Routine car maintenance is not only important for performance and efficiency with your vehicle, but it can also prevent costly breakdowns and extend the life of your vehicle.
It is highly recommended that you book your vehicle in for servicing every six months or 10,000km – whichever comes first – although it can be beneficial to ensure your car is serviced even more frequently.
It is also vital to ensure your vehicle is booked in for a service immediately if you have any warning lights appear on your dashboard.
Some of the major issues that can occur if you do not regularly service your car include:
- Major mechanical malfunctions: Running your car with old, low or no oil for an extended period of time can cause carbon deposits and increased wear on the mechanical components of your vehicle. Ultimately, this can lead to major damage to the head gasket and pistons which can result in highly expensive repairs or the end of life of your vehicle.
- Hidden car faults: You vehicle may be running as it should, but as well as it could. Often a service will reveal engine damage that is minor but can lead to bigger problems down the track. Fixing these will usually improve the performance of your vehicle and the fuel economy.
- Safety: Mechanical faults and failures while on the road can put you and your passengers in a dangerous situation and it is always important to avoid this from happening in the first place.