In a world where more and more things are meant to break at some point, when it comes to the cars we drive, we are unfortunately having to deal with more parts and therefore more of a chance that they will break down. Many cars on the market today run almost entirely on computers. Onboard computers can start the engine, play your favorite songs via Bluetooth, and even make you tea with jam and bread. Well, maybe not the tea part, or the jam and bread part, for that matter. What would help a car or truck to be able to run the way it is supposed to for as long as it possibly can is if we paid attention to the regularly scheduled maintenance plan and to have it serviced whenever service is necessary. The rule for oil replacement used to be every 3,000 miles. Then it became every 3,000 miles or every three months, whichever came first. Now, many cars and trucks are being built so that oil changed might not have to be as frequent. Your every 3,000 miles might not be the same as someone else’s. Someone who drives high mileage to work every day might need to change her oil every 3,000 miles, but someone else who works from home and doesn’t use the car much might change his oil every 7,500 instead. The big concern for any car owner regarding their car is the transmission. Whether your car or truck has a new transmission or a rebuilt transmission, making sure that a transmission shop has given you the good word that it is in solid shape can save you a lot of time and headache in the transmission repair shop in the future. Of course, transmissions come in automatic and manual, though manual transmissions are not as common as they once were. When it comes to the fluid in transmissions, on manual transmissions, they have to be changed more often than automatic transmissions. For manual transmissions in cars or trucks, it is recommended that the fluid is changed roughly every 30,000 to 60,000 miles. For an automatic car or truck, the regular fluid replacement is recommended for every 60,000 to 100,000 miles. This, of course, depends on the make and the model of the car and how often you would be driving it. If your transmission does end up going out on you, then you wouldn’t be the first person to have one crap out on them. Certain cars seem to hold up better than others. It might not have to cost you as much as you think if you look first for a rebuilt transmission. Depending on the car or truck, a rebuilt transmission might even be better than a new one. When a mechanic gets their hands on a transmission and really takes the time to replace all of the parts that need replacing and doing it with care and pride, a rebuilt transmission just might outperform the new transmission from the factory floor. Imagine having a child who grows up to be a sixteen or a seventeen-year-old kid who has ambitions of succeeding in the world. She has reached the age where she can legally drive and she has completed all of the tests and paperwork in order to do so. Her enterprise from the past two summers has given her enough cash to purchase a decent car. Obviously, you are dealing with a lot of emotion, but the first thing you need to do is make sure that car is sound and safe. Take the car in to be inspected by someone who knows what to look forward. If there is a rebuilt transmission, find out who rebuilt it and have your mechanic ask questions about how well it runs. If you take care of your car and show your children how to take care of theirs, driving will be a much more enjoyable thing for everyone.