Keeping Track of Your Car's Maintenance Requirements

We all have to do it periodically. Buy a home, do maintenance on that home and/or yard, buy a car, do maintenance on that too. But how many of us can say exactly when it was done, how much it cost, who did it, and all the other details of each? If we're honest with ourselves, not many!


I ran across this tip that I got from someone years ago and never thought of it till just recently. Keep a file in the filing cabinet of all major things you have done. Here is a list of some of the things that should go into this file:

The things to be put into this file should include putting a new roof on the house, putting a new floor or carpet in, painting/wallpapering, landscaping, putting up a fence, remodeling or adding a room, new windows/doors, new furnace or a/c, insulation, anything major that you have done or have had done to your home, car, or yard.

This will serve two purposes. You will have a record of anything that is done in case a problem arises; and when it comes time to sell, you will have a record of all work done to give the buyer.

Source: A long forgotten tip

By Cricket from Parkton, NC

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April 16, 2005

Whenever I change my car's air filter, I write that day's date right on the rim of the filter with a Sharpie marker. That way, I can see at a glance when the filter was last changed.

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August 29, 2011

One, read the vehicle's manual, specifically the maintenance section. I made a spreadsheet for mine, which reinforced what the "normal" maintenance intervals were for what; in months and miles, as it's "whatever comes first."

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April 8, 2005

Tips for maintaining an older car. Post your ideas.


April 8, 20050 found this helpful

If your planning on keeping that old car or truck instead of making payments on a new one like I am, don't forget to have the alternator re-built and mark your alternator so that the mechanic brings you back your own alternator, not someone else's. Buy new spark plugs. I recommend buying Gate hoses and belts. You pay a little more but they do last and the company stands behind their product. It sure beats being stranded and calling a tow truck and buying a new motor for the old car.

By Jeff

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By Peach (Guest Post)
April 8, 20050 found this helpful

Always, always, always change your oil and filter regularly!!! Every 3000 or 5000 miles RELIGIOUSLY!!!! This is the key to getting 200,000 PLUS miles out of your cars!!! Follow owner's manual guidelines for regular maintenance and keep records. I've already gotten 200K out of a Ford Escort and several other cars over the years so taking good care of your cars really pays off. Figure each month you keep your old car you are saving 300 or more dollars a month on a new or used car payment!!

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July 5, 20160 found this helpful

As long as it doesn't cost to put in new transmission or engine or some other major repair lol

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