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Here is a lovely example of a 2004 Porsche Cayenne. Our customer loves to keep his Porsche in ‘tip-top’ condition. New pads and discs this time around were a ‘must’.
This week we had in a fantastic example of one of our favourite Evos the Evo 6!
Our customer wanted the ‘Perfect Touch’ once again while servicing his car.
Call us today to get your car booked in with us for general servicing and maintenance….we will give it the ‘Perfect Touch’ – 01992 443900
So here we have a rare little beast, a classic Mini with a not so classic Yamaha R1 motorbike engine fitted, imagine 13,000rpm!
We were asked to take a look at running problems and electrical issues. We found a number of major issues in the wiring and decided it would be better to start again rather than to patch something up for an issue to potentially arise later down the line.
Claudio has the wiring loom laid out….all over the workshop…its in order (in his mind at least) it looks very complicated!
In the garage this week we had a BMW X5 in need of a major service and replacement of some badly worn bushes. We recommended the Powerflex bushes for their longer lasting and better ‘feeling’ through the wheel!
Do you think your pride and joy is in need of a bit of TLC then why not bring it down to Perfect Touch in Hoddesdon, we would be happy to take a look and talk you through the necessary work required to get your car back to ‘tip-top’ condition.
Pop in today or call 01992 443900
Here we had a lovely example of a WRX STI (eagleye) come in with boost problems.
We diagnosed the fault as a leaking intake manifold and quickly set about getting new gaskets and re-assembling the intake manifold.
Get in touch today to find out what other services we can offer for your Subaru or other make/model – 01992 443900
Thanks to Hayward and Scott for installing these Raptor headers (raptorsc.com.au) and custom building the exhaust system which sounds beautiful!
3.5″ Burnt tip tailpipes installed at 90degrees to follow shape of bumper.
This car is back to Perfect Touch for a remap, results to follow… next week
Shield yourself from unexpected repair costs with Perfect Touch and the RMI
This scheme is a great way to help spread the cost of servicing and repair costs for your car. Its simple to get started and use.
- Pick up a leaflet from us containing your temporary membership card and details of how to register online
- Register online with the registration number(s) of the car(s) you wish to add to the plan
- Set up a direct debit to start saving into the plan. This can be stopped, started or altered at any time
- A permanent membership card will be sent out carrying your unique membership number
- When you car needs repairs, routine servicing or even an MOT simply bring your car to Perfect Touch or any other IGA/TMG approved garage
- Choose what proportion of the fund is used to cover the agreed costs
- You can log in to your account at any time to see balances and transactions performed
This sounds like a great scheme to us and we are pleased to be able to offer this to all of our customers right away.
Why not give Gabs a call in the office to find out more and for help signing up to the scheme – 01992 443900
Our client wanted to enhance the braking capability of his Ford Mustang….fantastic results using new Ford Racing lines, uprated pistons and high quality brake fluid.
If you would like to find out what performance upgrades are available for your car please call us today on 01992 443900
Our client brought in his EVO X today, the complaint was lack of power and the engine seemed to be running on only three cylinders…. he was right but little did he know his engine was running even with a huge hole in the casing!
More updates to follow, for now take a look at the gallery below:
If you think there is a fault with your car please give us a call and we’d be happy to help – 01992 443900
So when you want to really hear your M5’s V8 the best way is to fit a lovely set of quad pipes from Eisenmann, superior quality build and sound….
Heres the BEFORE and AFTER videos for you to enjoy!
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Talk to us today about the options for your car – Call Gabs on 01992 443900
See our progress pics of this lovely Audi RS6 with its monster twin turbo v8 engine this car really flies but handling can be improved…
We recommend this Bilstein B14 Suspension Kit…
To install this kit you have to remove the Audi DRC (Dynamic Ride Control) System. We also upgraded the bushes to the Powerflex Black series, our customer is very happy with the end result and continues to enjoy driving his car.
Call us today for more information on what we can do for you – 01992 443900
Check out this 2007 E60 BMW M5 complete with Eisenmann UK exhaust system.
This Quad exhaust system from Eisenmann UK (P/N: B5258.00831) is a beautifully made and well designed upgrade for the E60 BMW M5 making the car sound incredible – it allows the V10 engine sound to be heard and for added flavour it has a lovely rasp to the top end of the rev range, removal of other exhaust components is not necessary and we feel this system provides the best volume/quality of sound.
Video to follow!…
Today one of our customer’s brought in his Porsche Cayman S for routine servicing.
A VERY rare car indeed, the Farbio GTS 350 S seen here in this 2008 review by EVO magazine: http://www.evo.co.uk/carreviews/evocarreviews/229194/farbio_gts350.html
We were lucky enough to be selected to work on this car, today skimming the brake discs and upgrading the brake pads.
A returning customer brought his Daytona Blue Nissan GTR in for routine servicing
We recently had to change the turbo’s on this diesel Range Rover, unfortunately the previous garage didn’t have the tools to carry out such a large and difficult task.
As you can see the ‘easiest’ way to get to the turbo’s is by lifting the entire body off!
Get in touch today if you think your turbo(s) are on their way out – 01992 443900
In this section we aim to give you some advice around used car warranties
Should I buy a used-car warranty?
We believe it really depends on your circumstances but some digging reveals some shocking truths – mainly surrounding the minefield of Terms and Conditions within each policy.
There are a number of companies offering used-car warranties and while we won’t name any here, a simple search on Google will show you a number of well known names, you may of even heard of them.
What are my other options? After your car’s manufacturer warranty has expired you may be able to get extended cover from the manufacturer or even the franchise you bought the car from, these are often more competitive than the 3rd party companies out there in terms of exclusions, but cost-wise they can be very similar.
Some research reveals that used-car warranties can cost more than 10 times the average annual repair bill for a typical family car. For example in a recent Which? article a four-year-old Honda Civic 2.2 i-CDTI has an average annual repair cost of just £53, this compared with a 3rd party warranty for a wallet-crushing £642.65!
Here’s some of the Terms and Conditions that you must watch out for:
Some policies have limits on garage hourly labour rates such as £60 per hour up to £200 per hour.
Age limit – If your car is approaching the maximum allowed age, it may not be worth buying a used car warranty.
Betterment – Watch out for these clauses. Essentially when a repair (such as a new engine) makes a car more valuble, you may have to pay a percentage of the cost, which increases, the older the car gets.
Breakdown cover – Most warranties offer this as an extra-cost option.
Claim limit – Check the limit for each individual warranty claim – ideally it should be up to the value of the car. To put this into perspective, one provider has a limit of £500 per claim!
Consequential loss – This is where the failiure of one part causes damage to another or some other loss. For example, a fuel line might leak and damage an electrical component.
Excess – A combination towards the cost of each warranty claim. Look out for percentage excess clauses, these ramp up the amount you pay as your car’s mileage increases.
Expenses – You may be able to claim the cost of expenses, such as a hotel room or hire car. Check your policy wording.
Garage choice – Can you choose where your car is repaired? Some companies have networks of ‘approved’ garages. If you go elsewhere, you may need to pay an excess labour rate.
Labour rate – Third-party warranties usually impose a limit on the hourly labour rate for repairs. These vary widely, but most won’t cover the cost of repair at a franchised dealer. If you want to use a pricier garage, you’ll pay the extra.
Mileage – Check whether there’s an annual or total mileage limit above which the warranty won’t pay for repairs.
Pre-existing faults – Any faults that your car had before the policy started may not be covered.
Regulated provider – Make sure your provider is regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority and you get a 14-day cooling-off period.
Servicing schedule – You must keep the car serviced according the the manufacturer’s schedule, and keep all the paperwork. Be careful about fitting non-standard parts; these could invalidate your cover.
Time limits – Some providors state that you must be with the scheme for a period of time (for example 90 days) before you can make a claim. This would effectively mean a 12-month warranty is only valid for nine months.
Warning lights – If you ignor any warning lights on your car’s dashboard and carry on driving, the provider may refuse to pay out.
Wear and tear – Items that fail becuase of wear and tear are commonly excluded. Even policies that claim to cover it, restrict cover to mechanical and electrical parts. ‘Consumables’, such as tyres and brake pads, aren’t included.
As you can see above this is just the tip of the iceberg – there are so many policies, terms and conditions that are in place, and understandably so, they simply wouldn’t be able to pay out for EVERYTHING, you have some cars cheaper to repair than others, faults that cause another fault and so on; but knowing your rights and understanding the benefits and drawbacks gives you the POWER.
So to finish, we would advise you to simply make sure you fully understand what is covered and what your paying for, shop around within this rule but be careful!
Give us a call today to ask us any questions you may have – Gabs: 01992 535059
Customer was complaining of a rattle coming from the engine, after taking a look we diagnosed faulty water pump bearing, so we replaced the water pump….Problem solved!
If you think you have a fault with your Porsche, why not give us a call on 01992 443900 and we would be happy to take a look
Why I Love ECU Remapping
By Erkan Ali, Pistonhead and driving GOD! Well in my DREAMS!
The last 3 cars I have owned: BMW 330 M Sport, Audi A4 3.0 TDI and Renault Megane R26 were all remapped…
I am addicted…!
Let me tell you why; you see I like it when my car feels smooth, powerful and responsive, it really adds to my driving experience. Most importantly it makes me feel great…knowing my car is special to me. ECU remapping for an everyday car really adds something, and you even get a couple MPG’s extra if you are careful, which is no bad thing.
With my BMW, gear changes became smoother and the car perked up a bit, as some of you will know the BMW 330 M Sport (E46) is a heavy car. As well as a remap I changed the air filter to K&N, which helps the car to breath better, along with an excellent quality engine oil. It all adds up to a car that feels just that bit more special and the good news is I did not have to spend a fortune.
Here is the crazy part
If you have a turbo car, especially a turbo diesel, the car does not improve, it transforms!
When we remapped the Audi A4 3.0 TDI, that V6 diesel became a monster….no really. I would be driving down the road and look down at the speedo and boy it was shocking how much faster and more responsive the car had become, plus on long trips I would get 40 plus MPG, on one outing I got 48MPG, incredible!
So Matthew if you are thinking about remapping your ECU don’t get hung up with BHP and Torque, focus on how the car will make you feel, it’s in the everyday driving a remapped car really comes into its own.
To maximise your driving enjoyment,
call Gabs on 01992 443900 it’s easier than you think!
Join us for our ever popular Go-Karting event held at Rye House Kart Raceway in Hoddesdon.
This year we have 26 karts available which you can book through the Eventbrite booking system below.
GP120 – Rye House Kart Raceway – Hoddesdon, Herts
4.30pm – Registration & drivers briefing
5.30pm to 5.45pm – Qualifying
5.45pm to 7.30pm – Race
After the race there will be an award ceremony and three lucky people will be standing on the podium!