Preventative Auto Maintenance

More than Just an Oil Change

Located in Columbia, Maryland and serving all of Howard County and Central Maryland, BA Auto Care offers a full range of services, from car maintenance, preventative care, and car repairs, to state inspections and tire services. Everything you need to ensure your car lasts for as long as you’d like to keep it. We’re always looking out for you and your vehicle.

Why Choose a Full-Service Auto Center?

When you choose a full-service automotive center like BA Auto Care to handle all of your automotive service needs, all your vehicle service records are meticulously maintained and accessible for reference any time you have an issue with your vehicle.

Our experienced team of auto technicians knows you and your car’s history. This allows us to provide the most efficient and cost-effective service for your vehicle. When you become part of the BA Auto Care family, our primary mission is to make sure that we take care of you and your vehicles, providing the absolute best in auto repair and customer service.

Schedule Service Appointment

Click below to complete the online form, and we’ll call you back to finalize the details for your auto repair service. Or, if you prefer, just call us at 410-381-2700.

We never do “just an oil change”. Getting your oil changed is just one part of our regular preventative maintenance program. If you’re just going to a quick lube shop to get your oil changed, you are probably overlooking important services, your need needs.

If you aren’t sure you’re on the right oil change schedule, schedule a free consultation with us. We can do the consultation over the phone, or you can stop by and get a chance to check out our shop and meet the people who will be serving you!

Scheduled Preventative Maintenance

All our scheduled car maintenance services are performed in accordance with manufacturer specifications and maintain your vehicle’s warranty. The list of services below covers what’s included in our standard 3750, 5k, 15k, or 30k mileage service for cars and includes what most manufacturers recommend. If your manual calls for something extra, we’ll be sure to review that with you as part of the scheduled service. If you have a hybrid or electric vehicle, we do offer preventative maintenance for hybrid and electric vehicles as well!

Many of our customers have their car serviced every six months or 5000 miles, whichever comes first. In these cases, this would be the service they typically receive unless they were due for one of the other major services (i.e. the 15k or 30k service, which is performed alternatively every 15,000 miles).

3,750 miles

  • Road Test.
  • Change oil filter & check for leaks.
  • Check Condition of all fluids.
  • Check tires, steering, & suspension.
  • Check brakes & underside of car.
  • Check battery.

5,000 miles

  • Check steering handling & brakes.
  • Check A/C and heating system.
  • Check engine and transmission performance.
  • Check spare tire condition and pressure.
  • Check clutch and transmission performance.
  • Plus previous services.

15,000 miles

  • Check battery, starting system, and charging system.
  • Scan computer, check system history & record codes.
  • Check cooling system performance.
  • Clean and service battery connections.
  • For Diesels, replace fuel filter.
  • Plus previous services.

30,000 miles

  • Install fuel filter and spark plugs if needed.
  • Check for service updates and recalls.
  • Plus previous services.

Frequent Questions & Concerns


  • How long do hybrid batteries last?

    Typically, hybrid batteries last 8-15 years, and are covered by warranty for years. Replacement can be expensive, but not often needed.

  • Do hybrids require special maintenance?

    Hybrids do have an additional electric motor and battery, but their maintenance needs are similar to a conventional car. Some specific components might require specialized expertise.

  • Do electric cars require special maintenance?

    EVs have fewer moving parts compared to gasoline cars, leading to potentially lower maintenance costs. However, battery health monitoring and specialized equipment for electric components might be needed.

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