Most popular car colour of 2020 revealed… and it’s as bright as the year

16th January 2021 | John – 16th January 2021 If you thought 2020 was a bit dull and depressing, it was certainly reflected in the most popular car colour of choice for the year… grey. As the world took a gloomy turn under the Covid pandemic, a quarter of new car buyers reflected their moods in their car colour […]

BRUSH IT OFF – Leaving snow or ice blocking your number plate could land you a £1,000 fine

11th January 2021 | John – 8th January 2021 DRIVING in snow and ice can be treacherous – and it can also be dangerous for your wallet.  It’s not just your windscreen and roof that needs clearing after a dump of snow – leaving your number plate obscured can land you in hot water. Britain is set to be hit […]

Garages permitted to remain open during latest lockdown

11th January 2021 | John – 6th January 2021 A new lockdown ordering people to ‘stay at home’ in England and Scotland is now in force but garages are permitted to remain open. The latest government guidance for England states that “vehicle repair and MOT services” can remain open. In Scotland, “car repair and MOT services including supply of parts” […]

How leaving snow on your car roof can land you THREE penalty points on your driving licence and a £60 fine

12th December 2020 | John – 4th December 2020 It’s a little known law but drivers can actually get fined for having snow on their cars – not just from the windscreen. Even if the snow doesn’t affect your vision, having snow on the roof of your car, or anywhere else for that matter, could land you with three […]

Thousands of vehicles failing MOTs due to avoidable faults and dodgy DIY fixes

5th December 2020 | John – 5th December 2020 Thousands of vehicles are failing MOT tests every day due to avoidable faults and dodgy DIY fixes, new research has found. Nearly 32 per cent of vehicles fail MOT tests first time government data shows, many of which could be avoided if drivers carried out basic checks beforehand says […]

Half of UK drivers at risk after delaying essential car maintenance this year

14th November 2020 | John – 12th November 2020 Half of UK drivers at risk after delaying essential car maintenance this year – drivers failing to service and repair their car because of reduced mileage, tighter finances and MOT extension. Nearly half of UK motorists have put off servicing their cars or carrying out essential maintenance this year, new […]

Will there be an MOT extension for second lockdown? Can I still get an MOT and service during lockdown?

2nd November 2020 | John – 1st November 2020 The government has announced a second lockdown will be put in place across England from 00.01 on Thursday – but what does this mean to car repairs, servicing and MOTs? With car showrooms forced to close as part of the measures, there have been questions as to whether garages can […]

FOBBED OFF – Keyless car owners urged to keep fobs in metal bags (available at In Front Reception – only £6.99)

16th October 2020 | John – 16th October 2020 FOBBED OFF – Keyless car owners urged to keep fobs in metal bags after 250 per cent rise in thefts in London Insurers want owners of keyless cars to keep the fobs in metal bags after a spike in thefts. FARADAY BAGS ARE AVAILABLE FROM IN FRONT’S RECEPTION – ONLY […]

Fears of massive backlog for MOTs as millions are set to expire in under 100 days

29th September 2020 | John

Car Dealer Magazine – 28th September 2020 Garages are facing a massive MOT backlog heading into autumn and winter as millions of test certificates are set to expire soon. That’s the warning from online car maintenance service provider Fixter, which has said it has seen a significant surge in the demand for MOTs. It follows […]

Rabbit pulled from behind dashboard after customer reported ‘funny noise’

22nd August 2020 | John – 20th August 2020 An independent garage in North Wales has rescued a rabbit from behind the dashboard of a customer’s car after the owner complained of strange noises coming from behind the glove box. Gari Wyn Jones, garage owner at Ceir Cymru in North Wales, discovered the frightened animal after dissembling parts of […]