What service does my car need?

The reason we have our car serviced is to ensure that the engine continues running smoothly and efficiently, and any worn out parts can be replaced that may be causing some issues. Some components wear out over time, such as brake pads and oil filters, and some will take a lot longer to wear out, such as spark plugs and fuel filters.

Each car is different, and the manufacturers handbook should be consulted to find out what service intervals they recommend as standard.

Most garages offer motorists the choice of three levels of servicing. Which one you choose will depend on the amount of mileage you do, and how frequently you drive. All essential parts will be checked during any level of service, so you will feel rest-assured that your engine will be kept running at maximum efficiency.

Interim Services are recommended for high mileage drivers, and are usually conducted between annual services every 6 months or 6,000 miles – whichever comes first.

Full Services are recommended every 12 months or 12,000 miles. A very comprehensive service that consists of many individual maintenance checks, refills and replacements to ensure smooth motoring.

Major Services are recommended every 24 months or after 24,000 miles. This covers everything in a full service plus extra maintenance including replacement of key elements such as spark plugs and brake fluid to ensure your motor runs at maximum efficiency.