Here at ACC UK Ltd, we like to bring you handy hints and tips on how to maintain your Volvo or Toyota and how to save money on your annual car running costs. We also like to keep you informed of changes to laws relating to driving and car ownership.
The blog this week is about performing regular car servicing on your Volvo or Toyota. We know.....it may not sound like the most interesting of activities for some, however regular car servicing can ensure that the health of your car is maintained, help to keep you on the road for longer and can also save you money in the long run. Read below to find out more.
There are many people out there who miss their regular annual servicing on their Volvo or Toyota. There can be a multitude of reasons why, such as you can't afford it, the car is driving fine or your simply forgot for example.
However, missing a car service based on either you cant afford it or you think your car is fine is just false economy. Preventative Maintenance is ALWAYS going to be cheaper that Reactive Maintenance. Car parts that get changed on your regular servicing such as filters and fluids are changed because they have come to the end of their life and are no longer doing the jobs they are supposed to do. Oil for example helps to lubricate the moving parts reducing friction and keeping parts cool. Dirty contaminated oil or not enough oil can have a very expensive detrimental effect on your engine – the cost for a replacement one could cost upwards of £2,000.
By missing your regular service you expose yourself to invalidating your warranty, the possibility of a breakdown....and repairs and a reduction in the re sale value of your Volvo or Toyota with incomplete service history. Research shows that a vehicle with missing history can attract up to a 1/5 less than one with complete history. This can make a big difference. One of the best ways to reduce the costs of your servicing is to take your Toyota or Volvo to your local independent garage and not to a dealership. The hourly labour rate in a dealership can often be 3-4 times the cost of the hourly rate of a reputable independent garage. Do your homework and shop around for quotes. You will be surprised at the savings you can make. You will not invalidate your warranty if you adhere to the manufacturers service schedule and have genuine parts fitted – you are free to take your Volvo or Toyota anywhere you want for your servicing and repairs under your Right To Choose campaign. Happy Motoring Folks!
Here at ACC UK Ltd, Winners of The Motor Trader Independent Garage of The Year 2015, The Inspire Customer Service Excellence 2016 Award, The Eagle Radio Customer Focus 2017 Business Award and The Workshop Magazine Workshop Manager of the Year 2017 Award, we pride ourselves on offering an outstanding customer experience for a fraction of the cost of a dealership. Give us a call and let us quote you for your next service or repair on your Volvo or Toyota. We service all areas around Farnborough, Fleet, Aldershot, Farnham, Guildford, Frimley, Camberley, Hook, Sandhurst, Crowthorne, Yateley, Hampshire and Surrey. We offer free collection and drop off services. We also have a fleet of courtesy cars to allow you to get on with your schedule whilst your Volvo or Toyota is with us. Happy Motoring from all at ACC UK Ltd – Independent Volvo & Toyota servicing, repair and MOT specialists based in the heart of Farnborough, Hampshire.