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Archive for the garage Category

Halfords in the news again (for the wrong reasons!) – A ‘less than thorough’ MOT Test.

A great story from www.garagewire.co.uk Halfords MOT tester guilty of issuing a pass without doing test Whistle blower contacted the DVSA with concerns that a tester was issuing certificates without inspecting cars A Halfords MOT fraudster has been charged. Image credit: Google Street View. Steven McDermott, an ex-employee at St Austell’s Halfords Autocentre, admitted that […]


They don’t call them ‘Main Stealers’ for nothing!

On the whole, I try to think of the car repair and servicing business as a fundamentally honest game. Unlike the offshore tax affairs of politicians and the super rich, the simple act of a professional technician carrying out necessary repairs and servicing to your car in exchange for a fair price paid to the […]


An enlightening case of how a correct diagnosis can save a fortune!

It’s not often that Adam (our service manager) has a day off but last Friday was one such day so I was left in the ‘hot seat’ in reception. Amid the usual chaos of cars arriving, parts being delivered, staff bickering and cold calls from ‘your local energy provider’ that just happen to sound like […]


It’s Christmas time again!

  As it appears to be that time of the year again, here’s a little car-related ditty I wrote…..   On the twelfth day of Christmas the AA towed to me…….   Twelve Bearings humming Eleven exhausts leaking Ten turbos tinkling Nine gaskets blowing Eight engines idling Seven wheels wobbling Six sensors failing Five broken […]