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Why is vehicle maintenance so important? Here’s the lowdown
October 7, 2021 Dilate Manager

Most of us use our cars every single day to get from A to B. We rely on them to get us to work, university, on getaways and to visit our loved ones. Getting your vehicle serviced regularly is not only important to keep everything running smoothly, it also helps prevent you from getting into car trouble on the road in the future, giving you peace of mind. 

 

Improved safety on the road

Having peace of mind when you are driving on the road is priceless. Regular servicing allows for not only current issues to be addressed and resolved, but potential problems to be picked up before they happen. 

A general car service usually involves checking and topping up brake fluids, conducting oil changes, air filter changeovers, and checking spark plugs and tire pressure. Other parts are also checked to confirm they are in working order. The general wear and tear of the vehicle is assessed, and any parts are replaced if necessary. 

After your service, you can be assured that your car is road safe both for you and others on the road, which is arguably the most important factor for car owners.

 

Better reliability 

We have all experienced car trouble in the past, and it never comes at a convenient time. The last thing you want is a breakdown on your way to an important meeting or when you are taking a trip away in your car. This is why you should never ignore a warning signal on your car or when something just doesn’t feel right. 

No matter how big or small, your car issue should be left in the hands of a professional to resolve it. This will give you the peace of mind that your car is back to optimal driving condition and will be far less likely to cause you any issues in the near future.

 

Reduced costs and better fuel efficiency

A well maintained vehicle has better fuel efficiency, as it uses fuel more economically. 

Additionally, if you have one damaged part and ignore it, over time the part can put strain on other elements of the car. Soon enough, an initial small problem can turn into a larger one, resulting in a larger repair cost in the future.

Often, people avoid regular car services as they are concerned about the cost. However, in the long run you may actually save money as your car is using fuel more efficiently, allowing for a better return on fuel costs. 

 

Better performance 

Regular vehicle maintenance allows your car to function at its best capacity, providing a smoother ride, which is more responsive to the changing environment of the road. You will truly get to enjoy your car and all its features at its best.

 

Extends the lifespan of your car

A car is a large investment, and one which should last you for years and ideally decades to come. It makes sense that you would want to use it for as long as possible. When your car has undergone regular servicing and maintenance, it should last the test of time. It will also provide you with the opportunity to sell in the future, allowing for a financial return on your initial investment. 

 

Creates a maintenance record 

Whenever your car goes in for a service or a repair, your vehicle owner’s manual will be updated. A car with an established maintenance record is an appealing factor to a potential second-hand car buyer. It indicates to them that the car has been looked after and maintained well. Your log book serves as physical evidence of your car’s previous services and repairs. 

Having a record of the dates your car has been serviced takes the guesswork out for you, as you will know exactly when to schedule your next service in. This will potentially avoid unnecessary costs down the line, as it will reduce the need for emergency repairs (which can add up cost wise over time). 

 

Extends the value of your car 

Regular servicing keeps your car in great condition and for longer. It prolongs engine life by keeping all elements functioning optimally, reducing strain on the car’s engine. 

All of these elements contribute to maintaining the value of the car for years to come. They are key factors in allowing your car to sell quickly, and for the price you want. 

 

Lessens your environmental impact 

When a car has been poorly maintained, it will emit more toxic emissions. This is a contributor to poor air quality and pollution. 

By keeping your car well maintained and by getting a professional to conduct regular oil and brake fluid changes it will run more smoothly. During a standard car service, your car’s tire pressure will be checked and adjusted if required so there is less strain on your car’s engine. This also allows for far less emissions to be emitted from your vehicle.

So, not only does keeping your vehicle maintained improve your safety and car function, it actually makes you a more responsible environmental citizen. 

 

In summary

Although keeping your car well maintained and road safe is part of being a responsible driver, it does have a multitude of other long term benefits which will pay off for years to come. 

These include reduced fuel costs, better car performance and drivability, a lessened environmental footprint and a higher potential selling price when it comes time to sell your car. Because after all, if you look after your car, it will look after you. 

If you have any other questions or need a service, get in touch with the experts at Peugeot Perth