The top five reasons to keep your car in tip top shape
No one looks forward to the dreaded yearly service, but keeping your car up to speed with all its checks can save you a whole lot of pain in the long run – not to mention improving the performance of your ride and the safety of the passengers within it. For those who need a little more convincing, we’ve pulled together the top five reasons to book into your local mechanic and keep your car in tip-top shape.
The number one reason for regularly servicing your car is the safety of your friends and family within it, as well as the fellow drivers you share the road with. Left unchecked, faulty steering and braking systems, improper fluid levels, worn windshield wipers, tyres and lights can cause serious accidents.
Drive down expenses
One of the biggest costs of running a vehicle is petrol. A neglected engine and worn tyres will burn through the fuel faster. Regular check-ups and oil changes may cost a little upfront. But having a mechanic come back with a minor issue is better than it turning into a major malfunction – or a surprise stop that could leave you stranded. The cost of a roadside pick-up and temporary vehicle should be enough to get any driver booking in their service.
Checking your car’s fluids and internal mechanics keeps on top of wear and tear, increasing the overall vehicle performance. A well-maintained ride will be more responsive and smoother to drive, allowing you to get the most out of your wheels. It will also add years of use, so you can enjoy it for decades to come.
Protect the scenery
New Zealand is home to some of the most stunning scenic drives in the world and it’s every road-user’s best interest to protect them. Noxious emissions come from improperly serviced vehicles, which can harm the environment by contributing to pollution, smog, contaminated waterways and acid rain.
If you were hoping to upgrade down the track, keeping your vehicle in tip-top shape will add digits to the resale price and make it much easier to handover the keys. As well as improving the value of your asset, a maintenance record helps to prove your efforts and maintains your warranty.
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