Believe it or not, December is just around the corner and now is the time to get your pre-holiday vehicle checks done before the last-minute scramble begins, says Dewald Ranft, chairman of the Motor Industry Workshop Association (MIWA), a proud association of the Retail Motor Industry Organisation (RMI).
“It is our responsibility as motorists to do what we can to avoid accidents on our roads during the festive season and servicing your car before a road-trip is one way to do just that,” he says.
Every year workshops get flooded in November and December with motorists wanting vehicle checks and needing repairs just days before they plan to leave on holiday.
“What motorists don’t realise is that should maintenance be needed on their vehicle and spare parts are not in stock, these need to be ordered. This could take several days, if they are available at all. It is risky leaving things to the last minute and could put a real dampener on holiday plans,” he says.
He explains that mechanics should do a thorough check of the vehicle which will include a road test and an assessment of the following parts:
• Drive lines
• Tyres, including the spare and tools
• Fluid levels
• Wipers and windscreen
• V Belts, and
If a problem is identified, the mechanic will be able to advise the vehicle owner and provide a quote for repairs needed.
“There are MIWA-accredited workshops around the country that will do an excellent job of getting your vehicle holiday ready. What’s important is booking for your service now – even if you only take the car in in a few weeks’ time. Rather schedule it in now so you remember to do it ahead of the holiday time.”
“There’s nothing worse than having your holiday plans delayed or cancelled because of car issues. Don’t wait until November or December. Get organised now,” concludes Ranft.