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Make sure you're safe on the roads

By Wells Journal  |  Posted: October 09, 2012

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Summer and winter are generally considered the two times of year that you should check your car in for a service or general maintenance. However, many drivers are caught out in autumn when the driving conditions change quite suddenly and become dangerous if you are not prepared correctly.

Checking your tyres (including the spare) is a good habit to get into at the beginning of the month but especially when the seasons change. Make sure the tyre pressure is correct and check how much tread wear is left. As the colder weather approaches it's also important to keep your screen was topped up and as the nights get darker you'll want to make sure your light bulbs are functioning as they'll be called into action a lot more frequently.

Other pieces of general maintenance include replacing the air filter and checking the battery terminal for corrosion but to be confident that your car is fully prepared for the season pop into your local garage and get some professional advice.

Take advantage of the Free Winter Check offered by Framptons Crown Garage in Shepton Mallet. The check is on elements visible without dismantling, please enquire for more information. Crown Garage is open six days a week from 8am to 6pm Monday to Friday and 8am to 12 noon on Saturdays, providing MOT testing for Class 4 and 7 (car and light commercial) vehicles as well as general maintenance and repairs with friendly, professional service.

Loan cars or lift to work service are available. Prices are competitive and all work is guaranteed.

To book your car or van in call 01749 347005 or call in on the Crown Trading Estate, Shepton Mallet. In addition to the Free Winter Check, there is currently a special offer on car MOTs at £39.99.

With access to all vehicle manufacturer service scheduling information, genuine manufacturer parts and a fully skilled, dealer trained workshop team; Bowley's Garage offers a convenient local alternative to travelling further afield to manufacturer dealerships in Bath, Bristol or Weston-super-Mare when your car is due a service.

Even brand new cars within warranty periods can be serviced without affecting the terms of your warranty. You will always be kept fully informed and no repair work is carried out before you are given full information with an estimate of cost. As well as servicing, Bowley's also offer MOTs and have a full repair workshop with a range of electronic diagnostic equipment to ensure that work can be carried out on the most up to date manufacturer vehicle systems. There is a free courtesy car that can be pre-booked to mean that your day is subject to minimum disruption. For more information please call us on 01749 674554.

PB Auto Repairs is a mobile mechanic service in Wells run by Pete Bethell, a fully qualified mechanic with over 15 years experience and an excellent local reputation. Covering Wells, Shepton Mallet, Glastonbury, Wedmore and Cheddar, and open 8am to 6pm, Monday to Saturday.

PB Auto Repairs offers a wide range of services to your vehicle and can attend your home, work or roadside. Services include all types of repairs, servicing, MOT preparation and present, diagnostic repairs to electrical systems and air conditioning service/repairs. Seasonal vehicle checks are also offered - call Pete on 07818 551 616 or go to www.pbautorepairs.co.uk for a free quotation.

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