• Protecting your Windscreen from Chips

    Windscreens can chip at any point. It’s a common occurrence and many people will experience this during their time as a car owner. There are some things you can do to help: Drive carefully. Many cracks and chips come from people driving through potholes. The force and the small pieces of rock that fly around can be very bad for your windscreen. Be careful when driving on rough terrain. Cover your windscreen when your vehicle is not in use. This will help to prevent cracks being formed from passing vehicles etc. Use a protective coating on your windscreen. It’s not really known how effective these are but if you often drive on rough terrain, it might be worth considering. The good news is that if you do still get a chipped windscreen, it is easy to fix. Many garages will…
  • MOT information

    Did you know that you can search and find current and previous MOT details online? Not many people realise that recently the government switched to online MOT checking meaning that anyone with the reg number and make of a car can find out if a vehicle passed or failed the previous MOT’s and also of any advisories. This can be really useful when it comes to buying a used car and can help you as a bargaining tool for getting the price down. Be wary of anyone selling a car that is not willing to give you the reg number initially as this may mean that they do not want you to carry out these checks, also if the seller tells you that there were no advisories and you find that there are, this should ring alarm bells. You can…
  • Wheel damage on curb

    Owning a car can be expensive, not only do you have to worry about fuel costs, insurance, MOT and tax but also other repairs that may crop up from time to time. Tyres are something that you may need to change once a year or more or less often depending on how much your drive the car. Wheels should not need to be replaced unless they become damaged and often many of us don’t realise they are damaged until we suffer uneven tyre wear, loss of inflation in our tyres or lack of handing when driving the car. Even something such as a simple clip pf the curb can actually be enough to damage the wheel on a car and will often lead to it being replaced. Some damage may be able to be repaired but it all depends on…
  • Investigating a water leak

    A water leek can be a nightmare for car owners. Sometimes your car will develop a slow leak which will require the water reservoir to be topped up every week or so and other times it will develop a sudden, fast water leak which needs attention immediately. Do not be tempted to drive a car which has a major water leak too far as it could cause the engine to overheat and if that happens you could find that you damage the engine (which will often cost a lot more to repair). If it is only a slow water leak then you can add some radiator welding solution that will go around the cooling system of the car ad find where the leak is. It will then work at setting in the hole and blocking the leak, sometimes this will…
  • Scrapping your car

    If the cost of repairing your car becomes more than the value of it then you may be faced with the idea of having to scrap the vehicle. Prices for scrap metal can vary from day to day, so a price you are offered may change if you check it again a week later. When considering scrapping your car, you may be able to make money if you strip the car down and sell the parts individually. You can often even make a profit (if you bought the car cheaply) by doing this but you need to make sure you have somewhere off road that you can store the vehicle and the time to do it. Some people are shocked to find that they are only offered £25 for their vehicle or even no money but a free collection service.…