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What is a Standard Service?
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What is a Standard Service?

Car services can be broken into two types; there are the Standard services (generally every 10-15 thousand km or once per year depending on manufacturer) and the Major services (generally every 30-45 thousand kilometres depending on manufacturer).
This essential, regular service maintains lubricant and fluid levels, together with an inspection of brakes, exhaust, steering, suspension and other essential safety items and your vehicle is road tested. Standard car services are generally rather quick (as little as 90 minutes).
There are many good reasons to have your car serviced regularly:
• Avoiding engine failure and expensive engine repairs
• Being more fuel efficient
• Increasing the life of your engine
• Avoiding breakdowns
• Ensuring your brakes are functioning effectively
• Reducing unnecessary wear and tear
• Preventing engine failure and damage
• Ensuring that lights are in good working order
• Increasing the life and safety of your tyres
• Extending the life of your steering and suspension
• Getting as much money as possible when selling your car
What is in a Standard Service?
When you get standard service the following items will be done:
• Change engine oil and filter
• Check and top up all oils and fluids
• Check brakes
• Check exhaust
• Check transmission
• Check steering and suspension
• Check (external) engine belts and hoses
• Check all lights
• Check tyres and pressures
• Check windscreen wipers and washers
• Battery test
• Safety inspection
• Report
Cars are not infallible. They need to be serviced regularly to remain in peak condition, be safe and have a reduced risk of breakdown. If a car service takes place regularly, your car is likely to perform better and save you money and stress in the long run.


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  • Mia Evans
    June 14, 2023, 3:40 pm REPLY

    Thanks for pointing out that it usually takes 90 minutes for a standard car service to be completed. I have to choose a certain time on Saturday to get that kind of service after owning my car for half a year. Doing so will give me the assurance that I can observe the whole process and not rush during that time, especially when this is my first time.