Classic car Restoration
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SERVICING
RESTORATION
MOT
ACCIDENT & INSURANCE REPAIRS
RESTORATION
BODYWORK
SHOCKS
CLUTCHES
EXHAUSTS
BATTERIES
BRAKES
SUSPENSION
TYRES
WHEEL ALIGNMENT
UPGRADES
RUST PROOFING
PRE-PURCHASE INSPECTION
BREAKDOWN RECOVERY
PAYMENT
CAR SALES
MEMORABILIA
Classic Cars – Servicing and Restoration

Your car will be looked after with the utmost care and attention. As experts in classic cars we will provide you with the service and expertise you require

We offer the following:

Servicing

  • We can tailor make your service to your own specific requirements
  • Our highly skilled mechanics have many years experience working on a wide range of classic cars and achieve quality repairs.
  • Courtesy cars are available for servicing and repair work.
  • We provide automatic recalls, for MOT, servicing, tyres etc.

Restoration
We offer both part and full restoration on all classic cars. We offer body shell and components sandblasting, panel fabrication and repairs, welding, body preparation and spraying. We also carry our restoration work on GRP cars (fibreglass).

Please visit our Recent Projects page for some of the more unusual projects we have worked on for our customers.

MOT’s
We offer MOT preparation and repairs offering a fast and efficient service. Minor faults can be repaired on the day of test. We will automatically contact you to remind you of your next MOT. Collection and delivery service is also available.

Did you know..?
An MOT test is only the most basic level of testing as your car has passed a minimum standard of safety and only on selected items on that day? For instance brakes are not visually checked for operation and condition therefore your brakes may pass the test but if your brake shoes are 80% worn out this is unlikely to show up on the MOT break metre.

Accident and insurance repairs
We undertake all types of crash repairs and all insurance work. We are able to liaise with your insurance company on your behalf in order to obtain the authorisation to carry out the repairs swiftly and efficiently thus minimising your inconvenience. All repairs are carried out to the highest standard and are guaranteed. A satisfaction note (a signed document) from you is required before we forward the invoice to the insurance company. If you have had the misfortune of damaging your classic car Ė we can help you, give us a call.

Did you know..?
It is often your right to take your car where you choose with an insurance claim.

Bodywork
We are experts in car body repair, panel beating and spraying. Whether it is a minor scratch, paintwork chip, dent or even a major rebuild, we undertake all bodywork repairs.

Shocks
We can supply and fit a large range of car shock absorbers and are able to offer shock absorber upgrades for most makes of cars.

Did you know..?
Worn shock absorbers not only reduce driver comfort; they can also dramatically affect the handling and safety of your vehicle.

  • Defective shock absorbers
  • Reduce road holding
  • Reduce braking efficiency
  • Increase wear on tyres and other mechanical parts of your vehicle

Clutches
We offer a clutch replacement service to all makes and models of cars.

Exhausts     
We supply and fit mild steel or stainless steel exhaust systems for most classic cars and for some makes supply and fit free flow manifolds and uprated sports systems.

Batteries
We are able to supply and fit the battery you require with either a 2 or 3 year warrantee.

Brakes
We carry out brake repairs and can supply and fit wheel cylinders, disc, drums, pads callipers, master cylinders, servos etc. Plus brake upgrades on various models. If your classic won’t stop – give us a call.

Common signs of brake problems include:

  • A squealing or grinding noise when braking
  • Brakes juddering when applied
  • If the vehicle pulls to one side when braking
  • A grinding noise when the brakes are applied
  • A grinding noise when the brakes are off
  • A loss of efficiency during heavy braking or on a long descent
  • Rear wheels locking upon braking

Suspension
We are able to carry out all suspension repairs including various upgrades on shock absorbers, coil springs, suspension bushes (poly bushes) etc.

Tyres
We can supply and fit premium and budget tyres for most classic and vintage cars. All tyre prices quoted include new valves and balancing.

Tyres

Tyre facts
It is illegal to drive if any of your tyres have less than 1.6mm of tread in the main grooves
The tread wear indicator is a section of rubber between the tread patterns. If you can see any one of these and they are the same height as the tyre pattern then it needs replacing
Ideally for your safety we recommend changing your tyres when there is 2mm of tread
It is also important to check your tyre pressure – under inflated tyres can lead to poor road holding and uneven wear.

Wheel alignment
We are able to carry out wheel alignment checks.

Alignment facts
Misalignment will effect the handling and safety of your vehicle and lead to uneven tyre wear
A small amount of miss alignment (1mm) means your tyre is being forced sideways approximately 1 metre every mile you travel which is why it is essential to have the tracking regularly checked. Unbalanced wheels will affect the comfort of your ride and may cause vibration/ wobbling through the steering.

 
Rust proofing
We offer both part and full rust proofing service including under body and cavity wax injection which involves removing door panels, trim panels, carpets etc. This will help to protect your classic against the elements.

Upgrades
We offer upgrade services including: engine, gear box, suspension, brakes, unleaded head conversions, uprated radiators, kenlow fans, trim etc.

Pre-purchase inspection
We offer a pre-purchase inspection service. Please call us for more details.

Breakdown recovery service
We offer a breakdown recovery service, for emergencies please call 07702 277626.

Payment
We accept all major credit and debit cards, bank transfer and Sterling cheques. We accept the following: Visa, MasterCard, Switch, Maestro, Solo and Visa Electron. We do not accept American Express.

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Carl Hopkins Garage Services near Great Dunmow, Essex, for all your motoring needs. Recommended in the MG owners club guide.
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