably not a good basis for service
intervals. An annual schedule can be arranged, but will vary
significantly by model of car.