Do you need to service your car every year?

Do you need to service your car every year?

The experts at the Prestige Car Kent service centre are here to help, debunk myths, and ensure you get a fair deal. In this blog, we talk about the frequency of car servicing.

Many question how important it is to service a car – particularly the frequency. However, overlooking servicing can impact your car’s performance, safety and value.

Skimping on servicing to save money can prove a costly decision when it then decreases the value of your car by up to 40%. Moreover, servicing gives you early warning signs of potential issues – issues that could cost far more than a service.

How do you I know if my car needs a service?

Most modern cars will give you an indication on the dash when a service is due. Within the menus you will often be able to see how far away you are from the next service. 

Indeed, the latest cars do without the traditional stamped service books altogether, because it is all electronically logged within the car. However, your car’s handbook is still a useful tool, as it will give the recommended mileage/time between services, and what needs to be covered.

Still unsure? Let us help! Call our friendly team on 01689 664 769 we’ll be able to work it out from the registration of your vehicle.

Do I really need a car service every year though?

It depends on what the manufacturer of your car says. Here at the Prestige Cars Kent service centre, that’s what we follow.

General rule of thumb is that you should get your car serviced annually, or every 12,000 miles – whichever comes first.

Let’s take a look at why you should service your car regularly:

  • You won’t break down – Servicing picks up on the little issues that can grow into the sort of problems that leave you stranded.
  • It increases your car’s lifespan – The older the car, the more servicing becomes essential as parts wear. Annual servicing will undoubtedly lengthen the life of your car.
  • Your car will be worth more – Various studies have looked at how service history impacts car values. It ranges from at least 15%, to up to 40% depending on the age and type of car. Either way, that’s more than a car service.
  • It keeps any warranties valid – Think you have a warranty? Check the small print; it is likely conditional on you carrying out servicing.
  • Your car will run better – Look after your car, and it’ll look after you! A well running, efficient car will deliver better fuel economy, saving you money.
  • It’s safer for you and your loved ones – Services pick up any issues that could leave to safety concerns, such as brakes on their way out, or dangerously low tyre tread. 

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Why Prestige Cars Kent?

We would like to think we are the best place to come and get your car serviced, because we blend the family-run, pragmatic approach of an independent outfit, with the professionalism and expertise you would expect from a main dealer service centre. We offer the convenience of courtesy cars, 0% finance and discounted Service Plans to ensure your car is looked after, as well as your wallet! Find out more about what we can do to help by taking a look at our dedicated car servicing page.

The Prestige Cars Kent service centre is situated in Orpington, Kent. With 13 service ramps, we offer short leads times and the same service you would expect from a main dealer, without the inflated costs. With dealer-trained technicians and the latest equipment, your car is in safe hands!