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K J L Motors Ltd
KJL MOTORS LTD, Units S1&S2 Eastern Counties Leather Industrial Estate, London Road, Pampisford, Cambridge, CB22 3EE
625 Reviews

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Diagnostic Check FROM £30

KJL Motors is a well established and respected MOT Servicing & Repair centre in Cambridge. We focus on providing an exceptional garage service with competitive pricing. We have been serving customers in the Cambridge area for many years and have up-to-date fully equipped MOT test centre with all the...

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Free Spirit Automotive
1 Firbank Way, Chartmoor Business Park, Leighton Buzzard, LU7 4YP
104 Reviews

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Diagnostic Check FROM £54

A small investment in routine servicing, combined with a Free Spirt inspection program will result in..... Will reduce the likely hood and cost of unexpected repairs in the future A properly maintained car is a safer car Optimum fuel economy Helps protect the future value of your car

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Uncle Toms Service Station & MOT Centre Ltd
Uncle Toms service station and MOT centre Ltd, Units 45-47, Purdeys Ind Est, Purdeys Way, Rochford, SS4 1ND
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Diagnostic Check FROM £90

At Uncle Toms, as a long standing local Business, we pride ourselves on delivering a reliable and efficient service, from the moment you turn up, to the moment you collect your car. We specialise in servicing vehicles for local people and businesses at our site in Rochford and have built a reputatio...

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South Hill Garage
South Hill, Langdon Hills, Basildon, SS16 6JD
247 Reviews
Established in 1965

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Diagnostic Check FROM £60

Established in 1965, we are a family owned and run company, who have built a reputation as a leading Independent Specialist Dealer in Essex. We service & MOT all makes of car including those still under Manufactures Warranty. We know that customers have a choice and we want it to be us. For over 5...

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A1 Autocentre (Ockendon)
1 Ardmore Rd, South Ockendon, Essex, RM15 5TH
214 Reviews
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Diagnostic Check FROM £72

Our well established 'Family run' garage located in South Ockendon provides a wide range of vehicle services, MOT's and repairs for the people of Essex at very competitive prices. If you like to experience bespoke customer service that puts their customers first at a competitive price then come and ...

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Sm cars services ltd
43 Concorde Rd,, Norwich, NR6 6BE
157 Reviews

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Diagnostic Check FROM £40

Welcome to Sm cars services ltd , we are a family run business that provides MOT, servicing, repairs, Any Make, Any Model, Any Problem. We are here to help ✔Free Retests on MOTs ✔Free Courtesy Cars ✔Local collection and delivery service ✔Tyres Fitted ✔MOT Advisory work carried out ✔Air Con Regas...

What does a car diagnostic check do?

A diagnostic check is carried out on your vehicle by a mechanic, who will plug your vehicle into a specialised code reader. It can detect problems with your vehicle which may be difficult to spot manually.

The main components which are tested in a diagnostic check are the car’s:

  • electronic control units (ECUs) - these control various element of the car and its performance including engine running
  • emissions and exhaust sensors
  • braking system
  • electrical components such as central door locking
  • transmission if electronically controlled
  • ignition coils
  • throttle setting
  • fuel injectors
  • air flow and coolant

 

Why is a car diagnostic check important?

A diagnostic check is very important as it can detect a potential problem with your car, even before a breakdown. The computerised equipment scans your vehicle’s system to check for any faults, no matter how minor or major. A diagnostic test is a quick, easy and accurate way to discover any faults and will give you the chance to get them fixed before they turn into bigger and more expensive issues. When your car has a fault, this may show as a warning light on the dashboard. If the light goes out the system will store the fault code so the garage will find this when they do the diagnostic check.

What are the possible signs that your car needs a diagnostic check?

There are many different signs which will indicate that your vehicle needs a diagnostic check. Essentially, if you suspect that there is an issue with your car but don’t know what, you will probably want to book a diagnostic check to find out what the problem is. Here are some of the key signs:

  • Engine warning light - if the engine warning light appears on your dashboard, it’s important to take your vehicle to a garage as soon as possible as there is a wide variety of problems which the light may be flagging up.
  • Strange noises – any strange noises coming from your car need to be checked out before they turn into more serious problem. Some of these sounds may include; whining from the bonnet, abnormally loud exhaust, uneven engine noise, brake squealing or gear crunching.
  • Smoke - if you see smoke or steam coming from under the bonnet, your vehicle may be overheating.
  • Vibrating - if you notice any vibrating or pulling under your brake, the issue may be due to work brake discs or pads. However, it could also indicate a problem with your suspension or steering.

 

How long do car diagnostics take?

You can expect a diagnostic check on your car to take approximately 90 minutes. You may want to allow for more time though as the mechanic who will be carrying out the check might not be available to start right away.

How much does a car diagnostic check cost?

The price of a car diagnostic test can vary, depending on the garage that you visit. Each garage has a fixed price for diagnostic checks, ranging from £30 - £100.

Enter your vehicle registration number and post code into BookMyGarage (at the top of this page) and you can instantly compare diagnostic check pricing from all of the garages in your local area. As well as price, you can see the garages’ reviews, distance from your post code, extra services offered and availability. You don’t even have to register to get access to all of this information. When you have selected a suitable garage, you can choose a date, any optional extras (such as collection and delivery, loan car etc.) and book online.

Driving in the East of England

The Fens, Norwich Cathedral, Sutton Hoo, not to mention the world renowned buildings and atmosphere of Cambridge University - the East of England is packed with great driving destinations. One of the warmer, drier and more sheltered regions of the UK, coastal areas in the summer do suffer from low cloud coming in from the North Sea which can affect driving conditions. However, the predominantly flat landscape makes for generally safe roads well suited to pleasurable motoring.

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