Car Service And What It Entails

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Taking care of your car is essential. Proper vehicle maintenance will ensure your car performs optimally for years. And while it seems obvious, not every car owner understands car service and how to get the most out of it, especially first-time car owners. Therefore, this piece takes an all-around look into car service and what it's all about.

Why Is It Important?

Servicing your vehicle promotes safety, which is critical when using it. Generally, the mechanic or technicians will conduct a health check during service. It may entail assessing the brakes, tyres, worn and damaged components, etc., that could pose serious safety risks to you and other motorists while on the road.

Regular vehicle service will also save you money on small problems. Whether a full or interim service, the mechanic will assess all the key components and systems in your vehicle. These inspections will enable them to identify and fix small issues that could otherwise worsen and become costlier to repair down the line. 

Longevity is another critical reason to service your car promptly. Whether used or new, purchasing a vehicle can set you back a significant amount of money. For this reason, it's imperative to keep it running for as long as possible to get the most out of it. Regular servicing is the trick to achieving this. And if you plan to sell your vehicle, frequent servicing will help you maintain its value and allow you to negotiate a better bargain.

How Often Should You Service Your Vehicle?

Generally, you will need to service your vehicle before it reaches a specified mileage by the manufacturer. The specific mileage often varies depending on the manufacturer and other factors like your vehicle's model, the engine, and fuel type. You can find this information in your vehicle's handbook or owner's manual. With this information, you can decide to go for an interim service when your vehicle reaches half the specified mileage or a full one once you are at the limit.

It's also worth noting that some vehicles come with self-diagnostic systems that alert you when your vehicle is due for service. Therefore, always look out for warning lights.

What Does It Entail?

A full car service typically includes several aspects of your vehicle's health. They could be simple checks to full vehicle diagnosis. Some of these checks may include brake checks, tyre conditions, wheels and steering wheel alignment, suspension system checks, oil and filter changes, fluid level checks, leak inspections, battery inspections, etc. The mechanic or technician will always guide you through the process if it's your first time.


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