Many vehicle owners (Car or Van), believe that since they have bought or leased their vehicle in good condition, that they don't have to keep up to date with the regular maintenance of it. For those of you that carry this mind set, please think this over, as even the best kept cars, in the greatest condition, will need to be serviced on a regular basis to keep them performing properly, for years to come. Here are some of the reasons why you shouldn't ignore when your service icon lights up on your vehicles dashboard or when you get the phone call from your local Service Department to arrange your next service appointment, and why, your local franchised dealer should be first on your list to call if needed.
Thousands of accidents occur every year as a consequence of owners avoiding vehicle maintenance. While many of us choose to blame poor driving more often than not, many of these accidents happen due to faulty or timeworn brake systems, uneven or limited tire treads, worn out wiper blades and exhaust build ups just to name a few. Make sure that yourself, your family, your car and all the other vehicles around you are safe by scheduling regular service checks. When was the last time that you actually checked all of your tyres?
2. INCREASED VEHICLE PERFORMANCE & RELIABILITY:
If you are uncompromising with the high level of service you provide your vehicle, you can be sure that your vehicle will return the favour with being more dependable to get you where you need to go. If you pay a little more attention to a vehicles vital fluids, oils, and various parts, you can be sure to reduce the internal wear and tear. When your Franchised dealer services your vehicle, it is not simply a case of changing the oil. They will carry out a thorough diagnostic on the car, check the majority of parts are working correctly and update any software updates that are required. Invariably, MPG will improve after a proper service.
3. LOWER COST OF OWNERSHIP:
Wait, what? How can I lower my cost of ownership by spending more on maintenance? By performing Routine Maintenance, you can avoid a major malfunction, which can ultimately lower your cost of ownership, as many of the large-scale problems with vehicles can be identified early and prevented. As previously explained, with increased MPG, ownership costs decrease.
4. HIGHER RE-SALE VALUE:
Most consumers of pre-owned vehicles are adamant about knowing the vehicles service history and invest a great effort in finding a vehicle in great condition and well taken care of. By servicing regularly, and keeping your records organized, you can prove this as well as the fact that your vehicle hasn't had any major problems. If you had two identical vehicles with the same mileage for sale, wouldn't it make sense that the vehicle with a great service history would hold a higher price than the one with poor service? Which one would you buy?
5. REDUCE POLLUTION:
It's no secret that vehicle emissions contribute directly to global pollution, but a vehicle that has been maintained consistently will produce lower amounts of dangerous fumes and fluids that can potentially be released into the air and water supply. Unfortunately, point 5 will not be foremost in everybody’s mind, but with the upcoming changes to the emission regulations and the effect that these will have on not just the cost price, but the taxation of these vehicles, it will start to be.
6. REDUCE ROADSIDE EMERGENCIES/BREAKDOWNS:
There isn't much in this world that is more discouraging than sitting stranded on the side of the road with your vehicle inoperable, especially if you have somewhere important to be or are in the middle of a family vacation. Regular Maintenance ensures that you won't get sidelined in the middle of nowhere, and keeps you from shelling out money for towing, rental cars, or even lodging that you otherwise weren't planning to spend.
To save €30 or €40, going to “Fred in a shed” is a false economy as they often do not plug the car in to the diagnostic equipment or even stamp the service book, which means that although you think you have got your car regularly serviced, when you come to sell it, there might not be any proof, hence the value is lower. By using your trusted main dealer, you have security and peace of mind when your car is serviced. Not only will you have the standard service work carried out, but with a main dealer, they will also check for any outstanding recalls and carry out any repairs as necessary as well.
When a service customer has the work carried out with Barlo Motor Group, we try to keep the hassle to a minimum. We can collect and drop off your vehicle, for free. We have service loan cars and vans that we will loan you, for free. And we endeavour to wash and vacuum your vehicle before collection, for free. More importantly, we will use authorised parts and carry out the work by technicians who have trained to work on your vehicle, often taking years to achieve standard.
Don’t take the risk with such an important part of your life. The family car literally holds the safety of your loved ones in its hands. Make sure that you take good care of it, it will, take good care of you.
Thanks for again taking the time to read a blog post by James Mc Vicker, Sales manager, Barlo Motors, Thurles.