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 in the United States and in 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: