G & J Performance – BHG Sister Company

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Broadbridge Heath Garage are pleased to announce it’s shiny new Sister company:

‘G and J Performance’! 

www.gandjperformance.co.uk

James Baughan and brother Geoff, (G and J…see what they did there) are a spectacular family run business, buying and selling high-end prestige performance cars. Use the link above to take a peek at their website and browse through the stock.

They are fully equipped to offer finance through Motonovo finance company  cfeac7_561b884ee7bf4f039aa07c8a708e792a-mv2

With a life-long passion for cars, James and Geoff are following their dreams and bringing a second to none service to those seeking a high standard.

So if you are looking to buy or sell a prestigious car, look no further James and Geoff are happy to help!

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Chill Out! Why Re-Gas The Air Conditioning?

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Did you know……

You should have your air conditioning recharged every 2 years. Why? I hear you ask

  • Over time, your air-con unit and pipes can begin to seep as they are naturally porous
  • The re-gas contains a lubricant that services the compressor and rubber seals
  • The compressor has to work extra hard if not recharged on a regular basis
  • You should run the air con throughout the year, even in winter….brrrrr
  • On a rainy day, the air-con can de-mist your screen quicker
  • It is not part of a car service

It is more cost effective to keep your air conditioning recharged to prevent the failure of the compressor, that is a much bigger expense! Running the air con throughout the year will keep the gas and lubricants running through the system.

With summer round the corner, don’t delay in getting your car booked in for an air-con re gas and to see if you have any issues. It’s never pleasant discovering it no longer works when you are in traffic on a hot day!

At Broadbridge Heath Garage, we are able to get you in today for a recharge. It only takes around 45 minutes and costs £55 + VAT inclusive of any amount of gas.

So give us a call on 01403 276439 or drop us an email: james@bhgarage.co.uk

Why Should I Have A Wheel Alignment?

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We all enjoy a smooth drive right? We like to feel the car responding to our commands and to know we are getting the best out of driving. As a garage we feel strongly about advising our customers to have their wheel alignment checked at least every 6 months.

What are the benefits?

  • Handling of the car
  • Reduces tyre wear
  • Fuel efficiency
  • Suspension component wear
  • Ensures vehicles travels straight without pulling

How does the alignment get knocked out?

  • Pot holes
  • Hitting curbs
  • Component wear and tear over time
  • Knocking or bumping into objects

Laser alignment measures the primary and secondary angles, these include measuring the camber (angle of the wheels) Caster (axis) and Toe (symmetry). The secondary angles are the more complex measurements.

At Broadbridge Heath Garage, we use a top of the range professional laser aligner. We are able to provide a full analysis print out of before and after the alignment. Prices start from £49.95 + VAT

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*Image courtesy of Absolute Alignment 

 

What to do if you are involved in a car accident

Do you know what to do in the event of a road traffic accident?

We have outlined a few steps to follow to help you deal with it safely and effectively.

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  • Stop

It doesn’t matter how minor the crash or accident is, under the Road Traffic Act you are obliged to stop, turn off your engine and turn on your hazard lights.

  • Call 999 

Assess the crash scene to see if anyone has been hurt (call an ambulance immediately if so) or if there is any damage to property/vehicles. Make the authorities aware if you suspect any foul play or if the crash has caused any obstruction to other road users.

  • Exchanging details

You are legally required to give your name and address at the scene of an accident. You are also legally required to inform the police of an accident within 24 hours of it happening otherwise you may be subject to being disqualified for driving. It is advisable to avoid apologising and accepting the blame in the first instance.

You should try to gather as much information from those around you at the scene. Any names, addresses and registration numbers of those involved. Seek out any witnesses and taker their details as this will help with any future insurance claims. Take note of the date and time of the incident, the weather conditions and where possible, take photographs.

  • Contact your Insurance Company

As soon as convenient, contact your insurance provider and give them as much information as possible about the accident including any photographic evidence. They will ask you for the third-party details such as name, address, vehicle details and their insurance details. It will then be in the insurers hands to deal with the rest, they will contact you for updates and any further information needed.

Check back for further blogs on how to keep your vehicle safe and road worthy.

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Pre MOT Check List

How to prepare for your M.O.T

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You can carry out these simple checks prior to your MOT to save you time and money:

  • Light check – you will need someone to perform these checks with you. Turn on all your lights, ask your helper to depress the brake pedal and turn indicators. Test the full beam and fog beam by using the appropriate switches in the car.
  • Horn Check – Simply make sure your horn works
  • Tyre tread depth – Ensure tread depths are above 1.6mm as this is the failure limit
  • Tyre Condition – Look for bulges, cuts and perishing
  • Brake Visual – Have a look through the wheel (where possible) to see if you have substantial brake pad depth. Check the discs are in good condition (i.e not pitted or heavily lipped)
  • Wipers – Make sure they clean the screen effectively and that you have sufficient washer fluid, top up with water if necessary.
  • Seat Belts – Ensure all seat belts (where present) are in full, unrestricted working order.
  • Warning Lights on dash – If an Air Bag warning light or ABS/Traction control light is present this is an immediate failure.
  • Registration Plates – fully visible with correct spacing

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Tyre safety

Do you know how to check your tyres to be safe in the wet weather? 

The minimum legal limit for tyre tread depths is 1.6mm. The easiest way to check the tread depth is using the wear bars on the tyre, the central wear bars are the ones to go by as they are the one that gauge an MOT failure.

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Why do we need to have a good tread depth on our tyres?

In the wet weather, the tyre tread depth helps remove water from the contact points between the road and the tyres. This enables the driver to brake, steer and accelerate effectively. It is recommended to replace your tyre before you get to the legal minimum of 1.6 as the stopping distance is highly affected.

Did you know that the stopping distance for a tyre at 1.6mm is a huge 39.5 Meters!?

It is important to keep a regular check on your tyre pressures. Under or Over inflated tyres can affect the handling and grip of the car. The correct tyre pressure for your car will be found in the car’s user manual. Ensuring you have the correct tyre pressure will help on fuel efficiency and life span of the tyre.

Choose NEW over Part-Worn. There are so many options when it comes to buying new tyres and they are easily accessible. It pays to buy new over part worn as you don’t know the history of that tyre. It may have been sat around for a long time and have cracks that you cannot see. It may have been repaired many times and could only last a couple of months before having to purchase another, therefore not being a cost-effective option.

If you are ever unsure about your tyres, pop in to Broadbridge Heath Garage and we will check them for free. We can get tyres in same day! Alternatively check out Blackcirles.com for some great deals.

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