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Automotive Articles & Resources

Useful information relating to car ownership and care, car service and repair, auto servicing, warrant of fitness / WOF requirements and anything you may need to know to fully enjoy your car!


What is a Car Service all about?

This could save you some money in the long run!

A car is one of the largest purchases that we make (excluding toys like the boat of course!) Unfortunately, many people tend to neglect this becase the car seems to be "running well".  However, if you look after your car properly, you’ll be far less likely to get hefty repair bills in the future. 

So how often should a car be serviced?

To keep your car in the best possible condition it should typically be serviced every year, or at your vehicle manufacturer's recommonded mileage travelled. This affects the the distance you can cover between oil changes. Usually, this is shown in the car manual, along with the tasks needing to be completed. So do take a look at that manual in the glove box.

Getting your car serviced each year and then regularly maintaining it between services is definitely money well spent. You can catch problems earlier and most importantly, when they are cheaper to fix! Your car will also have better resale values and last longer.  We are seeing more and more buyers ask for the service history of a used car before they commit.

Whilst you are using the car, you will also save money on fuel because the engine is running well, the exhaust works and everything is just that much more efficient. 

Manufacturer or after-market mechanical warranties often require that the car is serviced regularly, and there is a good reason for that. 

So check out your Car Service Manual, which will indicate:

  • Time and mileage intervals for servicing
  • When certain parts need to be replaced
  • How often maintenance tasks like oil change needs to be carried

If you need any advice on servicing or maintaining your car, give us a bell at 07-3088670.

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