UNDERSTANDING DIFFERENT CAR SERVICE TYPES

Getting a car service is hardly a red letter day in most people’s calendars, but we all know it’s an unavoidable aspect of vehicle ownership.

That’s because regular maintenance doesn’t just keep your car in good condition; it can enhance performance, save you money – and save your life. You see, the MOT test alone isn’t enough to guarantee safety; it’s like a snapshot, taken every year. Use your car enough, and your tyres could wear out long before. Same goes for brake pads and engine parts.

And even though your mechanic will flag these during an MOT, if they’re advisory, you don’t have to do anything.

MOTs aren’t enough. And servicing shouldn’t be optional.

Luckily, there are several types of car service you can get that won’t necessarily mean breaking the bank! Let’s explore the different car service types available, and understand what each one is for.

INTERIM CAR SERVICE

An interim car service (or minor service) is a basic maintenance checkup. It’s a pop in, just to keep your vehicle running smoothly between full services. You should do an interim service every 6 months or 6,000 miles – whichever comes first. 

An interim service is a simple series of essential checks and inspections to check key areas of your car’s health. At Master Tech Autos, our trained technicians perform checks on vital components – looking at oil and filters, fluid levels, lights, brakes, tyres – all the most important bits.

This service is still pretty thorough, but its main purpose is to help identify any emerging issues early on, avoiding big costs later and keeping your car reliable between full services.

Speaking of which…

FULL CAR SERVICE

A full car service is a comprehensive inspection that covers your vehicle’s maintenance in key performance areas, as well as key safety areas. A full car service is recommended once a year or every 12,000 miles, whichever comes first. 

A full service involves a thorough examination of the car, to ensure it’s all functioning correctly and efficiently. A full service will cover everything an interim service does – but will include additional inspections and parts replacements. Air filters, fuel system checks, and suspension assessments are common features, going beyond safety and into the realms of performance and efficiency enhancement.

It’s a bigger job, but the deeper investigation means you can be totally confident that your car is in tip-top condition until the next checkup.

MAJOR SERVICE

A major car service involves a comprehensive examination of all vehicle systems and components, including those not covered in a routine car service. A major service is typically recommended every 2 years or 24,000 miles, and includes additional maintenance tasks. 

These might include things like brake fluid replacement, spark plug replacement, and more in-depth diagnostics – basically, whatever the car needs to get back to peak performance. 

This kind of thorough car servicing can extend your car’s lifespan significantly.

WHEN SHOULD YOU GET A CAR SERVICE?

Interim Car Service

Every 6 months or 6,000 miles. Ideal for vehicles with high mileage or frequent use.

Full Car Service

Every year or 12,000 miles. Most vehicles should be getting this kind of service.

Major Car Service

Every 2 years or 24,000 miles. New cars should ideally have a major service before their first MOT is due (after 3 years). Also good for older cars with high mileage and frequent use.

As a note – you can time these services around the compulsory MOT, to better budget your spending on maintenance and to get more regular, more efficient vehicle inspections. As an example, timing a full service in between MOTs is a good way of ensuring good safety and performance year-round for most vehicles.

If in doubt, refer to the manufacturer’s recommendations or have a chat with us to work out a proper servicing schedule for you and your car.

Time for a checkup? Book a car service in Eastleigh – with Master Tech Autos.

GET A CAR SERVICE WITH MASTER TECH AUTOS

Call 023 8061 1161 or contact us to book your car in for a service.

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