How to Service a Car: Top Tips
It’s not a secret that people dread car services. Firstly there’s the issue of cost (which can often be an unpleasant surprise). Then there’s the matter of arranging transport for the actual service day. Still, it’s an essential part of taking care of your car and that’s why we want to help. Here are some tips that might make the process less frustrating.
When Should You Service Your Car?
Once a motor vehicle leaves the showroom, it should continue to receive a car service at a set time interval (e.g. once a year) or every time it reaches a certain mileage, as indicated by the vehicle manufacture or owner’s manual. Some modern cars even tell you when the car is due for a service. It has been suggested that older cars would benefit from light services every six months (to at least change oil and filters).
What Does a Car Service Entail?
During a car service most of the essentials will be checked and changed or replaced if necessary. These could include:
- Engine oil
- Spark plugs
- Lights & wipers
- Tyres (condition)
- Transmission fluid
- Brake fluid / clutch fluid
- Cambelt (timing belt/chain)
- Brake pads/liners, brake discs/drums
- Oil filter, air filter, fuel filter and cabin filter
Usually the car will be washed and the interior will be cleaned as well.
Things to Remember
- A well-maintained car is more efficient and could save you money on fuel.
- If you have a new car, your might have a service plan that still pays for your services.
- When you book your service, find out if the service centre offers clients transport to work.
- To increase the resale value of your car, make sure every completed service is indicated in your service book, with details and a stamp. Also keep the proof of payment.
- A car service may be expensive at the time, but it can help to catch a small problem, saving you from bigger, unexpected costs in the future.
- Insist that additional work and/or part replacements, that were not initially quoted, may not proceed without permission from you.
- Always choose a reputable service centre with certified technicians, especially if you have a new car that you wish to sell at any time in the future.
As hard as it is to accept, caring for your car now will save you money in the future. Just think of that when it’s time for your next service.