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Regular car maintenance done on a systematic basis will prolong the life of your car. It is a proven fact. Even better, it represents dollars when the time comes to resell your vehicle. A well-maintained vehicle is unquestionably more valuable, however if you don’t keep track of regular maintenance, you’ll find it difficult to capitalize on your car’s good state of repair. That is why it is so important to record all the work carried out on your vehicle.

When purchasing a second hand car, people look for a reliable product that will last long enough for them to have a return on their investment. If you don’t have a maintenance notebook for the vehicle you wish to sell, you’ll find it difficult to ask for more than its market value. Conversely, with supporting evidence the buyer will be ready to spend a bit more, knowing that the vehicle has been properly cared for.

A maintenance notebook will help you remember some elements that may otherwise slip your mind during routine maintenance checks. By meticulously filling in the notebook, you’ll be sure that everything is done that needs to be done.

Your notes should include the odometer reading at the time of each routine checkup or major repair job. Also, it would be to your advantage to include a short description of the work done. This will facilitate finding and solving any future problems that may arise. For example, if the engine isn’t turning over properly and your notebook indicates that the spark plugs haven’t been changed yet, you or your mechanic will know where to look first for the cause.