Basic checks to keep your car on the road

Nearly 2/3rds of cars fail their MoT at the first attempt. But there are some simple checks that can be made to help make sure your car passes first time.

Wheels: Tyres must be from damage to avoid a MoT failure, so if you are a regular kerb basher you may want to think about treating you tyres more carefully. The tyre tread needs to 1.6mm thick. Most tyres start with around 1.6mm thick use a 20p piece to check your tyres.

It is also useful to check tyre pressures regularly as these can fall in colder months.

glass crackVisibility: Any crack in your windscreen that is in-line with the driver’s sight will lead to a MoT fail, best to get it fixed as most insurance policies cover this. Check the condition of your wiper blades and insure that screen wash is correctly topped up.

Oils: Oil and fluids are two vital ingredients to keep the engine running smoothly. Oil should be changed when a service is due or in accordance with the manufacturer handbook, but to maintain the life of your engine it is advised to change your oil at least once a year. The dipstick should be between the minimum and maximum marks and not overfilled.

Lights: Walk around your car to check that all your lights are working correctly.

Performing these checks could make a costly repair bill the thing of the past! At Ryan Vehicles we’re always happy to help and can provide you with advice to look after your car. Plus our experience with servicing and MoTs means we can look after your car and keep you on the road.

Call us on: 0870 410 4110 to book your service or MoT or visit our website.

Motorists aren’t checking their vehicles

A new survey has revealed how motorists across the country aren’t taking maintenance seriously. The survey conducted by road safety charity Brake and Direct Line found that:

45% admit to driving with at least 1 risky vehicle problem or defect.

More than a quarter of respondents were not confident they knew how to make essential checks including ensuring tyres are in safe and legal condition (27%) and brakes are working properly (26%) The report found the younger drivers were those who found these checks most difficult.

1 in 3 drivers did not ensure that their tyres had 3mm of tread which is the recommended amount for driving in the wet.

Only a small number of drivers claimed to carry the recommended safety items for winter driving like a high-vis vest (27%), food and water (20%) and blanket or warm clothes (38%).

1 in 7 drivers were not familiar with basic checks on parts of their vehicle such as water levels, working lights and oil pressure.

Read more on Brake’s findings here.

dashboard warning lightWant more details on what basic checks you could be undertaking on your vehicle. See our previous blog on winter driving tips.

Ryan Vehicles are a Horsham based garage that help customers with leasing, repairs and more. We also sell the DFSK van a compact micro van from China that comes in a range of body styles and is great for small businesses. To find out more about us please visit the Ryan Vehicles website, or call us on: 0870 410 4110.

Van Security

In the past week the West Sussex County Times reports that vans have been broken into across Sussex including, Horsham and Partridge Green.

Sussex Police have released some information for van drivers to help keep your van or commercial vehicle safe!

  • Lock your vehicle! This might seem simple enough but can be easily forgotten. Make sure all sliding doors are secured.
  • Does your vehicle have an alarm? If not get one fitted. It will not only improve the security of your van but can also give you savings on your insurance.
  • Never leave valuables in your van, this includes any personal documents. Tools and satellite navigation systems are also popular targets for thieves so make sure they are secure.
  • Keep your van keys safe and never them in your vehicle when it is unattended. Especially when stopping for food and at petrol stations.
  • Catalytic convertors are popular targets for thieves especially on higher clearance vehicles. Mark you catalytic convertor to deter thieves from stealing it.

Ryan DFSK - Sport Business Network - Brighton RacecourseRyan Vehicles are an approved DFSK dealer based in Partridge Green, Sussex. The DFSK minivan is uniquely customisable vehicle available in a range of different body styles including, pickup and camper van. With central locking plus optional alarms available to fitted to your van – giving you piece of mind and van security.

For more details on the DFSK van range, visit our website or call us on: 0870 410 4110

 

Show Your Car Some Warmth And Attention

frozen carWe’ve all had that feeling in on a cold winter morning the car is covered in ice, the locks are frozen and the windscreen is like an ice rink. Getting your car ready for work in the morning can be daunting, here are some easy tips

A great way to ensure that your car is ready and relatively frost free in the morning is to give your car’s door locks a spray of light water repellent oil, this is available from most reputable garages. This stops the water getting hold of the lock mechanism and freezing. This is one of the most common causes for breakdown call out during the winter months.

Spray on plenty of de-icer and leave it for a minute to do its work. If the ice is too thick to come off in one go, repeat the step as many time as necessary. Don’t be tempted to pour boiling hot water onto your windscreen. This could cause expensive damage to your windscreen.

It is also important to remember that whilst your vehicle might be icy on the outside. The same effects will be felt on the inside of the car. Make sure your car has the correct mix of coolant and anti-freeze to help your car start every time.

At Ryan Vehicles we want to help you car for your vehicle. We have a specialist service area where we can service and MOT a wide choice of vehicles. If you are in the Sussex area we are conveniently located in Partridge Green in Sussex.

Call us on: 0870 410 4110 or visit the website for more details.

 

Rise in van sales to meet Christmas delivery demands

dfsk imageA rise in online shopping means companies have invested in lorries, vans and other commercial vehicles to meet their growing needs of the country’s shopping habits! To meet the growing needs of the logistics industry

The Daily Telegraph reported a 22 pc increase in van sales this year.

The DFSK Loadhopper van is the perfect addition to your fleet of delivery vans. Compact in size and easy to park anywhere, it loads up to two Euro pallets and comes with a three year warranty, this nimble around town model is ideal for city deliveries.

Do you have that small delivery that needs to be done swiftly whilst dodging the traffic?

Do you need a quality delivery van? Do you need it for personal use? DFSK’s Loadhopper is easy to manoeuvre, ideal for florists to milkmen. The unrivalled combination of load capacity, size and cost makes it a perfect commercial vehicle for any business, big or small.

Drop in to visit your trusted dealership Ryan Vehicles this Christmas, arrange a test drive of the DFSK minivan.

Ryan Vehicles – Opening hours at Christmas

During the Christmas season we are still open for business. Here are our opening hours:

Monday 22nd December

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Normal working hours (08:00-17:30)
Tuesday 23rd December

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Normal working hours (08:00-17:30)
Wednesday 24th December

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closed
Thursday 25th December

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Closed
Friday 26th December

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Closed
Monday 29th December

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09:00-16:00
Tuesday 30th December

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09:00-16:00
Wednesday 31st December

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09:00-13:00
Thursday 1st January 2015

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Closed
Friday 2nd January 2015

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Normal working hours resume (08:00-17:30)

xmas tree     From Ryan Vehicles we wish you a Happy Festive Season!

Your Parking Solution: DFSK Vans

210 Big Cab front 34Over half of British motorists find it hard to know where to park and 62% think parking regulations are confusing, according to a survey by the British Parking Association (BPA).

But parking does not need to be difficult, something RAC spokesman Peter Williams agrees with: “Parking a car should be a relatively straightforward task”.

This is where the van you drive can make a big difference. DFSK Vans with a small turning circle thanks to there micro van specifications.

In 2011 Ryan vehicles where appointed main dealers for this new range of minivans and as one of the main DFSK Van dealers in the UK, they specialise in providing high quality new DFSK vans.

Among the breadth of models at the motorists’ disposal, the Loadhopper has a clear advantage over the rest: a single minivan pick up, the only one of its kind in the UK.

For a Loadhopper driver parking is easy! With a small turning circle together with its high level of manoeuvrability (including a turning circle of 9.8 m), make parking in busy cities and town effortless.

What is even more – the Loadhopper can fit up to 2 europallets, a benefit over bulkier models with the same load capacity. This added to a flat load bed – no wheel arch intrusion and a three way down drop bed among other qualities make it a valuable working tool.

Visit Ryan vehicles for more information on your next van purchase Call us on 0870 410 4110 or visit the website for more information.

How To Drive During Winter

There are many factors that can affect a vehicle’s stability and these are magnified during the poor winter weather. Below we’ve outlined some winter driving tips:

snow symbolBraking or steering erratically can cause the vehicle to become unbalanced, added to sometimes icy or snowy conditions this can be unsafe. Try to brake or steer smoothly as this will aid your safety in poor driving conditions.

Another variable to be careful of in dangerous driving conditions is speed. The 2 second rule in wet weather condition should be doubled and icy or snowy conditions this should be up to 10 times greater to insure you have enough distance to brake. Extend your distances in tricky driving conditions.

Visibility can be hugely affected when driving in fog or heavy rain, means you could be reacting to obstacles much later and can also impact on your ability to respond. The less that you can see the greater the speed of your vehicle needs to be reduced.

We have our own workshops and mechanics based at our head office in Partridge Green. We can help you with your vehicle, our costs are cheaper than the main dealers and more importantly get your job right the first time! Call us on: 0870 410 4110 or visit the repairs pages of our website for more details.

 

 

Ron Green Big Band Event at The Holbrook Club

Ryan Vehicles are proud to sponsor the Ron Green Big Band Night on Tuesday 23rd December at the Holbrook Club in Horsham.

The night promises to be fun for all the family with the fantastic music from Ryan Vehicles’ Managing Director Keith Murray who will be making his singing début at the event!

The whole event is to raise money for Chestnut Tree House he only children’s hospice in Sussex, helping life-limited children and their families. A fantastic local charity, all proceeds from the night will be going to the Children’s Hospice.

For ticket information please visit the Holbrook website.

 

Get your MOT from Ryan Vehicles

At Ryan Vehicles our we have an on site MOT centre based in Partridge Green, Horsham in West Sussex. Our mechanics can provide class 3-5 (most passenger vehicles and light good vehicles) as well as class 7 heavy goods vehicles.

Our team provide competitive rates on MOTs and any work that may be required at a time that suits you!

For our business customers we are able to provide a collect and return vehicles service. We can even provide you with a temporary car whilst work is being carried out on your vehicle. Keeping you, and your business on the road.

The days of waiting for your car to be repaired are over! Call us on: 0870 410 4110 to book your MOT today or get in contact via our website.