Owning a car certainly comes with its benefits, but in-between work, school, home and family, it’s easy to forget one of the most important aspects – servicing your vehicle to ensure that it performs optimally.
Servicing your car regularly can make all the difference between it running smoothly and fuel efficiently, and the risk of it breaking down and incurring an expense and unexpected repair.
The service schedule for your vehicle depends on the manufacturer as well as the car’s mileage and age. There are also a few things you can look out for on a daily basis to ensure that your car is in proper working condition:
- Your mileage has passed a certain figure: The easiest way to check that your car is due for a service, is by checking the mileage. The odometer on your dashboard will tell you specifically how far a distance your car has travelled. A general rule of thumb is that a car is usually due for a major service every 2 years or every 40 000 KM, whichever comes first. If it gets tricky to track, especially if you travel a lot, use your car’s Service Book to see when next you should schedule your next service.
- Dashboard warning light: If a warning light appears on your dashboard, this is the car warning you that something is wrong with that specific part and it needs to be addressed immediately. It’s sometimes much easier to simply ignore but this may lead to a very expensive repair, which could have been avoided.
- Difficulty starting your car: If your car is struggling to start despite trying countless times – it may just be the battery, but it may also be some electrical issue. As such, you need to get it checked by a professional to diagnose the cause of the problem and get it sorted.
- Unusual leaks: For your car to function daily, it requires quite a number of fluids including petrol and oil. So, when you have parked in a specific location, make it a habit to check for any leakages and if there is and you are not sure what it is, take a picture or a sample of the fluid to a professional for diagnostics.
- Vibrations and sounds from the car: When you drive your car every day, you get used to the way it feels and runs; and many times, you may not be aware that a specific sound is actually indicating that something is not right. This is why it’s so important to service your car on a regular basis to ensure that the professionals can address any issues that you may not even be aware of.
While servicing your vehicle on a regular basis is vitally important, ensuring that your stolen vehicle recovery solution is also in tip-top shape. This can be done by simply downloading the Beame Smartphone App to check the status of your Beame device’s battery. Alternatively, you can contact 0860 BEAME 1 (232631). Follow the easy steps and the agent will confirm the device’s functionality. The confirmation will let you know if the unit is working.
Knowing when your car is due for a service, will ensure that you can avoid certain mechanical faults. This will not only set you back financially but can also have an impact on the car’s resale value should you want to sell it in the future. However, don’t forget to also conduct self–tests to ensure that your car’s security is in working optimally so that your moveable asset is protected at all times.