#tipthursday Don’t forget to book your service

Restrictions are easing, is your vehicle road ready?

Maitland Motors’ #tipthursday for this week: Don’t forget to book your service.

We recommend serving your car at least once a year depending on mileage, age and driving conditions. After the past year, most of our vehicles have probably been stuck parked up or on driveways and, understandably, booking in for a service just hasn’t been a priority. With restrictions easing, a service will prepare your vehicle for the roads again, helping to keep you safe, prolong lifespan of our vehicle, and prevent further more costly repairs that lack of maintenance often cause. Pop on over to a recent post about the importance of servicing your vehicle here for more details.

If you have any questions or would like to know more, leave a comment below, email or call us in the office.

#tipthursday Follow Our Basic Vehicle Maintenance Schedule

Follow our basic vehicle maintenance to help get the best from your car.

Here at Maitland Motors we believe that maintaining your car is the most effective way to get the most from it. Following our basic maintenance schedule will to help keep your car preforming at its best and more importantly, safe on roads.

Your Basic Car Maintenance Schedule by Maitland Motors

Full Service – 6 months prior MOT (This will depend on when you last had a full service, it may just need an interim. We can check beforehand and advise on the appropriate service required.)

Free Vehicle Health Check – 3 months prior MOT

Pre-MOT 1 month before MOT

MOT (sign up to our reminder text service)

We recommend following this as a minimum depending on your mileage and how you drive. Most car manuals will have details of your make/model’s service schedule as per the manufacture’s recommendations.

If you have any questions or would like to book in for a Service, Free Vehicle Health Check, Pre-MOT or MOT then call us in the office, email us or leave a comment below.

The importance of servicing your vehicle

The benefits of servicing your car regularly from Maitland Motors.

Servicing your car can seem like an unnecessary expense sometimes, it passed its MOT, its fine… However, here at Maitland Motors we always say prevention is better than cure and by sticking to your service schedule as much as possible will really benefit you and your car in the long run.

What happens if you don’t service your car?

Overtime preventable repairs will sooner or later be needed if the bare minimal you do is MOT your vehicle. Many of which may cost you more than servicing and general maintenance would have in the first place.

Congealed oil in a oil sump.

We recently had a 5 year old car in the workshop that hadn’t been serviced in a while. Upon inspection, this is the condition we found the oil sump, completely congealed with oil. The repair for this is an expensive one; a whole new engine. At a service the old oil would have been drained out, replaced with new oil and an engine flush would have removed a lot of contaminates within the oil filtration system. The oil has congealed like this due to dirt, contaminates and carbon build up.

Benefits of Regular Services

  • Helps your car run effectively and efficiently, saving on fuel and maintenance costs.
  • Prolongs the lifespan of your car.
  • Prevention of parts failing and further, more costly repairs.
  • Helps keep you safe and legal on the roads.
  • Less likely to brake down saving on the costs of recovery & repairs.
  • A well maintained and cared for car will hold more of its value if you ever decide to sell.

What’s the difference between an Interim and Full Service?

We mostly carry out 2 types of servicing; an Interim Service and a Full Service. Depending on millage/ age/ budget/time since last service, an Interim Service may be all your car needs to keep it ticking over. If its been a while, or your car hits a particular mileage/ age, then it may be time for a Full Service. You owners manual will have a service schedule designed to get the most out of your own particular make/model of car. Also, most modern cars will remind you its time for a service with a service dashboard warning light.

Interim Service from Maitland Motors
All oil and filters we use at services are OE spec and won’t effect any warranties.
Full Service from Maitland Motors
We also have a limited pick up and drop off service, ask for more details. T&Cs apply.

Estimated prices for your particular make and model of car can be available upon request as each and every car is so different (amount of oil required, parts needed, etc, can all effect price), we don’t advertise fixed prices. If you have any questions about servicing or would like to book your car in, call the office, email us of leave a comment below.

When should you visit Maitland Motors?

If we’ve said it once, we’ve said it a million times here at Maitland Motors – “Prevention is always better than cure, especially when it comes to cars”. A few ways to ensure your car is running effectively, legally and more importantly safely is by keeping up to date with your car’s service schedule, getting any knocks, bangs or squeaks checked and being MOT ready.

Yearly Service. Your service schedule can be found in your own car’s manual where it will detail exactly when your make & model should be looked at, this is often age/ mileage dependant. Some times your car will require a full service, but the next visit it may just need an oil and filter change. By following this, it will help keep your car running to manufacture’s spec, prolong the many different parts of your car (meaning less repairs, less often), and nip any potential unknown issues in the bud. We’ve also put together a basic yearly schedule when you ideally should see us.

Your Basic Car Maintenance Schedule
Basic Yearly Maintenance from Maitland Motors

Get Noises Checked as soon as they start. Most of our common repairs that come from noises being checked are drop-links, track rod ends and ball joints. Nipping them in the bud stops the repair developing into far more serious issues, which will be more expensive to repair. Squeals could also mean your brakes are needing checked. If your car is making new and unusual noises, it may be a good chance to book in for a FREE Vehicle Health Check at the same time and get your car as a whole looked over.

Get MOT ready. (Especially if your car was given a Lockdown extension as it could be 18 months since your car last saw a technician.) Booking in prior to your MOT means we can spot and repair any potential MOT fails. Saving you time, money and being without your car for any retests.

To help take some of the stress away from car care and maintenance, we also offer a (limited) Pick Up and Collect Service from your home or place of work and Payment Assist where you can split your bill fee and interest free for any unexpected repairs (very handy at this time of year). Ask for more details when booking.

If you have any questions or would like to book in for a Service, Health Check or Pre-MOT then please email us or call the office. Ross and the team are always happy to help.

What is the difference between an Interim and Full Service?

At Maitland Motors we believe prevention is better than cure when it comes to your car. An easy way to maintain your car is to follow your manufacture’s service guide. (Usually found in your car manual.) Depending on how up to date you are with your service schedule you may need a Full Service or just an Interim, but what is the difference and how do each benefit you and your car?

Interim Service An Interim Service is a more basic version of the Full Service and includes an Oil and Filter Change. We check the lights, horn, brakes, fluid levels, exhaust, tyres and double-check for any leaks. If you get your car serviced regularly, then we’d recommend booking in for an Interim as this will help keep your car ticking over in-between its Full Service and Mot. It’s also a great way to ensure there aren’t any hidden surprises that may end in costly repairs if left too long to deteriorate.

Full Service A full-service includes everything above as well as replacing the pollen, and air filters if required and topping up brake fluid & antifreeze. We also inspect the engine, wheel bearings, shock absorbers and air conditing system. Some cars may require additional work to keep up with manufacturer’s spec which inc changing spark-plugs or fuel filters. A Full Service will help ensure you’re getting the best from your car, performance and safety-wise. If it’s been a while since your car was last in or it’s only in a garage for its MOT, then we’d recommend booking in for a Full Service.

Another thing to be mindful of is the “Right to Repair”. This means you are free to take your new car to any independent garage for a service and as long as the garage uses manufactures parts, to their spec, your warranty or finance agreement won’t be affected. This makes the market much more competitive for customers like you and gives you more choice.

Regardless of which service you go for, we always fit quality parts like Mann Filters , Pagid brakes and Shell oil here at Maitland Motors. With all our years of experience, we find quality parts to be great value for money as you’ll be replacing less frequently compared to cheap parts. We have a blog on this if you’d like to know more about the parts we fit and how they benefit you.

If you have any questions please leave them in the comments below or if you’d like to book in for a Full or Interim service call the office or drop us an email, we’re always happy to hear from you.