If you drive a newer car, it probably has an in-vehicle maintenance reminder system that makes mileage-based schedules obsolete. … However, if you don’t put many miles on your car, most automakers recommend an oil change service every 12 months, even if the maintenance reminder hasn’t come on.
When should a new car have its first service?
While the initial service is more of a precautionary check, your first major service comes up at 10,000 km, as recommended by most carmakers. A periodic service is extremely essential in ensuring a long life for your car and does go a long way in keeping your vehicle reliable and niggle-free.
Do brand new cars need servicing?
The first service for a brand-new car is usually scheduled for 12 months or up to a specific mileage (it varies from 10,000 – 15,000 miles) – whichever comes first. This does differ between manufacturers but should be detailed in your vehicle handbook.
Do new cars need to be serviced every year?
Generally speaking, most cars will need to be serviced once a year or every 12,000 miles. However, there’s no ‘one size fits all’ when it comes to car servicing, as every car is different. Each manufacturer has a recommended service schedule for its cars; check your owner’s manual for guidance.
Do you have to MOT and service a new car?
The time of registration is the guideline from which you need to count three years forward to provide the date for the first MOT. In the case of a new car if the car was registered as new on 1 February 2013, then the first MOT will have to be done not later than 1 February 2016.
How do I know when my car needs a service?
Signs your car needs a service
- Dashboard warning lights. Dashboard warning lights are the most obvious sign that something isn’t working. …
- Strange noises. If you hear any unusual noises coming from your car then you should get them checked out. …
- Loss in power or stalling. …
- Unusual brake activity.
Is it illegal to not service your car?
FALSE: “Servicing your vehicle is a legal requirement”
While regular servicing is highly recommended to keep your vehicle in good shape, unlike an MOT check, an annual service is not a legal requirement, nor is it a pre-requisite to insuring your vehicle.
What gets changed in a car service?
Checking lights, tyres, exhaust and operations of brakes and steering. Ensuring your engine is ‘tuned’ to run in its peak condition. Checking hydraulic fluid and coolant levels. Checking the cooling system (from radiators in your car to pumps and hoses)
Do I have to use main dealer for service?
It’s important to mention that you don’t have to use a main dealership to service your car. But doing so ensures the correct parts are used and the right jobs are carried out at the right time.
What happens if I don’t service my car?
By not servicing your car you are likely to find that its performance may deteriorate. This may mean that you start to hear strange noises, have little problems with general running and lights start to pop up all over the dashboard.
What is the average cost of a full car service UK?
The average cost for a basic car service in the UK is around £125. However, it will sometimes be possible to find a cheaper deal if you are prepared to shop around and try a number of different providers.