Getting your car serviced on a regular basis is important for ensuring that it remains safe and reliable. The exact servicing requirements vary between vehicles, but these will be detailed in your vehicle handbook. In general, a service should be carried out every twelve months or every 12,000 miles, whichever is sooner.
A full service will normally include an oil change, oil filter change and lubrication of working parts, such as the hinges. There should also be new spark plugs or a new fuel filter fitted. In addition to the work carried out, there should also be a vehicle safety check. This will include seat belts, wipers, tyres, ball joints, steering and suspension. The fan belt and fluid levels will also be checked.
An interim service will sometimes be recommended for higher mileage vehicles. These take place in between full services. An interim service does not include as much as a full service does, but the vehicle will still get a safety inspection, as well as an oil change and oil filter change.
Many people will regard their annual MOT as an alternative to car servicing, but this should not be the case. The MOT is a legal, basic safety check that is carried out to ensure that the vehicle is roadworthy. However, unlike a service, it does not include a check of the mechanical condition of the vehicle.
It may be tempting to try and save money by not having a service carried out, but this can be a false economy. If the car is properly maintained, it should be more fuel efficient, as well as much safer and more reliable. Services can detect and repair faults at the earliest stages, identifying and solving something which may have become problematic a later date. By not having undertaking regular car servicing, you may ultimately end up spending more on car repairs than necessary, as the problem is likely to be more severe and costly by the time it becomes noticeable. Additionally, servicing your car can significantly decrease the chance of a breakdown, removing the huge inconvenience this can cause.
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