What is involved in running a vehicle effectively and efficiently? You want to make sure that your car is well maintained, but it can be difficult to know when maintenance is required and what exactly is needed. There are a variety of different styles of maintenance, so let’s look at two of the main ones: reactive maintenance and preventative maintenance.

Here’s a quick overview of what each one means, how they’re different, and which kind your car needs and when.

Reactive maintenance

Reactive maintenance is performed only when the vehicle or some of its parts fail. For example, if your car breaks down while you’re driving, you would call a repairman to have it fixed. This is reactive maintenance. This can lead to lower maintenance costs and less time spent on planning and performing maintenance in the short term because it is only done when it is absolutely necessary. However, the cost of replacing damaged parts will be much greater when something does go wrong. As a result, reactive maintenance tends to be costlier in the long run and is generally inefficient.

Preventative maintenance

Preventative maintenance involves following a set maintenance schedule. This may be based on time, i.e. monthly or annual maintenance, or hours run, i.e. the number of hours or miles the vehicle has been used for. When it’s time for this scheduled maintenance, the entire vehicle and its parts will be examined to identify any faults, but also potential faults that may occur in the future. This way, parts can be repaired or replaced before the problem occurs. It even consists of basic needs like changing the oil. Preventative maintenance aims to improve the reliability of the vehicle, reduce the risk of parts failing and, therefore, increase the lifespan of the vehicle.

Which is better?

Preventative maintenance is, essentially, designed to eliminate the need for reactive maintenance. If it is planned and performed efficiently, then it should prevent any major issues from arising that require reactive maintenance. This will also help you save money on your vehicle upkeep over time. However, this isn’t a guarantee, so you may need reactive maintenance from time to time in addition to your preventative maintenance program.

So, the short answer is that you should always plan preventative maintenance for your vehicle, but reactive maintenance may be required as a backup.

If you’re in need of either preventative or reactive maintenance for your car in Winston Salem and the rest of the Piedmont Triad, then contact us for our services.

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