Updated: Oct 4, 2020
Many motorists will have experienced the frustration of a winter breakdown, as this season is one of the busiest times of year for car trouble. Standing at the side of the road waiting for a tow in the cold to a garage for car repair work is no one’s idea of fun, but there are several things you can do to help prevent your car from breaking down this winter.
Read our top tips for preparing your car for winter, so you can reduce the risk of car mechanical problems and having a winter breakdown.
Buy breakdown cover
The first thing you should do if you haven’t done so already is to buy breakdown cover, to help you reduce the costs involved when your car breaks down. If your car conks out on the motorway in heavy snow or if you should accidentally lock your keys inside your car when you’re scraping ice off your windscreen, a breakdown cover policy can help you save hundreds of pounds and get you back on the road quicker.
Most comprehensive breakdown cover policies cost as little as £30 for a year’s worth of cover, so it’s definitely worth considering buying a policy, which means you won’t have to spend money on expensive emergency call-out fees that many car repair garages will charge.
However, if you haven’t got a break down cover policy, we offer a 24-hour emergency towing service, should you breakdown this winter. We are a trusted and reliable car repair garage that is operating in the Bolton area, so contact us should you need a tow.
Book your car in for a service
One of the easiest ways you can prevent your car from having mechanical problems and breaking down this winter is to book it in for a service. By ensuring that your car is up to date with its service book, you will be able to get any potential problems quickly diagnosed and dealt with before they can get worse this winter.
Book your car in for a service with us today and we also offer a free pick-up and drop-off so you won’t be left stranded. We can work with just about any car model or make, so you will be back on the road in no time. Our experienced and professional car mechanics will help you with MOTs, general repairs and services, to help keep your car in tip-top shape this winter.
Once you’ve got confirmation that your car is in good working order you will be able to enjoy peace of mind when you’re driving during winter. While you’re at it, don’t forget to ask your mechanic to top up the anti-freeze in your radiator too, as radiator fluid freezing is another common reason for winter car breakdowns.
Check your car battery is working properly
Winter is a harsh time for your car battery as the damp and cold can negatively impact its power. The colder weather can make it much harder for your battery to turn over your car’s engine, resulting in car mechanical problems.
By checking your battery for signs of corrosion, damage, or simply taking a look if it hasn’t been changed in a while, could save you the inconvenience of a winter breakdown. Your car’s battery will be working its hardest during winter, as the heating and electric lights will be a drain on the power, so by booking your car in for diagnostics testing, can help to prevent battery trouble in the coming months and identify many other problems before they cause a breakdown.
Our fully-qualified and friendly car mechanics are looking forward to helping you get your car ready for driving this winter. Give us a call today to book in diagnostics testing, MOTs and more.