Frequently Asked Questions on Aftersales

Do I need to service my car every year?

Most manufacturers recommend that your vehicle is serviced every year or 10,000 miles, whichever comes first. If you cover a high number of miles, you may need to have your car serviced every six months. To confirm how often your car needs to be serviced, check your owner’s manual or contact our aftersales department today.

What does a full car service include?

A full car service includes checks on various components of the vehicle, such as the spark plugs, wheel bearings, brakes, fuel filter and more. Oil and fluid levels are also checked and these are typically topped up where necessary. Any additional work that is required usually incurs an extra cost.

Do I need to service my car at a dealer?

While it’s not necessary to have your car serviced at a dealer, there are many reasons why it’s advantageous. For example, many new cars must be serviced at a dealer to remain under warranty. In addition, franchised dealers can be relied upon to use the latest tools and technology, and to make repairs and replacements with genuine parts.

How do I know when my car needs servicing?

You can check if your car is due a service by contacting your dealer. Alternatively, if the yellow engine light is illuminated, it’s time to book your vehicle in. Other signs that a service may be required include strange noises when you’re driving, or vibrating or pulling during braking.

How long does a full car service take?

A full car service can take up to three hours to complete, as it covers a wide range of comprehensive checks. At Delgarth, we can keep you on the move with our courtesy cars - simply contact us to find out more.

Why is my service light on in my car?

Most modern cars feature a service light that reminds you when it’s time to book your vehicle in for maintenance, If your service or engine light is illuminated, contact us today for expert aftersales care.

At what mileage should a car be serviced?

Most manufacturers recommend that their vehicles are serviced every 10,000 miles. Cars that cover a high number of miles may need to be serviced more regularly. You can check the manufacturer's recommendations in your owner’s manual, or give us a call at Delgarth to find out how often your car should be serviced.

How often should I change the oil in my car?

Your engine oil levels should be checked frequently and topped up if the level is near the minimum mark on the dipstick. An oil change is normally carried out during a service, and for many motorists this is fine. For those with older cars or who cover a higher number of miles, however, the oil may need changing more often.

What is the difference between MOT and service?

An MOT test is required by law to ensure your vehicle is roadworthy. The test must be carried out annually and checks are made on components such as lights, brakes and seat belts. A service isn’t a legal requirement, but is highly recommended so that your vehicle is kept in good condition and performs efficiently. It includes checks on various components as well as a top up of fluids and oil.

What happens if you don’t get your car serviced?

Not having your vehicle serviced can result in poor performance, sub-optimal fuel efficiency and even the need for expensive repairs. The purpose of regular servicing is not only to maintain the car’s condition but also to identify and remedy any issues that could develop into more serious problems in the future.