WHAT TO KNOW BEFORE TAKING YOUR CAR IN FOR A CAR SERVICE
Taking your car for a service at intervals recommended by the manufacturer is one of the most important things you can do to keep it functioning properly, keep it running safely, and to preserve its value in the long run. It’s also one of the best ways to minimise your risk of ever breaking down or getting stuck at the side of the road.
Here are some great tips for drivers to keep them on top of their service schedule, ensuring many hours of happy driving:
- Read your car’s manual, so that you know what the recommended service intervals are. This will also give you information about what you can do to maintain it between services.
- Know the details of the service plan, and make sure to stick to the prescribed service intervals at franchise dealerships.
- If possible, take your car back to the dealership where you bought it for services, and build on the relationship that you already have with them. Going back to the same place means that mechanics can access your vehicle’s history easily.
- It’s best to have all services done at a manufacturer approved dealership that specialises in your vehicle to complete the service, because they work with your type of car all day, every day – and they receive regular training on working with that brand.
- When you phone to book your car in, make sure you can tell them your mileage and car registration number.
- Plan your day around the reality of not having the mobility that you’re accustomed to – or make use of a taxi service to get you around.
- Make sure that you clear out any valuables from the vehicle
- When you hand your car over, Walk around it with the dealer’s representative and make sure that you’re both aware of dings, nicks and scratches on the vehicle.
- If there are problems with the car that fall outside of the work normally done in a service, discuss them with the dealer representative.
- Make sure that you understand which elements of the work done on your car that you will be expected to pay for. Agree with the dealership that they will call you to discuss any work that needs to be done that falls outside of what is covered by the service plan.
- And last but not least be aware of the latest car theft schemes. If you receive a phone call from somebody offering to collect your vehicle from your home to have it serviced at the dealership – make sure to contact the dealership in order to confirm first.
Even if your car seems like it’s working just fine, there’s ongoing wear and tear in places that you can’t see and probably even don’t know about. You trust your car to take you everywhere – and having it serviced regularly will make sure that it will continue to give you the great driving experience that you expect, for longer.
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