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A Guide On Log Book Servicing

by Brittany Marshall

Most car owners do not know much about logbook servicing. More often than not, they confuse it with standard car service. However, this is not the case. The extract below expounds on logbook servicing and details the considerations to make when conducting the activity. 

What Is Log Book Servicing? 

Car manufacturers presume that car buyers do not have the skills and knowledge to maintain their new cars in excellent condition. Nonetheless, they offer a warranty to serve as an assurance that the parts installed are of high quality. However, a new car owner could misuse the vehicle, damage a part under warranty and claim damages from the manufacturer. So, how can manufacturers strike a balance? Logbook servicing is a maintenance protocol that details the mileage at which the car owner should inspect, service or replace the various car components. In such a way, the vehicle runs at optimum conditions and is less likely to break down. Logbook servicing is tied to the car's warranty. Therefore, owners who do not follow the schedule risk voiding their car warranties. 

What Are The Benefits Of Log Book Servicing? 

Below are the benefits of logbook servicing: 

  • For new car owners, logbook servicing gives them insights on how to service and maintain their vehicles.
  • Logbook servicing will help prevent chronic vehicle problems. For instance, a spark plug replaced at the specified mileage will help avoid issues such as inadequate power and overheating.
  • It helps ease car diagnosis if the vehicle breaks down. For example, if your car has an acceleration issue, the mechanic will use the logbook schedule to rule out common culprits such as the fuel pump, spark plugs, injectors and air filter.
  • Logbook servicing plays an important part when selling the vehicle. Typically, it is an assurance to the next owner that you took good care of the car.  

Considerations To Make When Conducting Log Book Servicing

Read the terms of the warranty to establish whether the manufacturer has any logbook servicing conditions. For example, some manufacturers will compel you to use accredited car mechanics or garages. If this is the case, contact the manufacturer or your local dealer and ask them to send a list of accredited garages in your locality. If the manufacturer does not give conditions, find a mechanic experienced in repairing your car model. Ask your mechanic to use OEM parts during service. Aftermarket and old parts could have defects that could affect the functionality of the vehicle. 

Logbook servicing is a sure way to keep your car in factory conditions. Remember, logbook servicing is a long-term vehicle maintenance strategy. Therefore, you should not stop once the warranty expires.