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Free winter health checks

Georgina Hague doesn’t need to be wealthy to have a car that’s healthy

Written by . Published on November 18th 2009.


Free winter health checks

Percy is a valued member of the family. He’s been around for years and has waited on us hand and foot. It was high time I returned the favour to him, with a TLC.

The Hobin tyre and vehicle check is perfect for those of you who are worried about getting your vehicle checked and being told your car requires lots of unnecessary, expensive work.

Percy isn’t a person or a pet. He is in fact the trusty old banger in the form of a P reg Fiat Punto. I have to admit over the past months I’ve been holding my breath every time I turn the engine on or push the brake pedal. Will he start? Will he stop?

When Hobin asked if I would like to bring Percy down to their Manchester showroom for a free tyre and health check, naturally I jumped at the chance- particularly with the winter months drawing in.

When I arrived at Hobin on Bury New Road, I sat down with Gareth as he talked me through what my car would be checked for. Firstly, they would check my tyres to make sure they were all legal- note to all you drivers out there whose tyres are a little worn, you could be facing £2,500 fine and three penalty points per illegal tyre. A free tyre check can save you a packet as well as your license.

After the initial tyre check, Percy’s brakes, engine, exhaust, lights, battery, steering and clutch would all be given a thorough check to make sure he wasn’t going to grind to a hault on the school run or that all important dinner date with the girls.

Due to the Confidential work ethics, I was only allowed out for half an hour but that was fine as Hobin offer a courtesy car* whilst carrying out the vehicle health check, which means you can get on with your daily life. After supplying my insurance and driver’s license I was allowed to drive off in a luxurious SEAT Ibiza 1.9 TDI- a bit of a step up from driving around in a 1.1 Fiat Punto.

Before driving off Gareth told me that if they found anything untoward with Percy he would call to discuss and talk through my options should he require any work.

I returned to the Confidential within 45 minutes and it was back to work as normal. About an hour later I got a call from SEAT. Fearing the worst I gingerly picked up the phone, but there was no need to be so worried. SEAT told me I needed new brake lights and interior bulbs which would cost a matter of pounds. They also advised me that I should get a new master key but I decided to decline that option until payday as it wasn’t urgent.

When I returned to collect Percy I was talked through Percy’s vehicle check and was told that considering the age of the old banger he had passed with flying colours. Gareth warned me that I needed to keep an eye on my oil levels and tyre pressures and then I would be driving around safe and secure. The best news was that I had only spent £16.28.

The Hobin tyre and vehicle check is perfect for those of you who are worried about getting your vehicle checked and being told your car requires lots of unnecessary, expensive work. Quite the opposite, Hobin offer reduced labour rates for older cars and they will always talk you through the work that will be carried out on your vehicle before starting it.

For newer cars Hobin also offer affordable service plans, fixed cost maintenance and discounts on parts when you sign up to any of their plans. It will leave you safe in the knowledge that you won’t be spending too much money for the maintenance of your car.

As well as offering free tyre and vehicle health checks throughout November and December 09 Hobin are offering Manchester Confidential reader 15% off parts and labour when they pay for a full service*. To take advantage of either offers simply enter your details below.

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