1) Benefits of a car service
According to the AA's annual survey of motoring costs, the Irish motorist's average cost of running a family car for a year is €10,691.12. The total is an increase of approximately €20 on the same figure for last year, according to the AA’s calculations
There's no denying that's a lot of money to be spent annually, but it's not without its benefits for motorists who look after their cars.
In this article, we outline the benefits of having your car serviced, and how it'll actually save you money in the short and long term.
2) It improves the vehicle's longevity
Cars and vans have a pretty hard life for the most part, especially with the weather and roads we have in Ireland. If you cover quite a bit of mileage on an annual basis, then this will naturally cause wear and tear.
Manufacturers know this all too well, which is why servicing is required to replace essential fluids - such as the oil and oil filter - and check the condition of other components, which include the likes of the brakes.
By completing essential maintenance, you're actually enhancing the vehicle's longevity. This is because fresh fluids, and any new components, are ensuring the car is running at its best.
3) Servicing helps with safety
When you have your vehicle serviced at Nolan Motors Balbriggan, we aren't just changing the necessary fluids and consumable items. One of our technicians also completes a vehicle health check and produces a report.
Whilst it's essential to replace any fluids, it's just as important to ensure there's nothing wrong with any of the other components on your car. Here's a brief overview of what our technicians check during a service:
Any worn or damaged components could be detrimental to the car's performance, and even worse, the safety of yourself and other road users. A vehicle service provides a great opportunity to flag any issues, and get them rectified.
4) It maintains your vehicle's warranty
If you bought a new or used car that still has manufacturer warranty remaining, then having your car serviced at the correct intervals will ensure it remains intact.
One piece of important advice is that you aren't required to have your car serviced by the manufacturer or dealer you bought it from. As long as it's serviced by an authorised garage in line with the manufacturer's service schedule using approved parts, then the choice is yours where you take it.
5) It maximises the car's value
When buying a car, it goes without saying that you'll want one that's been maintained throughout its lifetime.
That's the purpose of a vehicle's service history. It lets you, or other prospective buyers, know how it's been maintained by previous owners. There are three types of service history:
Full service history
Partial service history
No service history
A car with no service history is less desirable than one that has a fully documented history. As a result, it will be worth less come sale time. Even though there are other variables to take into consideration when valuing a car, it's almost guaranteed that your car will be worth more with a proper service record.
6) It will save you money in the long run
Having your car or van serviced in line with the manufacturer's guidelines will actually save you money in the short and long run. Here's an overview of why:
Regular servicing maximises your engine's performance and efficiency, saving you money on fuel.
Worn components can have an adverse effect on other aspects of the car, meaning some parts could suffer from premature failure.
If a worn or damaged part is neglected, then it could result in a breakdown, and therefore you may require costly roadside assistance.