A thorough visual examination, inside and out

You know how important it is to look after your health. It’s no different for your vehicle. That’s why we offer a free 30 point FORD eCHECK with any service. It’s a bumper to bumper assessment, designed to give you a comprehensive picture of your vehicle’s health. That way, you can enjoy the reassurance that your vehicle’s in tip-top condition – and that there are no surprises around the corner.

Free FORD eCHECK by trained technicians

Our trained technicians will run an expert eye over your vehicle. They’ll check 30 different elements of your vehicle’s health and provide an electronic report with an explanation of any findings. You’ll receive a competitive estimate upfront for any work needed, but you’re under no obligation to have it done.

Areas we check include:

  • All tyres including spares
  • Wheel alignment
  • Brakes
  • Clutch
  • Transmission
  • Engine (noise/smoke)
  • Windows
  • Mirrors
  • Security
  • Lights
  • Horn
  • Wipers
  • Washers
  • Oil level
  • Anti-freeze
  • Brake fluid
  • Oil/waters leaks
  • Battery
  • Master cylinder
  • Alternator belt
  • Hoses/cables
  • Exhaust system
  • Steering
  • Suspension
  • Driveshafts

A simple traffic light system shows you exactly how safe and healthy each part of your vehicle is and any recommended upcoming replacement or repair items.

Red items
This area needs urgent attention. It may be illegal or unsafe to drive your vehicle in this condition. Anything marked red needs repairing urgently.

Amber items
Amber marks out the symptoms that warn you there’s something wrong. It might not need urgent attention right now, but if you don’t watch it closely it may result in a more serious problem. Catch it before it gets worse and you could also save yourself a lot of time and money.

Green items
Good news – the all clear. You shouldn’t need to worry about any green items at least until your next service.

Our expert staff will explain the report fully to you, to help you decide what action to take, if any.

 

 

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Allows you to relax knowing we’re always by your side.
That’s why we’ve created a new range of services to help keep you moving and maintain your car in the very best condition.

  • Free UK and European Roadside Assistance*
  • Free FORD eCHECK
  • Ford Accident Management, service free to all drivers
  • Comprehensive service and maintenance plans
  • Use of quality Ford parts for added peace of mind
  • Our Ford trained technicians use the latest diagnostic equipment and tools
  • Independent quality checks are carried out by the RAC on any service and repair work**
  • Book your Ford Service online or Send us a Message Direct
  • One Call for everything Ford 0203 564 4444
Ford Service Assistance
Every Ford Scheduled Service and Ford Motorcraft 4+ Service comes with free Ford Roadside Assistance, valid from the date of service until your next service is due. If you do break down you’ll get:
  • Friendly, skilled roadside help in the UK and Europe
  • Assistance if you break down at home
  • Alternative transport, replacement vehicle or overnight accommodation if your car can’t be repaired on the spot
  • Recovery including caravans and trailers
  • Ford Roadside Assistance is available 24 hours a day, all year round with just one phone call.
How does it work?
If your vehicle breaks down, simply call us and we’ll get someone out to you as fast as we can. If we’re unable to fix the problem there and then, we can help you in other ways such as providing a replacement vehicle, organising costs for alternative travel to your destination or even covering hotel accommodation for you and your passengers. If you break down in Europe and we’re unable to fix your vehicle, we can arrange for it to be sent to one UK address (for example: home, work, or a Ford dealer). Ford Service Assistance is available 24 hours a day, all year round, with just one phone call, wherever you are in Europe*.
From the UK
Tel: 0203 564 4444
From abroad
Tel: 00800 88 77 66 11 or
+33 426 298781
Terms & Conditions
Promotion applies to Ford retail, Privilege and Ambassador customers owning a Ford car or commercial vehicle excluding fleet, having a Ford Scheduled Service or a Ford Motorcraft 4+ Minor or Major Service completed and cannot be taken in conjunction with any other promotion.
Ford Service Assistance is available for Ford cars and commercial vehicles regardless of age or mileage and is valid from the date of service until the next service is due. Includes European and UK mainland roadside assistance and repair and towing to a Ford Dealer – see full terms and conditions in the PDF below, for countries covered. Ford UK and European Roadside Assistance applies to the serviced vehicle only. If you already have personal membership cover please contact your roadside assistance provider to discuss options available to you, e.g. policy suspension.

 

Windscreen wiper blades don’t get the respect they deserve. They remove rain, snow and sometimes even ice and dirt from the windscreen of your car and they do it quickly and smoothly, at the push of a button. They endure extremes of temperature, winter weather to scorching sunshine. They may have to operate for hours at a time. And yet they’re made out of thin, flexible rubber — not exactly the sort of material that can take this kind of abuse indefinitely.

This makes windscreen wiper blades one of the hardest working — yet least durable — parts of your car. Over time, they’ll crack, become misshapen or lose their flexibility. Even if you were to live in a sunny dry climate without much rain — Southern California, for instance — Don’t think that your wiper blades will last longer. In fact, the heat and lack of moisture can damage the blades even if you never turn them on. Similarly, extremely cold weather can make the blades stiff and easily fractured.

Most experts say that wiper blades need to be changed every six to 12 months, though this depends both on weather conditions and on what make and what the blades are made out of.

You’ll know when your wiper blades need to be replaced because you’ll see streaking as they wipe the moisture from the windshield or even large gaps where no water is being removed. They may start making squeaking or chattering sounds (though this can also happen if you run the wipers when the windscreen is mostly dry). If left unchanged for too long, the material of the blade can shred and break loose from the arm. This can actually cause damage to your windscreen, as the metal or hard plastic of the arm scrapes across the glass. You don’t want this to happen.

We stock a wide range of Wipers. Just give us a call or pop in. We fit them FREE of charge.

 

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Before going on holiday in the car or caravan this summer, We recommend that motorists make sure their vehicles are fit for the hot weather conditions and extra weight of luggage and passengers, with a simple Holiday Check for their vehicles. We offer this Holiday check FREE of charge so just give us a call to make an appointment.
Towing a caravan or a boot full of luggage will require more attention to tyre pressures and fluid levels to make sure you are driving safely.
It is also very important to check lights are working properly, including tail lights. We can offer a while you wait appointment at a time and date that’s most convenient to you.

 

 

Do you know anyone who is due an M.O.T or SERVICE on their vehicle? We are offering a fantastic 10% OFF for New Customers, who are not currently on our Database. This offer is for Cars & vans! for MOT + Services only. Make sure you book NOW! . Quote HILLFORD10 when booking!10discount

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You may not be aware that over 10% of air-con gas permeates from the air-con system every year, which means that it may not work as well as it should. This is why car manufacturers recommend your Air-Con system is recharged with gas and lubricant every 2 years. This service is not part of routine vehicle servicing, so if your vehicle is more than 2 years old it’s probably due a recharge.

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AIR CONventIts 4 PM on a stinking hot summers day. Your on your way home from the office. Looking outside, your air conditioned car never felt so good. The cool air rushing over your face in stark contrast to the obviously increasing heat on the other side of your windows.
Then the smell hits you … it’s musty and foul.
A car’s air conditioning system can be a breeding ground for harmful bacteria, microorganisms, mould and fungi. This generally results in an unpleasant odour, but can be a serious a health concern, especially for sufferers of asthma and allergies. A modern car’s air conditioning system is very conducive the growth of bacteria. Because of condensation that gathers on the evaporator coil design. .
Once the bacteria has grown, the air passes over the evaporator picking up particles of this waste before entering the car’s cabin through the air conditioning vents. As mentioned above, you’ll smell it before you see it.
The smell is generally strongest after a period of resting the system and can seem to lessen after a few minutes of use. You should be aware this is generally due to the occupants sense of smell acclimatising, not the smell subduing. The bacteria would still very much be in the air.
So next time you notice an unpleasant odour coming from your air conditioning, don’t reach for the air freshener, let a professional check it out for you.
Get rid of those horrible smells now and get a healthier A/C system! . It will leave your vehicle smelling minty, clean and fresh!,Make an appointment to see us today

AIR FRESH

 

 

 

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To speak to Terry in our Car Sales Department, either give us a call or use the contact form and we’ll get back to you as soon as possible. He deals with New and Used vehicles. Finance and part exchange available. Very competitive pricing.

 

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Battery faults are the most common cause of breakdown. Batteries can die at any time of year but it’s more likely in winter when cold temperatures hit car batteries with a triple-whammy:

*power output drops
*ability to accept a charge drops, so the battery doesn’t recharge as quickly when you’re driving
*load increases – lights, blowers, wipers, heated seats, rear-screen heater etc. are all used more

Battery problems can be avoided.When we service your car we check that clamps and connections to the battery are secure and free from corrosion, but there are a few simple tips you can follow to reduce the chance of your battery letting you down in the depths of winter;

Age
If the battery is more than five years old and there’s any sign of it struggling to start the car, get it replaced. Some will struggle on for a bit but many won’t. It’s much better done at your convenience than as a roadside emergency.

Charge
If you mostly do short journeys or leave the car standing for days at a time, invest in a modern battery conditioner/intelligent charger (We sell these) These can be left connected to the battery indefinitely and can prolong its life without overcharging it.

Load
Check that everything electrical is turned off when you park up – even an interior light, boot light, or radio left on overnight can kill a battery when it’s cold.

Give the battery a chance
Switch off everything electrical and dip the clutch to reduce the load on the battery when you start a cold car.

Need a new battery?
Pop in for a visit and we can test and if necessary replace your old battery – at a time convenient for you. If it turns out that your battery just needs charging then we can offer an overnight charge.

 

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