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Keeping Your Car on the Road: Full and Minor Car Service

There are two types of service you expect your automotive service people to offer. The first is minor car service and the alternate is full car service. Both types of service are important to keep your vehicle in good shape and on the road.

Differences in service levels

If you are taking your vehicle in for minor car services, there are certain services you can expect to be offered. Some of this will include changing the oil, checking window washer and brake fluid levels. In short, you can expect the checking of the brakes, hoses, belts, fluids, and filters to make sure everything is at peak functioning levels.

These services are regular maintenance checks and adjustments that will keep your vehicle in peak condition and at the performance level the manufacturer has set for the car. Minor services are maintenance services and you can get these services taken care of at most service centers.

The next level is major or full car service. There is an expansive list of all the services that fall under the category of major car service. Some of these include but are not limited to car body inspection for dents and damage, checking brake discs, pads, drums, and shoes, warning lights, and the distributor and doing repairs that are needed.

To clearly differentiate between the two service levels, you can equate it with the medical checks you may get from your doctor. Minor equates to regular general check-ups that you routinely schedule to keep in good health, while major equates to going to the hospital for full tests and possibly exploratory surgery.

Service plans and checkup schedule

If you are taking your car to the dealer’s service center for these checks, make sure you know what checks are performed there. It’s a good idea to look over your service plan if you’ve opted for one. Service plans are an excellent way to get all the needed care for your car and save some money.

A good rule of thumb for vehicle maintenance is to schedule checkups every six months. If you drive distances or use your vehicle outside the normal use range, you should bring it in for a checkup every 6,000 miles. Your garage or service center will do the checks and if there is a need for anything beyond the checks, they’ll notify you what they have found and await your approval to take care of the issue.

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