A big part of being a responsible vehicle owner is regularly investing in a full car service. Unfortunately, it isn’t a legal requirement like MOTs are. Because of this, people often end up confused over how often it is necessary, what precisely it is that you need, and what it includes. So, regardless of whether this is your first car or you just want to make sure you are clear on the rules of servicing, this article should be useful.
What does it include?
No one service is applicable to all cars. It depends on various factors including the model and the condition it is in as well as the garage you turn to. However, as with all services, a technician will complete an inspection of the various components to check the condition of your car.
A full car service is an extensive version of this check. It involves an assessment of everything from general wear and tear to the engine, brakes, and much more. In fact, it can involve over 50 components, adjustments, and systems checks.
A full service can also include a thorough check of:
- Tyre pressure
- Wheel nut torque
- The air filter
- Spark plugs
- The fuel filter
Services will also check that fluid levels are correct. There are many of these such as the engine oil and windscreen washer. Other examples are coolant, brake fluid, power steering reservoir, clutch fluid, and gearbox fluid.
Why book a full car service?
There is no point in telling you all about the work we do if you don’t recognise the importance of it. Every car owner needs to regularly take the time to have an expert technician inspect their vehicle. The reason for this is that it will allow it to run as efficiently as possible. As a result, it will save you money on fuel.
An annual service will also help a vehicle to maintain its value. Furthermore, a detailed servicing history is valuable when selling. It will also make your vehicle safer and reduce the likelihood of breakdowns which could possibly even save your life. When you consider these facts, there isn’t really any reason not to get services.
A full service or interim?
There are two main types of servicing garages tend to offer for vehicles – full or interim. You should always refer to your vehicle’s handbook when making decisions about care. As you have probably guessed, full services cover more points than interim ones.
Generally speaking, a full service is necessary every 12 months or after 12,000 miles. An interim one on the other hand is recommended every 6 months or every 6,000 miles. This means that the latter is best for vehicles that people use for shorter journeys. In comparison, full services are best for vehicles that regularly do longer ones.
You can tell from our name what it is that we specialise in and a full car service is only one small part of this. But, what you might not realise is that C&N Car Services is a family garage. We have 35+ years of experience providing the local area with an outstanding level of service. We always love hearing from people so if you want to speak to us about any element of our work, do not hesitate to contact us.