Getting a car serviced at a mechanic shop is important for many reasons. It aids with the longevity of the vehicle, it makes it safer and it ensures that it runs fuel-efficiently and optimally. These are all important things and while it may cost you to have a service, annually or every ten thousand kilometres, it will certainly save you money in the long-run. So, don’t be shy about booking an appointment with the local mechanic, there is simply no reason not to have a service. In the same way that you get your teeth checked regularly by a dentist, or how you visit the GP from time-to-time for a check-up, so too should you ensure that your car is treated to the same. There really is no excuse for it not to happen. With this in mind, here are a few tips to ensure that your car gets the treatment that it deserves.
It is not about time
So often people don’t take their car in for a service because they don’t believe that they have the time to make it happen. But the reality is that a proper service takes a day at most, and a couple of hours at best. Many mechanics will offer you a complimentary car to use for the duration of the time that yours is out of commission. But if you look on Google or Facebook you will also be able to find a mobile mechanic Melbourne has a few of these, who will travel to you and come and service the car where you are. And of course, there is also Uber and other similar services. Yes, you might be without your car for a day, but you can still get around if you make a plan. The point is, it is a whole lot cheaper and more convenient being without a car for a day while it is serviced, than being without a car for a week or more because it wasn’t serviced. Remember, prevention is better than cure.
Getting your car serviced can cost you a bit. No matter how well you have looked after it there are always things that need to be done. It is for this reason that many people don’t book their cars regularly. But this is really no excuse at all. If you own a car you simply need to plan accordingly and save a little each month for the annual service. It doesn’t need to be a lot, you just need to do it. Create a dedicated savings account and put fifty or 100 dollars into it each month. By the end of the year you should have more than enough saved to ensure that your costs are all covered.
Build a relationship
In the same way that people like to build relationships with their doctors, so too should you build a relationship with your car’s mechanic. A good mechanic will come to know a car. He will take into account its history and what he has done at previous services and he will take pride in maintaining the vehicle and generating repeat business from satisfied owners. So, find somebody you like, who is locally based and who knows there a way around your make and model of vehicle. And commit to having them look at your car regularly.