Treat your vehicle to a thorough health checkup!
Servicing your car is important to keep it healthy and running smooth for a long time. Typically an annual service is recommended, but if you do a lot of driving, you might want to do it more frequently. If you leave it too long, you might hear funny noises, have a loss of power and or overheating. A comprehensive service with a My Auto Shop mechanic includes changing your car's oil and filter, checking relevant fluids, electrical system, suspension, steering, brakes and finally a road test to ensure it drives just right. It doesn’t matter if you drive a ute, van, station wagon or hatchback, every car needs one.
What is a service anyway?
The content of a car service can vary depending on what mechanic you go to. Typically it should include an oil change, oil filter change and then have a bunch of core mechanical, electrical and hydrophilic systems tested for functionality. Some services are more extensive than others, so be wary of super low price points, as they may not complete everything your car needs, or may add extra cost in later.
Why do you need a car service?
Your car has many systems that need maintaining as they wear out over time. A service helps to create longevity, as well as ensure your car doesn’t fail on the side of the road and leave you stuck needing a tow.
What symptoms mean you need a vehicle service?
If you leave your car too long without a service, you might start to encounter some problems. This might include:
- A loss of power
- Grinding or funny noises from the engine
What does a mechanic do during a car service?
During a comprehensive service with us, our partner-garages complete all the necessary checks and tasks to ensure your vehicle is ready to both endure that daily commute and enjoy wild holiday road trips. Your car can expect to have:
- All relevant fluids and filters checked and topped up as needed.
- It's engine, transmission, hoses, belts and body scanned for leaks, security or damage.
- An electrical system check for charging, voltage and condition.
- Suspension and steering components checked for functionality, wear, corrosion and leaks.
- It's brakes, wheels and bearings checked to make sure you can stick to the road in all conditions.
- The internal filters and operational components checked for cleanliness and functionality.
- Finally, a road test, to make sure it drives just right for you.
For all you detail loving folks, you can see a specific breakdown for all our services HERE.
How much does a comprehensive usually cost?
A thorough service can range from $180 - $500+ depending on what your vehicle is (as parts and oil costs can vary) as well as what content is included by the mechanic. We recommend not cutting corners here as it will lead to safety issues, as well as future, more expensive, issues.
How often do I need my car serviced?
A newer car may only need a service at a longer interval, however for most vehicles a general rule is every 12 months or 10,000km. If you drive your car more, or do rougher driving, you might want to do this more frequently.
You can find a Comprehensive Service mechanic in Winton with My Auto Shop