How Often Should You Service Your Car?

Having your car serviced is an important piece of preventative maintenance every owner must do. It can be a little bit tricky to know how often you should service your car. It is vital that you don’t let your car miss a service, as it can lead to unnecessary problems and costs.

When Should I Service My Car?

The best way to know how often to service your car is to check your car’s service manual. The service manual should provide a servicing schedule and a list of what is required for each service. If you don’t have your car’s service manual, or it doesn’t provide a schedule, a good rule of thumb for servicing your car is every 10,000 kms or every 6 months, whichever comes first.

What Is Completed During A Car Service?

Most regular car services will include an oil change and oil filter replacement, a top up of all the major fluids (including brake fluid, coolant, steering fluid etc.), a tyre wear and pressure inspection as well as a visual inspection of all the major vehicle components (including suspension, brakes etc.). More in depth services such as a logbook service also include extra items such as replacing components that wear out over time like spark plugs and air filters, battery checks, wheel alignment checks and an in-depth visual inspection of the entire vehicle.

Why Should I Service My Car?

Servicing your car keeps it in the best possible condition. Keeping your car in great condition means it is much less likely to break down and last as long as possible. It also means that you’re keeping your car roadworthy, which not only keeps you and other road users safe, but also ensures that you aren’t breaking any laws.

What Happens If I Don’t Service My Car?

If you don’t service your car on schedule, any number of things can happen causing you unnecessary hassles and costly repair bills. You may begin to experience poor fuel economy due to reduced engine efficiency. Your driving experience will begin to deteriorate as your vehicles components being to wear. Major mechanical failure such as a seized motor or overheating are very real possibilities from missing regular services.


Servicing your car is not only a good way to ensure your car is running at peak efficiency, but it can also save you unnecessary bills and frustration in the future. If your car is due for a service, give the team at Australian Mechanical a call on 07 3356 1538 for a quote.


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