Travelling by car this festive season? If so, don’t forget to look after it! There is nothing more certain to spoil your Christmas cheer than a breakdown en route to family or friends.
Booking your car in for its regular service, particularly at this time of year, will not only improve its reliability, safety and environmental performance but also significantly protect its re-sale or trade-in value. Many garages also offer a ‘winter check’ of a vehicle’s fluid levels, anti-freeze, brakes and tyres, sometimes for free.
Research has shown, however, that many motorists rely purely on the annual MOT to determine their car’s roadworthiness, which is both a false economy and potentially dangerous. At the same time, if you’re thinking of lifting the bonnet for a spot of DIY servicing – don’t! Modern vehicles are increasingly complex, with sophisticated engine management and other electronic systems.
The advice from the Institute of the Motor Industry (IMI), which is the professional body for individuals working in the motor trade, is ensure that your car is maintained by qualified professionals. In a bid to give motorists peace of mind when it comes to getting the car serviced, the IMI, which has 25,000 members, has prepared a list of handy ‘top tips’.
A vehicle’s service history can not only boost its value but also make the difference between a desirable and completely unwanted car. The absence of a service history may knock £500 or more off a car’s value or, even worse, may simply make the vehicle unwanted.
Comments Sarah Sillars, IMI chief executive: "With vehicle systems now more complex than ever, motorists should be sure of an individual’s credentials to work on their car, if they are to avoid any repercussions. Quite simply, if there is no evidence of skills training, shop elsewhere."
The IMI has a network of over 250 approved training centres nation-wide, including most manufacturers which offer a range of technical and non-technical qualifications, including modern apprenticeships and technical certificates.
IMI TOP TEN TIPS ON CAR SERVICING