Should I Service a Brand-New Vehicle?
When you buy a brand-new vehicle, you’re expecting reliability and longevity. This is a fair assumption, especially considering how much a new car can cost these days. Unfortunately, there’s no telling when a car is going to run into problems or how quickly they experience wear and tear. In this article, we’re exploring why it’s important to have your new car serviced regularly.
6 Months or 10,000km – Whichever Comes First
The golden rule of servicing a car is ‘every 6 months or 10,000kms – whichever comes first’. You should have a little sticker on the windscreen of your car that explains when you’re expected to return. It will have the number of kilometres or a certain month, and it’s a good idea to follow that advice!
Even if you’re not driving your car enough to reach the 10,000km, it’s very important to have your car serviced twice a year because the fluids in your car need to be checked and replaced at certain intervals. Engine oil can deteriorate as it comes into contact with moisture.
Don’t Void Your Warranty
New cars aren’t immune to faults and failures; however, they are protected by excellent warranties and guarantees. Think of the number of recalls you hear about on the news – manufacturers make mistakes sometimes.
If you’ve noticed something is wrong with your car after the first year and you’ve been putting off the first service, you might find that your warranty is void. Without a warranty, you’re responsible for paying for every expensive repair your car needs, even if it’s not your fault.
Find Problems before They Become Expensive
Parts for new cars are advancing in technology at an amazing rate, and with that comes added expense. If you need a specific new part for your car, especially in the engine computer, you could be looking at a large bill that may have been avoided by servicing and maintenance.
When you service your new vehicle regularly, your mechanic will be able to see when certain parts are looking a little worse for wear and potentially save you from massive outlays in the future.
Log Book Servicing by a Trusted Mechanic
We can’t overstate the importance of having a regular mechanic that you can trust and rely on. Professional and experienced mechanics will ensure your vehicle is roadworthy, and they will have open and honest discussions about what your car needs.
When you buy a new car, it might be worth paying a visit to your mechanic and ensuring everything is in order so you have a record of the condition of your vehicle.