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Autumn Driving Tips

Autumn’s not just about blackberries and pretty coloured leaves – it brings changes to the roads, too. Watch out for Glare Glare when the sun’s low in the sky is more likely to be a problem at this time of year. To improve vision: Clean your windscreen, inside and out, removing the hazy film that builds up.Sort out glass scratches and chips – they can intensify the sun's glare.Replace your wiper blades if they’re worn, damaged, or more than a couple of years old.Use a screen ...

October 7, 2019

FREE Tyre Safety Checks

When the winter weather arrives, you know you will be dealing with ice, sleet and snow.  Winter tyres can be perfect for you when you live in a place that sees a lot of snow and cold. They are designed to give you better grip and braking when the temperatures are really low. While not made specifically to get you through the snow, they do give you better braking and let you handle your vehicle better in the ice and snow, which can be a big plus for you. FREE Tyre Saftey Check Get your tyres...

October 7, 2019

How to change a wheel in ten steps

Advice & Tips Taken from the automyze.theaa.com If you get stopped in your tracks by a tyre puncture or buckled wheel you can always call your roadside assist technician to help you.  However with the right tools and equipment it is something you can do yourself. What you will need Manufacturer’s handbookLocking wheel nutWheel braceVehicle jackReplacement wheel What you should do Ensure your vehicle is not on a main road, but in a safe, flat level location.Apply the handbrake an...

April 1, 2019

Why getting your car serviced is so important

Car Service advice from AA Automize Regularly servicing your car can make the difference between it running smoothly and fuel efficiently, and the risk of it breaking down and incurring an expensive and unexpected repair. It can be a false economy to avoid regular car servicing, since expected wear and tear requiring minor maintenance, can fast become a costly major repair or replacement. The service schedule for your vehicle will depend on the manufacturer and also depend on the car’s mileage...

January 24, 2019

As an AA Certified Garage We Can Now Help With Your Breakdown Repair Cover Claims

Taken from the aa garage guide There comes a time for many motorists when their vehicles require more than a simple roadside fix from an engineer. For those who need replacement parts to be fitted at a garage, these are unexpected costs that need to be factored in to your everyday budget. That’s why the AA came up with Breakdown Repair Cover, keeping your vehicle’s repair costs to a minimum. For just £35 excess per claim, you can claim for up to £500 worth of repairs made at the roadside o...

September 30, 2018

Job Vacancy: Car Mechanic

We have a vacancy for a qualified Car Mechanic to start work at our busy garage in early August. Job Description Position: Car Mechanic Full Time: 8.30am to 5.30pm Monday to Friday, 30 minute lunch and two 15 minute breaks. Salary: Open to discussion, subject to experience and qualifications. Start Date: August Closing Date: Friday 27th July To apply, please send your CV to Jacqui Winter at jacquiwinter@btinternet.com...

July 18, 2018

How to change your car wiper blades

Taken from the AA Garage Guide Wiper blades are fairly inexpensive items, but have a big effect on visibility and safety so it is advised that you replace them once a year for optimum performance. Before you start it is always best to consult your manufacturers handbook for any specialist tools or equipment required. There are two main types of wiper blades. The early ridged type wiper blade and the modern flexible type wiper blade. How to change a rigid wiper blade Lift the arm into t...

July 15, 2018

How To Jump Start Your Car

Taken from automyze.theaa.com If your car is turning over, but simply will not start it could mean your battery is flat. If you have a charged power pack to hand you can jump start your car on your own. However if you don’t, you will need another vehicle to feed the power from. Before you jump start your vehicle, consult the manufacturer’s handbook, as each vehicle will have its own unique procedure. Before jump starting Make sure all electrics and lights are switched off and ...

April 22, 2018

DIY Car Maintenance Tips

Regular maintenance checks are a great way to keep your car in sound working order and can stop minor wear and tear turning into a much bigger and more costly repair. You don’t have to be a trained mechanic to carry out some basic car maintenance. We have outlined some simple steps you can follow below, and if you notice any warning signs you can always contact us for further investigation. Engine Oil Find the dipstick, which is usually a bright coloured circular piece of plasti...

January 27, 2018

How MOT Requirements For New Cars Could Change In 2018

Taken from the AA Garage Guide You know the drill. Your annual MOT test is coming up and that feeling of dread has hit the pit of your stomach. Will your motor make it through first time? Fingers crossed. You drop your motor off, and hope for the best. But prepare yourself for a shake-up, as the latest announcement from the Department for Transport has dropped a couple of potentially significant game changers in the nerve-wracking world of the MOT. Read on to find out how you might be affected&h...

November 19, 2017

MOT Checklist – don’t fail your MOT

Taken from the AA Garage Guide Did you know, most cars fail their MOT due to minor issues that can be easily avoided by doing a few simple checks before your car goes in? Just follow our simple ten point checklist to ensure your vehicle has the best chance of passing. Headlights and indicators Are they all working? Check your headlights, sidelights, rear lights, hazard lights, indicators and number plates. If one of the bulbs are out head down to Corbridge Road Garage or...

October 23, 2017

When is my MOT due?

Automyze by the AA is a new free, innovative digital tool that manages everything to do with vehicle ownership for you in one secure online space. By using Automyze to take care of your vehicle, you'll generate a valuable digital record for your vehicle that adds real value. If you have forgotten when your MOT is due you can use this handy free service to find out! To find our when your MOT is due click here. MOT tests can be carried out on your car up to one month prior to the expiry ...

October 9, 2017

How to Keep Your Alloys At Their Best

Taken from AA Guide Advice and Tips One of the most important yet neglected aspects of car maintenance is the proper care of alloy wheels. The majority of cars in the 21st century will have alloys, and they do have certain benefits – they are lighter, they help your car’s performance, and they improve the quality of the ride. However, improper upkeep can leave them damaged beyond repair, which may lead to costly replacements. Here are some ways to preserve your alloy wheels and keep them rea...

September 20, 2017

What does a car service include?

Do you know exactly what a Service comprises of? After completing a survey the AA found that 92% of motorists don’t know what is included when their vehicle is serviced – not surprising, seeing as service checklists vary from garage to garage. To help give some clarity, we have defined our own service checklists for both Interim and Full Services with the help of leading industry experts at The Institute of the Motor Industry (IMI). AA Garage Guide Service Checklist ...

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