It's important to keep your car in tip-top shape with regular maintenance. Here is why.

In the long run, you will save money by making sure that any problems with your vehicle's engine, chassis, wheels or electrics are nipped in the bud or prevented altogether.

A serious, surprise problem that suddenly crops up, and which could have been spotted or prevented by a routine, check-up will cost you a lot more money and give you unwanted hassles.

Here are 10 good reasons to get regular maintenance for your vehicle. If you follow this list, you will definitely extend your car's life and keep it working as efficiently as possible.

1. Mileage

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There are mileage milestones for when you should get your vehicle looked over. After the first 15,000 miles, you should check it in even if there's nothing wrong. This will keep it in good condition and forestall any potential failures. The DMV also cites milestones at 40,000, 70,000 and 100,000 miles for determining resale value.

2. Oil

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A change of oil and filters every 3,000 miles will keep your engine nicely lubricated and maintain fuel economy.

3. Strange Noises

Is your vehicle making unfamiliar sounds? For example, do your brakes squeak or is there a clunking noise? The former is an indication of brake pad trouble, and the latter is probably caused by faulty shock absorbers. 

4. Engine Light

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Do not under any circumstances ignore the engine light if it switches on. There may be a serious problem that needs dealing with right away. 

5. Bald Tyres

Tyres must have a minimum tread depth of 1.6 mm to be safe. This is a legal requirement, so if you aren't sure about your tyres, get a mechanic to examine them.

6. Leaking Fluid

When you find a pool of fluid gathering under your car when it's stationary you should get it seen to immediately. A professional mechanic will discover the cause.

7. Shaking

If your vehicle shakes when you change gears, an alarming occurrence, this means your transmission needs to be fixed. Again, professional advice is necessary.

8. Pulling to One Side

You may find that your vehicle drifts to one side or the other. This is probably due to wheel misalignment. Your mechanic will also check your tyres when fixing this.

9. Strange Smells

Any unfamiliar odours from your car, especially burning smells, are a cause for concern.

10. Failure to Start

If nothing happens when you start the ignition it may be a serious problem, but more likely it just means that your vehicle's oil or water needs topping up.

Some of these points may seem obvious to the more experienced driver, but it is easy to overlook or put off dealing with these matters. Save cash and inconvenience - remember regular maintenance!