Fareed's Auto Service Blog: Tips, Advice and More

Hello and welcome! My name is Fareed, and this blog is about car repair. I plan to write about smash repair, body work, painting and other aspects of the industry. I also hope to include a few posts that will help you assess whether or not something is wrong with your car. I have worked on my own car for years, and recently, I've been embraced as the neighbourhood mechanic -- all my friends come to me for help. I'm not a professional mechanic, but I feel confident sharing this info with you as I've been working on cars for years. I am happy you found my blog and hope that you enjoy reading!

5 Reasons to Keep the Logbook After Buying a Car


Generally, when you buy a new car, you get a logbook. This book has advice from the car's manufacturer about when you need certain repairs and services, and it also has spots for you to make notes on the services you have gotten. Wondering if you should relegate the logbook to the rubbish heap or keep it? Here are five reasons you should hang onto it and use it.

1. To Stay Up to Date on Service

When you follow the schedule in your logbook, you get your vehicle the service it needs when it needs it. This helps you to avoid breakdowns, and in the long run, manufacturer recommended service helps your car to last longer. This includes things such as changing the oil, rotating the tyres, replacing windscreen wipers, checking transmission fluid, inspecting belts and a range of other items.

2. To Safeguard Your Warranty

In addition to helping your vehicle last longer, routine maintenance can have a direct impact on your warranty. Many warranties are null and void if you don't get scheduled maintenance. When you use your logbook, you know when to get the maintenance, and you have a record of it occurring. That can be essential if you need to make a claim on the warranty.

3. To Boost Organization

The logbook helps you keep your car maintenance records organized. You can have repair professionals make notes directly into the logbook, or you can note the type of service, date and any notes. Then, you can either tape the receipt directly into the logbook or keep the receipts in an envelope that you store with your logbook.

4. To Help With Selling the Car

Eventually, if you resell your vehicle, the logbook can be helpful with that process as well. People who are thinking about buying your used car want reassurance about its condition. A logbook with information about service appointments, notes from professionals and copies of receipts can be a great sales tool.

5. To Assist With Tax Preparation

If you use your vehicle for work or for some volunteer activities, you may be able to write off some of your car's expenses at tax time. A logbook also makes that easier. In addition to tracking what you spend on the vehicle, you should also note your odometer reading at the beginning and end of each tax year.

To learn more about why a logbook is useful, talk with a car expert or a service repair professional.


5 January 2018