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Service (motor vehicle)

Service (motor vehicle)

A motor vehicle service is a series of maintenance procedures carried out at a set time interval or after the vehicle has travelled a certain distance. The service intervals are specified by the vehicle manufacturer in a service schedule and some modern cars display the due date for the next service electronically on the instrument panel.

The completed services are usually recorded in a service book which is rubber stamped by the service centre upon completion of each service. However at least one manufacturer (Mazda) now records services electronically on a database and prints them out for vehicle owners on request, so that it is not necessary for them to retain a stamped service book . A complete service history usually adds to the resale value of a vehicle. Services like DriverSide in the United States and DriveArchivein the United Kingdom are trying to create tools to help car owners track this service information.

Maintenance tasks commonly carried out during a motor vehicle service include:

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