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My car has 26,000 miles on it, and my dealership (who I always take my car to for oil changes) is recommending their "major service" appointment, that covers all my filters (except hepa), fluid check, rotate and balance tires, adjust parking brake, inspect/replace spark plugs, coolant service, etc. They want about $400 for all this, plus another $90 for the hepa filter, and another $190 for replacing the brakes. And they will throw in a free rental. Is this a good buy? Wait until closer to 30K? or get a second opinion?

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Suzanne Grego, Technician at City of Philadelphia Fleet Management Lindsey, It is a good idea to stay on top of your maintenance schedule, not only to keep your vehicle in good condition, but also to keep the warranty valid. I'm not sure why they would need to change the spark plugs already - usually plugs and wires are not recommended until around 100k. (However, I'm not too familiar with Honda - if that is what is recommended in the owner's manual, they must have a different schedule than I am used to.) As far as the brakes go, ask to look at them and have them explain to you why they need to be changed. You can wait a little while for the regular maintenance, but I wouldn't recommend going too far over 30k. Suzanne

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