How Much Does A Car Service Cost?

Author: Martin Kovacs

Canstar compares the cost of a car service at different major New Zealand auto centres to discover just how much you can expect to pay.

A regular car service is an important factor in keeping your automobile on the road, running safely and smoothly. A car service can also help to maximise your car’s overall lifespan and potentially increase its resale value when it comes time to sell.

Servicing can range from a routine once-over, comprising topping up of fluids and an oil and filter change, to a more comprehensive inspection, testing a variety of components, which can take hours.

In this guide we’ll look at what to consider when weighing up what’s right for your car, what to keep in mind when seeking out a service centre, and what’s on offer from service centres around the country.

Time to service: assessing the options

In the long term you can save money by having your car regularly serviced. Regular servicing keeps your car running efficiently and potentially reduces the chance of an expensive breakdown.

You’ll need to assess what’s best for your car, weighing up the requirements of its make, model and year, along with how often you use it (kilometres travelled) and for what type of driving (such as city or country driving) in consultation with your service provider.

The manufacturer’s guide should be a point of reference. Drivers should also consider what they can do between servicing, in terms of basic maintenance, such as checking tyre pressure and engine oil levels, ensuring lights are operational, etc.

Of course, if you notice any issues in between services (such as warning lights coming on, or irregular noises) it’s important to seek out your service provider at the earliest available opportunity.

Choosing a service centre

When it comes to choosing a service centre, it’s worthwhile shopping around. Find a business that you feel comfortable with, that is convenient for you, offers competitive pricing and caters to your needs.

Some factors to consider include:

  • Qualifications/experience – what sort of qualifications and experience do the mechanics hold? Do they have particular areas of expertise?
  • Word of mouth/reviews – does the service centre come via the recommendation of a friend or colleague, and what are the online reviews like?
  • Scope of services – what different types of services are provided, and is servicing provided for your make and model of car? Do you require specialised servicing?
  • Appointment – is an appointment required, and can you book online? What are the waiting times generally like?
  • Pricing – how does the pricing compare to other service centres in the area?

It’s important to keep in mind that there are a range of options available, and if you’re looking for a new service provider, or thinking of switching providers, you should actively seek out a best deal.

AA Car Service

AA Auto Centre

AA Auto Centre has 37 locations around the country, and offers four levels of service, for both petrol and diesel cars, using either standard or advanced oil.

Service Package Details Price*
AA Bronze Service A six-month, 20-point service designed for high-mileage users, or where the manufacturer recommends more frequent checks. Includes an engine oil change, oil filter replacement and fundamental item checks.

Approx time:  1h 15m

Standard Oil – AA member: $169; non-member: $179

Advanced Oil – AA member: $249; non-member: $259

AA Silver Service A 30-point annual service, including an engine oil and oil filter change and a road test. Drive belts, fuel filter and spark plug condition also checked.

Approx time:  1h 45m

Standard Oil – AA member: $189; non-member: $209

Advanced Oil – AA member: $269; non-member: $289

AA Gold Service A 40-point annual service, covering the same components as the Silver Service, plus extra checks on engine management system, air filter, seatbelts, electrics, headlights, and more.

Approx time:  2h 15m

Standard Oil – AA member: $209; non-member: $239

Advanced Oil – AA member: $289; non-member: $319

AA Platinum Service A 24-month, 50-point major vehicle service, covering the same 40 checks and adjustments as the Gold Service, plus checks on steering components, aircon, wheels-off brake inspection and tyre rotating.

Approx time:  3h

Standard Oil – AA member: $259; non-member: $289

Advanced Oil – AA member: $339; non-member: $369

Beaurepaires

Beaurepaires operates 57 stores nationwide. It offers a range of different service packages, along with products and services focused on tyres, wheels, batteries, oil, wheel alignment and wheel balancing.

Service Package Details Price*
Car Tyre Care Package/SUV/4WD Tyre Care Package Wheel alignment, wheel balancing and tyre rotation, along with a six-point safety check. Car Tyre Care Package: $115

SUV/4WD Tyre Care Package: $130

Shell Helix Ultra Service Package Changing the oil filter, draining dirty oil from the engine and replacing it with Shell Helix Ultra motor oil, and an 18-point safety check. $155
Shell Helix Ultra Service Package with Wheel Alignment Covering the same components as the Shell Helix Ultra Service Package, plus a wheel alignment for either a passenger car, or an SUV/ ute/4WD/van-type vehicle. $199
Shell Helix Ultra Deluxe Service Package Changing the oil filter, draining dirty oil from the engine and replacing it with Shell Helix Ultra motor oil, along with a wheel alignment and tyre rotation for either a passenger car, or an SUV/ute/4WD/van-type vehicle, a headlight restoration on both headlights, replacement wiper blades and an 18-point safety check. $299
Shell Helix Ultra Oil Change Changing the oil filter, draining dirty oil from the engine and replacing it with Shell Helix Ultra motor oil. $99
20 Point Vehicle Health Check Covering a range of components, including checking different fluid levels and oil level, along with checking all lights, testing battery condition and checking different brake components. $65
Bronze Car Safety Package A six-point safety check, a car safety kit (including a variety of components, from a 20-piece first aid kit, to booster cables and cable ties) and headlight restoration. $70
Silver Car Safety Package/SUV/4WD Safety Package A six-point safety check, car safety kit, headlight restoration and wheel alignment. Silver Car Safety Package: $130

Silver SUV/4WD Safety Package: $140

Gold Car Safety Package/SUV/4WD Safety Package A six-point safety check, car safety kit, headlight restoration, wheel alignment, tyre rotation and wheel balance. Gold Car Safety Package: $160

Gold SUV/4WD Safety Package: $170

Oil Changes Car Service

Oil Changers

Oil Changers oversees 14 locations, and provides a variety of different services (in addition to the services outlined below) catering to different vehicle requirements. Note that it does not do repairs, only fluid servicing.

Service Package Details Price*
Oil and Filter Service Package Helping to prolong engine life, with fresh oil cooling, sealing, lubricating and cleaning the engine properly, helping quieten noisy engines, with regular filter changes keeping contaminants out. $84.95
Engine Flush Delivering better performance and fuel economy, reduced emissions and longer engine life. $39.95
Automatic Transmission Removes 99.9 per cent of the fluid in the transmission system, including the torque converter and transmission cooler, extends transmission life by providing resistance to oxidation, sludge formation and varnish, reduces risk of premature transmission failure, promotes smooth shifting, and reduces wear and scouring of clutch plates. $169.95
Manual Transmission Extends transmission life by providing resistance to oxidation and sludge formation, reduces risk of premature transmission failure, promotes smooth shifting and reduces wear. $49.95
Coolant Service Helps prolong engine life, prevents corrosion of cooling system, provides lubrication of water pump seals, and prevents freezing and overheating. $99.95

Pit Stop Car Service

Pit Stop

Pit Stop has over 45 stores around the country, providing a range of products and services, specialising in general vehicle repairs, brakes, suspension and vehicle servicing, and offering a number of different service packages.

Service Package Details Price*
Express An oil and filter change and a 15-point check, with a top-up of washer fluids and coolant. $159
Extensive An oil and filter change, computer and systems health check, 25-point check and essential fluid top-ups, with top-up of washer, coolant, brakes, power steering and clutch fluids, lubrication of door hinges, tyre treatment, and road test and report. $199
Elite An oil and filter change, computer and systems health check, 30-point check, essential fluid top-ups, brake fluid change, brake component clean and component adjustments, with top-up of washer, coolant, brakes, power steering and clutch fluids, replace brake fluid (flush), clean (dedust) brake components, brake adjustment (as necessary), lubrication of door hinges, rotate tyres (if required), tyre treatment, vacuum footwells, and road test and report. $299
Eurocar An oil and filter change, computer and systems health check, 25-point check, essential fluid top-ups, with top-up of washer, coolant, brakes, power steering and clutch fluids, lubrication of door hinges, tyre treatment, and road test and report. $239
4x4s, utes & vans An oil and filter change, computer and systems health check, 25-point check, essential fluid top-ups, with top-up of washer, coolant, brakes, power steering and clutch fluids, lubrication of door hinges, tyre treatment, and road test and report. $269
Hybrid An oil and filter change, computer and systems health check, 25-point check, essential fluid top-ups, with top-up of washer, coolant, brakes, power steering and clutch fluids, lubrication of door hinges, tyre treatment, and road test and report. $295
EVs A 22-point check, computer and systems health check, essential fluid top-ups, with top-up of washer, coolant and brakes fluids, lubrication of door hinges, tyre treatment, and road test and report. $189

Midas Car Service

Midas

Midas runs over 20 stores around the country, and provides customers a variety of service options for different vehicles. Its range of service packages are designed to focus on key vehicle maintenance areas.

Service Package Details Price*
Basic Service Check and set tyre pressures, check and top-up under-bonnet fluids, lubricate doors and chassis (where applicable), replace engine oil filter up to $20, replace engine oil up to 4.5 L standard oil and reset service/maintenance light (subject to tooling/data availability). $159.95
Smart Service Check and set tyre pressures, check and top-up under-bonnet fluids, lubricate doors and chassis (where applicable), replace engine oil filter up to $20, replace engine oil up to 4.5 L standard oil and reset service/maintenance light (subject to tooling/data availability), along with a Midas Peace of Mind Inspection, a 33-point visual inspection, checking fluids, under bonnet, under vehicle, brakes and tyres. $199.95
Premium Service Check and set tyre pressures, check and top-up under-bonnet fluids, lubricate doors and chassis (where applicable), oil flush or fuel additive, perform engine management system scan (subject to tooling/data availability), replace engine oil filter up to $20, replace engine oil up to 4.5 L standard oil, reset service/maintenance light (subject to tooling/data availability) and rotate tyres, along with a Midas Peace of Mind Inspection. $299.95
Diesel Service Check and set tyre pressures, check and top-up under-bonnet fluids, check diesel fuel filter and drain water from fuel separator (when equipped), lubricate doors and chassis (where applicable), replace engine oil filter up to $30, replace engine oil up to 4.5 L standard oil and reset service/maintenance light (subject to tooling/data availability), along with a Midas Peace of Mind Inspection. $289.95
Euro Service Check and set tyre pressures, check and top-up under-bonnet fluids, lubricate doors and chassis (where applicable), perform engine management system scan (subject to tooling/data availability), replace engine oil filter up to $30, replace engine oil up to 4.5 L synthetic oil, reset service/maintenance light (subject to tooling/data availability) and rotate tyres, along with a Midas Peace of Mind Inspection. $319.95
Log Book Service Check and set tyre pressures, check and top-up under-bonnet fluids, checks and inspections of vehicle as per the vehicle logbook, lubricate doors and chassis (where applicable), perform engine management system scan (subject to tooling/data availability), replace engine oil filter up to $30, replace engine oil up to 4.5 L synthetic oil (using oil specified by vehicle manufacturer), reset service/maintenance light (subject to tooling/data availability) and rotate tyres, along with a Midas Peace of Mind Inspection. $299.95

VTNZ

VTNZ runs 82 branches, providing a range of services, including Warrant of Fitness (WoF), Certificate of Fitness (CoF) and vehicle condition assessments, along with regular basic servicing.

Service Package Details Price*
Basic Service Looks at 14 major features that aren’t part of a WoF, across the engine, drive belts, radiator, oil, engine coolant and clutch fluids, battery, tyres, emergency kit, wiper blades and windscreen. $45
Safety Assessment Checks the key safety elements of a usual WoF assessment, including windscreen washers and wipers, engine oil level and condition, lights, steering, tyre condition, brake operation, steering and suspension, glazing, the interior vehicle condition, airbags, anti-lock brakes and electronic stability control, speedometer, safety belts, structural condition, exhaust, the exterior vehicle condition and fuel system. $57

*Prices correct as of July 1, 2020. Further information on pricing can be found at service centre websites. This should be used as a starter guide and not considered an actual quote.


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