Service vs. Maintenance
BMW and Mini Service and Maintenance often get confused.
The difference between vehicle service and vehicle maintenance may seem like an obvious one.
However, understanding what necessitates each and what benefits arise from each is something that many drivers miss.
Every vehicle is different and requires both different services and different maintenance. Knowing what’s required for your vehicle is a good way to not only keep your vehicle running smoothly and safely, but also helps to invest in its future value.
Knowing your vehicle’s requirements becomes especially important as time goes on and the mileage on the vehicle increases.
A service is any task or group of tasks performed on your vehicle by a mechanic.
A service can be a check-up, a repair, a replacement, a tune-up, or generally any kind of upkeep needed to keep your car functioning properly.
Service is a broad term that can describe anything from complete transmission replacement to routine oil change. Certain specific services may be needed for certain makes and models of vehicles, so it’s best to check your owner’s manual and speak with a professional mechanic to find out exactly what your vehicle needs.
Though most repair and replacement services can be avoided with proper upkeep, sometimes a part malfunctions and a certain specific service is needed.
Maintenance is a routine schedule for certain services for your vehicle.
Again, these services and their schedules can be vehicle specific, so it’s best to talk to your mechanic about what exactly your vehicle needs.
For the most part, however, the regularly scheduled BMW maintenance of your vehicle is exactly the maintenance that every other vehicle needs.
From BMW oil changes to filter replacement to fluid refills, every single vehicle on the road requires certain maintenance to continue to function properly and safely.
Ignoring regularly scheduled vehicle maintenance can be the absolute worst thing for a vehicle. Small problems in engines can quickly become large problems, which can quickly lead to catastrophic failures in key systems. This is exactly the sort of thing that you want to avoid when you’re on that 8 hour drive.
Regular maintenance ensures that your vehicle gets the servicing it needs to avoid larger, more stressful, and more expensive problems.
Vehicle maintenance will always be cheaper than large repairs, so make sure you follow your vehicle’s maintenance schedule.