The importance of a full service history

Service history

Ever wondered what that stamp in your service book is for? Or paid for a service and not received one? If so, you’ve come to the right place. We’ll explain the benefits of having a full service history (FSH) and why having a regular car service is so important.

What is a full service history?

Let’s start with the basics. A full service history is the paperwork that tells a prospective buyer what has been done to the car and when. So, if you’ve had a new gearbox or cambelt, for example, this should be recorded in your service history even if the work was carried out between services. If your garage was on the ball, your service book should also have been stamped.

Why is the stamp so important?

Potential buyers will most likely want to see your full service history before they agree to buy your car. If yours isn’t up to date, they may be reluctant to complete the sale as they can’t be sure that your car has been serviced regularly and that important car maintenance has been carried out.

You might think that the biggest cost associated with your car is insurance, tax or fuel, but this is a misconception. The truth is, if your paperwork isn’t filled in and stamped your car could lose a huge chunk of its potential value. Or if you look at it the other way around, having a full service history with the relevant stamps can increase your car’s value by several hundred pounds.

According to the experts, cars with no service history are worth between 5% and 10% less than those with a full service history, so on a £10,000 car, those stamps could put an extra £1,000 in your pocket. If you’re looking to sell through a car dealership rather than privately, you will often need a partial or full service history to do so.

How often should I service my car?

This will depend on how often you use your car, the type and age of the vehicle, and the way you drive it. Whatever your situation, it’s worth investing in a regular car service. Not only will this help to improve your service history offering, but it will help to keep your car safe and roadworthy. It can also enable your garage to spot potential issues before they become expensive problems.

Best of all, regular car servicing can help to improve the performance and efficiency of your car, which is likely to save you money in the long run. Servicing your car frequently will reassure buyers that your car is well cared for, that the necessary repairs have been carried out and that your mileage is accurate. If you’re not sure how often to service your car, speak to the manufacturer or your local IN’n’OUT Autocentre.

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If you haven’t had your car serviced for a while, why not get it booked in at IN’n’OUT today? You can choose an interim or full service – compare the two choices here – or combine your next service with an MOT test and get your MOT for just £19! Call our friendly booking team on 0333 247 9999 to BOOK your slot.