5 common car parts that will need to be replaced

Bidvest Insurance discusses 5 common car parts that will need to be replaced. 

Car parts don’t last forever. There comes a time when you will need to replace certain car parts. As your car ages, it becomes prone to mechanical and electrical breakdowns. While breakdowns can be reduced through regular servicing, some car parts will still fail. Here are 5 common car parts that will need to be replaced:

Brake pads

Over time, your car’s brake pads will wear down. When your car’s brake pads wear down, you will need to replace them. Common warning signs of worn brakes include a screeching or grinding noise. You should check your brake pads at least once a year and replace them every 50,000 to 70,000 kilometres.


You will need to replace your car battery every three to five years. Signs of battery failure include a slow engine start, dim lights, or a dashboard warning light.


Your cambelt is a rubber belt that controls the opening and closing of your engine’s valves. You will need to replace your cambelt after about 100,000 kilometres. If your cambelt fails, this can cause engine failure resulting in costly repairs. Signs of cambelt damage can include cracks, missing teeth, or looseness.

Starter motor

A starter motor is a small electric motor responsible for starting the engine. Your starter motor should last for around 100,000 kilometres. A faulty starter motor can prevent your car from starting. If your car won’t start and you can hear a clicking noise when you turn the key, your starter motor is likely faulty. A faulty starter motor can cause your car to fail to start, leaving you stranded.

Shock absorbers

Your shock absorbers are an important part of your car’s suspension system. Shock absorbers help give you a smooth ride. When you hit a pothole on the road, the shock compresses to absorb the pressure. Depending on the condition of the roads, your shocks should last between three and five years.

How can a Motor Warranty help?

There are many parts that will need to be replaced during your car’s lifetime. Some parts are prone to mechanical or electrical breakdowns. A Motor Warranty from Bidvest Insurance gives you cover for a range of major components. 

A Motor Warranty from Bidvest Insurance covers various components including:

  • Engine components.
  • Gearboxes.
  • Steering mechanisms.
  • Braking systems.
  • Suspension systems.
  • Fuel systems.

You don’t want to have to deal with an unexpected, expensive breakdown of your car. With Bidvest Insurance on your side, you can set your worries aside, and get the most out of your car. We make sure that your vehicle is well taken care of as it ages. Get a Motor Warranty from Bidvest Insurance today.

Cover for you and for your car.

Bidvest Insurance offers a wide range of insurance products to meet both your personal and vehicular needs.

Insurance options for you:

  • Cyber Rescue
  • Panic Alert
  • Legal Angel
  • Personal Accident Insurance

Insurance options for your car:

  • Scratch and Dent
  • Tyre Angel
  • Theftbuster Plus
  • Warranty
  • Driver Assist
  • Key Angel

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