Do you have your car serviced often? If so, you are in the minority. Most people tend to bring their cars into a garage when they think something is up – but by then, it can often be too late. Today, we’re going to take a look at car servicing, explain what happens, and why it will save you a lot of money in the long-term.
What is a car service?
Just like you might go to your GP or dentist for a checkup once or twice a year, your car needs a little checkup, too. There are various types of service – which we’ll look at later – but they all do the same thing. They ensure your car is safe, and will last you for many years to come.
How often should I have a service?
It depends on your car. If you are buying a brand new car, it’s a good idea to follow the manufacturer’s guidelines. If you don’t, you run the risk of invalidating your warranty. For older cars, you should have a checkup at least every year – but twice a year is even better if you get through a lot of annual miles. It will help you and your mechanics identify small problems that could lead to much bigger – and more expensive – issues later on.
What are the benefits?
There are plenty of advantages, besides safety and longevity. You will pay for your services, of course, but without them your car will lose value. For every little problem, there is a risk of a bigger problem occurring, and that’s only going to eat away at your wallet. Not only that, but a well-serviced car will run more efficiently. That means less gas at the pumps and more money for your savings.
What types of services are there?
There are plenty of different types of service available. Head over to this website for a more thorough look, but we’ll give you a brief outline.First of all, there’s the oil and filter change. This is essential to keep your engine running well and efficiently. You can have a basic service, which includes checking your brake and anti-freeze fluids, your brake pads and other essentials. Then, there’s a full or major service. This might include everything from changing your spark plugs to replacing your windscreen wipers. You can also get manufacturer services when you take your car to an approved garage, and they will go over it with a fine-tooth comb.
Can I do it myself?
Yes and no. There are some things that you can do yourself with no problems. All you need to do is learn about your car, and you can make the minor changes you need. Things like checking your type pressure and oil are standard tasks; as is topping up your fluids. However, for anything more technical, it is best to bring it to a professional, unless you understand auto mechanics yourself.
So, there you have it. How do you feel about servicing now? Why not book yourself in today and see how the old girl is doing?
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