While we may think that owning a car is standard today, it really isn’t. Many people can’t afford the car payment, insurance, and maintenance. If your budget is getting tight, you may let some things slip through the cracks. Car maintenance is usually one of those things. The good news is that a lot of services performed regularly on your vehicle aren’t necessary. At the very least, they aren’t needed as often as you would think.

What Regular Maintenance Do I Need?

You may have heard that you need to have your oil changed every three months or 3,000 miles. While some dealers suggest every six months or 6,000 miles, even that may not be necessary. It really depends on how much wear and tear you put on the vehicle.

AAA says that low-milage drivers can get away with changing their oil once per year. This means that if your car is used only for short commutes, you can put off that oil change another couple of months.

What Should I Get Fixed Right Away?

Clearly, there are things you shouldn’t wait to have fixed. In some cases, these issues could endanger you and your family.

Make sure to have your car looked at if the check engine light comes on. If your vehicle is stalling or your breaks are making strange noises, get to the repair shop immediately. This could be a sign that something is seriously wrong.

What Can I Let Go For A While?

When you go to the mechanic, they may suggest a wide variety of services. Here are several that you don’t need: nitrogen in your tires, a transmission fluid flush, new coolant, or new antifreeze.

There are some exceptions to these items. If you have a leak of any kind, you’re going to need to flush to have it repaired. Additionally, you’ll need more maintenance if your vehicle is used for long trips or towing.