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MOT: the complete guide

  Monday, 5 September 2016

MOT vehicle testing station sign

You probably already know about the MOT, Britain’s annual test of vehicle safety, road-worthiness and emissions. The MOT is a legal requirement in Great Britain, so it pays to understand the ins and outs of it.

We know, however, that everyone has to take a first MOT at some point.  That’s why we’ve put together this guide on everything you need to bear in mind when taking your vehicle in for its annual check-up.

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What to look for when buying brake pads

  Tuesday, 30 December 2014

Wheel break disc and pad assembly. Photo by Nick Ares

Brake pads are one of the most commonly replaced parts in the car world.  In providing the friction needed to actually slow the car down, they’re used every single day a car is on the road.  As such, they wear out much faster than more or less every single other item. If you’re looking for replacement brake pads for your vehicle here are some key things to consider:

There are four main types of brake pad available, and it’s important to know in advance which type your vehicle is fitted with, so you can find suitable replacements.  Remember to consult with a specialist if you’re not sure what you’re looking at!

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What to look for when buying replacement door parts

  Monday, 22 December 2014

One of the most commonly replaced car parts is the door (or internal parts of the door).  Because they’re relatively detachable, it can be much easier to replace a damaged door than something like an engine.  However, there are still certain things that you need to bear in mind when shopping for a second-hand car door.  Here are some of the major considerations:

OEM (in all car part purchases) stands for original equipment manufacturer.  It simply means that the door was manufactured by exactly the same company as built your car.  If you’re buying a Ford Escort, for instance, the door will have been manufactured by Ford and will be completely compatible with your car. The alternative to this is an aftermarket door.

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What to look for when buying wheel rims

  Friday, 28 November 2014

Wheel rims are one of the most popular replacement car parts around: they’re a sure-fire way to make virtually any car look that little bit cooler. Aside from the aesthetics, they’re also a fairly common replacement through necessity.  This is our guide to the things you need to think about when purchasing new rims.

There are a number of key terms nearly always used when wheel rims are under discussion.  Whatever reason you have for needing new ones, it’s in your best interest to understand them:

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What to look for when buying a complete car engine

  Monday, 24 November 2014

Engines are literally the heart of any vehicle: if something goes wrong with the engine, your car won’t be going anywhere until it’s fixed!  Engines – like most car parts – can be purchased second-hand, but as with all pre-owned parts, it’s important to keep an eye out for certain things.  This is our guide to what you need to know.

Each engine comes with an individual cylinder arrangement, into which there are a number of different parts.  You’ll find that these parts can often be purchased individually as well, which is ideal if the rest of the engine is actually fine.

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