Cutting the Cost of Car Maintenance with Regular Servicing
Getting your car serviced on a regular basis is important for ensuring that it remains safe and reliable. The exact servicing requirements vary between vehicles, but these will be detailed in your vehicle handbook. In general, a service should be carried out every twelve months or every 12,000 miles, whichever is sooner.
A full service will normally include an oil change, oil filter change and lubrication of working parts, such as the hinges. There should also be new spark plugs or a new fuel filter fitted. In addition to the work carried out, there should also be a vehicle safety check. This will include seat belts, wipers, tyres, ball joints, steering and suspension. The fan belt and fluid levels will also be checked.
An interim service will sometimes be recommended for higher mileage vehicles. These take place in between full services. An interim service does not include as much as a full service does, but the vehicle will still get a safety inspection, as well as an oil change and oil filter change.
Many people will regard their annual MOT as an alternative to car servicing, but this should not be the case. The MOT is a legal, basic safety check that is carried out to ensure that the vehicle is roadworthy. However, unlike a service, it does not include a check of the mechanical condition of the vehicle.
It may be tempting to try and save money by not having a service carried out, but this can be a false economy. If the car is properly maintained, it should be more fuel efficient, as well as much safer and more reliable. Services can detect and repair faults at the earliest stages, identifying and solving something which may have become problematic a later date. By not having undertaking regular car servicing, you may ultimately end up spending more on car repairs than necessary, as the problem is likely to be more severe and costly by the time it becomes noticeable. Additionally, servicing your car can significantly decrease the chance of a breakdown, removing the huge inconvenience this can cause.
Car maintenance is also important for retaining the value of your vehicle. A service can limit the amount of wear and tear on the vehicle, meaning that it will be in better condition should you decide to sell it. A car with a full service history is likely to be much more appealing to buyers and, therefore, sell for a higher price.
When choosing a garage for your vehicle service, it is important that you ensure that it is reputable and VAT registered. The service should be carried out by a professional, using genuine parts from the manufacturer. You no longer need to have the service carried out within the franchised dealer network for the manufacturer, but the service needs to be carried out according to the recommendations of the manufacturer. You should check the vehicle warranty for any specific requirements.
Overall, it is hugely beneficial to get your car professionally serviced on a regular basis. This is not only necessary for warranty purposes, but also to maintain the condition of your vehicle and retain the value.
So if you are looking for a professional, affordable car maintenance service throughout Northampton or the wider local area, get in touch with the experts at Tyres Northampton today. We offer comprehensive car servicing at cost-effective prices and promise exceptional levels of customer service and workmanship. Simply give us a call for more information.