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Angela's Articulate Collection of Car Service Secrets, Tips and Tricks

Hi, my name is Angela, and as the wife of a mechanic, I was constantly tripping over car parts and complaining about the rows of project cars lining our garden. However, after a few years, I quit complaining and actually found joy in the art of auto repair. Inspired by that classic book, "Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance", I decided to start working on cars with my husband. This blog is the culmination of everything I have learned and more. I hope you enjoy reading it and that my tips and ideas guide you toward a healthier car and a happier, safer driving experience.


Angela's Articulate Collection of Car Service Secrets, Tips and Tricks

Four Must-Know Reasons to Service Your Vehicle Regularly

by Keith Simpson

A vehicle is a good luxury that everyone enjoys to have. Most people spend a fortune to purchase a car that suits their everyday needs. Therefore, it is important to know how to maintain these expensive commodities. As much as car servicing has become a familiar term for most motorists, some deliberately evade it. Some of those drivers who service their vehicles do not understand the benefits behind this important cause. Four must-know benefits include the following.

1. Prevents accidents -- Most car owners tend to assume that MOT is the same as service. However, this is not the case as MOT is a periodic technical inspection that checks for safety, whereas servicing involves a regular check for tear, wear, and fluids replacement. MOT confirms road-worthiness, but servicing makes a car roadworthy and safe. For example, servicing will ensure brake-fluid is topped up, hence making a car safe for driving.

2. Saves cost -- Service helps to identify problems when they are still minor and easy to sort out. A serviced vehicle is said to be more efficient and safer in the end. The cheap repairs that a car owner may choose to ignore during servicing may cost much more to repair later. For example, putting off an oil change is an easy option, but if ignored it can lead to engine failure. The cost of repairing a whole engine becomes much more expensive compared to periodic servicing of your car.

3. Improves car handling -- Regular servicing of your vehicle will improve overall handling and make the car a joy to drive. For example, a service station will recommend a tire change and changing the tires will give the car good road grip. Air filters will normally be changed during servicing, which will improve the amount of air going into the engine and reduce fuel consumption. Further, changing oil filters will allow the engine to run efficiently and produce more power.

4. Serves as proof when seeking insurance claims --   A service history is imperative when a car owner wants to make claims with an insurance company. Most insurance companies have a tendency of invalidating a claim when they find out that the vehicle does not have any service history, hence leaving the car owner at risk of missing compensation.

A service history may also come in handy at a time when the car is being sold. Cars with evidence of regular servicing normally attract a better price. The servicing history serves as proof that the car has been taken care of according to manufacturer guidelines.