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Mazda Serving FAQs

How much does servicing a car cost?

The cost of vehicle servicing is dependent on a number of factors, most notably the make and model of car, the extent of the service, and where it’s being conducted. In research by the Money Advice Service, the average cost of a vehicle service is £125. However, you should note that this does not include the cost of any repairs or replacement parts.

What does a full car service include?

A full service is a thorough inspection of the roadworthiness and condition of your vehicle. It will inspect an extensive selection of components, taking into consideration everything from windscreen wipers to oil levels, brakes to suspension. The full checklist of measures being inspected will help identify any areas needing work or maintenance, and will be detailed in a full report upon completion.

Do you need to service your car every year?

Vehicle servicing typically takes place every year as this enables technicians to carry out full assessments on the condition of your vehicle. For many people, a service is often completed prior to an MOT test, thereby highlighting any issues before they impact the success of any check.

How often should you change your oil?

Changing your oil is a relatively quick and straightforward task and will play a significant role in maintaining the condition and performance of your car. The regularity of changing will be specified in your vehicle handbook but, as a guide, it is recommended to change your oil at intervals of 5,000-7,500 miles.

Do I have to get my car serviced by a main dealer?

While you’re under no obligation to invest in servicing from a main dealer - unless specified in your purchasing agreement - it is often advised to do so. Not only will you be able to rely on the expertise of some of the best technicians around, you can also help preserve the resale value of your car. This is because purchasers value the stamp provided by a main dealer when it comes to buying secondhand.

How long does a full car service take?

Depending on the make and model of your vehicle, plus the complexity of being able to check all necessary components, your car service can take up to three hours. Of course, we may also be able to complete in less time, but will be in touch upon completion.

How do I know when my car needs servicing?

All vehicles have typical servicing intervals which are reset at the time of servicing. As such, your vehicle will often alert you through a dashboard warning. You can also liaise with a member of the team at Victoria Park Mazda and we will advise on when your next service is due.

What is the difference between MOT and service?

An MOT is a legal requirement for all vehicles aged over three years of age, checking on the roadworthiness and safety of your car. Your vehicle will need to meet a number of requirements in order to receive its MOT certification. Servicing, meanwhile, is a thorough inspection into the condition of your vehicle.

Why does your check engine light come on?

There could be a number of reasons for the check engine light to illuminate, some minor, some more serious. You should always take your vehicle to an experienced technician as soon as the light appears and they will be able to diagnose the issue.

At what mileage should a car be serviced?

The traditional period for a service is every 12 months or every 12,500 miles.

What happens if you don’t get your car serviced?

While vehicle servicing isn’t a legal requirement, you may find yourself obligated to conduct servicing in accordance with your purchasing agreement. Failure to do so may find you in breach of contract and liable for additional costs. Furthermore, not servicing runs the risk of minor issues causing significant damage to your vehicle.

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