A logbook might seem like an old-fashioned thing and, indeed, ship’s logs have been around for centuries. However, motor-vehicle logbooks are far from outdated and serve multiple purposes in our modern age. Essentially, the logbook of a car (or truck or van or whatever) is the history of its mechanical life, recording all of the inspections, repairs, additions and modifications that have been carried out.
In the case of a business vehicle, the logbook will also thoroughly detail each trip as this information will be required come tax time.
While not a proof of ownership as such, if you sell your car, an up-to-date logbook is something the new owner will expect. What do we mean by “up-to-date”? Well, with new vehicles, specifically that the manufacturer’s service schedule has been followed so as not to void the warranty. With older cars, just regular servicing. These “check-ups” of your vehicle’s health are known as logbook services.
The Idea Behind Logbook Services
Logbook services are a proactive approach to maintenance. Rather than waiting for something major to go wrong with your car and then fixing it, they involve checking for a number of possible minor problems and rectifying these before they cause serious trouble. This further ensures that your vehicle is running close to its best at all times.
Typical Logbook Service Checks
A logbook service will involve checking all of the main systems of your car – engine, brakes, steering, suspension, fluids, electrical. The radiator hoses, fan belts, etc. will be inspected. The brakes will be checked and adjusted as required. As will the tyres. As will the steering and the suspension. The oil and oil filter will be changed, and other fluids topped up. The battery will be tested and replaced if necessary. All of the lights, wipers, etc. will be tested. The list goes on – and it’s comprehensive.
Who Can Perform Logbook Services?
Many people wrongly believe that only the dealership where they bought their car is authorised to carry out logbook services without voiding the warranty. However, under Australian law, as long as the servicing is done in line with the manufacturer’s specifications, the job may be completed by any licensed repairer.
You also need to ensure you’re always booking the car in for a service when it’s due. Generally speaking, this will be about every six months or 10,000km, whichever rolls around first. Consult your manufacturer information for their particular milestones.
Based in Dayboro in the Moreton Bay region north of Brisbane, Mainstreme Automotive is a family business that’s been operating since 2001 and earned many five-star reviews from our satisfied customers. We’re experts at logbook services, too. If you’d like us to handle yours, contact us by calling (07) 3425 1503.