How to check your Land Rover service history

Published December 6, 2022
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Keen to uncover your Land Rover service history? With a helping hand from the knowledgeable team of qualified mechanics at ART Garage Crewe, you can check the full service history of your luxury Land Rover – regardless of the exact year or model – and find out when you should schedule your vehicle’s next service.

Below, we explain the best way to check Land Rover service history to help you figure out whether your 4×4 is due a service. Alongside providing you with all the information you need to determine when your Land Rover should be booked in for a service, we also find out why regular servicing is so important and how you can access these important servicing records.

Why are services important for Land Rovers?

Known for their off-road expertise and high-quality build, Land Rovers are a popular choice for many drivers as they suit a wide range of lifestyles – including luxury, active/sporty and family lifestyles. However, this doesn’t mean that they require any less maintenance.

In fact, it’s always wise to embrace regular servicing in order to help prevent potential problems and breakdowns in the future. While there are many reasons to maintain your Land Rover with regular servicing, some of the most crucial tend to involve safety.

Not only will scheduled Land Rover services give you peace of mind while out and about, but they also help to protect you and your passengers as well as others on the road. The full list of regular Land Rover service benefits is listed below and includes:

  • Peace of mind
  • Driver and passenger safety
  • Safety of other road-users and pedestrians
  • Maintains performance
  • Retains residual value
  • Identifies potential problems before they become real
  • Helps to prevent breakdowns

Does your Land Rover need servicing?

Now you know the various advantages of getting your Land Rover booked in for a service, it’s time to figure out when your vehicle’s next service should be. According to Land Rover’s official recommended maintenance schedule, your vehicle’s first service should be after six months or 5,000 miles – whichever comes first.

This first service should inspect or replace the vehicle’s engine oil and air filter, tires (including the tire pressure, tread and wear), chassis lubrication, and battery and cables. After this first service, the next recommended service is at 10,000 miles/12 months (whichever is first), then 15,000 miles, 30,000 miles, 60,000 miles and then every 15,000 miles after this point.

As a result, you should be able to determine when your Land Rover needs servicing by simply checking the dashboard to see how many miles the vehicle has done to date. Alternatively, you could also choose to service your Land Rover vehicle every six to twelve months if your average monthly/yearly mileage remains stable.

It’s worth noting, however, Land Rover recommends you refer to your owner’s manual for more model-specific servicing information as advice may vary according to the various Land Rover models (Sport, Discovery, Range, etc.).

If you’re unsure as to whether the mileage on your Land Rover dashboard is accurate, it’s a good idea to check your MOT history using either a website or an app like Total Car Check. Once you have access to your MOT history, you can use it to look up the times and dates of your vehicle’s MOTs next to the recorded mileage – this should give you an idea of whether your current mileage is accurate.

Is a Land Rover service history book required?

While it’s true that some Land Rovers will have a Land Rover service book, the brand no longer provides a paper service history booklet with their vehicles. As of July 1st, 2013, all new Land Rovers will instead have their service history updated online every time the vehicle visits a Land Rover approved service centre.

This means that all data relating to your Land Rover’s scheduled services, related products and body inspections will be securely stored online – ideal if you’re always misplacing paperwork or forget to bring your service book with you to the garage. Traditionally, a vehicle’s service book would be stamped at every service while the date and mileage at the time are noted down next to the stamp.

Using an online system therefore helps to prevent the creation of fraudulent service books as the stamps for these books can be purchased online. For Land Rovers that were produced before July 1st, 2013, and therefore still come with a service book, you can check the authenticity of these services by checking for a dealer ID number that should be noted next to the stamp.

For any owners of Land Rovers produced after 1st July, 2013, you’ll be able to access your Land Rover’s service record via any Land Rover Franchised Dealership if you choose to have work completed within this main dealer network. After each visit, this Land Rover online service history will be updated.

How to check whether your Land Rover needs servicing online

If you’d like to find out more about when your Land Rover was last serviced, we recommend a visit to Land Rover’s official site. Here, you can enter your vehicle’s Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) in order to gain online access to your vehicle’s service history. Not sure where to find your VIN code?

Luckily, this 17-digit code is easy to find as it’s located in the bottom corner of your windscreen. If, for whatever reason, you don’t currently have physical access to your Land Rover, you may also be able to find your vehicle’s unique VIN by taking a look at documentation you’ve already received from Land Rover.

Upon accessing your vehicle’s online service history, you’ll be able to see exactly when and where your Land Rover was serviced, helping you to determine when its next service should be. Not to mention, this is also an exclusively VIN-driven process, so you needn’t have a Land Rover customer account to access this information either.

Can a Land Rover be serviced anywhere?

If you’ve found that a service is in order for your Land Rover, then you might be wondering where you can get it serviced in order to maintain your warranty. Luckily, you needn’t spend your valuable time and money travelling hundreds of miles to your nearest Land Rover dealership.

Instead, thanks to the Motor Vehicle Block Exemption Regulation (MVBER), Land Rover owners can take their vehicle to any land rover specialist garage for servicing or repairs without compromising their manufacturer’s warranty or their aftermarket auto warranty. Ultimately, this provides all drivers with more freedom when it comes to choosing where they want to get their vehicle repaired or serviced.

As a result, you’ll be able to save both time and money on your land rover service as you’ll have the freedom to shop around for the most competitive dealership and independent garage prices. Plus, this also means that you won’t need to travel any further than necessary for your service, giving you the option of using local garages.

Local independent garages allow you to save both fuel money and your annual leave for when you really need it. It’s worth noting, however, that while the MVBER does offer car owners more freedom, it’s still vital that any work that is carried out on your Land Rover is well-documented.

Regardless of whether your vehicle requires minimal maintenance, extensive repairs or a standard service, these works must all be thoroughly documented. If there’s no record of any work having been completed (in the form of documentation), a dealership can claim that no work was performed in the event of any problems with your vehicle.

It’s also worth mentioning that there are different levels of vehicle servicing. This includes an interim service, health check, full service and a gearbox service. It’s important to make a note of exactly which checks have been completed and what work, if any, the vehicle has undergone. Accurately documenting this work therefore helps to avoid dealership issues and protects your warranty.

Please also bear in mind that the MVBER expires on May 31st, 2023. As a result, the CMA (Competition and Markets Authority) will be reviewing this regulation and feeding back its recommendation to the Government. This will help the Government to determine whether the regulation needs to be replaced or adjusted, so it’s important to bear in mind that these guidelines are subject to change.

ART Garage Crewe Land Rover servicing

If your premium 4×4 has been clocking up the miles or it’s been one too many months since your last service, please don’t hesitate to reach out to the experienced team of mechanics at ART Garage Crewe! We specialise in Land Rover servicing, so you can be confident that your luxurious Land Rover will receive only the best maintenance.

To support our professional mechanics and their 75 years of combined experience in this industry, we’ve also invested in high-end Land Rover diagnostic tests. These tests help us to detect any issues your Land Rover might be struggling with (either now or in the near future), preventing costly and inconvenient breakdowns while you’re out and about.

Our qualified mechanics also only use genuine OEM parts, so you needn’t worry about sub-standard parts making their way into your SUV. Most importantly, we deliver this high-quality service all for the price of an affordable local garage. So, if you live in the Crewe area and need to book your Land Rover in for a service, you’ve come to the right place!

Simply get in touch with our approachable and knowledgeable team by either giving us a call on 0127 021 4445 or using our convenient online contact page. Fill in the form with your basic contact details as well as your enquiry and we’ll ensure a member of our team gets in touch with you soon.

Why risk your safety and the health of your luxury Land Rover? Contact Art Garage Crewe today!

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