As temperatures get colder, motorists get more conscious of their car’s conditions. In some instances – especially in colder European markets – this means changing to winter tyres. Meanwhile testing lights are a matter of course for drivers. However, the car battery is often neglected, although it is under even more stress during the cold season. For example, continuous use of the windshield heater or the air conditioning system takes a large amount of power and makes heavy demands on the battery. Especially in winter, the only way to avoid unpleasant surprises is to have the battery checked regularly by the workshop – something battery maker Johnson Controls is advocating. The latest ADAC statistics show that 39 per cent of all breakdowns are due to the battery.
AA Garage Guide, the online search and booking site, is launching an extensive advertising campaign, helping people to better understand how the website differs from its price-driven competitors.
The campaign, which will feature on national radio stations, will communicate the Garage Guide’s primary concern: to provide motorists with access to accredited garages and dealerships who are committed to delivering premium service levels, undertaken by trained professionals. Each registered garage is handpicked with these considerations in mind.
New research by online car repair marketplace, ClickMechanic, has revealed that every year British motorists lose 893,461,500 hours – that’s more than 37 million days – trying to find a garage or mechanic to fix their car.
With more vehicles on Britain’s roads than ever before it stands to reason that there are more drivers to experience breakdowns and other problems. By the end of March 2016 there were 36.7 million vehicles licensed for use on GB roads – more than 900,000 had registered in that single first quarter of the year alone.
More than half of British drivers don’t get problems with their cars checked until three months after they have appeared, according to new research. A survey of more than 1,000 British drivers conducted by BookMyGarage.com, found that Britons are risking road accidents, worsening damage and steeper repair bills, as a result of not getting issues fixed in good time when they appear.
According to a recent survey carried out by Venson, 58 per cent of company car drivers think it’s their employer’s responsibility to get the car serviced at the appropriate times, even though the employee is accountable.
After the Conservative Party joined Labour in pledging increased apprenticeship opportunities, the Institute of the Motor Industry has urged political parties to think carefully about how to improve such positions. Steve Nash, CEO of the IMI which represents the UK retail motor industry, is pleased to hear the latest political party promise about apprenticeships. But he’s concerned that the issue is just becoming one of the items on the list of ‘vote winner’ promises without, necessarily, addressing the challenge of how to attract young people to apprenticeships.
ATS Euromaster has opened a new £350,000 flagship service centre in Wrexham, North Wales. The 7,500sqft centre, located on Mold Road directly opposite Wrexham FC, replaces an existing centre on Dolydd Road. It will support all vehicle types, including cars, vans, trucks, industrial equipment and agricultural machinery.
When it comes to choosing a garage, reputation far outweighs price, according to WhoCanFixMyCar.com. To be precise, reputation was the most important factor for 57.5 per cent of people, vs 23 per cent who claimed price was their number one priority, exactly 2.5x higher. It’s a trend WhoCanFixMyCar.com says it sees on a daily basis – as garages with the highest feedback scores close the most business – even if their prices are higher than the other quoting outlets.
A survey of 400 used car buyers by vehicle remarketing company, British Car Auctions (BCA) illustrates how cash-strapped motorists have been coping as the UK slowly climbs out of recession. The research revealed that motorists have been rolling up their sleeves and getting their hands dirty with basic car maintenance jobs, rather than going to a garage or mechanic.