30k, 60k, 90k, 120k, 150k Inspections

These are now known as “Factory-Required Maintenance Services” and they are now more important than ever for newer vehicles.


Simply because of how manufacturing has changed. There are different materials, different oils and so, different needs for each brand and sometimes, each model too.

Now, each brand has its own maintenance schedule

We look up every vehicle for its specific maintenance schedule because each manufacturer has a different set of services.

An example of this is a 30k factory-required maintenance service for a ‘09 Ford 150 truck may be very different than a ‘14 Nissan Juke at the same mileage.

Manufacturing is different now

The biggest services were traditionally at 30k mile intervals, but that isn’t a hard & fast rule either with today’s modern vehicles.

Some brands have a 20k mile service for transmission services, brake flushes, and cabin filter replacements.

Timing belts, for some vehicles, are replaced at 105k miles now, where an older model’s timing belt would be replaced at 60k miles.

We follow what is recommended, or “factory required” by the manufacturer and according to:

  • age
  • mileage
  • make, and
  • model

Lots of specific details!

As a vehicle ages and is used, it definitely needs more care and attention. We’d like to suggest a few things for you to think about in terms of maintenance, both short and long-term when you’re considering a new car or truck, or if and when you are faced with a 60k factory required maintenance appointment.

How long do you want to keep your vehicle?

Consider the timeline of your ownership.

What does this mean?

Do you want to keep your vehicle in great shape for long-term ownership? Or, are you an owner who’d like to get a newer car every 4-5 years?

Care for wear & tear

The care and maintenance you give your car in the beginning and throughout your ownership will determine how your car will last for you -and perform for you, mileage-wise & age-wise.

If you don’t take care of it in the beginning, it’s not going to last for you in the end.

If you get your car serviced on a regular basis, your car is going to last longer, and be more reliable for you and your family.

We’re a convenient option for Downtown Seattle, West Seattle, Burien, White Center and the South Park area. And a good, hassle-free alternative to going to a dealership.

It’d be a pleasure to meet you. Schedule your service today.

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Tom's Automotive Service
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4.7 out of 5 stars

stella loichot
stella loichot

5 out of 5 stars

posted 1 month ago

Our family has been a client of Tom's since 2005 and we have never been disappointed. My husband does most of the work on our cars and we only bring them to the shop when he is stuck with something he can't do. At Tom's, not only do they always offer a menu of solutions to fit different budgets, but they have also provided advice regarding what my husband could do on his own, and we appreciate that very much.

Jody Dexter
Jody Dexter

5 out of 5 stars

posted 3 months ago

Tom's automotive has very experienced, professional and friendly staff. As a female, I don't feel I can trust certain mechanics. The owner is female and I completely trust her advise. They gave me a list of what maintenance items needed to be completed but did not pressure to complete them at that time.

xana land
xana land

5 out of 5 stars

posted 3 weeks ago

TOMS SAVED ME THOUSANDS! MOST HONEST IN WEST SEATTLE! After getting totally bamboozled by a place in West Seattle that has hundreds of good reviews, I was at a loss of what to do. Finally I took my little Hyundai to Tom's. First of all, its literally the cleanest shop I've ever seen in my life. Like Truman Show movie clean. Then the guys are so sweet and patient. They did what any of the actually 3 mechanics that had looked at my car could have done, a simple cheap dye test to see exactly where the oil leak was going. One place that had worked on my car on Roxbury had told me it was fixed. I left with plans to go on a little road trip and went to get some supplies and saw the car was smoking and leaking oil. Took it back they said " oh I see there is another leak, for $1200 we'll fix it for good this time " yeah right, I said no thanks, so Tom's knew this and all along any of the places ( The place on Roxbury was the 3rd ) could have done this simple dye test for $30.00 with tax. Toms told me after the dye test what I had a feeling about-the car was not worth putting any more money into. THey could have poo pooed me and let me waste more money but they were honest. Take your car to Tom's, you might think that these other little Ma and Pa shops are good because they are full ad busy but why take a chance that you'll just get lied to? Tom's hasn't been here 40 plus years for no reason!