The service interval for your vehicle depends on its make, model, year of construction, and other factors. Knowing when the right time to book a service, then, can be a little confusing. The first place you should check is your vehicle's manual, as this usually includes the manufacturer's recommended servicing interval. It’s important to follow manufacturer recommendations as this could affect your warranty, but also they know your car better than anyone!
Servicing is a vital aspect of vehicle ownership, and is neglected at the driver's peril. Without regular servicing, a car can deteriorate at a much faster rate than is usually expected, hurting both its long-term lifespan and resale value.
A routine service procedure usually comprises checks to brake fluid level and tyres, as well as replacement of spark plugs and engine oil, air and fuel filters. These procedures are often enough to keep your vehicle in optimum condition until the next service is due. What's more, if there are any major faults with the engine or any other aspect of the car, these will usually be discovered in the process.
Unlike a service, an MOT (Ministry of Transport) test does not maintain your car in any way. It is intended purely as a certification of the vehicle's roadworthiness, checking all the main parts for faults which may impact its performance. Also unlike servicing, it's a legal requirement to undergo an MOT every year. It’s for this reason that regular servicing is vital to ensuring your car remains on the road as long as possible
At Beadles Group, our team of highly-trained technicians provides second-to-none servicing to all our customers. To book a service with us, contact our Aftersales team today or take a look around Aftersales area of our website for more details.
Common symptoms of infrequent servicing
If your car is not serviced regularly, you may start to notice some symptoms.
Poor fuel efficiency - new oil and air filters ensure your engine runs more smoothly, and in turn this means better fuel efficiency. You’ll have to go to the pumps less often, and you’ll be doing your little bit for the environment too. Win-win.
Squealing brakes and knocking suspension - faults with things like your brakes and suspension will of course be picked up at your yearly MOT, but a year is a long time in the life of your car. You may want to arrange your service for six months after your MOT, so your car gets checked over twice annually.
Engine damage - by sticking to your maintenance schedule, you’ll save money in the long term. For instance, changing your engine oil when it’s due (as part of a service) will ensure your engine continues to get the proper lubrication it needs. Without that lubrication, your engine could seize up – and that’s curtains for your car, or at the very least a very expensive bill for you.
Plummeting resale value - if you want to get more money back for your car when it’s time to part exchange or sell, a car with a full service history (‘FSH’) will command a better price. Spending a little now can give you hundreds back in the long run.
How To: Servicing
An experienced home mechanic could service their own car, but for anyone other than an expert this is ill-advised. Contact Beadles to arrange a service at a convenient time.
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