Maintenance and Servicing
In order to keep your new car in the best possible condition, you must service it at regular intervals as advised by the manufacturer. Most new cars need servicing every 12 months or every 12,000 miles to check and replace any parts which wear down over time and use. During a service, the engine oil and filter will be changed and scheduled maintenance will be taken care of.
As service costs depend on the type of car, its servicing schedule and the price of parts, costs vary wildly from vehicle to vehicle. For a lower budget, small cars, service costs tend to be around £150 each time, while high-performance, higher spec vehicles which require specialist skills and parts will be significantly higher.
For drivers who prefer to spread the cost over a longer-term, a servicing or maintenance package is worth considering. A maintenance package is an optional cost and includes all servicing, necessary maintenance of tyres, brakes, the exhaust and the battery of your vehicle, plus any necessary labour costs.
You can read more about servicing your lease vehicle including is involved in an annual car service, what the recommended service intervals are for your car and whether you have to take it to a main dealership, in our short guide.
Finally, it’s a good idea to think about any other costs which you may need to factor into your budget. If you live or work in London, you’ll need to factor in the London Congestion Charge into your monthly budget. Don’t forget to take any daily parking fees and/or residents’ parking permits into account. These may seem like fine details, but having a comprehensive idea what your car will cost can help you figure in all the factors fully.