What is FSH and should you worry about it?
Have you ever come across the term “FSH” in an advertisement for a used vehicle?
FSH is an abbreviation for Full Service History, which indicates that the vehicle has not only had all its prescribed services, but there is a good record of them available to the seller and the buyer of the used vehicle.
So, is a full service history really so important that it would be advertised with a used vehicle?
- You get to know your vehicle’s mechanical history
One of the benefits of a full service history is that you, the dealer and your Automark representative can see exactly what has been done on the vehicle throughout its history.
For instance, if a vehicle had more service and replacement parts than is normal for its age and the distance travelled, it could indicate that it had a hard life. This does not mean that it is a bad buy or that it would need the same level of mechanical attention in the future, but it may warrant a more detailed mechanical inspection by the dealer.
- It says something about the owner A used vehicle with a full service history usually indicates that the owner was fastidious and looked after his/her vehicle. This is a good indicator that the vehicle is in a good mechanical condition.
- The dealer had more opportunities to inspect your vehicle
A full service history also means that the dealer had more opportunities to inspect the vehicle throughout its working life to ensure everything is fine. Sometimes, a bad pothole or a small mechanical problem can cause damage over many kilometres, which the dealer would have been able to fix had the vehicle come in for its regular services.
- Missed services may affect the mechanical warranty
When a vehicle does not have a full service history, but it still has a mechanical warranty, you should check with the seller and your local Toyota dealer if the mechanical warranty is still valid. A mechanical warranty guarantees the mechanical integrity of the vehicle, but it is dependent on regular services. That is why many manufacturers will void a mechanical warranty if the owner skipped any services during the warranty period.
- Any Toyota dealer can check a used Toyota’s history
These days, if you buy a used Toyota, such as a Hilux, Corolla, Fortuner or Etios, a Toyota dealer or an Automark representative can check the vehicle’s mechanical history on Toyota’s electronic system. If the Toyota was serviced at an approved Toyota dealership, the dealer or your local Automark representative will have record of it.
- Make sure an Automark representative has checked the vehicle
While a full service history is a definite benefit on a used Toyota, it does not mean that you should avoid any used vehicle that does not have a full service history. When you buy a used Toyota from Automark, you can be sure that the vehicle has been inspected thoroughly and that it meets Automark’s high standards.
- Always check for any Special Service Campaigns
Lastly, while you or your local Automark representative inspects a used Toyota for possible purchase, make sure to check its special service campaign record. Sometimes, Toyota may issue a special service instruction to dealers, to replace or improve a certain part or component regardless of the vehicle’s age. In these cases, the repairs are done at no cost to the owner, so make sure that any special service campaigns have been done on your Toyota of choice, before taking ownership.