How much is a car service in Australia?

Servicing your car regularly is important to ensure it’s safe to drive and helps your car stay in shape as it ages. Keep reading to find all you need to know about getting your car serviced in Australia.

Regularly servicing your car is important to maintain your vehicle’s efficiency and ensure it’s safe to drive. If you’ve just bought your first car, you may be wondering, “How much is a car service in Australia?”  While car service quotes depend on a variety of factors, from your cars kilometres to your car’s age, this article will hopefully give you a better idea of the price for your next car service

In this article, you’ll find why you should get your car serviced, what’s included, how much you should expect to pay and questions to ask your mechanic.

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Why Your Car Needs Servicing

Regularly servicing your car can improve its overall performance and longevity. Although it can be annoying to take your car to a mechanic so frequently to get serviced, it can help identify problems before they occur or worsen and ensure your car is safe to drive.

Regularly servicing your car can help:

  • Increase the safety of your vehicle.
  • Reduce fuel consumption.
  • Extend the life of your engine.
  • Reduce wear and tear of moving parts.
  • Maintain road-worthiness.
  • Improve resale value.

How often you should get your car serviced is different for every vehicle, depending on the car’s make and model. Typically, most cars should be serviced annually or after 5,000 – 15,000km since it’s last service. While changing your car’s oil is a real necessity, your mechanic will also check for other vital signs critical for safety.

What is included in a car service?

Car services typically include: 

  • General inspection of fluids, belts, hoses and brakes
  • Tyre check and rotation
  • Battery test
  • Engine oil and oil filter change
  • Air and fuel filter check

Most mechanics will have a set checklist, so it’s worth asking to know what’s included when enquiring about price.

How much is a car service in Australia?

Car service prices depend on a variety of factors, such as the type of service required, the make and model of your car, the mechanic you use and the service type. Servicing your car typically costs about $150 – $240, but can add up to more than $2,000 if your car needs more in-depth fixes.

What can change the cost of your car service.

1. Your car’s make and model.

The make and model of your car can impact the price of your service as each model is made differently and requires different servicing and servicing frequency. If you have an electric vehicle (EV) for instance, you may be limited to which mechanics are trained to do this type of car service.

It’s worth noting you do not have to take your car to the manufacturer’s workshop. It’s a common misbelief having your car serviced independently will void your warranty, but it won’t under ACCC regulations.

2. The mechanic.

Choosing a mechanic is important as mechanics will charge varying prices for car servicing. It’s a good idea to call your mechanic ahead of time to ask for a quote and compare it to other mechanics if the price is higher than anticipated.

Many mechanics now offer Buy Now, Pay Later, such as AfterPay, Zip, etc. which can help you budget and keep your car in good condition.

3. Service type and frequency.

The type of service and service frequency changes depending on how many kilometres your car has done and if it’s due for its next service. If there are any additional repairs required, this will also change the service type and can impact frequency. For example, if you have a fairly old car, you may need to go in for more frequent maintenance as parts wear out or need replacing, which can add additional costs to your car service bill. 

As a car ages, it is expected it will become more expensive to maintain as it will need more services and repairs as its parts wear out.

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