A holiday check: total nonsense, or so pleasant?

No less than 40 percent of car owners who go on holiday by car have a ‘holiday check’ carried out at the garage before the holiday: a kind of extra inspection to be sure that you can cover your holiday kilometers without breakdown. This is evident from a study by the Bovag. Are those people doing it wisely, or is it needlessly careful?

This year, 55 percent of Dutch car owners will go on holiday by car, and this is even 65 percent among EV owners. This is evident from a study by Bovag into the holiday plans of car owners. The study also shows that 40 percent of people who go on holiday by car have a holiday check carried out by a garage in advance. During such a check, various points are checked to check whether the car is ready for a long (and hot) drive.

‘What nonsense’, you may think now, but garage companies show that defects do come to light regularly during such checks. Although a lot of cars already go to the garage for an MOT inspection or maintenance every year, a holiday check is not always an unnecessary luxury. Excessive tire and brake wear and inadequate fluid levels in particular often come to light, writes the Bovag after the investigation.

Longer service intervals

Nowadays, petrol cars do not have to be inspected annually until they are more than ten years old, and if they are more than thirty years old, biennially is already sufficient. The maintenance intervals of new cars are also getting longer, which means that cars are less often checked for defects, explains Bovag. On the other hand: maintenance can be done annually anyway. Still: many easily skip it. After all, for most people a car is just a tool that should cost as little as possible.

The study finds quite large differences among those who have a holiday check carried out. For example, 47 percent of over-55s have a check carried out, while only 23 percent of 18 to 34-year-olds do so – while the latter group drives older cars on average. Young and brash, or mainly naive?

What do you think of the holiday check phenomenon? Do you know how your car looks and do you consider it unnecessary, or do you like the extra check? And/or have you experienced a defect before during a check?

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