What is the Average Cost of a Full Car Service?

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By Sarah Watts
Updated on Monday 25 January 2021

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Having your car serviced regularly helps your car run more efficiently, retain its value and avoid more expensive repairs down the road. Also, if you don’t have your car serviced and maintained regularly, you could be invalidating your car insurance policy.

So on average, how much does a car service cost and how often should you have one? Find out below in our FAQs guide.

What is included in a car service?

What’s included in car servicing depends on whether you have an interim service, full service or major car service.

What is an interim service on a car?

An interim car service should include:

  • Oil change
  • Oil filter change
  • 50 point check

What is a full service on a car?

A full car service should include:

  • Engine oil change
  • Oil filter change
  • Air filter change
  • Up to 80 point check

What is a major service on a car?

A major car service should include:

  • Engine oil change
  • Oil filter change
  • Air filter change
  • Pollen filter change
  • Brake fluid replacement
  • Up to 80 point check

How much should a car service cost?

The average cost of a car service can be affected by the type of car you have, where you live, where you take it (dealership, chain or local) and whether you have an interim, full or major service.

If you live in London or ‘down south’, costs are usually much higher than if you live up north.

Dealerships are usually more expensive and some drivers mistakenly think they’re obliged to take their car to a dealership for a service to keep its warranty cover, but this is not the case.

Large chains like Halfords and Kwik Fit are competitive on pricing, but we’d recommend ‘shopping around’ locally too for competitive comparables.

Taking all of the above into account, overall, the average car service cost in the UK is as follows:

  • Interim car service average price in UK: £120
  • Full car service average price in UK: £150
  • Major car service average price in UK: £280

The above figures are approximate and do not cover the cost of repairs or replacement parts (other than filters included in the basic service).

If your car is electric or is smaller/less powerful than average models, these prices should be cheaper and conversely, if your car is larger and more powerful, you can expect to pay more.

When is my car due a service?

Most vehicle experts recommend the following as a guide for when to get your car serviced:

  • Interim: every 6,000 miles or 6 months
  • Full: every 12,000 miles or 12 months
  • Major: every 24,000 miles or 24 months

How long does a car service take?

It’s hard to put a specific time bracket on a car service as each garage may vary and it will, of course, depend on how busy a garage is on that particular day.

When you book a car service, most garages will ask you to leave your car for half a day for an interim service and sometimes a full day for a full or major service.

The average time taken to conduct a car service is:

  • Interim: 1-2 hours
  • Full: up to 3 hours
  • Major: 3+ hours

If you want to have an MOT at the same time as a full car service, then you should allow 2 to 4 hours.

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