If you are wondering what the big deal is about car servicing, Caloundra City Autos would like to set you straight on why regular car servicing is an essential part of vehicle maintenance.
A grease and oil change every few thousand kilometres isn’t enough of a service for the modern vehicle. This system may have passed muster 20 or 30 years ago when engines were more straightforward, but today’s vehicle usually requires an operational and safety check of 50 or more components. Unfortunately, according to RACQ, only 52% of Queenslanders have their cars regularly serviced at 6 or 12-month intervals.
The extra time required for a service naturally raises the average price, but improvements in engine efficiency and oil technology have dramatically increased the need for regular car servicing from 10,000 kilometres to 15,000 kilometres in most modern vehicles. This can offset the cost throughout the year with fewer visits to the mechanic, and less wear and tear on engines. Properly cared for vehicles will also have a much longer useful service life.
What Can Happen if You Don’t Get Regular Car Services?
The braking system is a vital component of a vehicle which helps to keep our roads safe. A standard vehicle service will examine the braking system and will alert the owner to any maintenance which may be required. Neglecting to obtain a regular car service will at best cost extra for the replacement of damaged brake disks after brake pads wear out and metal starts rubbing on metal, or at worst cause a nasty accident on the highway when the brakes’ hydraulic systems fail.
Cooling systems in cars are under immense heat and pressure during operation, and over time can develop leaks and experience loss of pressure. The cooling system is vital to keeping the moving parts of the engine within operational temperatures. Too low a temperature will cause emission levels to rise, and fuel economy to suffer; too high a temperature and the engine will self-destruct and need an expensive replacement.
The coolant used in the cooling system will also degrade over time and lose its ability to protect the engine from corrosion. Regular servicing will replace the coolants when they are due and check that there are no leaks from the radiator, hoses, head gasket, and water pump.
Why Keep a Log Book Updated?
If you use your car for work or your business, then a log book is necessary to keep track of vehicle expenses so you can receive remuneration from your employer, or deduct them from your income tax return.
A log book service is a little different from a financial logbook for tax purposes as its purpose is to collect data on when your car has been serviced according to vehicle manufacturer specifications. Instead of waiting for components to fail before replacement, a log book service will recommend replacement of those parts after a certain amount of time has passed, or when the prescribed number of kilometres have been reached.
Another excellent reason for keeping your log book up to date is that proof of regular servicing will help you get a much better price when it comes time to sell or trade in the vehicle.
Caloundra City Autos are the Best
When it comes to car servicing, Caloundra City Autos are the best in the business and have been serving the Sunshine Coast for many years now. The mechanics are professionals and highly trained in all facets of vehicle care. They are fast, efficient, and knowledgeable and have built up a reputation for always putting the customer first.
If your car has developed any problems, then the guys at Caloundra City Autos are sure to find it fast and recommend an appropriate course of action, while keeping prices fair and affordable.
Our service is fully stocked with the most often needed parts from Honda, Mitsubishi, and Holden manufacturers at competitive prices. If parts aren’t in stock, we can have them delivered overnight to get you back on the road as fast as possible.
Don’t gamble with the safety and reliability of your car, book a service today and enjoy the peace of mind which can only come from a vehicle which has been well looked after. Call 07 5491 5522 or use our contact form.