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If you are an existing customer of Nationwide Vehicle Contracts or if you are thinking of taking a lease deal with us, chances are you have a few questions regarding servicing your lease vehicle.

To help understand your responsibilities, Nationwide Vehicle Contracts has put together a short explanation about servicing your lease vehicle including what is involved in an annual car service, what the recommended service intervals are for your lease car and whether you have to take it to a main dealership.

What is a car service?

In order to keep your new lease car in the best possible condition, you must service it at regular intervals as advised by the manufacturer. Whether you are purchasing the vehicle outright or leasing the vehicle, you must adhere the service schedule in order for the manufacturer's warranty to be valid. By keeping your car in a good condition with regular servicing, you will also be less likely to incur high garage charges or fair wear and tear charges in the future.

The purpose of a car service is to check and replace the parts which wear down over time and use. A full car service (which is usually performed every 12 months or 12,000 miles) involves checking the main components of the car to ensure they are working correctly, as well as a visual inspection. Parts of the car that are usually checked as part of a full service include:

  • Air Filters
  • Brakes
  • Clutch
  • Coolant (Antifreeze)
  • Engine Oil
  • Exhaust
  • Gearbox
  • Lights
  • Steering and Suspension
  • Timing and Auxiliary Belts
  • Tyre Inflation and Condition
  • Wiper Blades

I have a lease vehicle, is maintenance and servicing included in my monthly payments?

Maintenance is an optional cost and includes all servicing, any mechanical and electrical repairs, plus any necessary labour costs for a set monthly cost. A maintenance package must be added at point of vehicle order, it cannot be added on at a later stage. A maintenance contract usually includes:

  • Mechanical and electrical repairs or replacements, including associated parts and labour due to fair wear and tear
  • Bulbs, Batteries, Exhausts, Cam Belts, Wiper Blades, Alternators & Starter Motors
  • MOT tests
  • Unlimited Premium Branded tyre replacements including valve and balance
  • Free mobile tyre fitting service at a convenient location for you by appointment
  • No recharges for punctures or damaged tyres (dependent upon finance provider)

If you do not have a maintenance package, you will be responsible for all maintenance and servicing costs for the vehicle throughout the duration of your contract.

How often are the service intervals on my lease vehicle?

The purpose of a car service is to check and replace the parts which wear down over time and use.

Some parts, such as oil and brake pads need checking more regularly than others, such as the fuel filter and spark plugs. Every car is different, so you should check your manufacturer's handbook to find out the required 'service intervals' and what needs replacing when on your vehicle. If you do not have your manufacturer's handbook to hand, you can visit the manufacturer’s website for further information or call your local dealership who will be able to advise you.

As every vehicle is different, it is also wise advice to pay attention to the servicing light on your dashboard. The majority of new cars have a warning message on their dashboard when something is wrong with the vehicle or if your car is due a service. Your manufacturer's handbook will help explain what each light means.

If you do not have your manufacturer's handbook to hand, you can visit the manufacturer’s website for further information. Click on the links below to find out the service intervals for a particular car manufacturer.

Do I have to use a main dealer to service my lease vehicle?

If your maintenance is included in your agreement, you will need to contact the finance company to book your vehicle into a local approved garage for its annual service and/or MOT (if required). If you do not have a maintenance package included in your contract, you will need to arrange for the vehicle to be serviced and/or MOT at the appropriate intervals.

You are advised to go to a local main dealer to have your vehicle serviced. Nowadays most manufactures websites have a dealer locator search engine so you just need to put your postcode and you have a list of the nearest local dealer.

If you’d prefer use a local garage for your service, the garage must be VAT registered and genuine manufacturer parts must be used on the vehicle. Please make sure that the service light on the dashboard is reset and that your service handbook is stamped.

I need to replace the tyres on my leased vehicle, what brand should I use?

Tyres are really important to maintain the safety of the vehicle and must be changed on a regular basis. You should always use tyres appropriate for your vehicle size and weight, also the surface on which they run. If you need to replace the tyres on your lease vehicle during the course of your contract, please ensure you use a premium brand, such as Pirelli, Michelin, Bridgestone, Continental, Goodyear or Dunlop. For more information, you can read our Tyre Classification guide.

Still have a burning question about servicing that we haven’t answered? Post your question in the box below and we’ll be happy to help.


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