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With a wealth of industry experience, at B.J. Banning Limited, we understand that if you begin to notice unusual signs from you car, this can be unnerving. We each get used to the way our car drives, and it is usually quite easy to tell when something isn’t quite right. However, this isn’t to say that regular car servicing isn’t important, even if you believe all to be well with your vehicle, as there are many signs that can easily go unnoticed.

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Wash often

When it comes to cars, there are two types of people: those who keep their motors spotless, clutter free and regularly cleaned, and those who let dirt, rubbish and stains build up until a passer-by finally writes ‘clean me’ on the bonnet. Heavy mud, gravel, bird droppings and falling berries can damage the paint job on your car, and if they aren’t removed in good time, they could leave a mark. In winter months, salt on road surfaces is great for traction, but when it flicks up from tyres onto the underside of your car, it can cause premature rusting. Keep on top of dirt build ups to increase the longevity of the paint finish on your car, and the mechanics underneath. If you drive regularly with exposure to bird droppings, salt spreading or park under trees, get into the habit of a weekly clean. If you don’t do many miles and tend to keep your car in a garage, aim to clean your vehicle 1-2 times a month.
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In many parts of Europe, such as Germany, it’s a legal requirement that all vehicles are fitted with winter tyres or all season tyres during the winter weather. If you were to become stuck on German roads or cause an obstruction to traffic due to inappropriate tyres you could be given an on the spot fine. Continue reading →

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Here at BJ Banning, we know what brake issues can be some of the most problematic for motorists – quite often, you don’t notice until it’s (expensively) too late.
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Your car battery plays a vitally important role in the function of your vehicle, and it can cause havoc when it fails to hold a charge or reaches the end of its lifespan. It is, therefore, extremely important to know the common causes of car battery failure to attempt to prevent this happening to you; Continue reading →

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Once a car is three years old it needs to have its first MOT. An MOT stands for Ministry of Transport test and is required in order to ascertain that a vehicle meets certain minimum standards that will keep the driver and other road users safe and sound while driving. The authorities stress that this is a standard that all vehicles should meet all the time, it should not be thought of as a standard that is met only in order to pass the test before the vehicle is allowed to lapse into a poorer condition. Continue reading →

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The maintenance of your car tyres is vital for the safety, performance and efficiency of your vehicle. Tyre failure is the cause of countless accidents every year so keep yourself protected and make sure your tyres are fully functional, keep on top of your tyres by checking them regularly. Continue reading →

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We need our vehicles to get us to work in the morning and to get the kids to school every day; put simply, if your car broke down or was off the road for any length of time, your daily life would grind to a sudden and rather unpleasant halt. Continue reading →

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In a recent survey of 4,200 drivers more than nine in ten believed that the MOT should stay as it is.

According to the research , 92 per cent of drivers believed that used cars should be tested annually on road-safety grounds, rather than every two years, as under EU regulations. It also found that 93 per cent did not believe that the cost of the annual MOT was an unnecessary burden on motorists.

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BJ Banning offer servicing and MOT tests on all vehicles at competitive prices.

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