When should you service your car and why is it important?

In order to keep your car running smoothly all year round it needs to have a regular service. Far from being an optional extra, avoiding it could be a very costly mistake.


Some motorists risk expensive repairs because they just aren’t aware of when their car is due for a service. Others aren’t clear on the difference between a service and an MOT, not to mention the different levels of service available.

Below is a look at why servicing is necessary, what it involves and when to get it done.

Why should I service my car?

First and foremost you are responsible for making sure your car is legally roadworthy and safe to drive. Servicing can spot potential problems before they get worse and any worn parts can be replaced easily.

Modern cars can be complex and we appreciate that not everyone is a trained technician. We advise against attempting to service your own car. Let the experts do it for you. We have got the necessary tools, knowledge and guidance from the manufacturer.

What happens during a service?

During the service technicians will check all the lights and fluid levels as well as change the oil and its filter to keep things running smoothly. Other key areas that will be checked are:

  • Brake lights, headlights and indicators.
  • Suspension and shock absorbers.
  • Brake system.

Technicians will also look at the car’s service history and may change parts which are required to be changed after a certain number of miles.

When should I service my car?

These days most modern cars have a built in service light that will illuminate when the car is in need of a service.

This is often displayed as a lit up spanner, but check the manual for a guide to the different dashboard lights on your vehicle.

Older models will need to be serviced every 10,000 miles or 12 months, whichever comes first.

At David Dexters we make sure we follow the manufacturer’s service schedule which is important for cars under warranty.

We offer three levels of servicing for your vehicle; bronze, silver and gold and our staff can recommend the most suitable option for you. Our service technicians only use trusted and high-quality parts that ensure your vehicle will run smoothly and reliably when it’s out on the road.

If you need to book your car in for a service or are unsure when your next service is due, contact the friendly and experienced team at David Dexters today.