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What does my car service include

December 12, 2023

Regular car servicing can help a vehicle run safely and efficiently. But many are confused about what kind of service their car needs, how much it will cost and what to expect.

In this blog, we’ll dive deeper into what the different types of service are, how to know which one is for you and when it’s time to get a car service.

What is a car service

A car service involves multiple inspections and repairs to keep your vehicle in the best possible condition over its lifespan. It includes procedures like checking and replacing engine oil and oil filters, checking levels of coolant, checking the braking system, and tyre pressure among other things.

This is not to be confused with an MOT test, which is a mandatory annual check-up of your vehicle to ensure that it is safe to drive on public roads and meets the government-set environmental standards.

When do you need a car service

On average, most car manufacturers recommend getting a car service every 12,000 miles or 12 months, whichever comes first. However, this could also depend on what kind of trips you’re making. For instance, if you do a lot of short trips, planning a long road trip or haven’t gotten your car serviced in a long time, you might need to book a car service earlier.

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What are the different types of car service

There are typically three types of car service: interim, full and major. We have included details of each below.

Interim service

This is the most basic service as it requires the least amount of work being done to a car. This service is usually aimed at high-mileage drivers who cover around 20,000 miles annually, with an interim service recommended every six months.

This service typically consists of an oil change and a fresh oil filter and includes basic checks of the car’s components. Moreover, the car's drive belts, brakes, and suspension systems are examined for any potential problems, and necessary fluids such as coolant and power-steering fluid are replenished if needed.

Full car service

A full car service goes beyond the scope of an interim service, as is usually recommended every 12,000 miles or 12 months. Besides changing the oil and its filter, it incorporates a more detailed inspection of the vehicle, potentially including a check for wear in components like wheel bearings.

Other procedures might include changing the air filter, examining the air-conditioning system and battery, and conducting a rigorous test of the brakes.

Major service

A major service is the most comprehensive service recommended every 24,000 miles or 24 months.

This service involves a thorough check and potential replacement of several components, such as the air-conditioning gas, brake and power steering fluid, cabin filter, and spark plugs, on top of the oil and filter change included in a basic interim check.

Not sure what car service you need? Book a service in Caura and our expert mechanics will inspect your vehicle. We will then let you know what service you should go for.

How much does a car service cost

The cost of a car service can vary depending on the type of service you choose, the make and model of your car, and where you live. On average, you can expect to pay around £125 for an interim service, £195 for a full car service, and £315 for a major service.

What’s included in my car service

A car service generally includes checks and adjustments of around 50-60 components and systems. This varies depending on the type of service you choose and includes, but is not limited to:

Interim service

  • Oil and filter change
  • Inspection of brakes and suspension
  • Check and top-up of all fluid levels (e.g., coolant, power steering fluid)
  • Inspection of drive belts
  • Tyre pressure and condition check

Full car service

  • Oil and filter change
  • Inspection of brakes and suspension
  • Check and top-up of all fluid levels (e.g., coolant, power steering fluid)
  • Inspection of drive belts
  • Tyre pressure and condition check
  • Comprehensive brake check
  • Inspection of wheel bearings for wear
  • Air filter replacement
  • Battery and charging system check
  • Check of air-conditioning system
  • Inspection and lubrication of all moving parts
  • Fuel filter check (for diesel vehicles)
  • Exhaust system check

Major service

  • Oil and filter change
  • Inspection of brakes and suspension
  • Check and top-up of all fluid levels (e.g., coolant, power steering fluid)
  • Inspection of drive belts
  • Tyre pressure and condition check
  • Comprehensive brake check
  • Inspection of wheel bearings for wear
  • Air filter replacement
  • Battery and charging system check
  • Check of air-conditioning system
  • Inspection and lubrication of all moving parts
  • Fuel filter check (for diesel vehicles)
  • Exhaust system check
  • Replacement of air-conditioning gas
  • Replacement of brake fluid
  • Power steering system check and fluid replacement
  • Cabin filter replacement
  • Replacement of spark plugs (for petrol vehicles)
  • Comprehensive checks of lights, safety systems, and controls
  • Inspection of the cooling system and radiator
  • Check and adjust engine tuning
  • Inspection of transmission fluid and filter
  • Fuel system check

How long does a car service take

The duration of a car service can vary depending on the type of service being carried out and the garage’s efficiency. An interim service generally takes about 1.5-2 hours, a full car service about 3-4 hours, and a major service can take up to 6 hours or more.

How can I book a car service near me

Booking a car service near you is easier than ever in Caura! We work with over 6,000 vetted independent garages and main dealerships nationwide so you can get the best price for your work.

Download the app, tap ‘Book Garage and select the best garage for you. Then, choose the dates and time you’re available and manage everything from booking to approving quotes for any additional work directly in the app. Need to book a car service and MOT? Book them both in Caura.

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Remember, regular car servicing is essential to maintain your car's efficiency, performance, and longevity. Although it might seem like an unnecessary expense, it can save you from costly repairs and breakdowns in the future.

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