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CENTRAL CANTERBURY NEWS, FEBRUARY 13, 2013
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It pays to get your vehicle serviced
to safer motoring
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By JEFF LILLY
My daughter ruefully admits she did
not service her car as regularly as
she should have and now faces a
hefty repair bill.
Interested in putting together a
useful list of reasons for a regular
service regimen, I sat down with
Toyota Rangiora manager Mike
Chapman and his service manager
''Actually, the hardcore mechanics
haven't changed too much over the
years,'' Mike says.
''You are still travelling around
with a water-cooled internal
combustion engine. The difference
is in the electronics -- the computers
and other sophisticated components
-- for which you need service
technicians with the right skills and
good diagnostic tools.''
A routine service will:
1. Extend the life of your vehicle by
reducing wear on engine
2. Maintain the value of your car. A
properly maintained car is worth
more and a full service history will
back you up.
3. Improve fuel economy. Oil
carries impurities that clog the filter
and it makes sense to change parts.
4. Provide what Allan calls
preventative maintenance -- nipping
problems in the bud before they
5. Reduce the cost of repairs --
Allan emphasises that a service is
actually cost effective. A smaller
amount spent earlier will prevent a
nasty bill later.
6. Keep your car legal. Regular
servicing will identify such factors as
worn tyres and faulty lights.
7. Reduce the time your car is off
the road with problems, which
means less interference in your work
8. Increase a part's life -- this can
often be extended when related
components are correctly
maintained. For example, by
keeping wheels balanced and tyre
pressures at recommended levels,
your tyres will last longer.
9. Improve safety -- both yours and
The change in the law regarding
the warrant of fitness may have
Owners of cars that need a WOF
once a year will need to be even
more diligent with their servicing.
''A car may be passed with a
1.5-millimetre tyre tread depth,''
Mike says. Allan adds: ''And a
few days later, it will be down
So where do you go? Many
people spend a lot of money going
to different people -- to a mechanic
for one problem and then to an
auto-electrician for another.
Sometimes the best place is a
franchise like Drummond &
Etheridge (Nissan) in Ashburton,
where repair and maintenance
issues can be taken care of under
one roof, or a one-stop shop like the
acclaimed Rolleston Automotive.
However, there are other excellent
choices in the Selwyn district, in
places like Lincoln and Darfield, and
it pays to shop around. Take notice
of reputation, evidence of efficiency,
skill, and top-notch equipment.
Another important factor is the
way personnel treat you and your
vehicle. You deserve respect, a
transparent explanation of what
needs to be done, and a fair and
realistic cost structure.
Have I prodded your memory,
then? Give your service workshop a
ring and book in.
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