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News   February 8, 2018   by Danielle Oswald

The 10 most common vehicle services

The Car Care Council has released the top 10 most common vehicle service procedures for 2017 conducted by vehicle owners and technicians.  

Perhaps not surprisingly, oil and oil filter changes topped the list, according to research conducted by automotive market research company IMR Inc.  

The top 10 services are as follows:  

  1. Oil/oil filter changed
  2. Wiper blades replacement
  3. Replace air filter
  4. Scheduled maintenance
  5. New tires
  6. Battery replacement
  7. Brake work
  8. Antifreeze added
  9. Engine tune-up
  10. Wheels aligned/balanced

“With scheduled maintenance toward the top of the list, these findings are a sign that more motorists understand the importance of routine vehicle maintenance and are taking steps to ensure the safety and dependability of their vehicles,” said Rich White, executive director of the Car Care Council. 

Clarification: The article has been changed to refer to the list as service procedures. The Car Care Council noted the list as the top 10 vehicle repairs.

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11 Comments » for The 10 most common vehicle services
  1. Maintenance is NOT repairs!!!! This article does a great disservice to our industry. Maintenance is something we need to educate our customers on that is work needed to keep your hard earned dollars rolling down the road. Repairs are work we do when a part fails or breaks. When a customer asks me if their car is worth repairing or keeping and how much it costs each year, I always tell them to split the money spent into maintenance and repairs and then review the costs. The reason being that maintenance is something even a new car under warranty needs.

  2. Ken Buehler says:

    I totally agree with Shawn. The word maintenance is defined as “keeping something in good condition”. Part of our job is to educate our customers on the value of following good maintenance practices which will extend the service life of their vehicle. This reduces repair costs due to neglect and such. Yes they still will be replacing wear & tear components but there should be no emergency repairs needed over the life of the vehicle.

  3. Rebecca White says:

    I was going to mention the same thing. When I saw this list I had to laugh. “scheduled maintenance” is not a repair. It’s in the bullet title ‘maintenance.’

  4. Thanks for sharing this article with me! I’ve been struggling to keep my car in good condition lately. These tips are invaluable!

  5. Great list! It’s very helpful. Thanks for sharing this.

  6. Speed Hut says:

    This is a great car restoration site that has been quite beneficial to me. Thanks for this!

  7. Silvestro says:

    Is there any special services needed to take before going offroad with jeep?

  8. Michael Lavigne says:

    When you purchase a new vehicle ask question on service that are required by that dealer . Be aware and read the print. Keep all your records ,that way you can be safe.

  9. devied sol says:

    Absolutely, Shawn’s point hits the nail on the head. Maintenance means keeping stuff in good shape. We gotta show customers how solid maintenance keeps their ride running smooth for longer. That means less cash on surprise fixes, just regular wear stuff. No sudden car nightmares if we play it smart!

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