The blog this week is about maintaining the health of your Volvo or Toyota. Now that the government has extended MOT’s for a further 6 months there will be cars on the roads that really are not roadworthy. The blog this week will concentrate on Coil Springs. Read below to see our top tips:

This week we had a customer book their car in for its normally scheduled MOT because they were not comfortable driving their vehicle without its annual MOT. A good job they were sensible as we found a broken rear coil spring. Most cars have four coil springs; each supporting one corner of the vehicle. Coil springs don't need any maintenance, however from time to time they may need to be replaced. This is normally when a coil spring breaks.

Driving With Broken Coil Springs?

A broken coil spring is a big safety concern. Not only is your suspension not working as it's supposed to, but a sharp fractured piece of a coil spring can puncture your tyre or jam some other moving part nearby. Imagine driving at speed down a motorway and your broken coil spring puncturing your tyre or having to swerve to avoid something in the road and your suspension is not working properly therefore your car is unbalanced? It can also fall off your Volvo or Toyota and onto the road and potentially pose a danger to other motorists. You cannot continue to drive your car with a broken coil spring without compromising the handling and balance of your Volvo or Toyota and putting additional strain and tension on other parts of your vehicle not designed for it – it will always end up costing more money to repair other parts too. The broken coil spring will cause additional wear on the inside of the tyre resulting in you having to replace that tyre before you needed to under normal circumstances. If a coil spring looks corroded then your local independent garage will recommend you replace it before it snaps. Therefore it is important to maintain the health of your vehicle.

You as the car owner and driver are responsible for making sure your vehicle is always safe to drive (‘roadworthy’). It is worth noting that it can be unsafe even if you have a current MOT certificate. With the current situation with Covid-19 and the announcement a couple of weeks ago that vehicles that required an MOT after March 30th 2020 would have an automatic extension for 6 months we thought that we would talk about issues that you cannot check at home. We are not in favour on the 6 month extension as we see the absolute horrors being brought in for an MOT, the sheer downright and dangerous condition of some of the cars on our roads is shocking to say the least like missing pedal parts, bald and split tyres and broken seatbelts tied together. So please exercise caution. You drive a lethal machine. We are still open at present and able to carry out servicing, repairs and MOT’s with a reduced workforce and whilst we are still able to access parts.

PLEASE NOTE: You can be fined up to £2,500, be banned from driving and get 3 penalty points for driving a vehicle in a dangerous condition.

A third of cars fail their MOT’s for a number of reasons every year, so these cars will potentially be on our roads now today and for the next 6 months – it really is quite a horrifying thought that some of these should NOT be on the road. If you are able to we urge you to take your vehicle for testing or arrange with your local independent garage to pick up your car for its MOT. All MOT’s, Servicing and repairs can be carried out with no contact with the customer to adhere to social distancing rules and guidelines. We as a garage have been conducting ourselves very successfully in this manner for weeks and will continue to serve you for as long as we are able to get the parts we need for your work. Stay Safe folks! Happy Safe Motoring!

Here at ACC UK Ltd, Winners of The Motor Trader Independent Garage of The Year 2015 and 2019, The Inspire Customer Service Excellence 2016 Award, The Eagle Radio Customer Focus 2017 Business Award, The Workshop Magazine Workshop Manager of the Year 2017 Award, The LiveWire Excellence In Vehicle Servicing 2019 Award and The Aftermarket Excellence Award for Best Website 2019, 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.