Does your vehicle need a service?

Most modern cars only needs a service once a year, but older cars require a service once every six months. The manufacturer's service handbook will set what is best for your car. The type of service you need will also be affected by how you use your car. For example, lots of short journeys where the engine does not have a chance to warm up properly will probably mean more frequent oil and filter changes.

Full Manufacturer Service

A ‘Full Manufacturer Service’ is one which the vehicle manufacturer would suggest you take and is based on the specific age and mileage of your vehicle. This recommendation comes from extensive research carried out by the manufacturer.

We can service your car and stamp your service book accordingly so you'll still retain your manufacturer's warranty if you have one. European Commission rules on car block exemption came into full effect in October 2003. This ruling allows independent garages the same access to technical information on your car from the manufacturer, and more importantly, it means you do not need to go back to a franchise dealer.

What makes this different from a full service?
In a Full Service there are a set number of checks that are carried out no matter what vehicle you have. This means that the service you receive is not unique to your vehicle and its current condition or age.

With a Full Manufacturer Scheduled Service, this is not the case - no two services are the same.


Full Standard Service

The Full Service is a comprehensive series of safety checks designed to ensure that your car performs to its optimum levels over for the year following your service.

In total you can expect to have well over 50 detailed checks carried out, covering every part of the vehicle. Some of the top checks that are included in the Full Service include:

- Inspect engine and gearbox mountings
- Inspect clutch operation
- Inspect alternator charging rate
- Inspect power steering components and top up reservoir as appropriate
- Inspect brake hydraulic system

Interim Service

The Interim Service is recommended for the higher mileage user to maintain vehicle safety and reliability between your annual Full Services.

Once you have travelled over 6,000 miles the components within your vehicle are more likely to become worn and have an increased potential to break. An Interim Service can spot these issues before they become an issue.

In total there are over 35 checks carried out to your car when you book an Interim Car Service. Some of the essential safety checks include:

- Replace engine oil & oil filter
- Check tyre treads and pressures
- Check exhaust
- Check and top up brake fluid
- Check handbrake travel

Request a Quote

Please contact us for a vehicle service quotation. Please have the following information to hand:

- What type of service you require
- Vehicle make
- Vehicle model
- Year of manufacture
- Engine size
- Petrol or Diesel
- Full registration number (if known)
- Whether your vehicle has a manufacturer's warranty.

What does a service cover?

An interim service includes the following:
Check vehicle history
Fit protective covers
Check for clutch operation (manuals only)
Check operation and travel of handbrake
Check horn
Check condition of interior mirror
Check ABS warning light (if applicable)
Check Air Bag warning lights
Check operation of interior lights
Check operation of headlights, indicators and other exterior lights
Check windscreen wipers (including rear wiper if applicable)
Check windscreen washer - top up screenwash
Check all seat belts – front and rear (leave child seats in place)
Inspect condition of windscreen
Check condition and tension of auxillary drive belts
Check cam belt / chain service interval (if applicable check cam belt for contamination)
Inspect coolant hoses for condition and leaks
Inspect expansion bottle for leaks and cap security
Check and top up Anti Freeze
Check power steering and top up reservoir (where applicable)
Check and top up clutch fluid
Check and top up brake fluid
Check automatic transmission fluids (where applicable)
Check battery level and terminals
Check underbody for corrosion
Check for oil leaks
Replace engine oil (synthetic / special oils extra)
Replace oil filter
Check front tyres for condition, tread depth and adjust pressures
Inspect front tyre wear for indication of misalignment
Extra checks as per manufacturers schedule
Carry out road test
Reset service light (as appropriate)
Ensure all upholstery, gear lever, steering wheel etc are clean
Stamp service book

A full service includes all of the above plus the following:
Check for damage to bodywork, number plates, mirrors etc
Check heater plug indicator (diesel models)
Check fuel cap
Check condition of exterior mirrors
Check and lubricate bonnet catch (where necessary)
Check and lubricate door hinges (where necessary)
Check operation of suspension dampers
Inspect smoke emissions (diesel models)
Check radiator for condition and leaks
Check condition of radiator cap / expansion bottle
Test and report brake fluid boiling point
Check throttle linkage and lubricate (where applicable)
Inspect engine and gearbox mounting
Inspect condition of HT system (leads)
Replace spark plugs if applicable (extra cost)
Replace air filter
Replace fuel filter (diesel models)
Check cabin filter if accessible and report if due (extra cost)
Check level of gearbox oil (where applicable)
Check level of axle oil (where applicable)
Check steering and suspension components for wear / damage
Check steering rack gaitors (if applicable)
Check propshaft, drive shaft and joints for operation and wear / damage
Check drive shaft gaitors for wear and leaks
Check shock absorbers for security and leaks / damage
Inspect condition of fuel lines
Inspect hydraulic brake pipes and hoses
Inspect exhaust system
Check security of hand brake linkages and lubricate if needed
Check front wheel bearings for excessive play or noise
Remove front wheels and check condition and wear of front brakes
Refit front wheels and set nut torque to manufacturer setting
Check rear wheel bearings for excessive play or noise
Remove rear wheels and check condition and wear of rear brakes
Refit rear wheels and set nut torque to manufacturer setting