Car Servicing Tips

Are you planning to service your car? As a rule, you should always service your vehicle at the recommended mileage. Read the extract below for a few car servicing tips.

Choosing a Service Centre

Hire an experienced mechanic to service your car. Specialised mechanics have a breadth of knowledge and may provide some preventive maintenance tips. For example, a specialised mechanic may advise you to service your turbo to improve its longevity and that of the engine. Alternatively, you may choose to service the vehicle at a dealership in your locality. Most dealers have long term relationships with car manufacturers and will provide genuine spares at discounted prices.

Vehicle Records

Keep your vehicle's service records. The service records should contain:

  • The mileage at which you last serviced your car and when you should conduct the next service.
  • The mileage at which you changed the brake pads, spark plugs, tires, fuel filter, timing belt, and other parts that do not require frequent changing.
  • The manufacturers of the various parts you change and the mileage at which you should replace the parts.
  • Any parts you think should be replaced, serviced, or inspected during the next service.

Service records are vital car documents. They may help improve the value of your vehicle since they are an indication that you took good care of the car. 

Oil Change

Most manufacturers advise that you change your oil during every service. Car owners are often in a dilemma of whether they should use high mileage oils. If you can afford these oils, try them on your vehicle. Most of these oils have additives that prevent oil seals from shrinking and becoming brittle, reducing the probability of oil leaks. Some manufacturers also add engine cleaning detergents in these oils.

However, you should conduct some research on the effectiveness of various brands. Car forums, blogs and your mechanic can provide information. Remember to change your oil filter since your old oil filter may have dirt in it. 


Always use genuine OEM parts on your vehicle. Sometimes, your car may need servicing when you are low on funds. As such, you may opt to purchase second-hand plugs, shocks or brake pads. Thoroughly inspect the part to ensure it is in good condition. Deal with reputable dealers who are ready to give guarantees. Also, check the use of the previous vehicle and how long the part was used. 

Service your vehicle at a reputable service station, keep the service records, consider quality oils, and use genuine parts.