Your car or motor vehicle is probably your second largest financial investment next to your accommodation. Unfortunately cars rarely go up in value like a property can, however, regular maintenance can help to keep your car in the best possible condition so that you have safe and reliable travel as well as the opportunity to get the best price when it comes time to sell your car.
The first thing savvy buyers look at is your log book to ensure the car has been well maintained.
Your cars original manufacturer has prepared your log book with its recommendations on the required service intervals.
The main servicing requirement of modern cars is:
- Fresh and clean oil (engine, transmission and differential)
- Correctly functioning oil, fuel and air filters
- Correct fluid levels (coolant, brake and clutch fluid)
- Brakes operating within tolerances
We recommend to our customers to treat the original manufacturers service requirements as being the maximum service interval, not the minimum. So rather than waiting 10-15,000km until you change your oil, change it earlier than the recommendation. Oil is relatively cheap and shorter service intervals allow a trained mechanic to spot potential issues before they become MAJOR mechanical issues.
Mercedes typically require their cars to be serviced every 12 months or 10,000kms.
BMW cars should be serviced every 12 months or 10,000kms.
Audi recommend servicing every 15,000kms or 12 months.