The Dangers of Not Getting Your Car Serviced
We’ve heard every excuse under the sun for not getting cars serviced; “I don’t have the budget for it right now”, “I’ve barely driven this year”, or “I’m too busy to take my car in”. The list goes on and on until we see cars in awful states of disrepair and their owners are shocked! In the long run, ignoring your servicing requirements is dangerous and can cost you a lot of money.
In this article, we’re taking a look at some of the risks of not getting your car serviced when it’s recommended.
How Regularly Should A Car Be Serviced?
Regular servicing ensures your car stays reliable and efficient, and it’s the one thing you can take control of to extend your car’s lifespan. The general rule of thumb is to take your car in for a log book service every 6 months or 10,000km – whichever comes first.
When you arrange for regular servicing, a mechanic can check the parts and systems in your vehicle, identify early problems and repair parts before they cause an expensive and time-consuming breakdown.
Not Servicing Your Car is Risky
When you choose not to service your car, you’re putting yourself at risk. You could jeopardise your safety, your way of getting around and your wallet. We’ve put together this list of possible problems to help car owners understand how serious this issue can be.
Excess Oil Sludge in Your Engine
Built-up oil sludge affects your car by inhibiting the flow of oil throughout the engine, polluting the engine and causing massive amounts of damage.
Putting Your Safety on the Line
Mechanical failure can have devastating effects if it happens while you’re driving. Your brakes, steering and suspension are critical to keeping you and your family safe on the road. Without regular servicing, drivers don’t know how safe their vehicle really is and it is only a matter of time before something goes wrong.
Excess Wear and Additional Damage
Your car could be under too much pressure, speeding up the process of wear and tear. This may not be an issue right now, but you may need expensive car repairs sooner than you would have if you had your car serviced. Unrectified problems can result in significant damage to your vehicle. They can even be the cause of additional and costly problems in other parts of the car.
Poor Fuel Economy
Fuel is expensive enough as it is. When you ignore servicing, your car becomes less fuel-efficient over time and will cost you a lot more money in the long run.
Voiding Your Warranty
It is a condition of new cars that they are serviced regularly and that the owner keeps a complete history of servicing in the log book. If you don’t keep your servicing up to date, you may risk your warranty being voided. This can be an extremely expensive problem if something goes wrong in the future.