The first most important thing to bear in mind when you are thinking about taking your car in for a service is that it is not the same as an MOT.
Just because you have recently taken your car in to have its MOT test does not mean that you no longer need to take it in for a service.
The MOT simply tests that your car is safe enough to be driven on the road. It will not flag up any potential problems and will not let you know if there are parts of your car which will need to be replaced soon. MOTs only tend to flag up the problem when it already needs to be fixed. Services can help spot problems before they arise, which will give you time to think about how best to approach and finance the issue. Although servicing your car will cost money, it could actually end up saving you money in the long run. Un-serviced cars tend to have a much higher fuel consumption rate, as they are not running at their most efficient.
Even seemingly minor issues, like needing an oil change, can actually have a big impact on the amount of petrol that it takes to run your car. Services will pick up on these details and will rectify them, making the whole car much more efficient and hopefully saving you a lot of money in unnecessary fuel. Services are seen as unnecessary by some, as checking tyre pressure and levels of engine oil and screen wash are things which most people can do at home, without having to shell out lots of money to hire a mechanic to do it for them. Whilst this is true, there are also many parts of a car service which cannot be carried out at home and which require the skills, expertise and tools which a mechanic has to offer.
Services are crucial to the safety
Modern cars can be extremely complicated and people who are not trained mechanics cannot possibly be expected to know everything there is to know about the inner workings of their vehicle. Trying to service your own car could result in you causing damage to your engine which could be extremely dangerous or considerably expensive to fix. Services are crucial to the safety of your vehicle and the people inside it. They will pick up on problems before things start to go wrong. If you ended up with a vital part of your engine breaking whilst you are driving at 70 mph on the motorway, this could be incredibly dangerous; whereas services allow you to find out which parts of your car are wearing out before they do break in the safe environment of the workshop.
Service to keep your insurance
Finally, you may find that not having a service actually invalidates your insurance. If something does go wrong, that could have been checked during a service and it turns out that your car is overdue one, insurers will probably not pay out in the case of an accident.
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