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  • 9th February 2021

    Tales from the workshop

    Please see below a recent but common issue faced by motorists, when they use some main dealers and national companies. These businesses will have instructions from ‘head office’ to really push the sell. At Scotland’s Ash Garage we’re of course here to earn a living but we also aim to have happy and satisfied customers that’ll come back to us time and time again.

     From Kellie:

    “Yesterday I took my Nissan Juke to a national repair chain in Reading, for its MOT. After walking the streets of Reading for an hour I was informed my car had failed due to incorrectly fitted brake pads, and an advisory of them being worn. After a late night email to my usual garage Scotlands Ash Garage, I was asked to bring my car straight in the next day. They looked at the brakes and could find nothing wrong with the fitting of them. Scotland’s Ash then proceeded to MOT my car for me free of charge and allowed me the use of a courtesy car while they completed the MOT. My car passed with no advisories and no work needed. On ringing the national chain the response I got was (I quote) “Not our problem” I will be making an official complaint to their head office and the DVSA on Monday.

    I would suggest anyone reading this never use an auto centre not only are they trying to make money out of falsely failing MOT’s there customer service is none existent.

    Scotland’s Ash Garage on the other hand have been amazing and our cars will never go anywhere else.

     

  • 13th January 2021

    Scotlands Ash Garage Remains Open

    As we head into a third national lockdown, Scotlands Ash Garage are pleased to announce we are fully open – and MOT tests remain in place by the government.

    We are continuing to offer a contactless service and BACS and card payments are being accepted over the phone, to safeguard our customers and staff.

    We also have a courtesy car service available for customers to ensure they remain on the road during the lockdown.

    Our strict hygiene practices mean the garage has been thoroughly disinfected – and approved for opening by health and safety inspectors. And all vehicles are returned to customers thoroughly cleaned and with our new sanitiser kit.

    Scotlands Ash Garage is proud to keep key workers moving!

  • 11th January 2021

    Motorists told to keep on top of MOTs and servicing during current lockdown

    Motorists are being advised to keep their vehicles serviced and MOT’d during the third national lockdown following confirmation earlier this week that garages can remain open.

    The AA warns cars which are not being used at all due to the lockdown may be more in need of a service then vehicles which are regularly driven.

    Jack Cousens, head of roads policy at the AA warned motorists that cars sat around for long periods of time “can lead to issues”.

    He said: “With many people either working from home or furloughed, some drivers may be tempted to just let their vehicle bypass the MOT date and only arrange it when they think lockdown restrictions will be eased.

    “However cars sat parked up for long periods of time can lead to issues such as; battery faults, seized brakes and flat tyres.

    “These are just some of the reasons why it is just as important, if not more so, to keep your car regularly maintained.

    “There will be no MOT extension this time around, so car owners will need to ensure they fulfil their usual maintenance commitments.

    “Likewise, servicing timescales still apply to keep a vehicle under warranty.

    “Action throughout the lockdown could mean people can avoid a larger repair bill just as they want to start using their car again.”

    The latest guidance states that “vehicle repair and MOT services” in England and Scotland can remain open.

    Garages in Wales, which remains at ‘alert level four’, can also remain open.

    Earlier this week, in a statement re-confirming that MOT garages can remain open, the DVSA said: “To help ensure MOT testing can be conducted safely, you can read our guidance for MOT testers about operating safely during coronavirus.

    “The government has issued guidance on wearing face coverings and guidance for people who work in or from vehicles, which is published on GOV.UK.”

  • 4th December 2020

    Almost half of UK drivers at risk by delaying essential car maintenance in 2020

    Nearly half of UK motorists surveyed have put off servicing their cars or carrying out essential maintenance during 2020, according to RAC.

    Some 48% of drivers have spent less time looking after their vehicle as plummeting car usage and MOT extensions left their mark on the year.

    In the poll of more than 2,000 motorists aged between 18 to 65, just under a third admitted that their car was currently displaying a warning light, or that they were driving it fully aware that it had mechanical issues.

    This lack of attention to car maintenance could even be putting lives at risk; tyres were the most ignored area, with 68% of respondents admitting that they hadn’t checked their tyres since the beginning of the year.

    Of those that did check them, more than a quarter said that they knew that their tyres needed replacing but hadn’t done so because of the cost of new ones.

    The average mileage for a car has dropped by more than half in the UK – vehicles are expected to cover just 3,500 miles in 2020, down from 8,000 in 2019.

    It’s no surprise then, that 40% of drivers blamed how little they were using their cars for not checking mechanical issues – other reasons given included tighter finances and delayed MOTs.

    Oil changes and dashboard warning lights were also likely to be ignored.

    Salman Haqqi, personal finance expert for Money.co.uk warned: “With most regular drivers making smaller, more infrequent journeys, it’s easy to see why some might be tempted to put off repairs and maintenance, especially particularly expensive work. However, doing so could have serious consequences to the safety of your journey, and even invalidate your insurance.”

    MOT Testing in Didcot

  • 15th October 2020

    Her name is Rio…

    We’re committed to ensuring our customers can get back on the road as soon as possible, and to support this, we offer a FREE courtesy car with every service so they can continue to get from A to B.

    As part of this commitment, we are constantly expanding the number of courtesy cars available, and have recently purchased a new, top-of-the-range KIA Rio, with heated seats and a heated steering wheel, ensuring that you can not only continue to get about without interruption, but you can do so in style.

    We now have two KIA Rio cars available, alongside many other comfortable and reliable models.

  • 12th October 2020

    Teenage Cancer Trust Fundraising

    Scotlands Ash Garage and the Welch family have raised no more than £18,000 for Teenage Cancer Trust . The latest donation included a fantastic £2,000+ from the sale of face masks and close to £1,000 from contributing £1 for every MOT undertaken!

  • 30th September 2020

    The Tool Box – Summer 2020 issue out now!

    Scotlands Ash Garage newsletter, The Tool Box is available for download. Get your copy here

  • 19th August 2020

    Beat the MOT rush this autumn

    We’re expecting record demand for MOTs this autumn. Almost twice as many people as usual will need an MOT in October and November.

    That means Scotlands Ash Garage will be extremely busy.

    You can beat the rush – get your test done now. There’s an easy fix. If you get your MOT done this August, you’ll make sure your car is safe to drive – and you can beat the rush.

    If you want to keep your annual MOT date the same, it’s worth knowing you can book an MOT test with us up to a month minus a day before yours is due to expire, and you can still keep your renewal date. So if your test is due in September, consider booking with us in August instead – we’ll make sure your vehicle is roadworthy and you won’t have to worry about getting your MOT done for another year.

    Of course, if you absolutely cannot move your MOT forward from autumn, we’ll do our very best to fit you in.

    But if you can, please do think about getting your test done soon to stay safe on the roads, and beat the autumn rush.


    Peter Welch
    Scotlands Ash Garage

  • 10th August 2020

    Keeping Oxfordshire motorists on the straight and narrow

    Motorists in Didcot, Oxfordshire can now access wheel alignment services at Scotlands Ash Garage, helping them to stay safe, stay legal and save money.

    Peter Welch, the garage’s proprietor said: “This is a big string in our bow and will enable us to further support the local community. Wheel alignment has a positive effect on road safety and drivers’ wallets, as if wheel alignment is not correct, this has serious implications on how the car drives and corners.

    “It also badly affects tyre wear, risking reduced grip in the wet, reduced tyre life and of course the chance of a hefty fine if the police notice before you do.”

    The garage has chosen the very latest wheel alignment equipment from a leading UK supplier, Absolute Alignment. This gives a comprehensive before and after print-out, which will give customers the peace of mind of a job well done, together with recommendations for any other remedial work needed.

    Welch added: “Vehicle alignment isn’t part of the MOT test, but we think it should be. It’s not only the poor state of our roads that causes problems, but general wear and tear as cars last much longer than they used to. Surveys show that over 40 percent of cars on the road are carrying suspension damage that should be corrected, so why risk it?”

    Please contact us for more information and prices of vehicle alignment checks and repairs.

  • 7th August 2020

    Wheel alignment services now available

    Motorists can now access wheel alignment services at Scotlands Ash Garage, helping them to stay safe, stay legal and save money.

    Peter Welch, the garage’s proprietor said: “This is a big string in our bow and will enable us to further support motorists with repair and maintenance services. Wheel alignment has a positive effect on road safety and drivers’ wallets, as if wheel alignment is not correct, this has serious implications on how the car drives and corners.

    “It also badly affects tyre wear, risking reduced grip in the wet, reduced tyre life and of course the chance of a hefty fine if the police notice before you do.”

    The garage has chosen the very latest wheel alignment equipment from a leading UK supplier, Absolute Alignment. This gives a comprehensive before and after print-out, which will give customers the peace of mind of a job well done, together with recommendations for any other remedial work needed.

    Welch added: “Vehicle alignment isn’t part of the MOT test, but we think it should be. It’s not only the poor state of our roads that causes problems, but general wear and tear as cars last much longer than they used to. Surveys show that over 40 percent of cars on the road are carrying suspension damage that should be corrected, so why risk it?”