How often should you get your car serviced?
Gather around, I have a confession to make. Forgive me reader, for I have not…been to the dentist in two years. If only I took as good care of my teeth as I do of my car!
We all know that servicing your vehicle at regular intervals is important, but how often is ‘regular’ and why is there so much conflicting information out there? Every vehicle manufacturer recommends different intervals for car servicing, and these days most makes and models have onboard computers that advise you when to bring your car in for a service.
At Cox Auto, we’ve observed that many prestige and European car dealers use long service intervals as a selling point, claiming that their vehicles require less frequent servicing than others. Some dealers even recommend intervals as long as 25,000 km. However, we’ve also observed much higher rates of major component failures (resulting in excessive servicing costs) in vehicles serviced so infrequently. So how often should you really get your car serviced? We believe the most cost-effective service schedule for prestige and European cars is every 10,000 km or every 12 months, whichever occurs first. This applies to both automatic and manual transmissions. Our experience over many years has demonstrated that these intervals allow us to keep an eye on your vehicle’s major components (such as its transmission, power steering, cooling system and differential) so we can advise you to service them before they result in any excessive costs.
How often should you do maintenance on your car?
Many people ask us for European car maintenance tips. Our number-one piece of advice is to keep your logbook services up to date! But if you’re keen to keep your own vehicle running smoothly between services, there are a few simple vehicle safety checks you can do yourself. Head back to our previous post on safe road-tripping for a some tips on tyre pressure, lights, windscreen wipers, coolant and oil checks. If your simple checks turn up anything unexpected, give us a call and we’ll help you on your way. Other signs that your car service is overdue include noises on cold start-up, warning lights on your dashboard or unexpectedly high fuel economy.
Are European cars more expensive to maintain?
Always look at the new price of a vehicle when considering ongoing maintenance costs. Prestige and European vehicles come with the highest quality components and will thus be more expensive to maintain than standard vehicle ranges, even when purchased second-hand. This said, as independent operator, Cox Auto has a freedom to offer competitive quotes for servicing that can’t be matched by our dealer competitors. We pride ourselves on doing our homework on car servicing costs and providing the best deal and highest quality of service. We’re transparent about our costs and process and will keep you informed at every step, talking your language, plain and simple.
A lot less painful than the dentist
Whether you drive a BMW, Range Rover, Audi, Volvo, Citroen, Peugeot, SAAB, or any other European vehicle, car servicing should be regular and conducted to the highest quality. We’ve said it before: regular servicing shouldn’t feel like a chore, and it certainly shouldn’t feel as painful as a trip to the dentist! When you service your vehicle at Cox Auto, both you and your car will receive a premium service experience unmatched by dealerships. From our welcoming shopfront (complete with complimentary barista-made coffee and free WiFi) to the flexibility to prepay for easy pick-up, we are here to bring the human touch. We have a number of loan cars available and even a Mercedes Vito Van to keep businesses on the move, all free of charge. Our aim is to take the complexity out of your experience of servicing so you can get on with enjoying your journey. So we’ll see you sometime in the next 12 months, or at your next 10,000 km interval, whichever comes first!