It seems like ancient history now but in fact it is only a few decades ago that the sight of a car owner working under the bonnet was commonplace. Do-it-yourself car care was the norm. Motorists would routinely remove a cylinder head for a ‘de-coke’ and actually knew one end of a torque wrench from another. That was the way of things; expressions like ‘full service history’ did not feature so much when cars were bought and sold.
Not so now. Modern cars are very complex and it would be foolhardy to undertake anything more than, say, checking the oil or coolant, without considerable prior knowledge. When it comes to home mechanics today’s car owners have lost that loving feeling when it comes to the oily bits. Apart from a few mechanically-minded people who still maintain their own vehicles, most of us have come to rely on garage services and therein lies the problem.
Having a new or used car serviced can be an expensive business and for some cash-strapped motorists the temptation to leave servicing requirements and small defects for another time is strong. If the car is running then any issues can be left for another day. It’s easy to see why people think like this and it is also apparent why this is wrong thinking.
A car not regularly serviced will over time turn small problems into big ones. Suddenly that servicing bill seems like small change to the cost of major repairs or refurbishments. Further, big gaps in a service history will be guaranteed to reduce the value of a car faster than a brides’ parent’s bank balance on their daughter’s wedding day. When it comes to a part-exchange a vendor will always look kindly upon a car that has a fully stamped service book and all the bills but will walk swiftly away from anything with a chequered past.
An Inspector Calls
Because what goes on under the bonnet of a car is a mystery to many, it just makes sense to ensure that a car is maintained correctly and to a service schedule by professionals. The best course of action for would-be car buyers then, when buying a car, is to start from this position.
When searching the market for a great used car there are priorities. First and foremost, choosing the right car for the job is paramount. Because we change our cars much more often these days, the forecourts of the land are groaning under the weight of many second-hand vehicles. The trouble is, as we have established, many drivers today do not know how a car works and that sparkling example in the showroom might not necessarily be all that it seems. If in doubt, a sensible buyer will have a car inspected before purchase but isn’t it a good idea that the car you buy has already had a 128-point inspection by the AA and has been HPI checked that finds the history is right and that there is no outstanding finance. You know it makes sense.
That’s why at eCars247 we offer a car-buying experience
like no other. All our vehicles have already been thoroughly AA inspected
. No dubious history here and better still buyers get a 14 day no quibble test drive
. Your new car is ready.