Classic car Restoration
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SERVICING
MOT
ACCIDENT & INSURANCE REPAIRS
BODYWORK
SHOCKS
CLUTCHES
EXHAUSTS
BATTERIES
BRAKES
SUSPENSION
TYRES
WHEEL ALIGNMENT
RUST PROOFING
UPGRADES
PRE-PURCHASE INSPECTION
BREAKDOWN & RECOVERY SERVICE
PAYMENT
CAR SALES
MEMORABILIA
Everyday Cars – Servicing and Repairs
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Your car will be looked after with the utmost care and attention. As experts in all car services we will provide you with a quality service the expertise you require.

We offer the following:

Servicing

  • Our highly skilled mechanics have many years experience working on a wide range of cars and achieve quality repairs, we are able to tailor our service to your specific requirements and we can fit genuine or pattern parts depending upon your request
  • Courtesy cars are available for servicing and repair work
  • We provide automatic recalls for MOT, servicing, tyres etc.

If your car is new or nearly new – you don’t have to suffer main agent service. Please let us know and we can look after your car for you.

Did you know..?
Due to EEC Block Exemption rulings, your car can now be serviced by an independent workshop, without endangering any rights you have under the manufacture’s warranty. Providing the car is serviced in accordance with the recommended schedules.

MOT
We offer MOT preparation and repairs on petrol and diesel cars, providing a fast and efficient service. Minor faults can be repaired on the day of the test. We will automatically be in contact to remind you of your next MOT. Collection and delivery service is available.

Did you know..?
An MOT test is only a basic level of testing as your car will have only passed a minimum standard of safety and only on selected items on that day. For instance brakes in the MOT test are not visually checked for condition therefore your brakes may have passed the test but if your brake shoes or pads are 80% worn it 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.

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 including fibreglass.

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

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

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

Exhausts     
We supply and fit premium and budget car exhausts. We can also supply for some makes free flow manifolds and up rated sports systems.

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

Common signs that your car battery may be faulty include:

  • The engine is slow to turn over after ignition
  • Your headlights are dim
  • The engine will turn over very slowly and you can hear a rapid clicking noise

Brakes
We carry out brake repairs and can supply and fit wheel cylinders, disc, drums, pads callipers, master cylinders, servos etc.

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 or 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 makes of classic and vintage car. All tyre prices quoted include new values and balancing.

Tyres

Tyre facts
It is illegal to drive if any of your tires have less than 1.6mm of tread in the main grooves
The tread wear indicator is a section of rubber between the treat 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 every couple of weeks – 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 affect 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 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 car 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, debit cards and bank transfers. 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.
Carl Hopkins
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