Ford Transit Chassis Cab Extra LWB for MOT Welding.
This Ford Transit extra LWB (Long Wheel Base) had been specially adapted for the customer many years ago to enable it to carry extra long loads. It came in to us for its annual MOT, whilst carrying out the MOT it became apparent that the extension section of the chassis which makes this van an ‘Extra LWB’ was made from a lower quality steel than the original chassis and was in very poor condition.
After removing the body from the chassis we could see what we had to deal with and realised we would have to completely replace the cross member as well as repairing the chassis legs.
The structural integrity of the the chassis legs was still very good and it was just the thin outer skin that was holed and corroded so we decided to sleeve the complete chassis leg to increase the strength of the existing legs.
“MOT Welding on Transit Van”
Once both chassis leg sleeves and tops had been welded into place it was time to align and fit the new cross member, the cross member also supports the prop shaft so needs to be perfectly in line as to not cause any vibrations.
Next job was to weld the top onto the cross member and seem seal and paint the chassis to help keep it protected.
After completing this section there were a few plates to be made for the rear section of the chassis then the welding would be complete and we could refit the body.
What do you do when a van that has failed an MOT on a rear cross member being excessively corroded (not much left at all) and requires a new one only to find the Dealers are on inevitable back order and non of the motor factors list the part?
Well, in our case we make one.
A sheet of steel and a bit of patience and ‘voila’ a new cross member for the van.
Once welded in place its just a matter of sealing and painting the new cross member and its a job well done.
If your car or van fails an MOT on welding don’t hesitate to give us a call for a quote.
When you are looking at leasing a car there are many things to consider, one of the most important of those is cost!
So you have bartered with the sales rep to get the best price for your new lease car and now you know how much the monthly costs will be, but then most dealers or lease companies will try to tie you into a service plan with them to increase there profits on the sale.
Most lease cars either on Business Contract or Personal Contract do NOT have to be serviced at the main dealer, you can find this information out by contacting your lease company or checking your lease contract.
There is a law which stops main dealers forcing customers to use their services and as long as the car is serviced to the same specified schedule and genuine or OE parts are used it will not affect your warranty or your lease contract, this law is called ‘Block Exemption‘.
When it comes to cost an independent garage is on average 30-50% cheaper than the main dealer, so over a three year lease period you could save quite a bit of money.
If you are interested in finding out more about lease car servicing give us a call on 01332 205070 or drop us an email to email@example.com
All the garages in TRUST MY GARAGE are members of the RMI – one of Britain’s oldest motortrade organisations. RMI members are true professionals –complying with a strict code of practice. By using a member of TRUST MY GARAGE you will also have the benefit of using a nationally recognised brand.
Servicing your vehicle with Trust My Garage
Servicing and vehicle inspection involves the inspection, adjustment and replacement of components, and the carrying out of a series of maintenance procedures as specified by the vehicle manufacturer at specific time or mileage intervals. Servicing is carried out to make sure your vehicle is roadworthy, safe and running efficiently,and also to spot any potential or minor faults before they develop into more serious faults or breakdowns.
This year Aarons Autos celebrates its 10th year of business.
Opening its doors in 2004 with only Aaron, one ramp and a handful of loyal customers Aarons Autos was born.
Aaron’s back ground was in the Fleet Maintenance sector of the motor trade so this was the basis of which he was going to setup Aarons Autos.
The business has gradually grown by specialising in ‘Fleet Vehicle Maintenance‘ providing a valuable service to all kinds of companies in Derby and throughout the Midlands helping them keep their vehicles maintained.
In early 2010 Aaron decided to run a Motorsport section within Aarons Autos called Trackspeeduk, this would include Track Day Car and Race Car building, preparation, maintenance and support.
In 2012 Aarons Autos were asked to build and support a Race Car which would be entered into the MSVR Team Trophy Race Series, which went on to win several trophies throughout 2012 including a 1st place at Donington Park.
In 2013 Aaron and his workshop manager David Slater decided to build their own Race Car and enter into the same Race Series to see if they had what it takes to drive the cars as well as they could build them (all of which could not have been achieved without the generosity of their sponsors), they finished the season with one 2nd place and three 3rd places.
So onto 2014 Aarons Autos hope to offer their services to more Fleet customers giving them the same quality service they have been giving to their existing customers for the last ten years.
Also in 2014 Aarons Autos have three Race Cars (including their own) entered into the MSVR Team Trophy which will need preparation and maintenance throughout the year.
When we read this article we had to share it to prove how expensive repairing your car can be, as you read it bear in mind that our labour rate at Aarons Autos is only £48.00 inc vat per hour!
The hourly labour rate has dropped to £74.70, £8.18 less than it was 12 months ago, according the study by Warranty Direct.
Motorists are reaping the benefit of not only independent garages bidding for business but manufacturers becoming more competitive with a number now offering fixed price servicing.
“From this year’s results, it appears, for the first time, that consumers are starting to win the price war as labour rates finally start to fall across the UK,” said Duncan McClure Fisher, the company’s managing director.
“We’ve seen almost a decade of spiralling costs to keep a car on the road and it’s good to see dealers competing more on pricing.
“Service clubs, servicing plans, fixed priced servicing and scheduled servicing bundles are being increasingly used by manufacturers and dealers to attract and retain customers. At the same time, consumers are getting smarter and learning how to shop around for better deals.”
With cars effectively being computers on wheels, drivers have also gained from laws forcing car manufacturers to make the computerised information they hold available to non-franchised independent garages.
Despite this, there are still some franchised dealers charging huge amounts with the top hourly rate reaching £200.40 – a couple of pounds down on 2011 – but nearly £50 up on the top rate of a decade ago.
The latest survey also revealed some sharp regional differences, with labour rates rising by just over 20 per cent over the last 12 months, while they fell by nearly 19 per cent in Cornwall.
London remains the most expensive place to get a car serviced with an average hourly rate of £89.33, while Angus in Scotland is now the cheapest at £62.04.
A spokesman for the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders added: ”There is a lot more competition, which is why the price is coming down.
”Drivers are also benefiting from longer service intervals and garages bundling in MoT tests with the service.”
So this goes to prove that here at Aarons Autos we offer a great dealer level service for a great price.
More than one in three motorists on UK roads are planning on skipping their next service, new research has found.
When interviewed, 39% of motorists admitted to considering skipping their next service, while 10% confessed to never checking their tyres. More worryingly, 15% admitted they were currently experiencing a problem with their brakes but were not looking to repair them!!
Motorists in the South West are the most likely to skip their next service, with 45% of drivers admitting to doing so, while in drivers in Scotland are the most likely to maintain their cars service schedule, with just 22% planning to skip their next service.
“It is very concerning to find that so many motorists are thinking of skipping their next service — especially considering the number of drivers who don’t make their own checks on their car”.
“Tyres, brakes and lights are all crucial to road safety, so it is vitally important that they are regularly checked, and not just left until the MOT is due.”
Here at Aarons Autos we recommend that you have your car serviced at least once a year whether it be at the same time as your MOT or spread the cost and have it done 6 months after you MOT.
We also recommend oil, antifreeze, tyres and lights should be checked regularly to help decrease the chance of breakdowns.