Cars: What you need to know

Cars: What you need to know

Not my normal type of post, granted but seen as though a few of you said you’d like posts on the basics of cars, I thought I’d give it a go. I am by no means an expert on cars (I’ll probably get my dad to proof read this, thanks dad) but I feel like so many young people lack even just a basic knowledge on the vehicle’s they’re driving, purely because there just isn’t anybody telling them about it.. so this gals gonna give it a shot.

Cars can be expensive, frustrating and very difficult to understand at the best of times. Before I started working at a garage a whole two years ago, my knowledge on cars was really limited. By limited I mean, I knew what make of vehicle I was driving and I knew how to fill it up with petrol. That’s all you need to know.. right?

Not so right. Cars are like needy pets, they always require attention. Today I’ll go into detail about just how important it is to keep your vehicle serviced. Bare with me, I’ll try to make it as easy as possible!

Rose Gold Peugeot Cars

My lil rose gold baby, isn’t she b-e-a-uuutiful

What is a Service?

A service is where a mechanic checks over your vehicle and changes the oil and the appropriate filters. Fluids in your vehicle are topped up and tyre’s are checked for wear and made sure they have the correct tyre pressure. It gives you a full picture of the vehicle, also advising on what work will need carrying out in the near future.

Why do I need to Service my vehicle when I have it MOT’d?

An MOT is almost like a basic snapshot of the safety of the vehicle. It makes sure that your car is safe for both you and other road users. In an MOT, the tester is NOT allowed to move anything, or take anything off the vehicle and all vehicles are put through the same test. A service is much more specific and thorough, as the mechanic will inspect brakes and all of the suspension parts, looking out for any noises or wear. The changing of the oil in your vehicle is one of the most important parts of your service. If your vehicle is not serviced and the oil has not been changed, it can cause some serious damage to your engine and turbo. The kinda damage you don’t wanna hear about. The breaking-the-bank kinda damage. Old oil = big no no.

How come on my MOT my brakes have only been advised, but the garage have said I need to get them done now?

This is a perfect example of why it’s important to have your car serviced as well as MOT’d. As I mentioned previously, the MOT tester is not allowed to take your wheels off to thoroughly check the brakes, so has to make a decision on just looking at them. In a service, the mechanic will accurately measure your brakes with the wheels removed and if they are under the minimum thickness, they will require changing.

Cars: The basics

Fortunately, I now know what car I drive, what fuel to put in her, AND why to service her!      (Yes, she is a her and she goes by the name of Polly..)

A general reason why some people choose to not service their vehicle is because they think they can save some money. True.. On a short-term basis. The Service also looks at things such as when timing belt’s are due, and these are big game changers in the world of cars. If your vehicle has a timing belt fitted, and these are not changed routinely, it’s possible that your timing belt can snap and then it’s.. well…… possibly end of car. Trust me when I then say that it’s a lot more to fork in out in one hit than it is in short bursts to service every year. Long term, servicing and maintaining your vehicle will increase it’s lifespan, and reduce the possibility of high cost when something goes wrong.

Did you know just how important servicing your vehicle was? Let me know if this has helped at all!


Saz Sinclair





  1. October 2, 2017 / 3:12 pm

    I think it’s SO good you’ve done a post like this. I saw your poll on Twitter and voted yes myself (: this is such useful & basic information that not a long of people – particularly our age – will know off hand. It’s great that you’re using your knowledge and experience from working in a garage to write posts like this – cos this is what blogging is about, using your OWN expertise (: xx

    • October 2, 2017 / 4:11 pm

      Thank you so much, thats so right too it was so easy to write about something I deal with all day everyday!xx

  2. October 2, 2017 / 4:09 pm

    I’m so glad I don’t drive – not only is it all super confusing, but it’s all so expensive! I’m certain that so many people will find this post super useful though.. 🙊

    • October 2, 2017 / 4:12 pm

      It certainly is, I can tell why some people avoid it! Thank you!☺️ x

  3. October 2, 2017 / 4:22 pm

    What an informative post! I have a wee fiesta called Patrick (you’re not alone in naming your car hehe) and I always make sure to get him serviced at least once a year as I want him to last as long as possible!
    PaleGirlRambling xo

    • October 2, 2017 / 6:56 pm

      Thank you! Aww I love fiestas too! Once a year is perfect so hopefully he will last for a long time!xx

  4. October 2, 2017 / 4:29 pm

    This is actually a super informative post! I was unsure of most of this when I started driving 2 and a half years ago, so this will be really useful to those who are learning to drive!

    Ciara |

    • October 2, 2017 / 6:56 pm

      Me too, Its amazing how much you learn even after you’ve passed your driving test!

  5. Chloe Rennard
    October 2, 2017 / 4:38 pm

    A rose gold car?! If I drove, that’s what I’d have! It’s so pretty – sorry, she! Didn’t mean to offend you, Polly! What an interesting & informative topic to blog about – what gave you that inspiration? 😌

    • October 2, 2017 / 6:55 pm

      Aaah she’s so beaut isn’t she!! Aw thank you, I just figured seen as though I know a lot more than people my age I may aswell share as it can cost people a lot of money!☺️

  6. October 2, 2017 / 4:39 pm

    This is such a useful post!! My dad and I have actually always shared a love of cars, so I’m rather fanatical about getting my car serviced. In ten years I’ve only had one major maintenance issue!


    • October 2, 2017 / 6:54 pm

      Aw thats so similar, I work with my dad so we talk about cars 24/7! Aah thats amazing, can’t complain at that!xx

  7. October 2, 2017 / 4:54 pm

    Thanks for sharing this post. It is actually really handy and you’ve given super helpful information (:

    Ashlee |

  8. October 2, 2017 / 5:36 pm

    What an incredibly informative post, I never knew Mot testers were not allowed to remove the wheels of your cars but did realise services were important. I don’t service my car as I don’t like it, stupid excuse I know, but I am planning on getting a new one at the end of next year which I will ensure I service and look after. I love the fact your car is rose gold

    Kristy |

    • October 2, 2017 / 6:53 pm

      Thank you so much! Haha no this makes complete sense, but definitely look after the new one!☺️ thank you – can never have enough rose gold!x

  9. October 2, 2017 / 7:31 pm

    OH MY GOD this was so useful! Thanks so much for sharing your knowledge! I just recently bought my first car and I’m so awful, I feel like I literally know none of the important stuff. xx

    • October 3, 2017 / 2:02 pm

      Thank you, I’m glad it’s helped! It’s worrying how little we are taught when we start to drive about actually maintaining them! Just make sure to MOT and Service and if you hear any noises, get it checked out ASAP – don’t just turn the radio up hahah! Enjoy the new car!xx

  10. October 2, 2017 / 7:37 pm

    I’m starting my driving lessons this month, and I don’t have a clue about cars! This is all deffo stuff I will need to know soon enough haha xx


    • October 3, 2017 / 2:00 pm

      Good luck with your lessons and your test! It’s definitely worth looking into when you get a car so it’s looked after well!xx

  11. October 2, 2017 / 8:37 pm

    Car health is so important and this post was so informative!! I’m lucky I don’t need to worry too much about my car and never have to do services or mots as they go back before. I like to keep an eye on levels and tyre pressure etc though. Xxxxxxx

    • October 3, 2017 / 2:00 pm

      Thank you, it certainly is important!xx

  12. Debra-Bow
    October 2, 2017 / 9:25 pm

    I agree how important it is do maintain your car! I’ve been raised by such a car loving family that I’ve naturally taken interest into stuff like this anyway!

    • October 3, 2017 / 1:58 pm

      Aaah perfect!! They can be so easily neglected sometimes!

  13. October 2, 2017 / 9:26 pm

    Oh my goodness, your car is beautiful! This is a super helpful and important post educating people on the importance of looking after their cars! X

    • October 3, 2017 / 1:57 pm

      Thank you so much, I’m still so in love with it! Thanks for reading!x

  14. Kayleigh Zara
    October 3, 2017 / 12:06 am

    I love the information that you’ve shared in this post and it’s so great for new drivers or people who want to know more about cars! Thanks for sharing x

    Kayleigh Zara 🌿

  15. Abbey @AbbeyLouisaRose
    October 3, 2017 / 6:05 am

    You have a rose gold car!! You’re definitely the ultimate blogger haha! I really enjoyed this slightly different post from you and you’ve raised some really important points, I couldn’t agree more about how important it is to give your car some TLC with a regular service!

    Abbey 🍂

    • October 3, 2017 / 1:56 pm

      Aaaah I love rose gold! Thank you Abbey!x

  16. Alice
    October 3, 2017 / 6:09 pm

    I wish I’d known some of this stuff before. I took my car on my own for it’s MOT as my dad was at work and they tried to rip me off for £400! Luckily I managed to get hold of my dad!

    Alice | Dainty Alice

    • October 3, 2017 / 6:51 pm

      Oh this annoys me so much, how garages feel the need to rip people off I will never know. Treat customers with respect and do exactly what needs doing is what brings customers back! Glad you got it all sorted anyway!x

  17. October 15, 2017 / 6:11 pm

    This made me miss my car so much! I had to sell CeCe the Citroen before moving to uni because 1) I’d have to pay for expensive parking here and 2) I needed the cash for rent! I definitely think it’s worth it to get a full service every year. It can pick up all sorts of issues that you wouldn’t normally notice! Anything I know about cars, I learnt from my dad but I still know nothing about them!

    Sian x

    • October 16, 2017 / 10:39 am

      Aww I know so many people who made the same decision too!x

  18. October 17, 2017 / 10:55 am

    you’ve reminded me I need to book my car in for a service after Christmas. I still can’t believe some garages rip people of like that. These things are a definite must.
    Em xxx

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