How often do you take your car in for a service? Many South African vehicle owners fail to take their cars in for regular services, which often results in costly breakdown maintenance or more road safety risks. Being penny wise – pound foolish may save you a few bucks now, but you can’t hide the truth from your car’s log book and mechanic forever.

For peace of mind and to save money in the long run, make sure you take your car in for regular services. Here are 5 reasons why you should service your car regularly:

Increase safety on the road

Safety should always come first. The main reason you should make sure your car is serviced regularly is to ensure the safety of you, your family and others on the road.

Faulty brakes, unbalanced steering, worn windshield wipers, no oil, worn tyres and other problems that would usually be taken care of with proper car maintenance can cause serious or even fatal car accidents.

Improve your car’s performance and fuel efficiency

A well-maintained vehicle ensures a smoother ride and responsive handling, increasing the car’s overall performance. If the car’s internal electronic and mechanical functions and lubricants are kept intact, your car will run better and maintain a good fuel efficiency.

Ensure fewer malfunctions

Ideally, you don’t want to find out your car’s engine has a malfunction while you’re on the road, especially if you don’t have the tools or know-how to fix it. Plus, you’ll have to take into account the potential costs of hiring a mechanic, towing and hiring other wheels while your car is in for repair.

Without proper car services, some problems may only come to surface when it’s too late. For example, not changing your engine oil often enough can destroy internal reciprocating parts, leading to engine problems.

Prevent roadside emergencies by making sure a mechanic fixes any problems before they become big issues.

Lengthen your car’s life

Car problems can have dangerous side effects and/ or reduce your car’s lifespan. Car services can bring issues, such as mechanical failures, to your attention. If you take care of your car, your car will carry you many more kilometers.

Lower car insurance premiums

If your car if well-maintained, you’re less likely to get into an accident, which is one of the key factors to reducing your insurance premiums.

Car insurance is important – even if you are a cautious driver and your car is up-to-date with all its services, you are at a great financial risk if your car is not insured.