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Car Insurance: To claim or not to claim

To claim or not to claim. That is the question drivers face when their car takes a knock from another vehicle. Whether it’s sensible to suffer the slings and arrows of outrageous insurance premiums the following year or pay up from your own pocket and lack cash in the short term. Let’s look at the… Continue Reading »

How to get the best price for your car insurance

A letter with the dreaded logo comes through the letterbox and you know it’s that time of year again: time to renew your car insurance. You open the letter, find your current insurer has quoted a renewal price and are offering to debit your account at no further bother to yourself.   With this convenience,… Continue Reading »

5 of the most common car breakdown issues

At Oaks, our years of experience have taught us a few things about breakdowns. When a car is towed into the garage, it’s often one of just a few common faults that have caused the car to stop moving under its own power. Thankfully, we’re here to share this knowledge with you so you can… Continue Reading »

How often should I get my car serviced?

Service your car every 12,000 miles or every 12 months – whichever comes first – and you’ll maximise its useful life. If you are a careful driver and take the time to complete basic maintenance on a regular basis, you’ll be doing yourself a favour in the long run. Large repair bills are run up… Continue Reading »

Volvo’s Electric Car Pledge and the Effects on the Car Industry

Swedish car maker Volvo recently announced that it will only sell 100% electric and hybrid cars by 2019, and the news has prompted a slew of announcements from other companies and even whole countries. Here are the key facts and headlines. Firstly, the facts and figures that tell you why Volvo’s announcement is so important.… Continue Reading »

Top motoring events to visit in summer 2017

Petrolheads have a wealth of car shows to choose from this year, with everything from the latest offerings to antique ‘motorcars’ and motorsport to motorcycles, you’ll not miss out whichever event you choose. Here are Oaks Services’ best picks for 2017. Formula 1 British Grand Prix Silverstone, 14-16 July Let’s start with the daddy of… Continue Reading »

Choosing the right tyre type for your needs

  There are as many types of road as there are types of tyre. To get the most out of your choice of tyre, take into consideration the car you drive, where you do most of your driving and the weather conditions where you live. Tailoring your choice using these criteria will bag you a… Continue Reading »

Why Do I Need to Keep My MOT Certificate?

Following your MOT, you’ll receive a paper certificate regardless of whether it’s failed or passed. The DVLA store this information electronically, and it is electronically that the police would access your vehicle’s MOT history. It is absolutely essential that you retain your MOT certificate. There are a number of reasons for this, and in this… Continue Reading »

Understanding the importance of engine oil changes

Here at Oaks Services, we maintain and service cars to keep them cost-effective, efficient and roadworthy. We use many methods to achieve this and some of them can be complicated, but we like our customers to know exactly why and how we maintain their vehicles. This week we will cover the importance of engine oil… Continue Reading »

Tyre sizes: How to read them and what do they mean?

The string of numbers and letters on a tyre sidewall are easy to decode with a little explanation. Known as sidewall markings, the information tells tyre technicians the size, type and performance of a tyre so it can be matched to a suitable vehicle. The example below is taken from a tyre that would be… Continue Reading »