What is a service history?

  • Car service history explained
  • Benefits of a full service history (FSH)
  • Parkers gives you the low-down

A service history is a record of the work repair or maintenance work that has been carried out on a car and when.

A FSH (full service history) denotes the complete collection of these repair and maintenance documents, with every service carried out as per the manufacturer’s requirements.

Do I need it?

If you’re selling your car then a full service history is likely to increase its value by as much as 10% over one which has no service history.

Remember, a well-documented past helps provide buyers with peace of mind, especially if they know as much about the car as possible.

If you want the best price for your car, a full main dealer service history (where all work has been undertaken and recorded at a manufacturer main dealership) is essential as it shows that you haven’t skimped on repair or maintenance costs.

Plus, should the car be on a transferable warranty – such as Kia’s seven-year scheme – a main dealer service history is preferable (but not essential) when validating the guarantee.

If you're looking to buy a car, a full service history will – providing you keep it up – increase the value of the car should you decide to sell it further along the line, while also reducing the chances of a breakdown through regular maintenance.

Similar to

Service plan, service book (a record of the car’s previous services), MoT.

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