How soon should I service a new car?
In terms of distance travelled, it’s recommended that you get a new car serviced after it has done somewhere between 10,000 and 15,000 miles (let’s say 12,000).
Should you get service and MOT together?
When booking a service and an MOT for your car, it’s best to complete the MOT first. This is because some of the faults identified during a service will also be flagged during an MOT, so getting the MOT done first will save you time and money. However, this doesn’t mean you should forego the service altogether.
What happens if you don’t service your car?
The purpose of a service is to ensure that your car is running safely. Without this being carried out, you risk the chance of unknown damage occurring within your vehicle, whether it be wear and tear or an engine fault.
Is it illegal to not service your car?
FALSE: “Servicing your vehicle is a legal requirement”
While regular servicing is highly recommended to keep your vehicle in good shape, unlike an MOT check, an annual service is not a legal requirement, nor is it a pre-requisite to insuring your vehicle.
Can you do MOT and service separately?
By booking your car’s MOT and routine service separately, you could be doubling up on checks that are covered in both jobs. According to MotorEasy, around 85 per cent of the checks conducted during a routine service are covered in the MOT.
What’s the difference between a service and MOT?
In some ways, an MOT and service are quite similar and both include checks on your brakes, seat belts and tyres. However, a service is more thorough and includes the replacement or maintenance of some parts, such as the engine oil, to keep your car running smoothly.
Is a car service mandatory?
Although servicing your vehicle is not mandatory by law, is it highly recommended to keep up to date with regular car servicing – as, without it, the condition of your car can deteriorate compromising your vehicle’s safety and performance, but also potentially causing costly repairs.
How long can a car last without service?
Your engine will run smoothly even if you do not change the oil too often or if you run the vehicle over the set limit. If your engine can tolerate, it will take your vehicle anywhere between 5,000 to 6,000 miles. Depending upon the age of your car, your engine can even go up to 10,000 miles.
How long can you go without a car service?
Car manufacturers recommend when you should get your car serviced, based on mileage or time, for instance every 15,000 miles or 24 months. The time limit only applies if you haven’t reached the mileage limit.
How often should you do a full service on your car?
Most manufacturers recommend having a full car service once a year or every 12,000 miles, whichever comes first. But this depends on your car and how you drive it. You can check your logbook to see when your car was last serviced. Some cars also have a system that lets you know when a service is due.