Q. If my vehicle has failed its MOT when the certificate is still live can I still take it away and drive it?

A. You may take your vehicle for its MOT test up to a month before your current certificate ends; the exact date will be on your MOT certificate. This had led to people questioning whether they can drive it after it has failed as they still have a valid certificate.The answer is that you can still drive your vehicle if it fails the test and its existing MOT certificate is still valid (i.e. if your test was before the expiry date). However the fact that your vehicle has failed its MOT means there are faults with the vehicle and if you do get stopped by the police you could be prosecuted if your vehicle is not roadworthy.

Though you still have a valid certificate you could be breaking the law by using a vehicle with a known fault on the road, it is highly recommended to get the repairs fixed as soon as possible and not to drive the vehicle in the meantime.

Q. Should I have regular servicing?

A. Yes, it is important to have regular servicing on your vehicle, not only to ensure your vehicle remains reliable, but also to ensure it is safe to use. Also by maintaining your vehicle regularly will help it run more efficiently and avoid expensive bills that may have been caused by lack of maintenance.

Most vehicles require servicing every year or 10,000 miles, which ever comes first. Our servicing costs start from as little as £64.99.

Q. I have a new car, do I need to go to the main dealer to have it serviced?

A. No this is a common misconception, as long as you service your car as per the manufactures servicing schedules and using manufacture approved parts your warranty will still be valid.

Q. Should I have my air conditioning serviced?

A. Your air conditioning system can lose up to 15% of its refrigerant each year, by having it serviced this not only ensures it operates correctly, but also will help to avoid bad odours and help clear your windscreen, air conditioning filters pollutants and air particles, which keeps the air in your vehicle fresh and clean. We now carry out FREE checks on your air conditioning system to ensure how efficiently its working.

Q. Should I get my wheel alignment checked?

A. Just by driving onto a kerb can knock your alignment out, by having it checked will save your tyres from premature wear and help towards fuel economy.

Q. Should I always buy premium tyres?

A. Not always, modern day budget tyres have come on a long way, our Debica tyres are made by Goodyear in there Polish factory which gives you the assurance of a quality tyre at a budget price.


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