As having your car serviced isn’t mandatory, it can be easy to forget about. However, if you don’t have a regular car service, this can allow small problems to become larger ones which can impact on the vehicle’s safety and even its warranty.
The generally accepted guideline for when you should service your car is once a year or once every 10,000km – whichever comes first. Some people make the mistake in thinking that, because their car is new, that they can overlook having it serviced. Regardless of the age of your vehicle, having a regular car service is vital to ensuring that it continues to work its best for as long as possible.
If you’re not sure when to service your car, here are a few hints and tips to help you make the right decision.
Go by the book
The easiest way to check when to service your car is to check the owner’s manual. Although there are general guidelines for all cars, each manufacturer will make different recommendations. Factors such as oil changes are likely to differ between makes of car, so it’s worth checking the manual before you do anything else.
Seeing the light
If you’re the owner of a modern car, the chances are that it’ll let you know when it’s due for a service. Many cars now have onboard computers, which will cause a dashboard warning light to illuminate when it’s time for a check-up. These tend to be triggered by the usage and the performance rather than measuring the time between services. In short, if you see that warning light, book yourself into a car service center as soon as possible.
What type of service?
You don’t have to wait until a year has passed or you’ve clocked-up another 10,000km to book in a car service. Small or intermediate services are a more limited inspection than a full service but can help to nip any major problems in the bud. You can expect to have things like your brake fluid, timing belt, filters, and your car battery checked. Intermediate services are usually carried out once every six months or every 5,000km.
If a full car service isn’t compulsory, then why bother? The obvious answer is that regular servicing keeps your car fit and healthy and performing its best. With the knowledge that everything is as it should be, you can drive safely without any worries.
However, something that many people fail to consider is that a poorly-maintained car is going to depreciate much quicker than a well looked after vehicle. Knowing when to service your car can help you command a better price, should you want to sell it.
On top of that, many manufacturer warranties state that they are rendered invalid, should the car not have been serviced regularly and, sometimes, according to their specifications.
Make your car service easy
At All-Futtaim FastFit, we know that taking time out of your day for a car service isn’t always convenient. If you want to give your car a quick check-up, our mobile van can come to you and inspect the wheel alignment, tyre pressure, tyre condition and the state of the battery. Any problems that come up can be dealt with on the spot.
However, for a full, professional service, book into one of our auto repair centers and a fully-trained car mechanic will use state-of-the-art equipment to look for problems. You can book all of your service needs with Al-Futtaim FastFit online.