If you are a frequent reader of our MotorHappy blog, you will know by now that service plans* don’t include everything you may need to keep your car happy on the road. Sure, when it is time for your annual or mileage-based service, you can rest assured that certain components will be replaced but, others won’t. And when your service plan* expires? Well, anything that needs to be replaced will now be at your own expense – so plan ahead!
So, what are the essentials you need to keep front of mind when it comes to servicing and maintaining your car?
While your car is under a valid service plan*, your car’s manufacturer guides approved dealerships on what needs replacing though the manufacturer guidelines and recommendations in your owner’s manual.
Your owner’s manual should also be your go-to reference once your service plan* expires. This booklet will include an outline of all you need to know about what needs to be replaced and when – for the lifespan of your car.
These components and fluids are essential for the smooth running of your happy wheels and often include: oil changes, spark plugs, certain filters, and sometimes cam belts.
There are other commonly overlooked essentials you need to keep in mind, often included in a maintenance plan*.
From brake pads and shock absorbers, to wiper blades and globes, a maintenance plan* includes a number of added extras on top of the components included in a service plan*.
The majority of these components are essential to ensure your car’s motor-happiness and should never be overlooked.
Why are these factors essential?
By not servicing and maintaining your car properly and driving with items which are not functioning optimally, you may damage your car’s larger – and more expensive – components.
Not only will this cost you more than a service may have, but can also impact your safety on the roads. Even seemingly non-essential replacements of items like wiper blades can cause a safety risk if you are caught in a storm with poor visibility of the cars around you while driving with worn blades.
Although servicing and maintaining your car out of your own pocket - once your service plan* or maintenance plan* has expired - may be costly, the risk you face by ignoring their necessity can be more so.
When buying a new car, you need to consider these essential items and whether or not your service plan* or maintenance plan* includes them. Alternately, if servicing and maintaining your car falls on your shoulders alone – after your plans have expired – it is always best to save up and make sure that when your car needs a service or if something specific needs to be replaced, you have a full piggy-bank to carry to your dealership.
* All warranties (original or extended), service plans and maintenance plans differ in terms of features, benefits and, terms and conditions. This blog is for illustration purposes only.
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We all plan for the future to some degree: from planning tonight’s dinner, to the ideal spot for retirement. Likewise, when choosing a service or maintenance plan, you are planning for the future wellbeing and happiness of your car, your everyday transport and livelihood.
There is no better feeling - for car enthusiasts and average Joes alike - than rolling out the dealership in your new wheels. You know your manufacturer included a warranty* and service plan* or maintenance plan* with your purchase and have familiarised yourself with all these benefits, you may miss one.