Should I service my car during lock down?
There is plenty to worry about right now. After all – LOCK DOWN isn’t a holiday.
Usually, if you miss a service it can nullify the warranty on the car, you should not have to worry about that.
Now Kia have turned out to be the stars here and a spokesman is reported to have said:
“People need to look after their car wherever possible by checking the oil and tyres. Car servicing is not important right now – what is important is staying home and protecting the NHS.”
Kia have also removed any limit on the time or mileage within which customers need to get their car serviced.
BMW, Citroen, Dacia, Hyundai, Jaguar, Land Rover, Mazda, Mercedes-Benz, Nissan, Peugeot, Vauxhall and Volvo have all issued blanket extensions for their customers who would have needed to get a service during the lock down. These vary in time and mileage, but should give you peace of mind. Check with your dealer how that will affect you.
However The VW Group including Volkswagen, Audi, Skoda and Seat – wouldn’t offer a blanket extension. All these brands said they would deal with issues on a ‘case-by-case basis’.
Porsche, part of the same group, said customers who made a request for a service in writing that couldn’t be completed due to the lock down ‘would not be penalised’. That is good news.
Alfa Romeo, Fiat, Honda and Jeep have also refused to issue an automatic extension. Advice from those brands varied, so contact the respective customer services department for more information.
AA president Edmund King said: “In these uncertain times, everyone should be following government guidance concerning non-essential travel.
“For the majority of car owners with a vehicle under warranty that is rarely being used, it should not be essential to have a standard service now.
“Expecting drivers to go for a standard maintenance service during lockdown is against the spirit of government advice. We felt that the government took a sensible and pragmatic approach to MOTs and believe that manufacturers should show similar flexibility and common sense when it comes to servicing.
Always make sure your car is safe. Garage workshops are operating (within government guide lines) to keep cars safe for essential journeys and to look after key workers.