Car service is a maintenance check-up that’s carried out at set time intervals usually after the vehicle has travelled a certain number of miles. The car manufacturer specifies the service intervals by creating a service schedule that you should aim to follow.

Service includes replacing aging parts and fluids as well as visual inspections to check key components are still working properly. It’s different from the legal inspection that ensures the vehicle is safe to drive based on regulations set by the government.

Essentially, the different types of car service are: Basic, Full and Major. When you visit a garage or a dealership, their packages could be called something different but don’t be confused – there’s always three levels that ofcourse are priced differently for reasons we shall discuss later on this article.

Each package includes everything that’s in the level below with some added extras that your car will require at different stages of your ownership. The type of service you need depends on how many miles you complete in a year and the level of service you had previously.


Basic car service is the entry-level package that is designed for high-mileage drivers – those that cover 20,000 miles or more a year – that may need more than one annual service.

Typically, an basic car service will include an oil change, oil filter change and an inspection of the car’s main components, such as the lights, tyres and windscreen wipers.

Other key inclusions in the basic service package are the lubrication of all moving parts, top-up of the engine, brake, and other fluids and a thorough inspection for any fluid leaks.


A full service, is usually recommended every after 12,000 miles. It’s ideal for drivers doing lower annual mileages who will only have their car serviced few a couple of times a year.

It includes a wider range of checks and service replacement parts in addition to those carried out during an basic service. Below is a list of jobs that are normally carried out, but not strictly limited to:

  • Air filter change
  • Fuel filter (diesel) / Spark plugs change (petrol)
  • Extensive brake inspection
  • Wheel bearings and shock absorbers inspection
  • Electrical components (e.g. battery, alternator and starter motor) tested
  • Air conditioning system inspection
  • Radiator and coolant hose checked


A major service is recommended every 24 months or 24,000 miles. If your last annual service was a full service, your car should have a major service next.

It’s the most comprehensive service package available that includes everything from a full service. In addition, parts that are recommended for replacement including brake fluid and the cabin filter – are changed.

Over time, brake fluid can become contaminated, making the brakes less effective, so it takes longer to stop the car which could have serious consequences on the road. Similarly, the cabin filter will get clogged up with dust and debris; changing it will improve the cabin’s air quality.

Different garages and dealerships include different tasks in their servicing packages. If you want to know exactly what you’re getting for your money at Daks Toyota, simply call +(256) 312-330-012 or reach out to us here.