The world of car servicing can be complex, but there are generally 2 types of car service: standard and manufacturer.
The key difference is that a manufacturer service follows the servicing schedule that was developed for your vehicle's specific make and model.
Do I need a manufacturer service?
If you’re keen to follow the service schedule recommended by your manufacturer and to uphold your warranty, a manufacturer service might be the right choice for you.
During your warranty period, you must get your vehicle serviced according to the manufacturer's recommended schedule using only manufacturer approved parts. This is where a manufacturer service comes in.
A standard service – whether that's a major, minor, interim or full service – will cover maintenance checks and changes to ensure the smooth running of your vehicle, but it won't be specific to your car’s age, model, make or mileage.
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The benefits of a manufacturer car service
Manufacturer servicing keeps your car in the best possible condition, and helps maintain a stronger resale value.
Plus, unlike a standard service, a manufacturer service will be undertaken by a technician who specialises in the make of your vehicle and only manufacturer approved parts will be used.
Do I have to get my car serviced by a main dealer?
Having your car serviced by a main dealer means taking it back to the dealership you got it from to be serviced. Many people choose to do this as it can be an easier option, but there's no obligation to do so.
Choosing a certified garage that offers manufacturer car servicing
When you book a dealer-quality manufacturer service through Smart Care, you'll get OEM-equivalent (Original Equipment Manufacturer) servicing and parts guaranteed. And you'll also get up to 30% lower prices across our entire approved garage network.
Plus, all AA approved garages are underpinned by a 12-month guarantee on parts and labour to give you extra peace of mind.
Why choose the AA for car servicing?
As well as offering OEM-equivalent servicing and parts and a 12-month guarantee, when you book through Smart Care you'll also get:
- Free vehicle collection and return.
- Quick and easy online booking and payment.
- Fair, transparent pricing.
Every garage in our network is independent and trustworthy. We thoroughly inspect each one before it can join the AA, to ensure it fully meets our quality, service and training standards. We then carry out full audits annually, as well as ad-hoc spot checks.
We even have next-day availability for servicing and MOTs in some locations.