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How often do you really need to service your car?

As a general rule, you should get your car serviced every six months or 10,000km (whichever comes first). But every car is different and manufacturer’s recommendations on service schedules do vary, and this should be outlined in your car’s logbook or owner’s manual. 

However even if you don’t drive 10,000km every 6 months it is still important to get your car serviced every 6 months as many components & fluids can deteriorate over time, not only through use.

As a rule of thumb, you should have your car looked over at least once or twice a year. 

More modern cars have longer service intervals, often 15,000km/12 months. Bear in mind however that modern engines are far more complex and often less tolerant of neglect, so don’t be tempted to squeeze an extra few months out between visits to your mechanic.

It’s easy to put off getting your car serviced. To the untrained eye, it all seems fine – it’s not making any funny noises, breaking down on the side of the road, and it stills rumbles like it always has when you start it in the morning.

But forgetting to service your car could be a costly mistake. There are plenty of things that can go wrong, and they may affect your hip pocket in subtle ways too.

For example, being slack with maintenance can negatively affect your fuel economy or increases the risk of mechanical failure. Fluids need to be regularly checked and changed to avoid moisture building up or oil degrading in quality, which can see your engine seize up when you least want it to or have your brake fluid boil and become ineffective.

Taking your car in for a regular check-up will also ensure it remains,

  • Safe
  • Running correctly and efficiently
  • Maintained so that the change of break downs or costly repairs are minimised. 
  • Roadworthy
  • Retain the resale value.   

Below is a list of essential inclusions for any quality auto repair car service, 

  • Replace the oil and oil filter 
  • Check the brakes and brake fluid
  • Test the steering and suspension
  • Check the operation of all lights
  • Check windscreen wipers and washers
  • Check the spark plugs
  • Check the air filter
  • Inspect belts, hoses, the car’s cooling system
  • Inspect & test battery
  • Inspect exhaust
  • Check levels & inspect transmission
  • Check tyres and tyre pressures
  • Rotate tyres when required
  • Provide a comprehensive safety report

All of these tasks mentioned above are routinely carried out by Attard Automotive when servicing cars, 4X4, off-road, four-wheel drives, utes, commuters, trucks, prestige or European cars. 

At Attard Automotive we inspect your whole vehicle and on occasions will recommend that parts or fluids to be replaced. E.g. Spark plugs, car brakes, wipers, filters. Batteries etc. 

We don’t classify services in the traditional way of minor, major or full car service etc.  

The reason for this is that we only replace parts on your car when they need to be replaced and not just because you have reached a certain number of km’s. (With exception to Logbook services. See below) We only replace parts and fluids that we have inspected and deem needing replacement. E.g. If your cars handbook says that the air filter needs to be replaced at 120,000km, we will inspect the air filter and if it needs to be replaced, we will discuss this with you. However, if the filter is still in good condition, we will not replace it at that service but will inspect it again next service. 

Our customers appreciate this style of servicing as it saves them money and provides them a trustworthy experience when visiting our auto repair shop.

Logbook services

A logbook service or handbook service is when your car manufacturer has outlined specific tasks/checks that need to be carried out at specific time intervals. 

It is a common misconception that only your car dealership can carry out these services. 

Our team of mechanics are qualified to carry out your Logbook service as per your manufacturer’s specifications and stamp your books to ensure that your car warranty remains valid.

When carrying out a logbook service, we only use manufacturer recommended parts, oils and fluids. We have supplier relationships will all vehicle manufacturers and provide you an equivalent service if not better than the dealership.

All logbook services are quoted on a case by case basis because every manufacturer has a different schedule for service. But be rest assured that our vehicle service prices will be a lot less than dealership pricing. 

So, the expert advice from us is get your car serviced regularly. It will save you money in the long run.