Auto Service: Why You Need to Maintain Your Car

Welcome to my blog. My name is Ken. One day, I was driving home from work when the engine in my car failed. While I waited for the recovery truck to arrive, I realised I didn’t have a clue what went on underneath the bonnet of my car. I signed up for an auto service course at my local community college, so I could gain the skills I needed to properly maintain my car and repair it if something when wrong while I was on the road. I wanted to start a blog to pass on these skills to other people so that they can look after their automobiles.

Logbook Service: Everything You Need to Know


If you have recently purchased a new car, it is highly likely that it will be covered by a warranty. The warranty ensures that if anything breaks or goes wrong with the vehicle within a set period after purchase, the manufacturer will repair it for free. However, in order to keep the warranty valid, there are certain things which you need to do. One of these things is to have the car serviced at certain intervals which are listed in the logbook. These intervals are typically set out in terms of how many miles the car has been driven. Below is a guide to everything you need to know about taking your car for a logbook service.

The requirements of a logbook service

When having your car serviced, it is important that you take it to an approved auto repair shop. Vehicle manufacturers will specify which repair shops are suitable. If you take your car to a non-approved repair shop, you may invalidate the warranty as the manufacturer will not recognise any of the work which has been carried out. When you use an approved auto repair shop, you can be certain that any work which is carried out on your car will be of the highest standard.

Arranging repairs

To arrange a logbook service, you simply need to check the list of approved garages in the vehicle logbook and call to make an appointment. When you speak to the mechanic, you should let them know that you require a logbook service.

During the servicing itself, a fully qualified mechanic will inspect every aspect of your car, from the airbag, tyres and brakes, to the engine, lights and exhaust system. Depending on how many miles your vehicle has been driven, the mechanic may focus on a particular area of your car which has been highlighted by the manufacturer as needing attention. If any repairs need to be carried out or replacement parts fitted, the mechanic will complete the work using parts from the manufacturer, which will ensure that your warranty remains valid. If you visit a garage which is not approved, they may use generic car parts, which could immediately void your warranty. 

If you would like to find out more about precisely what a logbook service entails or whether your vehicle is still under warranty, you should contact an approved auto repair shop for more information, advice and support.


20 March 2018