Scotland Ash News
8th April 2021
Tales from the Workshop
Due to the MOT extension which began in April 2020, the likelihood is that there will be a drop in vehicles requiring an MOT over the next few months.
While motorists can present their vehicles for an MOT test at any time of the year, there is an expected lull in tests being carried out. Road safety remains paramount and we encourage motorists to have their vehicles checked regularly. (more…)
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.
“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
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
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.”
15th October 2020
Her name is Rio…
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.
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.