Interim, full & major car service: What’s the difference?

When exploring your options for car services, there are a few. The main terms that you may have seen thus far include ‘interim’, ‘full’ and ‘major’. In this guide, we’re explaining the differences between these three and why you would want to choose one over the other. We’ll also bring clarity to whether any of these services are essential.

What is a service – recap

A car service is a routine checkup. It’s not uncommon to have a service completed at the same time as an MOT. Unlike an MOT, it’s not a legal requirement, though. However, it does help to keep your car running smoothly.

It’s an essential part of your vehicle’s maintenance. It helps keep you and other road users safe. Furthermore, it can also help your car perform at its best and will extend its lifespan. This could keep your car on the road for longer and help you get the most enjoyment out of it.

What’s a full service, and what does it include?

A full car service, also known as a major service, is recommended at least once a year or after every 12,000 miles on the road. With a full service, you can expect checks to be completed on your brakes, oil levels, oil filter, air filter, air conditioning system. The car mechanics will provide a general overview of the vehicle to identify any obvious signs of wear and tear, such as rust.

This will help maintain the health of your vehicle and highlight some common red flags that need addressing. Scheduling a full service before your MOT can also be worthwhile. This can increase your chances of passing and give you the opportunity to fix any issues beforehand.

What’s an interim service?

An interim service can be scheduled more often, typically every six months. This tides you over on some essential car health checks before your next big service or MOT. There will be a crossover of checks that are completed with the full service, but they won’t necessarily be as in-depth or comprehensive.

It’s worth getting a full breakdown of the checks that will be covered from your local car mechanic.

Get a no-obligation quote from our local car mechanics in Peterborough. Our team is fully trained to take the best care of your vehicle. You can fill out our online contact form, email us or call our friendly team.

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