Advice on car servicing for motorists in the UK

Date Added: Dec 2, 2011

Cars need to be maintained regularly just like any other piece of machinery. If motorists neglect their vehicle, they will become inefficient and break down eventually. For this reason, servicing your car is vital and if carried out regularly, this will make sure that your vehicle performs at its best and should also extend the life of your car.

The good news is that you don’t have to rely on mechanics and garages for everything. There are a number of checks that any car owner can do themselves, no matter how limited their knowledge of cars is. Four of the easiest checks you can perform are tyre pressure, tyre tread, engine oil, and coolant levels.  

In fact, motorists can really save themselves money as well as staying safe on the road by performing these simple checks on a regular basis. On their own, these simple checks may not seem like much but taken together they can really make a difference. After all, if any of these 4 important components are found to be poor, the knock on effect to the rest of the car can be very dangerous. 

Even if they don’t cause a road accident, they will certainly have a detrimental effect on your bank balance. Whether it is through repair costs or through an increase in the amount of money you spend on petrol - due to poor performance and poor fuel efficiency, drivers should not ignore these simple checks if the want things to stay positive. 

Even the most safety conscious driver should book their car in for a vehicle service at least once a year. Generally most garages that offer to service your car have 3 types to choose from. These are an oil service, an interim service and a full service

Depending on your car and how much you use it, it’s worth checking what is involved in each kind of service. Especially if you are concerned about money since there is often quite a big price difference between the service types.

The most basic service is the oil service. The general checks that you can expect with an oil service are replacing your old oil filter with a new one and also checking your lights, exhaust and tyres.

If you drive a lot throughout the year, you might consider booking your vehicle in for an interim service every six months. A typical interim will include something like 20 or 30 safety checks on your car - components such as brake fluid, handbrake travel, steering and suspension will be examined.

The most comprehensive service a dealer offers is usually the full service. Recommended by garages as an annual checkup, the full car service will go through almost everything in a vehicle, checking the levels and testing the condition.

With over 50 different checks, a full service will ensure that your car performs to optimum levels for the year following your service.

Not only do these service options act as great preventative measures that help to keep your car safe, but when you have booked your car in for a service the mechanics that carry out the work might spot things which could affect your MOT. If small issues are found, these can be fixed before they turn into big problems that cost you far more money.

When it comes to choosing where to service your car, motorists in the UK are spoilt for choice as every garage in the land will offer to carry out the work for you. If you don’t use a specific garage on a regular basis, you could find this a bit daunting. One of the most important factors in booking a service is trust. You want to know that the people who you are paying to carry out a service are reliable.

Traditionally, finding a good garage to book your service with was done via word of mouth. Today though, you can find a whole range of car servicing online, websites that are set up to not only offer you a car service, but who will book you into a garage of your choice.

Some of the best online car service retailers include previous customer reviews, so you can base your choice on feedback from motorists just like yourself. One of the best things about booking a car service online is that you can spend as much or as little time as you want researching before choosing who you want to use. This gives you a chance to spend your money wisely and that’s something which appeals to everyone.


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