The blog this week is based around why regular servicing of your Volvo or Toyota really is cost effective. Everyone is trying to save money at the moment, interest rates are rising, fuel bills are rising, along with increases in your weekly food shop, so following our tips should help avoid wasting your time and money. Read on 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 well or you 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 thousands. Not only will you have to source a reconditioned engine, you will also have to pay the labour cost of removing the old engine and fitting a new one - this is a very labour intensive job.
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 in the value of your vehicle and how many people would consider being a potential buyer of a car with incomplete service history. 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 Safe Motoring Folks!
Here at ACC UK Ltd, Winners of The Motor Trader Independent Garage of The Year 2015, 2019 & 2020, The IGA Big Awards 2022, The Inspire Customer Service Excellence 2016 Award, The Eagle Radio Customer Focus 2017 Business Award, The Workshop Magazine Workshop Manager of the Year 2017 Award, The LiveWire Excellence In Vehicle Servicing 2019 Award and The Aftermarket Excellence Award for Best Website 2019, The Eagle Radio Biz Award – Entrepreneur of the Year 2020 & the SME News Magazine Most Trusted Car Servicing Provider 2020, 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.