Car servicing – what’s it all about?

Being a car owner is great, it allows you to be independent and flexible. Although unfortunately, it comes with a price. It is important to take your car to be regularly serviced. However, as it is not a legal requirement (unlike an MOT), there still tends to be some confusion over how often you should have your car serviced. There are three different types of car servicing, so we have put together a simple guide as to what’s what.

Why should I get my car serviced?

It is recommended to take your car in for a service every 6,000, 12,000, or 24,000 miles. There are many benefits of car servicing. First, it will allow you to drive safely, keeping you and your family away from danger. It reduces the risk of breakdowns on the road, causing you less stress. A car service will reveal any problems, so you can get them fixed them before they develop into anything bigger and more expensive problems. It allows your car to run smoothly and efficiently, as well as helping it to maintain its value – which will help you when the time comes to sell it.

What types of car servicing is available?

For some, taking your car in for a service may seem a tedious task. Others may not know what types of servicing are out there. There are three types of car servicing – interim service, full service and major service. All of which offer different checks at different intervals.

Interim service

An interim service is recommended after every 6,000 miles or 6 months – whichever comes first. It’s designed for a high mileage user of for vehicles that require frequent checks. During an interim service, a mechanic will carry out general checks looking at the engine, brakes, steering, wheels and tyres, drive system and exhaust.

Full service

A full service is recommended once a year or every 12,000 miles. During this service, you will receive everything that is involved in an interim service.  However, with a lot more in-depth checks will be carried out. Things such as door lock operation, radiator cap and seatbelts will be looked at, the air filter will be replaced, and the battery condition will be checked.

Major service

A major service is recommended every two years, or 24,000 miles. This is an extremely in-depth service which checks everything that is involved in both an interim and major service – but with a few added extras. Some of these include checking the alternator output and headlight alignment and testing the effectiveness of the start motor

Here, we provide a detailed breakdown and comparison of exactly what is included in each car service type.


To find out more details of exactly what is included with an interim, full and major service, use our online booking tool. It’s quick, easy and lets you compare prices from a variety of different garages near you. We also give you a checklist of what is included in each service.





Libby Simmons

Libby has been working for BookMyGarage writing articles, creating newsletters and handling the social media platforms. She works closely with ex-mechanics and subject matter experts to provide weekly blogs: essential advice on how to care for your car, need-to-know news and developments in the motoring world and helpful tips on how to cut the costs of running and maintaining your car.

2 Replies to “Car servicing – what’s it all about?”

  1. Victoria Addington says: Reply

    Thanks for helping me understand how car servicing works. I just had my first BMW purchased as my present to myself. I had no idea that there are three types of car servicing. I think I shall go with the annual service which is referred to as the full service wherein a mechanic will check the overall parts including door locks, seatbelt, and will do necessary replacements too.

    1. Mandy Weston says: Reply

      Hi Victoria,

      Glad we could help 🙂

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