EV Servicing

At Elite Garages, we offer car servicing and repairs for petrol, diesel, hybrid and electric vehicles. An electric car service, also known as an EV service, is a thorough inspection of your vehicle to ensure it’s performing at its best. We offer EV servicing and repairs 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 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 an electric or hybrid car service, click here to book it now.

How Often Do I Need An Electric Car Service?

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 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 Electric Car Servicing?

Yes, electric cars need to be serviced by qualified electric vehicle technicians who have specialist 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, our electric specialist technicians have all the required skills to keep your car on the road. They have IMI level 3 accreditation to ensure they can safely and correctly service hybrid and electric vehicles to the same standards as a main dealership.

How Much Does Electric Car Servicing Cost?

At Elite Garages, you can have your electric car serviced at a highly competitive rate. There are lots of factors which can affect the cost of your electric car service including the make and model of the car and its age. To get your online quote, click here.

What Is Included In An Electric Car Service at Elite Garages?

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 service includes (but is not limited to) checking or visually inspecting the following where applicable:

Description
Any fault codes
Handbrake operation
Operation of exterior and interior lights
Horn
Seatbelts
ABS/EML/PAD warning lights for correct operation
Windscreen condition
Wiper condition
Air conditioning for efficiency, operation and temperature
Windscreen washer operation
Mirror condition
Cabin/pollen filter
Air filter
Brake fluid
Power steering reservoir
Battery
Alternator
Coolant/ antifreeze strength
Radiator
Electric cooling fan operation
Air filter
Bonnet catch
Wheel bearings
Wheels, discs, drums
Calipers
Wheel cylinders
Brake hydraulic system, pipes and hoses
Shock absorbers
Steering/ suspension components
Propshaft/ drive shaft and joints
Steering rack
Threaded components under the vehicle
Condition of high voltage cabling
Tyre condition and tread depth
Wheel balance
Accessible hinges
Electric charging port cap
Number plates
Steering misalignment
Inverter coolant check
Brake binding
Condition of charging port
Condition of high voltage battery health
Tyre pressures (including spare)
Wheel nut torque

*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?

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 Electric Car Servicing Near Me?

Elite Garages offer electric car servicing at all of our branches and here are the locations and contact details. To book your EV service or electric car repair at any of our branches, click here.

FAQs

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If the damaged area on the tyre is larger than 6 mm, and on the sidewall, you should not get a repair and rather opt for a replacement tyre.

We always explain this in detail, providing a list of what’s included and what is not. If a customer asks what service they need, we can advise depending on the service schedule and the manufacturer’s specification.

Categories: Caterham, MOT, Newport, Portsmouth

Yes, you certainly can and it’s often something we recommend. In fact, around 95% of the time our customers get a premium or standard service with their MOT. Click these links to find  out what’s included in an MOT and what’s the difference between a Service and an MOT

Category: Caterham

If the damaged area on the tyre is larger than 6 mm and on the sidewall, you should not get it repaired. You should rather opt for a replacement tyre from our wide range of budget, mid-range or premium brands.

Category: Caterham

Yes, our branch is open Mondays to Saturdays with MOT booking slots available from 8:30 am

Tag: MOT
Category: Caterham

Yes, if your vehicle should fail its MOT, we offer free MOT retests within 10 days. For added convenience, you can also book a service at the branch to address any MOT issues.

Category: Horsham

Yes, since the tremendous uplift in customer requests to repair and service electric vehicles, technicians at all of our branches have received the necessary IMI Level 3 electric/hybrid vehicle training.

Categories: Clutch, Horsham, Maidstone

Clutch judder is mostly caused by components and the flywheel not meeting properly. This often happens once your vehicle has come to a complete stop and then engaging the clutch during take-off. It could mean your clutch linkage may be worn or damaged.

Categories: Horsham, Salisbury

All Elite Garages offer a wide range of budget, mid-range and premium tyres at various prices. The type of tyre will depend on several factors, including the make and model of the vehicle (performance, load-bearing, EV), how often you drive and personal driving habits, among others. Visit our website to see tyre brands we stock.

Tag: Tyres
Category: Horsham

We never fit part worn tyres and always encourage customers to avoid fitting part worn tyres at all costs. There are many safety concerns and they really are not any cheaper than economy tyres in the long run. Here is a good article about why part-worns offer a false economy.

Categories: Newport, Portsmouth

Depending on the type of service, checks may include the engine oil, oil filter, lights, tyres, bodywork, exhausts, brakes, steering, fluid and coolant levels, suspension and 12V battery. We will always explain this in detail, providing a list of what’s included and what’s not.

Categories: Deal, Newport

All Elite Garages branches offer a wide range of budget, mid-range and premium tyres at various prices.  While some tyres may cost anywhere from £46, others go up to £83 or more, for example. If you’d like to know the price of a specific tyre, please contact your nearest Elite Garages branch.

Category: Newport

Absolutely! In the event of your vehicle failing the MOT, you may book a vehicle service at the branch to repair the issues in question.

Categories: Deal, Newport

Our MOTs are competitively priced and in accordance with industry standards. However, they do vary depending on location and the time of year. You can check our prices based on where you want to have your MOT by going to the MOT page and selecting your desired location, date and time.

Category: Salisbury

Brake pads and discs wear out over time and will need replacing at some stage. Since no vehicle can operate without functioning brakes, Elite Garages will check yours for free and make recommendations for brake repairs or replacements, if deemed necessary.

Tag: brakes
Category: Salisbury
Several signs indicate that your clutch may need replacing, including a spongy pedal that may also stick or vibrate when you press it. A squeaking or a grumbling noise when you press down on the pedal, poor acceleration when revving the engine and difficulty shifting gears are tell-tale signs you may need a new clutch. 
Categories: Brakes, Maidstone, Salisbury

The squeaking sound your brakes make come from worn-down brake pads and is often when metal rubs against metal. As you press down on the brake pedal, the brake calliper clamps around the pad and applies pressure to slow your wheel down. If your brake pads are worn, these components will rub together resulting in a grinding or squeaking noise.

This question is often also about the legal tread limit so we are always happy to explain that it is 1.6mm. We recommend changing your tyres at 3mm for optimal performance and safety but this is the customer’s choice. You can book a free tyre check to ensure your tread is above the legal limit.

Category: Salisbury

The type of service will depend on what is being done and if any problems are identified which may require additional work. At the time of writing, the price of a standard vehicle service at Elite Garages is from £110 and a premium car service from £180.

Category: Deal

For added convenience, all of our Elite Garages branches perform on-site MOTs which makes it even easier to get your car serviced at the same time. In fact, most of our customers book their MOT with a premium car service.

Tags: Deal, MOT
Category: Deal

The type of service your car needs will largely depend on what was done before. Our technicians will help you decide by looking at your service book for pre seeing what service was done previously. From there, they can provide you with a more definitive answer. (See what’s included in a standard or premium service here).

Category: Deal

In simple terms, budget tyres are the cheapest and often don’t last as long or hold up as well as mid-range or premium tyres. Mid-range seems to be the happy medium as they provide better grip and longevity which is only superseded by the more expensive, premium tyres that offer even better performance, including Bridgestone.

Category: Deal

While front tyres can last for approximately 20,000 miles, the rear tyres may last a little longer. However, it’s important to note that when you replace your tyres will largely depend on driving style, frequency and the quality of tyres fitted.

Tags: Deal, Tyres
Category: Deal

Brakes deteriorate over time from general, day-to-day use but mileage, the environment and driving habits can impact the speed of wear and tear. Sometimes a brake issue is merely a foreign object lodged in your brakes or debris.

Categories: Brakes, Portsmouth

Manufacturers have different recommendations but the general consensus is to replace your brakes when only 20% of the original thickness remains. Brake pads can last between 25,000 and 60,000 miles while brake discs anywhere from 80,000 to 120,000 miles. Remember, your driving habits can also impact the brake replacement intervals.

Categories: Brakes, Portsmouth

The price of brakes varies greatly as it depends on the vehicle and brake specification. At Elite Garages, new brakes cost anywhere FROM £80 but please note prices may be subject to change without prior notice.

Rapids are also budget tyres but they are more high-end and rated as premium economy.  Whilst they provide more grip than standard budget tyres, Rapids don’t perform as well as a good quality mid-range or premium tyre. However, Rapid tyres do offer a great in-between offering quality and value for money.

No, as part-worn tyres are not safe and there is no guarantee they won’t fail.

At the time of writing, the price of a standard car service at Elite Garages is from £110 and a premium car service from £180. The type of service will depend on what is being done and if any problems are identified which may require additional work.

Tag: Pricing
Categories: Air Con, Southampton

If your car air conditioner is blowing warm air, the refrigerant level might be too low. This usually indicates a refrigerant leak in your system but it could also be a faulty component that can be checked and repaired at Elite Garages Southampton

We can usually repair punctures if they are on the central part of the tyre (the middle three-quarters). If a puncture occurs outside this area and near the tyre sidewall, a repair is unlikely and you should get it replaced.

At Elite Garages Maidstone, we always try to get your car booked in as soon as possible and our booking system helps. Call your local garage within normal business hours or request a service slot online if after hours.

We will always try and explain this in detail, providing all the pros and cons. Put simply, budget tyres are the cheapest and often don’t last as long or hold up as well as mid-range and premium tyres. Mid-range seems to be the happy medium as they provide better grip and longevity which is only superseded by the more expensive, premium tyres that offer even better performance.

Tag: Tyres

We can fit OE (Original Equipment) for customers and we’re always happy to discuss parts and brands.

Tag: OE
Categories: Brakes, Eastbourne

We can offer a variety of brands but will always recommend more premium parts, such as Pagid, but it all depends on the specific vehicle. OE fit is always best but we are able to fit various brands such as Delphi.

Categories: Brakes, Eastbourne

Brake pads can last between 25,000 and 60,000 miles while brake discs can be anywhere from 80,000 to 120,000 miles. Once again, how you drive can also impact the replacement intervals.

The front tyres should last for approximately 20,000 miles while the rear tyres may last a little longer. When you replace your tyres also largely depends on driving style, frequency and the quality of tyres fitted.

In the UK and Europe, the legal tyre tread depth for cars is 1.6 mm around the tyre circumference and the central three quarters. However, most tyre experts recommend replacing your tyres when the tread depth is at 3 mm for better braking distances.

A car service interval will largely depend on the car and the service schedule from the manufacturer. The common interval is 12,000 miles or 12 months, but you still have to check your car’s service book to verify.

Categories: Canterbury, Clutch

The issue could be the clutch pressure plate or the clutch disc. However, other causes for clutch slipping is often found in the release system, an incorrectly reworked flywheel or the fitment of the wrong clutch. Our experts will be able to determine the cause and suggest a solution.

Categories: Canterbury, Tyres

We supply a wide variety of brands, from budget, mid-range and premium tyres; each with its own benefits. As the name suggests, budget tyres are cheaper as they are not made to the same standards as mid-range or premium tyres. Mid-range tyres, especially Rapid, are often the preferred choice as it sits just below the premium brands. There is always a choice for our customers, and they can decide, and we are always happy to offer advice.

We will discuss the customer’s vehicle and what extras it may need and then provide them with a quote specific to their requirements. Typically, a standard service starts from £110, and premium services from £210 but prices do vary depending on the vehicle.

Categories: Bournemouth, MOT

Our MOTs are competitively priced and in accordance with industry standards although vary depending upon location and time of year.  You can check our prices based on where you want to have your MOT done by going to the MOT page and selecting your desired location, date and time.

Tag: Pricing

We offer standard and premium car services at affordable, competitive rates – see the home page for our current Standard Service price.

Tag: Pricing

We get them in and out as quickly as possible. We have a good booking system where we can work out our day so we’re not overlapping appointments too much. We do our best so people aren’t waiting too long.

At Elite Garages Bournemouth we always try to get the customer’s car booked in as soon as possible and our booking system helps. Call your local garage here or outside of normal business hours where you can request a slot and we’ll be in touch the next working day to confirm it.

Categories: Bournemouth, Tyres

As a group, we stock a large number of tyres on-premises but if it’s not available, we can arrange next-day delivery from our warehouse. You can check availability and options online here 24/7

Categories: Brighton, Car Servicing, MOT

Some customers will have a standard service one year and a premium service the next so if they’re not doing the mileage, it’s not always advised to book a premium service every year. Most of our customers book an MOT and service at the same time.

Categories: Air Con, Brighton

A car air con needs a service at least every 1 to 2 years as the coolant doesn’t last forever and filters can get clogged up with dirt and stagnant water. If you notice a strange smell, noise or visible leak underneath the car, it could explain why your air con is not working.

Tag: Air Con

In short, you should nearly always fit four of the same tyres to your car. The size will be stated by your vehicle manufacturer.

Tag: Tyres

At the time of posting, the price of a standard car service is from £103 and a premium car service from £180. The service time will depend on what is being done and if any problems are identified which may require additional work.

We try to work it out fairly for you by looking at your service book and see what’s been done previously. From there, we can provide a more definitive answer. (See what’s included in a standard or premium service here).

At the time of posting, the price of a standard car service is from £103 and a premium car service from £180 (See more about Car Servicing here).

Most customers will have a standard service one year and premium service the following year. If they’re not doing the mileage, there’s no point doing a premium service every year. 95% of the time customers get a service with their MOT. Click these links to find  out what’s included in an MOT and what’s the difference between a Service and an MOT

We do our own service schedule which offers much better value but with dealership quality. (See what’s included in our Car Servicing Schedule here).