Asda Money t/a Asda Financial Services Limited

August 27, 2012 01:00 ET

Are Pattern Parts Worth the Savings?

Asda Money Offers Top Tips on How to Look After Your Vehicle in a Cost Effective Way

LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM--(Marketwire - Aug. 27, 2012) - Depreciation of a car begins as soon as it is driven out of a car show room. Over time, depending on a number of factors, cars and motorbikes inevitably can become less reliable.

Fitting car parts can be a useful way of restoring your vehicle to its former glory, however, in some cases it can cost more than it's worth.

Buying original parts from the manufacturer can be expensive and for a number of cash-strapped drivers, pattern parts can be a good alternative. Pattern parts are often significantly cheaper than original parts, however, drivers risk purchasing a faulty item if they do not know what they are looking for.

There are a number of alternatives to buying pattern parts, one of which being a used car part. It could be worth seeking professional advice if you are fitting a part yourself without the correct knowledge or tools.

Fitting a part incorrectly could put your life and others at risk when driving. It's important to be realistic and have breakdown cover in place in case things don't go to plan.

Asda Finance has some top tips on how to care for your car without splashing out on spare parts.

1. Regular maintenance

It would be advisable to regularly check your vehicle's oil and water levels. This could help to prevent overheating and damage to the engine.

2. Tyres

Making sure your vehicle's tyres are the correct pressure could enhance your driving experience and keep the car active for longer. It is also important to note that the legal tread depth is 1.6mm.

3. Breakdown cover

In the event of your vehicle breaking down you may need breakdown cover to assist you. Breakdown cover could save you time and money as well as provide peace of mind.

About Asda Breakdown Cover

  • 78% of cars fixed at the roadside*
  • Average response time around 40 minutes^
  • 98% of customers satisfied with our service-
  • Cheaper than the AA & RAC**
  • Pay annually and save £20 on UK breakdown and European cover

* Fix rate of 78.4% taken from 42,867 invoices during 1 January to 31 May 2012

^ Response time of 40.0 minutes taken from 25,517 customer questionnaires during 1 January to 31 May 2012

- Customer satisfaction of 98.4% taken from 25,517 customer questionnaires during 1 January to 31 May 2012

**Based on Asda UK Breakdown Cover compared to the nearest equivalent level of cover from the AA and RAC. Competitor's prices include discount available on 03/07/12 (online and call centre).

Asda Money is a trading name of Asda Financial Services Limited. Asda Financial Services Limited uses a selection of companies to provide its products and services. Asda Financial Services Limited and Asda Stores Limited act as Introducer Appointed Representatives to Liverpool Victoria Insurance Company Limited for Breakdown Cover. Britannia and Britannia Rescue are registered trademarks and are trading styles of the Liverpool Victoria group of companies. Liverpool Victoria Insurance Company Limited, registered in England and Wales number 3232514 is authorised and regulated by the Financial Services Authority, register number 202965. Registered address for all Liverpool Victoria companies: County Gates, Bournemouth BH1 2NF.

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