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How Much Is A Regular Car Service?

Most manufacturers and mechanics recommend that you get your car serviced every six months. Yet, many vehicle owners avoid scheduling regular car maintenance, fearing having to deal with astronomical prices. However, failing to get your car regularly serviced means you’ll likely end up paying for injury rather than preventative maintenance – which can be astronomical! Please read below for more information on regular car service costs, what they entail, and factors that affect the pricing of a standard car service.

How much should a regular car service cost?

The price of a regular car service can vary drastically. However, in recent years, the automotive industry has introduced capped pricing and menu-based servicing. Their introduction has been in an effort to overcome huge price differences. Therefore, with some research, you can avoid paying above the standard price.

Menu-based servicing ensures that mechanics break down the components of regular car services into individual costs. The capped price initiative limits the cost of regular maintenance services. This means that all vehicle owners in Australia can expect to pay no more than \$200 to \$300 for a minor car service. The fixed-price program may not cover your car if your car is older. However, you can make a judgement call based on how much others pay for the same service.

What does regular car servicing entail?

Regular Car ServiceIt’s essential to know what a regular car service includes so that you don’t pay the standard price for a lesser service. A normal maintenance service usually includes:

  • Topping up tyre pressure
  • Topping up water, wiper, and coolant fluids
  • Checking the horn
  • Checking brakes
  • Inspecting globes
  • Inspecting air conditioning
  • Replacing radiator fluid
  • Oil and filter changes

It’s important to ensure that your car maintenance service covers the list above for it to be worth your money. Some automotive businesses may try and charge you below standard maintenance price for an oil and filter change and boast quick turnover times. This is the minimum and doesn’t count as a full car service. Cheaper car maintenance services that don’t cover all the essential safety checks can cause more damage to your vehicle in the future.

Car servicing cost factors

Besides the services offered, there are several other factors that contribute to the cost of your regular car service. They include geographical location, distance travelled, and vehicle types and models. For instance, car maintenance is more expensive in capital cities where the cost of living is higher. Whether your car runs on diesel or petrol is also another cost factor.

Old cars are usually more costly to maintain due to the additional mileage travelled compared to newer vehicles. Moreover, certain cars often require particular spare parts or different engine oils and transmission fluids. This can make servicing the car more expensive since automotive companies usually have to order specific resources.

The recommended service schedule for your car is once every six months. However, the specifications outlined by certain car manufacturers sometimes vary. For example, some advise you to get your car serviced every three months while others may suggest going once a year. The length of time between services can therefore have a major impact on how much you spend.

For a car mechanic in Wollongong, choose Wollongong Mechanical today. Contact us at (02) 4228 7949 if you want a fast quote, or visit us at if you want to learn more.

We service Figtree, Shoalhaven Heads, Mount Pleasant, Wollongong, Greenwell Point, Kiama, Corrimal, Warilla, Albion Park Rail, Worrigee and surrounding areas.