Why you shouldn’t skip a service on your car

You might have wondered why your car needs to be serviced every few thousand kilometres. In fact, some people even argue that there are certain services on your car that you can skip without a problem. As most people are not knowledgeable about the mechanics of a car’s operation, skipping a service, especially if it has a low odometer reading, can seem benign. This is really not advisable. According to V12 Data, 40% of car owners need reactive work done on their cars because they did not keep up with the vehicle’s maintenance schedule.

To support our statement, we have created a list of the 5 top reasons why you should never skip a service on your car, no matter how old it is or how many miles it has on the clock.

1. You will shorten your vehicle's lifespan

Services alert you to mechanical failures that can reduce your car’s longevity. If you love driving your car for many years, having the car checked from a trusted, knowledgeable mechanic on a regular basis is very essential. 

If you skip your services and tend to mechanical failures as they arise, this will be costly as it is often more expensive to repair failures when they happen than it is to tend to them before they arise. 

Furthermore, certain problems that lead to major mechanical failures might even lead to a decline in your car’s expected lifespan. Servicing your car is like giving it a health check. If you don’t take it for its scheduled check-ups, it simply won’t last as long because it wasn’t cared for properly. 

2. A new car's warranty will be voided

New cars typically come with some sort of a warranty that guarantees the quality of the manufacturing of the vehicle. If something breaks while the warranty is active, chances are that you will be able to claim the damage from the manufacturer and get it repaired at no cost to yourself.

The catch is that the warranty is only valid if you take proper care of your car. This means that you have taken it for its scheduled services and maintenance checks. If you skip a service, your warranty will automatically become void and you will not be able to claim any sort of repair work from the car’s manufacturer should an issue present itself. Some people even pay extra for extended warranties, which will be a complete waste of money if the conditions of the warranty are not met from the side of the vehicle owner. Servicing your car is the best way to ensure that your warranty remains active and that you can claim from your warranty, should the need arise.



3. The value of your car will drop

One of the first things people look for when they’re shopping for a car is its internal and mechanical condition. The better shape your car’s in, the more you’ll be able to sell it for later on. Even if you don’t have any plans to sell your car in the near future, your situation may change in a few years. You’ll want to be prepared if you do need to sell it.

Having a full and complete service history will make your car more appealing to potential buyers. Other than that, if your car has not been serviced properly, you’ll only get lesser offers for its actual value. The Telegraph recently wrote an article where they explained that one can expect a drop of up to 25% of a car’s value if its service history is not up to date. 

In some cases, you might not even be able to get it sold at all. By making sure your car’s service history is complete, you can protect your investment and make sure you still get a fair price for it when you want to sell it one day.​

4. Your safety will be compromised

Car services also provide you, the driver, with peace of mind knowing that you can rely on your car. If a car is behind on services, mechanical failures that might present themselves can be life-threatening. IMT Inc has shown that preventable mechanical failures are one of the 5 most common causes of car accidents. If a mechanical failure occurs while you are driving with, for instance, the brake system, the consequences will be dire. You might not be only putting yourself at risk, but also your loved ones that are passengers in your vehicle.

Having your car serviced when it is due for one is the best way to avoid accidents that could have easily been avoided. It might sound dramatic, but servicing your car might very well save your life.​

5. You will run the risk of breaking down

One of the main reasons to get your car serviced is to nip any potential problems in the bud. AutoNational Rescue found that one-third of all breakdowns occur due to faults that could have been picked up in services, which could have prevented the breakdown from happening in the first place. When a car is serviced, the mechanical experts have a look at all the essential parts of the vehicle and assess them. Many people believe that they can analyse the condition of their car merely by looking at it, but this is a false notion. Cars need to be checked for many reasons. Car service can warn the drivers from potential mechanical errors before they actually can cause harm. 

Of course, services also ensure that your car will continue to run optimally even if no issues are present. Changing oils and fluids, for instance, is an essential part of vehicle maintenance. These basic maintenance checks will decrease your chances of a breakdown.​

Where can I get my car serviced?

Servicing your car might seem like a lot of effort. You have to bring your car into a workshop at the crack of dawn and then arrange lifts for your daily movements as you will be without wheels for the duration of the day. IMR Inc has indicated that about 33% of people put off servicing their cars because they simply don’t have the time to be without their wheels. This doesn’t have to be the case.

Fury William Nicol can assist you with car services on your vehicle. In fact, we are proud to announce that we can service your car in JUST 24 MINUTES! You read right - in less than half an hour, we can have your car completely checked and serviced. This means that you can wait at our dealership while our car technicians give your car some tender love and care. There is thus no need to arrange lifts or be without a car for a full day. In fact, if you have a meeting that you need to attend in that 24-minute period, or need to go to the shops, you can use one of our courtesy cars.

To book your car’s next service at Fury William Nicol, click here.