Everything You Need to Know About Winter Car Checks

Ellie Dyer-Brown, 4 months ago

3 min read

  • Maintenance
  • Car ownership
Checking car in winter.

WhoCanFixMyCar explains the benefits of a winter car check and what's included.

You wouldn’t set off on a camping trip without checking that you had all the necessary equipment and that it was in good working order. Likewise, you shouldn’t enter the harsh winter months without ensuring your car is fully prepared for what lies ahead. That’s where winter car checks come in.

Contents:

What are winter health checks for?

What are the benefits?

What's included?

How much does a winter car check cost?

Book a winter health check


What is a winter car check?

During a winter car check, also known as a winter health check, a mechanic or trained professional checks various parts of your car to ensure they can withstand harsh driving conditions, such as snow, sleet and ice. Booking a winter car check gives you peace of mind when the bad weather arrives.

It isn't a legal requirement to have a winter car check. However, it helps you keep on top of car maintenance, making your vehicle more likely to pass its MOT, which is a legal requirement.


What are the benefits of a winter car check?

Checking car in winter.

The two most important benefits are...

Safety

Getting your car checked helps to make sure that you and your passengers are as safe as possible because your car is in good health.

Prevention

By examining your car, it’s possible to catch any problems early, before they deteriorate further and become more expensive to fix (not to mention more dangerous).


What's included in a winter car check?

Below is a list of things a winter health check should include.

  • Battery

  • Brakes

  • Tyres

  • Lights

  • Windscreen wipers

  • Engine oil

  • Screenwash

  • Cooling system and antifreeze

Battery

Plummeting temperatures put extra strain on your battery. Your battery's optimisation will be tested to make sure it is secured properly and charged.

A man lifting a car battery out of engine bay.

Tyres

In winter, it's even more important for your tyres to be in good shape to cope with water, snow and ice on the roads. Your tread depth and pressure will be checked, as will the integrity of the tyres, making sure they are free from cracks and punctures.

Lights

Headlights and taillights are used more during winter as the days get shorter. It's vital that you can see the road ahead and other road users can see you.

Windscreen wipers

Again, your wipers see a lot more action in winter and can quickly get worn down.

A mechanic lifting up a windscreen wiper.

Engine oil

Too much or too little oil can damage your engine, so it's important to check your oil level regularly.

Cooling system and antifreeze

Checking the cooling system allows problems to be identified early. And as the temperature drops, antifreeze plays an important role in making sure engine parts aren't damaged by the cold.

Screenwash

Having functioning windscreen wipers isn't enough - you also need a good amount of screenwash in the system, especially since dirt from wet, gritted roads finds its way onto your windscreen as you drive.

Topping up screenwash.

How much does a winter car check cost?

The average price of a winter check is £39.96, according to WhoCanFixMyCar's data.

Car MakeAverage Price
Audi£36.61
BMW£29.23
Citroen£44.72
Ford£34.39
Honda£36.29
Hyundai£30.87
KIA£35.77
Nissan£41.26
Mercedes£30.56
Peugeot£42.36
Renault£85.00
SEAT£36.50
Toyota£40.80
Vauxhall£44.29
Volkswagen£45.82
Volvo£51.53

Book a winter health check now

With bad weather imminent, now's the time to make sure your car is ready for whatever comes its way. WhoCanFixMyCar can help you find the right garage at the right price.

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Written by Ellie

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Ellie is WhoCanFixMyCar’s Content Writer. She has a BA in English literature from Durham University, a master’s degree in creative writing, and three years of experience writing in the automotive industry. She currently drives a Suzuki Swift.

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