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TroveStreet® Wisdom: Evaluating the safety of my car

Although you can’t predict the future, assessing the year, fit, and performance of the car you drive — and how it aligns with your abilities now and as you age — is important. 

This is why routine car checkups (as referenced in your car model’s service schedule) and repairs (fixing a problem for it to be safe) are important for maintaining and getting the most out of your vehicle’s performance.  

Dealership mechanics and independent auto-repair shops have pros and cons. Wherever you go, we suggest you:

  • Ask if they have access to the car manufacturer’s latest Technical Service Bulletins (TSB).
  • Check the Better Business Bureau to see if any complaints have been registered.
  • Ask which of their recommended repairs are immediate needs to keep the car safe now versus repairs that can wait. 

Only you can decide when the cost to maintain your vehicle becomes more than the value of it — or when its reliability becomes too much of a concern. For example, if the mechanic says you need new tires, but you plan to get a new car in a few months, you may want to hold off.

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