The Importance of Getting Your Car Serviced in London this Winter
Winter weather is hard on your vehicle and its engine. If your car is due a service, don’t hesitate, get it done now. While the cold can cause lots of problems for cars, up to half of them could have been prevented by regular servicing and maintenance checks. It’s also a great time to take advantage of discounted ‘winter car checks’ offered by some garages. Each car will have its own servicing schedule, usually enclosed within the manual pack and this should be followed in order to keep your vehicle at optimum performance and to ensure it lasts as long as possible.
To keep your vehicle in the best possible condition it should typically be serviced every year. Iverson Tyres offers proficient car servicing throughout London. However, there are some age and mileage milestones you need to be aware of. For example, the distance you can cover between oil changes. These will be shown in the cars manual, along with the tasks needing to be completed. Helpfully, most cars now have dashboard warning messages about a wide range of topics, including issues with the braking system, engine, oil and coolant levels, and tyre pressure. If you see a lit-up warning message, always check it out straight away. It could save you on repair costs later.
There are typically two different levels of car servicing:
An Interim Service
Getting your car an interim service will see you a stamp in your service book and the car’s service clock reset, if applicable. The oil and oil filter will be changed, some additional safety checks will be made and some moving parts will be lubricated. The checks will be centred around the horn, lights, brakes, fluid levels, exhaust, tyres and searching for any fluid leaks in the car.
A Full Service
This usually includes all of the same tests as the interim service. In addition to a further 29 points of interest. Typically included will be top ups of the brake fluid and antifreeze. More brake checks, inspection of the engine, wheel bearings, shock absorbers and replacement of pollen filters. Plus an inspection of the air conditioning system.
Be sure to check in the service manual about the type of service your car needs. And the checks and tasks this should include. Then ask the garage for a detailed breakdown of all of the work required. So you can see how they arrived at the total cost. Make sure they include all parts, costings and VAT. Also, check the garage will carry out the service following the manufacturer’s procedures. And use original parts or those of equivalent quality. Remember to get quotes from several other local garages.