Whether you’re buying a new car or a used car, there’s one thing they have in common, they all need to be serviced. To ensure that your car lasts the amount of years and the kilometers you want to travel in it, you need to be taking it in for regular check ups, just like you.
When you’re buying a new car, it’s quite easy to know when you need to service it. You’ll get a little booklet and the salesman will explain at which intervals to service and also will explain the costs. Most new car nowadays also have a service light that comes on in your dashboard and lets you know when it’s time to take it to the dealer.
However, when you’re purchasing a used car, knowing when to service can be tricky. The best thing to keep in mind is that all cars need to be serviced at regular intervals. Older cars would have had an interval of every 6 months or 10,000km’s and newer cars have now gone to every 12 months or 15,000 km’s.
If your car is still under warranty from a dealer you’ll need to make sure you service with them to keep your warranty valid. If the warranty has expired you may look at an extended warranty if buying from a dealer, or if you’re buying privately you need to find yourself a qualified mechanic who uses genuine parts made for your car. This will ensure you get the most out of your services and that anything used by your mechanic is purpose made for your car type.
If you’re looking for second hand cars in Sydney, try your dealers first. This will guarantee that you have an option for warranty and they will also explain your servicing to you making sure you know up front how often you need to book your car in.
Where to service your used car
When it comes to choosing the right place to service your car you need to think about what you’ll get out of it. There are plenty of private mechanics and small businesses out there that can do the job, but make sure they are trained on your make and model of car. With the technology in cars today and the computers that are in the engines, your mechanic will need the specific diagnostic tools required for each make.
You can also service all used cars at your local Dealer. Contrary to the rumours servicing at a dealer is rarely more expensive than a private shop. They also offer much more convenience with courtesy cars, pick up and drop off, coffee facilities and sometimes cafes.
Looking for used cars for sale in Sydney? Come in and see the team and check out our range of used cars. All the servicing can be explained on the day giving you piece of mind that you’re informed ahead of time of your commitment to service.