Car Servicing: making sure your vehicle is safe for those summer holiday trips

It’s the time of year many of us dread. Yes, that’s right, it’s summer holiday time and the kids have been let off the leash for the next 6 weeks. Most of us will have turned our attentions to holidays as we prepare for our two weeks in the sun. Unfortunately, the economy’s not doing too well at the moment and we’re all having to cut back. Sadly the same can’t be said for travel companies: they’ve continued to do what they always do and increased the prices for the holiday periods. So, many of us are choosing to stay at home this year. That’s good news for our home seaside resorts and hotels, but it’s still going to cost us in the short term. Holidays at home mean just one thing: no, not rain, though that’s probably a given anyway, but more motoring, and that means more wear and tear on your vehicle. This may not be the news you want to hear, but isn’t it time you got your car serviced? Don’t you want the piece of mind of knowing that when you set off for the coast, your vehicle will be prepared and up to the job? Continue reading

Why is it necessary to change engine oil and oil filters?

People rarely pay too much attention to engine oil. Unfortunately it tends to be either ignored or forgotten unless it drips on to your driveway or smokes heavily from your car exhaust. However, this is a mistake and could actually prove to be a costly one. All engine oil and oil filters should be replaced regularly for the benefit of your vehicles’ engine life. Manufacturers recommend oil changes at an interval somewhere between 3,000 and 10,000 miles. The fact of the matter is there is no hard or fast rule about when your engine oil or your filter should be replaced: it depends upon a number of factors like engine age and mileage, but the one thing for certain is that it needs to be done. Continue reading

Why is it important to have your car serviced regularly?

Are you thinking of putting off your next car service? Well, in today’s financial climate you’d probably be forgiven. When money’s tight and petrol prices are as high as they are, it pays to look after the pennies:  the pounds can then look after themselves. Let’s be honest about this, you wouldn’t be alone: we’re all looking to save money and tighten our belts at the moment. Yet, the truth of the matter is, postponing that interim or full car service might be more costly than you think. Minor faults that would’ve been picked up during a regular service have a nasty habit of turning into major, costly problems down the line. It’s much better to bite the bullet and have your car serviced regularly. We all know deep down that it makes sense. Continue reading