WHEELS AND HEELS: Things to consider when booking a car service
Getting your vehicle checked regularly may be one of the most important things you can do, but it tends to be overlooked a lot of the time. A service is often the difference between a minor issue and a much more costly and dangerous issue down the line. Here are a couple of things to consider before making your next appointment:
1. How often should I get my car serviced?
Generally, a car should get a full service every 12 months or 10,000km, however this may vary based on model of car, driving style, age of car, etc.
2. Time of Year
Extreme weather conditions, such as winter weather tends to put your car under more pressure. If there are any underlying car issues, they will be amplified so pay particular attention to your tyres, brakes and lights during harsh weather seasons.
3. Warning Signs
We’ve all had a mysterious light flash up on the dashboard and more often than not we have no idea what it means. The explanations of each of these can be in the manufacturer’s guide, so learning what each of these lights mean can help resolve issues quickly and cost-effectively.
4. Pick a garage you trust
For peace of mind always ensure you choose a reputable, trustworthy garage. It’s important so that your car gets the best service available by trained technicians.
5. Keep a service log
Last but not least, keeping a log of your car service history ensures you’re aware of when parts may need to be replaced. But is also important if you decide to sell your car, so potential buyers can see the car has been properly maintained.
CAR OF THE MONTH – Renault Scenic
Twenty years after making its debut, the Renault Scenic is back – and it’s better to drive than its predecessor, making it a safe and practical family car.
With its impressive 20” wheels, plunging windscreen and unprecedented bodywork lines, it’s fair to say that the all-new Scenic has totally reinvented itself. There’s no denying that this Renault people carrier is now a more stylish and desirable car than before. It has to be in order to compete with today’s crossover market.
Fortunately, there’s more than enough substance under the sophisticated exterior to ensure it’s top of the class. Internally, the Renault Scenic delivers on practicality, space and comfort. The steering wheel and seating both come with plenty of adjustment levels so finding the ideal steering position isn’t a challenge. The cabin has more space than its predecessor with plenty of head and leg room for passengers, as well as class leading rear boot space. The dash layout is similar to that of the Mégane but with a much more spacious feel thanks to the stretched windscreen. Entry level models don’t skimp on technology either with a landscape screen, DAB radio, Bluetooth, four speakers and an AUX input all coming as standard.
There’s an exceptional amount of safety kit in the Renault Scenic, and it was awarded a five-star Euro NCAP rating as a result. As we’ve come to expect from Renault cars, the Scenic is one of the safest people carriers around. There’s active safety systems including Active Emergency Braking, lane departure warning and lane keep assist, adaptive cruise control and fatigue detection. Also, the Scenic has seven airbags as standard. The all new Renault Scenic arriving soon to a showroom near you.
James Cronin picking up his brand new Renault Kadjar
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