Do I need to service my car every year?

Do I need to service my car every year?

Car servicing includes a series of checks and tests carried out by a trained mechanic - your vehicle will be checked alongside its manufacturer's guidelines. Whilst there is no legal requirement to service your car every year, missing out on your car servicing could impact your car's performance, value and safety. During these assessments, the mechanic will check:

  • Suspension
  • Brakes
  • Steering
  • Electrical systems
  • Fluids
  • Engine
  • Battery
  • Lights

The mechanic's test will run will mainly depend on the type of servicing you opt for - whether you choose a hybrid or an interim service. Or if you are servicing a hybrid, electric or fuel-powered vehicle. A full service will include extra aspects such as coolant levels, air filters, handbrake linkages and more. If you are servicing an EV or a hybrid car, the checks will mainly focus on brake fluid changes, tyre wear and other qualities.

How will I know when my car needs servicing?

Usually, your car will give you few warning signs when it's time for a servicing. The most tell-tale sign is a flashing light on your car dashboard - this is an indicator something is wrong in your car. However, if you cannot see a flashing light, you may witness a whole host of symptoms, such as:

  • Pulling to one side when steering
  • Unusual sounds
  • Fuel consumption more than usual
  • Frequent stalking
  • Vibrations
  • Smoke coming from the bonnet

Benefits of regular servicing

  • Less likely to breakdown: the main perk of getting your car serviced is ensuring everything in your car is healthy and running smoothly, making you less prone to breaking down.
  • Increases your car lifespan: servicing means any issues your car is picked up beforehand, so they do not become bigger issues.
  • Will maintain your car value: when you want to sell your car, having a full-service warranty will increase the value of your car.
  • Could help your car warranty: some manufacturer warranties are only valid if you get your car regularly serviced.
  • Car will drive more efficiently: a smoother running car will save you much more money in the long run, meaning you can save loads with a better fuel economy.

If you feel that your vehicle needs car servicing, or you simply want to check everything is as it should be, book a slot with us at a centre near you. You could also book your MOT, tyre services, and other car products.

Alternatively, contact our helpful team for more information.

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