As many of us try to tighten the purse strings this January after an indulgent Christmas, one effective way you can save money during 2016 is with regular car servicing. Owning and running a car can be a rather costly outgoing, with unexpected repairs and breakdowns adding to the expenditure. Here are a few simple maintenance tips which will save you money on your car’s running costs, while helping it stay in full working order for longer.

Tyre pressure

Tyre Pressure
Tyres are a key factor in helping vehicles maintain balance and stability while in use, so a close inspection during servicing will ensure they remain safe to drive. Checking the condition and pressure of the tyres will help prevent any punctures or blow-outs on a busy road and uneven wear.

The balance and alignment of the tyres also needs to be properly checked to reduce your risk on the road and avoid problems with steering and suspensions. The financial cost of overlooking a tyre imbalance is another good reason to have them checked and repaired, if required, as quickly as possible.

Dashboard warning messages

Alerts on your dashboard indicate a particular problem in your car which needs to be quickly addressed. This can range from issues with your tyre pressure or airbags to your brake system or engine – all areas of your vehicle are covered. Refer to your car owner’s handbook to find out what each individual warning sign means and the action you need to take.

Road safety is of paramount importance, which is why you must check any warning messages on your dashboard as soon as they appear before the problem worsens. By doing so, you will lower the risk of having an accident on the road, as well as saving yourself repair costs further down the line.

Oil change

A fresh, clean oil change will instantly reduce friction between heavy metal parts inside the engine, so less fuel is consumed and the vehicle can run more efficiently. Not only that, but applying oil to the engine will also protect it from heat and water damage, saving you hefty repair costs for this vital piece of machinery in the future.

It’s worth noting that there a range of oils available which are designed for different applications and vehicles, so make sure you check with a professional prior to using anything yourself as you could end up doing your car more damage than good.

Professional car checks

While it may seem tempting to try and service your car yourself, a thorough inspection by a professional will ensure all the correct assessments are carried out at a superior standard. Not only will this extend the life of your vehicle, it will also prevent you from becoming a danger on the road or having to shell out a hefty cost in repairs further into the future.

Here at Universal Tyres, we offer comprehensive vehicle servicing which includes a full service or an interim service depending on your requirements. To find out more check out our handy checklist. Our fully trained technicians carry out assessments in line with official regulations at an affordable rate. If we do identify any problems with your vehicle, no work will be carried out until it is authorised by you, and we will provide you with an itemised bill so you don’t need to worry about any hidden costs.

To have your car serviced by one of our highly experienced team, don’t hesitate to get in touch today. Use our branch finder to find your local branch.