What does a service include?
The AA found that 92% of motorists didn’t know what was involved in their car service. And this isn’t that surprising given that there is no set answer. It depends on the garage or mechanic, and then can further depend on the type of car, the manufacturer, how the vehicle is used, or what the last service involved.
How does a service differ from an MOT?
An MOT is a legal requirement. It is a visual, basic review to check your car is fit to be on the road. The government, via the DVSA, determine what must be checked. A service, on the other hand, is not compulsory and can vary from a health check to an in-depth examination; it’s not one-size fits all.
So why service my car?
- To protect yourself, your passengers and other road users by keeping your car in the best working order
- To keep your car running as cost-effectively as possible
- To reduce the risk of breakdown and improve the longevity of your car
- Parts of your car will inevitability deteriorate, and as the parts interconnect, a problem with one area can have an effect on other parts. By anticipating and managing this, you can minimise any damage and manage the costs to suit you best.
- To provide the smoothest, best performance drive
- A good service history can significantly help the resale value of your car
What kind of service do I need for my car?
It is important to know what you need from a car service and what you are getting. If your car is very new or infrequently used, then a health check or oil and filter check may be sufficient. However, if you are in a warranty period, you may need to ensure you are following the manufacturers’ service specifications. However, it is a common misconception that you can only do this at a main dealer. As long as the service meets their required standards the service book can be stamped to ensure the warranty remains intact and you can save money and choose a more convenient local garage.
If you do high mileage, it might be best to check your car more often and to have a fuller service to save money in the long run. Some people, with average car use, like to alternate fuller and more basic services. Find a garage you can trust and discuss your needs.
How often should I service my car?
The standard advice given is every 12,000 miles or every year, whichever is the soonest. However, this is only a guideline and more or less frequently may be appropriate to your circumstances or vehicle. Newer cars these days include diagnostic software that tells you when your car needs servicing!
A good garage will happily ask questions to give you the right advice and fill you in on exactly what your service involves and why it is the right service for you.
At Tivoli you’ll get:
- A visual health check as the starting point
- Honest advice, no unnecessary work and prompt quotes before we proceed.
- Choices on quality parts and tyres that will deliver the very best for your budget – both genuine brand parts, manufacturer approved and quality alternatives.
- A reminder service for any ‘advisory’ issues with your car that do not require immediate action but need to be watched.