What are the differences between the car services?

At Prestige Vehicle Repairs, a question we are often asked is “what is the difference between the interim service and the full service?” Here we have provided information as to what each service involves and why you should ensure to book your car in for them.

Interim service includes:

  • Oil check and oil filter replacement
  • Fluid level condition check and top up – brake fluid, anti-freeze coolant, windscreen wash and power steering fluid
  • All lights checked, including headlight flasher and hazard warning system
  • Check horn
  • Windscreen wipers checked
  • Check battery and charge if necessary
  • Check condition of exhaust
  • Check heater blower
  • Check all tyres, including spare – tread depth, wear pattern, external condition and inflation pressure
  • Initialising Run Flat Indicator (if applicable)
  • All brakes checked for leaks, damage and correct position, including handbrake travel (adjust if necessary)
  • Steering check for play, leaks, damage and wear (and if fitted, check steering oil reservoir and oil level)
  • Check shock absorbers
  • Check under body, including all visible parts for damage, corrosion and leaks
  • Suspension
  • Auxiliary drive belt check
  • Check wheel alignment, bearing and balance
  • Check seat belts – condition of webbing, function of winding mechanism, belt lock, belt buckle
  • Test drive to check road safety
  • Reset service display in accordance with factory specifications

Full service includes all of the above plus:

  • Replacing – fuel filter (diesel), spark plugs (petrol) and air filter
  • Complete check of vehicle diagnostic system

Some customers aren’t sure as to why you should have an Interim Service on your car as well as the annual Full Service. The reason it’s such a good idea is because the parts have more chance of becoming worn or damaged if the service isn’t carried out. By getting them checked with an Interim Service, any problems with your car can be spotted before they create bigger issues.

It is recommended that you have your car Interim Service every 6 months or 6,000 miles, depending on which is sooner.

The Full Service should be carried out every 12 months or 12,000 miles, again depending on which is sooner.

However, all cars are different. You can check your owner’s handbook to find the recommended frequency in which you should book your car in for its services.

Alternatively, you can give us a call and we can help determine when your car is due a service.

As some customers are unsure, here at Prestige Vehicle Repairs we can also inform you as to which of the two services your car is due in for.

Don’t hesitate to give us a call on 01708 868864, we are always happy to help.

We hope to hear from you soon!

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