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What Can CRM Software Do for You?

Customer relationship management or CRM software is s type of sales management and reporting system that simplifies and streamlines the CRM system and practices of any office or business that needs to handle customer information.

To better understand what CRM software types like cloud CRM can do for your company in Singapore, let’s look at the benefits you can reap from sales reports processes, customer information consolidation, and the easy-to-understand sales management tools.

Make informed decisions more often
An effective CRM system will give management and employees the right tools to make informed decisions. Reviewing relevant data through a cloud CRM is a lot easier than having to sift through files manually. After all, information and easy access to it is the most essential step in discussing possible solutions and future plans for the business.

Improvement in sales
Managers can monitor and track the sales team’s activities more efficiently with the help of timely and accurate sales reports through a CRM software. It will allow sales management to increase coverage, track prospective sales, automate client connection and follow up, and and improve the team’s performance by looking for the weak spots and highlighting important skills. It is possible to even predict possible sales performance by reviewing the customized sales reports.

Find the best business practices
The most important benefit of a CRM software is the ability to determine bad or ineffective business practices and improve overall performance of the sales staff. Installing the program will not in itself solve everything right away, but you can slowly work your way towards your business goal because you have the data that you can act on. Sales management is easier because the CRM system provided by www.crystaldash.com gives you a bird’s eye view of opportunities, stagnant accounts, fragmented data, and sales team performance.

Helps your business grow
Although using a CRM software does not fully guarantee that your business will meet its target, you and your sales team will have a better chance at doing so with all the necessary tools at your disposal. The CRM system is not a one-time solution but a long-term partner in helping you achieve that goal. You can track that progress, make improvements, retain more customers, attract new clients or customers, and manage your market share through a CRM software. It grows as your business in Singapore grows, too, because you can easily measure the revenues, market share, and customer retention to predict possible outcomes.

Manage customers with less risk
The growth of a business is not possible without attracting new customer and earning the loyalty of the current customers. However, customer relationship management is a complicated process because there are various factors that must be considered including looking for opportunities to attract people with different qualities from your current loyal clients. It is easier to chase sales leads by keeping relevant information of possible customers, therefore increasing the chances of closing sales and hitting the sales target.

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How to Clean Your Action Figures

The common culprits that can destroy your collection of action figures are dust, moisture, heat and sunlight, cold, fluctuating temperatures, gravity, and oil and dirt. Even when the items are boxed and unopened, you still need to keep them in good condition.

Dusting
Dust isn’t as damaging as water and heat but it could make the display look less attractive. Dust could also get into tight spaces that are difficult to clean such as the action figure’s hands and the folds of the costume. If left for a long time, the dust will also form a cake. Keep them in closed shelves or cabinets to prevent dust from getting into them. Most collectors use canned air to blow out dust, clean cloth like a microfiber cloth to wipe off dirt or a duster called Swiffer duster that absorbs dust.

Washing
For dirt that cannot be removed by dusting or if the figure you bought is second-hand, fill a basin with lukewarm or cool water. Don’t mix detergent in the water just yet. Never use hot water because that could ruin the plastic and paint. If the figure can be disassembled, take it apart first. If the figure has decals and stickers, however, it’s best to spot-clean instead of soaking and brushing the figure. Soak the figure for at least 5 minutes in the water. Use liquid detergent, preferably something mild and unscented, and a soft-bristled brush to remove the dirt. Rinse with cool water then pat-dry. Lay out the figurine on the towel to dry. Don’t use a blower.

Spot-Cleaning
For action figures with stickers, decals and materials other than plastic, there is no need to submerge them in water. Figures made of metal should not be washed as well. Use a cotton swab instead. Moisten the tip with then wipe the dirty surface. You can also use a soft-bristled toothbrush for other stains.

Fabrics
Some action figures come with sewn clothes. Do not try to wash these miniature clothes if there is no need to do so. But if the garment looks dirty, check the box for the care instructions. Don’t soak the clothes in the water too long. Use cool water and mild detergent then swish lightly. Air-dry under the shade and avoid ironing the clothes.

Polishing
Wiping the action figure with clean cloth will do the trick. There is no need to use polishing materials unless stated in the instructions on the box. Use a microfiber cloth to prevent scratches. Rub the surface in a gentle circular motion. Avoid rubbing on the stickers and decals because they could come off. Figures made from PVC like Nendoroids get sticky over time when left in the plastic boxes for too long. You should take them out once in a while.

Storage
The best way to prevent action figures from getting dirty is to avoid too much handling and exposure to the elements. Pick a glass case to display your collection and make sure you keep them away from children (most action figures are for people aged 15 years old and above). Don’t place them near heat sources or where moisture can easily form.

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How Action Figures Are Made

The beauty of action figures is that they are not like your regular plastic toys made for minors aged 15 and below. Action figures for hobbyists and collectors are usually hand-made and hand-painted by artisans using only the best materials. They are also not mass-produced and some are even made of rare materials like metals and glass.

The Prototype
The first step in creating an action figure is to pick which character should have an action figure. You will often see characters from popular anime, comics and video games. A design is then made through sketches, taking note of the character’s signature poses, items and facial expressions. After that, a prototype is made using clay and aluminum wires. The wires form the frame of the figure while the clay gives it shape. The clay is then carved or shaped then baked. All the details are added, with the face usually made last.

Materials Used
Most action figures are made using plastic resin like the acrylonitrile butadeine styrene or ABS. Other types of plastic such as polyethylene and polypropylene are also used. For hand-sewn costumes, the most commonly used fabrics are nylon and rayon. To put in all the details, artists use acrylic paint. There are also action figures that contain electronic components for voice, sound and lights. Exclusive editions are sometimes made using bronze, glass and other metals.

Molding
Using the prototype, molds are created from the various parts of the figure. Action figures usually have removable parts or articulation. This requires the manufacturers to create the figure piece by piece and not as one single plastic (that is for figurines, not action figures). The joints or points of articulation contain washers and small gears that will allow them to move.

Assembling
When all the parts have been produced, the pieces are assembled to form the figure. Some parts are fused together using either glue or a technique called high frequency vibration. The clothing made from fabric are produced separately from the parts. Then all the details are placed and painted on such as the face, costume and accessories. These are very detailed and must be done with precision so that the figures look as close as possible to the characters.

Box and Packaging
Most action figures are placed in a cardboard box with a plastic window. Others come in a plastic blister with a cardboard backing. There are products that are placed in PVC packaging with a bubble for the action figure and its accessories. The PVC is sometimes shaped like a tube. The packaging is also important in determining if you’ve purchased licensed and original action figures. The details should be correct and accurate. Some manufacturers also place stickers as an additional guarantee.

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Satisfy Your Sweet Tooth Cravings with These 5 Beloved Singaporean Desserts

Singaporean cuisine is rich in itself. From the many fusion meals to desserts available throughout the city state, the food is considered a melting pot of rich influences from different cultures. More than anything, all walks of life truly enjoy the rich food choices they are endowed with. Even tourists do not miss out on the gastronomic adventure Singaporean food has to offer.

If you’re planning to visit Singapore, include tasting the many local desserts on your bucket list. Though they are less famous than the signature dishes sold in hawker centers (think of Hainanese chicken rice), trying them out can also become one highlight of your Singapore experience!

Pandan Cake
If the British have crumpets, Singapore has pandan cake. It is a light chiffon cake accentuated with the flavor of Pandan leaves. The inclusion of pandan is also what gives it a nice green hue. Notably, the cake is also popular across neighboring Southeast Asian countries. Pandan cake is usually served with a cup of warm Milo, which is a drink similar to hot chocolate.

Grass Jelly
Another common favorite dessert among local Singapore residents is the grass jelly (called as chin chow). It is derived from boiled mint stalks added with starch until they turn into their jelly texture. The jelly is cut into cubes — which are then served as toppings over ice thus creating a refreshing sweet treat. The perfect choice if you want to beat the summer heat!

Ice Kachang
Singapore’s ice kachang is similar to that of Korean Bingsu, which is a sweet icy treat commonly shared amongst friends. Shaved ice is drenched with flavorful syrup and then topped with jelly, red beans, and sweet corn among the many choices of your choice. It also comes with unique toppings, one of the most famous being durian fruit.

Sweet/Tissue Prata
Prata originates from the Indian roti prata, which is a type of flatbread. It has been turned into a Singaporean dessert which is made of paper thin prata (thus the name ‘tissue’) along with different sweet syrups. This dessert prata is made crispy yet not too oily at the same time. It is commonly drizzled with chocolate sauce, but local flavors also incorporate Kaya — a traditional coconut jam.

Pineapple Tart
A traditional Asian dessert, pineapple tart is also popular in Singapore especially during the holidays. This butter pastry is well-loved by locals and tourists alike. Some bakeries fill these treats with mildly spiced pineapple jam, while others simply glaze them to give it that beautiful golden color. Check out a local bakery during your Singapore visit and you are likely to find some pineapple tarts!

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Where Can You Keep Your Money Safe and Sound?

The road to financial stability is not an easy road to take. You are bound to deal with setbacks in the long run, and there may even be times when your finances run staggeringly low. In order to avoid getting yourself in such risky situations, it is important that you figure out the best option you have in storing away your money and savings.

Why should you not consider placing your money under the mattress?
While this is one way to hide your money, it is a very unwise decision to make. In the event of a thief break-in, your mattress is among the places which will be inspected. The same thing goes with digging up a hole in your backyard to stow away your cash savings in a glass jar. Your money isn’t gold that should be put under the ground.
If anything, you are signing yourself up for the destruction of your money’s physical condition — and you can think of it as wasting your money instead.

Have a safety deposit box
Stashing your cash in a safety deposit box is a smarter move than hiding it under the mattress or burying it under the cold hard ground. Having a safety box is ideal if you want to be secure, but it still doesn’t do much. It doesn’t earn you interest from your money and it only makes it stink. In the event someone successfully hacks their way through your passcode combination, your money is at risk to be stolen as well.

Sign up for a savings account
Trusting the bank with your money is still encouraged especially if you want to generate interests in the long run. A savings account is a good place to start. Though it doesn’t pay high interests compared to other accounts, you can still be ensured your money is in good hands. A savings account can also enable you to go around cashless, meaning you can withdraw money only when you need it. You can also use your savings account card to pay in some major establishments.

Convert to a high-interest savings account
After years of working, the income you’re generating may enable you to convert to a high-interest savings account. This is ideal if you want to generate greater interests over the course of time since this type of account yields a higher interest rate compared to your standard savings account. The money you can get off interests can be used for investments, starting a small business, availing a life plan, among others. Regardless, it also requires a larger amount for your initial deposit — and you might want to prepare for that.

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How to Make Paper Flowers for a Wedding Bouquet

While nothing truly beats a wedding bouquet made of live flowers, there are some problems that can come with trying to make the flowers last as long as possible throughout the wedding without drying out and withering.
Paper flowers may not be the best substitute for the real thing, but when done right, they can come close – and they can even be used instead of real flowers for floral decor. Fortunately, you can also easily make them. All you need to make them are colored paper, pipe cleaner, scissors and glue, as well as a base, and you’re all set to go.
Here’s how to make amazing paper flowers in a few simple steps:

1. Lay three to four sheets of colored paper (it can also be in different types of paper) down on a flat surface and stack them on top of each other. Once that’s done, fold the paper by taking the bottom edge and folding it over by one inch.

Then, flip the sheets of paper over and fold them back on the opposite side. The folded paper should look like a closed paper fan or an accordion once this step is finished.

2. Next, fold the folded paper in half as well as an inch or two of pipe cleaner around the folded paper. Be sure to twist the cleaner, as this will act as the stem of the flower. Placing the pipe cleaners in opposite directions will give different color combinations.

3. Cut the folded paper into three equal pieces and adjust them if needed to make the pipe cleaner at the center of the flower. Trim the outer edges of the paper into rounded edges.

If you like, the paper trimmings can be saved to make confetti that the flower girl can use during the ceremony.

4. Open the folded paper while holding the stem. Pull the topmost layer of the paper all the way around. This will show you the end result, but be careful not to rip the paper, especially if you’re using crepe or Japanese paper.

5. Once you have your finished product, you can repeat the process to make as many as you like. You can even bend the pipe cleaners to make the flowers bend, which will allow you to make different bouquet arrangements in different containers.

You can also make the same flowers but in different sizes, as well as in different colors combinations depending on the theme of your wedding. When placing them in containers you can add a little more spruce to the arrangements by adding ribbons.

Plastic foliage can also work well when paired with paper flowers. Be sure to use a good glue that will stick the pipe cleaner to the plastic.

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An Introduction to the Tea Culture in Singapore

The tea market has been around for hundreds of years and its popularity has stayed the same, if not reaching more popularity. It’s really not a mystery since, aside from the calmness and relaxation that you get with every sip, there are a lot of benefits to drinking tea.

Singapore not only has kopi, but also has its very own tea culture, and locals enjoy it made in many different ways other than just tea leaves and hot water. Here are the different tea beverages you can try if it’s your cup of tea (pun intended):

Coffee Tea
This is the kind of tea you will find at a coffee shop, and is one of the more traditional forms of preparing and serving it.

The key to this method lies in the use a large metal cylinder and a sock (tea sock – this is where the hot tea is stored). This type of tea comes in different types and can either be served with condensed or evaporated milk and sugar (usually, it’s served with both).

There are a lot of terms used when it comes to serving this type of tea, which can be confusing at first, but they’re easy to familiarize and remember once you get the hang of it.

Bubble Tea
Though bubble tea receded in popularity after the 90’s, it has since made a comeback in Singapore. Common types of bubble tea are either red, green, or even milk tea, which are all flavored with syrup and sugar, with tapioca pearls or jelly and pudding serving as the pudding.

Teh Tarik
Teh Tarik, meaning “pulled tea” in Malay, is tea that is made with condensed or evaporated milk. The name comes from the process of “pulling” the drink (skilled makers usually use two cups to transfer the drink back and forth) when it is being prepared.

Black tea is usually used in making Teh Tarik. Its sister drink, Teh Halia, is milk tea with an added ginger flavor, and is prepared with the same method as Teh Tarik.

Chinese Tea
This timeless classic is enjoyed by many in Singapore, usually a drink of choice by the older generations rather than the younger.

There are two methods of preparing this tea. The first one is with the traditional tea set, which involves a lot of steps ranging from adding the hot water to the ground up leaves in the pot to pouring the tea into several smaller cups.

The second way of preparing Chinese tea is by adding the tea leaves into a pot of water and then bringing the water to a boil, and the result is a tea that is then poured into cups for people to enjoy.

Chinese tea is usually enjoyed as a group endeavor (hence the tea set), but it can also be prepared for just one to relax as an afternoon drink.

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Should You Solve Electrical Problems at Home Yourself?

A lot of electrical works problems at home are actually minor cases that you can solve yourself by turning off the main circuit breakers and either applying electrical tape, replacing the wire, or adding or replacing other fixtures that could pose a hazard, such as faulty power outlets and light sockets.

Home Repair and Safety

When fixing these things yourself, safety is the most important factor to consider. Before working with the problematic power/light socket/exposed wire, be sure to turn off the main power switches, which is usually located at the circuit breaker.

Make sure to secure each exposed wire with proper insulation (i.e., electrical tape). For light sockets and power outlets, make sure that these are all in good condition before screwing in place and turning the main power switches back on.

However, there are certain instances when you should contact an electrician or an electrical services company to help you out. This article will help you get started on the different things you need to know when it comes to hiring an electrical service company.

What is An Electrician? (And Why Do You Need One?)

An electrician is the person maintains and installs electrical and power systems for both residential and industrial areas, as well as different types of electrical equipment and machines. They may specialize in either construction or maintenance, though they usually are able to handle both.

For electricians specializing in construction, they are in charge of installing wiring systems into factories, buildings, and homes. Electricians that specialize in maintenance, meanwhile, repair and/or upgrade existing electrical systems and equipment.

Their work with the blueprints, which are technical diagrams that show where the circuits, outlets, load centers, and other equipment are located. Once they know where the different wires and components go, they will be able to make the necessary installations and/or repairs, if necessary.

Whether it’s industrial or for domestic applications at any place in Singapore, a good electrician like power max in Singapore who is well-equipped with both the necessary knowledge, experience, and tools will be more than able to help you get the job done.

Electrical Faults

An “electrical fault” is what is described when voltages and charges deviate from their supposed values on the meter. Under normal conditions, power systems equipment carry nominal currents that allow the entire system to operate safely.

When a fault occurs, excessively high currents can flow into and overload all kinds of equipment and devices, which can damage them permanently. Having an early detection device is necessary in order to prevent this from happening.

There are two main categories of electrical faults:

1. Symmetrical

Also called “balanced faults”, these types of faults have quite severe effects on power systems. The two types of balanced faults are, namely, line-to-line-to-ground (or LLLG), and line-to-line-to-line (LLL).

This type of electrical fault rarely occurs, making up as much as 2 to 5 percent of all system faults. Analysing these faults is usually easy and is carried out on a per-phase basis. When it comes to selecting set-phase relays and rupturing capacity and switchgear evaluation, a three-phase fault analysis is usually required.

2. Unsymmetrical

Unsymmetrical faults are more likely to happen to your power system, though they have a lesser impact. The three types of unsymmetrical faults are line-to-ground (LG), which is the most common, line-to-line (LL), and double line-to-ground (LLG).

LG faults occur then active line makes contact with the ground. LL faults occur when an active, exposed line touches another, and LLG faults happen when two active, exposed lines make contact with the ground.

These faults are also often called “imbalanced” faults, as they can cause an imbalance to the system. While analyzing unsymmetrical faults are also carried out on a per-phase basis, they are more difficult to analyze compared to symmetrical faults.

These faults can either be caused by equipment failures, such as a malfunctioning circuit breaker or a switching device, or by other factors, such as bad weather conditions (typhoons, tropical storms, etc.), smoke and fire, or by human error.

When left unmitigated, these faults can result in not just current overflow, but also to loss of equipment and a potential electrical and/or fire hazard to nearby operating personnel. The job of an electrician services company, then, is to make the necessary repairs in these instances and install measures and devices to prevent accidents from happening.

Types of Services Offered

Electrician services are often different for both industrial and domestic areas, and these services may vary depending on the quality service that a good electrician service in Singapore would be able to provide. Here are some of the many services that electrical works companies offer for both industrial and domestic:

    Power failure analysis – A licensed electrician employed by the company will be sent over to your building in order to inspect your power systems and find the cause of your power failure.

    Short circuit repairs – A short circuit can occur when an active wire and an inactive wire touch each other. A lot of current then flows from the active wire to the inactive one, resulting in either a blown fuse or a tripped circuit breaker.

    Circuit breaker replacement – A tripped circuit breaker can either be the result of a short circuit or a ground fault, which in turn could result in a temporary power outage for that particular line as a safety measure to avoid overloading.

    Upgraded wiring/Rewiring – Wires can deteriorate under harsh conditions or be stripped of their insulation, which can cause a potential electrical or fire hazard.

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How to Pick a Quality Copier Machine

The copier machine and laser printer are two of the many common items you will find in the office, but it’s also one of the most vital pieces for successful day-to-day operations. When choosing a quality Singapore copier machine, you should not only consider the price, but also the type of copier, the volume of copying, and other extra features that come with it.

History of Copier Machines

With the advent of 3-D printers, it’s not difficult to imagine the kind of impact photocopier machines have made in offices, schools, politics, and even art. Decades ago, copying documents were done by pantograph and mimeograph, but those were imperfect methods. This changed when in 1959, the first photocopier by Xerox was released.

Copying was done by first creating an image of a document through a metal drum, and this image in turn is used to transfer toner (or the powdered form of an ink) to a blank piece of paper. The image on the paper is then sealed with heat so that it is cleaner and faster than the previous copying methods.

Since then, the copier machine, also called copier or photocopier, along with the office printer, has become an indispensable tool various establishments and institutions. Because they’re indispensable, practically all businesses buy printer. Even with the popularity of different printing and duplicating machines in Singapore, the copier machine from oki data printers from Singapore is still considered an indispensable and affordable tool in most public and private sectors.

Types of Copier Machines

The copier machine has gone through various changes in the last several years and has adapted to the growing needs in business, education, and government offices by combining different features such as printing, faxing, and scanning.

These are some of the copier machines you might find at your office supplier in Singapore.

• Analog – T his is an old type of copier that uses mirrors, lenses, and light to print images.
• Digital – This type of copier machine not only make copies of documents, but can also scan, print, and fax. It has more paper capacity than the analog copier and prints faster. One of its latest sub-types is the graphic art printer and the laser printer.
• Laser – This copier machine can print fast and crisp copies, but they can be more expensive than the inkjet type. The laser toner cartridges, however, can save more money because they last longer.
• Inkjet – This copier is best suited for offices or homes that don’t need to print large quantities of documents daily. The machine is cheaper than the laser copier, but the ink is more expensive.
• Monochrome – This copier can only print black and white documents, but it is cheaper than colour copiers.
• Colour – A colour printer is essential if your office needs to reproduce high-quality colored documents. If your office has a high copy volume, you should consider a copier with high dots per inch resolution.
• Multifunctional – This copier can do other things besides copying, such as, scanning, printing, faxing, connecting to office network, email, document management, binding, stapling, and many more.
• Wireless or Network – Buy printer that can connect to a Wi-Fi network in the office if you would prefer this method over to a wired LAN network. Your employees will be able to print remotely and send fax.
• Desktop – This is smaller than the floor-model office printer and is ideal for small or medium-scale businesses with only a few users. Some desktop models may include features found in larger copier models.

Choosing a Copier Machine for Business

When shopping for a printer in Singapore for your office, you need to consider the following factors to get the best deal: price, scanning features, copy speed, copy volume, compatibility, copier size, network capability, additional features, color or mono, paper size, printing options, and sorting.

• Price. You don’t need to pick the best copier available, but the most suitable model for the size of and the work required in your office. You should keep in mind the higher cost of more sophisticated models, especially if you don’t need additional features from multifunctional copiers.
• Scanning Features. For easier office transactions, especially in large offices, buy printer that has a network scanner and touchscreen interface, so employees can scan directly to email, desktop, and computer applications.
• Copy Speed. If your office needs to print a large volume of copies daily, you should pick a copier than has between 22 ppm and 100 ppm capability. Old models, on the other hand, can print 30 ppm, ideal for small offices.
• Copy Volume. The copy volume of a copier will depend on its size, paper capacity, and multifunction features. For high copy volume needs, pick models than have a paper capacity of more than 500 sheets.
• Compatibility. Before purchasing a copier, make sure that it is compatible with all the existing hardware and software in the office to avoid buying more equipment than you need. Some printers, such as a graphic art printer, may have special requirements.
• Copier Size. Don’t forget to consider the available space in your office before purchasing a copier machine, because the height, width, and depth will matter when it comes to copy volume per week.
• Network Capability. If you want your employees to be able to print remotely, make sure to pick an office printer with network capability will save time.
• Additional Features. A multifunctional colour printer or copier have additional features such as printing, scanning, faxing, stapling, hole punching, binding, image editing, multimedia support, built-in HDD storage, USB, Bluetooth, Firewire, and parallel port.
• Color or Mono. Consider the differences in the prices of ink when choosing between color of mono copiers. If you don’t need colored documents, then you will be able to save more with a mono copier.
• Paper Size. If the printing requirements in the office need larger paper sizes, choose a copier that can handle the task.
• Printing Options. Some copiers in Singapore have a double-sided printing option that will allow you to save money by using less paper.
• Sorting. If your office needs to print a large volume of documents, get a laser printer that has a sorting option to make the work easier.

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Why Your Car Needs Full Servicing Twice Annually

Regular car maintenance is required to keep your car in good condition for years, but how often should you visit the car servicing in Singapore to save on major car repair or to minimize car breakdowns?

Most car servicing shops have different recommendations and you also need to consider the age and the model of the car, and the type of fuel, too. Some experts will tell you to check the car’s manual to determine when you should change the oil and some parts to prevent damages, while others will consider the total accumulated mileage of the car as an indicator that it needs car servicing. The car workshop will also recommend new engine flushes, air filters, transmission fluids, and many more that your car might not need after all.

Check the Car’s Manual

As already mentioned, you should read the car’s manual and take note of the recommended schedule or car servicing for each part. You will learn that your car will not need a full car servicing every time you visit a car workshop in Singapore, because each component has a lifespan. Some parts, however, like the oil filter, engine oil, coolant, transmission fluid, and brake fluid, should be changed more often than the 6-month window period. Over-maintenance is possible, that is why you should know what type of services by a good car mechanic in Singapore that you’re paying for and why. Some car servicing shops offer custom car servicing if you want to choose which services your car needs.

Consider the Age and Model of the Car

If the car is older than 4 years, it will require car maintenance more often than the 12-month window period. Not all parts should be replaced or changed at every car servicing, however, because there is a life cycle for each component. The air-conditioning, for example, should only be checked every two years, unless there is a problem. Automatic cars also need car servicing every 12 months or an accumulated 12,000 miles, with an emphasis on the transmission.

Major car repair can cost you more than preventive maintenance, that is why you should stick to the recommended schedule to address minor problems immediately. Most new cars have an in-vehicle reminder for maintenance that will not consider the total mileage, because it prioritizes the vehicle operating condition instead. Whatever maintenance reminder system your car uses, you should trust the indicators instead of going on a hunch, because that’s what those warning lights are made for.

Do-It-Yourself Car Maintenance

There are car servicing tasks you can perform yourself to ensure that the engine is running smoothly. Before leaving the house, do a visual inspection of the tires, oil and water levels, and the exterior lights. Most modern cars also include warning lights on the dashboard that will tell you which parts need replacement, refilling or repair. Make it a habit to check the car daily so that any minor problem can be addressed right away.

However, there will still be emergencies even if you follow the recommended car maintenance schedule. Be prepared for emergencies by taking with you extra parts, oil, and water, and by keeping a car servicing toolbox ready all the time. If there is something you don’t understand, however, like in most modern cars that are too complicated for the average car owner, it’s better to take the car to a professional car servicing in Singapore.

Check the Services Offered

Most car servicing in Singapore usually have three types of car maintenance, such as full service, interim service, and major service. Full and major car servicing is usually done after 12 months and more regardless of the mileage of the car. For cars with high mileage, however, additional car maintenance called interim service is recommended every 6 to 18 months besides the full or major car servicing every 12 and 24 months. Ideally, you should have your car maintenance twice annually to get the best results.

The three types of services are designed to optimize your car regardless of age, model, condition, and history. Interim service is used to test all main moving parts that need attention within a short period, while a full service is made to exceed the recommendations of car manufacturers to be doubly sure that there will be fewer problems. A major car servicing on the other hand, covers all the essential car maintenance tasks and recommended replacements, which will allow you to spend money only on what you need. Ask for a list of services offered for each type if you want to know what you’re paying for.

Car Servicing Checklist

Do not hesitate to ask for a car servicing checklist when you take your vehicle to a car workshop in Singapore. The checklist will give you an idea what you’re getting for your money and if you’re missing out on something. A full car servicing checklist usually includes inspections and/or replacements of the following:

1. Instruments, warning lights, and gauges
2. Windscreen wipers
3. Interior lights
4. Seat belts
5. Service light
6. Warning light
7. Clutch operation for manual cars
8. Engine diagnostic codes
9. Air-conditioning system
10. Exterior lights
11. Doors and boots
12. Fuel cap
13. Mirrors
14. Steering, ball joints, and suspension linkages
15. Tires (alignment, tread, and pressure)
16. Springs and shock absorbers
17. Battery and wiring
18. Alternator and starter motor
19. Coolant or antifreeze and coolant hoses
20. Brake fluid
21. Bonnet catch
22. Steering fluid
23. Auxiliary drive belt
24. Brake pipes and hoses
25. Radiator
26. Brakes
27. Fuel pipes
28. Spark plugs
29. Engine, transmission, and rear axle
30. Drive shaft gaiters and joints
31. Exhaust and mountings
32. Engine oil
33. Engine filter
34. Windscreen washer fluid
35. Fuel filter for diesel cars
36. Air filter

Car servicing might also include a road test to see if your car has any other problem that has been overlooked during the car maintenance.

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