Here at ACC UK Ltd, we like to bring you handy hints and tips on how to maintain your Volvo or Toyota and how to save money on your annual car running costs. We also like to keep you informed of changes to laws relating to driving and car ownership.
The blog this week is about why the prices of an air con gas recharge are on the rise. You may have noticed that the prices are on the increase, and there is a very important reason for this – it’s not the garages being greedy and charging more year in year out. Read below to find out more.
It is advised that you get your Volvo or Toyota Air Con re gassed every 2-3 years. Over the course of time you will naturally loose the gas in the system so it needs to be re charged to work at optimum levels. This should also be done in a garage that is F Gas Accredited so that they are operating to the required safety standards and staff have been trained accordingly.
The HFC refrigerant (r134a) is the air con gas that is used in the majority of the cars on the roads in the UK, this refrigerant is being phased out by the EU in stages by reducing the availability. Part of the reason for doing this is to clamp down on Chinese imports but the final aim is to reduce the impact of greenhouse gas emissions.
In 2017 there was an 11% reduction of availability and between 2018-2020 there will be a further reduction in availability of 37% and from 2020 there will be a further reduction by 50% with the aim of a total phase out by 2030. Because of these limits in availability the price of the gas has rocketed with some garages reporting that gas they were purchasing last year for £65 is now costing them £400.
Most of the new cars in production today are now using r1234yf which is not subject to the same restrictions but it does cost even more to recharge as this gas is even more expensive because demand is not as high as there are less vehicles using this gas, however it is thought that over time these prices will fall as there will be an increase in demand. So for the time being, having your air con re gassed is going to cost an awful lot more than it has ever done in the past. If you read our previous blogs on how to use your air con properly, hopefully you can extend the life of your air con system. It would be a total waste of money to simply get your air con system re gassed if you had a leak in the system. If you suspect a leak, ensure the local independent garage that you take your Volvo or Toyota to performs a leak test first. You should be using your air con throughout the year, to demist your windows, for example in the winter, to stop the stagnation in the pipes and the bad smell when you use it after a long period of time. Happy Motoring Folks!
Here at ACC UK Ltd, Winners of The Motor Trader Independent Garage of The Year 2015, The Inspire Customer Service Excellence 2016 Award, The Eagle Radio Customer Focus 2017 Business Award and The Workshop Magazine Workshop Manager of the Year 2017 Award, we pride ourselves on offering an outstanding customer experience for a fraction of the cost of a dealership. Give us a call and let us quote you for your next service or repair on your Volvo or Toyota. We service all areas around Farnborough, Fleet, Aldershot, Farnham, Guildford, Frimley, Camberley, Hook, Sandhurst, Crowthorne, Yateley, Hampshire and Surrey. We offer free collection and drop off services. We also have a fleet of courtesy cars to allow you to get on with your schedule whilst your Volvo or Toyota is with us. Happy Motoring from all at ACC UK Ltd – Independent Volvo & Toyota servicing, repair and MOT specialists based in the heart of Farnborough, Hampshire.