I’ve recently received my car back after a 3 month visit to the repair garage. We were involved in a crash, which was not our fault and neither was the damage to our car. But, what if your car ends up in the repair garage with a costly bill just because it’s broken down?
I’ve been a driver for over 20 years, and I know the importance of car services. You need to keep your car in good condition to prevent costly repairs and to keep the value if you decide you want to sell it on later.
Looking after your car has many benefits and booking it in for a service is easy. It may be an extra expense at the time, but it will save you money in the long term.
What is a Car Service?
A car service will check the parts that suffer the most wear and tear and degrade over time. If you don’t look after these parts then the car will not run as efficiently and could end up costing more in repairs.
There are different types of service that depend on your mileage. A car that does more than 2000 miles per month will need an interim service every six months. But generally, a car needs a service every twelve months.
You can book Book car servicing online at KAP Motor’s Brighton Branch where you can choose what type of service your car requires. The service carried out may vary from place to place but as an overview the kind of things you can expect include;
- Check of the lights, horn, washers, wipers and condition of windscreen.
- Change of engine oil and engine oil filter, check of brake pads, wheels and tyres.
- Check of antifreeze, cooling system and screen wash.
- Check clutch and condition of battery.
- Road test of brakes, steering, suspension, engine, gearbox and heating system.
A Full, or Major service may also include;
- the fitting of new spark plugs, air filter and fuel filter
- recommend Cambelt change date
- check and adjust emissions
- check and adjust ignition timing
- check and adjust idle speed.
Why You Should Service your Car Regularly
Here are some real good reasons why you should regularly service your car.
Safety – A service will identify those problems that may be the cause of an accident, for example worn brakes or tyres, or exhaust leaks.
Keeping Clean – A regularly serviced vehicle will reduce the emissions that it releases into the air. Also, under-inflated tyres will burn more fuel
Cost – The cost of a regular service may reduce a much bigger cost of any repairs needed later through lack of maintenance.
Resale Value – A car that has been looked after will obviously attract a higher price when you come to sell it.
Fewer Breakdowns – No-one likes breaking down and a service can help detect those little problems that may develop into big ones while on the road.
Do you service your car regularly?