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How much does car service cost and how often do you need your car serviced? What do garages do in a car service?

Let Us Explain... When a car is designed, the manufacturer sets out a service schedule for the car, which they believe will keep it running reliably and safely.

Typically a manufacturer service schedule consists of 65-85 checks (see table of examples later) and 5 - 15 changes to your car. It will be slightly different for each car, depending on the engine, transmission, age and mileage. In order that the original manufacturer warranty is not invalidated, this service schedule must be adhered to, while the car is under warranty.

As well as the services being very similar, there is an enormous amount of overlap between any given service and the MOT test. MOT estimate that 75-85% of a typical service is covered by the MOT test.

So for cars that are out of their original manufacturer warranty, garages design their own services, which broadly match the following categories, that get more expensive with each step:

  • Oil & Filter Change
  • Basic or Interim Service
  • Full Service
  • Major Service
  • Manufacturer Service
  • Car Service