With 17,500 miles the clock and the end of our 12-month stint with the Vauxhall Astra approaching, I’d been wondering whether the car would need a service before it had to go.
The handbook says the initial dealer visit is due at 20,000 miles, so I was a little surprised to see a message on the instrument display demanding an oil change some 2500 miles early. Anyway, I booked the Astra in at the Vauxhall dealership in Richmond, and as expected it came through with a clean bill of health.
The dealer also took the opportunity to carry out some updates, including tweaks to the headlight and engine software, while the Astra was up on the ramp.
While awaiting a phone call to confirm that the car was ready, I received an email from the dealer. It contained a form outlining the outcome of the 35-point visual inspection carried out as part of the service and stated whether any additional work was required through a simple traffic light colour code system. You don’t usually see findings such as these until you return to the dealer, but doing it this way allows you to fully absorb any recommendations made by the technician at your leisure.