Keeping your vehicle maintained

It is advised to service a car every year or every 12,000 miles, although some manufacturers recommend more frequent maintenance. By doing this, you reduce the risk of breakdowns by catching faults before they become a problem, and you can extend the lifetime of your vehicle too. With oil changes and wheel alignment, your fuel efficiency will improve too.

Full service or interim – the choice is yours

There are two types of car service offered by Bearsted Auto Centre – Interim and Full Service. The full service has a longer list of comprehensive checks and is therefore more expensive. The cost of your service will also depend on your engine size – those with smaller engines will incur smaller costs.

Interim service checks include

  • Bodywork and mirrors etc.
  • Timing belt interval
  • Warning lights
  • All seatbelts
  • Interior and exterior lights
  • Front and rear windscreen wipers, washers and rear-view mirror
  • Fuel cap
  • Air conditioning (if necessary)
  • Power steering
  • Auxiliary and fan belts
  • Air filter
  • Battery
  • Clutch

  • Gearbox oil and axel oil topped up
  • All fluid levels topped up
  • Inspection for corrosion
  • Engine oil and filter replaced
  • Steering and suspension
  • Exhaust system
  • Fuel lines, brake pipes, hoses and handbrake
  • Checks for leakage from cylinders and callipers
  • Tyres
  • ABS
  • Brake pads, drums and discs
  • Handbrake operation
  • Exhaust emissions






A full service includes all of the above, plus the following

  • Door hinges, catches and locks
  • Coolant system
  • Engine cooling fan
  • Operation of throttle
  • Air filter replaced
  • Distributor cap condition

  • Engine and gearbox mounts
  • Starter motor cranking and security tests
  • Visual inspections of radiator and coolant pipes
  • All-wheel bearings checked for noise
  • Wheel checks
  • Front and rear brake checks

We perform complete oil changes, filter cleans, and servicing, helping to bolster the efficiency of your engine, reducing fuel consumption and improving performance.

Most manufacturers recommend to change the oil every few thousand miles, as the oil lubricates less effectively over time. This means heat is less well absorbed, and the engine can suffer increased wear, especially in moments of high strain, such as just after starting, in extreme temperatures, and when the car is revving highly or running hot. Our team will not only replace your oil with high quality new oil, but dispose of the previous oil responsibly and sustainably.





How much does a service cost?

Engine Size Interim Full

Up to 1000cc



Up to 1300cc



Up to 1600cc



Up to 2000cc



Up to 2500cc



Up to 3500cc







Frequently Asked Questions


How often should I get my car serviced?

Bearsted Auto Centre Recommends that a Full Service is completed every 12,000 miles or every 12 months and Interim Service is completed every 6,000 miles or every 6 months.

How long does a full service takes?

A full service at Bearsted Auto Centre takes around 2/4 hours.

How long does an interim service take?

An Interim service at Bearsted Auto Centre takes around1-2 hours.