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How much should a full service cost?

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WhoCanFixMyCar explains what's included in a full service as well as the average cost.

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, there aren’t necessarily any immediate improvements to your driving experience.

However, keeping your car in good condition will help to prevent damage later down the line, and the repair bills that might come with it, as well as helping to maintain the value of your car.

The purpose of this guide is to explain the vital maintenance work that’s carried out during a full service, as well as the average cost, to help you understand exactly where your money is being spent and why.

Guide Contents:

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?

What is a full service?

A full service should be carried out once a year for drivers who hit 12,000 miles per year or 1,000 miles per month, though this number is only a guide and will change depending on what type of car you own and how you drive it. 

A full service is designed to make sure your vehicle is in good working order. It can include up to 80 or more components, systems checks and adjustments.


What's included in a full service?

This will vary depending on the type of car you own but it will always include checking 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, rather than full service. This includes all the same checks and changes as the full service with a few extras, too. For example:

  • Spark plugs replacement 

  • Odour and allergy filter replacement

  • Test battery

  • Automatic transmission oil level inspection


What is the average cost of a full service?

MakeAverage Price
Vauxhall£170.44
Ford£171.08
Volkswagen£172.62
BMW£180.78
Mercedes£183.65
Audi£176.54
Nissan£173.51
Peugeot£170.72
Renault£170.46
Toyota£169.53
Citroen£172.27
Mini£175.01
Volvo£180.22

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