Key To Long Car Life: Multipoint Inspection

Your vehicle logged hundreds of kilometers, if not thousands as you traveled to meet family and friends throughout the holidays.

Now is a great time for a multipoint inspection. Before winter unleashes its full fury, find out the little things that could put your vehicle as risk.

“An inspection focuses on the key systems and can prevent a vital repair from catching you off-guard,” said Patricia Serratore, senior vice-president for the National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence (ASE). “Oil changes and routine multipoint inspections are the foundation of preventative maintenance.”

“Multipoint inspection” is a general term for an evaluation of your vehicle. Some of the basic areas for review include tire issues such as wear or pressure and braking fluid level.

Other areas require trained technicians who can eye potential issues with brakes, belts, hoses and electrical charging system.

Serratore talked about what goes into a multi-point inspections and when to get one:

  • Schedule a multipoint inspection before a major road trip between seasons. An inspection can help avoid problems exacerbated by weather changes.
  • Use certified technicians or factory-trained experts. They are trained to spot issues that may turn into expensive problems.
  • Invest in preventative maintenance. Recommendations that show up in a multipoint inspection--replacing a belt or hose or tire--can avoid more expensive problems far away from home.
  • Get a copy of the technician’s findings and suggestions is available to you. It provides a guide on what systems are fine and what repairs might be on the horizon.