Car Maintenance/Repair Log

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Printable Car Maintenance/Repair Log

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Car Repair Log. Photo © Erin Huffstetler

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Use this free log to keep track of all of the maintenance and repair work that's been performed on your vehicle. It'll help you to stay on top of important tasks, and make it easier to tally your yearly car repair expenses. 

How to Use the Car Maintenance/Repair Log

Every time you have work done on your car, take a minute to jot down all of the important details -- the date, the name of the shop/person that made the repairs, what repairs were made, how much you paid and any other relevant information. This might include the mileage at the time of service, whether the work is warrantied and any additional work that the shop said your car would need soon.

Make sure you log maintenance work, too. It's just as important as repairs -- maybe even more important. Without good records, you may not have oil changes, tire rotations and other regular maintenance items performed on schedule, and that could lead to costly repairs or even put your safety in danger. If you, or anyone else, does anything to your car, it needs to go in the log. Even waxing your car deserves an entry.

Other Things to Include in Your Repair Log

You may also find it handy to include size information/parts numbers for things like windshield wipers, the oil filter, the air filter and any other replaceable parts. Not having to look those things up every time they need to be replaced is nice.

Where to Store Your Repair Log

Keep your repair log in your car, so you can update/reference it as needed. If you own more than one vehicle, keep a separate log for each vehicle, and make sure all the driver's in your household know to update the log as needed. 

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Reasons to Keep a Car Repair Log

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​There are lots of good reasons to keep a car repair log. Here are some to consider:

  • You'll be able to see if something broke while it was under warranty
  • You can use this year's spending total to set next year's car repair budget
  • You'll be able to track price increases, or see when one shop is charging you more than another for a particular service
  • You'll be able to see when various maintenance tasks need to be performed, so all work is done on time (and so you don't get tricked into doing something before it's needed)
  • You'll be able to see if a particular brand of windshield wiper, etc. wore out before it should have
  • You'll be able to see if your car is using oil between oil changes
  • If you decide to sell your car, having a detailed car repair log should help you to command a higher price

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Not Sure What Work Your Car Needs?

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Car Maintenance Checklist. Photo © Erin Huffstetler

View this vehicle maintenance checklist for recommended maintenance by mileage. Also check the owner's manual that came with your car to see what the manufacturer recommends.

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