What’s The Difference Between a Logbook Service and a Normal Service?

When talking about getting your car serviced, it’s pretty straightforward what we mean by that. Obviously, you’re taking your car into the mechanic to get some maintenance done. But then it gets super confusing when you start using terms like ‘minor service’, ‘logbook service’, ‘major service’ and ‘normal service’. What the heck is the difference between all these services? Can’t you just look over my car and prevent it from breaking down?!

We totally understand your frustration. Thankfully, today, we’re going to outline the differences between two commonly confused car services: logbook services and normal services.

What is a logbook service?
Your logbook service is a standard vehicle examination that’s conducted every 10,000kms. This service looks at safety checks, measurements, replacements and repairs if necessary. It’s different from a more detailed service, like your 100,000km service which will look at more specific parts of your car. It’s called a logbook service because it follows the procedures outlined in the manufacturer’s car logbook, proving that you’ve maintained your car sufficiently and looked after it well.

What does it include?
Logbook services involve a serious of standard checks and adjustments. While some makes and models will differ in the specific details of what’s included in their logbook service, almost all logbook services will involve these:

  • Change engine oil & oil filter
  • Brake inspection and adjustment
  • Check steering and suspension
  • 40-point vehicle inspection
  • Check and top up under bonnet fluid levels
  • Computer battery test
  • Check tyre pressures
  • Check radiator hoses
  • Check fan belts
  • Check lights

What is a normal service?
Normal services should also be conducted every 10,000kms. The main difference between a logbook service and a normal service is that logbook services follow the exact procedures outlined in the logbook. This can be important if your car is under warranty. A normal service involves many of the procedures included in a logbook service but doesn’t necessarily stick to the manufacture’s guidelines as if it were a bible. Normal services consider the whole car’s condition and conduct maintenance and repairs as necessary.

Which one to choose?
If your car is under warranty and requires logbook servicing to validate this warranty, then it’s certainly best to choose a logbook service. However, if your car isn’t still covered by its warranty, then you may want to go for a normal service. Contact an expert like German Service Shop to help decide which one is best for you.

Now that you know the differences between logbook services and normal services, you need a top-notch mechanic like the ones at German Service Shop to conduct one for you. They’re Melbourne’s leading German vehicle specialist workshop for Mercedes, Audi, BMW, Mini and Volkswagen. Get expert car services at affordable rates through German Service Shop. Give the team a call today.