What’s Included In Elite Garages Car Services?

If you want to keep your car in good condition and safer on the road while being more cost-effective, then you need to keep up with regular car services. Avoiding a car service to save money may seem innocent enough but it’s a false economy.

There’s always going to be the usual wear and tear which car servicing and minor maintenance can sort out. However, if you ignore this, minor issues can quickly turn into more costly repairs or even replacements.

With over 50 years of experience in the automotive industry, Elite Garages can help you look after your car the way it should be. Let’s take a closer look at why you need a regular vehicle service and what our car service offers include.

Why Is It Important To Service My Car Regularly?

Bad driving does indeed contribute to some road accidents but many are as a result of poorly maintained parts or components. This includes faulty or worn brakes, uneven tyre tread and damaged wiper blades among many others. A regular service can help identify potential problems before they become dangerous and expensive to repair.

With thousands of accidents on UK roads every year, vehicle owners are encouraged to take better care of their cars as there are several benefits, besides safety of course. Here are some of the reasons why you need to book a car service when the time is right.

  • Higher resale value with a full car service history (FSH)
  • Better fuel economy
  • Help you save on unnecessary and costly repairs
  • Your car will last longer and produce fewer emissions

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Elite Garages Car Service Offers

Car services can vary depending on the age and type of vehicle but most involve changing the engine oil, spark plugs, oil and air filters. The normal interval for a service is once a year or every 12,000 miles, whichever comes first.

Unlike an MOT, car servicing is not a legal requirement but it’s not something you should lightly either, especially with older cars. At Elite Garages, we offer standard and premium car services for most vehicle makes and models including VW, Toyota, Nissan, Kia, Honda, Vauxhall, Jaguar, BMW, Mercedes and Audi among others.

During the vehicle service, our technicians will also check for any additional issues but will only make repairs with your explicit permission. For all your car service and MOT offers, Elite Garages have you covered.

What’s Included In The Standard And Premium Vehicle Services?

Generally, a service involves changing the engine oil and oil/air filter but with some, they also replace the spark plugs (petrol cars), antifreeze engine coolant, brake fluid or power-steering fluid. You can find the price of the standard car service on our website and below is a breakdown of what’s included:

Top up battery if applicable and check the security

Check and top up brake and clutch fluid

Check windscreen wipers

Check windscreen washer operations and top up

Check/top-up power steering reservoir where applicable

Check coolant/antifreeze strength and top up

Check condition, tension and adjust as required auxiliary drive belts (excluding timing/cam belt)

Replace oil filter

Drain engine oil and refill (special or synthetic oils subject to additional charge)

*Check and top up gearbox oil where applicable

Check tyre condition, tread depth, record readings (including the spare)

Check and adjust tyre pressures (including the spare)

Check wheels for correct balance (including the spare)

Set wheel nut torque to manufacturer’s settings

*Reset vehicle service light where applicable (certain vehicles main dealer only)

Carry out battery test

Check condition of fuel lines

Visual inspection of HT lead*

Lubricate throttle linkage if applicable

Check radiator for leaks/Check condition of radiator cap/Check coolant hoses for leaks and condition/Check expansion bottle and cap for leaks

*Check electric cooling fan for operation where applicable

Test and report brake fluid boiling point (if applicable)

Lubricate bonnet catch

Lubricate accessible hinges if required

Grease steering/suspension and prop shaft if applicable

Check fuel cap condition

*Note – Additional service operations may be required for your vehicle make/model and will be an added charge
*Note – Stamp service book as per Elite Service manual

Check handbrake for operation and travel

Check operation of exterior lights and interior lights

Check horn

Check seatbelts

*Check ABS warning lights for correct operation

Check heater plug indicator (Diesel)

Check for correct clutch operation

Top up battery if applicable and check the security

Check and top up brake and clutch fluid

Check windscreen wipers

Check windscreen washer operations and top up

Check/top-up power steering reservoir where applicable

Check coolant/antifreeze strength and top up

Check condition, tension and adjust as required auxiliary drive belts (excluding timing/cam belt)

Replace oil filter

Drain engine oil and refill (special or synthetic oils subject to additional charge)

*Check and top up gearbox oil where applicable

*Check and top up axle oil where applicable

Check and top up automatic transmission fluids where applicable

Check for general oil leaks

Check wheel bearings for play or noises

*Check steering/suspension components for wear and corrosion

Check steering rack gaiters if applicable

Check shock absorbers for operation (Springs condition)

Remove wheels and check discs/drums for wear, cracks, corrosion and scoring

Check callipers for leaks and operation

Inspect wheel cylinders for leaks and operation

Visually check brake hydraulic system, pipes and hoses for leaks, chafing and corrosion

Check prop shaft/driveshaft and joints for play and leaks

Inspect exhaust system for leaks security and noise

Check tyre condition, tread depth, record readings (including the spare)

Check and adjust tyre pressures (including the spare)

Check wheels for correct balance (including the spare)

Set wheel nut torque to manufacturer’s settings

*Reset vehicle service light where applicable (certain vehicles main dealer only)

Carry out battery test

Check condition of fuel lines

Visual inspection of HT lead*

Visual inspection of distributor cap – if applicable

Visual inspection of rotor arm if applicable

Replace spark plugs if applicable (platinum, long life or multi-electrode plugs subject to extra charge)

*Replace air filter element

Check diesel fuel filter

Check smoke emissions visually (Diesel)

Lubricate throttle linkage if applicable

Check radiator for leaks/Check condition of radiator cap/Check coolant hoses for leaks and condition/Check expansion bottle and cap for leaks

*Check electric cooling fan for operation where applicable

Test and report brake fluid boiling point (if applicable)

Lubricate bonnet catch

Lubricate accessible hinges if required

Grease steering/suspension and prop shaft if applicable

Check fuel cap condition

Check windscreen condition

Check mirror condition, exterior/interior

Check number plates

Check for cabin/pollen filter replacement (report if due)

*Check petrol fuel filter

Test starter motor for cranking operation and security

Test alternator for charging operation and security

Check cambelt replacement intervals (report if due)

*Note – Additional service operations may be required for your vehicle make/model and will be an added charge
*Note – Stamp service book as per Elite Service manual

Why Choose Elite Garages

Elite Garages are one of the leading independent tyre, MOT, vehicle service and forecourt operators with 14 branches covering the whole of the south and south-east of England. If you’re looking for some of the cheapest car service deals in the UK, call your nearest branch for more information or book your service online.

Besides car servicing, MOTs and tyres, we also provide air conditioning, exhausts, batteries, brakes, clutches, diagnostics, wheel alignment, balancing, suspension and free safety checks. We are also proud to announce that Horsham, Eastbourne and Pulborough have Pirelli Performance Centre status with more to follow.

Car Service Centres Near Me

All of our vehicle service centres have friendly, professional and expertly-trained technicians who will make sure your vehicle is in excellent condition. Whether you need a car service, MOT or tyres, we can help. For your convenience, we’ve added a list of Elite centres below: