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Everyone knows that annual servicing is essential for successful maintenance of your car. However, it’s also vital to have a full service history if you hope to fetch a premium price when you come to sell your vehicle. At Vulcan Motors Ltd, we strive to offer the best car servicing works for customers in Sandhurst, Berkshire. By choose our independent, established garage, you’re guaranteed satisfaction, a fair price, and a great service.
We offer two types of service:
Servicing - Which Type of Service Would Suit You Best?
An Interim Service (Every 6,000 miles or So)
A Full Service (Every 12,000 Miles or 12 Months)
Let us take a look at your car and find out about its history. We’ll then be able to recommend a servicing schedule specifically for you.
If you’re starting to notice that your brakes aren’t as responsive as they have been, that’s a certain sign that they’re starting to develop problems. Worn brake pads and shoes will warp your engine rotors and, as time goes on, the bill for repair will start to mount up. Does any of this sound familiar to you?
When you brake, do you hear screeching, grinding, or squealing?
Does your brake pedal or steering wheel vibrate or pulse when braking?
Are you finding that, to achieve the same braking power as before, you have to push harder and further on the pedal?
Does it smell like burning when you break sometimes?
Has your brake warning light lit up on your dashboard?
Does your car pull to the left or right when braking?
If any of the above has happened, you need to bring your car in today. Doing it now is going to save you a lot of money. Also, your car will be off the road for days or sometimes over a week for very serious problems – better do it now so you get your vehicle back as quickly as possible.
Your cambelt (also known as a timing belt) keeps the top half of the engine in sync with the bottom half; it is one of the most important components in your car. You’ll find them more in cars from the 1990s although some major manufacturers still use them. Those that don’t do this use a metal timing chain instead.
The reason for the switch to the metal belt was that manufacturers wanted the metal belt to last the lifetime of the car whereas cambelts generally lasted 60,000 miles or five years.
Common signs you may have an issue with cambelts include your car revving strangely, trouble starting your car, and problems with your exhaust.
If you’re running an older car or a new model from a manufacturer still using cambelts and any of those symptoms sound familiar, please call us straight away or drive into the garage. If you don’t and your cambelt snaps, the cost of repair may be prohibitive.
Do you have warning lights showing on your dashboard? Is your car advising you that you need to bring it in for a service? Car dashboard lights are connected to your vehicle’s onboard computer. When you’re in motion or you’re parked up, your onboard computer runs hundreds of tests to make sure that all the vital components of your car are operating correctly. One of the first things we do when you bring your car in for service is to connect to your onboard computer to get its readings.
These readings can tell us about problems with your braking, power within your engine, airbag issues, power steering problems, and much more. Beware though because even if you have a car code reading kit at home, it’s best to bring it in to Vulcan Motors Ltd.
Codes only tell part of the story and for most makes of car, there are more than 500 codes. One code that causes concern may be telling you about three or four different problems. If your fuel level sensor code indicates that something’s wrong, which one of your two fuel tank sensors is it? Has its harness opened? Or has it shorted because of a poor electrical connection?
Bring your vehicle into Vulcan Motors Ltd for a full service and rest assured that our team know how to read and interpret warning lights and ODB codes.
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Network dealers make little or no money from the cars they sell, particularly new cars. They occupy far more space than independent garages like Vulcan, they’ve got to hold far more stock, and they employ double or treble the people. Their costs are enormous.
Being an official dealer really only makes sense for them by the money they make from people bringing their car in for servicing. And that higher price doesn’t mean a better deal.
According to the Office of Fair Trading, the former body responsible for protecting consumer interests agrees, stating in report 85/04 that “Servicing at franchise dealers is typically more expensive than servicing at independent garages, averaging £199 and £116 respectively without any apparent difference in the quality of service offered.”