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Based in Worcester, our workshop provides both repair and MOT testing services and can service almost any domestic or commercial vehicle.
If you have specific requirements or a unique vehicle please contact our team.
What should a car service cost and how often do you need your car serviced?
What do garages do in a car service?
Let Us Explain… When a car is designed, the manufacturer sets out a service schedule for the car, which they believe will keep it running reliably and safely.
Typically a manufacturer service schedule consists of 65-85 checks and 5 – 15 changes to your car. It will be slightly different for each car, depending on the engine, transmission, age and mileage. In order that the original manufacturer warranty is not invalidated, this service schedule must be adhered to, while the car is under warranty.
As well as the services being very similar, there is an enormous amount of overlap between any given service and the MOT test. MOT estimate that 75-85% of a typical service is covered by the MOT test.
Types of Car Services (Car Service Categories)
So for cars that are out of their original manufacturer warranty, garages design their own services, which broadly match the following categories, that get more expensive with each step:
- Oil & Filter Change
- Basic or Interim Service
- Full Service
- Major Service
- Manufacturer Service
- Car Service
An oil and filter change is one of the most crucial parts a service and is one of the few things included in all services. It helps to ensure your car continues to run reliably and helps fuel efficiency.
Service Providers have a ‘duty of care’ to customers when they work on their car. So all reputable Service Providers will complete a Visual Safety Inspection when they work on a car, which identify any obvious safety concerns with a car, even if it is just booked in for an oil and filter change. But they will not be able to complete a full brake check with this kind of service and that is, in Eurotowrecovery.com’s view, a crucial check to have at least once a year.
Basic or Interim Service
Each type of service builds on the previous level. So a Basic service typically includes an oil and filter change and visual inspection.
But it usually adds a top up of all the key fluids in the engine bay (washer fluid, brake fluid, anti-freeze, steering fluid) and a check of up to 35 key components.
A good Service Provider, performing this kind of service, will usually check the brakes and manufacturer guidelines so that they can recommend any additional work that your car may need. Sadly not all garages do though.
A full service will include the basic service work, and typically add an extra 15-30 checks of the car’s components compared to the basic service. But a number of the checks will already be covered by the MOT test (if you are having it done at the same time).
As with the basic service, if the car needs any repairing, or the manufacturer guidelines recommend extra maintenance work, this will be an additional cost.
A major service will have everything covered under a full service, but typically also include changing spark plugs or fuel filters and some other wear/service items recommended in the manufacturer schedule.
This doesn’t mean there won’t be additional repair or maintenance work to add on, but it means some things are already included (whether you need them or not).
This service should be the closest to a manufacturer service but will not be unique to your car.
A manufacturer service price, confirmed at the point of booking, should be bespoke to your car. It should include all wear/service/maintenance items your car needs.
The only additional work you should be quoted for when the car is in the workshop, should be ‘surprise’ repair work.
Which Service Should You Buy?
If your car is under manufacturer warranty, you must book a manufacturer service to protect the warranty.
If your MOT is due at around the same time as your service, then book an MOT and MOT Service. Extra manufacturer requirements will be added on if needed to give you all the servicing you need, and nothing you don’t.
If your MOT is not due at the same time as your service, book a full service.
How Often Should You Service Your Car?
If you are doing high mileage (average mileage is 8,000 miles a year) then ideally you should have an MOT and a full service, once a year, but six months apart. So the car has an MOT and six months later, it has a full service.
But if you do low mileage, or that is not practical for time or money reasons, then you should book in for a MOT and MOT Service once a year.
How Much Should A Service Cost?
It’s hard to give a guide price because service costs vary by Service Provider, car, car age and what is included upfront.
When you need mechanic quotes for car repairs from approved car mechanics, Eurotowrecovery.com is the only place you need to look. Why waste time hunting around for a car repair estimate when you can get trusted quotes from us.
We’re here to take the hassle out of getting car repair quotes, by letting you detail the exact work you need, and then getting our approved car mechanics, repairers and service providers to bid for your job.
If you do not know what’s wrong with your car, you could be better getting your car serviced, as this will mean all the main systems are checked, and thereby sourced of faults be traced.
5 Categories of damage
There are five levels of damage used by the insurance industry to describe cars that have been involved in accidents. These levels, or categories as they’re more commonly known, are labelled as A, B, C, D and F.
Cat F refers to a vehicle that has suffered fire damage. The other four ‘Cats’, A to D, all relate to cars that have had various levels of crash damage, and that are registered as such.
Cat A is the worst of the four, where a vehicle is so damaged that it cannot even be used for salvage and should be crushed.
Cats B and C mean that the vehicle has been heavily damaged and the insurance company has chosen not to go ahead with the repairs.
Cat C cars are usually capable of being salvaged if the repairs are carried out correctly.
Cat D is the least serious category. It usually means that the vehicle has suffered light damage but the insurance company’s decision to repair it is dependent on the cost of the repairs and the value of the vehicle.
If you are looking for any of the following services then Eurotowrecovery.com can help you get the best deal in the most convenient way:
Air Conditioning • Alloy Wheel Refurbishment • Auto Locksmith • Bodywork, Dents and Smart Repairs • Brake Repairs • Braking System • Cambelt Change • Car Audio•Clutch Repairs • Clutch Replacement • Diagnostic Test • Diagnostics • Exhaust Fitting • Exhaust Repair • Full Service • Gearbox Repairs • Head Gasket • Loss of Power • Misfuel • Mobile Mechanic • Mobile Servicing • MOT • Security • Servicing • Servicing and MOT • Shock Absorber Repair • Smart Repair • Squeaking Brakes • Suspension Repairs • car repair • Tyre Fitting • Tyres, Wheels and Tracking • Wheel Alignment
Make sure that your car is fully MOT’d by the accredited garage Eurotow.
What Is An MOT?
The function of a car MOT is to make sure that your car is safe for you to drive and not a danger to other road users. To this end, the Government has devised a test to be undertaken annually by every vehicle in the UK. This is the Driving Standards Agency (DSA) and Vehicle and Operator Services Agency (VOSA) which have merged to form the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA). You can usually get car servicing at the same time as your MOT to fix any issues you may have. However, it isn’t the same as having your vehicle serviced and doesn’t check its general mechanical condition.
The MOT test demonstrates that your car has passed vehicle safety and exhaust emission checks undertaken at an approved MOT Centre. Failure to meet any of these required standards means that your car should be taken off the road. You must keep any vehicles driven on the road in a roadworthy condition. The MOT test checks that your vehicle meets road safety and environmental standards.
What is tested in an MOT test?
Some examples of the problems your car could have and are checked in an MOT test include your car’s brakes, tyres / wheels, the car battery, electrical components, steering, the car body, windscreen, the exhaust system. The list goes on…
When does my car need an MOT test?
Once a vehicle is 3 years old (4 years old in Northern Ireland or 1 year old in other cases) it will need an MOT test every year. Reminders are no longer sent out to the registered car owner so put it in your diary because your car MOT check is a vital part of responsible vehicle ownership.You’ll then need to renew your MOT before it expires. The earliest date you can renew is 1 month before it expires – this date is printed on the pass certificate.
You can book your car into an official MOT Test Centre (a garage displaying a blue sign with 3 white triangles) for a relatively small fee up to a month before its test is due.
What happens when my car fails an MOT test?
The approved tester will let you know if your vehicle has passed its MOT by issuing a certificate and recording the fact in an online database.
If your car fails, don’t panic. The Test Centre will let you know where your vehicle has fallen short, and you can have the car repaired and re-tested within 10 days (often without an additional fee).
You must use an approved MOT test centre to get your MOT. Only centres showing the blue sign with 3 white triangles can carry out your MOT. Approved centres must show an official ‘MOT Test: Fees and Appeals’ poster on a public notice board on their premises. This must list contact details for your local DVSA area office.
What if my car’s MOT is overdue?
It is illegal to drive your car without a current certificate, since it could potentially put you, other drivers and pedestrians at risk.
Be aware that if your vehicle has failed its MOT check or its certificate has expired, you will only legally be allowed to drive it to a garage for repair or to a pre-booked appointment at an official MOT Centre. If you do choose to drive your car without an MOT, your insurance will be invalid and you could be liable for a fine of £1,000.
How do I book an MOT test?
Eurotowrecovery.com can provide you with a quote for the right price, at home or at work, with or without a courtesy car, at the weekend or during the week – the choice is yours.
Keep your car safe and on the road – get a quote for your car’s MOT now.
If there’s one thing you can’t afford to cut corners on with your car, it’s keeping its brakes in tip-top order, that’s why you need to make sure you get credible brake repair or quality brake pads fitted.
It’s easy to take them for granted for as long as you know you can stop safely, but many of the parts of your braking system wear out over time, thanks to the tremendous forces exerted on them by being called on to help stop a few tons of metal – and its contents – in good time to avoid any mishaps.
And when you think of it in those terms, you start to realise how important it is to have any car brakes repairs carried out promptly, so that what might start out as a minor inconvenience doesn’t end up putting you in real danger.
What to do when car brakes wear out
If you experience any of the above, you should head straight to Eurotowrecovery, where we can provide you with a quote for brake repairs on any make of car.
Whether it’s new brake pads a set of replacement brake discs, or a full brake overhaul you’re after, you don’t have to worry about wearing out excessive shoe leather traipsing around garages getting quotes, because at Eurotowrecovery, the garages contact you, and you’re free to see to the fine details of getting the job done.
So if you’ve got dragging brakes, or they’re fading fast, don’t drag your feet – contact with Eurotowrecovery today.
Clutch repairs or a clutch replacement are a real hassle, and whenever such an emergency arises a source of major expense and disruption to your routine while your vehicle is off the road.
But you can cut your clutch replacement cost, along with loads of the accompanying bother, by coming straight to Eurotowrecovery as soon as trouble strikes.
You have complete control over when you get your work done, because you arrange this directly with the garage once you’ve accepted their clutch repair price. If you need to get back on the road quickly, you can pick your repairer on that basis too.
No work on your car clutch can be done without you giving your authorisation, and you fix details such as arrangement for collection and return of your car directly with your chosen repairer.
Thousands of happy customers have found out how Eurotow can eliminate the time and trouble of shopping around for the best clutch repair price. So don’t wait until disaster strikes, call us today and we will be ready to spring into action at the first signs of problems with your car clutch.
Clutch plate replacement and associated repairs are best left to an expert, so don’t leave it to chance – get yours done by a Eurotowrecovery, and you’ll be in the driving seat.
Your car’s timing belt is an essential part of its workings and carrying out a timing belt replacement is needed when necessary. It ensures that the camshafts and pistons stay working properly in unison, so if you have a timing belt failure, it will usually cause serious damage to the inner workings of your engine – and more importantly, you’ll be left with a big hole in your wallet!
Timing belt replacement is also a job which is best handled by an experienced mechanic with the proper equipment, as it requires access to the underside of your engine.
It’s a job which every car manufacturer also recommends is carried out at set intervals. So even if you haven’t had your car serviced at the appropriate time, you’d be wise to investigate the cost of timing belt replacement for your car, and get the work done as soon as you can.
So when your car is due for a timing belt change, call Eurotowrecovery today to boo in your job.
Eurotowrecovery.com is fast becoming the trusted first call for hundreds of motorists when they need quotes for any kind of servicing and repair on their cars. So to stay in control of timing belt replacement cost on your car when it’s needed, steer your mouse straight in our direction.