Regular Vehicle Maintenance Saves You Money

Are you putting off getting your car checked out at a local mechanic? You really shouldn’t. With regular vehicle maintenance, you can save lots of money and headaches in the near future. Don’t let a suspicious issue get all the way to the point it becomes an unmanageable problem.

Check your engine oil routinely, make sure your tires have enough pressure and your fluids are at the right levels.

Picture two scenarios: In one, you are regularly maintaining your vehicle on a clear schedule in the calendar: you check your engine oil before the warning light even appears, you replace your brake pads before it starts deteriorating, and you are generally being responsible with maintenance. In the other scenario, you ignore warning lights, you don’t check tire pressures and you don’t even know where to find a mechanic (use the vimfile app!). Which scenario do you think costs more?

These Items Are Road Trip Essentials You’ll Need For Your Vehicle.

Planning a road trip this season? You’ll need the following to make sure the trip is as smooth as possible with the least amount of hiccups.

Jumper Cables

Jumper cables are very useful in situations where a car battery needs a boost. Have a pair of jumper cables in the trunk and you’ll need an additional car to jump your vehicle.

Spare Tire

You will likely be going on new roads for the first time during your road trip. A spare tire is definitely needed for these situations.


A smartphone will also be a road trip essential. With GPS, access to a data network, as well as the ability to take advantage of the vimfile app, no road trip should be without a smartphone.

Your Car Manual

It doesn’t hurt to have your car manual ready with you in the car. Some issues arise with specific car models and manuals may provide you or your mechanic insight.

Roadside Emergency Kit

These kits will include: fix a flat, extra oil, zip ties, coolant, tools, air compressor, or new windshield wiper blades.

First Aid Kit

This can be life-saving in dire circumstances on the road. Especially important for road trips.

If you are packed with these essentials, you can relax on your trip knowing you are better prepared for any road obstacle coming your way!

Have You Rotated and Balanced Your Tires?

Rotating your tires is an important part of the vehicle maintenance routine you need to keep in mind.

While your tires do rotate while you are driving, we are talking about manually them at a vehicle repair shop for example.

Rotating your tires is essential for equalizing the tread wear across your tires.

Tire Rotation doesn’t take too long for a auto repair professional, the job can be done in around 30 minutes.

Tire Rotation requires car jacks, jack stands, gloves, and impact wrenches (or a lug nut wrench.)

You will also need to remember to park your car on a flat surface to rotate your tires.

The best times to rotate tires for your vehicle is between every 3000 and 5000 miles (4800 and 8000 km). Ideally, you would time your rotations along with your planned oil changes to save a trip to the mechanic.

If you are in a rush, you can reach an auto repair professional near you through the mobile app.

Tips For Maintaining Your Car This Summer

Tips For Maintaining Your Car This Summer

Keep The Summer Fun Going Longer With These Important Summer Car Maintenance Tips!

Tip #1: Inspect Your Air Conditioning

As the summer heat may cause leaks in the refrigerant, leading to poor circulation of cool air, your car’s A/C system needs to be checked often during summer.

Tip #2: Clean Your Car Battery

Car experts recommend getting the electrical system of your car checked at regular intervals. The heat that generates in large amounts in summers evaporate the fluids present in the battery which results in critical damage inside.

Tip #3: Check Tire Pressure

It is recommended to check the tire pressure on a monthly basis and change them when signs of wear and tear start to appear. After a summer drive, let the tires cool down and then check the pressure. This is because heat generally causes a rise in the tire pressure.

Tip #4: Clean Undercarriage of Your Car

Your car is working harder in the summer. Its best to make it a routine of cleaning your car’s undercarriage after the winter. Remove salt, grime, and other unwanted materials. This will reduce possibilities of rusting, leakages, and tears.

Tip #5: Replace Your Windshield Wipers

The rubber on your windshield wipers may be the first part of it to start showing it’s wear and tear, reminding you to switch them with new replacements. When replacing wipers, make sure to replace the entire wiper blade and not just the rubber edges.

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Your Vehicle Requires Immediate Attention If You Are Hearing These Noises From Your Engine

Here are 5 noises you should be aware of in your vehicle.


Any “hissing” noises coming from your engine may indicate a leak somewhere. There could be an issue with the catalytic converter which can result in the noise. Immediate attention is necessary as a blown engine poses a major safety risk – on top of a major potential repair bill.


“Popping” noises can indicate an issue with the fuel injector, or potential holes in the muffler. In any case, take your vehicle to the mechanic to be ahead of the problem. An unmaintained engine is prone to more damage over time, more fuel consumption, and more future leaks.


A “grinding” noise may not be an issue depending on your vehicle. Manual transmission vehicles tend to grind when you engage the clutch and shift. Automatics will create a jerking and shaking motion as opposed to a grinding noise. A trusted mechanic can take a look at if your transmission needs any adjustments.


“Squealing” can imply an issue with your brakes. It can be a trivial issue such as dirt build up that can be fixed with a simple cleaning. Or it may indicate a more serious concern of worn-out brake pads.


If you are hearing “knocking” noises, it is likely an issue with your ignition. This can result in a bad fuel filter, bad distributor cap and damaged spark plug.

Don’t wait till its too late! Begin having scheduled checkups for your vehicle and stay on top of your vehicle maintenance.

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Checklist: Keep Track Of What Your Vehicle Needs

Use this checklist as a quick guide to keep track of what your vehicle requires for maintenance. Staying on top of your vehicle’s health will make trips to the mechanic pleasant and unsurprising to the wallet.

  • Take Vehicle to Mechanic Checkup when “Check Engine” light appears lit
  • Inspect Engine Air Filter (once a year & replace it as needed)
  • Check Brake Pads
  • Maintain A Regular Car Washing Schedule (to protect it from seasonal elements)
  • Check And Change Oil
  • Test The Headlights, Brake lights
  • Replace Worn-out Windshield wipers

With Save On Auto Repair by Vimfile, you can contact nearby mechanics and make seamless appointments for your next checkup. Maintaining your vehicle can be rewarding in sustaining its value over the term of its use. It shouldn’t be a stressful activity and our goal is to make the experience an enjoyable one!

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What To Look For In A Quality Mechanic

With Save On Auto Repair, you can access a wide range of mechanics all within the convenience of a single app. Find, save, and compare mechanics listed nearby. With all of that information available, we can take this opportunity to outline what you should be looking for in a quality mechanic.

Work Ethic

You don’t want a mechanic that will not meet your demands in an appropriate amount of time. You can compare between mechanics’ work ethics by reading reviews left by previous customers.

Strong Communication

The better the communication can be, the more seamless the process will be. A quality mechanic can explain to you in clear terms what is the potential issue with a vehicle. When you have a better understanding of the problem and the solution, your confidence increases for the quality in the mechanic.


A quality mechanic can quickly find the issue, determine practical solutions, and provide accurate estimates during their diagnostics. You don’t want to have a mechanic who has less of an idea of what’s wrong with you vehicle than you do.

The process has become much easier to find a quality mechanic. With the Vimfile app, we have streamlined the way you compare mechanics so you can find your perfect mechanic that much faster.

The value of a service history

We’re always told never to buy a car without a service history, but how much difference does it really make? Should you automatically discount the purchase of a used car just because its service history is missing or incomplete? And what difference does it make if the car has been serviced by an independent specialist rather than a franchised dealer?

Without a service history there’s always the suspicion that a car hasn’t been maintained properly, and while any history is therefore important, as a car gets older and its value drops a service history can make less of a difference depending on the car’s mileage and condition. It also matters what maintenance isn’t documented (such as a minor or major service) and how desirable the car is, because of its brand and type. For example, a five-year old petrol-engined city car will always find a buyer because such vehicles are very much in demand; a lack of service history will affect its value only marginally, while a car with a partial service history would be worth slightly more than one with nothing at all.

Contrast this with a fairly new premium executive car, which will be pretty much unsaleable without a service history, even though once again such cars are perennially in demand. A youngish premium car would also be expected to have a service history from the franchised network, whereas with an older one it would be acceptable to have a non-franchised history. A spokesman for The Car Buying Group told us: “How much difference a lack of service history makes to the value of a used car varies according to its make but we’d expect to knock at least 15% off what we offer for it.

“Depending on the car’s age and make a partial history might be acceptable, but if it’s more than two years old and comes with no history at all its value will be dramatically affected – it could be worth as much as 40% less than an equivalent car that comes with a full service history”.

Arnold Clark’s Adam Price comments: “If the car is still within its warranty period a service history is essential, but it doesn’t matter whether the work has been done by a franchised dealer or an independent. What matters is that it has those service stamps, because if something goes wrong and it hasn’t been maintained properly, no manufacturer will be able to honour the warranty. We take cars in part exchange even if they don’t have a service history and the price we pay is based on the car’s condition, although a service history does make it more attractive. If the car’s condition isn’t up to our standards for the forecourt we’ll put the car into auction regardless of the history that comes with it”.

When Kwik Fit quizzed 2000 car owners on how important a service history is to them when buying, almost half said that they wouldn’t even consider buying a car without a full complement of stamps in the book. Of those who would consider buying a car with an unknown history, they would do so only if they were paying significantly less to take on the potential risk. The average discount that buyers expected to receive was 19% compared with an equivalent car with a full history. Or to put it another way, miss out on a few hundred pounds’ worth of maintenance and the value of your car could plummet by a lot more.

Of the traders we spoke to, the consensus was that as long as the car has been maintained to the manufacturer’s schedule, where a car is serviced should make no difference to its value. However, it’s more desirable to have the franchised dealer history, particularly with prestige or executive cars, and these cars would be considered ahead of those with a non-franchised history.

Worcestershire-based car dealer Simon Rayner comments: “In many cases nowadays a car’s service history is recorded on a dealer network’s computer rather than in paper form, and accessing that information can be difficult later on. Somebody offered me a trade-in recently and although it was a decade old it had always been maintained by the official dealer. But because of data protection regulations only the current owner can access that information, so I couldn’t see what maintenance the car had had. As a result the vendor had to get everything printed out to prove that the car had been maintained”.

This computerisation is a double-edged sword because while it can make accessing records more difficult, it also makes it easier to obtain a duplicate service book, which most manufacturers can provide. Complications are rare; you’ll need to prove that you own the car, the book may be marked as a duplicate and it may be that the service records don’t go back to when the car was new, but piecing everything together is usually possible.

Crucially, many owners assume that for their warranty to remain intact they have to get their car serviced at a franchised dealer. However, according to European law this isn’t the case; car makers have to allow independent specialists access to the necessary diagnostic equipment at a “reasonable cost”. The key is to stick to the recommended servicing schedules and to use OE-quality parts. This is why it’s always worth shopping around at service time, because over the years that you own a car, you could save on maintenance costs while ensuring your car retains as much value as possible by keeping up that service history.

Written by: Richard Dredge

Culled from: HPI.CO.UK

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Why regular vehicle inspections and maintenance are important

Posted on July 19, 2017

Even though human error is often cited as a contributing factor in most vehicle crashes, a recent Canadian Occupational Safety (COS) magazine story reports that a significant number of collisions in Ontario since 2014 were caused by transport trucks in poor operating condition.

Significant numbers of commercial vehicle operating issues were also found during the Canadian Vehicle Safety Alliance’s 2016 Road Check inspection blitz. During the three-day event, one fifth of the 62,000 commercial vehicles inspected were placed out of service due to critical item violations. Of those, brake adjustment and brake system violations combined to represent 45.7 per cent of the violations.1

Commercial vehicle inspections in BC

Commercial Vehicle Safety and Enforcement is the BC member of the Canadian Vehicle Safety Alliance. CVSE officers conduct more than 30,000 vehicle inspections each year, issuing violation tickets and removing unsafe vehicles from the provincial roadways every day.

Faulty equipment blamed

Faulty brakes were also cited as a causal factor in the COS story. Other types of defective equipment mentioned were damaged axles, blown tires or detached wheels and defective hitches. Still others were unsecured loads or truck equipment flying into the path of other vehicles.

These are problems that regular vehicle inspections and maintenance may be able to identify before they become problems that cause or contribute to crashes.

Inspection and maintenance costs vs. crash costs

Many may believe that fixing or replacing faulty equipment is more expensive and time consuming than inspecting and maintaining it, but that is far from true. In fact, when you take into account potentially increased insurance costs and WorkSafeBC assessment fees, vehicle and employee replacement costs and lost productivity, inspection and maintenance costs are small in comparison.

An employer’s responsibility  

If enough argument, the fact is that regular vehicle inspections and maintenance are the legal responsibility of employers who have employees who drive for work, whether those employees drive a transport truck or other company vehicle or their own vehicle for work.

Resources available

Pages three and four of our Employers’ Guide to Road Safety Requirements list suggested work practices to address employer responsibilities for the inspection and maintenance of vehicles driven for work.

Two of the suggestions it contains are:

  • Have a written procedure by which the operator verifies that that a qualified person has inspected the vehicle and the inspection indicates the vehicle is safe to use
  • Conduct spot-checks and keep records of inspections as well as any associated reports and repairs or follow-up

Check out some sample daily and week pre-trip inspection forms and tips on how to conduct inspections and what to look for.

A handy tool to help with vehicle maintenance is AutoCheck which lists key vehicle components and how often you should expect they will require maintenance attention.

Act now

With all the factors that might possibly converge to result in a crash, regular vehicle inspections and maintenance are the most reliable and effective way to guard against a mechanical issue being a contributor, or a cause.

¹ These are the most recent statistics available for this event. The 2017 event took place in early June across Canada and results are not yet available.

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