Service and car maintenance

Why service and maintenance of your car is important

Think passing your practical test and buying a car (or convincing someone else to insure you on theirs) is all there is to responsible driving? Turns out you’re not alone. The Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) has found that many young drivers are failing to have their car serviced and maintained properly.

In a survey asking 2000 motorists about their attitudes on car maintenance SMMT found that of those surveyed 10% aged 18-24 claimed their vehicle wasn’t ever serviced. Among 25-34 year olds the percentage rose to 12%, with that age bracket failing to have basic services or repairs carried out. Those in the over 55 age group had a better record of keeping their vehicle services up to date, with 95% saying they regularly kept to their vehicle’s recommended service schedule.

Not taking your car to be regularly serviced can be dangerous, both for the driver and other road users. If you don’t have your car serviced you aren’t ensuring the brakes, the steering, the suspension, the tyres, the tyre pressure, lighting, windscreen wipers and so on are in proper working order. This greatly increases your car’s risk of breakdown and general wear and tear.

A service also checks and replaces oil, oil filters, air filters, spark plugs, fuel filters, as required by the manufacturer’s schedule. A car that is regularly serviced to its manufacturer’s schedule will be more efficient, have fewer fuel consumption issues and will, therefore, be more environmentally friendly.

The survey also found that the majority of 18-24 year olds polled were unaware that they needed to keep up with vehicle software upgrades. With the computing power of cars growing at a fast rate the 57% who don’t have regular software upgrades on their vehicle are missing out on security and safety upgrades can bring.

There is also a question of keeping the car’s warranty valid. If if becomes apparent after an engine or transmission failure that the car has not been serviced to schedule then warranty payments are at risk of being declined.

SMMT Chief Executive Paul Everitt commented that: “Putting off service and repair work is a false economy with risks and costs outweighing short-term gains. To stay safe and keep costs down, motorists should stick to servicing schedules and have repairs carried out promptly at a manufacturer main dealer.”

You can find out from your car manufacturer about when to service your car and other requirements to keep your car efficient and safe.

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