Look at This BEFORE You SERVICE Your CAR
Car servicing has always been a problem to the average motorist. Most cars need an annual major service, and in my opinion depending on mileage should have one or even two what I call engine services. This usually means the oil and filter changed and the rest of the levels topped up. Cars over three years old could and perhaps should have the main service carried out at the same time as the MOT test. Your garage should advice you to have test carried out before the service, this is always best practice and is recommended by the Ministry of Transport as the correct procedure. It also gives you control of your purse strings, indeed what you should do is instruct the garage to inform you of any failures that the test may throw up. You must also ask your garage to give you an estimate of the cost of repairs to your car to get your car through the test.
Many customers of garages do this because if the cost of your repair bill is high, you may not be able to afford to have the car serviced, indeed you can then cancel the service for a later date, when you can afford to have the service carried. The best practice though is to have the test and the service carried out in the same day. This will ensure that you car will be in tip top condition for your summer holidays or indeed that harsh winter ahead.
Most good garages service cars to a high standard. They will carry out menu services according to the manufactures advice and indeed many garages and auto centres use a service menu specific to your car by typing your registration number in to an automotive computer, with software that prints out the exact service menu for your car check for mot cancellations ni. This also tells the mechanic the precise type of oils to use, this is very important due the diverse types of oil now used in modern car engines. Another advantage of using this technology is that the computer will advice on the time or mileage it takes before your cam belt needs changing. This information should come in the form of advice written as an advisory on your service sheet.
The advisory report that you are given should not be overlooked, but either acted up at the time or looked at on a later date. Most good garages will give you a costing at the time of your test or service and this price should be good for about a month after it has been given, however if you go back at a later date it is always advisable to double check the price before you have the work carried out and it is also worth considering that the part that was advised upon may have got worse and indeed spread to yet another part, giving rise to the advice that work should be carried out as soon as spotted and advised by the mechanic in the first instance at the time of the test or service, if finances do not stretch to having the work carried out, please get the work done as soon as you can afford it may endanger yours and other peoples lives.
Another good piece of advice is that if you are new to an area and you do not know were to have your car serviced it look for a garage carrying the Code Of Practise emblem this will ensure that you will get fair pricing and that the garage has been checked for good practice and procedures by the RAC of Great Britain, any quality control procedures by the service centre should give you confidence enough that if any problems occur, they will be dealt with in a fair and proper manner. In general any garage you carries out MOT testing, are usually up to a good standard and are also regulated and controlled by the ministry department known as VOSA.
The usual way to find a good garage is by word of mouth by friends or relations. Other methods are yellow pages or Google on the internet. Many garages are in larger groups an example of this would be Unipart centres, you will find this type of centre will offer you the assurances that you will be looking for as regarding workmanship and price fairness.
To summarise most garages and services are good at what they do, most are aided now by sophisticated technology, it is important that you get a company that offers you pricing before the job is done and that you also give the garage you phone number so that you can be contacted if any extra work is required or indeed just to tell you that your car is ready. Also try to go to a garage that is regulated by a trade organisation, then if a dispute arises your problem can go into arbitration and hopefully resolved. Also people do vote with their feet and a busy garage is usually a good garage, happy motoring.