What Happens If You Don’t Service Your Car?

When was the last time you had your car serviced? Six months ago (that’s good) or more than a year ago (not so good)? Maintenance is an expense, but the potential costs of damage that can happen in an engine, transmission, and suspension due to lack of maintenance is much greater. Some vehicle owners try to save money by extending the time between services on their car.

What happens if you don’t service your car regularly? It will start to lose efficiency when things like the spark or glow plugs wear out, the cabin air quality decreases if the air filters aren't replaced, and potentially expensive conditions like oil sludge can build up if the oil is not changed at the appropriate intervals. This can cost you money in urgent car repair, and that's before you get too worn safety items like brakes and shock absorbers!

Keeping up with regular car service is vital because it checks the overall health of your car! For example, if your suspension is wearing out, a service will alert you to a potential problem so you can replace the appropriate parts. It can also uncover hidden engine damage that doesn't necessarily impact your ability to drive the car. If you drive with little to no oil in your car for an extended period of time, you can severely damage the head gasket or the pistons. This type of car repair can cost a small fortune. Not a great trade-off when a regular service could have solved the problem for just a couple hundred dollars.

A mechanical failure on the open road can have devastating consequences, especially if a critical part of the braking, steering or suspension is involved. Regular servicing identifies potentially dangerous wear on the vital steering and braking components in your car.

Tip to Remember: It's important to regularly service your car, even if the service light isn't on. Be sure to check your owner’s manual for the manufacturer’s service recommendations for your specific car. Your car repair technician can also keep you informed of any services due on your vehicle.