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What Is A Logbook Service?

Ensuring that your car is in good working order is only possible with consistent professional servicing and maintenance. Rather than reacting to problems with your car, you can avoid the headache and stress of fixing some big, unexpected issues by performing regularly scheduled servicing of your vehicle. Car manufacturers even instruct owners on the frequency of these services in the log book and all manufacturers specifications are different. In this article, we’re going to discuss what a logbook service is, the benefits it provides and other commonly asked questions about this type of service.

What is a logbook service?

A logbook service is a form of car maintenance that looks to keep cars in good working order by proactively scheduling inspections and servicing. This is a particularly useful approach to ensure longevity in your car.

Logbook services look at many aspects of a car to make sure it’s in top working condition. This makes it easier to identify problems before they become more serious, saving you a lot of money and stress in the long run. Logbook services use a specific series of tests and inspections, carried out at specific times, to ensure that your car is working as intended. Some of the services carried out during a logbook service include:

• Various safety checks for the specific make and model of the car
• Inspecting fluid levels and ensuring they meet the manufacturer-approved levels
• Oil and oil filter change
• Inspection of brake pads and discs
• Inspection or replacement of cabin filters
• General repair work and servicing

Where is my logbook?

All personal vehicles – and most commercial ones – come with a log book that’s provided by the manufacturer. It outlines a number of details in relation to servicing, such as the timeframes to check for damage or wear and a schedule for regular log book servicing. Most newer cars don’t have a physical book anymore, it is on-line or available in the vehicle thru the menus on the screen.  Older cars have a book, most owners keep this in their glove box for easy access. 

Do I have to use the original dealership when looking for a logbook service?

Although it might seem as though you’d have to deal with the dealership that sold you the car, that’s not actually the truth of the matter. You can choose any mechanic that you would like to provide you with a logbook service, provided they hold the relevant qualifications, terms and conditions apply.

With some car components, the logbook might require a signature or stamp from an authorised dealership to keep the warranty of the car valid. With that said, your chosen mechanic can sign off on the work as long as they follow the manufacturer’s guidelines and meet the specifications for the logbook service the warranty will remain valid.

What are the benefits of a logbook service?

It keeps your warranty in check

By opting for a regularly scheduled logbook service, it’s much more likely that your warranty will remain valid. This is more of a benefit for newer cars as the warranty hasn’t expired yet. Even if you’re still within warranty, if you don’t adhere to regular servicing per the instructions of the log book, your warranty may end up voided. Keeping your car within its warranty ensures that any faults or problems are paid for by the manufacturer rather than you.

Improved resale value

When it comes time to sell your car, a logbook service record ensures you get the best price when you sell it. The logbook servicing acts as a clear timeline for work and services on the car, showing it was well taken care of. This gives you a much stronger position to negotiate the price of your car and improves the chances of making a healthy profit on it.

It keeps your car in better condition

When you perform a regular logbook service on your car, you’re much more likely to find small faults and issues that are easy to repair as well as ensuring that the oils / fluids are changed as per the manufacturers instructions so as you can ensure your engine runs as it should.  If you leave certain issues for too long, they develop into much more costly and damaging problems. So even if you get the car serviced and repaired, the damage done may be so severe that it impacts the overall quality, performance and lifespan of your car.

Opting for a regular logbook service avoids this worry by keeping your car well-maintained. Without any serious issues, the lifespan and overall performance of your car improve too, ensuring you get the absolute most out of your vehicle in terms of longevity and performance.

Where can I schedule a logbook service?

Not all mechanics can provide a comprehensive logbook service on your car, so it’s important to find one who can help. You don’t have to use the original dealership or the manufacturer’s service centre for this, just make sure that you choose an authorised logbook service provider like our team at Bruce Lynton Service. We offer logbook services for any make or model of car and offer excellent workmanship at competitive prices. Contact us today on (07) 5676 7488 to find out more or to schedule an appointment.