Even though most modern vehicles are equipped with service reminder alerts, which flash across in-dash screens reminding drivers that service time is looming, most Australians seem to have their own idea about when to service their vehicle. This usually involves repairing a component rather than preventing it from failing in the first place through regular servicing and only visiting a workshop when their vehicle is failing.
The fact of the matter is manufacturer’s guidelines are created to optimise efficiency in the vehicles’ functionality and servicing your vehicle to these guidelines is paramount to maintaining a healthy, efficient motor vehicle that is worth more when it comes time to sell. There are two important elements to remember when servicing your car: how many kilometres have I travelled since my last service? How long has it been since my vehicle was last serviced? Manufacturers set servicing intervals by distance travelled or by time. They are effectively saying if you travel a certain distance, your vehicle should be looked at or if you don’t travel that distance, your vehicle will need to be serviced after a certain amount of time anyway. Usually the amount of work involved is divided into 2 categories, A and B, where A is a minor service and B a major. These intervals are dependent on manufacturer and routine servicing can involve several systems checks and adjustments involving the entire vehicle. Complaints about cost from car owners are becoming more and more common and this is partly due to more systems and subsequently components, being incorporated into the modern motor vehicle. There is more time needed to carry out a service and more sophisticated lubricants and fluids are required compared to even 10 years ago.
The traditional path taken by motorists when servicing is through dealership channels. This can prove to be costly and even though it is becoming increasingly harder for mechanics that aren’t affiliated to dealerships to carry out these services to correct guidelines, there are many shops springing up all over Australia which specialise in certain makes and models and usually provide a comprehensive check/service to manufacturers guidelines, without the associated costs. Servicing your vehicle is effectively maintaining important components such as the engine in peak economy, peak performance and low emissions which means your vehicle will be using as little fuel as possible whilst emitting the least amount of harmful toxins into the environment. This combined with minimal wear and tear on major components are just some of the reasons to service your car. Follow your servicing intervals and chances are, you won’t need to visit the wrecker to sell your car or for replacement parts.