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Why you should service your car regularly.

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Servicing your car can sometimes feel like a bit of a chore. If your car feels healthy, is performing as usual and isn’t showing any warning signs, you’d be forgiven for not being particularly enthusiastic for paying to have it serviced, especially when you consider that the servicing doesn’t show any visible improvements. However, servicing is an important part of car ownership, and we’re giving you 10 reasons why you need to make sure you stick to your service schedule.

Here are ten very good reasons why you should invest the money and get your car serviced with FJ Manning Motor repair.

1. Longevity

Whether you buy new or used, the chances are that you’re going to be holding on to your car for a number of years and countless kilometers. To get the most out of the engine and components that you are paying for you’re going to want to look after them. Cars rarely see over 160,000 km’s if they haven’t been properly looked after, but cars with the proper maintenance can often live on for twice that amount of travel.

2. It’s not as expensive as you think

Making sure that you are is taken care of regularly will ensure there are no nasty surprises, and if you do need to spend more then you were expecting, FJ Manning have you covered with Open-Pay and Zip Pay for your convenience. Your car is also less likely to have major issues if it is well looked after and serviced regularly.

3. Peace of mind

Perhaps the most satisfying thing about having your car serviced is driving away from the workshop knowing that your car has been worked on by professional’s, and you do not have to worry about anything going wrong. Yes things happen but isn’t it a great feeling knowing that everything is in working order and taken car of?

So, there you are. If that’s not convinced you to look after your car by taking it for a checkup at FJ Manning then nothing will. 

4. Pollution

We have all seen it before, a car pulling off at the traffic lights, leaving a dark cloud of smoke behind it. You do not want to be that guy. Having your car serviced frequently keeps your emissions (and your carbon footprint) as low as possible.

5. It remains in Warranty

Perhaps the most important reason of all. Protecting the Manufacturer’s warranty on a new car can only be done by having services carried out at, or before, the correct intervals. Servicing outside of the Manufacturer’s guidelines can invalidate the warranty, possibly leaving you to pick up the repair bill if something should go wrong.

If you aren’t sure when your vehicle’s next service is due, then refer to your handbook. Alternatively, give FJ Manning a call and we will be able to advise you, and even get you booked in if a service is due. As professionals we are able to ensure that your warranty remains protected.

6. It keeps the engine healthy

Cars need to be serviced. They are designed to require maintenance to keep them in good working order. Having the oil and filters changed at regular intervals prevents any dirt or dust getting into the engine’s oily bits and potentially causing major issues. It will also prolong the engine’s longevity and ultimately the car’s overall life span.

A general rule of thumb is that your oil should be a golden brown colour, so if you check and find it to be a thick black, then we recommend getting it changed.

7. It keeps you safe

Although there is nothing massively wrong with someone rolling up their sleeves and doing an oil and filter change themselves. More often than not, they won’t check other components of the vehicle that they are in good condition.

While performing a car or van service, we will always carry out a total Vehicle Health Check on your vehicle, enabling us to identify any potential problems or safety concerns. This includes checking major components such as the brakes, suspension and exhaust system to ensure they are in good-working order.

8. Your Tyres

During the Health Check, we’ll also check your tyres to ensure that they’re in good condition and have a reasonable amount of tread depth. The legal tread depth limit is 1.6mm, but we’d recommend you consider changing your tyres at around the 3mm mark in order to maintain adequate performance on the road, especially in cold and wet weather.

Tip: Apply a quality tyre shine after a car wash because it helps to prevent cracks appearing in the sidewall of your tyres.

9. It protects your cars value

More often than not, a car is one of the most expensive purchases you’re going to make, second only to buying a house. It is therefore important to protect this investment as much as possible by keeping your car in good condition. The oily bits also need to be kept in tip-top shape too, and this can be achieved by having your car serviced regularly.

It is a fact that your car will be worth more when you come to sell it if it has a full service history from a professional mechanical business like ourselves. Also, if the car is written off in an accident, the insurance company may pay out a lower-than-expected sum because they’ll say the car is worth less without a proper service history.

10. You save money in the long run

Having your car serviced regularly using the correct items as recommended by the manufacturer can save you money in the long run.

An engine that hasn’t been serviced will use more fuel than one that has been well-maintained, which means more trips to the petrol station. Fuel is not cheap at the moment, so you do not want to be making anymore trips that you need to! Cheap tyres that are worn are worse in the wet and have a greater braking distance than quality tyres with good tread, which means you’re not as safe as you could be. If brakes are the only thing that slow you down, why would you risk not having them maintained properly? We do 100 point safety checks, so pop in and take a few minutes to allow us to check everything for you if you are not sure, you also receive a free set of wiper blades worth $50.

A regularly serviced vehicle is worth more money, results in maximum efficiency and is safer in general. So, the question we should be asking is: can you afford not to have your car serviced regularly ? For more car advice and tips, keep an eye on our blog page. Alternatively, follow us on Facebook or Instagram.

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