posted 4 years ago

Motorists Lose Fortunes By Skipping Maintenance

Ignoring Service Schedule Alienates Buyers

Motorists that fail to maintain a car's service history could lose a small fortune at the point of sale, Kwik Fit has claimed. As such, buyers typically expect to pay nineteen percent less than for a comparable model with a perfect record. This – as the average price of a second-hand car is £7,706 – equates to a considerable sum. Interestingly, thirty-seven percent of drivers value the service stamps from independent dealers as much as those from manufacturer franchises. Furthermore, an incomplete service history can considerably reduce the number of potential buyers. As such, thirty-three percent of those aged eighteen to twenty-four would not buy without a complete record. This rises to fifty-seven percent of older motorists. Interestingly, the discount expected by those that will purchase varies throughout the country. Buyers in London expect the largest reduction (twenty-three percent). This is followed by those in the: South East (twenty percent), North East (nineteen percent), North West (nineteen percent), West Midlands (nineteen percent), Scotland (nineteen percent), East of England (eighteen percent), Wales (seventeen percent), East Midlands (seventeen percent), Yorkshire & Humberside (seventeen percent) and the South West (fifteen percent).

Benefits Of Servicing A Car

A car should be serviced at intervals recommended by its manufacturer. These vary considerably, but a reasonable guide is every ten/twelve thousand miles or twelve months. Some vehicles require less attention (or so their manufactures claim). The benefits of servicing – in addition to helping maintain a car's value and making it easier to sell – include that it identifies small problems before they become expensive. My car, for example, had a small oil leak from its transmission. This was noted during a service and rectified with a replacement seal that cost virtually nothing. However, if this leak had been left it could – in the most extreme case – have ensured the transmission ran dry. That might have wrecked it and a new transmission is very expensive. There is a safety issue too. Servicing should, for example, ensure the wipers effectively clear the windscreen which helps the motorist see the road. It might include adjusting the tracking too – and ensuring the tyres have the correct pressures. Such factors are more important than some people recognise. Finally, a serviced car is nice to drive as its engine runs smoothly thanks to the new oil, coolant, spark plugs and filters, etc. The garage should also tighten its handbrake and grease any hinges. Money well spent, then.