With so many factors contributing to your car’s success rate when it’s undergoing its MOT, it can be easy to dispense with thinking about the little things, concentrating only on the big, obvious faults that will cause your car to fail. Whilst naturally these should always be properly and thoroughly corrected first, it’s incredibly common for cars to fail on a handful of slight errors that, with the right amount of attention, could easily have been spotted and seen to first. One question that often arises from these situation is, will small cracks or chips in the windscreen cause my car to fail its MOT?Latest news | Tagged Hitchin, MOT, MOT test, Pitstop Motorist Centre | Leave a comment March 12, 2013
When it comes to in-car luxuries, we consider air conditioning as something that should now be included as standard. We live in an age where we’re already rolling out the ability to hook up our smartphones up to our dashboards and utilize applications as we drive, and as such remaining comfortable in the car is a basic premise. That said, so many vehicles now have sub-standard air con systems put in for the sake of ticking a box that you may think air conditioning in general actually leaves a lot to be desired. That’s not the case here at Pit Stop and the proof of that sentiment is in the pudding – we’re a certified Delphi Air Conditioning Service Centre; but what exactly does that mean?Latest news | Tagged Pitstop Motorist Centre | Leave a comment February 25, 2013
It’s February already, and yet somehow we’re still suffering from the aftermath of Christmas, the financially disparaging bank account ruiner that leaves us all in state of monetary crisis. And if that’s not the case, then we’re always looking for ways to stop those pennies from perpetually haemorrhaging their way out of our wallets and onto bills, rent, food and, of course, petrol. Driving economically is something many people think won’t make much of a difference, certainly not in comparison the sacrifice of getting somewhere quickly. This though, is simply not the case, and driving and motoring with economy in mind can help you make some great savings, and keep the car on the road for longer. So then, here’s how you can do just that!Latest news | Tagged Pitstop Motorist Centre | Leave a comment February 4, 2013
Whilst the annual MOT is something many of us don’t want to have to do, getting that certificate is an absolute must if your vehicle is more than 3 years old. As such, wouldn’t it be helpful, and make all our lives easier, if we could leave our cars in the hands of someone we trust to do a thorough and accurate MOT? Here at Pitstop, we want to instil that level of confidence in you, we want you to be able to drop your car off with us, and be able to feel free to forget about it until you pick it up again. We want to de-stress the general temperament the MOT is usually met with, and make it less hassle for everyone. Here then are some top tips and simple checks to make when sending your vehicle in, so as to ensure the highest possibility of a pass!Latest news | Tagged Pitstop Motorist Centre | Leave a comment December 21, 2012
The winter months are long and hard as a road user, and it’s important to prepare yourself effectively for the harsh elements. Doing nothing will leave you with a car that won’t start, but there’s plenty of day to day maintenance involved that requires more than just throwing piles of cash at the nearest mechanic.Latest news | Tagged car garages in Hitchin | Leave a comment November 13, 2012
It’s difficult being a young male and attempting to have anything to do with driving without having enough spare cash lying around to create a 1:1 scale model of the Effiel Tower out of shredded £20 notes. As the stereotype tears up the streets, wreaking havoc on the local towns people and ramping up those delicious accident figures that insurance companies brandish about whenever this pricing system is pulled into question, what are young males who wish to get behind the wheel supposed to do?
Well, it’s certainly not wait for Governmental legislation to solve the problem if that’s what you were thinking.
From 21st of December insurers are prohibited from utilizing gender to ramp up the premiums, equalizing all sexes and creating peace throughout the land. It’s like the suffragette movement in a strange alternative universe. Except of course, it’s not like that at all, because insurers are grinning again, and are, in fact, simply having the female species cough up the cash they’ve been saving all this time.
GoCompare’s head of motor insurance Scott Kelly told The Guardian ‘women drivers will see their premiums rise by just over £300 on average, but for younger age groups, the increase could be as much as £2,000’
Fortunately, there is a slim chance this won’t happen with quite the devastating price hikes currently being forcasted, as many insurers themselves are currently remaining tight-lipped about the whole affair.
One interesting tip for younger women whose policy is up for renewal in January, is that they may be better off cancelling beforehand and taking out a new one before the 21st December legislation kicks in, securing that extra year of reasonably priced insurance.
Of course, arguments in favour of the ruling claim the original system didn’t work either, and a premium based entirely on gender is an out of date attitude. Whilst there’s truth in those words, surely bringing down the male premiums slightly and upping the female policies, to meet innately in the middle would be a more appropriate path to take.
No matter which side of the fence you’re on, whether you’re renewing your policy or buying a new car, Pitstop Motorist Centre are a highly rated car garage in Hitchin and will provide you with quality work at great prices and don’t care whether you’re a boy, a girl, or something in between!Posted in Latest news | Tagged car garage in Hitchin | Leave a comment September 18, 2012
For most people, our cars are our pride and joy and we want to take good care of them with regular car servicing and annual MOT’s to ensure they are safe and running smoothly. This is particularly important if you are planning on taking your car on holiday and it’s going to mean long journeys and clocking up plenty of miles. The most important thing to check is that your car’s MOT is valid and not due anytime soon. Another important element of car maintenance is the servicing; you should have your car serviced every 12 months, sometimes more if you have a high powered car. So if you have a service coming up, get it booked a few weeks before your holiday so you can be sure all the relevant safety checks have been done and your car is safe to use.
As well as the services we can carry out at Pitstop Motorist Centre, there are also some vital checks you can conduct yourself before embarking on your holiday:
Check Your Tyres:
Make sure all your tyres are at the correct pressure, taking into consideration that you will have extra weight in your car. Don’t forget to check the spare tyre is fully pumped up and while you are at it familiarise yourself with the in car toolkit, like the jack and wheel removal tools, make sure you know where the jacking points are too. You should also take time to check your tyres still have a good amount of tread on them, tyres heat up on long journeys and worn tyres can suffer blow outs.
Check Your Fluids:
Check the dipstick to ensure you have plenty of oil as well as checking the coolant and top up as necessary. Check you have plenty of screen wash and that your screen wash system works as this is a legal requirement.
Check Your Lights:
You should check your lights weekly anyway, but ensure you check all your lights before your holiday including, headlights, fog, brake and reversing lights as well as your indicators.
Remember if your service or MOT is due the expert team at Pitstop Motorist Centre can carry out all repairs, servicing and MOT’s on all makes and models for cars so get in touch with us today by calling 01438 488 528.Posted in Latest news | Tagged car servicing | Leave a comment August 20, 2012
For many motorists who require new or replacement vehicle components their primary concern will be buying the cheapest available, however if you’re a driver of a high performance vehicle then you will be looking for parts that can deliver something more. Brembo is the leading name in the design and manufacturing of high performance braking systems for both cars and motorcycles, and at Pitstop Motorist Centre we can provide these quality components along with MOTs, servicing, exhausts and tyres in Stevenage.
Regular braking systems may be enough for the majority of vehicles, but for the fastest vehicles on the market you need a braking system to match. Brembo products are relied upon for some of the best cars currently available, and you will find them in the Maserati Grand Tourer MC12 and the Ferrari 575 M Maranello. The Maserati MC12 is the most expensive car available in the world today, and with a 6 litre V12 engine it is a vehicle that needs the very best brakes around.
Brembo brakes are also the first choice of many F1 teams, including Ferrari, as well as the majority of Moto GP teams. These vehicles are all about optimum performance and beating the competition, so if they can rely on Brembo you can rest assured that you can too.
Building on over fifty years of manufacturing expertise, Brembo can be counted on to provide effective and reliable braking for all makes and models of performance vehicles. If you’d like to find out more about our Brembo brakes, or any of the other services we can provide here at Pitstop Motorist Centre, get in touch with our experienced and friendly team on 01438 488 528, alternatively you can complete our online contact form and we will get back to you as soon as we can.Posted in Latest news | Tagged tyres in Stevenage | Leave a comment July 23, 2012
Nowadays, the majority of us have our own cars; we drive to and from work every day, drive to the nearest supermarket, we run our kids to and from school and so on and so on. We couldn’t do without our cars as daily life would immediately grind to an unpleasant halt. It’s quite amazing, therefore, that so many of know so little about the inner workings of our vehicles; all a lot of us know is that we have to fill it up with petrol, check the oil and water when we remember and send it in for the dreaded MOT but what about your tyres? Here at Pit Stop Motorist Centre we supply a range of new tyres in Stevenage and urge you to look at the condition of the tyres on your cars and if they are not in good condition don’t ignore the problem, visit us at Pit Stop Motorist Centre to see what we can do for you.
It doesn’t matter if your car has the tyres you bought it with or specialist world rally tyres with brand new alloy rims, it’s important that your tyres are always in good condition as they directly affect the effectiveness of your brakes and the overall performance of your vehicle. When your tyres become worn, your vehicle is not as safe for you and your family to travel in and not knowing about the importance of good tyres is certainly no excuse. Our highly skilled mechanics have a wealth of knowledge and experience that allows them to give you the best possible advice about your tyres. You may not know what kind of tyres your vehicle needs but our team will.
We are committed to providing you with exceptional service and quality tyres which is why we only source our tyres from trusted leading manufacturers; whether you’re looking for world rally tyres or simply replacement tyres for your family car, we’re sure to have exactly what you’re looking for. If you would like more information about the range of tyres available or the range of services that we offer, please visit our website or call us on 01438 488528 to speak to a member of our friendly team.
Disclaimer of Endorsement: Reference herein to any specific commercial products, process, or service by trade name, trademark, manufacturer, or otherwise, does not necessarily constitute or imply its endorsement, recommendation, or favouring by Pit Stop Motorist Centre. The views and opinions of authors expressed herein do not necessarily state or reflect those of Pit Stop Motorist Centre, and shall not be used for advertising or product endorsement purposes.Posted in Latest news | Tagged tyres in Stevenage | Leave a comment June 25, 2012
It’s no secret that the general upkeep of your vehicle is incredibly important. Not only that, but it’s equally important you have the highest quality components and parts, to make sure they don’t let you down when you need them most. Here at the Pitstop Motorist Centre, we’re an experienced team, fully versed in all aspects of vehicle maintenance and upkeep, so whatever your requirements are when it comes to new brakes Hitchin, brake servicing or brake testing, we have you covered.
Priding ourselves on an excellence in service, knowledge and top quality materials, you can rest assured when you come to the Pitstop Motorist Centre, your experience is guaranteed.
From servicing and repairs, to exhausts and air conditioning, there’s no request or issue we’re not prepared for here at the centre. We understand the imperative nature that comes with maintaining reliability in your vehicle, and that you need to know that, when any aspect has been checked, it has been done so thoroughly and professionally.
A car breaking down can be massively inconvenient and cause numerous difficulties in day to day life, often leaving getting about down to arranging car rental Stevenage, and can of course be incredibly dangerous. Our rigorous processes that take place after any work has been carried out means you can drive assured the work has been done comprehensively and you’re made aware of any other potential issues.
Our team is comprised of qualified, experienced mechanics who care about your vehicle as much as you do, so the work is always completed to the highest standard, with your needs and efficiency in mind. We’re able to work quickly and comprehensively to help get you back on the road as soon as possible, with no room for compromise in quality.
Whether your service entails brake repair, or brake maintenance, however big or small the issue, we’re experts in making sure this vital aspect of your motoring system is fully functional and tested to ensure reliability going forward.
By putting you, the customer at the centre of all we do, here at Pitstop Motorist Centre you’re guaranteed a friendly, professional service, with the highest quality results. Service or repair, no matter what the issue with your vehicle is please call us now on 01438 721422 and book in today.
Disclaimer of Endorsement: Reference herein to any specific commercial products, process, or service by trade name, trademark, manufacturer, or otherwise, does not necessarily constitute or imply its endorsement, recommendation, or favouring by Pit Stop Motorist Centre. The views and opinions of authors expressed herein do not necessarily state or reflect those of Pit Stop Motorist Centre, and shall not be used for advertising or product endorsement purposes.Posted in Latest news | Tagged brakes Hitchin | Leave a comment ← Older posts