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SERVICING FAQs FROM SNOWS IN SOUTH & SOUTH WEST ENGLAND

50 WORKSHOPS ACROSS BERKSHIRE, DEVON, DORSET, HAMPSHIRE, ISLE OF WIGHT,
SOMERSET, SURREY, WILTSHIRE & WEST SUSSEX

At Snows, we are proud to be able to provide a full range of Aftersales care and services to support every motoring brand that we represent across the South of England including: Abarth, Alfa Romeo, BMW, Citroën, CUPRA, Fiat, Jeep, Kia, Lexus, LEVC, Mazda, Mercedes-Benz Vans, MINI, Peugeot, SEAT, Toyota, Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles and Volvo

How often should I service my car?

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Your vehicle should be serviced according to manufacturer recommendations, which can be found in your owner’s manual. Most cars should be serviced every year or 12,000 miles, whichever comes first. To check if your next service is due, contact your local Snows dealership today.

What is an MOT?

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An MOT is a test of the safety features of your vehicle. Once your car is three years old, it is a legal requirement that it undergoes an MOT each year. Our technicians will inspect elements such as seat belts, lights, brakes and tyres during the test. 

What is a full service history?

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A full service history is the complete collection of maintenance and repair documents for your vehicle. It shows that every service and MOT has been carried out as per the manufacturer’s recommendations. 

Are car service plans worth it?

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Many motorists choose to take out service plans as they enable you to spread the cost of vehicle maintenance over fixed monthly payments. Investing in a service plan means you won’t be impacted by inflation if prices rise during the term of your plan.

How much will it cost to service my car?

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The cost of servicing your car depends on the model and the type of service you require. Contact your local Snows dealership today for a quote. 

Is a car service necessary?

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Servicing is a necessary part of vehicle maintenance, and enables our trained technicians to identify potential issues and ensure all components are working safely and correctly. Neglecting servicing can lead to major issues and costly repairs further down the line.

How long does a car service take?

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A minor or interim service typically takes around 90 minutes, while a full service takes about three hours to complete.

What does a car service include?

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A service includes a range of inspections of the exterior, interior and mechanical components of the car. Oil and fluid levels are checked and topped up where necessary, and items such as tyres, brakes, suspension, steering and more are checked.

Should I service my car at the dealership?

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Servicing your vehicle at an authorised dealership is recommended because it ensures your warranty remains intact, maintains your vehicle’s full service history, and ensures you’re covered for any work carried out. You may also be able to take advantage of extras such as 12 months’ roadside assistance with every service.

What happens if my car fails its MOT?

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If your car initially fails its MOT, we will contact you to let you know why. If the issue is a straightforward one, such as a light bulb replacement, we may be able to fix it and retest on the day – with your permission. Otherwise, a refusal of MOT certificate will be given and you will be required to book in repairs at a later date. 

When should you check your tyre pressure?

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Tyre pressure should be checked frequently – the RAC recommends once a month and before setting out on long journeys. 

How often should you change your oil?

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How frequently you change your oil depends on your manufacturer’s recommendations. Check your owner’s manual or contact us at Snows if you think your vehicle is due an oil change.

When does my cambelt need changing?

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The age or mileage for a cambelt change depends on the vehicle you’re driving. Different manufacturers have different recommendations – from 40,000 to 100,000 miles – so check your owner’s manual or contact the team at Snows to find out when your cambelt change is due.

A full service typically includes over 70 checks on various components including the engine, fuel system, drive system and brakes, the steering and suspension, tyres, and wheels. An oil change is carried out and fluids such as windscreen washer are checked and topped up too.