Updated: Feb 11
Every brand/ model of vehicle will have its service schedule set by the vehicle manufacturer. Service schedules can recommend that a service be carried out every 10,000 km or six months (whichever comes first) to 20,000 km or 12 months (whichever comes first).
Service schedules list maintenance tasks that the manufacturer advises the owner to adhere to to maintain their vehicle's warranty and life expectancy. For example, a service schedule will list when the essential serviceable items need replacing, such as the oil, oil filter, and air filters. It will also record when other more vital parts of the vehicle need to be inspected or replaced, such as timing belts or drive/ serpentine belts.
Many people think that it is ok to miss a service here and there. But, unfortunately, this is not the case. Every service is an essential part of keeping your vehicle safe and running as it should. So here are the top reasons why you should have your car serviced regularly and on time:
- Over time, engine oil loses its ability to properly lubricate your engine and all the working parts inside it. In addition, engine oil gets contaminated over time which will cause sludge to build up in your engine. Sludgy, thick engine oil will not protect or lubricate any components inside your engine.
- Warranties: Most manufacturers will only fulfill warranty claims if the vehicle's logbook is stamped and signed by a qualified mechanic. Both a Dealership or an Independent mechanic can sign your logbook.
**More specific criteria for warranty claims may need to be met if the vehicle is under an extended warranty. Please check with your warranty provider to confirm.
- Your mechanic will be able to identify any leaks from oil, transmission fluid, coolant, power steering, differential oils and rectify them before becoming a costly repair.
- Your brake pads, rotors, and tyres will be checked at every service and repair if necessary before it becomes a serious safety issue.
- Your mechanic will check your vehicle's suspension to ensure all components are safe. Poor suspension can contribute to wear in other parts of your car, such as tyres.
- All lights, interior, and exterior will be checked to ensure your vehicle remains safe.
- A good, qualified mechanic will thoroughly inspect the vehicle and use their knowledge and experience to identify any areas of your car that need attention now or soon.
- A Good service history will add to the resale value of your vehicle.
A reasonably affordable service every 6 to 12 months could save you from ending up with a poorly maintained vehicle that could cost you thousands in repairs in the long run.