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How much should a service cost?

Posted by Darrel Mellor on November 26, 2016 at 2:40 PM Comments comments (0)

Why do different garages charge different amounts for a service on a vehicle?

Some vehicles do use different priced service parts so a small variation is inevitable, but different garages also carry out varying degrees of work when offering a service, the cheapest option is not always the best.


One garage may be cheaper than the next, but may not include servicing the brakes, or checking the electrical functions for example. These costs may be added on once your vehi...

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Scrapping your car, an emotional experience.

Posted by Darrel Mellor on May 9, 2015 at 9:25 AM Comments comments (0)

Scrapping your car can sometimes be quite an emotional experience, saying goodbye to your trusted, longtime partner who has been there every day for you, protecting you from the rain and the heat, from the overcrowded buses, listening to your out-of-tune singing, transporting your family and friends, through the good times and the bad.

But as it ages the bad times get worse as the purse strings are constantly stretched with more and more ...

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Guy at the gas station said I need this.

Posted by Darrel Mellor on March 27, 2015 at 1:40 PM Comments comments (0)

Do NOT let anybody other than a professionally qualified automotive technician pour any fluids into your engine bay other than water into your screenwash reservoir (and even then make sure they are pouring it into the correct place).  The people at the gas stations are not qualified technicians.

I have had to repair many vehicles that had the wrong fluid poured into the wrong place, power steering systems filled with water causing pu...

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My tyres are worn again, I just got them!!

Posted by Darrel Mellor on September 3, 2014 at 8:40 PM Comments comments (0)

Be sure that the tyres you are buying are of good quality. There are tyres currently in circulation within Bermuda that have passed their sell by date and will wear out very quickly or even burst during use.

These can be identified by a scrubbed out section on the tyre sidewall where the manufactured date should be.

An example date is *0712*  The first two digits are the week number and the second two are the year.&#...

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Oil change or not?

Posted by Darrel Mellor on September 3, 2014 at 8:00 PM Comments comments (0)

Regular oil changes are overated and just a scam to get your money, right?

Wrong!  Your engine needs fresh oil to help it clean, cool, seal and lubricate.  Also modern engines with variable valve timing require absolutely clean oil to operate the mechanisms.

After a few hundred km the additives within the oil begin to wear out, reducing the above abilities, if left too long the oil turns to sludge, and then ...

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You need a new Engine/Transmission!

Posted by Darrel Mellor on July 28, 2014 at 8:55 PM Comments comments (0)

The dreaded prognosis, thousands of dollars!! might as well scrap the car aaaargh!!!

Hold on just a minute, what on earth could cause such catastrophic failure of a unit that encompases thousands of individual parts?

Have you been driving your car with no engine oil, transmission fluid or coolant for a long time whilst warning lights are flashing and loud noises are occurring?

If not then maybe ...

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