Why can car services differ in price?

Monday 22nd November 2021

What does a car service include?

It’s time for your routinely car service… perhaps you’ve received a reminder from your previous garage, or you’re noticing a few grumbles and groans that could need looking into. Either way, ensuring you have your vehicle serviced is important not only for car maintenance, but for your safety and the performance of your vehicle.

So, why can car services vary in cost? It’s likely garages and dealerships may not be able to commit to a price until your car service has been conducted – but why is that? Our guide highlights the different costs of servicing, and why, sometimes, you may end up paying more than other services.

How much do car services cost?

Firstly, the main consideration that will affect the price of your car service is deciding which service is the right choice for you. Here at Formula One Autocentres, we offer two types of car service:

  • Interim car service – usually conducted every 6 months, or every 6,000 miles, the initial cost of this type of service ranges from around £80 - £145 – depending on what size your engine is.
  • Full car service – typically conducted every 12 months, or every 12,000 miles, the initial cost of this type of service ranges from around £145 - £205 – depending on the size of your engine.

Once you’ve decided on the specific car service you require, you’ll then have a better estimation of how much your car service will cost overall.

The next consideration is what make and model your vehicle is – as this will determine what is checked during the car service. Different makes and models of cars will be all checked for different components, which can then in turn affect the overall cost of the service.

What determines additional cost for a car service?

However, there are elements of car services which can alter the cost – but these are likely to crop up throughout the car service. Some of the components that might lead to extra cost in a car service can include:

  • Tyres
  • Brakes
  • Engine oil
  • Suspension
  • Lights
  • Wipers

Learn more about what’s included in a car service from our detailed guide.

Although car servicing may often seem like an expense, by ensuring you keep up with your regular vehicle maintenance, this can actually save you money in the future by alleviating any long-term problems and improving the value of your car when you come to resell it. Find out more about how to save money by regular servicing.

Here at Formula One Autocentres, we ensure that we won’t carry out any extra work without your approval – which gives you the opportunity to repair your vehicle components elsewhere if required. However, our expertly trained staff are always on hand to replace, repair and resolve any motoring issues that arise during your service – ensuring we get you back on the road as soon as possible.

Looking to book your vehicle in for your next car service? Locate your nearest centre today, or get in touch with our team of experts for more information.

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