Regular car servicing can extend the life of a vehicle. This is because defects can be found before they cause serious, sometimes catastrophic, problems. Investing a relatively small amount in a routine car service and repair means:
- Reduced vehicle time off the road.
- Reduced cost of repairs over the life of the vehicle.
- Reduced breakdown and car accident risks.
What other reasons are there?Putting your car in for regular servicing means less inconvenience and less unforeseen expense, greater fuel economy, and increased product life (for example: brake discs do not become scored and in need of replacement, greater tyre life).
Where should I go?Shop around - costs even vary between franchised dealers so shop around. Don’t just return to the one where you bought your car. You can now get your car serviced at a non-franchised garage without invalidating your warranty, so call local workshops for prices too.
- If you do go to an independent garage, ensure it is VAT-registered and make sure the parts and fluids used are genuine manufacturer products. Get receipts and part serial numbers to prove this.
- Always stick to your car’s servicing schedule and ensure that the servicing book is stamped.
- Always read your warranty document thoroughly before booking your car in for servicing.
- If, however, your car needs a repair or some warranty work carried out, this must be done at a franchised dealer in order to keep your warranty intact.
- In between services, keep your car in good condition by keeping fluids topped up and by carrying out regular checks.
What will they check?Your car will be given a thorough check, including:
- Spark plugs
- And more...
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