In Hong Kong, cars are the best way to get around. In order to keep a car working properly, it must be maintained regularly. Therefore, it is important to make sure that the engine, transmission, wheels, and all other parts of a vehicle are inspected and repaired regularly.
As indicated by the Hong Kong government transport regulations, vehicles older than 6 years must pass a particular inspection. This test is known as the Certificate of Roadworthiness Examination, or the COR. The purpose for this test is to ensure that older cars are still up to modern day standards on a variety of facets. In order to maintain the certification status, cars must be tested again every year.
To stay on top of deadlines and requirements, it is best to inspect your own vehicle regularly. If the COR inspector finds something wrong with a vehicle, the owner is given a very short time frame to have it repaired and inspected again. Owners and drivers who find problems before the COR appointment have more time to fix the problem and do not have to pay another fee to have the vehicle inspected again.
In addition to catching problems before COR inspection, fixing problems early on increases the lifespan and efficiency of a vehicle. Increasing efficiency can cause a decrease in gas emissions from a vehicle. This, in turn, can improve the environment as well as living conditions. Cities like Hong Kong that have dire problems with air quality could benefit greatly from reduced emissions.
For traffic to flow regularly, it is important for cars to function as they should. One vital part of automobiles to upkeep is the transmission. In the event of transmission damage or failure, cars can falter or otherwise behave in strange ways. If such inconsistencies happened during heavy traffic, car accidents could result and cause damage to a number of vehicles.
There are organizations in Hong Kong such as Automobile Association that cover many required services of automobile maintenance. Members pay a yearly fee and receive such perks as towing for free and other benefits. Typically, being in such an organization greatly behooves drivers and is a good idea for anyone who owns a vehicle.
While this is the case everywhere, it is important to note that not all mechanics in Hong Kong are equal. Some charge far more than others for the same services. Many are more skilled or trustworthy, and thus may be worth the extra price. The best policy is to inquire from multiple sources to make sure that you find the best fit for your needs. A mechanic that specializes in a certain area is unnecessary if you do not have the problem that they specialize in.
The benefits of keeping your vehicle maintained regularly are obvious. Be sure to check simple things like fluid levels often on your own. Even if your vehicle is not due for a COR, it is important to visit a mechanic if there are any signs of possible problems, in order to have them fixed as soon as possible before any more damage is caused.