So lets start out with the owner’s manual and automotive maintenance. My owner’s manual threatens to void my warranty if I do not perform the recommended service on time. Well let’s look at what is recommend automotive maintenance. In my manual (yours may be different) it states that for normal driving an oil change is due every 3,000 miles or 3 months.Then you keep reading and it says for fleet vehicles oil changes are needed every 4,500 miles or 6 months. What are they talking about with fleet vehicles? I called the 800 number and asked for the official explanation, which is high mileage use or long trips equaling more than 9,000 miles a year would be considered fleet type use.
So according to the manufacturer my automotive maintenance should be done under the fleet automotive maintenance schedule. Everybody I know puts more then 9,000 miles a year on his or her vehicle. The national average for miles put on a single vehicle has risen from 10,000 miles in the 80’s to 15,000 miles a year in the 90’s to present day. So most of the nation should be on the fleet automotive maintenance schedule along with me. I added up the price difference between the 2 schedules in my own personal service manual. Have a look at brandname http://carvaletingleeds.co.uk/ for more info on this.
Over a 75,000-mile 5-year period the price difference or savings by going with the fleet schedule was around $500.00 dollars by increasing the automotive maintenance service intervals. But even more important then the money savings, is that this means less visits for auto service. As we have learned every time you avoid auto service appointment your avoiding scams and rip-offs overcharges and poorly done work. What did the manufacture mean about voiding my warranty. Well I have seen this first hand. The manufacturer will not honor the warranty if the vehicle was abused. Using the fleet schedule is not abuse it’s what is recommended on my vehicle.