Most Expensive Regions for Garage Labour

Information from a new survey has found that garage labour rates have reached a record high peaking at £215 per hour. Main dealers were found to be the main culprits of high prices, charging on average 44.9% more than independent garages like Ryan Vehicles.

car serviceFrom the 10,000 cases analysed, it was found that the average main dealer hourly rate is £92.11, compared to the non-franchised rate of £63.56.

However, it isn’t just the type of garage that you visit it could be the the location. The survey found that the top 3 places for expensive garage labour rates were, London, Surrey and Middlesex. Our garage located in Partridge Green in West Sussex was not one of the areas listed with high servicing and labour costs. We have always strived to keep our prices low for our customers and this location based survey only emphasises that fact.

For more information from the survey visit the MSN Cars UK website.

At our own workshop in Partridge Green, West Sussex we can provide MoTs, on-site repairs and services and body panel repairs. Want more information?

Visit our website. Or call us on: 0870 410 4110.

Fast response key to repeat MoT business

A new survey has revealed a link between car servicethe length of time it takes a service or MoT centre to respond to after sales enquiries and how likely the customer is to use that business again.

Research has found that of the sample of 2000 motorists asked; 2 hours is the longest amount of time they are prepared to wait before taking their business elsewhere. Only 16% of respondents say they would wait for 24 hours of more.

The survey also revealed some interesting statistics about who has the most patience. With women having more patience than men, people in the north east had the least patience of those surveyed, under a third saying that they would expect a response within 2 hours.

At Ryan Vehicles our on-site MoT centre in Partridge Green, West Sussex. Our own workshops can cater for class 3, 5 and 7 vehicles. Our mechanics have many years experience with a wide variety of vehicles; for an enquiries call us on 0870 410 4110 or visit our website for more details.

DFSK To Launch 4×4 Big Cab At DRIVEit Show 2014

DFSK the importers of Chinese built DFSK Loadhopper minivans and mini trucks are introducing a 4×4 DFSK variant to the market.

dfsk big cab 4x4
DFSK UK will be debuting the new two-seater 4×4 Big Cab drop side and tipper — with heavy duty alloy bodywork by Italian specialist Cucini — featuring additional storage space behind the seats. In essence an extended cab minus the additional rear side doors. The system which has been developed specifically for DFSK models and has been used successfully in Europe for a number of years.

For users to be able to engage 4×4, they use an electronic dash-mounted button and to enable the low-range option on the van this is engaged manually using a shorter gear stick which is adjacent to the orignal one.

These added features to the van should provide DFSK drivers with even more flexibility to go where they need to get to.

Read more on the launch at the VansA2Z website; reviewers of light commercial vehicles.

DRIVEit 2014 is taking part at the Bruntingthorpe Proving Ground on the 10th – 12 July. For more detail on DFSK vans from Ryan Vehicles please visit our website or call us on 0870 410 4110.

What type of driver are you?

A study by the automotive group the AA has been able to identify the drivers of the UK into 6 separate profiles that define us all. The study interview 20,000 motorists every month in the UK and can get a strong idea of the majority of UK drivers.

  1. Reluctant Drivers (16% of the sample). These drivers average 6,800 miles a year and 72% of this category drive most days. The people are least likely to use their car for business.
  2. Way of Life (14% of the sample). Way of Life drivers average 9,600 miles a year. 99% of this category drive most days, many of whom regularly go for recreational drives.
  3. Rogue Drivers (13% of the sample). This category averages 8,700 miles a year and 82% of these motorists drive most days. These drivers are most willing to bend the rules of the road and also have a bit of a short fuse with other drivers.
  4. More than Motoring (18% of the sample). These drivers average 6,700 miles a year but only 25% of this category drive most days. These people are unlikely to perform maintenance to their car themselves.
  5. Motorheads (21% of the sample). Motorheads average 10,500 miles a year with 99% of them driving most days. These motorists drive for the sheer joy of it.
  6. Driving to Live (18% of the sample). This category averages the highest yearly mileage of 10,800 miles a year with 100% of drivers in this category stating they drive most days. These drivers are dependent on their vehicle for their work.

The driving because they enjoy it and driving for work groups represented the bulk of motorists in the UK. We suspect lots of DFSK van drivers make up the ‘driving to live’ categories as the DFSK range makes great commercial sense as a small van for use around town for a wide range of organisations. However, we hope that whilst driving their DFSK van they are also getting some enjoyment from driving the van.

Young women in car, laughingWe’d love to hear which driving category you believe you fall into. Let us know by connecting with us on Twitter – @RyanVehicles

Why not arrange a test drive of a DFSK van, based in Partridge Green, West Sussex. We can arrange test drives for fleet and business customers as well as sole traders around the South East of England. Visit our website for more details, or call us on: 0870 410 4110.

Fraudsters target ‘white van man’

Man in delivery vanA new study has revealed that crash for cash fraudsters are specifically targeting drivers of white vans. The survey revealed that 31% of the victims of this type of crime were drivers of light commercial vehicles.

Experts at anti-fraud firm APU believe the trend is fuelled by a belief that commercial vehicles are more likely to have full insurance cover, and their pushed-for-time drivers less likely to dispute liability. Each year crash for cash insurance scams cost around £392 million to the insurance industry and the motorist as a general and linked to around 70,000 personal insurance claims.

Ryan Vehicles sell the popular small commercial vehicles the DFSK minivan. The DFSK minivan range comes with a wide choice of different body styles to fit a range of commercial uses. To find out more about the DFSK range visit our website.







DFSK at Driveit Show

DFSK will be attending the DRIVEit Van Swindon deliveriesShow in Leicestershire on the 10 – 12 July. The show gives customers and prospects the opportunity to drive vehicles rather than view them on an exhibition stand. The DFSK team will be taking along the following vehicles to the event:


  • Big Cab Dropside with heavy duty body
  • Big Cab Tipper
  • V Series Tipper
  • Big Cab 4WD Tipper for the rough terrain centre
  • Minibus for ferrying drivers to the rough terrain centre

The V Series is being shown to gauge visitor response as we intend to bring this vehicle to market early 2015.

This is a great opportunity for potential customers such as local authorities, utility companies and other potential users of the minivan come along to experience the vehicles for themselves. Tickets to the event are free, visit the Driveit website for more details.


New 9 Seater Minibus

At Ryan Vehicles based in West Sussex we have a new 9 seater Vauxhall Vivaro minibus, similar to the one seen below.

This is great for weekend weddings and hen and stag parties! Make sure your big day or parties isn’t ruined and travel as part of a group. Advanced booking for our minibus is essential.

Pricing: £270 all in! (insurance + VAT)

Call us on: 0870 410 4110


How to Check Your Vehicle before its MOT

With our dedicated MOT and servicing centre at our garages based in Partridge Green, West Sussex we have been looking after our customers cars for many years. With spring being the busiest time of year for MOT tests we thought we would share with you some top tips to check before you take your car the MOT centre.

Lights: Are your lights fully working? Have someone walk around your car to check they are all working correctly. It is important especially in the winter months that you have a correct set of bulbs fitted to the car. Around 19% of MOTs fail because of lights not working correctly.

Fluids: Are all the correct fluids filled up on the car? Brake and screen fluids as well as oil are all important to the workings of the car.

Licence plate: Can you read the licence plate? Make sure you plates are clean and legible from up to 20 meters away.

Tyres: Check the tyre pressures and the tread on your car’s tyres. The legal minimum for most vehicles is 1.6mm. That’s enough to let the water slip through the tyre.

Once you’ve covered some of the basic checks on your car come down to our garage in Partridge Green and one of our trained mechanics will be happy to look over your car. We cater for a wide variety of Mechanic and customer underneath car doing MOT checkvehicles, classes 3-5 and 7. For corporate customers we can collect and return your vehicle and whilst the car is being serviced, provide you with a temporary car.

Call us on: 0870 410 4110 for more information or visit our website.


Drivers are ‘happier in clean cars’

Delivery person driving vanThree out of four motorists are happier when they are at the wheel of a freshly-cleaned car a new survey has discovered. Very few drivers hate to have their cars cleaned and 74% say they are far more content if their vehicles have a shine.

The survey by the IMO also discovered that Scotland was the region that had the most motorist who liked their cars to look the best at 80% of the vote. All but 15% of young drivers admit that they are cheerful in spotless cars.

Overall perceptions from the public were that wealthier individuals would keep their vehicles cleaner. However, the survey found that their cars tended to be the dirtiest. Dr Sandra Wheatley a psychologist suggested this was because a persons choice of car is an indication of their place in society; those who look after their vehicles and keep them clean are seen as more reliable and organised.

At Ryan Vehicles our DFSK vans look great whether clean or dirty! Our vans are great around town and come in a range of engines and configuration options. Loadhopper, pickup, double cab etc, the DFSK minivan can be customised to specifically fit your needs. Call us on: 0870 410 4110 for any enquiries of visit our website.

Vans A2Z Microvan of the year – DFSK Loadhopper

vans a2z awardsThe DFSK Loadhopper is the Vans A2Z microvan of the year for 2014. Vans A2Z a comprehensive commercial vehicle website covering the whole commercial vehicle sector have defined the DFSK Loadhopper as it’s microvan of the year.

Despite limited competition in this sector the Vans A2Z describe this increasing van niche as an important sector for the industry as business owners return to this form factor.

With a choice of 2 petrol engines either 1.0 / 1.3 litres and a great choice of body styles. With DFSK you aren’t just limited to Loadhopper, pick up, drop-sides and stretched single cabs are all available from Ryan Vehicles. Our base in Partridge Green provides our customers with a dedicated MOT and servicing centre. Plus we source DFSK vans for a range of customers, they love their great practicality and the fact that we can customise the vans to their specific requirements.

From councils to small business owners, this small van has a big capacity and is a great addition to your fleet or business.

For more information on DFSK vans from Ryan Vehicles, call us on: 0870 410 4110 or visit our dedicated website here for more information on the range.

To find out more about the Vans A2Z award winning DFSK and to read their review visit the website here.