In this blog we look at ‘What is Car Servicing?’ – Servicing is the proactive maintenance of your car or van.
Regular car servicing not only ensures optimum vehicle performance and economy, it helps to preserve the life of the engine. During a car service the oil and filters are changed and the car is given a full check over so that any worn or broken parts can be replaced.
Is it a legal requirement?
Car servicing not a legal requirement but it is highly recommended as it protects the engine and components of the car and therefore reduces the risk of breakdown. Most manufacturers stipulate that the service history of a car must be kept up to date in order for warranty to be upheld.
A common misconception is that an MOT check and service are the same thing.
MOT is a legal requirement for anyone driving a car that is over 4 years old. After a car turns four it must pass an MOT test each year. This ensures that the vehicle adheres to road safety and environmental standards set out by the government. It is illegal to drive without MOT on your car.
Servicing costs can vary depending on the age of the car and what it needs. Most garages will generally contact you before carrying out any costly repairs. We are keen to help ensure that your vehicle running costs are kept to a minimum and believe that regular servicing can help to achieve this; avoiding servicing your vehicle to save a few pounds really is a false economy. We pride ourselves on our highly competitive service rate and are happy to quote for any repairs.
How do you know when a service is due?
Usually there will be a Service and Maintenance book in your car, which is stamped by the mechanic after each service. It differs from car to car but in general you should service your car annually or every 10,000 miles if you do more than 10,000 miles a year. In most newer cars there is an internal service schedule that will illuminate a symbol on the dash to signify when a service is due.
If you have any questions about car servicing or would like to make an appointment give us a call on 028 25653909 or drop in and see us at our showroom on Railway Street, Ballymena. Click on our website here for more information about S McAfee and Son.