What is a car service?
It’s basically a car check-up. Your mechanic will run through a series of checks to assess the overall condition of your car. They’ll look at things like brakes, engine, lights, suspension, steering, car battery and all the fluid checks like oil and coolant levels.
Why do I need one?
There are a few reasons you’ll need a service periodically – normal wear and tear can cause issues that become worse over time if not looked at, or if your car is older, it will need an MOT every year – let’s start there!
We know some people put their car through the MOT first to see what needs fixed but getting into the habit of servicing your car before an MOT is much better: you increase your chances of passing and can avoid any costs associated with a retest.
Think about it: if you’re not going to get a service at MOT time, when will you? It’s the perfect opportunity to make sure you’re safe and your car is in reliable shape.
The two are very different things but they go hand in hand: the MOT is an annual inspection to make sure your car is road worthy and safe. A service replaces or repairs any damage caused by worn vehicle components.
A good service will maintain your car and keep it in good working order. Basic things like getting your oil and filters changed on the regular will minimise dirt or dust getting into the engine and potentially major engine problems.
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Checking your car regularly is good. But unless you’re a mechanic, you’re no expert.
A professional mechanic will pick up things you’re likely to miss or wouldn’t even think to look for.
Let the experts look and they’ll find any issues and look for safety concerns in things like your exhaust, suspension and brakes – all essential to safety.
- It protects your car’s value
Your car is one of the biggest things you’ll buy in life. So, you not only need it to be a good investment in terms of reliability and running costs, but also get the most for it when it comes to changing up.
Keep it in good shape and when the time comes to sell, you’ll get the best price and sell it quicker.
A full-service history is something buyers look for too so that will add value. And if the car is written off in an accident, your insurer may take service history into consideration when making you an offer – they can say the car is worth less without a proper service history.
The moral of the story? Frequent and full servicing is not necessarily a cost: it’s an investment in safety and reliability. And it can even save you money in the long term.