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How often does a car require service?

by Navyatha Sandiri
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All cars are different, but here we include a guide on how often your car should be serviced and the additional tests that you should have carried out intermediately.

You want your vehicle to be taken good care of like most motorists, and you may wonder how much car maintenance is required. The response to that question is, in fact, very clear given conflicting information from various sources. Follow the manual or service booklet on your vehicle, following the prescribed maintenance schedule in your factory.

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Standard or manufacturer servicing

In general, most vehicles need to be serviced every 12,000 miles or once a year.

However, when it comes to car service, there is no ‘one size fits all’ since each car is different. Every manufacturer has its cars on a prescribed schedule; see the manual for the guidance of the owner.

Your car supplier is probably going to have suggestions on issues like oil adjustments and cambelt replacements.

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Maintenance Reminder Systems

When you are driving a newer vehicle, there is undoubtedly a car maintenance recall program that makes kilometric schedules redundant. Maintenance recall systems in cars take into account a variety of vehicle conditions and offer warnings to the dash when it is time for a motor oil shift, fluid level monitoring, components inspection, and other automotive maintenance services. Trust your vehicle to lead your maintenance visits if it has one of these devices. Yet when you put several miles in your vehicle, most auto manufacturers suggest oil change service every 12 months, even if there hasn’t been a maintenance reminder.

In-between service intervals

We would recommend that you take some other regular checkups such as a free summer Arnold Clark’s or a winter safety check to hold your car between services in the best conditions possible.

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Our technicians look at the car in checks such as these, to ensure that everything works well.

Areas Checked are:

  • Tyres
  • Brakes
  • Levels of oil and screenwash
  • Windscreen wipers
  • Steering
  • Suspension

Mileage-Based Service

Older cars have kilometric service intervals. There are often two maintenance schedules: one for “standard” cars and one for “serious” cars. There are typically two schedules. The exact definition of serious service is different from that of the car manufacturer, but it typically includes running your car under one or more of the following conditions:

  • Primarily short trips (5 miles or less)
  • Extremely hot, cold, or dusty climates
  • Sustained stop-and-go driving
  • Carrying heavy loads or towing a trailer.

If your use of the vehicle falls within the strict service definition set out in your owner’s manual, follow a more rigorous maintenance schedule for the vehicle. Furthermore, you do not need to spend hard-earned money on utilities that your car may not gain if you ride under normal circumstances. You do not.

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A common example of unnecessary car maintenance is too often a change in engine oil. It used to be normal to recommend a change of oil every 3,000 miles. However, with modern lubricants, most of the newer engines recommended 5,000 to 7,500 miles of oil change intervals. If your engines require full-synthetic motor oil, it could go as far as 15,000 miles between services! You can’t judge engine oil condition by color, so follow the factory maintenance schedule for changes in oil … and all your other car service needs.

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