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How much should an interim service cost?

Stephen Wright, 10 months ago

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WhoCanFixMyCar explains how much you should be paying for your interim service

Most people will be aware of a full service (sometimes also known as an annual service). However, a lot of people aren’t aware of an interim service and the benefits of having one. The purpose of this guide is to explain exactly what it’s involved and how it compliments a full service.


What is an interim service?

An interim service is recommended every 6,000 miles or six months – depending on which comes first. At your service your local garage will generally check fluid levels, including brake fluid, screen wash and anti-freeze as part of your vehicle health check. They will also check the condition of your plugs and filters as well as test key components such as batteries, lights and tyres.


What is included in an interim service?

  • Oil and oil filter replacement

  • Brake fluids

  • Anti-freeze

  • Windscreen wash

  • Power steering fluid

  • Lights

  • Windscreen wipers

  • Battery

  • Exhaust

  • Tyre pressure and tread

  • Steering

  • Shock absorbers

  • Suspension


What’s the difference between an interim and full service?

While your interim service acts as a top up, focusing on components and fluids that require the most regular maintenance, a full service also covers all the same checks as well as additionally topping up the gearbox oil, greasing additional moving parts and covering the adjustment of belts.


Is an interim service and a minor service the same thing?

Yes. Typically, garages won’t differentiate between interim and minor service as both include an oil and filter change as well as number of key component checks.


How much does an interim service cost?

The good news is that an interim service shouldn’t break the bank, with the average cost for all main manufacturers less than £115.


What is the average cost of an interim service?

Average Cost of an Interim Service
Audi£116.53
BMW£117.94
Citroen£110.28
Ford£109.81
Mercedes-Benz£123.55
MINI£116.90
Nissan£111.66
Peugeot£109.33
Renault£109.00
Toyota£110.85
Vauxhall£110.89
Volkswagen£113.10
Volvo£120.21