MOTOR VEHICLE SERVICING

Reliable motor vehicle servicing Arundel, Fontwell Chichetser area

MOTOR VEHICLE SERVICING – WHAT’S INVOLVED?

We have an expert team of fully qualified car mechanics which have well over 60 years of experience between them. Whether you are bringing your car in for something simple like an oil check or a full service, you can relax in the knowledge that you’re in the best place. We service all types of car including hybrids and diesels. We can also service larger vehicles up to 7.5 tons.

Affordable Garage Services in Arundel

If you want to really save money on main dealer prices but receive the same high standard of workmanship and quality parts then look no further than our vehicle service centre in Arundel.

Verhicle servicing Arundel Chichester

Vehicle servicing Arundel, Fontwell Chichester

We offer two types of Vehicle Servicing in Arundel for all car types and most small commercial vehicles. Our interim Vehicle Service is provided 6 months after a full service, at which point we will complete a full FREE health check for complete peace of mind.

Full Service

Our full service is provided every 12 months which is an in depth vehicle service and a must have.

Interim Service

An Interim Service is completed every other six months to keep a close eye on your vehicles condition.

Free Health Check

With all our services we always give your vehicle a once over completely free of charge.

FAQs

We’re not the cheapest around but remember you get what you pay for! As with anything you buy make sure you shop around and compare like for like quotes. We guarantee you won’t beat us on a like for like quotation. Having the job done right first will save you in the long run.

Maintenance prevents premature wear and ensures optimum economy and performance. Faults can also be diagnosed in their early stages before safety is compromised. Proof of regular maintenance also enhances your car’s value and reduces the chance of breakdown and large repair bills.

Any garage has to work with reasonable care and skill within a reasonable time. Additionally, parts fitted must be suitable for the job (Supply of Goods and Services Act 1982). The garage must also not make a false or misleading statement about services offered (Trade Description Act, 1968).

Your best guide is the vehicle’s handbook which will include a maintenance schedule which must be adhered to as different cars have diverse servicing requirements. If you take your vehicle to an independent garage, be specific and ask what the garage’s own service includes as it may not include all jobs that are required. There are also a few extra items that manufacturers do not insist on, such as replacing anti-freeze, brake fluid (or LHM fluid for some Citroen models) every two years or so, if your garage makes these suggestions, don’t think they are touting for extra work.
Always get your car serviced regularly to reduce the risk of components failing prematurely.
Make sure you know what you want before instructing the garage. However, routine maintenance often reveals additional work, so always ask the premises to contact you should they find anything extra. This is where doubt arises. Some customers suspect dishonest profiteering. In most cases, this is unwarranted but should you be unsure, never be afraid to ask the garage for a simple explanation. Ask for clear explanations and don’t be bamboozled by technical jargon. Should you still not be satisfied ask a technical minded friend, or even another garage, for advice before authorising further work.

It is wise to ask for a written, itemised quotation, including VAT and parts, for any extra work. A written quotation is important because it is fixed, whereas an initial estimate can be far away from the final cost. Even after the work has been completed, you have a right to inspect any old parts removed from your car.

 

Look for garages that belong to organisations such as – Trust My Garage. All MOT stations are inspected by the Department of Transport and they cannot afford to loose their MOT license. If they are approved by the Department of Transport they have to conform to certain standards.
This varies widely from garage-to-garage and is dependent on your car’s make and model. Generally, routine lubrication and adjustments are covered. Components such as brakes usually only require a visual inspection so a fixed price service is unlikely to include the extra labour and parts. Some items, such as a cam-belt, need changing at one-off service interval, so be aware when such items are due, instruct the garage and budget accordingly. Always ask for an itemised list of what’s included.

Warranty-covered repairs as well as recalls should be done at the main dealer, otherwise you will be paying hundreds of pounds more for the same service from your local garage.

A routine service is provided to help reduce unnecessary costs, maintain safety and identify problems that might occur or get worst. If during your routine service and inspection we find anything that need attention, we will contact you to advise.

No repairs will be carried out until we have your consent and acceptance of our quotation to do so. You will fully understand any issues found and also the total cost of repair to make a uniformed decision. We will be happy to show you the problem if you prefer. You are under no pressure to have the work carried out by us.

Unfortunately most garages do not offer credit to customers for any work carried out. At Discount MOT Services we can offer a monthly repayment option.

Oil should be changed according to the manufacturer’s specification. The details will be in your handbook.  Be proactive about checking your oil. Make a point of checking at least once a month. Make sure that you check the oil level when your vehicle is on level ground.

The tyre pressure should always be set to the tyre manufacturer’s suggested PSI (pounds per square inch) pressure specs. The specs can be found on the side of your tire.

Always check your tyre pressures when the tyres are cold.

Properly inflated tyres will give you better petrol mileage, tyre wear, and overall handling of your vehicle.
Check your car handbook.

That really depends upon the type of spark plugs that are in your vehicle. A general rule of thumb is to change them every year. misfiring spark plugs are a major contribution to catalytic converter failure. Regular maintenance and servicing will save you money in the long term.

It’s best to refer to the owner’s manual for exact mileage details regarding timing belt maintenance. Timing belts are made of rubber and should be considered a regularly scheduled maintenance item. If you are unsure of the need to replace the timing belt, we recommend consulting the mechanic for a diagnosis.

Note: Sea air can degrade rubber timing belts faster than usual.

Additionally, some vehicles have timing chains instead of timing belts. They are not considered a maintenance item like the timing belt (as they are made of metals) and may last up to 200,000 miles before needing replacement.

If you hear a grinding or squealing sound when the pedal is applied, you probably need new brake shoes or pads. Brakes shouldn’t make any noise as they operate. Even if the actual problem turns out to be something minor, the only safe assumption is that noisy brakes are probably unsafe brakes. Postponing service is unsafe and could raise the cost of repairs later. If your brakes are making noise, get them inspected or serviced right away.

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