How important is it to service your car?

A car service is something that generally happens every year with the aim of ensuring that your vehicle is healthy and efficient.  Unlike an MOT, which is a legal requirement in order for you to drive on the roads, a service is only recommended so that the general wear on the car can be monitored.  What’s more, this service may even keep your car running for longer.

How often should you service your car?

The general rule of thumb for a service is 10,000 miles or every year, whichever one rolls around first.  You can even coordinate your MOT and car service depending on your garage.  Some offer packages whereby you can kill two birds with one stone and sort them both on the same day, adding convenience to the process.

What do they check for with a service?

During a service, you can expect them to check for a few things.  The checklist could be as long as 80 items, though will usually include an inspection if the tyres, your car’s battery, the suspension and engine oil.  This list will likely vary from garage to garage so the best way to be sure may be to ask the people you are entrusting to carry out the works.

How long does a full car service take?

This entirely depends on the garage and what type of service you are getting done.  Usually, they will take a number of hours, meaning you will have to leave it there and pick it up later in the day.  You can expect the full inspection of the car to last at least 3 hours.

How much does a car service cost?

Again, this will depend on the garage you take it to.  Whilst an MOT will only set you back around £30, the full service is considerably more expensive.  You will be looking in the region of £150 when you book a full car service, excluding the cost of repairs they find during their inspection.

What are the benefits of getting a full service?

Firstly, as mentioned above, a full service is important for keeping your car on the roads.  It will help to maintain your car’s level of health and therefore, hopefully keep it running for longer.  This means that you won’t have to invest in another set of wheels if you don’t want to.

Another benefit of a full service is that your car may have kept more of its original value than if it had not been serviced.  Being able to check car service history will work in your favour if you decide to sell it on.  If you do not have any records of your car’s service history, it may indicate to a potential buyer that it has had some historic problems.  Consequently, they are unlikely to pay the same price for a car they know has been healthy throughout your ownership.

How does a service differ from an MOT?

As we mentioned above, a car service is not a legal requirement, unlike the MOT.  So, it is illegal to drive without a valid MOT.  It is not illegal to drive without a service in the last 12 months.

Usually when your car is serviced, you will receive a detailed list of recommended improvements you should make to your car.  These aren’t things your car will be taken off the road for, but things that could do with being changed in the future.

If you are looking to sell your car in the coming years, a full-service history will be beneficial to you.  It can help to increase asking price which is ultimately more money in your pocket.  However, it’s not compulsory, so although a full service is recommended every 12 months, it is not a legal requirement.

To book your next car service, visit the Halfords or Kwik Fit website.

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