Winter and Summer checks

We can check your car over before you make that longer than usual holiday journey.  It’s useful to have your car checked out if it’s only normally used for local trips if you are planning to take it on motorways or a long journey, this might prevent a breakdown and cutting short your holiday.

Also if your car has been sitting idle for a few weeks over the summer holidays, drop it in for a quick check so that you know it’s fit for the winter.

Here are some useful general tips that you can follow yourself to look after your car and prevent those unwanted breakdowns.

Useful to know…

Fuel

Top up when you pass a filling station rather than delay looking for one until the fuel light comes on – particularly if you’re driving in an unfamiliar area.

Lights

Clean all exterior lights regularly and check for blown bulbs and cracks in the lens.

Oil

Cars can consume as much as a litre of oil every 1,000 miles. Check the oil level regularly (your car handbook will show you how). Don’t wait for the red oil pressure warning light to come on – engine damage may already have occurred by then.

Water

Overheating is a common cause of breakdowns, especially in hotter weather. Check the coolant level regularly (the handbook will show you how) and if the level always seems low, check for leakages. Top up the windscreen washer fluid too.

Electrics

Battery problems are the number one cause of breakdowns at any time of year. Renew an old, tired battery before it lets you down. Also make sure that your electric radiator cooling fan starts running when the engine gets hot – you can check this by running the engine with the car stationary.

Tyres

Incorrectly inflated tyres are not only unsafe, they wear out faster and can increase fuel consumption by around 5%. If you’re driving with extra passengers or luggage, remember to increase your tyre pressure accordingly