Everyone knows that the secret to a car’s longevity is getting regular maintenance.  That includes oil changes, tune ups, tire rotation, and more.  So how often should you take your car in for maintenance?  Read on to find out.

Safety and Emissions

Utah law requires that your vehicle passes safety and emissions tests at regular intervals.  You need to pass emissions every year if your car is older than 6 years old, every other year if your vehicle is less than six years old, and if your car is older than 1967, you will not need to pass a test.  You will also need to pass a safety inspection every year if your car is older than ten years, and every other year if it is 10 years or younger.  

Oil Changes

Oil changes are another regular service that you need to do in order to keep your car running properly.  If your car is older than 12 years, you should follow your mechanic’s recommendation and get your oil changed every 3,000 or three months, whichever comes soonest.  However, if you have a newer car, you won’t need to change your oil until about 5,000 miles or about every six months.


Your brake system comprises of brake pads/shoes, rotors, brake fluid, and brake caliper or caliper pin.  Brake pads/shoes need to be replaced every 20,000 to 60,000 miles (about once a year to every other year), rotors need to be polished and replaced as needed, brake caliper or caliper pin should be replaced as necessary, and brake fluids flushed about every 2 years or 30,000 miles.  

Tune Ups

Getting a tune up allows a mechanic to take a good look at your car and make sure that everything is running properly.  They will take a look at your fuel filter, spark plugs, fluid levels, air filter, and anything else that needs attention.  You should get one every two years at least.

Tires Rotation and Alignment

You need to get your tires rotated frequently so that your tires wear evenly.   A good rule of thumb is to get your tires rotated about every 5,000 to 8,000 miles, and check your alignment at that time as well (hitting the curb, pot holes, and wear and tear can throw it off).  There are some things that you can do yourself, such as checking your PSI and tire tread.