Preventative maintenance on your vehicle should include having the vehicle servicing done on a regular basis. Regardless of the make and model of the vehicle you own, whether you have a Ford, Volvo,Renault, Peugeot, Toyota, Vauxhall, Lexus, Nissan, Skoda, Honda, Kia, BMW, Mercedes or Audi, sticking to the maintenance schedule set by the manufacturer will help keep it in good condition. You will find this information in your vehicle service pack. Always ensure that you adhere to the servicing schedule in order to maintain your manufacturer warranties on your vehicle.
With the emergence of your right to choose, you no longer have to take your vehicle to a specific garage - you are free to use an independent garage. This will enable you to shop around for the most competitive price on the market - as long as you adhere to the service schedule and you use genuine parts then your warranties remain intact.
Maintaining your vehicles service schedules means that your car will be much less likely to break down, and also means that it should retain better value should you decide to sell it at some point - just make sure the garage stamps your service book - keep it in the glove box or hand it in at reception when dropping it off at the garage.
Vehicle servicing typically entails a change of the oil and filter, as well as a check of the brakes, lighting, fluids, air filter, and spark plugs. A full service entails considerably more operations including air, fuel and pollen filter replacements as well as full brake strip and service, and chassis lubrication and protection. An analysis of the on-board diagnostic system may also be performed, as well as other periodic services. The vehicles have different service requirements at differing intervals such as cambelt changes - they are required for a reason - therefore vitally important that they are adhered to.
With modern vehicles being quite complicated in design, it is best to allow this maintenance to be performed by a fully trained technician that has experience of working on the type of vehicle you own, using a garage that has the specialist diagnostic equipment to check fault codes specific to your make and model of vehicle .