Post car service inspection: What you should know

A stitch in time saves nine, they say.

Replace ‘stitch’ with ‘service’, and you have the mantra for a car that gives you no reason to worry.

Routine maintenance is an integral part of owning a car. Each vehicle needs an inspection, servicing and if required, replacement of parts. This schedule is dictated either by the odometer reading or at specified time intervals.

Treat your car well, and it’ll return the favour by serving you for years without complaint. That said, getting the car to the service station is only half the job. Conducting a proper post-service inspection is equally important. That too before you drive off the workshop parking area.

Post car service inspection: What you should know

If you think that such a move might seem insulting to the trained staff of the workshop, let’s assure you it won’t. Rather, you’ll score extra points for being a client that not just knows his vehicle but is aware of the key practices to be followed post service.

Allow us to give you a lowdown on what all to check:

1. Tally the job card and work done

Post car service inspection: What you should know

A job card to a car is what a doctor’s prescription is to the patient. It includes everything the consumer wants to get done and all the services that were actually carried out. Make sure any special instructions that you, as a consumer, might have added, have been carried out to your satisfaction. If everything checks out, but you still have some doubts at all, feel free to seek a clarification from the service advisor. Why? Because you’ll be billed as per the descriptions in the job-card.

2. Verify the consumables and parts changed

Again, it’s the job card that will tell you the full story. Each part or consumable that has been replaced is mentioned in it. And this is what the workshop’s accounts department relies on to the make the final bill. So tallying the list of parts with the ones actually changed is essential.

3. Take a quick tour of the car

We know you love to do this anyway but post-service, do it to check on all accessories and stock items such as the spare wheel, tools and documents. Whatever you left in the car before handing it over should be at their respective places. It takes only a minute or two and ensures there’s no surprise, nasty or unwanted, at a later stage. And while you are at it, make sure there are no fresh scratches or dents on the outside. A car is moved around at a workshop and ‘incidents’ do take place on occasions.

4. A short but sweet test drive

Request the service advisor to allow you to take the car for a quick spin before making the payment. For this, he will instruct one of the staff members to go along, as much for his peace of mind as to get an assurance that the work has been done to your satisfaction. If you find any niggling issues, report it to the staff who’s with you and make sure it is taken care of immediately after you return to the workshop.

5. The final dekho

Post car service inspection: What you should know

This may seem a cosmetic step but is important nonetheless. Since everyone knows that a car owner glows only as much as his car, the cleaning staff at the workshop frequently goes overboard while polishing the cabin. We agree that it looks great but all that extra polish will make the cabin prone to marks and stains. Ask for the polish to be removed completely – from the plastics panels and all the windows as well.

While a routine service might not take too much time, the post service inspection calls for patience. After all, you are paying for a job to be done well, and have all the right to ensure they meet your standards.

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