Not having a regular car service could cost you more in the long run

21 May 2018

Are you a car owner? If there's one item on your to-do list that shouldn't be skipped, it's making sure you take your car for a regular service, at least once a year, or more if your vehicle is giving any hassles.

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Are you a car owner? If there's one item on your to-do list that shouldn't be skipped, it's making sure you take your car for a regular service, at least once a year, or more if your vehicle is giving any hassles. Missing an oil change or inspection can lead to problems that could cost much more in the long run.

Regular servicing

Your car’s engine needs to be checked regularly by a professional. This will ensure that your car is functioning properly and will help catch small issues that need to be addressed before they become bigger problems. To lessen the chances of a major breakdown and subsequent repair, have your car serviced when it's due. Find a reputable technician and car service dealer you can trust.

Oil changes are necessary to keep your engine clean and running like it should. When your oil change is due, ask the technician to look over the transmission as well.

Brakes are also an area of necessary servicing. Low brake fluid can impair the function of these important safety components, making it more difficult for the car to stop. Worn or dirty brake pads can cause your car to squeak or the brakes to malfunction. While the noise is annoying and embarrassing, the risk to your safety is the bigger concern.

Inspections

Oil changes are fairly easy to keep track of, but for other services, schedule a regular inspection. When you take your car in for an inspection, a qualified technician will visually check over the engine as well as hook up a diagnostic tool to check out the electronic components that cannot be assessed by eye. A diagnostic appointment can help identify repairs early, saving you money by keeping the risk of larger problems and breakdowns from occurring. You'll also be able to budget for this work, making it easier to afford. An inspection helps extend and protect the life of your car.

Service plans

Many dealerships offer servicing plans. Make sure you read and understand the terms of the product. You can also purchase a separate service or maintenance plan, providing a cushion for those servicing appointments. Choose the plan that works best for your needs and budget.

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