• 10 Dec 2019

How often should I service my car?

How often should I service my car?

There are several factors affecting the frequency with which you should service your car . Many people ask, how often should a car be serviced, however this can depend on a range of variables;

The amount of KM’s you drive.
How well your vehicle has been maintained.
The surfaces and quality of road you travel on.

As a good rule of thumb, we suggest you have your car serviced every twelve months or 10 000 KM’s only, whichever comes first.

It’s always a good idea to check with your mechanic as to when your car service is due next. Usually your mechanic will put a sticker on the inside of your vehicle window indicating when your next service is due. Alternatively you can always refer to your log-book to check your service dates and intervals.

So what’s included in a regular service?

At the very least, a service should check all the fluid levels, change the oil and oil filter and lubricate and check moving parts.

However, with varying levels of car servicing available, we recommend you choose the best quality solution for your circumstances and follow the servicing schedule for your vehicle.

When should I get my car serviced?

Most modern cars have an in-built computer that ensures a warning light- often in the image of a spanner- flashes up on the dashboard when your car has reached its service interval.The age of your car and type of fuel will influence the servicing time period. The older your car is the more often it will need servicing. Newer models under four years old often have a servicing period of 12 months.

If your car doesn’t have this facility, you can contact us ! We’ll advise you about the specific servicing requirements for your vehicle and help you to obtain competitive, local quotes for the work needed.

You can also check the servicing schedule in your car’s manual pack, which will give you detailed information from the manufacturer, regarding the servicing of your vehicle.


Regular servicing increases the safety, reliability and lifespan of your vehicle. Small faults can be discovered early making the chance of breakdown much less likely. What’s more, research shows that cars with full service history have a resale value of up to 26% more than similar unserviced specimens. If you start to notice a problem with your car, get it checked out straight away. You will do more damage by driving around with something wrong and ultimately it will cost you more and be a greater risk to your safety.

Need car servicing in your local area? Arnold’s Automotive can provide all levels of servicing, at a competitive rate.

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