Car Servicing Tips for Budget-Conscious Owners

Posted October 2, 2023 by in Lifestyle

Maintaining your vehicle is crucial to ensure its optimal performance and safety when driving. Nonetheless, the expense associated with car maintenance can vary significantly depending on the specific issues that require attention.

In this blog, we will delve into a range of budget-friendly approaches and alternatives that drivers can employ to keep their vehicles in excellent condition, all while maintaining their financial well-being.

Regular Maintenance vs. Neglect

Consistently servicing your car is imperative for early detection and prevention of potential issues before they spiral into costly repairs. Neglecting regular vehicle maintenance can transform minor concerns into major, wallet-draining problems.

Furthermore, overlooking car maintenance doesn’t just inflate repair bills; it also contributes to increased fuel consumption, an expense that continues to rise month by month. Scheduling your vehicle for a comprehensive car service not only detects and addresses minor issues promptly but also provides reassurance that you won’t be facing substantial expenditures in the near future.

Booking your vehicle in for a full car service will help identify any small problems before they escalate. If you completely ignore vehicle maintenance, it’s possible these small issues will turn into much bigger problems with a much bigger price tag to fix.

What car owners can do themselves

While paying a professional to service your car will guarantee no further damage or risk to the vehicle, there are a few maintenance tasks owners can do themselves to keep their car in working order. 

Top up oil

Engine oil reduces the damaging friction in your car by lubricating your engine’s moving parts. To check the oil in your car you need to look at the dipstick. 

  1. Make sure your car is turned off and has been stationary for at least 10 minutes.
  2. Remove the dipstick and wipe away the oil with a clean, lint-free cloth.
  3. Replace the dipstick and remove it again.
  4. Check the dipstick levels.
  5. Top up the oil if necessary.

Check brake fluid

Brake fluid keeps your hydraulic brakes working efficiently. Since brake fluid naturally reduces over time, it’s important to get it changed regularly. You can check your levels of brake fluid the same way you check your engine oil using the dipstick.  

Inspect your tyres

The more you drive your car, the more you wear down your tyres. Regularly inspecting your tyres (and inspecting them before a long journey) will prevent anything from going wrong on the road.

First see if your tyres have any visible damages like cuts, punctures or bulges. Then check the tread depth of your tyres by inserting a 20p coin in the lowest tread depth of one of your tyres. You should get your tyre tread seen by a professional if you can see the rim of this coin.

Regular vehicle maintenance doesn’t have to cost the bank, and in the long run, will be much more effective than waiting for the background problems, to be expensive foreground issues.

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