Is your car service book important?

Is your car service book important? This was an interesting article to us as an independent garage who believe that a car service on your vehicle is important... Research from one of our 'franchised' competitors states that if you are selling a car with an incomplete car service record it could leave you more out of pocket than you'd think. The research from the guys down at Kwik-Fit shows that skipping services could end up costing owners as much as £1,464 when they come to sell up, and also cut the amount of potential buyers by up to a half.Gaz doing car serviceServicing a vehicle is not all about the bottom line with regards to money, its also about the safety aspect. We put our lives into a metal box and head off up the motorway at speeds of up to 70mph (that's if we stick to the legal limit!!)As you know you are not obliged (since October 2003) to get the car serviced by a franchise dealer during the warranty period. Although you must though get it serviced according to the manufacturer's recommended schedule and criteria using only manufacturer approved parts.The legislation only applies to the part of the warranty offered by the manufacturer, i.e. insurance-backed extended warranties offered by dealers are not covered and may stipulate different conditions.If you do get the car serviced outside the dealer networkyou must make sure it's done to the maker's recommended schedule and criteria using approved parts. You must also keep records so you can demonstrate to the manufacturer that servicing was undertaken to their requirements.