Every car owner has their own vision of the way and frequency their car should be maintained, and we get that. After all, our cars are our babies… and we know best, right? Well, not really. Usually, there’s this idea of “my car is better than THAT repair” or “my car would never have to undergo such extensive service”, etc. when the truth is – although there are brands that are better in quality than others – every car still needs to undergo regular check-ups in order to stay “healthy”. Given the fact Brisbane is our mother city, we’re not too proud to admit that it is currently one of the top Australian cities with the most negligent car owners. Paradoxically, we have some of the best car service shops in the country – both mobile and regular. What’s that all about?
So, once car owners get properly educated on the car service dynamics and understand the necessity behind it – we’ll all be much happier. In the meantime, let’s discuss a few important aspects of proper car maintenance and the most common reasons people don’t apply them as much.
They don’t like the expenses
Buying a car is one thing; having enough money to regularly service it – is another. On one hand, what seems to be creating that initial glitch is that most car owners don’t really count in the money they’ll have to “extract” from their overall budget on monthly bases to keep their cars running smoothly. On the other – they simply don’t have the money. With scenario number one, they get confused because a car costs way more than they had anticipated so they need to find a way around it. As for scenario number two, they’ll usually cut back on replacing some parts or delay the service hoping to save cash. What they don’t realize at that point is that the more they delay a service their car needs, the worse it’ll be later (both repair and money-wise). Ultimately, what happens is that car owners end up spending almost as much money on the compounded repairs as they would on buying a new (second-hand) car.
This is why it’s important for mechanics and customers to communicate and find the best solution for everyone. Customers shouldn’t be ashamed to say they don’t have the cash at the moment, and mechanics shouldn’t be too strict in dealing with customers.
A tip for the mechanics: If you know you’ve got an honest person before you, offer them to pay in installments, or move the payment to the next month. A little trust and humanity goes a long way, no matter the sphere of your business.
A tip for the customer: If your car needs several repairs, you need it on daily basis but you don’t have enough money at the moment, be honest with your mechanic and try to find a solution together. You never know until you ask, right?
They don’t trust mechanics
This is one of the most common reasons why car owners don’t service their cars. In Australia alone, around 80% of people are concerned about being ripped off by a mechanic, which is why some of them take the repairs upon themselves, and the others – just don’t take their cars to mechanics. No wonder so many cars remain neglected! Luckily for everyone living in Brisbane and the greater Brisbane area, there are mobile mechanics that are gradually restoring faith in the process. Professional, responsible and trained mobile mechanic in Brisbane maintain the reputation of being very honest and offering high-quality service that’s, at the same time, very affordable. And, they come to you! Whatever works, folk – as long as you keep those babies running!
They believe that the fact they haven’t done the kilometers yet means they shouldn’t send their car for service. But they do.
Despite the service being due on time, most clients rely on the number of kilometers they’ve gone through when that’s clearly the worst strategy possible. As fluids in your car have a use-by date, they are due for a service at least every six months, even if you haven’t traveled much. You know that index card describing all services in both kilometers and time? Well, it’s there to signal the necessity of a car service, regardless of which occurs first (time or kilometers).
Don’t be negligent with keeping your car alive; be responsible, and you’ll enjoy your gorgeous vehicle for a long time to come.