Category Archives: Car Garage

Is a Car Garage a Good Business?

As small businesses go, car garages give you the opportunity to set up a really profitable venture. After all, most families now have at least one car, and cars are always going to require work. For someone with experience in cars, this is going to be a very good business opportunity.

It will also benefit you to have business experience behind you. If you don’t personally, think about having an investor or employing someone to help with the running of the business. If you do this, it is important you listen to their recommendations and are willing to follow their advice.

You need to be strategic about where you set up a business. Make sure it is in the right kind of area, where there is the potential to get plenty of business. Carry out market research and make sure there isn’t too much competition in your immediate local area.

Keeping your Car in a Garage

If you can, keeping your car in a garage is the best way to store it. This is for a number of financial and practical reasons. Of course, not everybody has a garage and even if you do, it may not be big enough to accommodate a vehicle. If this is the case, you may want to build a carport, or you might even consider the possibility of buying or renting out a garage.

By keeping your car in a garage, you will be helping to protect it. It won’t be in danger of people hitting it when they walk past, causing scratches or possibly damage to the wing mirrors and other extremities. It will also be protected from harsh weather conditions, protecting the paintwork.

Your insurance may also be considerably lower if you are able to park a car in a garage. Tell your insurance company and ask for some renewed quotes.

What to do if your Speedo fails?

It can be a bit of a nightmare if you’re driving and suddenly your speedometer stops working. It’s not always easy to judge the speed you’re travelling at, and you may find yourself exceeding the speed limit, putting yourself at risk of a fine or worse – points!

Many sat-navs are very good at detecting the speed at which you’re travelling, so if you do have one handy, plug it in, and always stay 5-10mph below the limit just to be safe. If you don’t have one handy, you may have to pull in to the nearest garage. Even if you get a temporary one fitted, it’s better and safer than driving for miles without a speedo.

As soon as you do make it home, get booked in to your nearest car dealership and leave it with them. They can then see where the problem lies and fix it, so you’re good to go again.

Power Steering problems

Many modern cars will have power steering included, and occasionally there can be a few problems that arise. If you feel your power steering becoming heavier and harder to turn then you could have a big issue on your hands.

The first thing is to check for leaks around the pump for the power steering, while the level should be between the min and the max mark. You may need to top up your power steering fluid several times to see if it is a leak or whether it just needed one top up.

Occasionally there can be loose belts that effect steering, and screechy noises will reflect a problem with the belt, and it may only need a slight adjustment. Always make sure your power steering is functioning as it should, and regular checks are ideal.

Car Maintenance in the Winter

Small checks are required during the winter, such as looking at oil levels, water levels, tyres and your battery. Cars can often be deprived during the winter period, and whilst we can understand why you wouldn’t want to clean your car during the winter, but these essentials do need to be carried out, especially if you’re going to be frequently using your car over the Christmas period.

Tyres should always be pumped to meet the car’s requirements; it can not only Save fuel but reduce the chances of skidding or sliding on slippery surfaces.  Oil doesn’t’ necessarily have to be changed during the winter, unless it has been an extremely long time, but making sure it is at the right level is fundamental.

Don’t forget the important accessories such as a scraper, perhaps de-icer and antifreeze, which should be added to your windscreen reservoir and your coolant.