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What You Should Expect From a Good Car Service

For many of us, ‘mechanic language’ is foreign and perhaps even daunting. We don’t know or understand a great deal about what happens at a car service or when car repairs are undertaken. Essentially, we are investing our trust and money in a mechanic and company in the hope that they will do all that is necessary to keep our vehicles safe, roadworthy and performing well. Despite this, it is useful to have some knowledge of what constitutes a good car service and effective car maintenance.

So, what should be included in a good car service?

Inspection and replacement of parts:

Vital car parts and equipment need to be regularly inspected. These include:

  • Leads – although leads can last for around a decade, they need to be checked for evidence of wear and tear.
  • Air filter – your car’s air filter needs to be changed as and when necessary. In between times, it may need to be cleaned.
  • Spark plugs – spark plugs often provide clues about the condition of your car’s engine. For example, an engine oil leak may be indicated by greasy spark plugs. It is very important to have spark plugs inspected and replaced when they show signs of deterioration.
  • Bulbs – it is important to check to see that your lights are working. If they are not, bulbs need to be replaced.
  • Steering – your steering should be checked for response time.
  • Wiper blades – wiper blades need to be regularly replaced to ensure clear visibility through the windscreen.
  • Air conditioning – the efficiency of your car’s air conditioning system should be checked at every service.
  • Safety belts.

Brake service:

Brakes are critical to a car’s safety and performance. It is imperative that they are checked thoroughly at each service and that the depth of brake pads is measured. Brake response time is also important and brake fluid levels must be maintained to the correct level. Professional auto mechanics will also check your brake rotors and advise of whether they are due for replacement.

Oil change:

In order for your car’s engine to keep running smoothly, cleanly and efficiently, the oil needs to be changed regularly. Old, contaminated oil will certainly affect the performance of your car as engine components can be compromised.

An oil change involves drainage of old, contaminated oil and replacement with new, fresh oil. At each oil change the oil filter also needs to be replaced.


Before granting permission for a mechanic or garage to service your car, ask for specific information about what is included in the service and the associated cost. In particular, ask for detailed information about the treatment of: the engine, brakes, electrics, steering, suspension and bodywork.

If car repairs are required, demand a written quote as opposed to an estimate for the work and parts required. It is also advisable to ask to see the parts that the garage has removed, an invoice/receipt and all relevant guarantees when the work is complete. Finally, keep all paperwork and documentation.

When you know what should be included in a car service, much of the mystery is taken away. Quality mechanics will keep you informed throughout and will have transparent policies and inclusions relating to their services, pricing and the car repairs offered.


  1. Daniel Schmitt & Co. says:

    Very interesting, nice post.

    July 27th, 2012 at 9:42 pm

  2. Thilangani says:

    I am a lady who had to get the service done in my car.the post came in handy i learnt a

    September 22nd, 2012 at 4:35 am

  3. New Car Service Dublin says:

    Maintaining a car is equally important as buying a car. The job of the car owner is not limited to just buying the car and keeping it properly at home. One of the ways to maintain a car is get your serviced every month from professional car service centers. Car servicing helps in determining various hidden problems in a car which may lead to a big trouble if not determined at initial levels. And the points that have been raised by you are really important. I never thought of doing any kind of research before giving my car on service but in future I will definitely keep these points in mind.

    May 15th, 2013 at 9:45 am

  4. kety says:

    Worth reading! I found this post really very helpful. Car repairing should be the integral part of everyone lifestyle. It help us to avoid the unwanted situations and inconvenience.

    May 31st, 2013 at 10:05 am

  5. Mitchell says:

    nice post.

    December 30th, 2013 at 3:14 pm

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