Servicing — skimp now, pay later
Nobody particularly enjoys taking their car for a service. Not only does it cost, but it may also highlight the need for expensive repairs. Too often, people say, “I don’t want a full service, just an oil and filter change”.
But a few extra dollars now could save you hundreds in the future.
Pay now, save later
Following the manufacturer’s servicing schedule allows a variety of items on your vehicle to be checked, as well as making you aware of any immediate or future repair or replacement work. A regular service can also put your mind at rest by knowing your car is still working as it should.
Take the cost of an oil change. If your vehicle uses mineral or semi-synthetic oil, four litres could be around $50. Factor in the new filter — about $15 — and labour, which can be another $50. This could bring the bill to $115, not taking into account any additional workshop sundries.
Basic services that include additional safety and preventative maintenance checks can start from $30 extra if you have a petrol vehicle. A qualified technician will check all fluids, air filter, tyre pressures and test the battery, which can cost $25-50 alone. So it’s often better value to get them all checked at the same time rather than separately.
And it saves you having to take your vehicle back to the garage. As an oil change is completed while the vehicle is off the ground, it’s a good time to get your wheel bearings and brakes checked too.
Services are often broken into levels or stages, offering motorists a range of options from basic to the most comprehensive checks.
A basic or entry-level service should really be considered as a supplementary six-monthly option for drivers who cover a significant distance each year or for those who are keen to keep their wheels in tip-top shape.
We’d still recommend a more comprehensive annual service to ensure the car is checked by a qualified technician and maintains a good service history.
A more comprehensive vehicle service can include up to 50 vehicle checkpoints, so that value saving can be even greater. It takes longer to complete, but more visual components will be inspected and adjusted, including the air con, headlights and tyre rotation, if required.
Carrying out each inspection included in a full service on an individual basis will cost a lot more money, plus your vehicle will be spending a lot of extra time in the workshop until the work is completed. This can be a huge inconvenience for those who rely on their car on a daily basis.
More than just ticking boxes
Servicing isn’t just about checking items, though. Vehicle parts need to be replaced based on the time they were fitted or the kilometres travelled. For example, a cambelt may need replacing every 10 years or 100,000km and an air filter may need replacing when your car hits the 30,000km mark.
Maintaining a regular servicing schedule will allow a technician to monitor these items and inform you about any upcoming replacements.
This will help you to budget in advance for any upcoming maintenance work on your vehicle, so you can avoid being hit with costly repairs and replacements out of the blue. It will also help to ensure that your vehicle is safe on the road.
Increasing sale value
A complete vehicle servicing history has the added value of making your car more appealing to potential buyers when you’re looking to sell it. It could increase a vehicle’s selling value because servicing is essentially preventative maintenance that can help extend the lifespan of your vehicle.
So, when you’re thinking about booking your car in for its next oil change, why not ask or take a look at what’s included in the fixed price servicing options at your nearest workshop. It’ll enable you to see whether you’re getting the best value for your time in the workshop.
A comprehensive vehicle service can include up to 50 checkpoints.