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Van Servicing Guide

Whether you own a van for personal or business use, it’s important to ensure it remains reliable and safe to drive on the road. One of the ways to ensure this is getting your van serviced. But how often should you service it? This depends on several factors, which we will discuss in this guide. 

How often should I service my van?

The intervals at which you should service your van varies from make and model. Generally speaking, manufacturers suggest a full service every 12,000 miles or 12 months, whichever comes first. If you cover more than 12,000 miles in a year, booking an interim service between annual services may also be a good idea. At Trott Rentals, we have the necessary tools to accurately inform you of this information using your registration number.

Full service vs interim service

There are two types of services that your van may need: a full service or interim inspection. An interim inspection is a basic checkup that involves inspecting the engine, battery, lights, brakes, tyres and fluid levels. A full service encompasses all these checks and the replacement of engine oil and required filters.

How long does a van service take?

A full van service will take around 2 hours, whilst an interim inspection will take around 1 hour. This can be longer depending on what is discovered and if any repairs are needed. When getting your van serviced at Trott Rentals, we can provide you with a vehicle to hire, so you can keep your personal or business operations running smoothly.

How much does a service cost?

The cost of a service will depend on the van’s age, condition, and number of miles driven. Each garage has its own labour costs, and our labour is charged at £60.00 per hour, which could save you up to 50% compared to main dealer charges. 

Signs your van needs a service

It is advisable to follow a regular service schedule, but there are some warning signs that could indicate your van needs a service. 

  • Dashboard warning lights
  • Unusual noises, squeaks, rattles or grinding noises 
  • Poor performance, reduced acceleration or poor fuel economy 
  • Fluid leaks, oil or coolant leaking 

If you experience any of these, you should see a mechanic as soon as possible to diagnose the problem. 

Benefits of regular servicing 

Servicing your van is not just for ensuring it’s roadworthy but can save you a lot of money in the long run. Regular maintenance can prevent minor issues from escalating into major, expensive problems. A well-maintained service history can also increase the resale value of your van. 

Ready to book your van for a service?

If your van is in need of a service, scheduling with us is easy and hassle-free. Our experienced technicians are equipped to handle everything from minor maintenance checks to full services, ensuring your van remains in top condition. Contact us today to secure your appointment and keep your van running reliably and safely on the road.

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