Why is it important to regularly service a vehicle?
For most people, a car is the second most expensive asset they will purchase. For an investment of this nature, wouldn’t you want to see the best return that you can? All vehicles, and new vehicles especially, lose value quickly if they are not maintained regularly and properly.
As vehicles get older, they tend to use more oil and may need more frequent attention – if you are only doing minor services on your vehicle, do them regularly. Every 2 years or 40,000km (vehicle dependant), ensure a proper major service is done.
Even if you only do regular, short trips (and very little long-distance driving), the engine oil will degrade and break down. To keep the engine in good shape, have a minor service done every 6 months – or at the very least, change the oil and oil filter.
Regular servicing for your vehicle will help ensure the following:
- on-going safety of your vehicle, you (and your passengers!) plus other road users
- save you money on fuel and by minimising unexpected breakdowns – regular servicing can detect any problems or changes in the vehicle, meaning they may be resolved early
- reduce emissions from your vehicle – a regularly serviced vehicle will produce less emissions
- warranty protection – manufacturers have a right to void a customer’s new car warranty if servicing is neglected to an unreasonable extent
- it will help preserve the resale value of your vehicle – a full service history will make your vehicle much more attractive to prospective buyers should you wish to sell it.
Most vehicle’s timing belts will be due for replacement around 100,000km (depending on the vehicle and the manufacturer’s specifications). Average time required to replace a timing belt is 3 – 4 hours; however, this can be longer on some vehicles.