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The winter and spring months are often unkind to our cars with snow, ice, rain, cold and road salt causing slow starts, corrosion and wear. More importantly, we are often unkind to our cars over the winter and spring period when cars need maintenance most.

Most people don't maintain their car themselves these days due to lack of time, expertise and confidence. We therefore need to take time out to arrange for professionals to look after them for us.

It's easy to forget to do this regularly - but doing so ensures your vehicle is kept in top condition, and when it's started up there are no nasty surprises. Luckily, Stratstone are on hand to keep your worries at bay with a comprehensive vehicle healthcheck.

So, what can go wrong?

Oil, particularly old oil, thickens in cold weather which means the engine has to work harder than normal, and can cause engine wear.

Wiper blades get more use in winter than any other time of the year and can deteriorate even more quickly if used on an icy windscreen.

Tyres can become more unevenly worn in winter as they don't grip the road as effectively in bad weather. Tyre pressure can drop in cold weather too, leading to further problems and higher fuel consumption.

Light bulbs can fail, making an accident more likely. Although the days are now getting longer again, it's important to ensure that all your lights are working correctly - even if you only drive in the day. Even an old battery, which might have struggled on before the temperature hit freezing point, is more likely to fail in cold weather and could leave you stranded without warning.

How to make sure it gets put right

Organising vehicle repairs, maintenance, servicing, MOTs and tyre replacements can be a stressful and expensive exercise. Many garages offer a free winter car check, but of course this is to attract you in and create further business, so if you aren't confident in dealing with a garage directly, you may feel you are paying for services and repairs you don't need.

At Stratstone we can take away all these concerns and ensure your car receives only the love and care it really needs - when it needs it.  We complete a comprehensive vehicle healthcheck and provide our customers with priced and prioritised details of any repairs both urgent, preventative and future requirements.

We even include a short video of the inspection with our compliments.  We research the local marketplace to ensure that our prices are always the lowest, and are so confident of this we offer all of our customers a price guarantee on all work.  This means if they can find the same repair, locally for less, within 5 days of having the work done, we will refund the difference; providing our customers with simple, cost-effective vehicle maintenance solutions.

We ensure peace of mind is guaranteed. So show your car some love, and take care on the road heading in to summer.