Log Book Servicing

Recommended for vehicles under 10 years old and 150,000kms or still

under manufacturers warranty , aftermarket or and extended warranties


At TJP Auto & 4x4 we understand the true value of a well-maintained vehicle log book.

Whether you're an off-road enthusiast, a daily commuter, or a business owner managing a fleet, keeping an accurate log book is pivotal for the health of your vehicle and your peace of mind.

In this guide, we'll explore what a vehicle log book is, why it's essential.

What is a Vehicle Log Book?

A vehicle log book is a comprehensive record of your vehicle's journey. It's a detailed account of every aspect of your vehicle's life, including maintenance, repairs, trips, and expenses.

Each entry in your log book should be meticulous, providing you with a clear picture of your vehicle's history.

Why Should You Maintain a Vehicle Log Book?

Tax Benefits​

For businesses, a well-kept log book can lead to significant tax benefits. It provides the necessary evidence to support your claims for deductions related to vehicle expenses, reducing your tax burden.


Proactive Maintenance

Regularly recording maintenance and repairs helps you proactively care for your vehicle. You can schedule preventive maintenance, prevent costly breakdowns, and ensure your vehicle performs at its best.


Resale Value

When it's time to sell your vehicle, a comprehensive log book can dramatically enhance its resale value. It proves that your vehicle has been well-cared-for, making it more attractive to potential buyers.

Maintain manufacturers and extended warranties 

It is critical to make sure your vehicle is maintained as per the manufacturers guide lines to maintain your vehicles warranty 

How is a log book service different to a general service 

A log book service and a general service for a vehicle serve distinct purposes

even though they both contribute to the overall maintenance and longevity of the vehicle.

Here's how they differ

Log Book Service additions

Documentation Focus

A log book service primarily focuses on meticulously documenting all maintenance, repairs, usage, and related details of the vehicle. It is typically a comprehensive record-keeping system that tracks the vehicle's entire history.


Compliance with Manufacturer Recommendations

Log book services are often designed to comply with the manufacturer's recommended maintenance schedule. This ensures that the vehicle receives maintenance and repairs at the intervals suggested by the vehicle manufacturer, which is crucial for maintaining the warranty and optimal performance. For example fluids and belts being replaced on kms as preventative maintenance even if they look ok,  rather than on signs of age or wear

Tax and Financial Considerations

Log book services are commonly used by businesses and individuals who need to track vehicle expenses for tax deductions. The detailed records provided by a log book can serve as evidence for claiming these deductions.

General Service

Maintenance and Repairs

A general service focuses on the physical maintenance and repair needs of the vehicle. It includes tasks such as oil changes, filter replacements, brake inspections, tire rotations, and other routine maintenance procedures.


Mechanical and Technical Checks

During a general service, trained mechanics inspect the vehicle for mechanical issues, wear and tear, and safety concerns. They identify and address any problems that may affect the vehicle's performance or safety.


Fluid Replacement

Fluid levels in the vehicle, including engine oil, transmission fluid, brake fluid, and coolant, are checked and topped up or replaced as needed during a general service.


Safety Inspection

Safety-related components, such as brakes, lights, steering, suspension, and tires, are thoroughly inspected and adjusted or replaced if necessary to ensure the vehicle's safety on the road.


Basic Maintenance Schedule

General services typically follow a basic maintenance schedule based on time or mileage intervals (e.g., every 10,000 kms or every six months). They aim to keep the vehicle in good running condition and prevent mechanical failures.

In summary, a log book service is primarily about maintaining meticulous records and following manufacturer recommendations, often with an emphasis on tax and warranty compliance, while a general service focuses on the physical maintenance and safety checks required to keep the vehicle running smoothly.

Both types of services are important for vehicle maintenance, and they can complement each other by ensuring that the vehicle's history and its physical condition are well-maintained.