Cars need regular maintenance to function properly and auto maintenance is not always a walk in the park. Oil and fluids need to be changed, lights need to be replaced, vehicle paint needs to be protected, windows need to be cleaned regularly and even the the car battery needs regular maintenance. These are just a few of the regular maintenance chores that need to be performed to keep your car or truck running smoothly. Let one of these maintenance procedures go too long and you will soon start to find problems with your car or truck. The engine will start losing gas mileage, you'll see signs of rust forming on unprotected vehicle surfaces, bushings or bearings may start going bad from lack of lubrication, critical auto parts may start failing due to loss of fluids. You may think you're saving more money by letting more time lapse between regular auto maintenance, but the truth is those crucial parts of your engine that you could have been preserving are now starting to deteriorate. And if you do let your car maintenance go, you'll soon see the effects of such neglect. In conclusion, treat your basic auto maintenance chores like your life depends on them, because at one point in the future, they just may.