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28th August 2020

What does XL mean on tyres? A reinforced or XL (extra load) tyre is a specially reinforced tyre which carries heavier loads than tyres of the same size. These types of tyres are stronger and more hardwearing than standard tyres, and are often used for large vehicles that carry heavy loads or large family cars, such as 4x4s. The internal structure of XL tyres is much stronger, designed to help ma...

5th May 2020

We have introduced new safety measures at all branches to ensure we protect our colleagues and customers. We respectfully ask that you observe the following guidelines if you do visit one of our branches. • Please park your car in a safe place and wait to be called into the reception area.• We will only be allowing 2 customers into the office one at a time and you must wear a face covering.• Pl...

23rd July 2020

It's common for alloy wheels to experience some damage over time due to natural wear and tear, which can be caused by kerb damage, scuff or light scratches. However, with a bit of DIY know-how, you can clean up your alloy wheel damage yourself rather than having to take your vehicle into a professional. Save yourself some money and learn how to repair alloy wheels at home with our helpful guide....

23rd July 2020

Wondering how to charge a car battery? Or how long it takes to charge a car battery? More often than not, if your vehicle does not start because of your battery, it's likely the battery is flat rather than a serious problem. Car batteries can become flat for a number of reasons - such as forgetting to turn off your vehicle's lights, if your vehicle hasn't been driven for a long period of time or...

24th June 2020

Although some believe this to be a myth, air con does in fact increase your fuel consumption. It's suggested that by using your air conditioning, this can increase your fuel consumption by around 8-10%. While air conditioning uses more fuel than normal, it's important to note that driving with open windows also reduces your fuel efficiency. This creates a 'drag' for the vehicle, which means the e...

17th June 2020

As the summer months are approaching, the demand for using our air conditioning systems in our vehicles naturally becomes higher. But is there a right and a wrong way to use our car air con? And are you wondering how car air conditioning works? From the top air con mistakes to avoid to details on how air conditioning works in vehicles, our air conditioning tips guide has you covered all year round...

27th May 2020

With the UK, and the globe, having to change their daily routines and lives due to the Coronavirus outbreak, it's likely that some parts of our motoring maintenance may have slipped our minds. As the government have extended the MOT expiry date for MOT's that were due on or after 30th March, 2020, GOV.uk state you must keep your vehicle in a safe condition to drive. That's where our home vehicle m...

13th May 2020

What is a tyre pressure monitoring system? A tyre pressure monitoring system (TPMS) is an electronic system that is fitted to your vehicle. This monitors the air pressure in your tyres and alerts you if your tyre pressure is under the legal requirement. Having received this alert, you will then need to take action in order to rectify your tyres’ air pressure. How do tyre pressure sensors work?...

16th April 2020

Misplaced your service logbook? Or perhaps you’ve purchased a vehicle that didn’t come with a full-service history? There are multiple ways to check your car service history without a logbook, meaning you can learn when your car service is due and also view all your historical vehicle maintenance. Learn how to check car service history today. What is car service history? A vehicle’s full-service...

14th April 2020

A car service can include multiple components, system checks and adjustments of your vehicle to ensure it’s in line with vehicle manufacturer specifications. Some of the most common areas of inspection during a car service include: Checking tyres, lights, brakes and steering alignment Suspension checks Testing the vehicle’s battery condition Engine checks, oil change and filter replacement...