Tips on servicing and maintaining your car

To keep your vehicle in the best possible condition, it is recommended that your car receives a full service every 12,000 miles or every 12 months – whichever comes sooner. Here are some tips to help:

How much does a car service cost?

The average cost of a basic car service is around £125. But, you will probably be able to get it cheaper than this if you shop around. However, this does not include the cost of any repairs, replacements or new parts.

Caring for your car saves money

Getting your car serviced each year – and maintaining it between services – is money well spent. Problems are likely to be caught early on when they’re cheaper to fix, and your car will have a better resale value and longer life. If you ever need to claim on a warranty you’ll normally have to show your car’s got a complete service record.

Look after your tyres

If your tyres are in poor condition they could blow out on a busy road or lose traction in poor weather and cause a crash.

Stick to the recommended tyre pressures in your manual and check the pressure and condition of them regularly.

Another cause of uneven tyre wear is the tracking being out of alignment, which can be checked and repaired at any garage.

Watch out for dashboard messages

Most cars now have dashboard warning messages about a wide range of topics, including issues with the braking system, engine, oil and coolant levels, and tyre pressure.

Your car owner’s manual will explain what each lit-up warning message means and what you need to do. So if you see a lit-up warning message, always check it out straight away.

Get a fair price

Before contacting a garage, check in the service manual about the type of service your car needs (for example, 12,000-mile or 1-year) and the checks and tasks this should include.

Ask the garage for a detailed breakdown and costing of all the work required so you can see how they arrived at the total cost. Make sure they include all parts, costing and VAT.

Get quotes from several other local garages and use the cheapest quote as a negotiating tool – one of the other garages might be prepared to beat it.

 

Source material from www.moneyadviceservice.org.uk