Car Servicing Advice & FAQs​

Car Service Advice

The regular servicing of your vehicle is essential to ensuring it remains in optimum condition for longer – thereby minimising the risk of breakdowns, and helping to maintain its value.

However, here at Reynolds RMGMOT, we understand that you may also have many questions about car servicing, and what it involves. So, here are our answers to some of the most frequently asked questions (FAQs) about vehicle servicing in Southend-on-Sea and Shoeburyness.

If you would appreciate further car servicing advice and guidance, please do not hesitate to call our friendly and experienced mechanics on 01702 612472.

Service Advice & FAQ

Here at Reynolds RMGMOT, we’re proud to offer a wide range of car servicing options that are highly regarded across Essex. We can also appreciate, however, that you may have certain questions you wish us to answer before you book a date for a car service with us.

This is why, below, we have put together some of the most frequently asked questions about having your car serviced at our Southend-on-Sea test, servicing and repair centre.

There are several items that we would urge you to bring to your car service to ensure a smooth experience. These include the alloy wheel keys or locking nuts that will allow us to remove your vehicle’s wheels, so that we can scrutinise the condition of the steering and suspension systems.

We also ask that you arrive at our Southend-on-Sea garage with an empty car boot. This will enable us to more quickly and easily inspect the condition and tread depth of your vehicle’s spare tyre, which is normally located under the boot.

Finally, you should ensure you have your service book with you on arrival at Reynolds RMGMOT. Our mechanics will require this in order to ascertain when your vehicle last had certain items replaced, such as its brake fluid, spark plugs and cabin filters. Your service book will then be stamped once we have completed the service.

In addition, please make sure your car has a valid MOT certificate, given that a road test is also included in a vehicle service with us.

We offer a wide range of car servicing options here at Reynolds RMGMOT, to help ensure that – whatever the make, model, mileage, age and condition of your vehicle – it receives the care and attention it needs. This, in turn, will allow us to identify potential issues with your car that can be resolved before they have the chance to worsen further.

Please browse our website or call 01702 612472 to learn more about the types of car servicing we offer for various needs. These include the likes of our Full, Major and Interim services, as well as specialised options like hybrid servicing, and our renowned joint MOT and service deal.

Whichever service option you select, our friendly and capable mechanics will perform checks on many different areas of your vehicle, to help ascertain its condition and keep it roadworthy for longer.

Reynolds RMGMOT isn’t ‘just another’ garage offering vehicle servicing; we’re a small, independent and family-run business in Southend-on-Sea, with a strong focus on serving our local community.

This means we take pride in the trusting and lasting relationships we enjoy with customers in Essex, including across Southend-on-Sea and Shoeburyness. Trust us with your next car service, and we’ll give your vehicle the time and care that it deserves, as part of our diligent, reliable and well-priced service.

Unlike the situation with many larger companies, when you have your car serviced by Reynolds RMGMOT, you will be able to talk directly to our mechanics. Furthermore, we have a longstanding heritage in motoring, with our sister business – the Reynolds Motor Group – having traded since 1972.

The type of service that you should select will depend on such factors as the length of time since your vehicle’s last service, and what kind of service your car last had.

If, for example, your last annual service was a Full service, we would strongly advise you to book a Major service next. This is due to our Major service not only covering all areas of essential maintenance included in our Full and Interim services, but also items that are regularly replaced in vehicles every two years, such as the hydraulic fluid and cabin filter.

If, meanwhile, your most recent annual service was a Major service, we would recommend that you request a Full service next, as this is a service consisting of more than 76 checks of your vehicle’s essential elements.

Finally, our Interim service is – as its name implies – a service that you may consider every six months, additional to a Full or Major service. This service may be particularly suitable if you are a high-mileage driver, given that the resultant heightened wear and tear may necessitate your vehicle being checked more frequently.

A service entails your car being checked – recommended at regular intervals – to ascertain its condition and roadworthiness. It differs from an MOT in that it is not a legal requirement; it also typically involves a more in-depth mechanical assessment of the vehicle than an MOT test.

An MOT test, by contrast, is required every year by law, for cars that are more than three years old. An MOT essentially takes the form of a visual inspection of a vehicle, focusing on the condition of such key parts as the brakes and lights, and the tread of the tyres. The aim is to assess whether the vehicle meets the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA)’s minimum road safety requirements.

Here at Reynolds RMGMOT, we can understand that amid today’s busy lifestyles, it can be easy to forget to book in your annual MOT test or service.

This can have dire consequences, as fines of thousands of pounds can be imposed on motorists driving a car that has serious defects and lacks a valid MOT. This is without even touching on the greater risk of your car breaking down if it hasn’t been serviced or undergone an MOT test recently.

So, why not book your MOT and service together for one day at our Southend-on-Sea garage? Our joint MOT and service deal saves you time, money and hassle compared to booking separately. It’ll save you from having to bring your car to us on two separate occasions, with just one date to remember. It’ll also give you the peace of mind of knowing that your vehicle is not merely roadworthy, but also compliant with legal requirements.

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