When Should I Service My Car?

When Should I Service My Car?

How often should I service my car?

There are several factors affecting the frequency with which you should service your car. Many people ask, how often should a car be serviced, however the primary trio for consideration for an answer are:

  • The amount of miles you drive.
  • How well your vehicle has been maintained.
  • The surfaces and quality of road you travel on.

As a good rule of thumb, we suggest you have your car serviced every twelve months or 20,000Kms, whichever comes first. Heavy car users, who drive many miles a year, should aim to have at least an interim service every six months or 10,000Kms.

What is done during a car service?

At the very least, a service should check all the fluid levels, change the oil and oil filter and lubricate moving parts.

However, with the varying levels of car servicing available, we recommend you choose the best grade for your circumstances and follow the servicing schedule for your vehicle.

When should I get my car serviced?

Most modern cars have an in-built computer that ensures a warning light- often in the image of a spanner- flashes up on the dashboard when your car has reached its service interval.

If your car doesn’t have this facility, you can contact us at Mwalimu Cars. We’ll advise you about the specific servicing requirements for your vehicle and help you to obtain competitive, local quotes for the work needed.

You can also check the servicing schedule in your car’s manual pack, which will give you detailed information from the manufacturer, regarding the servicing of your vehicle.


Regular servicing increases the safety, reliability and lifespan of your vehicle. Small faults can be discovered early making the chance of breakdown much less likely. What’s more, research shows that cars with full service history have a resale value of up to 26% more than similar un-serviced specimens.

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