With many of us now living in ‘the new normal’ – working from home, home-schooling our kids and continuing to self-isolate – many of our cars have been sitting in the driveway unused, at times for weeks on end.
Lately a lot of our customers have been asking us: Should I still follow my car’s recommended servicing intervals, even though I’m not racking up the number of kilometres?
Well, the answer is YES, and you may be surprised by some of the reasons why…
What happens when your car is left sitting idle?
Just because your car isn’t moving, doesn’t mean that things aren’t happening under the bonnet…
What many people don’t realise is that when your car sits idle for long periods of time, your car battery can lose its charge and even go flat!
Not only that, your tyres can lose pressure and the oils and fluids in your engine can go stale and become less effective at lubricating the various metal components – leading to pooling in certain areas and worse, overheating!
Mould and mildew can build up in the car’s ventilation system when the A/C hasn’t been run for a long time. That can not only be bad for your health, it also makes your car smell funny, and nobody wants that!
The Advantages of Regular Servicing
Having your car serviced regularly can not only extend the life of your car, it can also be a great way to detect possible issues and faults early on – such as oil leaks and overheating – which, more often than not, will save you from bigger and more expensive repairs down the track.
Plus, if you have the vital components of your car checked regularly – such as the brakes, suspension, cooling system and tyres – you’ll not only maintain the quality of your car, but also help ensure your safety and the safety of those travelling with you.
Even if your car is not getting the same amount of use as usual, the best thing you can do for your car (and your wallet) is to have it checked and serviced regularly.
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