In a survey carried out recently by the leading online classified OLX, the importance of servicing cars regularly was emphasized. With the festive period approaching, and more people seeing a need to travel long distances to visit family and friends, the OLX survey comes as an essential reminder for car owners to take proper care of their vehicles.
Speaking on the survey, OLX Country Manager, Lola Masha, expressed that the company wants to keep its users’ needs in view, whilst helping them optimize their car usage. Masha added, “With the huge volume of vehicles on our platform, we realized that we had to educate our car users by carrying out this survey. It is our way of ensuring that we remain connected to what is most important to them, especially at this time where a lot of people travel for the festivities.”
Findings from the research revealed that 68 percent of the respondents serviced their cars every three months, about 20 percent serviced their cars every six months, two percent serviced their cars every 12 months, and about 10 percent were not forthcoming on the regularity of service. The research further revealed that a handful of respondents take their cars for service every month, based on the mileage of the car.
Automobile expert, and General Manager, Mandilas Enterprises Limited, Stephen Gladwin advised car owners to service and maintain their cars regularly for longer lifespan and prevention of breakdown of their vehicles which is usually a cause of road accidents. Gladwin added that, “It is best to service your car every 3 months. A long road trip is a serious test for your car, and it is always best to have it in great condition. One thing that a car user must know is that, there are no small problems when it comes to cars, an improperly aligned tyre can cause a lot of trouble, just like an overheating engine.”
He noted that, “People largely do not service their cars due to poor budgeting and not servicing your car regularly, can lead to complicated mechanical problems whilst driving.”
Recently, OLX partnered with Mandilas to offer eligible users who posted their cars for sale on the site, an opportunity to screen and evaluate their cars for free. At the end of the screening, the user will get an evaluation certificate from Mandilas that will state the current market value of the car as well as the condition of the parts of the car. This will benefit both the buyer who is worried about the worth and condition of the car they want to buy and the seller who is not sure of the monetary value of the car.
OLX is the world’s leading classifieds platform in growth markets and is available in more than 40 countries and over 50 languages. OLX connects local people to buy sell or exchange used goods and services by making it fast and easy for anyone to post an ad through the mobile app. Every month, hundreds of millions of people in local markets around the world use OLX’s online marketplace to find and sell a wide range of products, including vehicles, electronics, phones and much more.