When you spend money on a luxury vehicle like a Lexus, it’s important to invest in maintenance to keep it running smoothly. Here are some tips to keep your Lexus in top condition for many years to come:
- Don’t Skimp on the Small Stuff
For some reason, people are sometimes willing to spend quite a bit of money on a car, but then aren’t willing to fix or prevent small issues. Just doing little things — such as changing the windshield wipers regularly, fixing cracked interior parts or getting small scratches buffed out — can preserve the value of your car in case you want to sell it at some point. These types of auto repair costs should be considered a part of your investment.
- Get Regular Tune-Ups
Tune-ups are recommended for most cars, since they can improve efficiency and catch small problems before they become big and expensive ones. But they’re even more important for luxury vehicles, since that’s a big investment to lose should something go wrong. It’s recommended that you service your luxury vehicle every six months or 50,000 miles, whichever comes first. Also keep on top of regular maintenance such as changing the oil, getting your fluids flushed and rotating the tires (which can actually prevent you from having to buy new tires). This can keep your car on the road longer, which means it tends to pay off in the long run.
- Know the Common Problems for Your Model
Some Lexus models are known for being very finicky, and it’s a good idea to know what commonly goes wrong in your model. For example, some older Lexus vehicles often have transmission defects (which can be bad news if not cared for properly, as transmission and engine problems are the most expensive repairs you’ll probably ever have to deal with). You can look up quite a bit of that information online, though it’s good to get some first-hand advice from a qualified Lexus technician at the shop, too.
- Use an Experienced Lexus Repairs Shop
The simple truth is that Lexus repairs are best done at a Lexus repairs shop. That doesn’t mean you need to overspend by going to the dealer, but you should find a shop that has quite a bit of experience with Lexus models. Not only will this cut down on diagnostic time (since the technicians are more likely to know what often goes wrong in your specific model of car), the technicians will also be practiced working on Lexus systems and give you a higher quality of work.
Did you know that, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, there are 701,100 auto technicians working at 87,032 shops in the U.S.? Share your tips for choosing a great auto repair shop in the comments.