Getting your car serviced
It can be difficult to stretch your budget to meet the rising cost of motoring. Sure, you can get cheap car insurance quotes and make sure that you buy your petrol from the cheapest garage in the area, but there are an awful lot more running costs than car insurance and fuel to consider with your car.
One such cost is that of servicing. According to national statistics, UK drivers spend a substantial £6.55 billion on car servicing and repairs each year. Servicing is something which every driver must pay for on a regular basis in order to keep their car in good condition. Together with the MOT, regular servicing helps to prevent people taking to the roads in cars which are falling apart, potentially causing accidents and wreaking havoc with drivers' car insurance quotes.
The frequency of services is usually based on the mileage of the car. This means instead of having to get your car serviced once every six months or once a year, the point at which it is due for a service is likely to be defined by how many miles you have done.
So if you only use your car for buzzing around town, for example, you may not have to have it serviced so often as someone who commutes long distances. Despite this, if your car has not been serviced in a while because you have a low mileage, it may be a good idea to get it done to ensure it is in tip top condition.
However, you may well find that the frequency of services will also vary between manufacturers. The only reliable way to find out when your car's next service will be is by looking in your handbook, which should give you clear guidance.
Just what is carried out in a service will depend on what mileage your car has got to. While the car's oil will be changed in nearly every service, there is a range of additional checks and fluid changes which are only done at some service intervals.
You should keep the handbook handy for when you get the car serviced too, as the garage should stamp it to show the service has been completed. When you come to sell the car, having a full service history documented in its logbook makes it a much more attractive buy as it shows it has been looked after.
It used to be the case that most manufacturers would demand their cars be brought to them for servicing if drivers wanted them to continue to be covered by the new car warranty. However, things have now changed and motorists have a much greater choice of where to take their car for servicing.
Although you might not save as much money as searching around for a cheap car insurance quote, there are still some substantial savings to be had in looking for the best value garage for servicing. Telephone around all your local garages and ask them for servicing quotes, but check that whichever one you choose is VAT-registered and legitimate.
If your car is still under warranty and you choose to take it to an independent garage, be aware that the warranty may be invalidated if any work is carried out. Instead, if issues are found when servicing, the car should be taken to a franchise of the manufacturer for the warranty work to be done.
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