What to expect when taking your van for a service

Commercial vehicle service

If you are thinking of taking your van for a service for the first time, you are probably wondering what to expect from the variety of vehicle maintenance services. The language used by mechanics can leave you feeling confused and unprepared, but this useful article will take your through everything involved in a van service.

What is the difference between a service and an MOT test?

An MOT is a complete inspection of your van, to establish whether it is in a roadworthy condition. It does not involve any maintenance or repairs – rather, it is simply a test of various aspects of the vehicle. A service takes a more thorough look at the working components of your van to see whether everything is functioning as it should.

What happens during a service?

The mechanic will perform checks on the outside and inside of the vehicle, to establish whether everything is running smoothly. If there are any parts which need replacing, they can do this with your permission. If there are components which are beginning to wear, they will be able to advise on when these will need attention. The service usually involves an oil and oil filter change, although parts such as brake pads and bulbs are often replaced at an extra charge.

When should my van be serviced?

One of the most important aspects of vehicle maintenance is finding out when it a service is due. The manufacturer’s manual will include a recommended servicing schedule and a maintenance log, which will outline the service intervals requiredas well as any servicing history. Depending on the previous maintenance of your van, the services you require may vary.

How long does it take to do a service?

This is one of the most common questions, as many people rely on their van and need to make alterative transport arrangements. The time it takes to perform the service will depend on what type of service it is: an interim service or a full service. An interim service will usually take an hour and a half, while a full service will normally be complete within three hours. If the mechanic finds any problems, it may take longer as the workshop will need to carry out repairs.

What benefits will a service provide?

The most obvious benefits from vehicle maintenance are improved reliability and safety. However, a well-maintained van will also be more efficient, smoother to drive and retain a higher resale value. Although a van service will cost you money upfront, it is likely to save you much more in the long run. A great service centre will provide a straightforward and honest service, where any required work is provided at a fair price.

Van servicing in Kent, Essex and Bedfordshire

We have built an excellent reputation for providing high-quality commercial vehicles for sale and hire, alongside excellent servicing and repair facilities. If you would like to learn more about any of the vans we have in stock, or take a vehicle for a test drive, please contact our teams in Maidstone andHarlow.