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Every year, each car in the United States is supposed to pass a mandatory service and car inspection by a professional. This is to ensure that all the cars on the road are safe for other drivers and that a car is in proper working order. We can help you to know what you need to do for a car inspection and what a car service entails so that you can pass safety and inspections!


Car Servicing

Just like your own body, there are things you need to do to ensure that your car stays strong and working for as long as possible. Everything breaks down over time with enough wear and tear, and your car is no different. Some people live in their cars if they drive as a form of work, and others will only use their cars once in a blue moon. However, no matter how often you drive your car, you should definitely have it serviced so that it works. Even cars that you don’t use can get worn down from weather and time if you don’t start the engine enough.


AAA recommends that drivers get their cars serviced around every 12 months. Some car servicing places will recommend every 6 months, but it all depends on how much you drive. If you drive a lot or are getting ready for a long trip or vacation where driving is involved, consider taking your car in to get it looked at. You don’t generally get your car service when you notice problems happening. This is a preventative service that will switch out the old with new materials so you don’t experience problems.


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What Is Included?

Your car servicing will include different options depending on where you take your car and what you need. You will need extra servicing if you have strange sounds with your car or if it’s not driving correctly. This is to find what is wrong with the car so that you don’t have parts break down on the road. However, basic car inspections generally include:

  • Engine oil change and oil filter replacement
  • Checking that your lights, brakes and steering works correctly
  • Suspension checks
  • Steering alignment and tire alignment
  • Testing your car battery
  • Checking all the tires for air amount as well as wear and tear on the treads
  • Checking that engine function is smooth
  • Looking at hydraulic fluid and coolant levels and bringing them back to normal.


What Is a Car Inspection?

Many people think that a car inspection and car servicing is the same service, when it is not. Your car inspection is simply an inspection for safety to make sure you are not driving a car with worn or broken parts on the road. It’s called an inspection because professionals inspect the vehicle for hazards. To get those hazards fixed, you will need to do car servicing and repair if there are parts that need replaced.


This car inspection is required in the United States in order to get a new license plate, such as when you move from state to state. Car registration happens each year as well, which is when drivers register their vehicle with the state, so the state knows what cars are on the road. To get this registration, a driver must have their car inspection done each year for safety. This is not a service designed to replace or repair parts of the car that need it. However, if we do a car inspection for you, we can let you know what parts of your car are areas of concern.


We inspect areas such as your steering, all your lights, your tires, your rear reflectors, exhaust system, windshield wipers, mirrors, seat belts, and break system.


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Do You Need Servicing?

You can easily fail your car inspection if you have any problems with your brakes, windshield or windshield wipers, tires or lights. All of these are major safety aspects that your car needs to be safe on the road. This is not only for you, but for other drivers on the road. If you have frequent car servicing done on your vehicle, we will find errors or small shifts in your car that can grow to be large problems in the long run. Getting your car serviced will be able to fix those small problems and make adjustments as needed so your car parts (which can be expensive) don’t break down all the time.


When you skip these services, you might experience major breakdowns in your car that will cost you more in the long run. Even if you need small repairs here and there, it is much better for your car and your bank account if you get those small repairs instead of major ones down the road. If you’re trying to decide between getting your car serviced or not, we recommend that you take it in each year even if you don’t notice any problems. At our auto shop, we can check areas such as:

  • Air conditioning and heating systems
  • Alignment check and repair
  • Alternators and starters
  • Auto repair
  • Belts and hoses
  • Car batteries
  • Complete engine repair and diagnostics
  • Cooling system repair and service
  • Electrical systems and emission repair
  • Fuel pumps and lines
  • Fuel system injector cleaning
  • Oil change, filters and lube
  • Radiator repair and service
  • Timing belts and chains
  • Transmission service and repair
  • Tune-ups

Those only include services under the hood. For a full list of all we can check and do, click here. For your car inspection and servicing needs, you can call Scott’s Fort Collins Auto at (970) 682-4202!

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