posted 4 years ago

Why Service a Vehicle?

There are more reasons to service your vehicle than there are atoms in the universe.

There are more reasons to service your vehicle than there are atoms in the universe. The first, of course, is safety. In fact, the Institute of Advanced Motorists has reported that fifty-two motorists died in 2010 due to a lack of proper maintenance. Worryingly, the road safety charity has also revealed that eighteen per-cent of motorists have driven a vehicle without a valid MOT certificate, and that twenty-three per-cent of motorists' vehicles have defects that make them illegal. Bald tyres, worn brakes, broken wing mirrors, and blown bulbs are common problems – yet some of these issues can be rectified relatively cheaply.

The IAM's Director of Policy and Research, Neil Greig, commented: “Neglecting maintenance only leads to bigger repair bills later on, lower second-hand values, and increased fuel consumption. There are also fines if you get caught.”

Neil Greig's stitch in time philosophy is correct. My Nissan, for example, was recently serviced and the mechanic found a small oil leak from the six-speed automatic transmission. This was corrected for less than £5, before it became an expensive and time consuming issue – and before the vehicle conked-out on the M25 (technical term). When money is tight it is tempting to skip maintenance, but it is - in every way - a false economy.