Matt’s Motoring Myth Busting
The most frustrating thing for me as a service centre owner is hearing countless stories from people about being overcharged for a poor service, or when mechanics tell their customers things need doing on a car even when they don’t just in an attempt to make a bit more money.
Below I uncover 5 of the most common maintenance and motoring myth I have heard, just to set the record straight.
- 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 will more than likely not pick up on other issues that maybe present and 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 we always advise our customers to have a service carried out on their 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 would have likely told you that you would need to come back to them for its servicing. This is not legally correct. As per the Block Exemption Regulation back in 2002, as long as the independent service centre uses genuine manufacturers approved parts, it’s completely your choice where you go! This is why we are trusted by hundreds of new car owners to look after their vehicles.
- 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. In some cases, you may need to change others if they are close to being too worn, but this should be decided at your discretion, and only needs to legally be replaced if under the tread depth limit.
- Car servicing will be the same at every garage. FALSE
Unfortunately, some service centres don’t always follow the correct guidelines when it comes to servicing cars, so it’s worth doing your research to ensure your car has been properly serviced. You should make sure the service centre uses either genuine parts or top quality OE parts and they follow the recommended service schedules.
Need your car serviced or want some motoring myth 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, so 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.