Advice and Tips

How often should you service your vehicle?

Advice and Tips // 02 January 2020

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It’s is a question that gets asked a lot, and although it’s not a legal requirement it can offer many safety and financial benefits in the long run.

We would suggest servicing your vehicle ideally once a year, especially if yours is over 3 years old.

What is the difference between a MOT and a service?

You might think that a MOT and a service look at the same parts of your vehicle, this is not the case.

A MOT is an annual legal requirement, and every vehicle has a specific date that an MOT needs to be completed by. It’s not optional, and is a technical safety inspection, making sure that the vehicle is roadworthy.

A service checks wear and tear on the vehicle, and will highlight any parts or fluids that need replacing to ensure your vehicle is not only safe but that it performs in the best way for you.

How often should I service my vehicle?

It’s recommended by manufacturers and mechanics alike, that a vehicle should be serviced every 12,000 miles or every 12 months, whichever happens first. Some vehicles will also feature a self-diagnostic system, which will tell you when your vehicle is ready for a service, please don’t ignore any warning lights even if your car hasn’t travelled 12,000 miles since the last service.

If after your last service you were told you might need an ‘interim service’, this means that you should look at getting another service completed 6 months or 6,000 miles after your previous one. This is probably because something is wearing on your car and the mechanic would like to check everything is as it should be. It is a precautionary measure.

Table showing the different types of vehicle service

Why should I service my car?

There are several reasons to have your vehicle serviced, but knowing whether your vehicle needs a service is dependent on the type, it’s age, mileage and how it’s driven.

Safety of yourself and your passengers is probably the most important reason to have a service. It can help to identify any potential problems before they become actual issues, issues that will cost you (most likely) an arm and a leg to fix. Servicing your vehicle will give you peace of mind that your vehicle is in a road-worthy condition.

You may be saving money if you don’t service your vehicle regularly, but in the long run you won’t be. As with anything, if you catch a problem sooner rather than later then it’ll be cheaper and easier to sort (most of the time). Engine oil is a good example, you need it to lubricate and protect the moving parts inside your engine, and without it your engine could seize up costing thousands to repair or replace. Servicing your vehicle not only makes your car safe and cheaper to run, but it can also increase the vehicles life span. If you look after the vehicle the healthier it will be for longer.

If you are thinking of selling your vehicle, it’s worth bearing in mind that it adds value to the vehicle if it’s had regular servicing, better still if it has a full service history. It’s likely to attract more buyers and allow you to charge a higher price.

Servicing your vehicle gives you the security that everything is in full working order with your car.

How much would it cost to service my vehicle?

Prices depend on the garage and the vehicle you have. Some websites say a full sercvice can average around £186.32 depending on your vehicle type, which is based primarily on the type of oil the manufacturer uses.

We would suggest using a website such as Who Can Fix My Car, which will compare prices using your registration number, the service you are wanting and your postcode.

Services are important, and a lot cheaper and less stressful than breaking down on the side of the road. So keep an eye on your miles and get one booked in when the time is right.