Why it's important to service your vehicle
RACQ has reminded drivers to check their vehicles after research survey showed a national drop in servicing visits.
A vehicle servicing survey report from Roy Morgan has found just 18 per cent of motorists had their cars serviced three or more times a year, down from 30.5 per cent 11 years ago.
RACQ principal technical researcher Russell Manning said drivers shouldn't be tempted to skip or postpone servicing their vehicles.
"We all have a responsibility to ensure our cars are safe and roadworthy every time we get behind the wheel,” Mr Manning said.
"We know many rely on regular servicing to identify emerging problems, and if your car is only being serviced once a year there's potential for problems to go un-noticed for some time. It can also be easy to forget servicing or be tempting to push it out by a few months.”
Mr Manning acknowledges that cars are progressively built to be more reliable and require less frequent servicing.
"Manufacturers are very aware of whole-of-life service costs and to keep ownership costs down, they're recommending longer service intervals. This means car owners might only need to get their car serviced once or twice a year,” he said.
"This trend is only going to continue into the future, particularly as we see more electric vehicles hit the market. This is good news for consumers because less maintenance means lower costs.”
Despite this improvement, Mr Manning believes it's important to stick with your vehicle's recommended service checks.
"Regularly servicing your car can make the difference between it being roadworthy and running smoothly, and it breaking down and costing you big in repairs,” he said.