6 Reasons to service your vehicle on time

A car being lifted on a hydraulic hoist for servicing

Your car is a complex machine, and just like any machine, it needs regular maintenance to run smoothly and safely.  

Here at Sandgate Auto Electrics and Automotive, we see many cars come through our doors with problems that could have been prevented with routine servicing.  

So, why is getting your car serviced on time and regularly so important?

  1. Preventative Maintenance Saves Money

Think of a car service like going to the dentist for your car.  It’s a chance to catch small problems before they become big (and expensive) ones.  During a service, our mechanics will check things like your oil, filters, brakes and tyres.  Replacing worn parts early on is much cheaper than having to deal with a major breakdown later.

  1. Improved Performance and Fuel Efficiency

A well-maintained car runs better.  Regular servicing ensures your engine is operating efficiently, which can lead to better fuel economy and reduced emissions.  You’ll save money at the pump and help the environment!

  1. Enhanced Safety

Many car safety features rely on properly functioning parts.  Regular servicing helps identify potential safety hazards, like worn brake pads or faulty lights.  By addressing these issues early on, you can ensure your car is safe for you and your loved ones on the road.

  1. Maintains Your Car’s Value

If you ever plan on selling your car, a documented history of regular servicing can significantly increase its resale value.  Potential buyers will be more confident in a car that has been well-maintained and a fully completed log book. 

Car mechanic troubleshooting a car issue under the hood, vehicle securely lifted on a platform in a professional repair shop.
Vehicle receiving service inside a well-equipped garage.
  1. Peace of Mind

Knowing your car is in good condition gives you peace of mind when you’re out on the road.  You can avoid the stress and inconvenience of unexpected breakdowns, especially during long trips.

  1. Protects Your Warranty

Not to mention, skipping scheduled servicing can void your car’s warranty!  Most car manufacturers require you to get your car serviced according to their recommended schedule  outlined in your owner’s manual.  Regular service and documented proof (usually through stamped service books) are typically required to maintain the warranty.

How Often Should You Get Your Car Serviced?

The frequency of car servicing depends on several factors, such as the make and model of your car, your driving habits, and the manufacturer’s recommendations.  Generally, most cars need a basic service every 12 months or 10,000 kilometres, whichever comes first.  However, it’s always best to consult your car’s owner’s manual for specific recommendations.

Sandgate Auto Electrics and Automotive: Your Trusted Service Partner

At Sandgate Auto Electrics and Automotive, we offer a range of car servicing options to meet your needs and budget.  Our qualified mechanics use the latest tools and technology to ensure your car receives the best possible care.  We’ll also keep you informed throughout the service process.  Contact us or visit our shop if you need more information.


The specific service requirements for your car will depend on its make, model, age, and mileage.  However, most basic services will include an oil change, filter replacements, and a comprehensive inspection of various components.  Your car’s owner’s manual will have detailed information on the recommended service schedule.

Simple tasks like topping up fluids or changing wiper blades can be done at home with the proper knowledge and tools. However, for more complex tasks or a comprehensive service, it’s recommended to consult a qualified mechanic.  They have the expertise and equipment to ensure your car is serviced correctly and safely.

The cost of a car service can vary depending on the type of service, your car’s make and model, and the workshop you choose.  However, most reputable workshops will provide quotes upfront so you can budget accordingly.  Remember, neglecting servicing can lead to more expensive repairs down the road, so regular maintenance is a worthwhile investment.