After saving for months, I’ve finally bought my first car. 63 plate, sky blue, Fiat 500 lounge and I absolutely love it. It’s not strictly my first car as I’ve already been driving a Fiat 500 around for the last two years but it’s the first one I’ve bought with my own money.
With a new car comes new responsibilities and the list is endless. Not only do you have to worry about insurance, MOTs, warranty and the essentials like what air freshener you’re going to get or what music you’ll play, but also getting your car serviced.
I for one, have never broken down and don’t plan on it! One way I’m avoiding this is by keeping on top of car servicing and proactively going to the garage to get it sorted.
So why is it important to have your car serviced?
For starters, it will save you money in the long term with a longer life expectancy for your car and when you think about it, you’d rather pay the money to get your car checked that end up spending double to fix it if you don’t wouldn’t’ you?
The most invaluable thing you can gain though from getting your car serviced is that you’ll be safe. Any small problems with your car can be identified and fixed before they become a lot worse.
It can also impact your insurance claims if you go long periods of time without a service and then something happens to your car so you need to speak to your insurance company, if the car is declared a total loss and they take the service history into account when calculating its pre-accident value, then you could be a few quid short when you don’t get as much for your car.
By keeping track of your service history, it also means that you’ll maintain the value of your car and when you eventually come to selling it, you’ll be able to sell it at a good price and who doesn’t want more money?
If you forget to get it serviced, or think there are more important things to do then you run the risk of breaking down unexpectedly and no one wants that do they? This servicing could be the difference between having a fuel efficient, smooth running car or a car that doesn’t work which will cost a bomb! There are a number of places where you can get your car serviced anywhere from your local garage to a larger autocentre like Halfords or Kwik Fit so it should be no problem finding somewhere!
Even though it can be a pain and you might have to go a few hours without your car, servicing is something we all have to do and it’s completely worth it to keep your car fit and healthy! Also, bear in mind that how often you should service your car will depend on its manufacturer, age and mileage so it won’t be the same for everyone!
As well as servicing, you can get your car battery checked which is something you can do with Fife Autocentre. It only takes five minutes and will give you a quick indication of the condition of your battery!