Keeping it Local (Guest blog, Cheranne, iWork4uGlos)

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It’s the time of year when many of us are making our way along the bustling roads to visit our distant family and friends. Streams of headlights blur as cars pour like lava down hill into the darkness. Slowly creeping at a snails pace as cats eyes flicker by; the cry of children impatiently asking, “are we nearly there yet?” Festive classics boom from car stereos, little faces aglow; alit in anticipation with the excitement Christmas brings.

Travelling by car is often the more convenient to way to get from A to B. Even when you’re stuck in traffic, at least your family are comfortable and warm. But before you set off, it’s vital that you make necessary checks of your vehicle to ensure safe passage, especially as the weather turns colder and the evenings grow increasingly darker.

Frosted windows and frozen locks are impossible to budge without De-Icer and a scraper to hand, so it’s important to be prepared, especially if your car breaks down? I recently experienced a break down, however, luckily my insurer for roadside assistance covered me. The car was deemed unroadworthy and in desperate need of engine repair, fortunately alternative transport was arranged and I got home safely. But I would not have known what to do if I didn’t have the recommendation of a trustworthy garage to do the repairs.

Sometimes it can cost more than the car’s worth for it to be fixed; new nuts and bolts, belts and buckles can bring the value of the car to that of a vintage Porsche! It’s good to have knowledge of your car so you’re not in the dark should a break down occur and you’re able to talk to your mechanic in a mutual language.

AB Motor Vehicle Services is an independent car garage and has over 14 years experience in the industry, but that’s not what makes it so special. AB encourage customers to get to know their mechanic, to develop a rapport and lasting familiarity that breeds trust and reliability over time.

AB aren’t the type to offer a one off quick-fix for cash, Andrew and the team are dedicated to developing a growing relationship with every customer, in order to better understand the car and the customer’s needs. The car is a reflection of its owner and how it’s treated is a good indication of your lifestyle; reflected in the mileage, the condition of the wheels, even the paintwork. By booking in for a Service at AB, you get an opportunity to meet your mechanic, to ask those honest questions without judgment and get inside tips and tricks of the trade.

The majority of local business depends on word of mouth. After all, why book in with a bog standard ‘big brand name’ garage when AB Motor Vehicle Services actually provide a personalized service for every individual, at a competitive price? Why face the chances of having a different mechanic see your car every time? AB guarantees no extra, hidden charges and an inspection of your car so that you’re aware of what condition it’s in. You can even rely on AB to provide you with a replacement vehicle whilst your car in being repaired.

By booking in with your local AB garage, you are doing your part to keep local businesses in business, boost the local economy and industry. With a local, independent garage, you are in safe hands with a trusted mechanic who cares about your car and your safety.

So, when you’re setting off this weekend, why risk it without a service and MOT at AB? Save yourself the time, money and possible injury and get checked. After all, you get regular health checks for your body with a GP you know, so why not get regular health checks for your car with a mechanic you can trust?

Driving safely while pregnant

With snow in the air there is a lot of attention paid to driving carefully in bad weather conditions. At this moment in time my wife Hannah is 34 weeks pregant. She hates driving in the snow anyway but with a growing bump to consider also there are also some things to consider while driving when pregnant. So if you’re in the same boat, take a look at these do’s and don’ts!

1. Is it safe to drive?
Yes, as long as you do so safely. If you’re driving for long periods of time it’s best to stop and take regular breaks to stretch your legs, relieve back ache or visit the services. One thing to keep in mind is how easy it is to get in and out of your car, and is there sufficient room between your bump and the steering wheel?
There aren’t any rules set in stone but many women prefer to stop driving around 30 weeks. If you feel ok to continue driving then try to make sure you have a passenger with you.

2. Should I do anything to the seatbelt?
You must wear a seatbelt at all times when driving. Your belt should fasten diagonally and sit above your bump and the lower part that covers your lap should be placed under your bump, not over or on it. There are maternity seat belts on the market which are worth investigating.

3. How close to the steering wheel can I sit?
You should sit as far back from the steering wheel as your legs will allow.

4. Are air bags safe?
Most experts agree that air bags are safe and can protect pregnant women from head injury. Never turn off the air bags just because you’re pregnant. Air bags should not be seen as an alternative to seat belts. If your car is fitted with air bags, to be safe, you should move the seat back and tilt the seat to get some distance between your bump and the steering wheel. As your tummy grows you should adjust your seat further away from the steering wheel.

5. Travelling as a passenger
Make sure that you still wear a seat belt and try to sit as far back from dashboard as possible. This will allow more leg room to stretch and sit comfortably.

Hints and tips
* Don’t drive if you’re feeling tired or faint. If you’re too tired to concentrate ask somebody else to do so.
* Keep air circulated in the car.
* Make sure you’re not running on empty; ensure there’s extra fuel than your planned journey.
* Pack water and extra snacks, especially if you’re on an long journey – you never know when you might break down and don’t want to go hungry.
* Pack some travel toiletries, a pillow and a blanket…you never know, you little one might make an early appearance!
* If you make regular long journey invest in breakdown cover.

For more information visit:
http://www.babycentre.co.uk/a6959/travelling-by-car-during-pregnancy
http://www.roaddriver.co.uk/safety-tips/driving-safety-tips-for-pregnant-women

Driving safely in the snow!

It’s that time of year again when the cold weather sets in! Throughout the month of December through until February we’re regularly notified in the news that the cold snap is on its way. Today is no exception and today in Gloucester we’ve spotted the headline ‘Gloucestershire weather: snow expected to sweep across the country on Sunday’.

Since we don’t get snow that often in the UK we often go into panic mode and dread having to go out and about. Here’s a few tips that might help you feel more prepared before setting off on your car journey (for a more in-depth guide to driving safely in adverse weather conditions visit the GOV.UK website):

If you don’t feel confident to drive in the snow ask somebody else to do so that is. It’s also worth questioning if your journey is essential and only travel if it’s necessary.

  • Make sure that you have full visibility. Clear snow and ice from windows, make sure your mirrors are clear and wipe down your lights.
  • Allow plenty of time for your journey. Drivers are generally more cautious so it will take longer to get from A to B. In addition roads might be closed so it’s best to listen to up-to-date traffic bulletins so that you can plan your route.
  • Leave plenty of space between your car and the one in front. Stopping distances can be ten times greater than on dry roads
  • Pack an emergency kit! Be prepared. Keep food, drink, a torch and extra clothing in the car, a good pair of boots and a shovel, in case you get stranded.

During winter it’s best to have a vehicle check to make sure your car is prepared for the colder weather. Contact us on 01452 504828. We can check your levels, tyre tread and anything else that should be assessed to give you confidence to drive in these conditions.

New Business of the Year finalists – Believe in Gloucester Awards 2014

We’re excited to announce that we’ve been selected as finalists for this year’s ‘New Business of the Year’ category in the Gloucester Citizen Believe in Gloucester 2014 awards.

We will now go head to head with Ritch Hill Cycles and Roman Co who have also been shortlisted. The winners will be announced at the awards ceremony at the Gloucester Rugby Club on November 27.

Jenny Eastwood, editor of the Citizen, said: “It was incredibly difficult to choose the finalists as we had such a fantastic amount of nominations.

“We have such a wealth of enthusiasm and passion in our city with so many people from all walks of life trying to improve where we live and work.

“These awards help celebrate those talented individuals, businesses and community groups who go the extra mile to promote Gloucester.”

We’re looking forward to the ceremony at the end of the month. It’ll be our first formal event that we’ve attended so we’ll be getting our glad rags on and making the most of it whilst keeping our fingers crossed!

For the full story in the Citizen click here.

Keeping Severnside Security Ltd’s fleet safely on the road

We’re proud to be Severnside Security Ltd’s trusted garage to maintain their fleet of vehicles.

Specialising in security services to protect your home, family and business the Gloucester family based company have over 25 years’ experience in CCTV, intruder alarms, gate automation and access control.  Their business has grown steFleet Maintenanceadily which has led to a second branch being opened in Birmingham.   With increased road coverage and a growing fleet it’s important that they maintain their vehicles to the highest standard.

We’re delighted to be their garage of choice to carry out their vehicle servicing and repairs for their entire fleet.  Our collection and delivery service means that their day-to-day activity doesn’t have to be interrupted which saves them time and allows them to focus on their customers.  We follow the manufactures servicing schedules and only use genuine parts to keep their warranty protected.  This provides peace of mind that their vehicles are safe, road-worthy and reliable.

“AB Motor Vehicle Services has been looking after our fleet for over a year now, using a local garage has saved us time and money in maintaining our fleet and with Andy’s industry experience it feels like we’re using a franchised garage without the extra costs.” Kane, Sales Manager, Severnside Security Ltd.

If you have a fleet of cars or vans then let us at AB Motor Vehicle Services be your first choice garage to maintain your fleet.  We’re easily accessible in Gloucester on the Bristol Road and can even arrange for collection and delivery of your vehicles.  Give us a call for more information.

If you’d like more information on how Severnside Security Ltd can help you visit their website http://severnsidesecurityltd.co.uk for more details.

Are you aware of the TAX DISC changes?

tax discOctober 2014 sees the changes in the road tax disc come into force. One of the main changes is that you no longer need to display your tax disc in your car window – unfortunately this DOESN’T mean that you don’t have to buy it though!

Here is a summary of the changes that you need to be aware of:

  • Buying a vehicle You won’t be able to purchase a car with the existing road tax, you’ll need to buy your own before using the car.
  • Selling a vehicle You won’t be able to sell a car with the existing road tax.  Once the DVLA has been notified that the car has transferred into a new name they’ll automatically issue a refund.

  • Purchasing road tax You’ll still be able to buy tax for 6 or 12 months, but in addition you’ll now be able to pay monthly (from 1 November 2014).  You can get it online or at the post office.

  • Checking tax status You can check if any car has road tax by visiting https://www.gov.uk/check-vehicle-tax

For more details of the changes visit:

https://www.gov.uk/government/news/vehicle-tax-changes

http://www.postoffice.co.uk/vehicle-tax/changes

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We’ve joined the iWork4uGlos network!

iwork4uGlosWe like to keep things local, and what better way to raise awareness than to join the iWork4uGlos network. Their team is dedicated to promoting Gloucestershire businesses via their online directory, social media and networking events.

We’ve secured our spot in the ‘motoring’ section. You can take a look here http://www.iwork4uglos.co.uk/motoring.html.

If you’re a business that’s linked to iWork4uGlos then listen out for special offers and promotions across the coming months.

AB Motor Vehicle Services Ltd

There’s only one AB Motor Vehicle Services LTD!

After just over a years trading we’re pleased to announce that we’ve become a LTD company. As of 2 April 2014 we’ve registered our business with Companies House which means that nobody else can take our name – although it’s a bit of a mouthful we’re excited that ‘there’s only one AB Motor Vehicle Services Ltd’.

To become limited you need to have at least two directors. The obvious choice was of course Andy (the face of AB Motor Vehicle Services!). He currently operates on his own diagnosing, fixing and maintaining your cars. He’s the first point of contact when it comes to booking your car in so will quote, carry out the work and prepare any paperwork. for you.

The second director is Hannah Byrne (Andy’s wife). She works behind the scenes and is responsible for record/book keeping, the website, social media and any marketing opportunities.

Whilst there will be a few changes behind the scenes with regards to admin and processes there won’t be any changes that directly effect our customers. You can still enjoy a professional service at affordable prices along with the extras such as collecting and delivering your car!

If you’ve not yet brought your car to us for a service, repair or MOT we’re hoping that our new status will reassure you that we’re committed to running a successful business while offering you the highest level of customer service.

Take a look the micro machine – our little Daewoo Matiz!

Since we opened our doors last year it’s always been our aim to make it as easy as possible for our customers to get their car to us.  From day one we’ve offered a free car collection and delivery service in and around the Gloucester area to take the hassle out of dropping your car to us at inconvenient times of the day (usually when you have to be at work!).  This has proved to be very popular because if your car is booked in for a service, MOT or small job we usually have it back to you on the same day so you don’t even notice it’s gone.

But what happens if we need to keep you car for longer?

Well, this is where the micro machine comes in!  It might be small and compact but it’s a clean, economical run-around that will keep you mobile until your car is ready. If this option interests you then let us know when you book your car in and we’ll make sure it’s spick and span for your arrival.