Do you neglect your tyres?

Is there a nasty puncture that you keep putting off?  Have you left them to go bald and lose their grip? Maybe they’re getting a bit past their sell by date?

 

Whatever condition your tyres are in, it’s always important to keep on top of it. Checking your tyres regularly can save you money and can help save lives!

 

Checking pressures to make sure your tyres are inflated to the suitable level can save your fuel consumption and can reduce wear – meaning that you won’t need to change them as often and you will save some money on fuel!

 

Remember, your tyres are the only thing keeping you on the road! It’s important not to forget the damage that can be caused if they aren’t looked after properly! Here at grippy.co.uk our team of friendly experts are always happy to answer any questions you might have!

 

So if you have any questions about your tyres or maybe you want some general tyre advice? Then don’t hesitate to contact us here at grippy.co.uk where our team are on hand and happy to help!

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Christmas Wishes!

For most of us the decorations have been dusted off and the tinsel is around the tree! Before we know it Santa will have visited on his Sleigh and we will all be waking up on Christmas morning with a smile on our faces and a touch of magic in the air…as well as an empty plate of mince pies on the fireplace!

 

Here at FastFit Station we would like to take the time to wish each and every one of our valued customers a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

 

We hope you all have a happy, healthy time with your loved ones over the festive period and we look forward to seeing you again in 2014!!

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What is an Interim Car Service?

interim car servicing Milton Keynes

At FastFit Station we offer two types of service: a major service and an interim service. An interim service offers similar checks to a major service but does not include certain maintenance parts that do not usually need to be checked more than once a year. Therefore an interim service is an ideal twice-yearly check up that can see your vehicle through the year. Interim services are usually carried out every 6 months or every 6,000 miles – whichever occurs first.

Why service your car twice a year?

Choosing an interim service helps you to feel confident that your vehicle is in the best possible condition no matter what the weather, the season or the age of your car. For the winter months, preparing your car with an interim service can actually save you money on costly repairs that might  be incurred by the challenges of bad road conditions, grit and ice. Most importantly, maintaining your car regularly keeps you and your passengers safe on the road.

FastFit Station Servicing

At FastFit, we use the same high quality parts as your main dealer does, so we can stamp your service book to ensure your warranty will be upheld after interim or major servicing at any FastFit Station in Milton Keynes.

You can book your interim service online or over the phone at a time that suits you – and with our patented good old fashioned service and friendly technicians we’re sure you’ll leave happy!

 

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Advice from FastFit Station to keep you safe and motoring through the snow and ice

FastFit Station – your local garage in Milton Keynes wants to help keep you moving this Winter. With the abundance of snow and ice we’ve recently encountered, along with below freezing temperatures it looks likely that poor driving conditions are here to stay for a while. Read on for some winter driving tips and stay safe.

Make sure you allow plenty of time for your journey and let someone know the route you are taking. Drive at a reduced speed in poor visibility and poor road conditions. Use your headlights and fog lights in thick fog, remembering to turn them off when the weather has improved. Ensure you keep a good distance from the vehicle in front and be extra cautious of what other vehicles around you might do. Be vigilant of the tell-tale glistening on roads in icy conditions. Brake lightly when stopping to avoid skidding. Drive as smoothly as possible and don’t make any sudden manoeuvres.

  • Ensure you’re fully prepared for the journey ahead by checking your battery is fully charged and all your lights are working. The windscreen wipers need to be in full working order with a winter additive added to your screen wash to help keep your screen clear and clean. All your windows should be clear as the glare of the winter sun can make it difficult to see through a dirty windscreen. Any snow or ice should be fully cleared off the roof and around your vehicle. It can fly off during driving causing a hazard to other road users. You should check the tyre pressures are correct and have plenty of tread depth. If you’ve had winter tyres fitted you will really see and feel the difference. Make sure your car has had it’s service to keep it well maintained. We are currently offer half price car servicing in Milton Keynes on all makes and models of vehicles until the end of January.

Compile an emergency kit to keep in the boot of your vehicle consisting of essentials such as an ice scraper and de-icer, a torch, warm clothes and a blanket, food and drink, boots, a first-aid kit, battery jump leads and a small spade.

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New Car Sales at a record high

There’s been a record surge in the number of new cars that have been sold. In 2012 there were over two million new vehicle registrations in the UK, a rise of 5.3 percent in comparison to 2011 and the highest since 2008.

Chief Executive Paul Everitt of the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) has said the sales have been boosted by strong consumer demand and was driven by innovative, fuel-efficient models. The most popular new car sold was the Ford Fiesta followed by the Vauxhall Corsa whilst the Ford Focus took third place. It appears people still like the reputable blue oval badge.

Alternative fuel vehicles took a new high with a 1.4 percent share of the market. With almost 28,000 sold it was an increase of 9.4 percent whilst more people chose to opt for a diesel vehicle as they tool a record 50.8 percent of the market share. There were just over a million diesel motors sold in comparison to 978,000 petrol vehicles.

Whether your car is new, old or in between ensure you keep it regularly serviced. In doing so you’ll have a reliable, healthy and happy motoring. Our FastFit Station garages located in and around Milton Keynes offer a range of services to suit your car’s needs. From a major service to an MOT, new tyres to exhaust fitting our friendly team can help whilst going that extra mile with their good old fashioned service. Booking couldn’t be easier – simply pick up the phone or book any time of day using our new online service.

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Milton Keynes Services and MOT’s half price!

Yes you’ve read the title correctly! This month your local garage in Milton Keynes – Fastfit Station is offering half price servicing and MOT’s! Whether you require a major or interim service or an oil and filter change make sure you check out our incredible deals. Pop along to our fantastic new website and simply input your vehicle’s registration plate number to find out exactly how much it will cost you. From here you can then print, email or add your quote to your shopping basket. If your ready to book an appointment you can then proceed through to the next page where you can arrange a date and time which is convenient for you from one of our garages located in either Wolverton, Bletchley or Kingston. We can even provide you with a free courtesy car subject to availability! You don’t even have to pay for anything until your vehicle’s work has been completed at our station and you’re completely satisfied with our good old fashioned service.

 

With the introduction of block exemption you no longer need to worry about going to your main dealership to have your car serviced and the service book stamped. Here at FastFit Station we do that for you. Your warranty will be unaffected as we use the same quality parts as a main dealer. Give your local FastFit Station a call or use the online booking system and we’ll do the rest!

 

 

 

 

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The history of the Cats Eye

My son asked today “how do they change the batteries in the Cat’s Eye”.  I did explain that they were reflective and they were reflecting the lights back at us to show us where the road goes.

However the Cat’s Eye has an interesting past and was invented nearly 80 years ago! The cleaver little device originated in the UK and is now used all over the world. The Cat’s Eye is made up of two pairs of reflective glass spheres set into a white rubber dome. This is mounted into a cast iron housing, which is then situated in the road. Cat’s Eyes have developed over the years and now different colours indicate where to leave a carriageway.  The cast iron mounting also works to alert the driver as you feel the car rumble over the bump in the road.

Shaw the inventor is responsible for saving many lives over the last eighty years.  Percy Shaw reached a respectable age of 82 passing away in 1976. There are several stories of how he came up with the idea as he gave different stories to different people. Percy became eccentric in later life he keep three T.Vs on constantly one on each of the three channels, all muted! You would have thought that the inventor of one of the world’s best gadgets would have been extremely wealthy. Whilst he was be no means poor his estate was valued at £193,500 in 1976 which is worth an estimated 1.5 million pounds at today’s value.

 

For more car news, advice check out Fastfit Stations blog page. We are your local garage in Milton Keynes looking after all your vehicle needs from new tyres and exhausts to MOTs and car servicing. Once you’ve discovered our good old fashioned service you won’t take your motor anywhere else!

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Essential driving tips in the winter – Part 2

  • In our previous blog - Essential driving tips in the winter – Part 1 we discussed the importance of having your vehicle regularly serviced and maintained and listed some useful items you should ideally store in the boot prior to setting off on your journey. So how should you drive in certain wintry conditions. For some new and inexperienced drivers the thought of getting behind a wheel in the snow or ice is truly terrifying. Read on to discover some useful tips when faced with snow and ice on the road and adept your driving as required.

 

Reduce your speed – the chances of skidding are much higher and your stopping distance will increase hugely.

  • Drive only at a speed of which you can stop within the distance you can see to be clear. The speed limits set are usually much too fast in hazardous conditions.
  • Try not to brake too harshly nor accelerate too quickly.Avoid sharp steering.
  • Ensure you reduce your speed smoothly, judging and allowing enough time on slippery surfaces.
  • Allow plenty of time to slow down before bends and corners.
  • It is very dangerous to brake on an icy or snow covered bend. Your vehicle could end up spinning due to the centrifugal force which will pull you outwards causing the wheels to be less grippy.
  • To avoid your wheels locking when braking on ice or snow select a lower gear than normal and allow your speed to fall before applying your brakes very gently.
  • As you may need up to TEN TIMES the normal distance for braking ensure you leave a big gap between yourself and the vehicle in front of you.
  • Make sure you keep your vehicle well-ventilated. An overheated car can make you feel sleepy and cause you to lose concentration.
  • During snowy conditions stop often to clean the windows, wheel arches, lights and number plates.
  • Use dipped headlights when visibility is poor.

 

Should you find yourself stuck in the snow avoid revving your engine to try and get out of it. This will inevitably make the situation worse. Instead select the highest gear you can and move your vehicle slowly forwards. If this proves to be unsuccessful you may have to ask for someone to give you a push or start digging with your shovel!

 

For all your winter car servicing needs look no further than Fastfit Station. From winter tyres to MOTs your friendly local garage in Milton Keynes can help keep your motoring all year round.

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Essential driving tips in the winter – Part 1

Driving during the winter is very different to any other times of the year. With the clocks going back the nights become darker for longer and the adverse and typical British weather can make driving more hazardous. As the last two winters have seen flooding and heavy snow we thought we’d share some essential driving tips to help keep you safe and moving this winter. You should be prepared for your journey to take you into different weather, road and traffic conditions and adapt your driving as necessary for each one.

Having your vehicle serviced fully serviced before Winter and your anti freeze checked is the best start for both you and your vehicle. It will help keep your car on the road and reliable and keep you warm and going places too. Fastfit Stations have several garages in and around Milton Keynes and offer competitive prices on car servicing as well as MOT’s and tyres.

Before you set off on your journey spare five minutes to run through these checks:

  • Lights are clean and working
  • Windscreen, wiper blades and other windows are clean and the washer bottle filled with screen wash
  • Check all of your tyres condition, tread depth and pressure, not forgetting the spare.
  • Fluids are kept topped up, especially windscreen wash (to the correct concentration to prevent it freezing), anti-freeze and oil

Ensure you have a good supply of de-icer, windscreen wash, oil and anti-freeze at the start of the season.

In the event where very bad weather is predicted it is a wise idea to store an emergency kit particularly if you have a long journey ahead of you. You’re then prepared should you get into a tricky situation for example becoming stranded in your car overnight due to heavy snow. Items listed below could really help you out in that spot of bother:

  • Tow rope
  • A shovel
  • Wellington boots
  • A hazard warning triangle
  • De-icing equipment
  • First aid kit
  • A torch
  • Blankets
  • Warm clothes
  • Emergency Food supply
  • A fully charged mobile phone

Prior to setting off to your destination check out the latest weather and travel updates and keep yourself regularly updated just in case you may need to take an alternate route. When the emergency services advise you against travelling you should really take into consideration whether you’re journey is necessary.

If you are looking to get your vehicle serviced this Winter, need to book in for your yearly MOT test or its time to change those tyres then look no further than Fastfit Station. With several garages located in and around Milton Keynes we pride ourselves on good old fashioned service.

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Winter Air Con Service

Believe it or not but properly functioning air conditioning is just as important in the winter months as it is in the summer. One of the first things you will do when you get into your cold car is turn the dials upto full with the vents directed to the windscreen to help it demist. Many manufacturer’s list it as being a safety feature which is another reason to have a regular air conditioning service.

When you book your vehicle in for its service in Milton Keynes at your nearest Fastfit Station you can request to have your air conditioning recharged. Each year an air conditioning unit will lose up to 10% of its refrigerant gas. Imagine if its been many years since a recharge and how poorly your unti must be working!

Not only will the car benefit from an air con service in that it will be working more effectively to help keep you comfortable all year round it can also be more efficient as systems that are not functioning correctly can significantly increase your fuel consumption. Bacteria can also build up in the unit which in turn can trigger allergies and cause illness

If you’re having your vehicle serviced or MOT carried out at one of our Milton Keynes garages why not ask for the air con to be serviced too and feel the advantages a clean working air conditioning unit can do for you and your motor.

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