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What service does my car need?



Depending on the mileage your car has done, or how old it is, can determine which service is required for your vehicle. Whether that’s a short service or a master service from Formula One Autocentres, learn the types of car services available, and which one is right for your vehicle today.

Types of car services

Although not a legal requirement like an MOT is, ensuring your car is serviced is just as important to your safety, and the health of the car. Servicing keeps your vehicle running at its best, and also reduces the risk of breakdowns. But what service does your car need?

  • Short Service

    A short service should be completed every 6,000 miles that your vehicle does, or every 6 months - whichever is sooner.

  • Master Service

    This is recommended to be completed every 12,000 miles that your vehicle does, or every 12 months – again, whichever is sooner.

The Master Service looks to cover off a lot more elements than the Short Service does. Find our full breakdown of what both services cover now.

A Short Service doesn’t cover elements such as checking battery condition, checking handbrake linkages and checking the clutch for slipping or judders. So, having two Short Services twice a year would not be beneficial – as there would still be elements from the Master Service which would not have been checked at all during the year.

How often should you service your car?

Based on the mileage and the age of the car, you can choose from the above 2 options for getting your car serviced. However, it’s often recommended to have your service completed at the same time as your annual MOT – that way, your car is being safety checked in all aspects, and the Master Service would always be the most appropriate for your car.

However, if your car is suddenly experiencing unusual grumbles or noises, or you are about to change your driving pattern (e.g. changing from short distance driving to long distance driving), a Short Service may be in order.

Looking to book in your next service with Formula One Autocentres? Locate your nearest MOT test centre now and book your service online with us today.

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