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What's the difference between Basic and Logbook Services?

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Updated 3 Jun 2021

Joel Ilton

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When it comes to servicing your car, it can get rather confusing with all the different types of services out there.

In the Australian Market, you’ll be asked if you want a basic or logbook service - but what’s the difference?

Basic car service

  • Can also be called a ‘minor’ or ‘general’ service
  • Includes replacing just the engine oil and oil filter

There are also a number of checks involved that looks at the under the body of the car and under the bonnet of the car as well as fluids, brakes, tyres and operation of lighting system.

Logbook service

  • Is a series of scheduled services that are recommended by the car’s manufacturer at a particular time or kilometre intervals
  • Each logbook service inclusions vary depending on a car’s make and model
  • The general rule of thumb is servicing your car every 6 months or 10,000kms, whatever comes first

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Joel Ilton

Finding a passion for cars from a young age, Joel carried out work experience as a mechanic whilst at school before starting an apprenticeship after finishing year 12.

After almost 10 years on the tools and in customer service, he moved into the IT realm as a Data Analyst and In-House mechanic at AutoGuru.