Autocar Repairs

SERVICES

Servicing

We recommend that servicing to all makes of cars and light commercial vehicles are based on manufacturers’ recommendations, but schedules can be modified to suit a customer’s own individual requirements or preference. Whether serviced to manufacturers’ or industry standard schedules, we can furnish you with an itemised list of procedures attended to during the service. We do not recommend ‘menu’ servicing as we feel that important recommended procedures and checks may tend to be overlooked. We will inspect and report any additional defect noted before continuing with a service to ensure prioritising of financial costs. Having your new vehicle serviced with us during its manufacturers’ warranty period WILL NOT compromise its manufacturer’s warranty. This is allowed through Block Exemption Regulations.

Please see our guide to service pricing 

 

MECHANICAL REPAIRS

Most repairs, from minor adjustments to major overhauls, are carried out by us at our premises in Rosendale Road but we do use specialist services where we feel that the result will be more satisfactory and/or more cost effective, i.e. in the overhaul of automatic transmissions. These specialist repairers are vetted carefully by us and we underwrite fully their guarantees so that there is no ‘fobbing off’ should there be any problem. We will deal directly with most extended warranty companies.

ELECTRICS, DIAGNOSTICS AND ENGINE MANAGEMENT

We have specialised in the repair of vehicle electrical systems since 1974 and have continually updated our diagnostic capabilities with equipment and software from Texa, Autodiagnos, Autel Maxisys and Snap-on . We have on-line and telephone access to technical support and information from some of this country’s leading technical support organisations.
Please see our guide to diagnostic testing

ARRANGING YOUR MOT TEST

We can arrange your MOT TEST for car, light commercial vehicle and 16 seat bus and attend to any necessary repairs and we keep detailed records of your visits. We use a local MOT station not connected with our company and this acts as a useful double-check on our standards. We charge only the standard statutory fee and also give a free re-test should rectification work be required to pass if we carry out the work within 10 days.

Please See Our Guide To MOT Testing 

BRAKES, EXHAUSTS AND CLUTCHES

We have approval as LUK and Valeo clutch centres. We are an approved GATES camshaft and engine timing belt centre. We carry out replacements to exhaust systems, brake components and clutches using new parts only (not reconditioned or exchange, except with some expensive and satisfactorily reconditionable hydraulic components) by experienced technicians. We can also fast-fit these items if required.

AIR-CONDITIONING

The use of correct equipment in the servicing and repair of vehicle air conditioning systems is of paramount importance. We use state of the art equipment from ARIAZONE and ECP with supplies and technical support from leading companies including HELLA and VACS. Our technicians have the necessary current certification under the F-GAS regulations to work with these systems. 

Please see our guide to Air Conditioning procedures and pricing.

BRISTOL CARS and THE CLASSICS

As well as being conversant with the idiosyncrasies of Bristol models and well versed in their repair, John has recently taken on the task of preparing and arranging for sale the entire parts stock from the liquidation of Bristol Cars. John, in partnership with Graeme Payne (ex Bristol Cars Parts Manager), will oversee the Classic Bristol Car Parts Company Limited making available the parts necessary to ensure these cars’ longevity. We will be very pleased to consider any ‘classic’ car repair or service, please enquire.

BODY REPAIRS AND SPRAYING

You may appoint any repairer to carry out accident damage repairs to your vehicle, it is not necessary for you to take your vehicle to the Insurer’s approved repairers, despite the pressure put on you to do so by the insurer and it is not legal for anyone, including your insurance company, to imply that you are obliged to. Your insurance company will instruct any repairer who is able to carry out the repair to a proper standard and with acceptable charges. We deal with most major Insurance companies and handle accident damage repairs from minor paint blemishes to major collision damage. All our repairs and paintwork are guaranteed.

Please note: It is not legal to introduce refrigerant (gas) into a system that has or is suspected of having a leak. We use environmentally harmless nitrogen gas under pressure to test systems for leaks.