EV Servicing in Caterham
At Elite Garages Caterham, we offer car servicing and repairs for petrol, diesel, hybrid and electric vehicles. An electric car service, also known as EV servicing, is a thorough inspection of your vehicle to ensure it’s performing at its best. Elite Garages provide EV servicing and repairs in Caterham for all makes and models, including the following:
- Tesla Model 3
- Kia E-Nero
- Volkswagen ID.3
- Nissan Leaf
- Audi E-Tron
- Hyundai Kona Electric
- Electric Mini
- Renault Zoe
- Vauxhall Corsa-E
- MG ZS EV
Here is a detailed look at some of the best electric vehicles on the market today!
Why Do Electric Cars Need Servicing?
Your electric vehicle (EV) needs servicing just like any petrol or diesel car. Although electric vehicles don’t have engines, they share lots of similarities with petrol and diesel cars. They all have tyres, brakes, lights, suspension and electrics which need regular checks and servicing.
Regular EV servicing provides the chance to catch any issues early on. Our experienced technicians will point out any minor issues before they turn into bigger problems if left unresolved. This is likely to save money in the long run by solving issues before they become expensive to repair and potentially dangerous.
Taking good care of your car by ensuring it has a full-service history will increase its lifespan and reliability while retaining its resale value. Electric vehicle servicing keeps your car in excellent condition and should not be ignored. If you need a hybrid or electric car service, book it now at Elite Garages Caterham.
How Often Do You Need EV Servicing?
In many cases, electric cars should be serviced at the same intervals as regular cars.
As with internal combustion engine cars, EV servicing intervals also depend on manufacturer recommendations so it’s important to check your owner’s manual for accurate details relevant to your make and model. Whether you need a hybrid car service, Tesla service or Renault Zoe service, Elite Garages Caterham can help.
Does My Electric Car Need An MOT?
Yes, electric cars need MOTs annually once they are three years old. The main difference is that a car with an internal combustion engine (ICE) has an exhaust system which needs to be tested, whereas this is not required during an EV service. If your vehicle is due an MOT, click here to make an appointment.
Do You Need Special Training To Provide EV Servicing?
Yes, EV servicing requires qualified electric vehicle technicians who have specialist EV training to isolate power on electric cars. Further safety measures and training are required when working with high voltage systems like hybrid and electric vehicles. At Elite Garages Caterham, our electric specialist technicians have all the necessary skills to service your vehicle and make sure it’s safe to drive. They have IMI level 3 accreditation to ensure they can safely and correctly service hybrid and electric vehicles to the same standards as a dealership.
How Much Does EV Servicing Cost In Caterham?
At Elite Garages, you can have your electric car serviced at a highly competitive rate. While the price of EV servicing in Caterham is similar to other car services, many factors can affect the cost, including the make and model of the car and its age. For reference purposes, the price of a Standard EV Service is anywhere from £140 and a Premium EV Service from £240.
What Is Included In An Electric Car Service at Elite Garages Caterham?
Electric cars require regular service and maintenance just like any other cars. Our qualified vehicle technicians check various areas of your electric car, including your brakes, tyres, suspension, lights, electrics, high-voltage cabling, battery pack and more. Our EV servicing includes (but is not limited to) checking or visually inspecting several parts and components. Please refer to the table below for a breakdown of what a standard EV service and a premium EV service include:
|Description of EV Servicing||Standard||Premium|
|Use scanning tool to check for fault codes before service begins||√||√|
|Check electronic handbrake for operation||√|
|Check operation of exterior lights and interior lights||√||√|
|Check horn for operation||√|
|*Check ABS/EML/PAD warning lights for correct operation||√||√|
|Check windscreen condition and wiper condition||√||√|
|*Check air conditioning for efficiency/operation/temperature||√||√|
|Check windscreen washer operations and top up bottle||√||√|
|Check mirror condition. Exterior/Interior||√|
|Check if cabin/pollen filter is due replacement/replace if authorised||√|
|Check if air filter for the HV battery is due replacement/replace if authorised||√||√|
|Check/ test brake fluid boiling point||√||√|
|Check / top-up power steering reservoir where applicable||√||√|
|Top up battery if applicable and check security/Carry out battery test (12V battery)||√||√|
|*Check Coolant / Antifreeze strength and top up||√||√|
|*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||√|
|Check if the air filter to high voltage battery needs replacement (check in the service
book to see if it was done / or is due)
|Lubricate bonnet catch||√||√|
|Check wheel bearings for play or noise||√|
|Remove wheels and check discs/drums for wear, cracks, corrosion and scoring
(inspect wheel cylinders for leaks and operation)
|Check callipers for leaks and operation||√|
|Inspect wheel cylinders for leaks and operation||√|
|Visually check the brake hydraulic system, pipes, and hoses for leaks, chafing and corrosion||√|
|Check shock absorbers for operation (Springs condition)||√|
|*Check steering / suspension components for wear and corrosion||√|
|Check propshaft / drive shaft and joints for play and leaks||√|
|Check steering rack gaitors if applicable||√|
|*Lubricate threaded components under vehicle where easily accessible||√|
|Check condition of high voltage cabling||√||√|
|Check tyre condition, tread depth, record readings (including the spare)||√||√|
|Check wheels for correct balance (including the spare)||√|
|Check and adjust tyre pressures (including the spare)||√||√|
|Set wheel nut torque to manufacturer’s settings||√|
|Lubricate accessible hinges if required||√||√|
|Check electric charging port cap condition||√|
|Check number plates for damage/readability||√|
|*Check steering misalignment (Align check) (Not for vehicles that have ADAS)||√||√|
|Inverter coolant check (check for coolant leaks). The inverter turns DC into AC power for the electric motor to work||√|
|Brake binding check (EVs use magnets for braking, so the brakes are more likely to bind)||√|
|Check the condition of the charging port, visual inspection||√||√|
|Report condition of high voltage battery health||√||√|
|Use a scanning tool to ensure there are no fault codes||√||√|
|*Reset vehicle service light where applicable (certain vehicles main dealer only)||√||√|
*Note – Additional service operations may be required for your vehicle make/model and will be an added charge. Once serviced, your vehicle will receive a stamp in the service book. If you have misplaced your service book or would like a new one, we would gladly organise this for you.
What Other Services Do Elite Garages Offer For Electric Cars?
- Brake checks
- Vehicle safety checks
- Air con and heating service
- Battery health checks
- Electric car repair and maintenance
Do EVs Need Special Tyres?
Electric car tyres are different from regular tyres as they have a reinforced sidewall to handle the extra weight of the battery packs. Without this additional support, it could result in a tyre bulge or worse, a burst tyre. EV tyres also have specially designed treads to grip the road better and provide traction, even at higher speeds especially since EVs can accelerate and brake much faster than the average combustion car. Electric car tyres are made from a different type of rubber compound that is better suited for absorbing shocks and vibrations which help reduce road noise.
Looking For EV Servicing In Caterham?
Elite Garages offer electric car servicing at all of our branches, including Caterham. For ease of reference, here are the locations and contact details of all our branches. For more information on EV servicing or electric car repairs, contact Elite Garages Caterham or use the button below to book yours now.
Our Caterham EV service centre is situated near the B2030 with many restaurants and takeaways to choose from, including The King & Queen pub, Caterham Fish Bar and if you’d like to play a few games of pool, visit the Blacksmith Arms. If you want to explore the town while you’re in the area, here are the top 10 things to do in Caterham.
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As with internal combustion engine cars, an electric car service interval also depends on manufacturer recommendations so it’s important to check your owner’s manual for accurate details. For the most part, an electric car service schedule is similar to that of petrol or diesel cars.
Yes, even electric cars need an annual MOT once they are three years and older. The main difference is that a car with an internal combustion engine (ICE) has an exhaust system which needs to be tested, whereas this is not required during an EV service. If your vehicle is due an MOT, click here to make an appointment.
Electric vehicles require regular servicing and maintenance just like any other car. During an electric car service, technicians check various parts and components, including brakes, tyres, suspension, lights, electrics, high-voltage cabling, battery pack and more. Contact your nearest branch for a full list or read our EV Servicing page.
The tyres on electric vehicles are different from regular tyres as they have a reinforced sidewall to handle the extra weight of the battery packs. EV tyres also have specially designed treads to grip the road better and provide traction since they have a much higher acceleration than petrol or diesel cars. Ask us about the best EV tyres for you!