Regularly servicing your car is the best way to keep it in top working condition, and can help you avoid some costly damage to your motor. In this car service cost guide we look at the average prices for car servicing across the UK.
Whether it’s a routine service, or you think your car might have a problem, a local car garage or mechanic can check things over for you. The cost of your car service will vary according to the make and model of your car, so it’s always worth getting a quote before you book your car in for the service.
Ideally you need to have your car serviced at least once a year. If you use your car a lot and rack up the mileage then you’ll probably want to have a service twice a year – more miles means more wear and tear.
|Car service type||Average cost|
|Full service - small car||£155|
|Full service - medium car||£205|
|Full service - large car||£395|
|Oil and filter change||£70|
How much does a full car service cost?
The average car service price varies depending on the size of your car. Generally, the bigger the car the more the service will cost. For a small car you’re looking at a full car service cost of around £155. For a medium car that price is about £205, and for a large car you’ll pay in the region of £395 for the full car service.
Factors affecting the average car service price
There are a number of factors that could affect the price you pay for your car service, including:
- Make and model of car
- Size of car
- Age of car
- Current mileage
- Any repairs or work that needs to be done
- Type and quality of any parts that need changing
- Where you live
Speak to your local garage or find a local car service specialist to get accurate quotes. And remember to ask what exactly is included in the price for their different car service options.
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When talking about car services there are a number of different options you may have, depending on the garage or mechanic you go to. The costs below are for a small car, for larger cars the service prices will increase. The three main levels of car service are:
Basic car service cost
A basic car service is usually recommended for every 6,000 miles (or every 6 months). It usually includes an oil and filter change and an inspection of the main parts of your car, including brake pads and discs, tyres and other areas that might show signs of general wear.
Average cost for a basic service: £100
If you’re just looking for an oil filter change, that is usually cheaper than a basic service. The average cost for an oil and filter change is around £70.
Full (or mid range) car service cost
A full car service is recommended every year, or every 12,000 miles (whichever comes first). This service will look at everything a basic service covers but the checks will go into more detail and include some additional work, such as air filter replacement and in-depth brake checks.
Average cost for a full service: £155
Major car service costs
A major service is the most thorough car service you can get. This is recommended every 24,000 miles, or every 2 years. It involves a complete check of the vehicle and will extend to covering spark plugs, brake fluid, suspension, and fuel filters. A major car service will highlight any work that needs to be done to give your motor a clean bill of health.
Average cost for a major car service: £210
How often should I service my car?
For the average driver, it’s recommended that you book your car in for a service at least once every 12 months. For drivers who cover a lot of miles (15,000+ per year) it’s worth having a car service every 6 months. If in doubt, speak to your local car service experts for their advice.
Costs of not having a car service
One of the main benefits of having your car serviced regularly is that you avoid small problems becoming major issues for your car. By keeping your car in good working order you can minimise the amount you have to spend on it. Otherwise you could be forking out a lot more money down the line.
Here are some of the costs for major repairs that could come as a result of poor maintenance and not having regular car service.
Replacing a radiator – £450
Replacing a water pump – £250
An engine exchange – £2,600
Replacing a cylinder head gasket – £540
As you can see, these costs are a lot higher than a car service. Remember to keep track of when you have your car serviced and keep an eye on your mileage – then book a car service when it’s due.
Useful car service checklist
- Keep a log of when you have your car serviced so you know when it is next due.
- Track your mileage so you know if you need to have a car service earlier than planned.
- Speak to your local garage or car service specialist for accurate quotes.
- Remember to ask what is included in each level service, the details may vary between garages.
- Expect to pay more for a car service for larger vehicles.
- Always shop around for fair and competitive car service costs.
- Use a reputable local garage with qualified mechanics and, if in doubt, ask to see their relevant qualifications and/or accreditations.
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