Motorists can be forgiven for skipping the occasional service, especially as professional fees can be high and many people's bank balances are lower than the moral of a snail at the bottom of Mount Everest.
Motorists can be forgiven for skipping the occasional service, especially as professional fees can be high and many people's bank balances are lower than the moral of a snail at the bottom of Mount Everest. However, failing to properly maintain a vehicle can cause problems that prove more expensive than regular servicing.For example, part of servicing a vehicle is to change its engine oil. This is important as used oil, that has been churning around for thousands of miles, contains metal particles that increase wear and tear. Engines may also be damaged by a lack of coolant that can lead to overheating. At the other end of the temperature scale, insufficient antifreeze can cause the block to crack. Expensive! The brakes are another area the 'stitch in time' approach is beneficial. A service should reveal if the pads are worn, and these can then be replaced before they wear excessively and damage the costly disks. Mechanics also check for potentially dangerous hydraulic leaks that may cause a brake failure, and that alone is worth a few hard earned pounds. A proper service should also check the vehicle's tyres, oil filter, fuel filter, air filter, spark plugs, and O2 sensor. These factors not only influence how the car feels to drive, they can cause it to consume more fuel if they are not working properly. With petrol prices higher than a record breaking satellite, this could prove to be a considerable expense over time. Servicing a vehicle in accordance with the manufacturer's recommendations also helps to minimise its depreciation, and maximise market appeal. That comes in rather handy when it's time to sell. Interestingly, a car lacking service history can be worth considerably less than an identical model that has been properly maintained. This is most pronounced on relatively new specialist and/or prestigious machinery. Servicing a vehicle can be expensive, but it should help maintain its reliability, maximise its value, minimise fuel consumption, and make it more pleasurable to drive.