Hello Readers, hoping all is going as well as possible during these Covid19 restricted times in Melbourne. Are you remembering to look after your car – as well as yourself? Melbourne’s current ongoing Coronavirus situation is putting pressure on households in many ways; and of course, this extends to managing the normal round of family and household bills. Previous history has shown that things can tighten up financially in situations like those we are experiencing in Melbourne presently. In those instances, car maintenance – and more specifically its regular log-book servicing – can take a back seat and, in some cases do not get done at all. There are some very major risks if this happens, not least of which is the safety of the vehicle, its occupants and other road users. So do not forget to be looking after your car – as well as yourself – in these Covid19 times.
Some car owners too easily get used to the fact that the brakes feel fine, even though the car is well over its service timeline period. But the condition of the brake fluid, the amount of braking friction that can be generated and a lack of a qualified mechanic’s observations around the brake assembly, the cars undercarriage, fuel-system, steering, linkages, bushes, suspension etc; is all a recipe for big problems with safety and potential large rectification repair bills.
Tyres are another example. Sometimes tyre condition can be “out of sight, out of mind” – until it is too late.
Today’s modern engines, oil, and transmissions fluids, plus radiator coolant changes, are also required at specified times and kilometre intervals. Even if the kilometres have not been driven, all these fluids degrade just by sitting in the sump so do not skimp on them either. Always replace them as per the vehicle’s service manual logbook timelines to avoid expensive repairs and to help ensure the vehicle’s reliability and longevity.
Car owners with newer cars – that are still under the new-car warranty – need also to be very mindful of the relationship between not following the manufacturer’s logbook servicing schedule and then henceforth voiding of the new car’s manufacturer’s warranties. The car-dealer or the vehicle’s manufacturer cannot be blamed if an engine is destroyed due to lack of regular log-book servicing as per the manufacturer’s timelines and kilometre specifications.
In summary, cars that are not serviced regularly as per the logbook/manual just end up having a compounding repair liability, which can in the end result in larger repair bills than would have ordinarily been needed if you had just stuck to the logbook service regime in the first place. And let us not even get started on the dollar loss on the re-sale value of a poorly maintained vehicle. So, at this time, keep safe, and keep your car safe too by having your car’s service schedule up to date at a VACC mechanic service centre near you – and – psst, don’t forget to ensure your service logbook is in the glove box to be stamped by the VACC mechanic, which all helps verify your vehicle’s services/care-plan come the time to sell or trade-in/update the vehicle.
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At DABAS we know that buying a car to suit your needs can be one of the biggest purchases in your life. We hope this intended to be “general-in-nature advice and information” page has provided some helpful assistance for you in deciding the path of your car-buying journey. DABAS offers flexible personal assistance to clients on their car-buying journey tailored to suit their individual budgetary needs.
DABAS services can be delivered in a vast variety of ways, including – but not limited to – phone consultation/s, Zoom meetings, research emails, research links, LMCT yard email link referrals, face-to-face meetings at a car-yard/s, in the cafe at an LMCT car-yard or at the café of a leading Melbourne automotive auction house; even in your home if required. The choice is totally yours pending personal needs and the urgency timelines of being behind the wheel of your next car. DABAS services are offered flexibly – as stages in a journey – you pick what stage of your journey you may need DABAS’s assistance – maybe?, the full journey, or – just vehicle selection/clarification?, or – just a car-yard buffer zone, help with the yard process?
Have a great day, Cheers, Tim.
–Please note: information mentioned on this page is to be considered as a general-in-nature summary, as clients have individually tailored needs for their DABAS automotive buying journey, information mentioned on these pages should be considered as a basic guide and general summary. Information on this page can be discussed and clarified – if needed – upon your transition to becoming a client of DABAS.