Why is it Important to Get a Car Serviced?
Most people know that they need to get an MOT done on their car every year but many don’t decide to have a full service at the same time. This is generally a false economy as it means your vehicle is not properly maintained over time and that could cost you more money in the long-term.
At Queens Park Garage in Bournemouth, we can combine your annual MOT with a full service at a competitive price. In this article, we look at the importance of regular servicing and why it is recommended.
The Benefits of a Car Service
The AA recommends that you have your car serviced by a garage every 3,000 miles and there are good reasons for this. A service will identify any problems with your vehicle, spotting them before they become major issues. That will save you money in the long-term. It could literally mean the difference between a minor repair bill and breaking down on the road, having to replace a major part and the cost that will incur.
Having a car service offers other benefits too. It not only helps reduce wear on your engine but should also improve your fuel economy, especially for older models. It also means that your car remains safe on the road at all times.
What’s Involved in a Full Car Service?
A full car service generally checks every aspect of your car and ensures it is running to full capacity. This can involve looking at as many as 50 different components. The most obvious include:
- Changing your oil and filter. If this isn’t done regularly it can cause problems with your engine and reduce the efficiency of your car.
- The service engineer will check your tyres, lights, brakes and steering. Did you know that you can be fined on the spot if your brake or indicator light is not working properly?
- The engineer will also make sure that your engine is properly tuned and that liquids such as hydraulic and coolant are at the right levels.
- They will also carry out steering and alignment checks. Problems with wheel alignment can mean your car is working harder and using more fuel, costing you money.
Having your car serviced is not the same as an MOT (which many people actually think). An MOT looks at whether your car is roadworthy and safe. It does not look at whether your engine is performing at its optimum or if your steering is slightly misaligned.
A regular service should ensure that the lifespan of your car is extended and it will save you money in the long run by spotting issues early. A better performing car is a more efficient one which will save on fuel costs over the year.
Why Have Car Servicing and MOT Together?
From a time-saving point of view, it makes sense to have your service and MOT done at the same time. We like to keep your vehicle for the day at our garage and we offer courtesy cars so that you can still get around whilst we perform your MOT and service. This means you can be confident your vehicle is in top condition once we’ve finished as well as being safe to drive on the road.
If you use your car a moderate amount, a service once a year should suffice. If you are doing many thousands of miles each year, however, you might want to consider an interim service after six months as well as a full service each year.
For car owners in the Bournemouth area, Queens Park Garage offer the best deals on MOTs and servicing. Contact us today to book an appointment. We can also offer you a courtesy car and have a customer waiting area where you can watch your car being worked on whilst enjoying some complimentary hot drinks.