How to Save Money on Car Servicing with Waterfall
Having your vehicle properly serviced with Waterfall will save you money in the long run
Getting to know you and your car
Here at Waterfall we like to get to know your car, your driving habits and requirements. Based on that, each year we’ll recommend the type of service you need.
For example, because annual mileages tend to be dropping as people use their vehicles less and opt for public transport or other modes of transport, then it may be that one year your annual service needs to be an ‘Essential’ or a ‘Premium’ service, but the following year this can be alternated with an ‘Inspection’ service.
Because we get to know you and your vehicle, we can be flexible, and although our focus is always 100% on vehicle safety and reliability, we won’t tell you that your car needs something that it doesn’t.
We offer three types of annual car service; Inspection (I), Essential (E) and Premium(P).
(Full dealer specific servicing is also available – please ask us for a quote.)
|PRE ENGINE CHECKS|
|Check vehicle history|
|Check timing belt replacement interval *|
|Fit protective covers|
|Check condition and operation of all seat belts|
|Check operation of interior and exterior lights|
|Check air conditioning operation including bad odour *|
|Check windscreen washers and wipers|
|Check operation of suspension dampers|
|Lubricate all door hinges, locks, and bonnet catches|
|Apply Forte treatments to remove internal contamination|
|Check fuel cap|
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|UNDER THE BONNET|
|Check cooling system including fan operation|
|Check and record Anti-Freeze protection|
|Check and record brake fluid condition|
|Check all auxiliary drive belts (not timing belt)|
|Check engine breather system|
|Check vacuum pipes|
|Check power steering operation and fluid condition|
|Check throttle body – clean if required|
|Check battery level and lubricate terminals *|
|Check and top up all under bonnet fluid levels|
|Replace air filter *|
|Replace spark plugs *|
|Replace fuel filter *|
|Replace pollen filter *|
|Change oil, filter and fit new sump plug washer|
|Check fuel lines and brake pipes|
|Check the condition and security of the exhaust|
|Check and top up axle and transfer box oil levels *|
|Check and top up gearbox oil level|
|Check all steering and suspension joints, mountings and gaiters|
|Carry out tyre report|
|Check all wheel bearings for excessive ‘play’ and noise (adjust)|
|Check CV gaiters and joints for wear or splits|
|Check clutch cable/cylinder *|
|Grease all greasing points *|
|Check operation and condition of front brakes|
|Check operation and condition of rear brakes (inc. handbrake)|
|Carry out brake report|
|Rear brake cleaning and adjustment|
|Refill engine with specified grade oil|
|Torque wheel nuts/studs|
|Carry out diagnostic check. **|
|Reset service interval indicator *|
|Road test vehicle and report any findings|
|Re-check engine oil level|
The importance of regular car servicing
Modern cars are complex pieces of machinery with a lot of metal, rubber, plastics, wires, glass and all sorts of electrical and mechanical components that are all integrated one with another, and so car servicing and vehicle repairs are best left to the professionals.
Admittedly there are a few stories of rip-off garages and outrageous servicing and repair prices, but that is why choosing a reliable and trustworthy garage is essential for you peace of mind.
Waterfall are an independent, family owned, friendly garage. Since 1986 we have grown our business through word of mouth referral; our customers love coming back to us, and we are even recommended on one of the local Mumsnet websites as being a great local garage in Wimbledon.
One of the most important features of a regular service is the oil change – leaving it too long between oil changes can result in what’s known in the trade as the ‘Black Death’, read more about the perils of not changing your oil regularly here…
Cheap car servicing
Many people look for cheap car servicing, hoping that this will save them money. But cheap car servicing is not good in the long run; it’s a bit like eating a bad diet and not taking the proper exercise you need to look after your own body properly. You might be fine for a while, but you’re just storing up a whole lot of problems for later on.
Correct car servicing includes making sure things like the oil, lubricants, and other fluids are changed and topped up correctly, that worn parts are replaced before they wear out completely and cause serious damage, that perishable parts like air, fuel and oil filters are replaced so that your vehicle is running optimally, and that brakes, wheels and suspension are all working properly and safely too.
Not only does this mean you are far less likely to suffer a mechanical breakdown, but it can really extend the life of your vehicle too; in fact, depending on your yearly mileage you might save almost as much as your annual service bill in reduced fuel consumption if your vehicle is properly and regularly serviced and maintained.
Another problem with looking for cheap car servicing is that some garages offer what appears to be low cost car servicing, but it turns out that the work they are doing is not up to the standard it should be. There are sometimes ambiguous phrases in their descriptions of what they do, for example a garage invoice may have a charge for ‘coolant’, and when asked will say that the coolant has been ‘replenished’ – which is not the same as actually ‘replaced’.
Also, some garages present you with an invoice which lists a whole number of items (thereby giving the impression that a lot of work has been done) but in fact many of the items are simply charged at zero – this not because they’ve done them for free, but because they are part of a standard service but, in your particular case, weren’t needed.
The Waterfall difference
Regular car servicing is essential, and getting it done through appropriately qualified personnel is even more crucial. Waterfall has a great reputation for good value for money and a great service.
Call us today on:
020 8543 4799
We are open Monday to Friday 8.30 to 5.30