The simple answer is, an electric car does need servicing as frequently as any car, and so at Highview Garage, we recommend this is done yearly. Standard tyre wear and tear, windscreen wiper replacement and brake fluid changes are just a few of the many levels that needs checking and likely topping up or replacing. Additionally, unlike petrol or diesel vehicles, you won’t need to worry about topping up engine oil, replacing parts like the timing belt, clutch, spark plugs, fuel pumps, exhaust, or timing belt. You will however have other considerations such as the electric motor, its battery, electric power control, inverter and charger. Remember, you’ll need to look after your battery to get the best range and lifespan out of it. Finally, common to all vehicles, the steering, suspension and brakes all need to be inspected regularly by professionals. Therefore we recommend regularly replacing brake pads, brake fluid, rotating your tyres, keeping tyre pressure topped up, and of course, replacing tyres when worn. It’s is equally important to understand that electric cars use coolants to stop the battery overheating, so a regular service to flush or top-up this coolant makes for a sensible owner.

And like any vehicle type, an MOT will be needed every year after its first three years of purchase from new (COVID-related lockdowns or higher tiers have not granted vehicle owners any grace periods in relation to MOT, and fines for late tests are enforced as normal). However, unlike petrol or diesel vehicles, there is no emissions test and with fewer parts to test, repairs could be minimal – but identifying problems early will save you money in the long run. This is true of all vehicle types.

What is crucial when choosing the correct garage for your EV is knowing that the technicians are FULLY trained in electric vehicle maintenance. At Highview Garage we have FULLY trained technicians to cover all EV works and maintenance.