On top of an annual MOT, to keep your vehicle running safely and efficiently it’s important to have it serviced on a regular basis by a professional motor trade mechanic, but new research published suggests nearly 50% of UK drivers worry about racking up unexpected service repair costs.
Almost 25% of motorists surveyed were concerned about hidden problems being diagnosed by their garage mechanic.
Worryingly, this suggests there could be lots of vehicles travelling on our roads that may not actually be fit for purpose, also, knowingly driving an unsafe vehicle could invalidate an insurance policy.
Lauren French form the RAC said, “The best advice to any driver is to keep on top of servicing and maintenance work – the quicker problems are identified, often the cheaper they are to remedy.
But at the same time, we know that running a car can feel burdensome, and that some drivers don’t feel confident finding an affordable but reliable garage or trusting one with looking after their car.”
Even though it may seem like a bit of a hassle, a service can extend the vehicles life and potentially save the owner money on expensive replacement parts further down the road.
Some motorists don’t think they need their vehicle serviced if it has passed its MOT, but it is really important to carry out both.
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An MOT is a legal requirement for almost every vehicle which looks into the safety and its environmental impact. A service is a vehicle health check carried out after a number of months or miles.
The garage mechanic will assess the whole vehicle systems and its components, making adjustments and parts replacement to everything from tyres to fluid where necessary.
A full-service history will not only help the vehicles market value should you choose to sell it at some point, but you can also expect to see improved fuel efficiency, driver handling, and peace of mind from knowing the likelihood of your car breaking down is significantly reduced.
The research also discovered motorists will spend hundreds of pounds to pass an MOT even though the average cost of the actual test is around £50, with some drivers even paying over a £1,000 to get their vehicle through its MOT!
Motor trade manufacturers recommend servicing a vehicle at least once a year, or every 12,000 miles, whichever comes first.
The service on new models is usually covered under the warranty period, but you will need to check this out before purchasing the vehicle. The service level you choose should be dictated by your annual mileage and vehicle use:
- Regular maintenance – When filters and oil need replacing
- Interim Service – Every 6 months or 6,000 miles (whichever comes first)
- Full Service – Every 12 months or 12,000 miles (whichever comes first)
- Motor Trade Manufacturer Service – Check your vehicle manual for more information
Finally, it is not recommended that you attempt to service a vehicle yourself, without the right tools and knowledge lots can go wrong if an inexperienced person tries to carry out professional maintenance.