Used Cars

Approved Car Parts and Insurance

Posted on November 20, 2020 at 8:18 pm

Car part insurance can be voided if approved parts are not used. For clarity, this does not necessarily mean that the parts are branded, but it does mean that they will need to be a certain spec to make sure that they meet all requirements. If in doubt, check your vehicle manual and check with the garage where you are having parts fitted.

Insurance and warranties are some of the key concerns here and will need to be checked in full before new parts are installed. Even something like a car body part of panel will need to be approved, if not directly from the supplier. This is very important when getting car repairs done at a garage and it is the vehicle owner’s responsibility to make sure that they vehicle is being fitted with the correct approved parts. Garages often advertise whether they offer approved parts in the first place.

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Issues with Car Steering – What Next?

Posted on October 10, 2020 at 1:05 pm

Any issue with your car can be disconcerting and issues with steering can be particularly problematic. This is a core function of a car so anything that unbalances the steering will naturally be a major concern for you. Before panicking though, make sure you know what is wrong as it may be very easy to rectify.

One of the most common causes of steering issues is wheel misalignment which can simply happen over time. This can be easily fixed by a garage that has wheel alignment ramps for this kind of work.

If you have a better understanding of cars you can take a look yourself at the tyres, bearings and fixings to make sure they look adequate. If not, you can have the car checked over by a mechanic who can make an accurate diagnosis and give you a price for repairs. It always pays to look after your vehicle’s steering.

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How to Check a Second Hand Car

Posted on September 29, 2020 at 12:57 am

Second hand cars can be a bit of a gamble, depending on your circumstances and how confident you feel in choosing one. Ultimately, though, it will come down to whether or not you feel comfortable, and how much you know about the vehicle. With the right information, you can usually make a well informed decision that will help you to arrive at the right decision for you.

When looking at a car that is second hand, you should always check certain things like its age and mileage. You can also look into whether it has its MOT and whether any work has been done to it previously. Ultimately, it is usually important that you see the car for yourself and preferable go for a test drive in it. This will help to determine if everything is working correctly and will also help you to establish if it is the right vehicle for you.

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Does your Car Need a New Wheel Bearing?

Posted on June 28, 2019 at 9:58 pm

If you are in need of a new wheel bearing on your car or vehicle, it’s something you should definitely prioritise for your safety. There are some signs you can look out for that will indicate you might need a new wheel bearing. All parts of your wheel need to be working correctly together if you are going to be safe on the road, so make sure you take action if you spot any of the following:

  • Grinding and scraping noises. If you notice a noise like this whilst on the road, it is never a good sign! Grinding noises will usually indicate you need a new bearing, and the noise will usually get worse when you accelerate.
  • Tyre wear and tear. Tyres that have worn down will often have loosened bearings. Get bearings checked if your tyres are particularly worn down.
  • Unusual steering. If you feel like your steering is loose, this could be to do with the wheels and bearings.

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Using a Reputable Garage for Work on your Car

Posted on December 28, 2017 at 11:02 pm

It is always advisable to use a garage that comes with a good reputation and quality customer service. You will be able to rely on them to do what is right for your car and to leave it in good condition. Unfortunately, there are many mechanics around who are not especially reliable and who will not necessarily do the right job for you.

At the same time, don’t necessarily just go for the garage with the highest price tag. They may be a specialist dealer for an expensive brand of car, like Bentley or Audi, in which case they will charge higher prices for the privilege of using their services. If you do need to use an approved garage though, make sure they have the competency you require.

Look at reviews of the garage and make sure they deliver good work that people have been pleased with. Ask around for recommendations as well.

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