We all know how important it is to go to the doctors for a check-up to make sure everything is running smoothly. Well, the same goes for our cars! When a car is designed, manufacturers set out a service schedule for the car, which they believe will keep it running reliably and safely.

If you are unsure about what type of service your car requires then be sure to check your manufacturers service book as this will have all of the relevant details in it.

Cars and vans will typically receive one of the following services.

The services vary in price depending on how much work is needed to be done on the vehicle and which oil is specified to be used.

  • Basic or Interim Service
  • Full service/Inspection service

Basic or Interim Service

Each type of service builds on the previous level, so a basic service will typically include an oil and filter change, Pollen filter change and a visual inspection, but there will usually be a top up of all the key fluids in the engine (washer fluid, brake fluid, antifreeze and steering fluid) and a check of up to 50 key components to ensure your car is in the best condition possible. A good garage will also check your brakes and manufacturer guidelines and recommend any additional work your car may need, however not all garages do this.

Major/Inspection Service

A Major/Inspection Service will include everything covered in an interim service but will also include a change of spark plugs, a change of fuel filters, a change of air filters and some other service/wear items that are recommended by the manufacturer’s schedule for the appropriate mileage or time.

Car Service Checklist

This does not include any additional repair or maintenance work.

  • Oil and oil filter check and replacement
  • Brake fluid check and top up
  • Anti-Freeze coolant check and top up
  • Windscreen wash check and top up
  • Full brake check
  • Power steering fluid check and top up
  • Steering check
  • Shock absorbers check.
  • Suspension check
  • Light check
  • Windscreen wipers check
  • Charging systems check
  • Exhaust check
  • Battery check
  • Tyre tread and pressure check.

Additional items that Volkswagen Audi Seat and Skoda recommend is:

  • Brake fluid change every 2 years
  • Auto or DSG gearbox oil change every 40K or 4 years
  • Air-conditioning re gas every 2 years
  • Cam belt is very specific to the engine but roughly every 4 years or 75K

If you have any questions about servicing or your warranty be sure to contact us.