Cars do not need to be serviced as often as they used to, but correct servicing is still as important as ever if you want to maintain your car’s reliability and maximise its resale value.
Types of Car Servicing
We explain the difference between an Interim Service and a Full Service. Click here.
What kind of service does my car need?
We suggest servicing plans based on your annual mileage. Click here.
MOT 1st Time Pass Guide
Here are a number of very simple things you can check for and fix (if necessary) that will improve the chances of your car passing its MOT test! Click here.
How Often Does My Car Need Servicing?
Most cars need a full service every 12,000 miles or 12 months, whichever comes first.* The reason for this is that twelve months is a long time to go without any safety checks or a change of oil.
Remember, you should carry out your own checks in between services – click here for our 5 minute guide.
A service is made up of two different types of activity:
- Routine maintenance – tasks that are known to be necessary, like changing the oil and replacing the air filter
- Preventative checks and maintenance – finding out what else might be faulty or worn out. This includes looking for leaks and checking over your car’s brakes, exhaust system and other key areas to make sure they are in good order.
If your brake pads are worn out, for example, the mechanic servicing your car will see this and you will be asked it it’s ok to replace them.
Cars are complex machines and suffer from age-related wear and tear. They are also often exposed to bad weather, salt, bad road surfaces and vibration – all of which can cause problems over time.
The only document needed when taking your car for a service is the service history book, which the garage will stamp when they have completed the service. You don’t need your MOT certificate, V5C registration document or insurance certificate.
If your car is still in the manufacturer’s warranty period, we recommend main dealer servicing in accordance with the schedule in your car’s owner guide. This helps maintain the car’s resale value – used car buyers prefer to see main dealer stamps on nearly-new cars.
For older cars that are no longer under warranty, there is less benefit in using a main dealer. A good alternative is to use a reputable chain of garages offering fixed-price servicing and guaranteed quality standards, such as Halfords Autocentres.
*This is a general guideline that applies to many current and recent car models. Always check your car’s service manual for the manufacturer’s recommended service schedules.