You should have your car serviced annually or before it reaches a certain mileage outlined by the manufacturer (typically 12,000 miles) – whichever comes first. It’s best to check the service intervals in your car’s handbook, because they vary depending on the model, fuel type and engine.
How often do you need to service your car?
How often do you really need to service your car? As a general rule, you should book your car in for a professional service every six months or 10,000km (whichever comes first). But every car is different and manufacturer’s recommendations on service schedules do vary, and this should be outlined in your car’s logbook or owner’s manual.
Is a car service a legal requirement?
A service isn’t a legal requirement. It looks at wear and tear on your car and is recommended to keep your car performing its best. The car manufacturer will detail which checks should be included in the service. How often should you service your car? Most modern cars will have a service indicator to remind you when your service is due.
Is severe car maintenance necessary?
Carrying heavy loads or towing a trailer. If your vehicle use falls under the severe service definition in your owner’s manual, follow the more rigorous car maintenance schedule. However, if you drive your car under normal conditions, be wary of spending hard-earned money on services your car may not need or benefit from.
Is your car due for a service?
These days, most modern vehicles pop a light up on the dashboard to remind you that your car is due for a service, but what if your car is a few years old and doesn’t include these features? What happens if you don’t get your vehicle serviced on time?
How long does a full service take?
A full car service takes longer than an MOT, but don’t worry; your car won’t be in the shop for weeks! In general, full car service time normally takes around 3 hours, assuming no significant issues are encountered, so you should normally have the car back the same day.