Car Maintenance Schedules
Let's talk about Car Maintenance Schedules and Log Book Servicing !
What is a Car Maintenance Schedule and why is it important for my car?
A maintenance schedule or service schedule is like a timetable for what parts or fluids should get replaced or updated on your car and the recommended time or mileage for this to happen. A cars maintenance schedule is based on many factors including the make and model of the car, local driving conditions and driver behaviour.
When prevention is better than cure - a broken timing belt could cause thousands of dollars damage to your car.
Why does my mechanic tell me to replace a car part if it's not broken?
When your mechanic recommends something as part of your service schedule they have your car's safety, reliability and longevity in mind. A well maintained car will last longer, drive better, use less petrol and keep you and your family safer. Preventative maintenance of your car is just like the old saying "a stitch in time saves nine" for example, mechanics and experts know from years of experience that if your timing belt doesn't get replaced when your car reaches a certain mileage then it has a high risk of breaking or failing. If your timing belt does snap or fail your car will stop running and major damage to your engine could result. This would mean not only an unnecessary breakdown causing inconvenience to you, but you'll need to call a tow truck and face the high cost of repair's sometimes in the thousands - that is if your engine is not totally damage d beyond repair.
Is a service schedule the same as a Log Book service?
When you buy a new car it gets delivered with a ‘log book'. Think of your log book as a maintenance schedule written by the people who made your car - it outlines the best way to keep your car in top shape, and seeing as they built your car then they know exactly what's best for it. If for whatever reason your car doesn't have a log book your mechanic will still have the knowledge and expertise to recommend an appropriate maintenance schedule for your car based on its age, condition, driving conditions and your driving style.
Why should I follow the log book service schedule?
If your mechanic follows the guidelines in your log book, you know your car is being kept safe and in its best working order according to the manufacturers specifications. A car that has had its proper log book services done on time will drive better, have better fuel efficiency and last longer, with less unexpected repairs or breakdowns. Having a proper log book history also preserves your new cars statutory warranty and improves the resale value of your car.