With the summer holidays coming up and long car journeys planned to festivals, camping trips and holidays, it’s really the most important time to make sure your car is in tip-top shape so you are safe on the road. In this blog post I will explore some of the top reasons a regular car service is so important.
My car service is due and I’ve been scouting around the internet for the best full service deals nearby. I’ll be booking mine in for its service as soon as I’ve finished typing! When was your last car service? Is it time to check and book yours in too?
Below are some of the main reasons a regular car service is so important:
There are several checks we can do ourselves on our own cars which I outline in my blog post 5 important car checks before your next family road trip, but sometimes there are things on a car we cannot attempt ourselves or do not have the professional knowledge to examine. Because of this it is always advisable to have a regular car service at a reputable centre.
Here are some of the checks they will carry out that I know I can’t do myself:
Over time the oil can form a sludge which can damage the car and not allow it run as efficiently. A full vehicle service will check the levels of engine oil and will replace it if needed. They’ll also check the oil filter and replace this too.
I definitely know I can’t check my brakes myself so a full service will allow a thorough inspection of the brakes and shock absorbers by a specialist. If you are in Northampton visit Calmac Tyres Autocentre to professionally check your shock absorbers.
I’ve got no clue when it comes to the electrics in my car, so a service will ensure the vital electrics are checked properly. They’ll check the battery, alternator, starter motor and wiring to make sure there are no leaks or damage.
By properly maintaining your car with a professional regular service it will ensure its longevity. The car will run smoother and use fuel more efficiently reducing the risk of a breakdown. Maximising the use of fuel and ensuring the car runs at its optimum performance will obviously cut costs in the long run. The car will be more reliable and you’ll save money on costly repairs down the line.
The main reason for getting a regular service is obviously for your safety and the safety of others. The checks the mechanics perform will flag up any potential dangers on your car. By highlighting anything they see you are able to take action and have the issue fixed rather than letting it wear away and possibly having a breakdown or even causing an accident.
Better resale value
When purchasing a car most people will ask for the service log book. A full service history will show the car has been well cared for and maintained. This makes it much more appealing to a prospective buyer. It can even fetch a higher price or better trade-in value with proof of a full service history.
Hopefully you can now see why a regular service is so important. Not only will it ensure your card is more roadworthy, but it will save money in the long run too. Check your service log book and make sure you are up to date with your car maintenance checks.