The average motorist will probably be clueless about what goes on at a vehicle service and what happens when a car is being repaired. Motorists are basically putting their money and trust in the mechanic and auto repair shop to do what is needed to keep their vehicles running smoothly and roadworthy. Though motorists trust that their car is in good hands, it would still benefit them to know what is involved in vehicle service.
What is Involved in Car Services?
There are basically two types of car service: minor services and major car services. A minor car service is needed for every 10-15 thousand kilometres (depending on car maker) and it can take as little as 90 minutes. A major service is required for every 30-45 thousand kilometres (depending on car maker) and can take anywhere from three to four hours to an entire business day. This is because a major vehicle service tends to involve comprehensive work and may include the servicing of non-standard elements like air conditioning, lubricant and brake services.
Minor vehicle service generally involves any or all of the following: replacing oil and oil filter; inspecting belts; inspecting hoses; checking brakes and brake fluid; checking air conditioning; testing the cooling system; checking battery; checking and topping up fluids; checking exhaust; checking transmission; checking steering and suspension; checking lights and tyres; checking windscreen wipers and washers; and checking air and fuel filters.
Major vehicle service generally includes the following: checking and topping up all oils and fluids; safety inspection; checking brakes; checking exhaust; checking transmission; checking steering and suspension; checking external engine belts and hoses; checking all lights; checking tyres and pressures; checking windscreen washers and wipers; testing battery; testing cooling system and coolant condition; checking brake fluid; checking external air and fuel filters; replacing oil and oil filter; replacing standard spark plugs; checking air conditioning system; re-packing all wheel bearings; and changing all trans line oils.
Why have you Car Serviced?
You are not saving money, both in the short and long term, when you do not have your car serviced regularly. Your car will be fuel efficient, as well as safer and more reliable, if properly maintained. This is because defects will be discovered early and addressed immediately, thus saving your car from a complete breakdown. A regular service will also keep the wear and tear on your car to a minimum, ensuring that it retains a good value if you decide to sell it. Cars with a complete service history will usually draw more buyers and higher prices.
Make sure to send your car to trusted mechanics. Your mechanic can provide a list of things to be done and a list of things that were actually done on your car. Having this information is the first step to knowing your car and its requirements. You cannot afford to ignore vehicle servicing because of the anxiety of the unknown. Knowing a little bit about what is involved in car servicing may actually help you overcome your initial anxiety.