21st February 2023
One of the main things that helps your car retain its value, and keeps it in good working order is regular vehicle maintenance. And while it might not be necessary to go to the garage for every part of yyour vehicle's upkeep it’s important to be able to know when to go to a professional - this guide will help you decide.
Your vehicle should be serviced at least every 12 months, or every 10,000 miles, whichever comes first. While it’s technically possible to perform a service with the right knowledge and equipment, performing a service on your vehicle if you’re not 100% sure what you’re doing, or if you don’t have the right tools for the job, can leave you without a car and in a worst-case scenario, can even end up with you injuring yourself.
There are a number of reasons why you should take your vehicle in for a professional service, our skilled mechanics are trained to assess your vehicle with care and spot any potential faults. When we perform a service, we go through a detailed checklist which assesses everything from the bodywork condition to brake pads. We also check the vehicle on the ramp to thoroughly check elements underneath the car like the exhaust system and wheels. Your service record will be updated which helps to maintain the value of your car and keep track of any maintenance that has been carried out.
If you’re confident in your skills and have the right tools some car maintenance can be done at home, however, if you have any doubts or worries, just find your local garage for help and advice.
Some of these vehicle maintenance tasks can include;
For a full list of vehicle maintenance that can be done at home, read through our maintenance checklist.
While it is possible to perform general maintenance at home, in some scenarios you shouldn’t hesitate in bringing your car into a garage. These include;