Post Updated 2nd Jan 2014
Car Servicing Tips; Car repairs need not be that expensive
Very often, a visit to your local car repairs shop can be even more stressful than a visit to your local dentist. Perhaps you wont suffer physical pain, but sometimes your car repairs bill can leave your wallet or purse feeling pretty empty and you with a bad taste in your mouth. The best way to try and avoid costly
repairs is to take preventative maintenance measures and Car Servicing Tips that will keep your car in the best condition possible.
- The foremost thing that you should do is to follow the car manufacturers maintenance schedule that will be outlined in your owner’s manual. The best guidelines are always always the ones that are recommended by the manufacturer and if you fail to follow those guidelines, your warranty may be voided for future repairs. Although here in Europe you are allowed to have your car repairs and servicing carried out by a reputable garage, that uses original equipment service parts and oils by law, without breaking your warranty agreement. A reputable garage would be one that operates under the MotorCodes schemes or an MOT testing station.
- Always be sure to change fluids,such as your brake fluid, all the filters and spark plugs (if fitted) to what the car’s manufacturer recommends. It is also a good idea to upgrade your motor oil to a higher performance synthetic oil, which can help to prevent certain problems and can also improve your car’s overall performance. We keep in several types of oil for servicing as specifications are changing all the time but using synthetic oil is not a bad thing and will cover most modern engines.
- Always be sure that your tyres are correctly inflated. This is especially important, because tyres with too little air, or too much, can result in excessive wear with bad handling and may cause a tyre to blow out. It is often recommended that your tyre pressures are checked during every other visit to the petrol station. While this may seems excessive, you won’t be sorry that you have kept your tyres correctly inflated and therefore safer. For reasons of both safety and the expense of new tyres, the extra effort is well worth it.
- If you notice any unusual noises coming from your car,whilst driving along check with your owner’s manual for information. Quite often, noises are perfectly normal and there is no need for concern. Your owner’s manual information section will let you know whether or not a visit to the Auto-centre is necessary.
Use a reputable garage for your car repairs
- If you find that you do have to take your vehicle in for some Car Repair Advice, be sure that you are dealing with a reputable local company. Check with the other local people and ask your family or friends for recommendations. Also look out for your local Unipart Car Care Centre (UCCC), as they have very high standards to qualify for membership, and a nationwide warranty system, for if problems occur see your Local Car Repair Garages.
Hi I would like to introduce myself. I have worked in the Garage and tyre and Battery business now for 40 years. I worked for a couple of national tyre companies before starting my first business. I now own a company here in the UK called Pellon Tyre and Auto-centre, and I am a keen blogger about anything to do with cars and their related products that will help my business.