Tips on servicing and maintaining your car

How much does a car service cost?

The average cost of a basic car service is around £125. But, you will probably be able to get it cheaper than this if you shop around.

However, this does not include the cost of any repairs, replacements or new parts.

How often should a car be serviced?

To keep your vehicle in the best possible condition it should typically be serviced every year.

However, there are some age and mileage milestones you need to be aware of. For example, the distance you can [...]

Washing your car can be a bit of a bore, especially if it doesn’t end up much cleaner than it was when you started. But do it right, and your car can look like a gleaming new showroom model and be a place you actually want to spend some time in.

Don’t just throw a bucket of soapy water over your car though – give it a proper clean! Here are 10 tips for cleaning, valeting and detailing your car the right way…

01 Choose the right time

Don’t try to wash and wax your car in extreme heat or direct sunlight. If it’s hot, then water will evaporate quickly and form grimy residues before you have a chance to wipe them off.

Dark coloured cars can absorb so much heat they become hot to the touch – this doesn’t just burn your fingers, it can affect some of the chemicals used for car valeting.

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