07 December 2023

What Happens if I Don’t Get My Car Serviced?

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It might be tempting to postpone servicing your car – after all it seems fine, right? Well, what many people don’t realise is that skipping regular maintenance can lead to a host of issues down the road. We take a closer look at what can happen if you don’t get your car serviced.

What is a car service?

A car service is a routine check up carried out by mechanics to make sure your car is running smoothly and as it should. They will inspect the car’s condition and check all the parts for wear and tear, such as the engine, oil filters and brakes. 

What type of service does my car need?

To check what type of service your car needs, a digital service portal is used by most car manufacturers, including VW, Audi, Seat, Skoda, Mercedes, BMW & Mini.

The digital portal provides an electronic record of your vehicle’s service history, tracking all previous work that has been carried out. The technician can then see when your vehicle was last serviced to decide what needs to be looked at and/or potentially changed.

Many modern vehicles also have on-board computer systems that notify you of when a service is likely due and if there are any faults you need to be aware of.

What happens if my car isn’t serviced?

Getting your car serviced isn’t just about keeping it running, it’s about protecting your investment, your safety and the environment. Here’s what could happen if you don’t get regular services. 

Reduced Fuel Efficiency

When you skip oil changes, your engine has to work harder. This not only increases fuel consumption but reduces your car’s overall efficiency. Over time, you’ll find yourself spending a lot more money on fuel.

Reduced Lifespan

Wear and tear is normal with any car, but without regular maintenance you could dramatically reduce the overall lifespan of your vehicle.

Safety Hazards

Over time brakes, tyres and suspension parts naturally wear down with use. Regular servicing helps catch and fix these issues before they become safety hazards. Driving with faulty brakes or worn tyres can also increase the risk of accidents.

Costly Repairs

What starts as a minor issue can snowball into a major, expensive repair if not seen to. It’s much better to pay for routine maintenance, rather than waiting till you need a major repair which will be more costly.

Decreased Resale Value

If you plan to sell your car in the future, a well-documented service history can significantly increase its resale value. Buyers are more likely to trust a car that has been consistently maintained.

Environmental Impact

Cars that are not properly maintained tend to release more pollutants, while regularly serviced vehicles typically operate with cleaner emissions and contribute less to air pollution.

Book your car service today

By getting your car serviced regularly, you can save money in the long run, avoid unexpected hassles and enjoy a safer, more efficient ride. Book a car service with us today by either using our online booking form or calling 020 8466 7849. Keep your car running smoothly for years to come!

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