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About Bushbury Autocentre

Bushbury Autocentre is a family run business that has been in existence for over 50 years. We pride ourselves on our level of customer care, and our non-nonsense value for money service that keeps our customers coming back to us time and time again.

Our business is expanding and we are always updating the services we offer and adding new services. SMART repairs are a recent addition to our range of services.

What We Say
We always aim to give the best possible service at the most competitive price.
FirstName/Owner -- Autocentre Bushbury
We welcome you to our centre here in Bushbury. We are always happy to help with your MoT queries, questions about tyres and about repairs to your vehicle.
FirstName2/Manager -- Autocentre Bushbury
Frequently Asked Questions
Questions about your MoT
The test normally takes 45 minutes, however please allow an hour in case any minor repairs are needed. Please arrive at least 5 minutes before your appointment. We have a waiting room with free tea, coffee and WiFi.
Cars (class4) Mini-buses and Passenger vehicles (class 5) Vans (class 7)
MOT Tests are available at short notice and can be booked up to 2 months in advance. Call us for availability.
By carrying out a few simple checks before bringing your vehicle in for an MoT you can prevent the failures we see every day. Common avoidable faults include: wipers, washers, light bulbs, tyre condition and tyre pressures. Before bringing your car to the testing centre, make sure you check:

-- Can you open all the doors from inside the car?
-- Does the driver's seat slide back and forth on its runners?
-- Is the rear-view mirror firmly fixed in place and uncracked?
-- Do the seat belts fasten or clip in ok, and are the seat belts damage free?
-- Do all the dashboard warning lights go out after you start the car?
-- Do the main beam, indicator and hazard lights 'telltale' lights work?
-- Do the windscreen wipers clear the windsceen and do the washers work?
-- that the VIN (vehicle identification number) can be read easily (your VIN is normally on the driver's side windscreen where it meets the dashboard)
-- you have got the keys for the doors, boot, ignition and fuel filler cap
-- there is screenwash
-- you have got enough fuel
-- the oil level is within manufacturers recommended levels
-- set the headlight adjusters to '0' (ask us if you are not sure how to set your headlight adjusters).
-- Does the horn make a noise, and is it loud enough?
-- Do the boot and bonnet open?
-- Do the doors open and close securely?
-- Are the mirrors firmly fixed to the vehicle and the glass unbroken?
-- Are the wipers free from damage and splits, and generally in good condition?
-- Do the tyres have enough tread depth (at least 1.6mm across ¾ of the tyre) and are they free from bulges, lumps or cuts?
-- Are all the exterior lights working, including the brake lights and rear number plate lamp?
-- Are the lenses on the lights firmly fixed in place and free from damage?

If the answer is 'no' to any of the above, or you would like to ask us about something before your test, ring us on the number below.
If your vehicle fails the MoT test, it must be repaired, retested and a certificate issued before you can legally drive your car on the road. Many repairs can be carried out in our test centre on the same day, and we will always advise you what work needs to be done, and get your approval to make any repairs.
We offer a free re-test if the car is presented within 10 days of the failed test. Whether you repair it on-site, or have it repaired at another garage or repairers.
You don't normally need to bring any documents with you. Unless it is your vehicle's first MoT or your vehicle has had a change of registration plate since it's last MoT, in which casea Vehicle Registration Certificate (V5C or logbook) is required.
The following is taken from the DVSA MoT Testing guide:

Body, vehicle structure and general items

These will be inspected to check that:

- they’re free from excessive corrosion or damage in specific areas
- there are no sharp edges likely to cause injury

Towbars will be inspected for:
- secureness
- condition
- inappropriate repairs or modification

The MOT tester will also check that:
- the 13 pin electrical socket is working correctly
- the speedometer is in good working order
- the engine mountings are secure

Fuel system
The fuel system will be inspected to check that:
- there are no leaks
- the pipes and hoses are secure and in a good condition
- the fuel cap fastens and seals securely

You should make sure that the key is available as the fuel cap will need to be opened.
Exhaust emissions
The vehicle will be inspected, depending on the age and fuel type of the vehicle, to check that it meets the rules for exhaust emissions.
Diesel vehicles
The MOT tester will refuse to test your vehicle if they think that the smoke test may damage your engine. You should tell them at the start of the MOT if you think this may happen.

To reduce the possibility of damage and increase the chances of passing, you should: - keep your vehicle maintained at all times
- have the camshaft drive belt replaced at the recommended intervals
- go for the MOT with a fully warmed up engine - it will produce less smoke and is safer to test
- not tamper with the governor settings

Exhaust system
The exhaust system will be inspected to check that:
- it’s secure and complete
- a catalyst isn’t missing where one was fitted as standard
- it’s without serious leaks and not too noisy

The vehicle will be inspected to check that:
- the mandatory seatbelts are in place
- they are suitable for the vehicle
- they are in a good condition
- they work properly
- they are attached securely

The malfunction indicator lamps (MILs) or dashboard warning lights will be checked for the:
- air bags
- seatbelt pretensioners (which remove the slack from a seatbelt in the event of a collision)
- seatbelt load limiters (which release a small amount of belt when it’s too tight)

These will be inspected to check that:
- the driver’s seat can be adjusted
- all seats are securely fitted and that seat backs can be fixed in the upright position

These will be inspected to check that:
- the latch is secure in the closed position
- the front doors open from inside and outside the vehicle
- the rear doors open from outside the vehicle
- hinges and catches are secure and in a good condition

The vehicle will be inspected to check for the minimum number of mirrors, their condition and security. Indirect vision devices will also inspected.

Load security
The vehicle will be inspected to check that the boot or tailgate can be closed properly.

These will be inspected to check:
- their condition, including inappropriate repairs or modifications
- their operation and performance (the efficiency test) - the wheels and trims aren’t removed as part of the test
- the anti-lock braking system (ABS) and electronic stability control (ESC) (where fitted)

The MILs or dashboard warning lights will also be checked for the ABS, ESC, electronic park brake and brake fluid warning lights.

Tyres and wheels
These will be inspected to check for:
- condition
- security
- tyre size and type
- tread depth

Spare wheels and tyres are not inspected.

Vehicles first used on or after 1 January 2012 will be checked to make sure the tyre pressure monitoring system (TPMS) MIL is working.

Registration plates
These will be inspected to check for:
- condition
- secure attachment
- colour
- characters correctly formed and spaced

These will be inspected to check:
- their condition
- operation, including high intensity discharge (HID) and light emitting diode (LED)
- the headlamps for cleaning, self levelling and security
- headlamp aim
- main beam warning light working

This will be inspected to check that it closes securely.

Wipers and washers
These will be inspected to check that they work properly so the driver has a clear view of the road.

The windscreen will be inspected to check for:
- condition
- the driver’s view of the road

This will be inspected to check:
- that it works properly
- it’s suitable for the vehicle

Steering and suspension
These will be inspected to check:
- their condition
- steering oil level
- they work correctly
- for inappropriate repairs or modification including corrosion to power steering pipes or hoses
- that the steering lock mechanism works properly

The MILs or dashboard warning lights will also be checked for the electronic power steering and steering lock.

Vehicle identification number (VIN)
The VIN will be on vehicles first used on or after 1 August 1980. Your car will be inspected to check that a single VIN is displayed, except on multistage build vehicles (eg van conversion, BMW, Alpina etc).

If your vehicle fails the test and you disagree with the decision then you can ask for a complaint form. The form must be completed and sent to the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) within 14 working days of the test. You should not have any repairs made until the appeal process has finished. More information can be found at the DVSA website
Yes, you can wait in our waiting are, where we have free tea and coffee, and WiFi.
Questions about SMART repairs
SMART stands for Small, Medium Area Repair Technology, it is a way to repair a scuffed bumper or dent in your door without paying for the the whole side of your vehicle's panels to be painted, or replacing the bumper.
SMART repairs are normally cheaper than a repair at a bodyshop and they are of the same quality and finish as a full bodyshop repair. SMART repairs are quick and are normally completed on the same day as they’re started. SMART repairs are cheaper than traditional bodyshop repairs and due to the lower cost, you might find that it is cheaper than the excess on your insurance if you were to make a claim. Choosing a SMART repair means that you will not lose your No Claim Discount. SMART repairs can also maintain the resale value of your vehicle and increase the likelihood of a sale. A potential buyer may be put off if they notice chips, spot dents or scuffs.
The damage to your vehicle will dictate the kind of repair needed. If you have a small dent and it hasn’t affected the paintwork, then a paintless dent removal technique could be used without the use of paint or filler; this is where the dented area is gently manipulated to remove the dent. If your paintwork has been damaged then filler followed by paint is required. The damaged area is sanded back to a sound surface before being filled and then dried with a heater. The whole repair is then sanded smooth and rubbed down before applying spray paint that is virtually identical that's on your car now, followed by a coat of lacquer. The whole area is then polished until it looks as good as new.
Description of how bumper scuffs are repaired.
Description of how alloy wheels are repaired
If the damage is too extensive, or in an area that can't be repaired, we have a number of approved repairers that can quote for repairing the damage, or replacing the wheel if necessary. Call us to book an appointment for an assessment and quote for a SMART repair or referral to one of our approved repairers.
Questions about Tyres and fitting
Our price includes valve, fitting wheel balancing and the old tyre disposal charge. We also include free tea, coffee and WIFi whiel you wait.
We offer 7 types of tyres: All season, winter, summer, run flat, Van, 4x4 and caravan tyres.
Tracking (Wheel alignment) is a way of measuring and setting the angle and direction at which your wheels are set. If your vehicle has poorly aligned wheels it can decrease the lifespan of you tyres by wearing them unevenly and forceign them to scuff across the road rather than rolling along it. This can then increase fuel consumption and affect road holding.
Classic signs of misaligned wheels are: The steering wheel pulling to the right or left when driving on an even surface Uneven tyre wear, especially to one edge..
Tracking problems can arise from hitting kerbs or driving through a pothole at speed
If you think your wheels may be misaligned, book an appointment with us to have your wheel alignment checked and one of our specialist technicians will measure the alignment and correct the problem if needed.
Wheel balancing makes sure that the weight of the tyre and wheel is evenly distributed. A wheel balancing machine checks the balance my measuring the difference in weight around the wheel, and then shows the technician where to place small weights to even up the weight distribution.
When a wheel with a new tyre is mounted onto the axle for the first time, it has to be balanced beforehand. However, over time the wheels get out of balance again from every bump, pothole and corner, as well as the wear on the tyre. Which means you may need to have the balance checked and adjusted regularly, not only when you replace the tyre. We can balance your wheels for you. ring us for more details.
Because the wheel spins very fast, any weight imbalances are amplified, which can cause the following problems: It can create serious vibrations with each wheel which is out of balance. Tyres wear unevenlyand can get hot due to the imbalance. An unbalanced wheel can also strain the suspension and wheel bearings as they attempt to compensate for the vibration.
If you notice vibration through the steering wheel when travelling between 40 - 70 mph it is likely that your front wheel, or wheels, are out of balance. If you notice uneven tyre wear it may also indicate an unbalanced wheel.
When you buy new tyres from us, we include wheel balancing as part of the tyre fitting service. If you would like us to balance your existing tyres, please ring us to book an appointment.
Need more help? Call us 01902 789319