Car Servicing Information

Most car owners service their car every year or 12,000 miles - whichever comes sooner. There are many benefits to servicing that are often overlooked - servicing proactively maintains your car, reducing the risk of a breakdown, extend the life your car and can improve your vehicle’s fuel efficiency. Even if you don’t have your vehicle serviced regularly, servicing can help maintain your car's value.

A small investment in routine servicing, plus a good inspection programme results in good return on that investment because of:

  • Reduced cost of repairs over the vehicle's life
  • Reduced unforeseen and possible breakdown risks
  • Reduced vehicle time off the road
  • Less inconvenience and less unforeseen expense
  • The possibility of greater fuel economy
  • The possibility of increased product life e.g. tyres last longer, brake disks do not become scored and in need of replacement

Car Servicing FAQs

  • How much is a car service?

    There are two types of car service offered by Formula One Autocentres – Interim and Full. The full service has a longer list of comprehensive checks and is therefore more expensive. The cost of your service will also depend on your engine size – those with smaller engines will incur smaller costs.

    Find out more information about our servicing pricing structure.

  • How long does a car service take?

    If your car has no significant issues, a full service with F1 Autocentres takes approximately 3 hours. An interim car service is shorter than this. Provided your car is in good health, it is unlikely you’ll be without your car for longer than a day.

  • How often should you service our car?

    It is recommended that a full car service be completed every 12,000 miles that your vehicle does, or every 12 months – whichever is sooner. An Interim service, however, should be completed every 6,000 or 6 months.

  • What does a car service include?

    What’s included in your car service depends on whether you opt for an interim or full car service. The full car service has a longer list of checks – some of these include a road test and scheduled service tasks.

    Find out more with our comprehensive car servicing checklist.

  • How do I check my car’s service history?

    There are two routes you can pursue to check your car service history: your garage and your manufacturer:

    • If you know which garage your car was serviced in, chances are they’ll have your history computerised.
    • By providing your manufacturer with your VIN number (often located on the car’s door frame or in the engine compartment), they should be able to locate your service history.

Local cheap car services

Here at Formula One Autocentres, we offer a Full Service and an Interim Service in all our branches across the UK to meet the various needs of motorists and their vehicles. All servicing is carried out by fully trained technicians, using only parts that match the quality of the manufacturer's original equipment. We'll also stamp the service logbook, to ensure that your vehicle's service history is maintained.

Take a look at our car servicing checklist to help you choose which service is best for you or simply book one of our cheap car services online.

Find out which service is right for you with our simple

Car servicing checklist


For more information on booking in your cheap car service with Formula One Autocentres, contact a member of our expert team.

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What people are saying about us...

  • You need more staff. Hard working staff having to multitask between customers calling and doing their existing work.

    - STEVE, Eastbourne - Nov 13, 2023
  • By far the best mechanics I've been too. The team are so helpful and professional. They explained issues with my vehicle in technical terms and went on to explain in a way I could understand without being patronising. I felt like they really cared about my custom. Thank you team.

    - Alex , Canterbury - Oct 4, 2023
  • Always great service from guys at Cannock. Efficient and take care with my expensive alloys. Would definitely use again.

    - MILAN, Cannock - Nov 16, 2023
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