Frequently Asked Questions

Below are a collection of frequently asked questions asked by our loyal customers. If we have not answered your question here, please do not hesitate to give us a call on 01823 352030 and we will be happy to help you with any queries you have.

Mechanics recommend that your car receives an Interim service every 6,000 miles or every 6 months, whichever one of these occurs first. A general interim service includes a 40-point check of your vehicle. This service will cover all basic aspects of your vehicle to ensure it is safe and running at prime condition. Whereas a full service is recommended every 12,00 miles or every 12 months, whichever of these occurs first. Keeping your vehicle up to date with maintenance and services can help to improve its value and ensure it stays safe at all times.

For most vehicles, it is recommended that your oil is needs changing every 3,000- 5,000 miles. This can differ between synthetic and regular oil, so it is important to refer to your vehicle model handbook.

If your brakes feel spongy when driving, then there is a high chance they have become damaged. Brakes are a fundamental aspect of your car, so it is important that they are well maintained. If you suspect there could be an issue with your brakes, do not hesitate, bring your car down to Canal Garage and we will help to diagnose and resolve the issue quickly and efficiently.

An interim service is a minor service that occurs every 6 months and covers all basics aspects of your vehicle. Whereas, a full vehicle service takes place every 12 months and inspects more in-depth aspects of your vehicle. If your interim or full service is due, give Canal Garage a call and we will book your car in for a time and date that best suits you.

A check engine light can appear on your dashboard for a range of reasons including issues with your vehicles catalytic converters. If your check engine light does come on, it is vital that you book your vehicle into Canal Garage as soon as possible. We can offer a professional diagnostics test to help identify and fix any issues with your car.

UK law requires all tyres on a car to have a minimum tread depth of 1.6mm. If your car has a tread lower than this, then they are classed as illegal. It is also recommended that you do not consider only replacing one tyre at a time. Where possible, it is advised that you replace all four tyres at once. However, we understand that this is not always possible. In this instance, we would advise replacing your tyres two sets at a time. Although please note, that if all 4 of your tyres are below the legal tread, they will all need to be replaced before your vehicle is legally allowed back on the road.

An MOT test must be carried out annually on all vehicles more than 3 years old. If you are unsure when your next MOT is due, you can check this on the Gov website. Simply follow this link and enter your registration plate and your MOT date will be provided. https://vehicleenquiry.service.gov.uk/. If your MOT is due soon, book your vehicle into Canal Garage today.