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?

Yes servicing does cost, and it’s an expense that you could probably do without at the moment, but it’s undoubtedly worth it in the long run. 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 somewhere 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.

How can servicing your vehicle regularly save you money in the longer term?

  • According to a recent survey from car tyre specialists, HiQ, 32% of people are putting off, or skipping regular car servicing in order to save money. Minor problems can easily be corrected by servicing, yet the costs of not repairing a vehicle may more than double if the fault isn’t corrected straight away.
  • Cars that haven’t been regularly serviced are more likely to be fuel-inefficient. With the exorbitant costs of fuel these days, this will cost the motorist more in the long run. Every car needs to be serviced so that its engine runs as optimally and as efficiently as possible. Any savings you make by not servicing your vehicle will be more than cancelled out by the extra fuel you’ll have to put in your tank.
  • Many motorists mistakenly believe that any vehicle faults will be picked up during the MOT, so they don’t bother with interim servicing. However, if you leave the problem until the MOT, the chances are the cost of repairs will be considerably more than it need have been. Remember that regular servicing can also increase the life and durability of your vehicle’s mechanical components.
  • You could be putting your own well-being in danger by not having your car serviced regularly, let alone the safety of other road users. Regular servicing will ensure that your vehicle is roadworthy.

So, as painful as this may be, isn’t it time you got your car down to your local service station, like Bakestone Motors? After all each time you venture forth in your car, you’re carrying the most precious asset of all – your family. Surely their health and safety is priceless.