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How has the new MOT effected statistics 6 months in

On 20th May 2018 the DVSA changed the way MOT's are carried out as detailed in our blog post 'Traditional MOT due to change on 20th May 2018'. It has now been 6 months since the new changes came into effect and DVSA have released their official data on MOT failures...

Nextbase launch website for reporting dash cam footage

Dashcam manufacturer Nextbase has recently launched a new website portal known as National Dash Cam Safety Portal (NDSP) which allows owners of dash cameras to upload footage of dangerous drivers and upload it to the appropriate police force for the area. The service...

Mechanics Jargon – The key words to know

Many people dread their visit to the local garage or mechanic, and often this dread can be made worse by not knowing or understand the jargon which is used. Whilst we make every effort to ensure people are fully informed and understand, sometimes jargon slips into...

Are you unintentionally invalidating your insurance?

Car insurance is a legal requirement that the vast majority of people know and respect. There are however a few areas which can cause you to unwillingly invalidate your insurance. Whether its a simple white lie to reduce your premium, exaggeration on the truths or...

Traditional MOT due to change on 20th May 2018

The MOT test as we know it is changing The way the MOT works in England, Scotland & Wales will be changing from Sunday 20th May 2018. The changes will take effect immediately on the 20th May and will cover cars, vans, motorcycles and other light passenger...

The top 10 car repairs and how they effect you

Introduction Many car owners get nervous when the colder months are around as the chances of a car failure or break down increase with the cold weather. Whilst we are in the middle of winter we thought it would be a good idea to look at the top 10 repairs, the...

The ultimate guide to driving in snow & ice

Introduction It's that time of year where most places will see some level of snow and certainly some winery conditions, but how does this effect your car, the way you drive and the preparations required? In this blog post we will try to cover the common areas to help...

Getting your car serviced whilst in warranty

Many people are led to believe that their new vehicles warranty will be void if they don’t get the vehicle serviced at the main dealers. However in 2003, one of the European laws known as Block Exemption was updated so that any independent garage can now carry out...

Tinted Windows – What do you need to know?

Ever since cars existed it’s always been common practice to modify the car in some manor, to personalise the vehicle and make it your own. For modern vehicles one of the cheapest but most effective modifications is the classic window tinting, but where do you stand...

Air Conditioning Service

Air conditioning has become a standard fitment for most modern vehicles, not only does it keep your car cool in the summer it also assists in demisting the windscreen during the other months too. What most people fail to realise is that the AC setup in your car has a...

Braking Systems – Discs/Pads & Drums/Shoes

INTRODUCTION TO BRAKING The brakes are one of the most important safety devices on your car so it is important that they are working correctly, they are also a significant part of the MOT testing procedures too and are a common cause for MOT fails. There are two...

Help! There’s extra lights on my dash

So what are these extra lights? Most drivers would of experienced an unknown light on their dash at some point in their driving career and quite often it fills you with dread when the light comes on, partially because you don’t know what the light means and partially...

5 Top tips to keeping your car going longer

As a car owner there are a few areas whereby you can assist with keeping your car in good shape and running for as long as possible. Some of these may seem obvious but it is amazing how often they are overlooked! By keeping your car in good condition and staying on...

Your MOT – Everything you need to know

Introduction As you may well know, all vehicles over 3 years old have to undergo an annual test to ensure it meets a minimum safety standard for use on the UK roads, this annual test is known as the MOT. Every day thousands of cars are tested across the country and...

Why are my tyres wearing funny?

My tyre tread has worn oddly, or unevenly, why? We all know what a tyre is, the magical black rubber circle that surrounds our wheels and is the only point of contact between the car and the road surface. For most people the Tyre’s on their car are a considerable...

Maintaining your car vs repairing your car

Cars are often an expensive affair to run and keep on the road, but for most this is a necessity rather than a luxury. As we all know, cars are prone to mechanical, electrical and body issues and can range from timing belt issues through bald or damaged Tyre’s. The...

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