RACQ offers free vehicle checks at Gin Gin and Childers

RESIDENTS of Gin Gin and Childers can take advantage of a free RACQ vehicle health check when the club brings its Mobile Member Centre (MMC) to both towns this week (27-28 November).

RACQ's MMC Coordinator Keith Cassidy will be offering the free checks at Gin Gin Mechanical, 1 Mulgrave Street, on Wednesday and at White's Tractor and Auto, 148 Churchill Street Childers, on Thursday, from 9.00am-3.00pm.

Mr Cassidy said the free checks would cover key items affecting a vehicle's safety and reliability including:

 External lights

 Horn, wipers and washers

 Dash warning lights

 Service record

 Windscreen and mirrors

 Seatbelt operation and security

 Oil, water and coolant levels and visible external leaks from hoses or pipes

 Drive belt condition where visible

 Battery and charging system and battery security

 Condition of tyres and spare, tread wear and pressures.

"These vehicle checks do not replace your regular car service with a qualified mechanic," Mr Cassidy said.

"They are an opportunity to check the condition of key components and to identify any visible problems or wear and tear issues that should be addressed."

Mr Cassidy said it was important that motorists had their cars serviced regularly and also carried out weekly checks of their own to ensure key components such as lights and tyres were in good working order.

"Neglecting routine servicing and maintenance checks is a false economy that can lead to premature breakdowns and expensive repairs," he said.

"For example, if engine oil changes are not done regularly, you could wind up paying $5,000 or more for an engine repair.

"These vehicle checks only take a short time, but could help prevent costly repairs while increasing your safety on the road."

Gin Gin and Childers' residents can make inquiries about RACQ membership and insurance while their vehicle is being checked.

Free Australia-wide accommodation guides and maps will be available at the MMC.

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