Benefits of getting your car serviced
We all know we’re supposed to get our cars serviced. Whether it’s our parents, mechanics or car-enthusiast friends, we’ve always been told if our car has an up-to-date service history, our lives will be a lot easier.
If you’re wondering what the benefits of servicing your car are, what happens if you don’t service your car and how often you should service your car, you’re in the right place. We’re here to give you all the information you need to keep your car in perfect working order and hopefully avoid any problems.
A huge factor in having the best car service is making sure you go to the right garage. At Stoneacre, we have a range of experts across a range of manufacturers. Our trained technicians are dedicated to keeping your car running smoothly. Check out our servicing page and book your service today!
What’s the difference between an MOT and a service?
An MOT (Ministry of Transport) is not the same as a service. An MOT is an annual check which your car has to undergo by law to make sure it’s safe to drive. An MOT test is a visual check which needs to be passed or it will be deemed unsafe and not allowed on the road until the issues are fixed. The thing is, getting an MOT certificate for your car is the minimum government standard of road safety. As stated by law, an MOT specialist will check around 20 areas of your car.
If you’re not sure what a MOT test involves, check out our ‘Everything you Need to Know About Your MOT’ blog!
When it comes to a service, this is set out by the car manufacturer rather than the government, so it’s specific to your vehicle. A service is more in-depth and checks far more than your MOT test. A specialist will change your oil levels, engine coolant, brake fluid, all of which might not have immediate consequences if they’re running low, but can cause a lot of issues if they run out. This gives you security about the level your car is functioning.
Also, getting a service in between your MOT test will help you pass and keep your car on the road. You’re less likely to get an unexpected bill at your MOT if you’ve kept up with the maintenance of your car, which is always a bonus.
What are the benefits of servicing my car?
There are many benefits to servicing your car but for the purposes of this blog, I’ll try and narrow them down.
Prevention over intervention
The health of your car is similar to the health of your body. If you look after your body when you’re young, your health will be easier to maintain when you’re older. Your car is exactly the same.
If you get regular services, the bill might seem unnecessary at the time. However, if you’re unaware of a problem or ignore it, the repair could be considerably more expensive. Take your engine oil, for example; it’s designed specifically to keep your engine lubricated. If your car is running low and gets replaced, there’s no problem. But, if your engine runs out of oil while you’re driving, you can run into a dangerous situation and your engine will begin to fail.
It’s easy to get put off by the cost of getting your car serviced, but keeping your car in good condition will help it perform at its highest capacity. This means better fuel economy too. So you’re not just saving money when it comes to preventing costly repairs, you’re saving money in the long run too.
If your car is working at its best, it’s safer when it’s on the road. On top of that, it’s less likely to break down in an awkward place and leave yourself and others in danger. The more miles you drive, the more wear and tear on your vehicle. Just because your car seems fine, it doesn’t mean it’s running smoothly.
Breaking down can be one of the most inconvenient situations when you’re going about your daily business. If you keep up with your services, your chances of breaking down are slimmer. If your car is a bit older, regular servicing can increase its lifespan, which means you can keep it for longer. Finally, reselling your car will be easier if you’ve taken care of it because it tells the buyer the car has all the convenience that comes with car servicing.
What happens if I don’t service my car?
If you don’t service your car, you might run into problems that could have been prevented. But there is more to the story. So, what else happens if you don’t service your car?
One of the examples relates to your engine oil. If the oil is not replaced, dirt and debris might build up in your engine and cause a sludge. As much as we’d like to say you could do it yourself, it’s better to get someone who really knows what they’re doing.
Some people have been known to simply fill up the engine with oil without actually removing the old oil, which can be a disastrous mistake which you might not even realise until your engine seizes.
If you don’t get your car serviced and you have an accident, resulting in a potential insurance claim, you might run into trouble if the problem could have been identified during a service. So, to be on the safe side book your service with us today!
How often should I service my car?
In most new cars, there’s a service light fitted to your dash which will switch on when your car is due in for its service. But if you don’t have this facility, things could get a bit confusing.
How often you service your car depends on a few factors. There should be a specific amount in your vehicles owner’s manual. By general rule of thumb, you should get your car serviced every 12 months. Having one in-between your MOT tests could keep it running smoothly and help your car pass the MOT. Remember, just because you’ve had your annual MOT, doesn’t mean your car won’t need any work or checks until the next one.
You might find that manufacturers advise a car needs servicing every 10,000-12,000 miles or once every 12 months, whichever comes first. This might mean getting it serviced considerably more or less than twice a year. However, it’s usually best to talk to a trained professional who knows your car inside and out! Why not pop into one of our 45 branches across the UK and get some expert advice on your car?