Automotive Service & Maintenance

When we hear someone say, “I’m going to drive this car ‘till the wheels fall off”, we assume they are referring to a long-term goal! Besides a jilted lover with access to your car - Who would purposefully ignore an important car maintenance schedule? Everyone wants their car to last as long as possible! While we can’t do anything about jilted lovers, stolen stereo systems, or your taste in music; Boise Muffler Auto Repair specializes in keeping your vehicle well-maintained, safe, and on the road.

The Cost of Regular Auto Service vs Unexpected Auto Repairs

If you want to get the most from your investment, you must understand all of the costs associated with vehicle ownership. Consider all of the following factors when calculating the Total Cost of Ownership (TCO) of owning a car:

  • Finance Costs
  • Depreciation,
  • Fuel
  • Insurance,
  • License, Registration, and Taxes,
  • Maintenance, Repairs and Tires.

It shouldn’t surprise you to know that under normal circumstances, the older the car gets, the less the car costs to own and operate. The Bureau of Transportation says that the average age for vehicles in the United States is approaching 12 years old with 200,000 miles. Cars are built to last much longer than they used to and many see 300,000 miles in their lifetime.

Owners keep their well-running cars an average of 11.5 years, but less than 5 years if it has mechanical problems.

Average TCO for All Makes and Models at 33,000 Purchase price, United States, 2018 data.

Year 1 Year 5 Year 10
$11,756 $7517 $5914

Cost of Car Ownership: Everything You Need to Know (

“REMEMBER: These Total Cost of Ownership INCLUDES the cost of repairs and maintenance!”

Expert Tips on Extending the Life of your Vehicle

Boise Muffler Auto Repair’s expert tips on car repair and maintenance.

Schedule routine car maintenance and get your car serviced by a professional.

  • We are a full-service car maintenance shop. We check ALL of your critical systems, not just change the oil and filter.
  • Our car maintenance service keeps your car running at it’s best, no matter the age.
  • We keep a record of everything we do with your vehicle and get to know its history.

Don’t forget about periodic automotive maintenance

  • Perform recommended Tune Ups to replace longer-term and important wear-and-tear items. Spark Plugs, belts, filters, wires, oxygen sensor and PCV valve all need to be evaluated and replaced if necessary.
  • The braking and suspension systems have components that must be checked and replaced if worn or leaking.
  • Timing Belt, Water Pump and Radiator and transmission flushes have recommended mileage maintenance to keep the engine and cooling system running at peak efficiency.
  • Idaho’s extreme heat and cold spells can wreak havoc on seals, CV Boots, and gaskets.
  • Don’t forget the battery (or batteries in newer cars). Make sure your alternator and battery are in good working order for Boise’s cold mornings.

Make minor repairs and fix the small stuff in a timely manner

  • Small repairs become big repairs over time
  • Humming, grinding, squealing, whining sounds indicate friction that causes wear-and-tear. Belts, Brakes, fans, tires and engine parts all make a unique sound when rubbing on something they shouldn’t be.
  • Vibrations, shaking, popping, knocking or banging could be a problem with one or some of the critical car components.
  • Replace windshield wipers, caps, burned fuses, light bulbs and sensors to keep your car safe and avoid “fix-it tickets”
  • Keep good tires under the car to prevent flats, accidents and hydroplaning.
  • Use a sun shade to protect interior surfaces from premature aging in the hot summer sun.