The importance of car servicing

Author Name – Ben Garner

   

Getting your car serviced is crucial to the performance and safety of your vehicle. Without a regular service, your car may be unsafe to drive and could lead to a breakdown. In this article, we’ll discuss why it’s important to service your car, and the different servicing options we offer at National.

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How to tell if your car needs a service

A service light will appear on your dashboard when your car needs a service. If you have a digital dashboard display unit, it may also say it here. along with how long until the vehicle needs the service. At National, we would recommend booking in for a Full Service, every 12,000 miles or 12 months, whichever comes first.

 

Is it worth getting your car serviced?

Your car should be serviced every 12,000 miles or 12 months, whichever comes first. Alternatively, if you haven’t driven your vehicle for an extended period of time, then an Interim Service is an excellent option at the midway point of your MOT due date.

A full annual service ensures your car is safe to drive and has the necessary oil levels to run smoothly. A full service will also check key safety features, such as seat belts and exterior lights. Please click on the article below to see the full list of what is carried out in a full service.

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Servicing is also crucial to ensure all the parts on your vehicle aren’t worn, such as tyres and brakes. If your tyres are below the legal limit, this not only makes them extremely unsafe, they will also be deemed as illegal and you could receive three penalty points on your driving licence and a £2500 fine.

If your car has excessive wear on key components, it could lead to serious issues. A full service will also check other key driving components, such as steering and exhaust systems.

 

What happens when you don’t service your car?

If you don’t service your car, it may become unsafe to drive. If you have many parts that aren’t functioning correctly, you may not be able to slow the car in an emergency. A service could also identify any minor issues that could be resolved before they develop into a more severe fault, saving you money down the line.

Servicing is also crucial to the performance of your car. During a service, we’ll change your engine oil and oil filter to ensure the smooth running of your engine. Without this, your car may not have enough oil to run efficiently, which could lead to a breakdown or an expensive repair.

 

How long can my car last without a service?

We recommend having a full service done annually or every 12,000 miles, whichever comes sooner. This ensures that your car doesn’t go too long without a thorough inspection, and will maintain the smooth running and operating of your vehicle.

Alternatively, if you are about to embark on a long journey and want that extra peace that your car is safe to drive, why not book in for an Interim Service?

If you have an unidentified fault, more issues could develop if the car is continued to be driven. Having your vehicle serviced will identify and prevent major faults will save you money in the long run. It will also ensure your car is running as efficiently as possible, which is vital when driving long distances.

 

What services do National offer?

Our main servicing package is a full service. This is a 51-point check that covers all the key areas of your car, from the battery to wiper blades. We’ll check that all the areas of your car are safe and running smoothly, and advise you on any repairs you may need. We recommend a full service once a year or every 12,000 miles, whichever comes first.

To book a full service, click the link below.

Book A Full Service

We also offer an interim service. This is a 39-point check, covering key parts of your vehicle to ensure smooth running. This includes an oil and filter change, tyre checks, instrument checks and more. We recommend having an interim service every 6 months or every 6,000 miles.

To book an interim service, click the link below.

Book An Interim Service

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