What is an interim service?
An interim service is a car service that includes an oil and filter change and a long list of essential maintenance checks, but isn't as extensive as a full or major service. Your MOT is a legal obligation, and an interim service will increase your chances of passing as well as take care of any general wear and tear your car has experienced.
An interim service is carried out on a car by a mechanic, and they will check several key components and parts of a car. These checks include the levels of fluids, including brake fluid, screen wash and antifreeze coolant. In addition to this, an interim service will also include checks on the engine condition, spark plugs and filter, as well as testing the batteries, fuses, lights and tyres. An interim service can be helpful for finding minor problems before they develop into major ones as many parts of a car will naturally wear down over time. The ones susceptible to wear and tear will usually be checked during an interim service.
How much is an interim service and MOT?
The cost of an interim service and MOT can vary depending on your car due to differences in labour time and parts needed. On average an interim service and MOT is booked for around £132.40 on WhoCanFixMyCar.
|Car make||Average price|
Interim service & MOT
The average cost of an interim service & MOT booked on WhoCanFixMyCar is £132.60. An interim service & MOT includes all the checks involved in an interim service, as well as an MOT test. By combining the two, you improve your likelihood of passing the MOT and may also be able to reduce your costs.Can include
- 30+ checks
- MOT test
- Battery condition check
- New engine oil and oil filter
The average cost of an MOT test booked on WhoCanFixMyCar starting from £29.99. An MOT test is an annual test of vehicle safety that must legally be carried out every year on cars over three years old.Can include
- Fuel emissions and exhaust
- Drivers view
- Car body
- Steering and suspension
The average cost of a full service & MOT check booked on WhoCanFixMyCar is £199. A full service & MOT includes all the checks you would get in a full service, along with an MOT (which is a yearly legal requirement for cars over the age of 3 years old). By getting both done together, you can often reduce your overall cost and improve your chance of passing the MOT.Can include
- 60+ checks
- MOT test
- Battery level check
- New engine oil and oil filter
Is it best to have an interim service and MOT together?
If you are looking for an interim service, then it’s common to get your MOT completed at the same time. This saves you considerable time and money. If you cover more than the average number of miles, it may be worthwhile having an interim service every six months to ensure that your car is functioning well and that no parts are wearing prematurely. Drivers may opt for an interim service along with MOT in order to improve the vehicle’s likelihood of passing the MOT and to assess components of your vehicle that endure the most wear and tear.
What does an interim service include?
Interim service can include the following:
Power steering fluid
Shock absorbers check
What does an MOT check include?
An MOT test check is carried out to verify whether a vehicle meets the legislative safety and environmental standards that state whether your vehicle is considered roadworthy in the UK. During an MOT, the garage mechanic will check these areas for faults:
Vehicle identification number
Wipers and washer bottle
Wheels and tyres
When to book an interim service and MOT?
It is a service that is usually booked at the 6 month mark. If you happen to drive your car less than 2000 miles per month, then a full service every 12 months, or every 12,000 miles will be sufficient, as your car parts will have less wear and tear.
MOTs and car servicing are two separate services which can be booked together at the same time.
The main differences between an MOT and an interim service is that the MOT is required by law, and the checks are designed following the DVSA's stringent criteria. Alternatively, a car interim service is tested against regulations set out by the vehicle manufacturer rather than the DVSA – and, although not mandatory by law, is advised to be carried out either every six months if the vehicle is driven more than usual.
Check your MOT status instantly with our free MOT checker.
Why is an MOT necessary?
Everyone with a vehicle over the age of 3 years old is legally required to make sure it meets these requirements of being on the road, once every 12 months.
Therefore, an MOT is an annual inspection of your vehicle that is required by law.
Due to this, if you are getting your car serviced, then it’s a good idea to book in the MOT together, so that you know for certain that your car is safe to drive, the engine is running well, and all aspects of your car are safe and to the required standard. Besides the clear safety reasons for having an MOT test check, there are other factors to consider:
It is illegal to drive with no current MOT certificate
You cannot renew your road tax without a valid MOT certificate
Police and mobile camera units can check if your vehicle has a current MOT. If you are spotted without a valid certificate, you are liable for a £2500 fine and 3 penalty points.
Drivers may opt for an interim service along with MOT in order to improve the vehicle’s likelihood of passing the MOT and to assess parts of your vehicle that endure the most wear and tear.
What is the difference between an interim service and a full service?
An interim service focuses on components and fluids that require the most regular checks and maintenance. A full service will also cover adjustment of belts, greasing additional moving parts, topping up gearbox oil and the like.
Is an interim service and minor service the same thing?
Yes, typically garages won't differentiate between interim and minor servicing. They will both include an oil and filter change and a number of key component checks.
How do I know which service I need?
Typically you will alternate between a full service and an interim service. If you're not sure, your garage will be able to advise you.
How much does an interim service and MOT cost?
An interim service and MOT will cost around £132.40, based on WhoCanFixMyCar data. The exact price will depend on the car you drive and if any repairs are needed.