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  • 18th March 2019

    Road Closure – From 18 March

    Main street from the junction with York Road will be closed from 18 March (for approximately 3 weeks) for works by Oxford Direct Services while they construct a new footway. Diversions will be in place so please leave extra time for your journey.

  • 14th February 2019

    Oxfordshire independent garage wins national trade award

    Scotlands Ash Garage has won Independent Garage of the Year at the Car & Accessory Trader (CAT) magazine 2019 awards.

    Held at the Lowry Hotel in Manchester on 8 February, The Car & Accessory Trader (CAT) awards – part of publishing giant, Haymarket Media Group that publishes leading consumer titles WhatCar? and AutoCar – rewards the most successful businesses in the industry, as voted for by members of the public and those within the independent automotive aftermarket.

    The accolade recognises Scotlands Ash’s position as one of the most successful independent garage businesses in the UK. Trading for more than 30 years, the family-run firm has been and regularly invests in the latest diagnostics, servicing and MoT equipment, ensuring it is best placed to service, test and repair all makes of vehicle. It also continues to work tirelessly to improve the perception of independent garages throughout the UK.

    Scotland Ash Garage proprietor Peter Welch said: “We’re over the moon to win this award, which underlines how far we have come as a business over the past few years and the investments we have made to ensure motorists of Oxfordshire continue to enjoy hassle-free motoring.

    “We would like to thank everyone in the community who took the time to vote for us; winning the award is not just great recognition for our business, but also shines the spotlight on the UK aftermarket.”

  • 6th February 2019

    “Don’t panic, promptly heed DPF warning sign” says TerraClean

    TerraClean, available through Randstad Ltd. has launched a new YouTube video to raise awareness of the potential risks associated with having a blocked diesel particulate filter (DPF), while highlighting the process and benefits of its DPF cleaning service.

    MoT test criteria now includes visual inspection of DPFs with garages required to automatically fail a vehicle if a DPF is blocked. With this in mind, TerraClean is urging motorists to heed the DPF warning light when it appears and book a TerraClean DPF cleaning service before it’s too late from one its service centres situated throughout the UK. DPF replacement can be extremely expensive, so this is also not a recommended option.

    A common misconception for motorists is that removing the DPF is the answer.  If a DPF that had been fitted when the vehicle was new is removed, not only will the vehicle fail its MoT,  it is also rendered illegal for use on a public highway, and the owners risks substantial fines if caught doing so.

    The new TerraClean video provides an overview of how its tool efficiently cleans a DPF, as well as highlighting the core benefits that the process provides. It has already proven extremely popular on social media being shared hundreds of times with viewings into the thousands. The video will also feature on mainstream TV channels, with adverts running during primetime TV programmes.

    DPFs are now featured in the majority of diesel vehicles in an attempt to decrease harmful deposits entering the environment. It traps the harmful diesel particulate matter or soot from the engine, burning these off during its regeneration cycle.

    For this cycle to complete successfully, the vehicle is required to run for a prolonged period at a particular temperature. If the cycle does not complete or another faulty component prevents the regeneration process starting, the unit will in time become blocked – this blockage is the symptom of a problem e.g. failed component. In such instances, trained TerraClean technicians have the expertise & equipment to identify the problem, resolve it, and clean the DPF with the tool and patented fluid.

    The same tool & fluids can also be used to perform other functions such as cleaning the EGR system, restoring airflow to inlet manifolds, improving swirl flap operation and cleaning turbos.

    The government is continuing to explore the danger of DPF removal with experts claiming the deadly particles that are released into the atmosphere contribute to air pollution-related deaths.

    Phillip Dowd, TerraClean sales director said: “Our new video illustrates to motorists that it’s important not to panic should their vehicle’s DPF warning light suddenly come on, but it’s more important not to ignore it. It also outlines the advantages of our cost-effective solution and the simple process required to restore DPFs.

    “We will continue to promote the tool and raise awareness to ensure that motorists are not only aware of their options so as to avoid an MOT fail or expensive replacement that can run into thousands of pounds, but also ensure that they do not fall foul of the law and simply remove the DPF entirely through their own means.”

  • 5th February 2019

    BTCC legend Colin Turkington seals 2019 deal with TerraClean

    Randstad, via its engine decarbonising brand TerraClean, is delighted to announce that it has extended its winning partnership with 2018 British Touring Car Champion Colin Turkington, confirming its ongoing investment in British motorsport.

    Confirming its commitment for the 2019 British Touring Car Championship season at the Autosport International Show, this is the fourth year running that TerraClean has been associated with the reigning champion.

    Turkington, who races for WSR-run Team BMW, claimed his third BTCC crown in 2018, after a finale that topped off a scintillating season. The Team BMW driver is delighted to grow the partnership with Randstad and relishes delivering another successful year for TerraClean. This season the TerraClean brand will feature on the driver’s racewear, visor, team racewear and bonnet of the BMW racing car.

    Turkington said: “As TerraClean’s brand ambassador I’ve worked hard to ensure not only do they enjoy being in the BTCC paddock, but that the brand benefits from the fruits of my labour on track. 

    “To see this partnership continue and expand is incredibly satisfying. The nationwide network of TerraClean service centres are extremely supportive of my campaign and it’s great to see so many of them at the BTCC races. I cannot wait to represent the brand for another season.”

    Martin Dowd, Randstad Managing Director, said: “The association has been great for everybody involved. Colin is an excellent ambassador for TerraClean in a marketplace where people are really interested in getting the best from their own cars.

    “We love this association with a sportsman who demonstrates great values on and off the track. Colin completely understands what we need from the relationship, and we are happy to be extending this association for the 2019 season with presence on the car bonnet to further enhance our brand exposure, in addition to Colin’s racewear.” 

    The 2019 season will commence on 6/7 April on the Brands Hatch Indy circuit, moving on to Donington Park, Thruxton, Croft and Oulton Park. Turkington will once again be competing for Team BMW and is aiming to make history by becoming only the second ever driver to win four BTCC titles.

  • 11th January 2019

    Scotlands Ash Garage needs your vote

    Scotlands Ash, has been shortlisted for ‘Independent Garage of the Year’ at the Car & Accessory Trader (CAT) Awards to be held at the Lowry Hotel, Manchester on 8 February, and needs votes from the people of Oxfordshire to help bring back the award.

    The nomination recognises Scotlands Ash’s position as one of the most successful independent garage businesses in the UK. The family-run firm has a reputation for excellent service, honesty and transparency, and has been serving local motorists in Didcot & South Oxfordshire for over 30 years, working tirelessly to improve the perception of independent garages throughout the UK.

    The garage is calling on local people to get behind the business and cast their vote via CAT’s website, using the link: https://surveys.haymarket.com/s3/CAT-Awards-2019-Voting-Form. CAT magazine is part of publishing giant Haymarket Media and with the voting closing middle of January, it is important the Oxfordshire public wastes no time in casting their vote.

    Owner Peter Welch said: “2018 has been an extremely busy year for us and we acknowledge the importance of the local community for our business.

    “For us, customer service is key and we are urging the public and customers to continue their fantastic support by voting for us; winning the award would promote our brand on a national scale, supporting our goal to bring customers to the local area.”

    The garage, a fervent supporter of the Teenage Cancer Trust, has also raised more than £8000 to date as it continues to donate £1 to the life-saving charity for every MOT it carries out.

    Oxfordshire’s leading independent garage is also committed to supporting other various charities and events, having previously sponsored local football team, Wallingford Town FC and continues to play an active role in the community.

  • 5th December 2018

    TerraClean returns to Autosport International 2019

    TerraClean, available in the UK from Randstad, will be offering visitors valuable insight into its engine cleaning solutions when it exhibits at the 29th Autosport International Show on 10th – 13th of January 2019.

    The UK’s fastest-growing deep engine cleaning brand will be exhibiting on stand 3560, right next to the 2019 FIA World Rally Championship stage, as it looks to build on the success of 2018, which has seen it enjoy rapid growth with more than 500 Official TerraClean Service Centres spread across the UK.

    It is now establishing an ever-growing presence in the motorsport sector and in recent years, TerraClean’s association with the sport has seen the brand form a successful partnership with triple British Touring Car Championship (BTCC) champion Colin Turkington.

    TeraClean will be offering visitors and motorsport fans a special treat at the show, where triple British Touring Car Championship (BTCC) champion Colin Turkington will visit the stand.

    As TerraClean’s brand ambassador, Turkington will make several VIP guest appearances during the show, where he will be signing autographs and handing out prizes to daily winners of the Colin Turkington Simulator Challenge.

    Visitors to the show will also get to benefit from TerraClean’s technical team, who shall be on stand to share the brand’s unique de-carbonising technology and discuss the solutions available to the trade and motorists such as DPF cleaning, a growing area of concern and one which TerraClean has emerged as market leader.

    Phillip Dowd, TerraClean sales director, said: “Autosport International is the ideal opportunity for us to further tap into the motorsports market and demonstrate the benefits a TerraClean service can bring to a highly informed and knowledgeable audience. Not only do TerraClean solutions include engine cleaning and the revival of diesel particulate filters (DPFs), but the benefits are far reaching such as the reduction of harmful emissions and restored MPG. All this equates to improved vehicle performance, making the brand one of the longest running – and most popular – of its kind in the market.

    “We are relishing being at 2019’s show for what promises to be another fantastic spectacle for motorsports fans, and we are delighted to welcome Colin back as the reigning BTCC Champion.”

    There will also be competitions launched on TerraClean’s Facebook page over the coming weeks: www.facebook.com/terraclean.

  • 28th November 2018

    Road Closure 28 Jan-1 Feb 19 (inclusive)

    Main street from the junction with York Road at Appledore to the Horse & Harrow will be closed from 28 Jan-1 Feb 2019 (inclusive) for works by Thames Water. This will involve a long detour for villagers heading south so please leave extra time for your journey.

  • 1st October 2018

    TerraClean-backed Turkington wins BTCC crown

    Engine decarbonising brand TerraClean has expressed its delight as its ambassador Colin Turkington has been crowned 2018 British Touring Car Championship (BTCC) winner, in a finale on Sunday that topped off a scintillating season.

    In an emotionally-charged final weekend at a packed Brands Hatch, Turkington secured the championship in the second race of a day.

    After the race, Turkington said: ““That was the most difficult race of the year. I was trying so hard. We didn’t have the car to go forward. I was getting shuffled back so quickly. The emotions are just so raw. I was driving around there preparing for a dog fight in race three thinking ‘how on earth I was going to get forward’. I wasn’t expecting the news on the radio that I’d won. I’m so pleased for so many people. The first one, I really wanted it for me. It was my goal in 2009 and I wanted it more than anything.”

    In what has proved to be another epic season of characteristic ups and downs at such a high level, West Surrey Racing’s Turkington made a positive start to his 2018 campaign, snatching second place in the opening race of the season back in April at Brands Hatch, which was then followed by two second-place finishes at Thruxton.

    June saw him claiming an emotional first win of the British Touring Car season at Oulton Park, after his mother sadly passed away, where he took victory in race two and claiming a podium in race three. Later that same month, he remained top of the British Touring Car standings after three top-five finishes at Croft, the Yorkshire circuit that marked the halfway point of the season.

    Chasing a third title success in the championship, Turkington took a 34-point lead into the final British Touring Car Championship round after a strong weekend at Silverstone, before heading into the final round of the championship at Brands Hatch.

    Martin Dowd, Randstad managing director, said: “What more can we say, we are ecstatic with Colin’s achievement, what an absolute masterclass he has shown right from the start of the season to all his fans. We’re extremely proud he has chosen to be associated with the TerraClean brand and our growing network of service centres. A special congratulations also to Westbourne Motorsport and James Dorlin for their victory in the UK Clio Cup Championship.”

  • 27th September 2018

    Role Vacancy: Motor Vehicle Technician

    Award Winning garage Scotlands Ash Garage is looking for an enthusiastic, reliable individual to join our fun, hard-working team.

    About the role:

    • The role of Motor Vehicle Technician requires you to carry out general servicing and mechanical repairs to a range of passenger cars or LCVs
    • You will be providing a fantastic service to keep our customers on the road and ensure they get safely from A to B
    • The right applicant will be a team player with good communication skills to interact with customers
    • You’ll broaden your experience working alongside a supportive, experienced team, and working with some of the best equipment in the business
    • Working hours: Monday – Friday 8am-5pm and Saturday 8pm-12pm (Hours may vary accordingly)

    Essential

    As Motor Vehicle Technician, you will have:

    • An NVQ in Motor Vehicle Technology or equivalent
    • Previous experience (ideally 1-2 years or more in a similar role)
    • The ability to be self-motivated to achieve targets
    • A good team player
    • Reliable
    • Full UK driving license

    Desirable

    • If you hold an MOT test license this would be desired, but it is not essential as training can be given

    Salary

    Excellent rates of pay depending on experience and expertise

    • 20 days holiday (plus bank holidays)
    • We ensure all staff members feel appreciated and are rewarded accordingly

    Please apply with a full CV.

    If you would like to find out more about this role or if you are an Apprentice (Level 2 or above) or semi-skilled and would like to know more about opportunities at Scotlands Ash Garage please call us on 01235 850707 or email: peter@scotlandsashgarage.co.uk. We look forward to hearing from you!

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