Many car owners falsely believe that car servicing is the same as the MOT test. Whilst not a legal requirement, an annual car service will help to prolong the life of your vehicle, improve your fuel consumption and decrease your risk of a breakdown.
An MOT test is an inspection created by the government to check that your vehicle meets all legal requirements and is roadworthy and safe. The test includes ensuring that your tyres have a legal amount of tread, your view of the road is not at all obstructed and all your lights are working amongst other checks.
The MOT test is a legal requirement for all cars which are over three years old and must be undertaken annually. By law, you cannot drive a vehicle which does not have a valid MOT certificate, with the exception of driving it to an MOT testing centre.
A car service is a mechanical inspection of your vehicle and tests that all the components of your vehicle are working to their full potential. During a service, technicians will inspect items that aren’t checked during the MOT test including your engine and exhaust.
Your vehicle should be serviced at the intervals stated in your vehicle handbook. This is usually every 12 months, or 12,000 miles, whichever is sooner, to ensure that it is in good working condition. High mileage vehicles would benefit from also having a Bronze interim service in between major annual services.
The main benefit of regular car servicing is that it will keep all the components of your vehicle healthy and you will be less likely to suffer a breakdown on the road. This is because the technician undertaking your service will be able to identify any potential problems and fix them before any further damage can be done. Without servicing, you may not notice some problems until it is too late. Furthermore, regular car servicing can help to maintain the resale value of your vehicle and improve your fuel consumption.
The benefit of having a valid MOT certificate is that you are legally allowed to drive your vehicle on the road. If you a caught driving without one you could face a fine of £1,000.
You can book an MOT test for just £25 alongside a car service at your local Dexel Tyre and Auto Centres.