Find significant savings when it comes to serving your car with these ten tips that will keep you on the road safely. Beep! Beep!
1. Avoid financial disasters and include the cost of car serving in your budget. Depending on the age of your car, also include an amount for general wear and tear and maintenance.
2. Check your owner’s handbook for the correct servicing intervals. Try to stick to these, and avoid the temptation to skip services.
3. The average cost of servicing a car is $620 in Australia. Skipping your next service will only lead to breakdowns and costly repairs. Engine repairs can cost as much as $5,000, and course there is the costs of towing your car when it breaks down, and the costs of having to get a replacement vehicle while your car is being repaired.
4. Remember, a complete service history adds value to your car at resale time.
5. If you are cutting out servicing to save cash, remember it is not necessary to have your car serviced at the dealer you bought the car from. Any reputable mechanic can service your car and complete your service and complete your log book.
6. Try to plan ahead and include car services into your budget so that service costs don’t get on top of you.
7. When you notice a problem developing with your car, have it checked out early. Like so many things in life, prevention is better than cure.
8. When it comes to repairs, your mechanic is required to have you authorize any work is additional to the original agreed work.
9. If you are planning a driving holiday, for example over the school holidays, book your servicing in early. Remember that half of Australia is probably heading out over Easter too!
10. Older cars and less common models, like European cars, are more costly to service and find parts for. Not only do these have to be specially ordered, but it takes a skilled mechanic to properly fit and service these vehicles.