It’s usually recommended to give your car a full service every year or every 12,000 miles, whichever happens first. In between times, an interim service ensures your motor remains in the best possible condition.
Although not legally required, regular servicing will keep your vehicle running smoothly and safely, pinpointing potential problems early on and reducing the risk of more serious (and expensive) issues cropping up later.
And while there is some overlap with an MOT in terms of things checked, it doesn’t pay to skimp on either inspection.
What’s included in a car service?
Fixter offers three kinds of services, depending on your mileage, with exact prices dependent on your car’s age, model, make and engine size. All three exceed virtually all manufacturers’ recommended inspections.
Our strategic partnership with AXA™ Insurance, gives us access to an unparalleled network of garages and parts suppliers.
- 71 maintenance checks
- Drain engine oil, refill, replace oil filter and checks for excessive leaks.
- Replace air filter.
- 71 maintenance checks
- Drain engine oil, refill, replace oil filter and checks for excessive leaks
- Replace air filter.
- Replace cabin filter.
- Replace fuel filter (if needed).
- Replacing of brake fluid and coolant.
Interim service (recommended for high-mileage motorists)
- 40 maintenance checks
- Oil change; checks for any excessive leaking
We never carry out or recommend unnecessary work, or do anything you haven’t asked us to.
What happens when we service your car?
Our hassle-free, UK-wide vehicle servicing procedure, with its transparent, upfront pricing, couldn’t be easier. We service all makes and models of cars and vans up to 3,000kg. We can save you time and money – typically more than an hour and a half and a bill that’s 65% cheaper than elsewhere to be precise!
Even better, you won’t even have to drive to the garage yourself, wait for the work to be done or discuss the bill. Collection and drop-off are free and all part of the service, and there’s a year-long warranty on all parts and labour. What’s more our garages have been handpicked.
DS is the premium automobile marque of the Groupe PSA.
First announced in 2009 by Citroën as its premium sub-brand; it was suggested to be an abbreviation of different spirit or distinctive series. However, in French, the name is considered a play on words, as the translation of déesse becomes goddess in English.
How popular is DS in the United Kingdom?
As a newcomer to the UK market in its own right, there were around 35k DS cars on the roads in the UK by the end of 2018. Whether those figures will continue to rise at the same rate shown since their introduction in 2015, only time will tell.
Looking to provide a standalone marque to initially compete with brands such as Volkswagen and Audi, PSA decided that neither Citroën nor Peugeot would be able to carry the brand strength that would be able to make a serious threat in the market with an elevated price-point at the level of quality and luxury they set out to achieve.
DS: Establishing a new range of upmarket models
To compete with the likes of Audi, BMW and Mercedes-Benz, DS introduced a range of hatchbacks, saloons and SUVs but it’s undoubtedly their supermini city car that is proving the most popular.
The DS3, sold as a 3-door hatchback or a convertible, is available in countless customisation options and also as the subcompact luxury crossover SUV DS3 Crossback. The DS3 was voted Car of the Year by Top Gear Magazine, and first place supermini four times in a row in the JD Power Satisfaction UK Survey.
DS: Don’t be fooled into thinking they’re just a one trick pony
At the other end of the range you’ll find the DS7 Crossback. Here’s a large SUV designed to compete directly with the Audi Q5, the BMW X3 and the Mercedes-Benz GLC; that’s quite a jump for a car that’s built by Citroën.
The models that you’ll find between the DS3 and the DS7 are created with the same style for the market in mind. The DS4, a mixture of hatchback and SUV, and the DS5, a bigger hatchback priced and pitched against the Audi A4, the BMW 3 Series and the Mercedes C-Class saloons.
DS’s reliability and reputation
DS didn’t feature in the 30 car brands of the What Car? Reliability Survey in 2018, however, Citroën came in at 25th place so it stands to reason that their premium vehicles should score higher. Not necessarily so. Jaguar, Mercedes-Benz and Land Rover were propping up the wrong end of the survey, and given that the most reliable brands are all Asian manufacturers (with Suzuki, Lexus, Toyota, Kia and Mitsubishi taking the top spots) perhaps it’s simply a case of the rest of the world are having to play catch-up?
Recent DS recalls and reliability issues
Currently there is no information available regarding recall information for DS vehicles as sourced from gov.co.uk data.