How often should I get my car serviced?

Confused about when to get your next car service?

Getting your car serviced after regular intervals of time is essential to maintain it in good condition and increase its lifespan. There are different types of car services that you need to get done after specific intervals of time to ensure that your car is running in best condition.

The simplest way to find out how often you should get your car serviced is to check the owner's manual. You can find a section in the rear of the manual or in a separate book listing all the services with their intervals and which services are to be done for the particular model.

Types of car services

There are typically three types of car services

Interim car service
Full car service
Major car service

Interim car service is a basic check that includes oil change service. This service does not provide a thorough check on all the parts but only checks if everything is running smoothly. It is advisable to get this service done at regular intervals especially for older and more frequently driven cars.

Full car service is more thorough and can include up 40-50 types of system checks adjustments. It is done to check for any wear or tear in the car and includes checks like engine checks, brakes, tyres, suspension and more.

Major car service is the most thorough and expensive car service. This service provides a deep check of the entire car and includes around 60 types of checks.

When to get these services

Interim car service is a basic check that should be done once every 6 months or twice a year. It includes oil and filter change and lubrication if required. Even if you have been skipping this service after getting a new car, it get important to get it done as your car turns older and is being driven more. 

Full car service is basically an annual car service to check if all the important systems and adjustments are in place. You can get it done once every year or after every 12,000 miles. If you’re a high mileage driver and it’s still not been a year but the car has crossed 12,000 miles, you should still go for this service.

Major car service can be done after every 24 months or once in two years. It is a complete in depth check and includes all the checks in full services plus some additional checks. It examines the entire car which is not very frequently required by advisable to get done to ensure the car is in its best condition.

Why is servicing important

Maintaining a car service routine not only ensures it’s functioning in best condition but also helps with a lot other things. Getting your car serviced at specific intervals can find out the parts in danger or damage and repair them before the issue gets too big. It helps you save money in the long run by repairing the parts in potential danger and not having to get them fixed later after that damage which can cost a lot more. Having a car service history can also help with insurance where you need to find the value of your car and even adds more value if you plan on selling the car later.

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