Matt’s Motoring Advice
Expert Motoring Advice
When I offer motoring advice, the most frustrating thing for me as a service centre owner is some of the stories I hear. They are from people who have been overcharged by other places for a poor service. Some have even been mislead about a job that they were told was needed when it really wasn’t. They felt totally ripped off and thankfully, came to us instead so that we could rebuild their faith in the industry.
Below I uncover 5 of the most common maintenance and motoring myths I have heard. Just to set the record straight, I offer my motoring advice.
Having an MOT automatically makes your car safe for the year. FALSE
A current MOT just confirms that your car met the acceptable road safety standards required by law at the time of testing. The MOT is unlikely to pick up on other issues that are present yet not scrutinized during the test. Common issues that are often missed on an MOT include Auxiliary belt, engine running issues, tyre pressures and handbrake shoes. For these reasons, my motoring advice is to have a service carried out on your car as well.
You don’t have to have a yearly service if you own a newer car. FALSE
Most new cars require the first service within 12 months of purchase or if it reaches 12,000 miles, whichever comes first. After this point, the car should not go more than a year without another service.
You have to take your car to the main dealer if it’s under the manufacturer’s warranty. FALSE
If you have recently bought a car from a main dealer, either purchased outright or on finance, they probably told you that you must have it serviced by them. This is not legally correct. As per the Block Exemption Regulation 2002, as long as the independent service centre uses genuine manufacturers approved parts, it’s completely your choice. Call us to find out more.
You have to replace all 4 tyres if 1 needs replacing. FALSE
This is an expensive myth that unfortunately a lot of people fall foul of when their service centre informs them of an issue with a tyre or tyres on their car. As long as the new replacement tyre(s) matches the others in size and speed rating, you will be fine. You do need to change other tyres that are close to being too worn. This should be your decision though. Tyres under the legal tread depth limit will need to be replaced.
Car servicing will be the same at every garage. FALSE
Sadly, not all service centres follow the correct guidelines when it comes to servicing cars. Working to manufacturer’s service schedules is vital. You should make sure the service centre uses either genuine parts or top quality OE parts. Here at Star Automotive, we always ensure this.
Need your car serviced or want some motoring advice?
Both of my car service centres only ever undertake work when its actually required, fully understood and agreed by the client. This approach is best for all parties and saves the customer receiving an unexpected invoice. My team and I are always here to help. Next time someone tells you something about your car that you are not 100% sure about, challenge it, or pop along to one of our centres for a second opinion free of charge.