A ‘go-to guide’ to determine when your service is due.

Crescent Motors are often asked if there is a legal requirement for you to service your car every year so we have written a go-to-guide. The answer to this is no, but we recommend it.😊

Why do we recommend it?

As car owners, it’s crucial to stay on top of maintenance schedules to ensure our vehicles run smoothly and safely. Regular servicing not only prolongs the life of your car but also prevents unexpected breakdowns.

A ‘go-to guide’ to determine when your service is due.

Crescent Motoring Services

Here’s your go-to guide on how to determine when a service is due for your vehicle:

Refer to Your Owner’s Manual

This little booklet is often overlooked but holds a wealth of information. It outlines the manufacturer’s recommended maintenance schedule specific to your car’s make, model, and year. Check the manual for service intervals, including oil changes, tyre changes, fluid checks, and filter replacements.

Monitor Dashboard Indicators

Modern vehicles are equipped with onboard diagnostic systems that monitor various components and alert you when maintenance is needed. Pay attention to warning lights or messages on your dashboard, such as the “Check Engine” light, oil change reminder, or tyre pressure warning. Ignoring these warnings can lead to costly repairs down the road.

Track Mileage

Many routine maintenance tasks are mileage-based. Keep track of your mileage and compare it to the intervals recommended in your owner’s manual. Common mileage-based services include oil changes (typically every 5,000 to 7,500 miles), timing belt replacements (usually every 60,000 to 100,000 miles), and brake inspections.

Listen to Your Car

Strange noises, vibrations, or changes in performance can indicate underlying issues that require attention. Don’t ignore these signs, as they could be early warnings of potential problems. Addressing issues promptly can prevent further damage and save you money on repairs. If in any doubt, contact Joe or Stuart at Crescent Motors and they can ensure your car is safe.

Inspect Fluid Levels

Regularly check your car’s fluid levels, including engine oil, transmission fluid, coolant, brake fluid, and power steering fluid. Low fluid levels or fluid that appears dirty or discoloured may indicate leaks or contamination, necessitating immediate attention.

Schedule Regular Inspections

Even if your car isn’t showing any obvious signs of trouble, it’s still a good idea to have it inspected by a qualified mechanic at regular intervals. A professional inspection can uncover hidden issues and help you stay ahead of potential problems. We recommend you have it serviced every year but check the mileage. If you only do a few thousand per year, it may not be needed.

Consider Your Driving Conditions

Your driving habits and the conditions in which you operate your vehicle can impact its maintenance needs. If you frequently drive in stop-and-go traffic, extreme temperatures, or dusty environments, you may need more frequent service than the average driver.

Use Technology

Take advantage of technology and our go-to guide to help you stay organised with your car’s maintenance schedule. There are various smartphone apps available that allow you to input your vehicle information and receive reminders for upcoming service tasks. If you have your car MOT’s at Crescent Motoring Services you will automatically receive a reminder on your phone the month before it is due.

Consult us

When in doubt, consult qualified vehicle technicians like Crescent Motors. We can provide guidance based on your vehicle’s specific needs and advise you on the best course of action to keep your car running smoothly. Call us on 01283 509000 or email us with any queries – info@crescentmotoringservices.com

By following these steps and staying proactive about car maintenance, you can ensure that your vehicle remains reliable, safe, and enjoyable to drive for years to come. Don’t wait until something goes wrong – take charge of your car’s maintenance! Please don’t hesitate to call in or book an appointment at Crescent Motors if you are unsure of any points in our ‘go-to guide’ to determine when your service is due, you know where we are.

Our Location on google….We are Wetmore Road, Burton on Trent. Not far from Manor Pharmacy.😉