A car is most likely one of the most expensive investments you will make, so it’s worthwhile looking after it correctly to maximize its lifespan and future value for when you want to sell it or exchange it for a new one. One of the best ways to look after your car is to service it frequently, as doing so can help keep it fine-tuned and operating at its max potential.
As well as this, there are also additional benefits to servicing your vehicle, which can save you money, time, and hassle.
It Saves Money
Although costing a fair price each time you do it, averaging at around $150, excluding the cost of any repairs or part replacements, servicing your car regularly can save you a lot of money. This is because while servicing, mechanics will be able to spot potential issues before they become an expensive problem and help prevent it from happening. It also means that due to it being well looked after, your car will maintain its value for longer.
It can be tempting to skip on servicing your car when money is tight, but this can rack up a bigger bill later on if something does go wrong. For example, the cost of fixing a radiator is around $550, while fixing a water pump is $300, and the dreaded engine replacement is a whopping $3200.
It’s said to have your car serviced every year, or at least every 12,000 miles, whatever comes first. The precise mileage can be found in your vehicle manual.
It Boosts Performance
Having your car regularly serviced maintains its fluids, oils, and internal mechanics to help improve vehicle performance as well as dependability. When your car is well looked after, it’ll handle better, feel a lot smoother to drive, and just operate better.
This fine-tuning also helps the vehicle be more efficient with its fuel consumption, allowing you to get more mileage out of each full tank, which can help you save additional money and waste less fuel. It can also make your car cleaner and produce less greenhouse emissions.
The best way to ensure the best servicing for your car is to get a service at the dealership, as the people here will have the right equipment and parts and expertise to get the most out of your car.
It Keeps You Safe
When some issues arise in a car, they can prove to be dangerous problems, such as your car brake suddenly failing to work mid-drive or your tire popping or coming loose. These issues can cause massive injury and even be fatal, and are one of the top causes of accidents on American roads. This is why it’s important to service your vehicle. It will ensure that you can be safe on the road for not just your benefit but for the road users around you.
Even smaller issues such as faulty windshield wipers or a broken taillight and indicator can make it difficult for cars to navigate safely around you, and that’s why police are so eager to pick up on this problem, as it’s a serious hazard.