A car in good condition is a joy to own and keeping it that way means more comfort for you, high reliability, and safety for yourself and other motorists in addition to pedestrians.
For your vehicle to stay in tip-top condition, it boils down to regular maintenance. The frequently asked question is, how many times should one service their car(s)? At our Garage in Chesterfield Derbyshire, we do recommend to have your car thoroughly serviced once every year.
That said, it is important to note milestones for certain servicing needs that are dictated by mileage such as changing engine oil.
Get Acquainted With Your Car Manual
Getting acquainted with your car manual is the best thing you can ever do when it comes to knowing when what should get serviced. Your car's manual can actually save you money as it elucidates on after how many miles to have your engine oil changed, or when certain parts might need replacements. A case in point is that dealerships will more often than not recommend a change in oil twice or as often as your car really needs it.
Because today's vehicles are pretty smart, most will alert you through the dashboard when an item needs attention. This includes brake fluid, brake pads, engine, wiper fluid, and so forth. So paying attention to your dashboard and attending to any concerns displayed is imperative. This will likely save you hefty sums of cash down the road if the alert is not ignored, meaning the problem has no chance to escalate and is arrested at the very onset.
Should you not know what the icons on your dashboard stand for, you will find your car manual most helpful as it has all the icons on your dashboard explained.
Annual Maintenance Must Be Costly!
This could not be further from the truth. On the contrary, skipping an annual maintenance service would end up being twice, thrice, and even more than the cost of annual maintenance.
For instance, you skip your annual maintenance which costs about £125 excluding repairs and spare parts that need changing. Then a month or two down the line your car suffers engine failure as a result of poor maintenance when the issue would have been detected and prevented had you not trivialized your annual maintenance.
Unfortunately, you end up coughing about £2,600 for an issue that was preventable. Not to mention that you might need to spend more on car hire as you engine gets fixed.
The truth is servicing your car annually is money well spent and will actually end up saving you money and premature repair and related inconveniences.
Consulting your manual can help you keep a look out on when items such as the camshaft drive belt or timing belt may need a replacement. Although it may vary from one vehicle to another, it’s usually around the 70,000 to 80,000-mile mark.
Popping in at our garage in Chesterfield Derbyshire and having a chat with our knowledgeable and experienced technicians can be the first step towards setting up an annual maintenance schedule for a thorough check-up that will help keep your car in pristine condition and afford you loads in peace of mind.
Get in touch with us today for annual maintenance scheduling and any other car repair service that you may need.