Things You Risk by Skimping on Car Service 

Just because you don't notice a problem while driving doesn't mean there isn't one. That's why regular car service is so important. 

Mechanics know what to look for when they do inspections, and they understand a risk that faulty tyres or brakes pose to you, your family, and other road users.

Having your vehicle checked and serviced could be the difference between a minor repair job and a serious and expensive repair. Skimping on car service could also cost you penalty points on your driving licence. 

For example, if you drive a car with defective or worn tyres, there is a fixed charge of €80, with two penalty points in the Republic of Ireland, or four penalty points following conviction in court.

And for defective tyres in Northern Ireland, you get a fine of £60 and three penalty points.

When you regularly service your car, you help to increase its lifespan. It's like giving your vehicle a health check. Failing to regularly service can cause car parts to become less efficient. If your car parts are becoming worn or failing, fuel consumption will also increase.

Skipping servicing may also hurt the resale value if you're thinking of selling your car. Most important of all, you can put yourself, your passengers and other road users at risk by causing an accident.

Things you Risk by Skimping on Car Service:

  • Safety
  • Breakdowns
  • Shortened lifespan
  • Losing money
  • Resale value 
  • Poor fuel economy
  • Insurance claims
  • Accidents 

When to Service Your Car

You should service your car according to the manufacturer's guidelines, or at least once a year. Most modern cars are equipped with features that tell you when your vehicle needs to be attended. 

How to recognise that something is wrong?

  • Flashing warning lights on the dashboard
  • Vibrations and strange noises
  • Smoke or steam 
  • Worn brake discs or pads
  • Reduction in power
  • Engine cutting out 
  • Grinding gears
  • Fluid leaks
  • Steering problems 
  • Stalling and more 

Servicing a car isn't compulsory, but the more you skip or put off regular maintenance and service, the worse your repair costs may be. 

Find your local First Stop Ireland branch here, and our mechanics will give your vehicle a Free Courtesy Safety Inspection to detect faults or damage. 

What will our First Stop mechanics check? 

  • Tyres 

Checking the overall condition of your tyres, including the tread depth and pressure

  • Battery 

Testing your car battery

  • Wiper blades 

Checking wiper blades for splits or damage

  • Operation of the windscreen 

Checking the wash system and the level of screen wash and top this up if necessary

  • Light bulbs 

Faulty or broken bulbs should be replaced to avoid being pulled over by gardai

  • Brakes 

Performing a visual inspection of your vehicle's brakes

Once your check is completed, our friendly mechanics will provide help and guidance if any elements do not meet the safety requirements.

Don’t skimp on your car service. Regular servicing is vital to keep your vehicle in tip-top condition.   

When it’s time for your car service, find your nearest First Stop Tyres & Car Services Ireland depot. Drive safely!