This morning I had the unenviable task of defrosting my car before I could set off on the school run, and while I could weep for how far away the summer suddenly seems, it also served as a very stark wake up call. I need to book a service for the car! I’m a solo parent all week and if my car broke down, we literally would be stranded. How can it be that at the age of 41 I still don’t know how to change a tyre at the very least? I mean, I’ve been shown… but car maintenance has never really been my thing. But I’ve been in a few ‘scrapes’ (car reliability-wise, that is!) and I really do need to get a better handle on it all, especially now that the winter has well and truly set in and the mild December has passed. I know I’m not the only one that struggles to grasp the importance of all of this, so I thought I’d write a quick post on the top three reasons why your car needs a service now. And I mean NOW!
You want to be a responsible car owner
I talk to the kids about being responsible all the time. We’re responsible cat owners because we have them microchipped and neutered and we take them to the vet regularly. Maybe you don’t own pets, but like us you want to reduce your plastic consumption as responsible citizens? Maybe, again like us, you’re striving to be a responsible figure in the local community? And so the same needs to be applied to owning a car. Cars need regular servicing and it’s up to YOU (me) to make sure that happens. The alternative is breaking down in the middle of a busy road during rush hour, and believe me that sucks. These days it’s easier than ever to book a service too- for example, Calmac Tyres allows you to book your car servicing in Northampton online from their website. How is easy is that? You can book your service with them today and you’re done!
You don’t remember the last time your car was serviced
As a car owner you need to decide whether you’re an interim or full service kind of person. An interim service kind of person is the type who uses their car for shorter journeys (think school runs and grocery shopping trips). During these services checks are made on fluid levels, the engine and the batteries lights and tyres are checked too. I’m an interim type of person. I panic about brake fluid levels and I hate trying to wash my windscreen on a sunny day only to find there’s no screen wash. I like to know everything’s working as it should be every time I get into the car. I mean, don’t we all? But regular check-ups like this are good because its kind of like going to the gym more than once every blue moon. It keeps everything in tip-top condition and allows you to fix anything that needs fixing quicker than if you wait for a full service.
A full service will generally be recommended once a year or after 12,000 miles. If you drive long distances a lot, this will be the main one for you- but don’t dismiss interim services altogether. Regardless, a full service should always been done once a year no matter how many interim services you’ve had. More checks are carried out and you’ll get your service book stamped- which leads me on to the next reason why you need a service NOW…
You want to keep the value of your car
Nobody will want to buy a knackered rust bucket when you decide you want to upgrade. If you car hasn’t had it’s MOT for example, nobody will touch it full stop. An updated logbook with full service history is a much more attractive deal for prospective buyers, and will definitely help you when it comes to selling.
If the above reasons aren’t enough to persuade you, then how about this? Driving an un-safe car is probably one of the most dangerous things you can do- not only for yourself, but for your passengers, other drivers on the road and any pedestrians too. Please, go get your service booked… NOW!