14th January 2021
Simply put, no – there is a distinct difference between an MOT and a car service. Although the two are similar in some aspects, and often people are unsure on the difference between the two, the main difference lies in the purpose of the checks, and the guidelines which the checks are marked against.
An MOT is an annual test which is a required by law. The checks that are conducted in the MOT test follow the DVSA’s strict criteria which indicates exactly when a car should fail or pass its MOT. There are only a few instances when this test is not required annually, which include:
Contrasting to an MOT, a car service follows guidelines set out by the vehicle manufacturer, rather than the DVSA guidelines. This means that a car service focuses on a series of maintenance procedures to determine how effectively the vehicle is running. Typically, technicians will be looking to identify any reasons that would indicate the car is unable to perform optimally while on the road.
Yes – it’s beneficial to have both your MOT and your car service conducted at the same time. This is for a number of reasons: