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What’s the difference between an interim service and a vehicle health check?

Charlotte Phillips, 1 month ago

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WhoCanFixMyCar discusses the differences between a vehicle health check and a minor car service, including which car parts are checked and how to know which one you need.

Is a vehicle health check the same as a car service?

What car parts are checked and repaired within an interim car service?

What is included in a vehicle health check?

When should you book a car service instead of a vehicle health check?

Top reasons for booking a vehicle health check How much does a vehicle health check cost on average?

How much does an interim car service cost on average?


Is a vehicle health check the same as a car service?

A vehicle health check is a non-mandatory comprehensive check of your car’s components by a trained technician. While vehicle health checks are not required to have, many garages offer them alongside a repair or service for peace of mind that your car is road safe. Vehicle health checks only take around 15 minutes to carry out, and for this reason they are often offered free of charge.

A car service is also non-mandatory, meaning you can drive your car without one. However, brand new cars may be required to follow a servicing schedule to ensure that the warranty on the car remains valid. This is usually for the first few years of owning the car, and after then it’s up to the owner if they continue to service their car.


What car parts are checked and repaired within an interim car service?

An interim service, also known as a minor service, will include the more basic component checks on your car also covered with a full service. This can include around 40-50 checks including:


What is included in a vehicle health check?

A vehicle health check is a visual inspection of the car, usually including the tyres, wheels, brakes, exhaust, steering, lights, wiper blades and fluids.


When should you book a car service instead of a vehicle health check?

You should book a car service instead of a vehicle health check if you need to follow a servicing schedule with your car, and missing a service would void this.

If you’re deciding between the two, it’s often worth choosing a service over a vehicle health check due to services being more thorough than a health check. Even if you don’t have to follow any servicing schedule, getting your car serviced regularly helps your car maintain it’s value and is more attractive to potential buyers, should you ever need to sell your car.


Top reasons for booking a vehicle health check

  • Vehicle health checks are often offered free by garages

  • It’s a quick and convenient way to get your car checked out

  • A simple VHC can bring any potential small problems to light before they become bigger

  • A VHC is a good primary indicator that your car is safe to be on the road


How much does a vehicle health check cost on average?

On average, a vehicle health check costs around £36.21 when booked through WhoCanFixMyCar. However, some garages will offer them free alongside other booked repairs and services


How much does an interim car service cost on average?

On average, an interim service costs around £114.28 when booked through WhoCanFixMyCar.


If you think you might need a vehicle health check or car service, there are a number of mechanics in our network who can do this for you. Simply enter your registration and postcode on the homepage to get a quote from a garage near you.