Many drivers are interested in getting as many miles as possible out of a vehicle. Sometimes car payments can stretch out interminably, making it necessary to keep driving a car for as long as you can. Following a manufacturer's maintenance schedule is a crucial part of extending a vehicle's life. This schedule will include both small car care tasks and the more involved ones that include component or system replacement. Generally, consumers will find that maintenance costs less than car repairs. Consequently, taking care of ongoing maintenance should be less expensive over the life of a car than it would be to pay for major repairs.