The Advantages of a Mobile Windshield Repair Service

Cars play a very important role in our day to day lives and our schedules get really inconvenienced if our cars are not operational. But with mobile windshield repair service, your car will be repaired at anytime, anywhere ensuring that your activities will not be disrupted. There are several mobile windshield repair service providers who will get to you wherever you are.

Here are a few of the advantages of using a mobile windshield repair service.

Convenience

Time is a very important resource and any service that will prevent us from disrupting our daily schedules and save us time will be greatly appreciated. Mobile windshield repair service providers will come to your home, place of work or on the road where you want your windshield repaired. You will not need to book a service appointment at their garage but all you have to do is to call them and they will be at your service. Repairing a windshield crack requires only a few tools and this also enhances the mobility of the windshield repair service providers.

Mobile Windshield Repair Service

Safety

If a windshield crack is not repaired as soon as possible, it can quickly spread and worsen requiring a complete replacement of your car’s windshield. A mobile windshield repair service can come to you and repair cracks, chips and scratches the moment they are spotted thus preventing any possibility of spreading. This is a safer alternative rather than driving a car to a garage with a windshield crack that’s in the driver’s direct line of vision. Continue reading “The Advantages of a Mobile Windshield Repair Service”

History of the MOT test

Figures released last month by the department for Transport reinforce a very impressive trend. While road traffic has steadily increased over the last fifty years, road deaths have plummeted. According to these figures, in the mid-60s, there were around twelve million cars on British roads. Of these twelve million, around 300,000 a year were involved in accidents, which resulted, per year, in around 8,000 deaths. By comparison, in 2013 there were thirty-five million cars on the road – a more than threefold increase. However, of this number, only 139,000 were involved in fatal accidents; and from these resulted a mere 1,713 deaths. Today we cover here brief information about History of the MOT test.

What helped bring this change about? Undoubtedly, a myriad of factors are at play. It is easy to forget that it was once legal to drive around without a seat belt, or, worse, while drunk. Not only was it legal, it was socially acceptable! Attitudes toward road safety have undoubtedly changed. Manufacturers, too, must take a share of the credit for the declining death toll – their ingenuity brought about a raft of safety features which no government department mandated: crumple zones, airbags and ABS, to name a few.

history of the MOT test
MOT test

But the change is most obviously attributable to a change in car safety standards. In the 1960s, something changed which would revolutionise British transport: the first standardised safety tests for cars were introduced. These tests were those which we know now as the MOT test.

The Introduction of the Test

Following the Second World War, it became clear that many of the cars on British roads were unsafe. Drivers would frequently lose control of their aging vehicles, whose tyres were, by modern standards, scarily thin and utterly bald. It was clear that a change had to be made, but it was not until 1960 that this change came about. Continue reading “History of the MOT test”

Car Maintenance: Keep a Firm Grip

When you are driving the only contact you have with the ground is the tread on your four tyres. It makes those tyres very important for your safety and the safety of others on the road or pavement. It does not mean that the tyres necessarily have to be expensive; quality is the priority.

Everyone is conscious of cost but sometimes it is false economy to take a risk on something that is sub standard. Tyres must last and be regularly checked to ensure there is plenty of tread left. A good company that you use for your car maintenance is likely to be able to advise you on the quality to buy. It will also tell you the likely mileage that you can safely do before the tread reaches a level where you need to replace them. It is better to go by mileage rather than time because you may not have an average mileage per week.

Legal

Your car will fail its MOT if the tyres are worn beyond the legal minimum. If you are using a good garage it is likely to tell you before it takes the car to the testing centre if there appears to be a problem. There are several international tyre brands. If you follow F1 Motor Racing you are likely to know the brands have regularly been vying for the tyre contracts. A good supplier is likely to stock and fit all of those famous names. Continue reading “Car Maintenance: Keep a Firm Grip”

Breakdown cover – What will my cover include?

If you have ever had the chance of dealing with more than one breakdown service provider, you were probably amazed at the varying service levels provided by the two (or more) companies, even in cases where their cover appear to be the same on the surface. Comparing different breakdown cover companies is hardly a case of comparing apples with apples. A quick glance at a breakdown services comparison site usually does not reveal the fine details that really matter. To do this, you’ll have to closely scrutinise the individual parts the policy covers of each company.

Looking at the Fine Details

Broadly speaking, breakdown service providers in the U.K. provide services that fall under these categories:

  • Roadside Assistance
  • Home Assistance
  • Vehicle Recovery
  • Onward Travel

Most ‘basic’ packages will offer the standard roadside assistance with options of ‘add-ons’ to include the other three areas. Some companies will provide comprehensive coverage in all four, which can often work out cheaper than going with the companies that ‘build up’ the package through add-ons, that all seems reasonable if you know what you require. But if you’ve never had breakdown cover or broken down how do you know what cover to go with? For instance, are you aware that a sizable chunk of breakdown companies will not come out if your car happens to run out of fuel? You probably did not think much about this when taking out your breakdown cover but come to think of it every person who has driven for any length of time knows that the probability of this happening are pretty slim, but it does happen on rare occasions.

breakdown cover

What about if your battery runs flat, or novice mistakes such as misfuelling your car with the wrong fuel or losing your car keys?

Well, you will be surprised to learn that a survey done by Defaqto on 288 breakdown policies about 4 years ago revealed the following:

23% of policies do not cover misfuelling your car with the wrong type of fuel. This is hardly funny considering that there are more than 100,000 cases of drivers filling their vehicles with the wrong type of fuel in the U.K. every year. Misfuelling ranks among the ten most common causes of vehicle breakdowns. If your breakdown cover does not provide coverage for this, then you could be left stranded whilst you try to get your car to a garage to get the issue fixed.
14% of policies do not cover running out of fuel. A silly mistake to make but it does happen, especially on long country roads where there isn’t a petrol station for miles. Continue reading “Breakdown cover – What will my cover include?”

Small Garages- Dedicated To You

It’s a fact of life that you need to keep your car maintained so that it operates at peak efficiency. The trouble is, where are you going to get your car serviced? You know there’s the dealership service department, but the pricing there burns right through your wallet. There is also the local Joe Meatloaf Autotech, but how do you know you aren’t being swindled there? Below are some of the pros and cons of dealerships and regular auto body shops.

Personal relationships

A competent mechanic is the best type of worker to repair or maintain your vehicle. Getting to know what kind of mechanic will be working on your car is next to impossible at a dealership. Getting to know the mechanic can only be done at a small garage. At these facilities, you will get to know the mechanic by name, and if you frequent the shop regularly, the mechanic will become familiar with your car and may even be able to foresee problems that could crop up. This one-on-one relationship can help bolster your trust in the shop. You can request the opportunity to observe as they do repairs, and use that time to learn about the repair process.

small garages
Small Garages

At a dealership, you are often a mere number on a printout. Often you will not be able to meet the mechanic who services your vehicle. Additionally, the same mechanic rarely works on your car twice, making it impossible for any one mechanic to get to know your car. Continue reading “Small Garages- Dedicated To You”