When was the last time you had your vehicle serviced? Have you checked your car since the sun went away and the rain and ice appeared? Autumn and winter can be hard on your car and it is important to look at it to prevent any future problems and potential breakdowns in the near future. 

Now that you’ve put your barbeque away and are preparing to clear the leaves in your gutter, it’s time to take a look at our car service checklist and see why you need to service your car in autumn. 

What Is A Car Service?

When it comes to looking after your car to ensure it runs smoothly, a car service is exactly what you need. Your local garage can carry out a health check with routine maintenance which assesses core areas of your car such as fluid levels and general wear and tear. 

By getting a regular service, your vehicle will most likely run more smoothly and efficiently keeping you on your travels for longer. Services are typically needed at least once a year of every 12,000 miles. 

What Is Included?

Depending on the age of your car and the number of miles it has travelled, you may need a different level of vehicle service. To give you the full car service checklist, here are all of the service types currently provided in the UK:

  • Manufacturer Service – This is based on your manufacturer’s schedule and can often be found in your car manual or vehicle handbook
  • Full Service – This is typically carried out every year or per 12,000 miles, depending on what comes first. 
  • Interim Service – This is typically carried out every 6 months or 6,000 miles, again depending on what comes first.
  • Regular Maintenance – This is usually when oil or filters need replacing. 

It is also worth considering when your MOT is due on your vehicle as some garages can offer dual discounts for carrying out a service and MOT.

Why You Need To Service Your Car In Autumn

Like when every season comes, your vehicle is faced with a new set of challenges. For autumn, you are faced with wet weather, colder temperatures and shorter days. Take a look at the top reasons why you should get your car serviced in autumn…

Shorter Days…

As summer fades away, the nights get darker and the days get shorter, meaning you are more likely to be travelling in the dark. 

Wetter Weather…

British weather is never easy to predict but the chances are there will be a lot more rain during the autumn months. 

Colder Temperatures…

Along with the rainy weather, you may almost see a drop in temperature which is a harsh reality for your vehicle. 

All of the above problems equal less visibility and potential problems with tyre grip and braking, which is why it is always best to get your car serviced from summer to autumn.

I’ve Broken Down…

We understand that sometimes you can get carried away with working and the day to day activities in your life, which can cause potential problems in the future, such as a vehicle break down. In case you ever break down, we’re always here for you, no matter where you are in the UK. 

You can get in touch with our team today on 0870 600 3444 and we’d be happy to help you with domestic or commercial vehicle recovery services.