What Happens If You Don’t Service Your Car Regularly?

By Julia Freeman

You probably barely think about your car servicing. It’s running well and it works for your routine. It’s always been reliable for you, so you have no worries or concerns. Then, one day, you’re flying down the motorway and an unfamiliar engine warning light suddenly comes on. Panic sets in. It’s probably going to cost you a lot to fix the issue.

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A regular car service can mitigate such problems arising and most definitely some of the associated unnecessary costs. It’s not a ‘nice to have’, rather, it’s an essential.

So, what can happen if you don’t service your car regularly? Here are 7 issues that you need to be aware of.

Engine Damage

If the engine oil is not changed, a key part of any service, then sludge can build up and it will stop the engine being properly lubricated. This could lead to engine failure and a very expensive fix. If belts are also not working properly then they can come loose and damage the engine, sometimes beyond repair.

Increased Fuel Costs

If your engine is not running optimally, it can increase your fuel costs. Having your engine tuned during a service can ensure you are more fuel-efficient and more environmentally friendly.


Breakdowns can result from fluid or oil leaks. During a service, water and hydraulic systems will be checked and can help prevent inconvenient breakdowns and possibly even accidents.

Brake Failure

No one wants to have to stop the car and find the brakes are not working. Brakes are only effective with correct servicing and brake pad and fluid checks/replacement and adjustment.


If your lights are not working, and you don’t realise, you will be breaking the law. Checks during servicing can ensure that you are safe and legal.

Tyre Failure

All four tyres are critical to your vehicle’s efficiency and safety. If the pressure is incorrect, you can be driving inefficiently and damaging your tyres. Tyre failure is the cause of many accidents. Poor tyre condition or low tread is dangerous and risks prosecution.

Decreased Value

When you come to sell your car, the absence of a full service history will impact on its sale value. It’s important to evidence regular servicing of your vehicle.

The Solution

Clearly the best thing to do is to service your car at the intervals prescribed by the manufacturer. At Protyre, we are experts at servicing and looking after all major models and marques. We use only genuine manufacturer's parts for the best possible results.

In addition, our tyre professionals can provide a full range of tyre care and can fit new tyres at highly competitive prices from leading brands such as Pirelli, Falken, Sumitomo, Bridgestone, and others.

Please don’t hesitate to book a service or online car check with Protyre. You can locate your nearest Protyre garage here on the site and use our online booking form to book in for a service. Alternatively, our experts can be contacted for any advice and assistance.

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By Julia Freeman
Julia is Head of Retail Marketing for Protyre and loves engaging with customers and the business as a whole to make sure Protyre is more than just a local garage.
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