This is the most common question we are asked, and a lot of factors contribute to the end cost.
Example: Cost of Regular Service for a 4 Cylinder 2010 Toyota Corolla
Parts and materials: $145.00 including GST
Labour to perform this particular service: $145.00
Included in this service:
- BG Engie oil system flush
- BG Fuel system treatment
- 4.0 litres of Castrol 10w30 Semi-Synthetic engine oil
- Engine sump washer replacement
- Oil filter
- Top up of all fluid levels
Check fluid levels first, then road test. Full brake inspection, brake disc measurement, visual inspection of brake pads, hand brake adjustment if required, tyre rotation if required, inflate all tyres including spare tyre, test Brake fluid moisture and condition test, PH test of Radiator coolant, Pressure test cooling system, visual inspection of hoses and if visual, water pump, test air conditioning system, inspect air filter and cabin air conditioner, inspect windscreen washer and wiper blades, check headlamp aiming using Bosch headlamp testing equipment, check all other lights, including interior lamps, check drive belt, check battery condition and security, test alternator charging system, check seat belts, horn, and warning lamps, lubricate door checks and hinges.
Stamp service Logbook.
Final road test, prepare invoice, make note of any faults or impending known faults on invoice.
How long ago was the vehicle serviced: Time and distance is an important question! We first ask if your vehicle is on our data base, then we can check or you can opt for a reminder from us at the due time.
Driving habit: Do you travel more than 10,000km per year or maybe only 6,000km per year? If you travel 10,000 km or more per year, we recommend an annual service and inspection, if it’s 6,000km or less, a 6 monthly service and inspection is recommended.
With regular servicing a major factor is also a safety inspection of the vehicle’s wear and tear items: Tyres, steering, suspension, brakes, lights, wipers, cooling system, air conditioning system, drive belts, there are many other checks as well as to the overall condition.
Travelling 6,000km per year is approximately 250km per week. You may have started your car 20 or 30 times, travelled a short distance, say a 10 minutes’ drive, followed by the engine being switched off for an hour or two, then you jump back in the car and drive back to your home or office. It takes 30 minutes of driving to burn off excessive start up fuel required in the engine warm up period. With cold start-ups and travelling short distances, your engine oil is being diluted by the excessive fuel effectively “watering down” your oil, contributing to oil consumption, therefore the 6 month service interval is recommended to change your diluted oil and maintain the life of your engine, not only the oil but a maintenance and safety inspection carried out in the schedule.
Regular servicing and inspections will help:
- Reduce the risk of unexpected breakdown
- Reduce overall repair costs
- Reduce vehicle downtime
- Help maintain and prolong the life of your vehicle
6 and 8 cylinder cars, diesel vehicles and SUV/Commercial vehicles attract a higher service and parts charge due to oil type and quantity, oil filter type, and time taken to complete the service and inspection. Prices can be made available upon request.