How often are the service intervals on my lease vehicle?
Service intervals differ depending on the make and model of the car, but as a general rule, a full car service is highly recommended every 12 months or every 12,000 miles. This is because some parts, such as oil and brake pads need checking more regularly than others, such as the fuel filter and spark plugs.
As every car is different, it is important you check your manufacturer's handbook to find out the required 'service intervals' are for your vehicle and what parts need replacing when. 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.
Depending on the requirements of the car manufacturer, you may be required to have more than the 'yearly' full service. Some manufacturers recommend a basic or interim service which consists of a visual inspection and the topping up of essential fluids such as washer fluid, brake fluid, antifreeze and steering fluid, as well as an oil and filter change after 6,000 miles or six months driving.
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 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 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 enter your postcode to filter through a list of your nearest local dealers.
If you’d prefer to 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.
Please note, some finance providers, such as Audi Finance and Mercedes-Benz Finance, specify that the vehicle must be serviced at an authorised dealership therefore it is important that you check your finance documentation before booking your vehicle in for a service to ensure you are following the correct guidelines.
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? Call Nationwide Vehicle Contracts on 0345 811 9595 (option 4) and we’ll be happy to help.