How often should you Service your Car?
It’s easy to put off getting your Car Service. To your untrained eye, it all seems fine. Your Car is not making any funny Noises. Continues to run ok on the freeway. It stills rumbles like it always has when you Start it in the morning.
Forgetting to Service your Car could be a costly mistake. There are plenty of things that can go wrong, and they may affect your hip pocket in subtle ways too.
For example being behind with Maintenance can reduce your Fuel Economy. Being late also elevates the risk of Mechanical Failure.
Changing your Vehicle's Fluids will help to avoid moisture building up. Changing also keeps the Oil from degrading in quality. These Conditions can cause your Engine to Seize up when you least want it to. It can cause your Brake Fluid to boil and become ineffective.
Taking your Car in for a regular check-up will also ensure it remains roadworthy and help it keep its Value.
As a general rule, you should bring your Car in every six months or 10,000km (whichever comes first). Every Car is different and manufacturer’s recommendations on service schedules do vary. This should only be a guide. Refer to your Car’s Owner’s Manual.
As a rule of thumb, you should have your Car Inspected over at least once or twice a year. Schedule should alternate between a minor and major Service. So expect to pay a bit more every other booking.
More modern Cars have longer service intervals, often 15,000km/12 months. Bear in mind though that Modern Engines are far more Complex. Which makes them less tolerant of Neglect. So don’t try to squeeze an extra few months out between visits to your Service Department.