When it comes to taking your new baby for a test drive on the road, there is nothing more infuriating- or at times dangerous- than driving a car that breaks down before you have even had the chance to fully enjoy the pleasures of your new car. And while you might think that you don’t need to service a car that you have brought which is labelled as brand new, even if it has not clocked up the miles, cars are prone to be faulty and catch you unawares so no matter how new or old your car is, you should always get your vehicle serviced to ensure a smooth ride. From learning the difference between getting a full service package at your local garage to Interim repair, educating yourself on when, where and how you get your car serviced is imperative to protecting your car against costly repairs, breakdowns and ensuring that your car is in tip tip condition all the time. Find out below how regularly getting your car serviced not only protects against breakdowns but also saves you money in the long run. Don’t believe me? Read on to find out more.
Regularly Servicing Your Car Can Protect Against Future Breakdowns
Regularly getting your car serviced can make the difference between it running smoothly and fuel efficiently, and the risk of it breaking down and incurring an expensive and unexpected repair. And while the service schedule for your vehicle will depend on the manufacturer and also depend on the car’s mileage and age, it’s also important to note that even new cars can break down without warning. You could even go as far as to say that avoiding getting your car serviced regularly can become a form of false economy, since expected wear and tear requiring minor maintenance, can fast become a costly major repair or replacement. Which means that the longer you leave the minor issues to fester, the more costly your car repairs can become in the long run, which is never a good shout .
Getting Your Car Serviced Ensures That You Always Put Safety First
While it seems like common sense to suggest that getting your car serviced regularly means that you and your car become safer in the process, I cannot stress the importance of putting your safety first. Whether your car is one or ten years old, there is no such thing as being too ‘cautious’. Regular servicing can help to identify potential problems before they become real ones. Servicing will make sure that essential checks are carried out to critical vehicle components such as your braking system and suspension to make sure that these vital parts don’t let you down when you need them most. Regular servicing provides peace of mind that the vehicle is in road-worthy condition, as well as being lighter on your bank balance. And while you might think that if a ‘car looks like it is ok’ you don’t need to go into the garage, cars have a sneaky habit of lulling motorists into a false sense of security, simply because wear and tear can creep over you gradually meaning that you might not notice the deterioration.
The More You Service Your Car The Longer The Lifespan
Ensuring that you get your car serviced regularly can mean that you can automatically add years of life to your car, giving it more longevity and subsequently becoming more bargain for your buck in the long run. It’s like anything, whether it be a television or a laptop, the better you treat your car, the more likely it is to have a longer lifespan. And while the uber rich might choose to buy a new car every year, for us mere mortals, we might choose to hold onto our cars for longer, meaning that it is important to service your car as often as you can if you want to enjoy many more years of driving on the open road seamlessly.
It goes without saying that getting your car serviced is imperative, but did you know that there are two types of services that you can use to ensure your car is in tip top condition?
Interim VS Full Service ‘Servicing’
Interim Service has 35 main action points including, four changes and four top-ups. The changes include engine oil, oil filter and wheel nut torque (depending on the vehicle’s mileage and manufacturer specification). The garage will also check and change the tyre pressure and top up the clutch fluid, power steering reservoir, brake fluid level and windscreen washer if required.
The garage will also perform checks on other parts of the vehicle and if these parts need changing they will communicate this with you in advance of carrying out the work to make sure you are aware of what additional work is required and whether any further costs may be incurred.
In contrast a full service has 61 main action points. These will include all the points in an Interim Service as well as some additional checks, top-ups and changes including the air filter which is replaced based on the mileage and vehicle usage. Additional checks and top-ups include your coolant or antifreeze strength, the gearbox fluid, clutch fluid, axle and/or transaxle oil and non-sealed battery units. All of these tops-ups are undertaken where applicable for your specific vehicle and depending on the manufacturer guidelines. The garage is also required to check spark plugs during a Full Service and change them based on the mileage and manufacturer specification.
As well as these 61 main action points, the garage that you choose to get your car checked over at will also perform overall health checks on your vehicle and if there is other work that needs attention or other parts that need changing they will communicate this with you in advance to make sure you are aware of what additional work is required and whether any further costs may be incurred. This means no nasty surprises later down the line.
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