It’s important to keep your car well serviced for its maintenance. If you want your car running at an optimal level and to extend its life, make sure you take your car in regularly. In this month’s Autolife, we look at some of the reasons it’s so crucial to keep your car serviced.

1. Safety
One of the most important reasons you should have your car regularly serviced is to ensure that it is safe on the road. Getting a regular oil check is vital for your car but during that time, your mechanic can perform a routine check to make sure there are no underlying issues. These checks involve checking the brakes, air and cabin filters, and air pressure in the tires. Any issues in these can be fatal, and undetected issues can mean you’re driving in a dangerous vehicle. Thousands of car crashes occur every year, but most causes are easily preventable with regular trips to your mechanic to identify and solve small problems before they become a big deal.

2. Value of vehicle
If you ever think you might want to resell your car, or use its trade-in value, in the future, it’s also essential to keep your car well-maintained. There is a noticeable difference between cars that are well looked after – not just aesthetically but its service records will show how well maintained it is. If you take good care of your car through regular maintenance, it will have higher market value.

3. Running costs
Paying a little now for regular vehicle maintenance can prevent bigger, costly repair bills in the future. Having your car serviced at regular intervals means you can identify the little things that are easy to fix now but could lead to a more expensive repair in the future. Keeping your engine, brakes, and tires in working condition can spare you money in the long run.

4. More reliability
Your vehicle is probably one of the biggest purchases you’ll ever make so it makes sense to look after it. Simple mechanical problems can lead to costly emergencies and breakdowns, so a regular car service can ensure you’re protected from unexpected breakdowns or engine failures. As well as this, you can reduce the likelihood of unexpected wear and tear by keeping moving parts greased up.

5. Fuel efficiency
When comparing cars with different fuel economies, it’s important to remember that a car with better fuel efficiency will cost less to cover similar distances. This can add up to a big difference to your wallet. Cars can be made more fuel efficient with legitimate and well planned, regular car servicing which ensures everything is running to optimum efficiency.

6. Less pollution
Finally, it’s clear that emissions from your vehicle contribute to air pollution globally, but if you keep your car consistently services, your car will produce lower amounts of dangerous fumes and fluids that can arise from wear and tear from overuse and under maintenance.

Not only are regular car services essential to keep your car running in top form, but they can drastically reduce your risk on the road (as well as the costs of dealing with any breakdowns). To keep your car running smoothly, it’s recommended that you service your car at least once every 12 months.