Servicing a car can sometimes look like paying for nothing, but the truth is that all vehicles require regular maintenance in order to avoid costly repairs and maximising efficiency (including older vehicles).
Here's 5 key reasons why it’s important to service your car:
1. It maintains the Manufacturer’s Warranty
One of the most important reasons for scheduled service work by an accredited mechanic is that manufacturers require this in line with their car maintenance guidelines. Failure to comply may invalidate your warranty, resulting in you having to fork out money for repairs which otherwise would be covered by the manufacturer. It is therefore a good idea to familiarise yourself with not only when your car is due for it’s next service but also with the exact parts which will need to be replaced.
2. It protects the car’s value
A car is likely to be one of the most expensive household purchases you will ever make, so it makes sense to protect such a financial outlay as best as possible. This not only includes looking after the inside or outside of your car, but also the mechanical side of the vehicle. Having your car serviced regularly helps to maintain its value resulting in a higher sale price when selling the car (often more so than good body work).
3. It keeps you safe
When servicing a car, mechanics can pick up potential safety related problems and notify you. This can include brake or suspension related components which are checked at all service intervals, but also wear on other safety related parts which may not be apparent prior to a closer inspection. An early diagnosis of parts likely to fail will allow you to replace them before they would cause reason for concern.
4. It keeps your car working efficiently
Regular serviced cars work at their maximum efficiency returning better mpg and using less oil. Replacing tear and wear parts such as oil filters and spark plugs prevents dirt build up, avoiding long term mechanical engine issues. In short a car maintained in good running order will offer the most cost effective and problem free way to owning a car whilst ensuring the longevity of the engine.
5. It can save you money
Adhering to the correct manufacturer’s service intervals will ensure the best possible fuel economy, so will save you money on a daily basis! This is achieved by maintaining a good working standard of brakes, tyres and engine components.