Disclaimer: I wouldn't be surprised if this topic has come up before, so I did try a search. I tried to search topics only for "car maintenance" and the results were topics that didn't have both words.
For the car-lite, how often do you have regular maintenance done? Is it really necessary to get an oil change done every 3, or even 6 months if you are driving the car relatively little? It seems to me that the "3000 mile" dogma is largely bunk designed to keep the $ flowing into shops, because the owner's manuals of two of the cars we've owned specified 5000 miles, and it seems to me they would have reason to be as conservative as any to curb warranty expenses. The 3-month rule, though, I'm not knowledgeable to dispute.
With my current commuting, I plan to put about 2500-3000 miles on my truck (1998 Ranger) per year. I still want regular maintenance to be done on the thing to keep it running well, of course, but I also don't want to have it done more than necessary. So how often? It would be nice if once a year, or even less, were enough.
And how about waxing? Would yearly be enough?
It's garage-kept at home, but parked outside at work.
I use K&N air filters in both of our cars.
Thanks in advance.