FAQs

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Categories: Car Servicing, Southampton

At the time of writing, the price of a standard car service at Elite Garages is from £110 and a premium car service from £180. The type of service will depend on what is being done and if any problems are identified which may require additional work.

Tag: Pricing

We always explain this in detail, providing a list of what’s included and what’s not. If a customer asks what service they need, we can advise depending on the service schedule and the manufacturer’s specification.

Categories: Air Con, Southampton

If your car air conditioner is blowing warm air, the refrigerant level might be too low. This usually indicates a refrigerant leak in your system but it could also be a faulty component that can be checked and repaired at Elite Garages Southampton

We can usually repair punctures if they are on the central part of the tyre (the middle three-quarters). If a puncture occurs outside this area and near the tyre sidewall, a repair is unlikely and you should get it replaced.

At Elite Garages Maidstone, we always try to get your car booked in as soon as possible and our booking system helps. Call your local garage within normal business hours or request a service slot online if after hours.

If the damaged area on the is larger than 6 mm, and on the sidewall, you should not get a repair and rather opt for a replacement tyre.

We will always try and explain this in detail, providing all the pros and cons. Put simply, budget tyres are the cheapest and often don’t last as long or hold up as well as mid-range and premium tyres. Mid-range seems to be the happy medium as they provide better grip and longevity which is only superseded by the more expensive, premium tyres that offer even better performance.

Tag: Tyres
Categories: Clutch, Maidstone

Clutch judder is mostly caused by components and the flywheel not meeting properly. This often happens once your vehicle has come to a complete stop and then engaging the clutch during take-off. It could mean your clutch linkage may be worn or damaged.

Categories: Brakes, Maidstone

The squeaking sound your brakes make come from worn-down brake pads and is often when metal rubs against metal. As you press down on the brake pedal, the brake calliper clamps around the pad and applies pressure to slow your wheel down. If your brake pads are worn, these components will rub together resulting in a grinding or squeaking noise.

We can fit OE (Original Equipment) for customers and we’re always happy to discuss parts and brands.

Tag: OE
Categories: Brakes, Eastbourne

We can offer a variety of brands but will always recommend more premium parts, such as Pagid, but it all depends on the specific vehicle. OE fit is always best but we are able to fit various brands such as Delphi.

Categories: Brakes, Eastbourne

Brake pads can last between 25,000 and 60,000 miles while brake discs can be anywhere from 80,000 to 120,000 miles. Once again, how you drive can also impact the replacement intervals.

The front tyres should last for approximately 20,000 miles while the rear tyres may last a little longer. When you replace your tyres also largely depends on driving style, frequency and the quality of tyres fitted.

In the UK and Europe, the legal tyre tread depth for cars is 1.6 mm around the tyre circumference and the central three quarters. However, most tyre experts recommend replacing your tyres when the tread depth is at 3 mm for better braking distances.

A car service interval will largely depend on the car and the service schedule from the manufacturer. The common interval is 12,000 miles or 12 months, but you still have to check your car’s service book to verify.

Categories: Canterbury, Clutch

The issue could be the clutch pressure plate or the clutch disc. However, other causes for clutch slipping is often found in the release system, an incorrectly reworked flywheel or the fitment of the wrong clutch. Our experts will be able to determine the cause and suggest a solution.

This question is often also about the legal tread limit so we are always happy to explain that it is 1.6mm. We recommend changing your tyres at 3mm for optimal performance and safety but this is the customer’s choice.

Categories: Canterbury, Tyres

We supply a wide variety of brands, from budget, mid-range and premium tyres; each with its own benefits. As the name suggests, budget tyres are cheaper as they are not made to the same standards as mid-range or premium tyres. Mid-range tyres, especially Rapid, are often the preferred choice as it sits just below the premium brands. There is always a choice for our customers, and they can decide, and we are always happy to offer advice.

We will discuss the customer’s vehicle and what extras it may need and then provide them with a quote specific to their requirements. Typically, a standard service starts from £110, and premium services from £210 but prices do vary depending on the vehicle.

Categories: Bournemouth, MOT

Our MOTs are competitively priced and in accordance with industry standards although vary depending upon location and time of year.  You can check our prices based on where you want to have your MOT done by going to the MOT page and selecting your desired location, date and time.

Tag: Pricing

We offer standard and premium car services at affordable, competitive rates – see the home page for our current Standard Service price.

Tag: Pricing
Categories: Bournemouth, Car Servicing

We get them in and out as quickly as possible. We have a good booking system where we can work out our day so we’re not overlapping appointments too much. We do our best so people aren’t waiting too long.

Tag: Car Pickup

At Elite Garages Bournemouth we always try to get the customer’s car booked in as soon as possible and our booking system helps. Call your local garage here or outside of normal business hours where you can request a slot and we’ll be in touch the next working day to confirm it.

No, as part-worn tyres are not safe and there is no guarantee they won’t fail.

Categories: Bournemouth, Tyres

As a group, we stock a large number of tyres on-premises but if it’s not available, we can arrange next-day delivery from our warehouse. You can check availability and options online here 24/7

Categories: Brighton, Car Servicing, MOT

Some customers will have a standard service one year and a premium service the next so if they’re not doing the mileage, it’s not always advised to book a premium service every year. Most of our customers book an MOT and service at the same time.

Tags: Car Service, MOT
Categories: Air Con, Brighton

A car air con needs a service at least every 1 to 2 years as the coolant doesn’t last forever and filters can get clogged up with dirt and stagnant water. If you notice a strange smell, noise or visible leak underneath the car, it could explain why your air con is not working.

Tag: Air Con

At the time of posting, the price of a standard car service is from £103 and a premium car service from £180. The service time will depend on what is being done and if any problems are identified which may require additional work.

We try to work it out fairly for you by looking at your service book and see what’s been done previously. From there, we can provide a more definitive answer. (See what’s included in a standard or premium service here).

At the time of posting, the price of a standard car service is from £103 and a premium car service from £180 (See more about Car Servicing here).

Most customers will have a standard service one year and premium service the following year. If they’re not doing the mileage, there’s no point doing a premium service every year. 95% of the time customers get a service with their MOT. Click these links to find  out what’s included in an MOT and what’s the difference between a Service and an MOT

We do our own service schedule which offers much better value but with dealership quality. (See what’s included in our Car Servicing Schedule here).