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Good but can be better
"Satisfied with service carried out. It makes positive difference in overall driving experience post service. However found bit expensive as had to struggle a bit over bargain and got the right price for aircon re-gassing or else would have paid double the amount for re-gassing compared to other garages in town. Would love to see used car list and details in the the showroom as could not get out of the show room due to rains whilst was waiting for the servicing of car."
"Incredibly friendly and helpful, excellent value, would highly recommend this garage."
"The people that work there are so friendly and helpful. Also very happy to put my car in early before work."
"I was really happy with the service and would recommend them to anyone."
"Booked car for home collection on a Saturday. This was confirmed. Follow up email asked me to confirm when I was dropping the car off. When I queried this, I was informed you did not offer the collection service on Saturday. Website issue needs addressing. Rebooted the appointment for a Friday, for home pick up. I am very happy with the car service and advice provided. Nice touch to clean the car before returning it."
"Very happy with the work done a professional job, very helpful staff too."
Friendly & efficient
"Very helpful garage, didn't make me feel small or a stupid woman when I asked them to move my car out of a tight spot first to take home. I thought the price of the work and the health check form provided with the car was very good and efficient"
"Extremely happy, collected car, dropped off and maintained communication with me throughout."
"Very happy with the garage, they did the MOT and necessary repairs on the same day despite being short staffed and under pressure. I'm very grateful."
"A professional service from start to finish, I even got dropped off home and then the car was delivered back to me, a very competitive price too! My only criticism is that the steering wheel was dirty had grease or something black over it and the hoovering could have been slightly better.. I will be returning though."
"Very pleased with the service I received"
"Had an MOT for £29.99 - they also cleaned the car and vacummed the interior."
The brakes on your car utilise fluid pressure.
When the brake pedal is depressed, it activates a plunger in the master cylinder,
which pressurises the brake fluid in the pipes and hoses causing the brake components to move.
Brake repairs are one of the most common reasons to visit a garage; all cars need their brake discs and pads replaced at regular intervals. Some of the warning signs for brake failure are squealing or grinding noises when depressing the brakes, or the brake feeling 'spongy' when the pedals is pressed. And of course if you need to brake increasingly hard to effectively slow or stop your car, then you could well be looking at brake replacement.
There are two main types of brake systems: disc brakes and drum brakes.
Disc brake systems are comprised of two pads per wheel, which clamp down on the brake disc when the brake pedal is depressed. When the fluid becomes pressurised, it sends a plunger in the calliper forward, forcing the brake pads on either side of the brake disc to squeeze it, which results in the slowing and stopping of the car.
Drum brakes operate in the same way as disc brakes, but with a different design. They both use friction to slow and stop the car, but drum brakes use shoes, instead of pads. The shoes are inside the steel brake drum itself, which spins with the wheel. When brake pressure is applied, a component called the wheel cylinder expands, forcing the brake shoes apart and towards the inside edge of the drum. Drum brakes are usually found on older vehicles, or just on the rear brake system.
Founded in 1944 as a maker of handmade steel tubing and bicycle parts, the company known today as Kia opened its first automotive assembly line in 1973 and built a small range of cars known as Brisa in 1981. After a bit of a lull, they really started pumping out the vehicles again in 1986, and partnered up with Ford.
Kia Motors Corporation is headquartered in Seoul, and is South Korea's second-largest auto manufacturer, just beyond Hyundai. According to Kia themselves, the name roughly translates to “rising out of Asia”. Nowadays they offer up a very impressive seven-year warranty on all their cars to please many drivers, and they are consistently rated highly across the board.
The style of older Kias on the road used to be quite questionable, but thanks to a modern makeover, cars from this Korean brand now sport stylish, trendy designs. The current range includes a wide spectrum of vehicles, from the compact Venga city car to the Sorento SUV. The Pro Ceed hot hatch is great for drivers looking for a better, stronger performance and Kia even offers the Soul EV, a fully electric vehicle, for those who after after eco-friendliness and cheap running costs.
How to be a better driver
Whether you’re driving in Northwood or further afield, think about road user etiquette. Showing respect for other road users makes driving more pleasant for you and safer for everyone. For example, if you have to make a last minute change of lane, make your request to change clear to the driver who will need to let you in - and signal your thanks if they do. Be ready to abandon the change of lane if they won’t play ball - your safety (and that of other drivers and pedestrians) is more important than getting to your destination in the shortest time possible. When the position is reversed and a driver asks your permission to change lanes, allow them to as long as it is safe. If you get frustrated, avoid using your horn - it won’t improve matters and might make them considerably worse.
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