For this week’s #tipthursday we’re talking about your Owner’s Manual and why you should get to know yours. The Owner’s Manual is usually left forgotten in the glove box but its fill of useful information specific to your make and model of car. It can answer a whole range of questions such as when you should get a service, what your ideal tyre pressure is and warranties you may have.
We’d recommend having a look at the Maintenance Schedule, which if you follow, will help save you money in the long run. As we always say, when it comes to cars, prevention is better the cure and having a well maintained car will help keep it running effectively, efficiently and safely. Following manufacture’s spec will help with this.
You never know when the worst might happen, and you’re stuck in the middle of nowhere, hungry, thirsty and cold waiting on recovery in a broken-down car. That’s why we here at Maitland Motors we recommend having an emergency kit made up to keep in the boot just in case. It could make an unbearable situation that little bit more comfortable.
A big bottle of drinking water
Snacks (cereal bars are always handy)
First Aid Kit
Old hoddie or jackets, gloves and socks to help keep warm.
Emergency cash change
Tyre Puncture Repair Kit or better still make sure your spare is in good working order. (We can check this for you.)
Keep your kit in a large bag or storage box in your boot and forget about it. Do you already have an emergency kit? Have you ever had to use it and did it help?
If you have any questions or need advice on putting a kit together, then just leave a message below.
Have a good look at your windows often, especially your front and rear windows to make sure there aren’t any cracks or chips that may have appeared over the harsh winter months. If there is damage, most insurance companies will replace your windscreens as part of your policy at no extra cost to you. Damaged window screens can be fatal. Also, take the time to check your window wipers by lifting them and inspecting for any cracks, tears or nicks on the rubber. The damage will stop them from working as well as they should and can make driving in adverse conditions even more difficult. If you do see any damage, you can easily replace them at home though it can be a bit fiddly. If you need any help with this pop into the workshop or gives us a phone, we’re only too happy to help.
Here at Maitland Motors, we aim to give you as much information about your car as possible so you can make an informed decision to suit your needs and budget. One part of your car which can be the difference between a safe car and an accident waiting to happen is your tyers. Tyres come in 3 different price brackets; budgets, min-rage or premium. But what are the main differences and how do they affect you?
Budget tyres, as you’d expect, are the cheapest of tyres are may seem like a very appealing choice when comparing prices. They are safe and will pass the legal requirements of the law. If you do little driving, at slow speeds and mostly from A to B, they can be a sound choice.
Mid-rage tyres can sometimes cost just a few extra pounds more compared to a budget, so can make more sense financially as you’ll get more tyre for your money. They’ll last longer and you’ll get more of the features expected of a premium, so they should need replacing less often.
Premium tyres are usually your well-known named tyres and usually very high performing. They are made of top of the range materials and go through rigorous testing, often with 100s of years worth of experience behind them. If you do a lot of driving and in particular, motorway driving, going premium may last you longer in the long run, offering better grip, wear and fuel efficiency.
We always recommend which tyre to go for depending on your car and how you drive it. More importantly, when it comes to your tyres is that they’re safe and are legal. They should have good tyre tread, no bumps, cuts or gashes and be pumped up to your manufactures recommended pressure. Age and tracking is also something to consider when it comes to tyre wear and tear.
We check your tyres as part of your Free Vehicle Health Check and Services, however, if you have questions or concerns about your tyres then please get in touch by calling the office or sending us an email. We’re always happy to hear from you.
Did you know that you are free to take your car to any garage for repairs and maintenance at any age? It’s common that customers are led to believe that they have to take their new car back to the dealer for servicing, MOTs etc, but in fact, you are free to pick and choose who looks after your car. This is called the “Right to Repair” and as long as your garage uses manufacturer parts to manufacturer spec and has their own garage stamp, your guarantees, insurance or credit agreements won’t be affected.
This makes the market a lot more competitive and gives you a lot more choice.
For more info or if you have any questions, feel free to call the office or email us, we’re always happy to hear from you.
At Maitland Motors we believe prevention is better than cure when it comes to your car. An easy way to maintain your car is to follow your manufacture’s service guide. (Usually found in your car manual.) Depending on how up to date you are with your service schedule you may need a Full Service or just an Interim, but what is the difference and how do each benefit you and your car?
Interim Service An Interim Service is a more basic version of the Full Service and includes an Oil and Filter Change. We check the lights, horn, brakes, fluid levels, exhaust, tyres and double-check for any leaks. If you get your car serviced regularly, then we’d recommend booking in for an Interim as this will help keep your car ticking over in-between its Full Service and Mot. It’s also a great way to ensure there aren’t any hidden surprises that may end in costly repairs if left too long to deteriorate.
Full Service A full-service includes everything above as well as replacing the pollen, and air filters if required and topping up brake fluid & antifreeze. We also inspect the engine, wheel bearings, shock absorbers and air conditing system. Some cars may require additional work to keep up with manufacturer’s spec which inc changing spark-plugs or fuel filters. A Full Service will help ensure you’re getting the best from your car, performance and safety-wise. If it’s been a while since your car was last in or it’s only in a garage for its MOT, then we’d recommend booking in for a Full Service.
Another thing to be mindful of is the “Right to Repair”. This means you are free to take your new car to any independent garage for a service and as long as the garage uses manufactures parts, to their spec, your warranty or finance agreement won’t be affected. This makes the market much more competitive for customers like you and gives you more choice.
Regardless of which service you go for, we always fit quality parts like Mann Filters , Pagid brakes and Shell oil here at Maitland Motors. With all our years of experience, we find quality parts to be great value for money as you’ll be replacing less frequently compared to cheap parts. We have a blog on this if you’d like to know more about the parts we fit and how they benefit you.
If you have any questions please leave them in the comments below or if you’d like to book in for a Full or Interim service call the office or drop us an email, we’re always happy to hear from you.
With the weather creating poor diving conditions recently, carrying out your basic car checks is more vital than normal to help keep you safe on the road. Lights are especially important, not just so you can see the road ahead but so that other drivers can see you too.
Get a friend or family member to watch from behind and in front of your car as you turn on the lights. Include your fog lights, indicators, and pressing on the brakes. This way you’ll know for sure if any need replacing as it can be difficult to tell properly from sitting in the driver’s seat. Lights being out are also an MOT fail and can result in stops from the police, so it’s well worth taking a few minutes a few times a month just to check all your lights are working.
If this is something you’re unsure of or would like a professional 2nd opinion pop down to the garage and we’ll check for you. Or you can book in for a Free Vehicle Health Check where we check your lights alongside other safety components of your car.
Over the past 20 years, we’ve been in the trade, we’ve worked with many part brands; some good….some not so good. And when it comes to brakes, we take the parts we fit and supply very, very seriously. This is why we only use and are proud to fit Pagid brakes on your car.
So, what make Pagid Brakes so good?
Pagid brakes are OE quality. (Meaning their parts match or exceed the quality of original parts fitted to a car when new.)
Pagid brake pads and discs are guaranteed for 25 months.
60 years of knowledge in brake development, innovation and manufacturing.
Excellent value for money, being a very reliable and durable product. You’ll get better brake efficiency and they should lass longer compared to cheaper products on the market.
Pagid is used throughout the supercars and motorsports worlds. Only the best for our customers.
If you have any questions or would like to know more, then please just get in touch by using the comments box below, phone the office or drop us an email. We always love hearing from you. Likewise, if you’re worried about your brakes, then why not book in for a Free Vehicle Health Check where we can inspect them for you and advise accordingly.