It’s best to service your car every 6 months. At the very least, changing the oil is required and this is advised by new car makers all over the world.
The mechanic will tell you other items that may need attention. Some items may need doing every 2-3 years, like the following:
The older the car, the more needs to be done. Cars older than 8 years or 150,000km generally cost too much to keep and it’s best to buy a new one. Some brands are better than others. Best to talk to your mechanic about your options as we are talking about a lot of money. By the time you purchase the car and maintain it for 8 years or longer, the costs add up.
Engine tune ups are now not required as the car computer controls the engine and when the engine starts to run bad usually parts have worn and just need to be replaced. There are no adjusters to adjust any more. Modern cars can go 80,000km before parts wear and need replacing. This could be 8 years for some people.
It is best to use the car maker’s service book to record your services. When the service book is finished, buy another.