Typical Cost: Low
Mobile Repair? Yes
Typical Lead Time: 24 - 48 hours depending on mechanic availability
Interim servicing is usually carried out in between the full services that are carried out in accordance with the vehicle manufacturer’s recommendations.
As a general rule, the first service is usually an interim one, then a full, then an interim, then a major before the cycle is repeated.
Traditionally, servicing was carried out at 12,000 miles or 12 months, whichever came first. However, more and more vehicles are going over to flexible service patterns where the vehicle will advise you through the dashboard display when a service is due.
This is fine, but in reality you should check your owners handbook for the vehicle and follow the advice it gives. If this isn’t available, you are best to revert to the 12 months or 12,000 miles tradition.
Having just an oil change is quite simply a drain of the oil, an oil filter replacement and a refill of oil.
An interim service is more than that as all the fluid levels are checked and the vehicle given a safety check over.
Whilst there are manufacturer or even model specific requirements at certain mileages (i.e. timing belt replacement intervals), these are the following service items replaced and the maintenance checks carried out.
Check timing belt replacement interval
Check for damage to bodywork, lights and trim
Check operation of interior and exterior lights
Check operation of ABS and air bag warning lights
Check windscreen washers and wipers
Check cooling system including fan operation
Check and record antifreeze protection
Check and record brake fluid condition
Check power steering operation and fluid condition
Check and top up all under bonnet fluid levels
Change oil, filter and fit new sump plug washer
Check fuel lines and brake pipes
Check the condition and security of the exhaust
Check all steering and suspension joints, mountings and gaiters
Carry out tyre report
Check all wheel bearings for excessive ‘play’ and noise
Check CV gaiters and joints for wear or splits
Check operation and condition of disc brakes
Carry out brake report
Torque wheel nuts/studs / Locking wheel nut key location
Road test vehicle and report any findings
Re-check engine oil level
Ensure all upholstery, gear lever, steering wheel, etc are clean
Reset service interval indicator
Unless otherwise stated, the quote for your service will cover;
The cost of an interim service depends on your car and what parts your car's manufacturer recommends.
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No, we will not fit customer supplied parts unless they are a brand new item, purchased from a dealership with the receipt as proof of purchase. There is no flexibility over this due to insurance and warranty issues.
Yes, but please note that only the VAT registered mechanics on our network are able to service cars that are still under warranty.
Important: When you make a booking for a service through our site, you must add a note to your booking or contact us to let us know that your car is still under warranty. This will ensure only VAT-registered mechanics will accept your booking.
Yes, but this would depend on the individual mechanic. When making a booking through our site please leave a note telling us you need your service book stamped. We will verify with the mechanics on our network in your area before assigning a mechanic.
Currently the mechanics on our network would carry a stamp with them bearing details only of themselves.
Some manufacturers, like Mercedes, will have digital service records where information on all the services a (recent) car has ever had will be stored. Normally, digital service records will only be available to official dealerships and registered independent centres and mechanics.
Whether a mechanic is able to update digital service records will depend on whether they have access, or can get access to the digital service records. We advise to send us a message before booking, we will verify with the mechanics on our network in your area.
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In some cases. Our major and minor services come with several fluid top ups for several components. Please note, these top-ups are subject to fair usage. Where larger quantities of fluid are required an additional cost may be quoted and charged by the mechanics.
Yes, in most instances. Please leave us message, noting the requirements of your car lease company.
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