What is a car service?
A car service is a service that looks the essential systems in your car. This is carried out by a mechanic who will look at everything in the car. They check to make sure the vehicle is safe to drive on the road - a legal requirement to have you serviced every twelve months.
Is a car service the same thing as an MOT?
An MOT is a standardised check with specific rules and regulations set by the government. A service not a legal obligation and is more for the benefit of your car.
It is important to note that a car service is not the same as an MOT. The similarities are that many of the same parts and systems are inspected during each.
A car service is carried out and fully controlled by the mechanic or garage carrying the work out.
This means that the pricing will change from garage to garage alone as well as from car to car, much like any other repair work.
What are the different types of services?
The two different types of services are an interim car service and full car service. As each service will change from garage to garage, they will carry out different checks and look at different parts. A car service is a full diagnostic that looks into the health of a car. This it is not a service where specific repairs are included.
Interim checks every six months before a full service will highlight if there is a minor problem. It will help you resolve the issue before it gets any worse. If you do not have an interim check and you have an issue, it may get worse, meaning leaving you paying more money when it is eventually discovered in the full car service.
Alongside this, it is vital that you are able to talk to more than one garage before completing the job. You should compare price and how thorough the checks will be.
This is where WhoCanFixMyCar comes in!
The list below shows what garages will check during an interim or full service. However, it is always worth checking before you book your car in as some garages may not cover what is listed.
What is Checked in a Full and Interim Car Service?
- Oil and Oil Filter Replacement
- Brake Fluid
- Antifreeze Coolant
- Windscreen Wash
- Power Steering Fluid
- Windscreen Wipers
- Battery Condition
- Charging System
- Exhaust System
- Tyre Tread and Pressure
- Full Brake Check
- Steering Check
- Shock Absorbers Check
- Suspension Check
A full car service also includes:
- Auxiliary Drive Belt Check
- Wheel Alignment Check
- Wheel Bearing Check
- Wheel Balance
- Brake Fluid Condition
- Fuel Filter (Diesel)
- Spark Plugs (Petrol)
- Air Filter
The majority of these parts and systems are checked during a full car service or interim service. If your car needs a top up of motor oil or any other repairs, you will have to pay extra.
How do I find a trusted local garage in London for a full service?
Finding a mechanic in London who you can trust to do a good full service and charge a fair price isn’t always easy, so we’ve simplified the process.
Just enter the details of your car in the form below and then sit back and relax while local garages in London send you direct quotes for a full or interim service.
We work with a network of 11,088 mechanics and garages in London and across the UK so we can find competitive car service deals near you.
- Enter your car registration number
- Give us a few details about your car and your requirements
- We’ll send you a great selection of quotes from mechanics and garages in your area
You can then compare the quotes and read reviews from previous customers to find the best deal, before booking a full car service or interim car service online.