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Scotland Ash News

  • 27th May 2020

    We’re opening fully on Monday 8 June

    We are delighted to announce that from 8 JUNE, we shall resume normal opening for all your motoring service, repair and MOT requirements.

    • We have brought in Health & Safety auditors who have inspected our premises
    • We can collect your vehicle from you home / work
    • We are adhering to social distancing
    • Every vehicle will be sanitised
    • Hand gel provided to customers

    The health and wellbeing of our team and customers is of paramount importance. Thank you for being patient with us during this time.

    Stay safe

    Peter Welch

  • 11th May 2020

    MOT extension causes Scotlands Ash Garage to close temporarily

    Peter Welch, Scotlands Ash Garage Proprietor, has slammed the decision by the DVSA to extend the MOT period for six months and described it as ‘frightening’.

    Peter said: “The decision feels completely at odds with the government’s decision to allow garages to remain open. MOT’s are the lifeblood of many garages and so they will no doubt close as a result. We are strongly enforcing the government’s social distancing measures and we will continue to support emergency workers and NHS through this very challenging time.

    “The failure rate for vehicles at Scotlands Ash Garage is 30percent, in-line with the national average. That means that, for us, each month at least 60 vehicles come in that are not roadworthy and this could be due to tyres or braking. To have these vehicles still on UK roads is frightening.”

    Update – courtesy cars offered to emergency workers
    Scotlands Ash Garage had been operating a collection and return service for motorists allowing them to keep their vehicles moving in a roadworthy condition during the Covid-19 pandemic.

    But as the number of MOTs dropped dramatically, the garage has unfortunately had to close. Thankfully, the business has stayed active on social media, providing tips and advice to motorists on how to keep their vehicles on the road. The garage has also offered its fleet of courtesy cars, the biggest in the area, to NHS and emergency workers to use free of charge.

    Diverting their phones to Peter’s mobile, the garage has carried out emergency work and MOTs to people. With all mechanics furloughed, Peter has brought in the services of a mobile mechanic to assist with the reduced workload.

  • 6th April 2020

    Covid-19 Update

    Closed, but we will be open again soon!

    I am very proud of the Scotlands Ash Garage Team. Throughout our proud history we have survived more than three recessions, Brexit and everything else the world has thrown at us and we have done so with a smile.

    This is the first time in our history that we have had to temporarily close. To all our customers, you can still call the garage and we will still assist any urgent requirements you have. We are always available to support NHS and emergency workers and thank you for all your continued efforts to keep people safe.

    During this period of closure, it allows us all time to reflect and I want to say a big thank you for your understanding and support over the years. It has been truly heartwarming.

    Scotlands Ash Garage is a family and our customers are part of that family.

    We will be back open soon and so please follow the advice.

    #StayInside #ProtecttheNHS #Savelives

    Peter Welch
    Scotlands Ash Garage

  • 31st March 2020

    Peter Welch slams DVSA MOT extension

    Peter Welch, Scotlands Ash Garage Proprietor, has slammed the decision by the DVSA to extend the MOT period for six months and described it as ‘frightening’.

    Peter said: “The decision feels completely at odds with the government’s decision to allow garages to remain open. MOT’s are the lifeblood of many garages and so they will no doubt close as a result. We are strongly enforcing the government’s social distancing measures and we will continue to support emergency workers and NHS through this very challenging time.

    “The failure rate for vehicles at Scotlands Ash Garage is 30 percent, in-line with the national average. That means that, for us, each month 60 vehicles come in that are not roadworthy and this could be due to tyres or braking. To have these vehicles still on UK roads is frightening.”

    Scotlands Ash Garage has been operating a collection and return service for motorists allowing them to keep their vehicles moving in a roadworthy condition during the Covid-19 pandemic.

  • 24th March 2020

    Covid 19 – Garage Update 24.03.20

    Following new guidelines announced by the Government, Garages are exempt from closure due to the importance of keeping vehicles on the road for those that need them.

    MOTs are still being carried out as normal, along with servicing and repairs. We continue to follow NHS and Government guidelines on social distancing.

    If you need us to collect your car, please contact us and we will do our best to accommodate you during these difficult times.

  • 18th March 2020

    Covid-19

    Dear customers

    Scotlands Ash Garage is very much open.

    For local customers that are either self-isolating or in a vulnerable position, we will happily pick up your vehicle and carry out the necessary work and drop the vehicle home to you.

    We employ the strictest of hygiene and cleanliness standards throughout the garage and all technicians sanitise vehicles and wear gloves constantly.

    In the interest of our employees’ wellbeing and safety, we continue to follow the UK Government and NHS Coronavirus guidelines.

    We will continue to support customers with the very best customer service and offer the largest range of courtesy cars in the area.

    We are monitoring the situation daily and should Government advice change, we will update you accordingly.

    Stay safe everyone

    Peter Welch
    Proprietor
    Scotlands Ash Garage

  • 24th January 2020

    The Year ahead!

    From the Garage: Peter Welch gives his thoughts on the year ahead for the garage trade.

    It’s been a strange year for the garage trade. Many garages have seen the volume of work decrease and as a result been discounting. We are not in favour of discounting, especially not on MOTs. It’s a false economy for the motorist and often the workshops are incentivsed to ‘pressure sell’ the motorist.

    Contrast this almost ‘race to the bottom’ with the increase in pace of technological change in the automotive aftermarket and something has to give. Motorists can’t expect us to invest in the latest technology – covering all makes of vehicle – and not charge appropriately for it.

    As an independent garage, we need to maintain our credibility in the wake of this technological revolution, to ensure confidence within our customer base. For decades we’ve been saying garages must invest or get left behind. We may now be entering the decade where we experience a real change in vehicle service and repair. We will be ready, putting the needs of our customers first!

  • 27th November 2019

    Free winter health checks from Scotlands Ash Garage

    Didcot’s award winning garage Scotlands Ash Garage is offering Oxfordshire motorists free winter vehicle checks as part of its drive to raise awareness of the potential hazards of winter driving and the need to operate a vehicle that is fully road worthy.

    Scotlands Ash Garage mechanics, based on Main Street, West Hagbourne, have voiced concerns in recent months at the poor quality of vehicle components on vehicles that have been subject to a full service at a discount price by national chains.

    Therefore, the Scotlands Ash Garage ‘while you wait’ winter check will comprise a thorough inspection of fluid levels including antifreeze, oil and screen wash, along with tyre tread depths and pressures to name but a few. If work is required, motorists will be consulted beforehand and a proper quote provided.

    The garage will also provide some practical advice on how to drive in difficult conditions, particularly vehicles with automatic gearboxes.

    Scotlands Ash Garage proprietor, Peter Welch, said: “Some of the roads around Oxfordshire can be extremely treacherous in winter conditions and so it’s essential that vehicles are roadworthy. Our winter vehicle check is about preventative maintenance and designed to save motorists money and hassle in the event of an unexpected breakdown due to the adverse weather conditions.”