This is a thorny question for many people. Many newer drivers are being taught something about basic car servicing prior to taking their driving test. However it is still questionable as whether they know enough about their legal responsibilities.
So What Are the Driver’s Responsibilities When it Comes to Servicing Cars?
From a legal point of view both the car owner and the car driver have a responsibility to ensure their car is safe for the road.This does not just mean showing the car has passed its MOT test with the last 12 months. In the same way being able to show that car has been regularly serviced by a qualified mechanic can help. Whilst having a mechanic doing your car servicing each year as part of the preparation for the MOT does go some way towards showing good intentions to make sure your car is fully roadworthy it is not the full story.
As the owner/driver you still have day to day responsibilities for the vehicle. You need to make sure that your car meets the minimum standard for the maintenance and upkeep for your own safety. Plus any passengers in your vehicle and other people on the road. In other words you need to make sure your car is in full safe working order at all times it is on a public road.
Car Servicing and The Law
All vehicles nowadays are provided with a manufacturers booklet setting out car servicing requirements and frequency suggestions. Note these are recommendations only. It is possible depending on its usage and the state of the roads that your car may need servicing far more often.
Some servicing of your own family car is relatively easy. However with the increased usage of electronic on board computers being built in engine management systems many aspects of the car service regime is just not possible for the average car owner. It is almost essential (but also highly recommended as well) that your car needs to be brought to a garage that can carry out a full in depth check-over and car servicing programme at the same time.
Most car owners just do not have the specialist electronic diagnostic tools that places like Ellon’s Croft Autotech need to do a thorough car service for you.
What car servicing can be done at home?
Some jobs do require specialist equipment and advanced level training to use them to their optimum effect. However alongside this many car owners should be able to carry some basic car servicing checks on a regular basis themselves as well.
We would highly recommend that you carry out the basic car servicing and safety checks below on a very regular basis.
- Checking engine oil levels are correct.
- Check water coolant levels are correct.
- Top up windscreen washer bottle.
- Check brake lights, headlights (full and dipped), side lights, rear lights, fog lights and all indicators are functioning correctly. If any have failed make sure they are replaced ASAP.
- Checking tyre pressure and depth of tread.
If you are not sure how to perform any of these relatively simple car servicing tasks please do ask us. We will be pleased to show exactly how each of those tasks are done. Servicing a car on a regular basis like this is important for road safety reasons so please don’t be too embarrassed to ask.
Car Servicing and Croft Autotech
Croft Autotech are your local car servicing garage here in Ellon Aberdeenshire. We know that when you bring us your car servicing and repairs jobs it is not just another vehicle going through a production assembly line. Your car is important to you and we need to carry out your car servicing and repairs in a professional manner for two main reasons.
Firstly we need to offer you full value for money to encourage you to come back to us for the next service. A first time satisfied customer is the first step towards that person being a regular customer.
But even more important than that we want to make sure your car is fully roadworthy for your safety (and your family if they are passengers) and the safety of other road users.
Our goal is to become YOUR car servicing provider of choice throughout the Ellon area. Already we have seeing a growing number of our customers coming back to us and we want that situation to continue. It will be done by exhibiting the following traits at all times.
- Knowledge of the car servicing business.
- Care of your car and care of you as our customer.
- Fair and sensible pricing on all car servicing and repair jobs.
- Using the best diagnostic tools available to rectify any problems.
Whilst continually striving to stay the best car servicing garage in the Ellon area. Give us a call on 01358 722112 now to book your car in for servicing or simply to discover more about what we can offer you.
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Published by Scott Cheyne MD.