Car maintenance and servicing checklists

When it comes to your vehicle, prevention is 1000 times better than cure. Basic upkeep is cheaper than major repairs caused by neglect. For some reason, lots of people neglect basic maintenance on their car. Their philosophy is “Hey, it’s running, so what’s the problem?” The excuses never end: “I just don’t have the time.” “I don’t know anything about cars”.
There are all sorts of ways to kill a perfectly good vehicle, and one of the most common is to neglect basic maintenance. Driving too long on the same spark plugs, forgetting to change the oil and turning a deaf ear to squealing brakes or mysterious clunking sounds can mean an early trip to the junkyard for your vehicle.

  • Seatbelts — check tension and belt buckle operation
  • External Lights — replace bulbs if necessary
  • Handbrake — ensure that it can hold the vehicle on a slope
  • Windscreens & mirrors — check windscreens and mirrors for cracks
  • Windscreen wipers — check wear on wiper blades, replace if necessary
  • Horn — ensure this works
  • Fluids — check engine oil and engine coolant levels
  • Tyres — ensure tyres are at the correct pressures, check treadwear
  • Spare tyre & jack — ensure they are operational, check toolkit