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FAQ - AP Autocare

Where are you based?

AP Autocare are based in Bedminster which is around a 15-minute drive from the city centre. Our garage is on Whitehouse Place, which can be accessed via York Road (A370). We are very close to local restaurants, cafes and supermarkets, so there is plenty to do to keep yourself occupied whilst work on your car is being completed. AP Autocare is also very accessible via public transport, we are close to local bus stops and are just under a 10-minute walk away from Bedminster train station. Our full address is as follows:

AP Autocare Ltd

16-18 Whitehouse Place

Bedminster

Bristol,

BS3 4BL

What are your opening hours?

We are open 6 days a week, with hours differentiating depending on the day of the week, our full opening hours are as follows:

Monday 8am - 6pm

Tuesday 8am - 6pm

Wednesday 8am - 6pm

Thursday 8am - 6pm

Friday 8am - 6pm

Saturday 10am - 4pm

Sunday CLOSED

Why should I choose AP Autocare?

AP Autocare have been relied on and trusted with their excellent garage services since 1976. Our goal is to always achieve 100% customer satisfaction and never all below our excellent standard of work. Every member of our team has been carefully selected for our garage to ensure they have the correct expertise and skill to keep our garage as highly efficient as possible. AP Autocare also specialise in 11 big name car manufacturers so your will always be in great hands when left with AP Autocare.

What cars do you specialise in?

We are Bristol’s largest multi manufacturer independent specialist for Volkswagen, Audi, Seat, Skoda, BMW, Mini, Porsche, Citroen, Land Rover, Peugeot and Renault. AP Autocare are a specialist car servicing centre for British, French and German cars.

How far in advance do I need to book in a service?

AP Autocare do not have a set timescale of how far in advance you need to book a service with us, however, we do advise that bookings are made at least two weeks in advance to avoid disappointment.

What is an MOT?

The MOT test check that your car meets road safety and environmental standards. Every car in the UK is required to have an MOT test on the third anniversary of its registration or the anniversary of its last MOT, if it’s over 3 years old. MOT testing is a legal requirement to keep you and your passengers safer on the road.

How can I find out when my MOT is due?

You can find your cars MOT status online on the government website. Click here to access this website. We strongly advise having your car’s MOT test a week or two before its due date so that in the case of a failed MOT, the issue can be resolved and the car can be retested.

What happens if my car misses its MOT date?

If you miss your cars MOT date, you will not be able to drive the vehicle. The car will only be allowed to be driven if you have an MOT booked and you are driving to the test centre. Driving a car without a MOT certificate can land you an on-the-spot fine of £100 and can invalidate your insurance if you have an accident.

What happens if my car fails its MOT?

If your car fails its MOT, AP Autocare can identify the problem with your car that caused it to fail its MOT and quote you for a repair for the problem. If your car still has a valid MOT from last year, you will still be able to drive the vehicle until the MOT testing date expires. If your MOT testing date has already expired, your car will have to remain at the garage until the problem is resolved and it passes its MOT. It is possible that your car could be deemed unroadworthy, in this instance you will not be able to drive your car, even if it still has a valid MOT. In this instance, your car will not be able to leave AP Autocare until the problem is resolved and it passes its MOT.

How can I book my car in for its MOT service?

If you require an MOT test, you can book with AP Autocare through our fast and simple online booking system. Click here to access our booking system.

Why should I get my car serviced?

Car servicing keeps your car running smoothly and fuel efficiently. It keeps you and your passengers safe on the road and puts you at much less of a risk of breakdown on the road. Car servicing is regularly forgotten about by drivers but it is something that should be done on your car regularly. Avoiding car servicing can be a false economy as your car will likely have to have maintenance due to wear and tear, which in the long run will cost more than regular servicing. AP Autocare are specialists wth car servicing and have the expertise to deliver a remarkable, unrivalled service to 11 big name car manufacturers. For more information on our car servicing, please refer to our servicing page, which can be accessed by clicking here.

What are the benefits of having your car serviced?

  • Smoother driving experience

  • Puts you at less of a risk on the road

  • It is very unlikely that your car will breakdown if you regularly service your car, this will save you money in the long run

  • You will use less fuel when driving, lowering your running cost

  • Regular servicing maintains the value of your vehicle

What types of car servicing do you offer?

At AP Autocare, we offer two types of experly practiced car servicing. These are the standard interim service and the standard full service.

Our Standard Interim Service includes:

  • Front brake inspections

  • Suspension and steering checks

  • Lights and levels checks

  • Safety checks

  • Replacement of oil and filter

  • Oil flushing treatment

Out Standard Full Service includes:

  • Front and rear brake inspections

  • Suspension and steering checks

  • Lights and levels checks

  • Safety checks

  • Replacement of oil and filer

  • Oil flushing treatment

  • Replacement of air and fuel filter

  • Spark plugs replacement (where applicable)

How often should I service my car?

At AP Autocare, we recommend servicing your car once every 12,000 miles or once a year, however, different models of cars will need servicing at different timescales. This can be to do with the cars age, manufacturer and more specific features. For a more accurate idea of how often your car should be serviced, please refer to your service schedule. Each car manufacturer has their own recommended service schedule, however, do not hesitate to call us on 0117 911 4835 for advice on car servicing.

How can I book in my car to be serviced?

Through our simple, quick online booking system! For access to our online booking system, click here.

What is a car diagnostics service?

Fed up of that pesky warning light showing up on your dashboard? Diagnostics services get to the bottom of that warning light on the dashboard and detect the problem that needs attention payed to. Typically, modern cars all have a selection of hidden computers that monitor and control aspects of your vehicle such as engine temperature and emissions. The diagnostics system we use connect to those computers and detects the problem causing a warning light to show up on the dashboard, so that we can begin work to repair the problem. Please refer to our diagnostics page for more information on how the service works.

What repair services do you do?

AP Autocare offers an extensive range of repair services to get your car back to its best condition, these services include:

  • Tyre repair and replacement

  • Bodywork and paint repairs

  • Brake and clutch repair

  • Air conditioning repair

What are the signs of tyre damage?

  • Uneven tread wear

  • Cracking or cuts

  • Bulges in the tyre

  • Excessive vibration

  • Excessively worn tread

What are the signs of exhaust damage?

  • Visible holes

  • A raw petrol smell

  • Noisy engine exhaust

  • A hanging or dragging exhaust pipe

What are the signs of clutch damage?

  • Hard to shift gears

  • Abnormal clutch pedal behaviour

  • Dirty clutch fluid

What are the signs of brake damage?

  • Brake light on when not applying brake

  • Squealing, squeaking or grinding noises

  • Vibration or wobbling when braking

  • Leaking fluid

  • Pulling to one side when braking

  • Burning smell whilst driving

  • Bouncing when stopping short

  • Spongy or soft brake pedal

Published: Friday 5th April 2019