Why is Auto Upkeep important?

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Fun and Practical Elective

Most of us count on vehicles for efficient and reliable transportation, yet we commonly postpone, disregard, or shy away from the basic maintenance that keeps them safe and dependable. We can do better for our children. We can teach them early with Auto Upkeep, so they can avoid learning the hard (more expensive and unsafe) way. From choosing an insurance policy to performing basic maintenance and repair, Auto Upkeep presents the information that every driver should know.

Auto Upkeep is also beneficial for consumers that don’t want to be hands-on, but want the benefits of being automotive literate. Consumers that read Auto Upkeep become confident decision makers, ready to communicate effectively with technicians, and prepared if they need or want to do the work themselves.

When did you last check the air pressure in your tires?
What does it mean if your vehicle's check engine light illuminates?
What should you do if your engine starts to overheat?
Are you breathing dirty air in the passenger cabin?
Why is it important to maintain the oil in an engine?
Is your tire tread worn past the legal limit?
What should you do if you smell something burning while driving?
How do you replace a headlight bulb?
What simple things can you do to conserve fuel?
How do you know when your brake pads need replacing?

Are vehicles too complex to perform basic car care?

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You Can Perform Many Procedures

A misconception exists that vehicles are too complex for the average consumer to perform do-it-yourself activities such as care, maintenance, and repair. Even though technology on vehicles grows exponentially, automobile owners can still perform many basic procedures to maintain a safe and dependable vehicle, as well as save money. Auto Upkeep provides practical easy-to-understand explanations with hundreds of detailed pictures and drawings to help consumers accomplish simple, but important, preventative measures and make sensible economic decisions.​

Auto Upkeep Provides Essential Information On
  • Automotive Systems
  • Common Problems
  • Repair Procedures
  • Tools
  • Safety
  • Choosing a Repair Facility  
  • Car Buying
  • Insurance Policies

Helpful guides are provided throughout the chapters.

How can Auto Upkeep help?

Does your vehicle need maintenance?

Percent of vehicles needing service, fluids, or replacement parts.


Check Engine Light

Vehicles with the check engine light on.


Recent check up events revealed that most vehicles on the road need maintenance. The most common problem areas were air filters, engine oil, belts, windshield wipers, hoses, tires, and lights – basic inspection procedures that all drivers can perform at the end of an Introductory Automotive course.*

*Source: CarCare.org

How do you budget for a vehicle?

After housing, an automobile will be the most expensive expenditure each young adult will have when they complete school. Due to the enormous cost of owning and operating a vehicle it is our duty as parents to help our young drivers become financially literate in this area of their life. An educated consumer that can diagnose common problems and communicate effectively about their vehicle will save time, money, and headaches.

How do you prepare for safety?

Obeying traffic laws and avoiding distractions will help a driver stay safe, but there is more a driver can do to be prepared for the unexpected. Drivers that know what to look for when it comes to basic car care, maintenance, and repair are much safer. A driver can often see, hear, smell, or feel a problem before it leaves them stranded on a highway. Ultimately, a well educated automotive consumer makes the roads safer for everyone.

How much do you spend on your vehicle per year?

Average Per Year Costs
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Average Cost of Owning and Operating an Automobile is
$8,876 per Year
(Assuming 15,000 Vehicle –
Miles Per Year)*

*Source: Bureau of Transportation Statistics

How old is your vehicle? Vehicles need more maintenance as they age.

On Average People in the United States are Keeping Their Vehicles Longer

*Source: Bureau of Transportation Statistics