How often should I service my car?

How often service car

We are frequently asked this question, and our general recommendation is that it’s worth getting an interim service every 6,000 miles and a full service every 12,000 miles. Having said that, it often depends on the manufacturer, the way you use your car and your annual mileage.

Most car manufacturers recommend a full service every 12,000 miles or annually, whichever crops up first, but many also recommend interim services to ensure that your car stays in good nick throughout the year, especially if you do a lot of driving. If you want to keep your car in good condition, safe to drive and running smoothly, regular car services are essential.

Why service my car at all?

Although servicing your vehicle isn’t a legal requirement, there are plenty of reasons why you should consider doing so on a regular basis. The first, and most important, is safety. A car service can help to spot potential hazards before they become real problems, for example issues with your brakes. The fact that your car seems to be ticking along happily is no guarantee that it’s safe or roadworthy.

Identifying problems early can also save you a great deal of money, keeping your car running as efficiently as possible and preventing expensive breakdowns and repairs. Regular servicing is almost certain to lengthen the lifespan of your car, so it’s highly advisable to get them done if you want your trusty motor to last. And don’t forget that having a full service history can really increase the value of your car if you decide to sell it on.

What’s the difference between an interim and a full car service?

Interim service
At IN’n’OUT, our Interim Service covers 32 key points. It involves a broad range of checks, from washers and wipers to tyre pressures and conditions, warning lights, brake fluid, coolant levels and underside body condition. We’ll check and report on your camshaft requirements, exhaust mountings and leaks in your engine bay. We’ll even top up your washer fluid and replace your engine oil and engine oil filter. Then we’ll stamp your service book and reset the service light.

A Interim Service costs just £109* (any make or model) and takes less than 60 minutes. Best of all, it’ll help save you money on fuel and could prolong engine life.

Full service
Our Full Service is a comprehensive 52 point service. Building on the firm foundation of the interim service, additional checks include wheel alignment, the condition of your spare tyre and wheel, and your air conditioning system. We’ll check and report on your engine cooling system, auxiliary drive belts and power steering system, among other things. We’ll even lubricate your door hinges, perform an engine scan and road test your car.

You’ll get this comprehensive car service for only £169* (any make or model), and it only takes about 75 minutes. We’ll give you the full report to take away, so you know exactly what’s been done and how well your car is performing.

Book your car service at IN’n’OUT

If you’re wondering how often you should service your car, it’s probably a good time to get it booked in for a service at IN’n’OUT. There’s no need to be without your car for the day, just take advantage of one of our convenient hourly slots. Book in your car today!

*Oil supplement of £29.95 may apply if your car requires fully synthetic oil.