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Servicing FAQ's

See below, our commonly asked questions and answers around Servicing and MOT's. If there is a question you have that isn't shown below, feel free to get in touch.

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How much does an MOT cost?

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The annual MOT is a vehicle health check that is a legal requirement for those models aged three years and over. The cost for an MOT varies from test centre to test centre; however, the maximum fee is restricted by the DVLA to £54.85.

What does a car service include?

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Conducting regular vehicle service is crucial for the on-going performance of your car. A regular car service will inspect more than 50 components to ensure their health, ranging from oil and fluid levels to steering alignment, light fixtures to the vehicle’s cooling system.

What car service do I need?

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In most instances, the vehicle manufacturer provides information regarding which service is due when in the servicing handbook. These service intervals will dictate whether an interim or full service is required. Alternatively, contact the team at RMB Automotive today and we’ll be happy to advise.

What is a car service?

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A car service is a thorough inspection of all the key components of your vehicle conducted by an experienced technician.

Does servicing a car improve performance?

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​In some cases, yes. After all, servicing checks such measures as fluid levels and steering alignment, so having these checked and corrected can lead to an improvement in performance, fuel economy and safety. 

How long does a car service take?

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​Depending on the complexity of your vehicle and the nature of the service, the length of time a car service takes can vary. On average, however, we aim to complete a full service in a couple of hours. 

How much does a car service cost?

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Here at RMB Automotive, we try to price our vehicle servicing as competitively as possible, so you can rest assured a fair price. Not only that, but we also frequently provide discounts and savings across our aftersales services, so liaise with a member of our team today for the latest prices.

Are car service plans worth it?

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If you’re looking to spread the cost of servicing over a period of time and thereby reduce any expensive charges then yes, service plans are a sensible option. In fact, they are often even protected against price rises so you can rest assured a great deal.

Will my car fail its MOT with service light on?

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​No. Servicing a vehicle is entirely optional, although recommended. That said, if any additional warning lights are on display, your vehicle could well fail its test. 

Can you claim car service on tax?

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​If your vehicle is being used for business purposes, you should be able to claim as a business expense.

What is a service plan for cars?

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​Vehicle service plans enable you to spread the costs of vehicle servicing over an agreed period of time. As such, you will be able to avoid any expensive one-off costs when your service is due. Plus, many service plans are fixed in price, so you won’t be subject to any price rises. 

How often to service car?

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​The general consensus on car servicing is for it to be completed every 12 months or 12,000 miles, whichever comes soonest. 

Why car service is important?

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​Vehicle servicing provides the opportunity for seasoned technicians to check the health and quality of your car. Not only does this help identify any potential issues, but it also ensures it’s operating efficiently and safely. What’s more, it will also help preserve the resale value should you decide to sell. 

How to find service history of a car?

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​All vehicles should come with a service logbook which details the past servicing of your model. Alternatively, you can liaise with the team at RMB Automotive and we’ll be happy to find out more details about any past work. 

How to check when MOT is due?

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​You can check the date for your next MOT by visiting https://vehicleenquiry.service.gov.uk/ today. 

What is service history on a car?

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The service history of a car is a record of all the servicing inspections and any additional work that has been completed on your vehicle.