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My 2006 Honda Civic currently has 29,500 miles on it. The Honda dealership recommended getting a 30,000 mile maintenance servicing. The cost is $400.00. How crucial are these recommended services? Do they really help with performance or resale value? I believe $400.00 is a significant cash outlay. I need to know that it will be worth it and not just another revenue generating opportunity for the dealership.

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Amy Mattinat, Owner and Author at Auto Craftsmen Ltd Hi Deb, If you want your car to be dependable and last a long time then it is important to do the manufacture recommended service. To view the "Car Care Guide" created by the non-profit car care council go to and you can download a free copy. It is a great resource guide that explains why it*s important to do the service and approx. when it*s due. There are great pictures and it*s written in a very easy to understand format. All My Best, Amy Mattinat

Amanda J. Pierce, MBA Deb, You can always ask for samples from the dealership on your fluid condition, and ask for a second opinion at an unbiased facility like an auto parts store to check fluid condition for you as well, typically free of charge. You should have a recommended maintenance interval in your glove box that "suggests" items to be checked and addressed at certain mileage milestones. AJ Pierce

Suzanne Grego, Technician at City of Philadelphia Fleet Management Deb, Being that this is a new car, this is a great opportunity for you to start good maintenance habits for this vehicle early on. This will help keep the vehicle in good condition for later years. Also, if you do not keep up with recommended maintenance, any warranties you have could be voided if a problem does arise. Suzanne

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