The principle behind a regular car service, is to check and change the components that wear out over time. Some motor parts, such as engine oil and brake pads require more frequent checking than spark plugs and fuel filters.
Many manufacturers’ cars are different, so the easiest way to check when your car is due a next service is to look in the owner’s handbook. This log book should have a section listing the required service intervals, and also which type of service is necessary. As a basic rule, the recommendation is every 10,000 kms or 6 months period, whichever comes first.
The benefits of a regular car service
Safety – Servicing your car on a regular basis can bring to light any potential problems before they escalate into critical issues. Checks will be carried out on major components such as the suspension and braking system, to ensure they won’t let you down. You have peace of mind that your car is road worthy and safe to use.
Regular servicing identifies any problems in the early stages that if left, could very easily become expensive to repair. Fitting new filters during a service will ensure a more efficient, smother running vehicle saving money on fuel costs.
What happens if I don’t service my vehicle on time?
Many potential problems can arise if you don’t have your car serviced on a regular basis. If regular maintenance is not carried out, possible car related problems, including the following can be expected over time:
- Reduced fuel economy
- Poor driving feel and possible major mechanical failure
- Engine deterioration if lubricants are not replaced on a regular basis
- Carbon deposits in the engine causing wear on engine internal components
- Degrading of brake fluid over time reducing efficiency of braking system
- More chance of a breakdown and costly recovery fees and repair charges
To keep your car in tip-top driving condition, we suggest you follow the manufacturers’ recommendations and have your car serviced on a regular basis. Why not call into our garage and speak to a trained professional who can advise you on the best service options for your car?