Hi everyone, Dannie here from GDL Automotive. I Just want to address an issue that we’re seeing coming through our shops recently. With the COVID pandemic, obviously people’s incomes are limited and people are putting off their motor vehicle servicing. What we have seen, now that we’re about six months in, is quite a large influx of vehicles getting towed in. Broken down, usually caused by things that are totally preventable.
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So, the recommendation here is work with your mechanic. Any decent mechanic will work with you on what’s urgent and what’s not. But don’t put off your servicing. It’s actually quite likely to bite you or cost you a lot more in the long run.
Just a bit of context for you, on average, our Warriewood store probably replaces one motor a year for various reasons. Since COVID started we’ve done four. Likewise with clutches we probably do a clutch a month at our Warriewood store, we’ve done three in the last fortnight. Clutches are wearing parts so its not something that can be avoided. But in those cases we are getting vehicles towed in on the back of a truck, because it’s been driven until it stopped. Don’t do this, don’t put off your car service and keep getting your basics done.
Let your mechanic know your financial situation, and if he’s any good, he or she should be working with you on what’s absolutely urgent and what’s not. If cash is an issue there are quite a few shops, (including ours) that can offer after pay and zip pay. So that’s it for me. Don’t put your car servicing off. It’s one of your most expensive assets and it can cost you big in the long run if you have something failed due to lack of servicing. All right, thanks that’s Danny from GDL Automotive Services.
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