Having your vehicle serviced regularly will help to keep it running smoothly and can potentially identify any problems that it may have much sooner.
A service will look at and take care of the wear and tear of your vehicle, repairing or replacing worn components, reducing the risk of a breakdown.
How often should I service my car?
Manufacturers recommend that a car should have a full service every 12,000 miles or every 12months, and an interim service every 6,000 miles or every 6 months.
Some cars feature a self-diagnostic system, which may advise a service is required sooner, these warnings should not be ignored and a service should be scheduled for as soon as possible.
What type of service should I choose?
What is included in an Interim Service?
- Bodywork to include mirrors
- ABS (anti-lock braking system)
- Timing Belt
- Warning Lights
- Interior and Exterior Lights
- Windscreen wipers and rear view mirror
- Fuel Cap
- Air conditioning
- Power steering
- Fan Belts
- Air Filter
- Gearbox Oil
- Fluid Levels
- Engine Oil
- Oil Filter replacement
- Exhaust System
- Exhaust Emissions
- Fuel lines, Brake Pipes, Hoses and Handbrake
- Brake Pads & Discs
What is included in a Full Service?
As well as the items included on the Interim Service, a full service includes replacement of engine oil, spark plugs, air and oil filter
Are an MOT and a Service the same thing?
No, an MOT is a legal requirement, an inspection which will involve checking the safety and road worthiness of a vehicle. A service is the repair and replacement of identified worn components. It is not a legal requirement but is very important in the maintenance of a vehicle.
Whilst having a service is going to cost you extra money, keeping your vehicle well maintained throughout the year will potentially save you money in the long run, especially important on high mileage vehicles.
The benefits of regular servicing
- Safety – A service engineer will perform an inspection of the core components of your vehicle. They will check that they are performing effectively and identify any components that require replacement parts or fluid. Included in the service is the braking system and suspension. Both of which are important safety features of your vehicle.
- Future sale of your vehicle – A car that can provide evidence of regular servicing or a full service history is always more attractive to a potential buyer. A buyer will pay more for a vehicle that con prove that it has been well maintained.
- Expense – whilst a service is a financial outlay, regular servicing can actually help to save you money on fuel. When your oil has been refreshed, and your air filter has been changed, this all allows the engine to run more smoothly and efficiently, all of these maintenance checks will mean that your vehicle should become more fuel efficient.
If your vehicle is now due either a Full or Interim Service, visit our servicing experts at Phillips Tyres, Oxford – we are always happy to assist.