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How to save on car servicing >
The unwanted expense of regular servicing is an unavoidable part of car ownership, but there are steps you can take to keep the costs under control.
Main dealer or independent
Prior to 2002, if you bought a brand new car you were obliged to have it serviced by the main dealer in order to meet the terms and conditions of the manufacturer's warranty. And as main dealer costs are generally far higher than independent garages, keeping your warranty valid could be an expensive business. But thankfully, that's no longer the case, and motorists are now free to find the best deal, with no impact on their warranty. So before you book your car in for its next main dealer service, get a quote from a reputable independent garage to see how much you could save
Original parts or low-cost alternatives?
If your next service reveals worn out or failed components, you'll need replacement parts fitting - and your garage may ask you which type you'd prefer. Original Equipment (OE) parts are identical to the ones fitted in your car when it rolled off the production line, and they're generally the most expensive option. Aftermarket parts are designed to offer a low-cost alternative to OE parts, yet their quality differs enormously.
Some aftermarket parts manufactured by reputable companies may actually be better quality than the original parts, as the manufacturer may identify weaknesses in the original design and create a longer-lasting version. But not all aftermarket parts are quite so reliable - so the best advice is to follow the guidance of your garage's service manager, who should have the expertise and experience to suggest the best and most cost-effective option.
DIY maintenance between services
Most drivers have their car serviced once a year, but to keep your car in good working order, it's vital that you carry out a range of regular checks:
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New rules on MOT testing >
MOT rules for classic cars are changing, so if you've got a priceless Porsche in the garage, or just a dilapidated Datsun, get up to speed on the facts.
From 20th May 2018, most cars over 40 years old will no longer require an annual MOT test. These "classics" are considered "vehicles of historical interest", and the government believes that the vast majority of owners are motoring enthusiasts who keep their cars in very good condition - so there's less need for an annual test of roadworthiness. Government also argues that modern MOT testing stations simply aren't set up to examine these older vehicles. This doesn't mean that owners can simply forget about regular maintenance - far from it. In fact, the new rules clearly state that owners of older vehicles have a responsibility to keep their cars in a roadworthy condition.
How many cars will be affected?
Under existing rules, cars registered before 1960 already enjoy exemption from annual testing, which means there are currently about 197,000 vehicles on our roads that don't have an MOT certificate. Under the new rules, this number will grow to a total of 490,000 cars. And the new "40 year rule" will roll over reach year, so in 2019, cars registered before May 1979 will become exempt. The new exemptions will not apply to buses that are used for commercial purposes, or goods vehicles with a maximum laden weight of more than 3.5 tonnes. And any vehicle that has been substantially changed within the previous 30 years will also have to take an annual MOT test.
Will this lead to more unroadworthy vehicles?
When the new policy was first proposed, the government carried out a public consultation exercise to hear the views of motoring organisations, classic car owners and other road users. And some people raised concerns that the move could lead to an increase in the number of non-roadworthy cars driving around. In fact just over 50% of respondents were opposed to the changes, but government countered their concerns by stating that classic cars are generally used on just a few occasions, and usually for short trips.
When you now buy or sell a vehicle the tax can no longer be transferred as part of the sale. This is because the seller will automatically receive a refund of any remaining tax. Buyers must get the vehicle taxed before it can be used. If you haven't taxed the vehicle it may be clamped and you may receive a fine.
You can check if your vehicle is taxed at https://www.gov.uk/check-vehicle-tax
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