Scotland Ash News
10th July 2018
New MOT changes boost TerraClean’s DPF cleaning solution
The engine decarbonizing and DPF cleaning expert TerraClean has seen an upsurge in enquiries from motorists since new MOT rules came into force.
Under the new changes to the law that came into effect on 20 May, diesel cars fitted with a DPF will now be given a ‘Major’ defect and automatically fail the MOT test if they emit “visible smoke of any colour” during metered checks. Testers will also inspect DPFs closely for signs of removal or tampering, awarding a ‘Major’ defect and failing the car if foul play is detected.
To prevent a DPF-related MOT fail, TerraClean’s service centre network has witnessed an increase in enquiries from drivers. The Terraclean DPF cleaning service includes testing and complete cleaning of the DPF, offering the additional benefit of removing stubborn carbon deposits, created as part of the vehicle’s regeneration processes, without actual DPF removal.
Martin Dowd, Randstad managing director, added: “Clogged DPFs are a growing problem for motorists particularly now under the new laws, which will result in a failed MOT.
“The solutions available from TerraClean in the efficient removal of carbon deposits and DPF cleaning means we have seen a huge number of enquiries from motorists since 20 May, placing TerraClean very much in demand now, more than ever before.”
28th June 2018
Fundraising for Teenage Cancer Trust
14th June 2018
Colin Turkington in emotional BTCC win at Oulton Park
TerraClean ambassador Colin Turkington has sealed an emotional win at the 2018 Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship on Sunday, taking a commanding race two victory at Oulton Park and immediately dedicating the win to his mother, who sadly passed away last week.
The two-time BTCC champion and Team BMW driver, cheered on by many TerraClean service centres in attendance, was in contention from the start, finishing sixth in the first race before taking the chequered flag in race two, his first of the 2018 season. Turkington also made the podium in the final race at Oulton Park, finishing third.
Turkington said: “Winning always feels good, especially in the BMW. We’ve improved the car a lot and it merits all the hard work we’ve put into it. I’m over the moon for everybody. I just want to dedicate this one to my mum, who’s not here for the first time. Mum, that was for you.”
Turkington currently leads the standings by 12 points over Adam Morgan and Jack Goff. The next BTCC race of the season takes places on 23/24 June at Croft Circuit in North Yorkshire.
12th June 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)
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
- Full UK driving license
- If you hold an MOT test license this would be desired, but it is not essential as training can be given
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: firstname.lastname@example.org. We look forward to hearing from you!
29th May 2018
Scotlands Ash Garage up for national industry award
Scotlands Ash Garage, owned by Peter Welch, has been shortlisted for an industry award hosted by Automechanika Birmingham in partnership with Garage Wire, in the category ‘Best Small Garage’ for the prestigious ‘Garage of the Year’ award.
The family-run business 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, 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.
The garage has had another busy year and its hard work has not gone unnoticed as it overcame tough competition from a number of entries to gain a place against the other six shortlisted contenders in its category, all hoping to win the £1000 cash prize.
Peter Welch said: “We are delighted to be shortlisted for this award and that all our efforts are being noticed. For us, customer service is key. We want customers to come to us feeling comfortable and safe, trusting us to do the best we can at the best possible price and therefore we go out of our way to make our workshop inviting and friendly.”
There are six award categories in total, and the winner of each category will be decided by a judging panel of automotive industry experts, due to be announced at an evening dinner to be held at The Director’s Club, Aston Villa FC on 5 June, which all category finalists will be invited to attend. The overall Garage of the Year winner will then be announced at Automechanika Birmingham on 6 June from these six category winners.
24th April 2018
Revised F-Gas regulation is now beginning to have an impact on air-conditioning services, pushing prices up.
The regulation replaces the 2006 F-Gas Regulation, strengthening all of the pre-existing requirements and introducing a number of important new measures.
The aim of the regulation is to reduce F-Gas emissions by two thirds and to encourage the use of viable and more climate-friendly alternatives. As a result, the regulation introduced a quota system to limit and control the amount
of HFCs that can be placed on the market in all applications.
For motorists, this particularly impacts the supply of 134a gas, used as the refrigerant in vehicle air-conditioning units.
From 1 January 2018, this phase down represents 63% of 2015 levels and will decrease down to 45% in 2021.
At the same time, use of 134a gas in new vehicles was banned from 2017 and replaced with 1234yf which has a significantly lower global warming potential.
Scotlands Ash Garage has the capability to re-gas vehicle air-conditioning systems using either gas.
Did you know?
New registrations of plug-in cars have increased to more than 145,000. Our staff are fully qualified to work on electric vehicles
The MoT test is changing considerably and is more stringent than ever before. Every MoT tester within Scotlands Ash Garage has undertaken training on the new test and is fully up to speed with the latest developments.
GDPR is coming!
We treat the data and privacy of our customer extremely seriously and that’s why we’ve invested in additional resources to ensure your local garage is GDPR compliant!
We’ve invested in new technology and software to ensure we accurately test Diesel Particulate Filters on your vehicle, in line with incoming MOT changes.
17th April 2018
TerraClean-backed racing stars make strong starts to season
Engine decarbonising brand TerraClean saw its two sponsored driving stars make a positive start to their respective 2018 campaigns at the weekend, in both the British Touring Car Championship (BTCC) and Renault UK Clio Cup races, held at Brands Hatch.
Double BTCC champion Colin Turkington snatched second place in Sunday’s opening race of the season, with James Colburn also coming through for second in a thrilling finish in the first Renault UK Clio Cup race of the year.
Chasing a third title success in the championship, Team BMW’s Turkington was classified 27th in race two after suffering an engine issue on the start line and finished ninth in the day’s third race, setting the fastest lap in the process.
Meanwhile, James Colburn proved his title credentials on a weekend of mixed fortunes for the Westbourne Motorsport driver, who stormed to second place in front of a capacity crowd.
The 2011 runner-up was praised for his consistent performance, starting with a strong set of results in free practice on Friday, to claim second place in Sunday’s live ITV4-televised race. This, despite finishing seventh in practice thanks to a red flag and being forced to retire in race two, due to debris on circuit from another incident dislodged a drive belt, causing the car to overheat.”
Both drivers now head to the second meeting at Donington Park in three weeks’ time (28-29 April) with renewed confidence and exciting prospects for the rest of the season.
Phillip Dowd, Randstad sales director, said: “What an excellent start to the season for both of our drivers – if this is just the beginning, then we’re in for a fantastic ride ahead. We wish both Colin and James every success for the next race and look forward to supporting them trackside again in a few weeks’ time at Donington.”
8th March 2018
TerraClean predicts more garage partnerships with MOT DPF changes
“We’ve the largest network of DPF cleaning and engine decarbonising specialists in the UK and we have actively encouraged our service centres to work closely with fellow garages, for the benefit of the automotive industry” Phillip Dowd
Decarbonising brand TerraClean has predicted more garage partnerships as a result of the upcoming MOT test changes, specifically surrounding DPFs.
A draft MOT inspection manual states that “any vehicles fitted with a DPF should be checked so that ‘no visible smoke is emitted from the exhaust during the metered check’.” If smoke is detected, the car will automatically fail the examination.
Since 2014, when MOT tests for diesel cars were previously tightened up, any car missing a diesel particulate filter (DPF) once fitted as standard would fail. The DVSA claims 1800 cars have been caught without a DPF. What’s more, experts believe the number is much higher and suggest that the current MOT test, designed to detect DPF removal, is unfit for purpose. This is mainly because, it only includes a ‘visual inspection’ of the hardware. New MOT proposals coming into force in May will see DPFs coming under more and more scrutiny.
Phillip Dowd, sales director of Randstad Ltd, home of the TerraClean brand said: “The testing of DPFs is going to become more prominent and we are already seeing more independent garages calling on the TerraClean service centre network to assist with DPF related problems.
“We’ve the largest network of DPF cleaning and engine decarbonizing specialists in the UK and we have actively encouraged our service centres to work closely with fellow garages, for the benefit of the automotive industry.”
TerraClean’s efficient and effective EGR / DPF cleaning tool is able to thoroughly remove carbon deposits from the DPF whilst on the vehicle. TerraClean also offers an enhanced DPF cleaning service to its network including testing, cleaning and return of the product, offering the additional benefit of removing stubborn ash from the DPF.
TerraClean recently held a series of one-day training courses on the growing opportunities of Diesel Particulate Filters (DPFs) and will soon be announcing a series of 2018 dates. The sessions are aimed at supporting TerraClean Service Centres on the effective diagnosis of DPF / EGR related problems and how to solve them using the range of bespoke TerraClean products available.
19th February 2018
Fundraising for Teenage Cancer Trust – Update
In October, November and December 2017 we raised £405.00p for the Teenage Cancer trust, this is through a collection box and donating £1 from every MOT carried out!
Thank you to everyone who has donated!
The total amount raised is £4,546.00 up to the end of December 2017.
We will keep you informed of our ongoing progress. Look out for updates.