Home Management Binder – Free Templates
Vehicle Maintenance Log Template
On June 1st, Sweet Tea Proper celebrated a huge milestone. It is the day we celebrate for our “blogging birthday”, but it is also the day we crossed over 50,000+ views. With one full year in, we couldn’t be happier with this journey called blogging. We hope this next year will bring hope, insight, and inspiration to you as we continue to learn and grow together.
My vehicle also celebrated a milestone recently. It rolled over 100,000 miles. For some reason the car milestone brings a small amount of dread. It is probably due to some precondition earlier in life, but I have always felt like a car will start to have (if it didn’t before then!) serious maintenance issues around the 100,000 mile marker. This dread or expectation must be felt with others as well since it is quite common for used cars to be sold right before this mile marker.
For my current car, this has not been the case thus far. However, once the thought is engrained, it’s hard to just let it go. Unfortunately, I am not very “car” handy. I could maybe (probably) change a tire if I absolutely had to and I once watched someone change the oil on my old car, but fixing a car is one of those things where I just hand it over to the professionals.
As with the maintenance of your house (you can get our free Home Maintenance Log template here), it is also beneficial to track the maintenance of your car. These are two of the biggest purchases you will make so it makes sense to take care of these items to the best of your ability.
By tracking what maintenance has been performed, by whom, and if there are any warranties, you will be in good shape to answer any questions regarding the health of your vehicle. It is also the easiest way to truly evaluate the cost of the car and maintenance.
As with the Home Maintenance Log, the Vehicle Maintenance Log should contain the date that the maintenance was performed, what was worked on, who worked on it, the technician’s contact information, any warranty information, and any additional notes. It also isn’t a bad idea to have a clear bag to keep up with any warranties or receipts. This allows you to always have “proof” if needed when something is in question.
You may also want to track the mileage on your car for each maintenance item performed. We keep this information in the “Notes” field.
The type of maintenance that you track in this log is completely up to you. It is definitely beneficial to keep up with the big-ticket items, but it will give you a better overall picture if you track the smaller items too (such as oil changes, tire rotations, etc.). Either way, just tracking this information will allow you to be better educated on the health of your car and assist with the planning of potential future costs.
Below is the Vehicle Maintenance Log template that goes with the other templates in our Home Management Binder series. Feel free to print a copy of this one or use it as a guide for your own home management binder. Whichever way you prefer, the vehicle maintenance log is another section to help you manage the different aspects of your home life and feel better organized.