5 Things you need to know about Car Servicing

A question we hear often is, ‘Why is it important to service my car?’ While many of us drive, not everyone knows how a car works or when and why car servicing is a necessity. It may not be a legal requirement, at least not yet, but there are many reasons your vehicle needs a full service. It’s even more important for business owners, especially if you manage a fleet of vehicles.

If you take pride in your car and look after it properly, it will reward you with reliability and longevity. Not only that, regular a car service will save you money in the long-term and also ensure the safety of you and your family. Let’s take a closer look at what you need to know about servicing your car on a regular basis.

Service Intervals

Do you know when your next car service is due? It is always best to check your vehicle manufacturer service schedule as failure to do so could invalidate your warranty. A full service is recommended annually or at 12 000 miles but not everyone abides by the rules. Service intervals often cause confusion as dealerships generally suggest that a car’s next service is either due by a certain mileage, or within 12 months of the previous service.

The confusion comes in when someone drives less than the average annual mileage. As they are solely focused on mileage, they could easily skip the service date. At the same time, someone who travels excessively would reach the mileage service interval in less than a year. If they do not keep a close eye on their odometer, chances are they could forget to get their car serviced at the stipulated mileage.

Remember, not driving your car a lot or leaving it stationary, doesn’t mean you don’t need a full service. The same principle applies when exceeding the annual mileage. If you drive 25 000 miles per year, you should book two annual services to ensure optimum vehicle performance and safety.

Safety and Vehicle Maintenance

Thousands of accidents happen on our roads every year as a consequence of car owners not performing vehicle maintenance. While poor driving does contribute to some accidents, many are as a result of faulty or worn brakes, uneven tyre treads and worn out wiper blades to mention a few. Servicing your car regularly could help identify any issues before they become a real problem. Leaving anything unattended for too long will result in an expensive oversight on your part.

An engine, for example, consists of many moving parts which require sufficient lubrication for optimal performance. Brakes, clutches and gearboxes are also included in that assessment. Without clean and good quality oil and transmission fluids, your engine could seize and the gearbox could lose a few gears.

Make sure that you schedule regular service checks so you, your family, your car and all those around you are safe. Failure to do so will leave you with an expensive repair that could have been avoided with a full service from a reputable car service centre.

Servicing Saves You Money

Did you know that a regular car service can also save you on fuel? A full service means new oil and air filters, spark plugs, belts (when necessary). Everything we do when servicing your car contributes to a smoother, safer and more economical driving experience. In addition, addressing issues such as under inflated tyres will help reduce rolling resistance which subsequently improves fuel consumption.

It’s always a good idea to schedule your car for various kinds of ongoing regular maintenance. Knowing and keeping to this schedule will ensure that your car remains in good working order for longer. Not servicing your car increases the chances of a breakdown which is costly and inconvenient. As a business owner, the last thing you want is to rely on public transport or car rental while you wait in anticipation for the hefty bill.

Increased Longevity and Higher Resale Value

Aside from buying property, a car is another big expense most of us will encounter during our lives. With the economy the way it is, people want to keep their cars for longer which reinforces the value of effective vehicle maintenance. A correctly serviced and tuned engine will be reliable for longer and more economical than one that is poorly maintained. The better you look after your car (just as you would your body), the longer it will last.

Most pre-owned vehicle purchasers are adamant about knowing the service history and invest a great deal of effort to find a car in great condition. Regular services and organised records will prove that your car is in good condition without having any major problems. It is quite clear then that cars with a full service history will generally fetch a higher resale value.

Car Services Reduce Pollution

We all know that factory and vehicle emissions contribute directly to global pollution. The good news is that there is something you can do for a greener tomorrow. Consistently well-maintained vehicles will produce lower amounts of dangerous fumes and fluids that could potentially leak and be released into the air and water supply.

Full Service With Elite Garages

We know that you need a reliable car service centre you can trust and not just any backyard garage. So why settle for second best if you can get a full service at any of our accredited branches locally? Our staff are friendly, experienced and well-trained and provide the highest level of customer service you’d expect from a family-run business. We remain in constant contact with you during the service to keep you informed of the progress or potential issues.

Elite Garages specialise in servicing vehicles exactly as they should be and we do it right the first time. We service all major makes and models saving you hundreds on dealership prices. Our services also include checking the engine oil and, if needed, replace it with fresh oil specifically designed for your car. During the service, if we find that anything needs to be repaired or replaced, we will contact you first via phone or email.

We fully understand the importance of trust, loyalty and honesty. With three generations of industry experience, we know what we’re doing and always have our customers’ best interest at heart. See for yourself and take a look at some of our online reviews and testimonials.

To show you just how serious we are, get this discount voucher when you book a combined premium service and MOT. When you are ready, get in touch with our team for more information or to book a full service.

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