In accordance with the latest Government guidance, we announce that all sales, service, parts and rental departments are now fully open effective Monday 12 April 2021.
As always, the safety of our customers, suppliers and colleagues are at the heart of our reopening plans. With over 30 million people now vaccinated in the UK, we are excited to open our doors and welcome visitors to our showrooms.
All visiting customers requested to attend with face masks and to use hand sanitisation stations where applicable. All payments are preferred via card, contactless or direct bank transfer. Cash payments to be avoided to assist with the spread of COVID-19, if cash is your only option please discuss with your adviser at point of booking.
Please note that any customers exhibiting symptoms of COVID-19, or requiring to self-isolate under the Government guidance please avoid visiting our businesses until such time as permissible under the Government guidance.
From Thursday 24th September 2020 it will also be mandatory for our colleagues to wear face coverings at all times.
The wearing of a face covering for Sales, Aftersales and Parts customers attending the business by appointment is mandatory. Please ensure you have this in place prior to arrival as in the interest of our colleagues and customer safety those customers arriving at the site without a face covering may be turned away.
It is important to note that some of our customers may be exempt from wearing a face covering. The conditions under which this may apply are listed below;
In line with the guidance from the government which states; “Shops and supermarkets will be expected to encourage compliance with the law (as they would do more generally) and can refuse entry. If necessary, the police have the powers to enforce these measures, including through issuing a fine of £100 (halving to £50 if paid within 14 days)”.
For further information please visit https://www.gov.uk/coronavirus
Leaving your car parked for up to a month
Fuel – Before parking your car up for a long period, it’s a good idea to top up with fuel. Not only will this help with other measures, but a full tank doesn't attract condensation, which could cause issues if allowed to build up over time.
Battery maintenance – If you can, connect your car's battery to a mains-powered battery maintainer. If you can't, start the engine once a week and allow it to run for about 15 minutes. This will re-charge the battery and help keep the engine in good condition. It’s important to allow the engine to run for this long so the battery can charge properly. In the case of petrol engine cars, it also helps to prevent engines from flooding with fuel. Never leave your car unattended with the engine running.
Brakes – Sometimes when a car's parked up for a long period with the parking brake on, the brakes can seize. To prevent this it's good practice to release the parking brake and move the vehicle a short distance back and forth, at the same time as running the engine. You shouldn’t leave the parking brake off unless the vehicle is on private land with the wheels securely chocked.
Electric vehicles – EVs and hybrid vehicles have 12-volt batteries, the same as conventional cars. However, they charge differently. Pressing the start button, so the ready light comes on, will operate the charging system. Doing this for 10 minutes once a week should keep the 12-volt battery topped up. Some electric and plug-in hybrid vehicles can maintain their 12-volt batteries if they’re plugged in to the mains charger. Check your vehicle handbook for details on this.
Garages – Don’t run a car engine inside a household garage as the exhaust fumes can be toxic. If you keep your car in a garage, pull it out onto the drive to run the engine to charge the battery.
Before you start a car you haven’t used for a long time: