A car service is a routine health check that assesses everything from your engine’s fluid levels to general wear and tear. It keeps your car running safely and efficiently. And it can save you money in the long run, by nipping in the bud any problems that could develop.
Why do I need a car service?
Regular servicing helps maintain your car and keep it running smoothly. For example, having the oil and filters changed can stop dirt and dust from getting into your engine and potentially causing major problems. If you don’t service your car, you’re more likely to see its performance deteriorate over time. Regular maintenance can also save you money in the long run by catching minor faults before they turn into a bigger issue.
When should I have my car serviced?
Vehicle-to-vehicle service schedules differ. If you’re not sure when your car needs a service, talk to your mechanic, examine the owner’s manual, or contact the manufacturer. Some cars have a self-diagnostic system that will alert you when it’s time for a service. Even if the warning indicators appear before the 12-month or 12,000-mile mark, drivers are cautioned not to ignore them.
You must adhere to your manufacturer’s service schedule for full and interim services in order to reap the advantages of your warranty. When you reach a certain mileage restriction or the vehicle’s age, you should perform these checks. Always maintain your service schedule up to date so you can produce documentation of regular maintenance if you sell the car or if you need a warranty.
Regular Maintenance: When your oil and filter need replacing.
Interim service: Required every six months or 6,000 miles, whichever comes first.
Full Service: Once a year or every 12,000 miles, whichever comes first.
Manufacturer Service: As per the service schedule provided by your manufacturer.
What includes the services available?
All services mentioned above vary, with more expensive providers providing a more thorough examination. Nonetheless, all services, from the most basic to the most advanced will include:
• Visual examination
• Oil change
• Oil filter change
• Check all important fluid levels (washer fluid, brake fluid, anti-freeze, steering fluid) during an interim or basic service.
When it comes to a full or major service, the vehicle is often subjected to further inspections, and any parts that do not meet the manufacturer’s specifications are replaced. You may have to pay for anything that has to be replaced that isn’t covered by the garage’s warranty, depending on the garage.
What are the advantages of routine maintenance?
If you take care of your car, it will take care of you. Regularly servicing your car will likely result in a variety of benefits, including enhanced fuel efficiency, handling, braking, and an engine that runs more smoothly.
Additionally, your car is more likely to be dependable because it has been inspected for any potential problems. This can save you a lot of money in the long run on maintenance bills and time waiting for your car to be fixed on the side of the road.
Maintaining your vehicle’s market value is probably the most significant reason to service it. Complete service history can increase the value of your car by thousands of dollars and make it much easier to sell privately because potential buyers know the car has been well cared for. So, it goes without saying that your vehicle requires maintenance.