Service your car at the specified time or kilometre interval – whichever comes first
Driving too many kilometres between check-ups can compromise your car’s safety
Going too many months between services can cause premature wear and damage to your car
Ask for a quote first to avoid ‘surprise costs’ at service time
Car service intervals are usually six, nine or 12 months. In some European models, sensors in the engine will let you know when a service is required. Each time interval has a corresponding kilometre interval, typically from 5000 to 15,000km. How often you service your car should be based on whichever of these intervals comes up first.
However, the experience of NRMA car service technicians is that many car owners take a ‘whichever-comes-last’ approach instead.
They’re either a high-kilometre driver who drives past the recommended maximum distance between services or a low-kilometre driver who goes beyond the recommended maximum number of months before taking their vehicle to the car service centre.