One of the most regular car service items is having your oil changed. If you check the service book in your glove box it will say how often the oil and filter will need changing. Usually it will be between 6 and 12 months and service intervals will range from 7,500km's to 15,000km's depending on the car or truck.
Car servicing is very important to maintain the reliability and long life of your car. Without regular serving you car will have damage occur to the engine components and increase the wear and tear on your vehicle.
This will depend on what needs to be performed. Basic servicing can cost a few hundred to have the basic maintenance items completed.
An oil filters job is to remove impurities from the cars oil, in doing this job eventually the oil filter will clog up from these impurities and then can no long pass oil through.
Recommendations from friends, family and checking reviews online are a good place to start. Have a chat with a few mechanics about what you need for your car and they should be able to recommend a course of action, if you are comfortable with this then give them a try and see if you are happy with their service.
No, you do not have to have your car serviced by a dealership. You are free to take your car to an independent mechanic to have your car serviced.
A check engine light means there is a fault detected by the cars ecu. A mechanic car read the fault code and use it to diagnose what error the car is reporting.