How Much Should a Full Service Cost?

Ellie Dyer-Brown, 6 months ago

5 min read

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FixMyCar discusses how much you can expect to pay for a full service.

You probably already know that car servicing is one of the necessary evils of car ownership. It’s an annual cost that might, at the time, seem like a waste of money. After all, it doesn't create any immediate improvements to your driving experience. 

However, keeping your car in good condition will help prevent damage and the repair bills that might come with it later.

This guide explains what's included in a full service and how much it's likely to cost.


What is a full service?

What's included in a full service?

What's the difference between a full service and a major service?

What is the average cost of a full service?

According to our data, the average cost of a full service is £194.92.

What is a full service?

full service is a check of your whole car to ensure everything is in good working order. It should be carried out once a year or every 12,000 miles and can include 80 or more checks of vital components and systems.

This guide explains how often you should get your car serviced.

What's included in a full service?

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This varies depending on the type of car you own and its mileage at the time of the service, but it will always involve checking the lights, tyres, brakes, fluid levels, steering and suspension. It might also include:

  • Oil change

  • Fuel filter replacement

  • Parking brake shoes inspection

  • Remove and rotate road wheels

  • Alternator and vacuum hose inspection

What's the difference between a full service and a major service?

If your car hasn’t been serviced in over a year - particularly when it hits the two-year mark or 24,000 miles - it’s best to book a major service. It includes all the same checks as a full service but is more in-depth and has more component replacements, taking around four hours rather than three.

Find out about the differences between an interim and full service here.

What is the average cost of a full service?

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Whether your car needs an interim, full or major service, FixMyCar can help you find the right garage at the right price.

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Written by Ellie

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Ellie is FixMyCar’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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