Due to the terrible weather at the moment, we have decided to close the garage until Monday 5th March, to ensure the safety of our staff and customers. We are sorry for any inconvenience caused by this, but our main concern is the safety of our staff and customers.
Please take care of yourselves and your loved ones. Don’t forget to check on elderly and/or vulnerable neighbours during this horrendous period.
A new feature on the website will showcase some of the more technical and interesting jobs we undertake in the Garage in Great Yarmouth. In the first instalment, we will be showing you how we removed the body from a Land Rover Discovery 3, in preparation for the engine to be removed.
As you may be aware, Autotech Garage Services proudly supports Paralympic superstar Jessica-Jane Applegate. Jessica-Jane has just put out a press release, which kindly thanks Autotech Garage Services for their support.
If you would like to help support Jessica-Jane Applegate, please visit her Just Giving page HERE.
In the January of 2016 Jessica-Jane became ill and her training and competition suffered to the point where she had to choose between ending her career or surgery. Even though she managed to claim 2 silvers and 1 bronze in Rio racing with a prolapsed disc in her back and only 9 weeks after surgery she didn’t manage to achieve a personal best time during that year therefore she lost the majority of her UK Sport funding. She didn’t give up though & with the help of the Community Sports foundation she set up a funding page. Nwes have also stepped in to help with her marketing, website and are also holding fundraising days on her behalf.
Most recently local family run garage Autotech Garage Services have offered their assistance too – Owners Gary and Melanie Harris quoted ‘We are a local family run business who are always keen to help local charities, good causes or local heroes such as Jessica-Jane Applegate. In the past we have helped a local lady purchase a mobility scooter, we give continued support the RSPCA along with helping a local youth football team with their kit. When we heard of Jessica-Jane’s funding reduction we felt so strongly that it was so unfair we agreed we would help as much as we could with her vehicle maintenance, servicing, tyres, and general repairs as her car is so important for her to enable her to travel not only to training but around the county to competitions & training camps’ Autotech Garage Services have just opened their very own in house brand new MOT station investing in top of the range equipment to allow any or all work to be carried out on the same premises. They have extremely competitive rates along with offering numerous other on site services including payment plans for those that cannot afford to pay in a lump sum. For any further information please contact Dawn or Mel on 01493 717878.
Jessica-Jane said ‘This is a huge relief for us, we rely on our car daily and cover around 30 thousand miles a year. Knowing that we will be able to have our car serviced, checked regular so it is road worthy at all times is incredible. Since Gary and Melanie stepped in I have already travelled to Manchester, Birmingham, Sheffield along with daily training, competitions & appointments across Norfolk for my medical appointments in the follow up from Rio. I am really grateful for their support.’
Since then Jessica-Jane has broken several S14 British Records and has started to improve again since her surgery last year.
With the weather forecast predicting that the UK is going to be hit by extreme cold spells over the coming weeks, it is essential that you ensure that your car is ready to cope with these conditions.
At Autotech Garage Services, we would recommend that you check the following parts of your car, to reduce the risk of you running into any issues.
Check your tyres
We would recommend that you check your tyre pressures every week to ensure that they are inflated to the specification recommended by your vehicle manufacturer. Not only will this ensure that your vehicle is gripping to the road as it should, it will also save you fuel.
We would recommend that for the winter months, your tyre tread should be no lower than 3mm, to allow extra grip in snow and other unpredictable weather conditions.
Test your battery
Batteries are the most common cause of breakdowns during the winter months. The reason for this is that they are put under increased strain during the winter months, due to the increased use of your heater and lights. If you are looking for car servicing in Great Yarmouth, we offer a free battery test as part of your winter service.
If you fail to top up your water with anti-freeze, the water in your radiator can freeze. We would recommend checking your anti-freeze levels every week, to ensure they are topped up to the ‘maximum’ line on coolant bottle.
Replace your windscreen wipers
Old and damaged windscreen wipers will struggle to clear your windscreen fully in most situations, but in heavy downpours it becomes even more dangerous. You should ensure that your windscreen wipers are clearing your windscreen correctly. We offer windscreen wipers from £6 each.
Use a high quality screen wash
Using a good quality screen wash will not only ensure that the windscreen clears and is streak free, it will ensure the screen wash doesn’t freeze.
Check your lights
As your lights are being used more in the winter, the bulbs are more likely to fail. It is essential that you check all your bulbs, including the brake lights, indicator lights, head lights and fog lights.
We are please to announce that our in-house MOT is now open!
At Autotech Garage Services we wanted to ensure that we could offer the best service possible to our customers, so we felt that we needed to offer in-house MOT tests in Great Yarmouth. This will allow you to be reassured that your MOT will be conducted with the same level of care and attention you have come to expect from Autotech Garage Services.
Getting your car through its MOT test can be a stressful and expensive time. There are a lot of little things that anyone can do prior to their MOT to help their car pass it MOT and we have listed them below.
- Check all your lights are working correctly
- Make sure the headlight leveller is set to 0
- Test your horn
- Test your front washers and wipers (the rear washer / wiper is not tested)
- Make sure all the doors open and that the front doors open from the inside and outside.
- Make sure the oil level is correct (if the oil is too low a tester can refuse to test the vehicle)
- A big one is remove anything hanging from rear view mirror (this includes any air fresheners!)
- Check that the driver’s seat moves backward and forwards
- Check that all the seatbelts lock in place and are not damaged
- Check that the air bag or abs lights are not illuminated (the EML light on does not fail the MOT)
- Make sure the tyres are not illegal (1.6mm across 3/4 of the tread around the whole circumference of the tyre is the legal requirement)
If you have done all of the above, you have a good part of the MOT test out of the way.
If you are looking for a cheap MOT in Great Yarmouth and you are wondering which Garage in Great Yarmouth to use, why not give Autotech Garage Services a call or book your MOT online. We ensure that the MOT’s are carried out fairly and to the highest standard possible.
If you have any questions or queries with regards to your upcoming MOT test, please do not hesitate in contacting us.
Autotech Garage Services is pleased to announce that we’re offering all Aviva employees a 10% discount on parts and labour. Like Aviva, we put our customers first and will keep you updated on the progress of your repair. We can also offer a courtesy car while yours is being repaired! To redeem your discount, just produce your Aviva ID on dropping off your car and when you pay.
Terms and conditions apply. This offer cannot be used in conjunction with any other promotion. 10% discount does not apply to MOT’s, 4 Wheel Laser Alignment or repairs paid for using our payment assist payment scheme.
Great Britain, the country that has 4 seasons in one day and you can get snow and flash floods at the drop of a hat. With the weather being unpredictable, especially at the time of the year, it is always important to ensure before any journey that you and your car are prepared for any eventuality.
Below we have compiled a list of items which should be checked frequently, especially in the cold weather.
1. Tyres – You should check the condition, tread level and pressure of your tyres to ensure that they are performing to the best of their ability. Check the tyres to see if there are any splits or bulges.
You should also check to ensure that the tread level of your tyres is above the legal limit of 1.6mm. We would recommend that you change your tyres well before hitting this limit to ensure optimal grip in all weathers. You should also ensure that your tyre pressures are inflated to your car manufacturers recommended settings. Not only will this assist with the handling of your car, but it will help increase your cars MPG!
2. Coolant – You should ensure that your cars coolant level is between the minimum and maximum markers. Coolants include Anti-Freeze which is designed to stop your engine from freezing. Coolant is very cheap and can prevent a very hefty bill for repairing an engine which has become frozen.
3. Battery – In cold weather the oil in your battery becomes thicker, which means it requires more energy from the battery to create a chemical reaction to generate electricity. The older your battery gets, the more it will struggle, so it is advisable to have your battery tested to help reduce the chances of you being caught out with a dead battery.
4. Screen Wash – Ensure that you have enough screen wash in your screen wash reservoir and that it is at a concentration suitable for the cold weather. Failure to use the correct concentration can lead your washer pump freezing and other issues.
If you would like assistance in checking these and any other points in your car, please do not hesitate in contacting us to arrange an appointment for us to do this for you.
In addition to the aforementioned, we would recommend that you keep the following in your car if you’re planning on long journeys –
- Ice scraper and de-icer
- Torch and spare batteries
- Warm clothes and blankets
- First aid kit
- Food and a warm drink in a thermos
- Reflective warning sign
- Emergency phone charger
We are very proud to have gained 100% from our unannounced Motor Codes AA inspection for our Garage in Great Yarmouth. This gives customers reassurance that we are reliable, honest and fair, with trained, competent and conscientious staff. We would like to thank all of all the team who have worked hard to help us achieve this fabulous score .
Don’t get caught out this winter. If you are looking for a Garage in Great Yarmouth to carry out a FREE battery, alternator and Anti-freeze check, give us a call. Come and take advantage of our free battery health checks and alternator output tests. We also will test the strength of your anti-freeze to see if it is strong enough for winter.