Kerber Automotive
repair & service since 1979
8:00 AM—5:00 PM

8408 Loma Place
Upland, CA

Bar #AA192593

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"I arrived at Mike's shop in a panic because my car had not been starting due to the battery. Mike replaced the battery right then and had me quickly and safely back on the road. Thanks! " —Becca, 08/31/2017 via Mechanic Advisor

Factory Scheduled Maintenance

Vehicle manufacturers all suggest minimum maintenance intervals/schedules. Most schedules only carry through 120—150,000 miles; then leave you on your own or tell you to start over from the beginning of the schedule.

Factory recommendations are a very good guide

and should not be taken lightly, but I also believe they are considered the minimum amount of service suggested by the factory.

Most of us are driving our cars and trucks longer and into higher mileage than in the past, in part, because they are built much better. Think back to the 70s, 80s, even early 90s when your vehicle needed quite a bit of maintenance or attention:
Factory Scheduled Maintenance
Today most cars and trucks go 2, 3, and 4 times longer before these repairs/maintenance are needed.

The other reason we drive our cars longer is they cost more and take a lot longer to pay for. I recently read the average age of cars on the road is eleven years. Both my main transportation cars are above that average by quite a bit.

Preventative maintenance is not as cookie cutter as the vehicle owner’s manual leads you to believe.

My duty is to sort out the maintenance for your vehicle based on your particular driving habits and needs. We each drive a little different, with different needs and a different vehicle. My recommendations consider all of those things. For some I will suggest seeing your vehicle as often as every three months, most of you every four months (three times a year) and some of you every six months. These suggestions are based on my confidence of how long your vehicle can go without being serviced or least checked over. I take break downs personally, especially if it’s something that could have been somehow prevented. A break down is not only inconvenient, but can be dangerous.

As cars and trucks have gotten much more reliable and require many less repair visits for actual failures, there are fewer inspections and fewer opportunities to identify potential problems. The actual “oil change” part of a regular service may not be as important as the inspection part of the service.

I enjoy a feeling of accomplishment from maintaining and servicing your vehicle based your individual car, driving habits and needs, rather than relying on the manufacturer’s cookie cutter preventative maintenance schedule. One size doesn’t fit all.