‘Do I need to adhere to my PMS schedule?’ [Newbie Guide]

Updated Jun 01, 2021

Car manufacturers don’t prescribe those just on a whim.

Some might say that ultimately ending up with your personal means of transportation is just a fringe benefit of car ownership. It’s the chase that really matters, from picking out your preferred model, specs, and body color, to hunting for a dealer outlet that offers the best financing deals and the highest number of freebies.

Empty pocket

Many car owners feel this way after bringing their cars in for servicing

What’s not so fun is the car’s periodic maintenance, and many motorists don’t exactly relish the thought of having to bring the car to the dealership and part with the money they’d rather spend on something else. Yet it’s a necessary part of having the car in your garage, after all.

However, you don’t just drive over to the service bay whenever you feel like it, or only when you notice that the car isn’t performing as well as it used to. While carmakers engineer their products to be the best they can come up with against their rivals, a vehicle’s lifespan depends on the care provided by its owner.

Car on lifter

A vehicle's PMS shows that owners have a hand in the car's lifespan

This is where the preventive maintenance schedule or PMS comes in, set by the manufacturer at specific intervals whether through the car’s mileage or an estimated number of months. The ‘preventive’ part refers to the proactive nature of the appointment, with the goal being to prevent or preempt problems from coming up and putting a huge dent on your car ownership experience.

Following the prescribed maintenance schedule allows the manufacturer to monitor your car and ensure that it’s performing the way its designers and engineers intended. Your car is a mass of moving parts, and anything that isn’t working as it should is not only a source of inconvenience but also puts you and others in danger. 

Owner manual

The owner's manual specifies the ideal intervals for the car to be checked 

It might not look like it at first but observing the service schedule also saves you money in the long run. Skipping out on your car’s oil change might save you a couple thousand pesos. Do it often enough and you could be looking at the prospect of having your engine overhauled or replaced sooner than otherwise necessary, which could run at six figures.

There’s also the peace of mind that having a car maintained according to schedule brings. You won’t really appreciate the car dying on you at the worst possible time, whether you’re driving your date on a special night out or responding to an emergency. Unexpected events are an inevitable part of life, but vehicle breakdown shouldn’t be one of them. 

Car crash

Skipping out on the required service appointments can have disastrous consequences          

If you want to make the most out of your car for as long as you can, make sure you’re always ready to follow the manufacturer’s prescribed maintenance schedule. The car will thank you for it by paying you back with years of trouble-free service.
Find more tips for beginner car owners at Philkotse.com.

Joseph Paolo Estabillo

Joseph Paolo Estabillo


Joseph has been a member of various car clubs since he got his driver's license in 2004 – old enough to remember riding in taxicabs with analog meters, but his fascination with cars goes way back. After nearly two decades of working in broadcast media, he shifted gears by coming on board as Philkotse’s first Filipino member and staff writer in 2017.

Apart from his role in Philkotse as Content Team Lead, Joseph has written episodes for Drive, which has been airing on CNN Philippines for five seasons running. He has also delivered content for various car dealerships based in the U.S., spanning multiple brands such as Alfa Romeo, Maserati, Jeep, Dodge, among others.

Keeping his hopes high and his revs low, he dreams about owning a Kei car when he retires. Hates slow parkers.

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