Understanding Interim Car Service | Chapelhouse Insights

What is an interim service?

An interim service is a minor type of service compared to the full service that you should get every year. They are similar to a full service but don't include as many checks. 

They are designed to be taken every six months - in between your annual full car services - so that your car's health is maintained to the highest level. It is recommended that you book an interim service if you cover more than the average UK mileage each year, which is 12,000 miles.

Is it worth booking an interim service?

You should get your vehicle serviced every 12 months as a rule. But cars pick up more wear and tear the more they drive, especially if you make regular long motorway journeys. If your car covers more than 12,000 miles each year, it is well worth booking an interim service.  

Regular servicing of your car is the best way to keep on top of any problems your car may have, or to nip them in the bud before it even becomes an issue. These things can easily accumulate, and before long, you could be looking at a major service to rectify a long list of problems.  

An interim service is also not to be confused with an MOT. An MOT test is a legal requirement and tests the safety aspects of your car more than the general maintenance. 

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What does an interim service include?

An interim service focuses on the fluids that your car needs to run as smoothly as possible. Your car will receive an oil change and a brand-new oil filter. Other fluids, including coolant, brake fluid and screen wash will all receive a top-up.

Interim service checks include:

  • Engine oil replaced 
  • Oil filter replaced
  • Gearbox oil topped up
  • All fluid levels topped up
  • Front & rear windscreen wipers and washers
  • Tyres
  • ABS and brake pads
  • Drums and discs
  • Clutch
  • Battery
  • Steering and suspension
  • Air conditioning
  • Air filter
  • All interior and exterior lights
  • Bodywork and door mirrors
  • Seatbelts
  • Fuel cap

How long does an interim service take?

An interim service will typically take 90 minutes to be completed. This is around half the time it would normally take for a full service to be carried out.

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