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Booking additional garage services

When you are selecting your garage, you will see the different additional services that they also provide.

Once you select a fitting date for your tyre fitting, they will be available for you to select from the available additional services at the basket stage.

The time required for additional services varies, your garage will confirm pickup time when you drop off your vehicle.

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Book additional service at basket

Once you reach the basket, you will be presented with the additional services available to book at the fitting centre.

Services paid for at the appointment

Your new tyres are paid for at the time of your order. However, garage services are separate from your order with Blackcircles.com. You will therefore need to pay for your additional service option at the garage - on the day of your appointment.

Additional vehicle services available at Blackcircles.com

When buying your new tyres from Blackcircles.com, you can also book garage services with many of the fitting partners on the garage network.

Where possible, our fitting partners provide a variety of vehicle services - which you can book to take place at the same time and day as your tyre fitting. Helping to greatly simplify the process of scheduling both your time and your car maintenance requirements.

Any additional garage services that are offered by a fitting partner will be displayed on their garage listing. The most common vehicle services provided are listed below.


2 Wheel Tracking

4 Wheel Alignment

AdBlue top up

Air Con Recharge

Brake Fluid Change

Clutch repair/replacement

MOT & Service Offer

Nitrogen inflation

Car Servicing

TPMS Valve Replacement

Vehicle Diagnostics

Vehicle Health Check

Wiper replacement


2 Wheel Alignment

This additional service ensures that the wheels on a vehicle are attuned to the original specification as set by the manufacturer. When we are talking about Wheel Tracking, we are referring to the alignment of the front two wheels only.

Frequent Asked Questions

What is 2-wheel alignment?

2-wheel alignment, also called front end alignment, is the process of adjusting the angles on the front wheels to make sure they are both parallel to each other and perpendicular to the road. This is to improve the steering and tyre wear of the vehicle.

What is the difference between 2-wheel alignment and 4-wheel alignment?

4-wheel alignment involves adjusting each of the four wheels on a car, while 2-wheel alignment focuses only on the front two wheels. 4-wheel alignment is considered by many to be a more comprehensive service.

Does my car need a 2 or 4-wheel alignment?

This will depend on your vehicle type and your driving style – as well as the driving conditions you usually experience. If you are unsure, consult a local mechanic or tyre fitter for a recommendation.

How much does a 2-wheel alignment cost?

Prices vary depending on the company you use and the area of the country you live in.

How long does a 2-wheel alignment take?

A 2-wheel alignment will usually takes about 30 minutes to an hour, depending on the vehicle and any adjustments needed.


4 Wheel Alignment

Wheel alignment is a very important to the overall maintenance of a car. It ensures that the vehicle’s wheels are capable of delivering top performance levels in fuel economy, comfort and handling.

Frequent Asked Questions

Is it worth getting a 4-wheel alignment?

Yes, a 4-wheel alignment is a very good process for maintaining the performance of your vehicle and the longevity of your tyres. It ensures that all four wheels are correctly aligned, preventing uneven tyre wear, improving handling and even helping to enhance your fuel efficiency.

What does 4-wheel alignment mean?

A 4-wheel alignment is the process of adjusting the angles of all four wheels on your vehicle (the camber, caster, and toe). By completing this task, and correctly aligning your wheel, it ensures that the wheels are parallel and perpendicular to the road - maximising stability and safety.

How long does a 4-wheel alignment take?

On average you can expect a 4-wheel alignment to take in the region of 1 to 2 hours. However, this can vary based on your vehicle's make and model, as well as the level of alignment adjustment that is required.

Do I need a front end alignment or 4?

The choice between a 2 wheel front-end alignment and a 4-wheel alignment depends on your vehicle's alignment issues. Some vehicles only require a front-end alignment, while others would fully benefit from the adjustment provided by a 4-wheel alignment.

Can you do a 4-wheel alignment yourself?

Performing a 4-wheel alignment requires special equipment and expertise. Therefore, it is a task that is best left to a professional mechanic. This is so the precise adjustments are made correctly for optimal performance.


AdBlue Top Up

AdBlue is a non-toxic solution which is made up of mixture of urea and deionized water. This solution is sprayed into a diesel engine’s exhaust system to help lower the nitrous oxide emissions of the vehicle.

Frequent Asked Questions

Can I top up my AdBlue myself?

Yes, it is possible for you to top up AdBlue yourself. It's a simple process that helps maintain your vehicle's emissions control system.

How often should you top up AdBlue?

The frequency of AdBlue top-up will vary. On average you can expect to require a top up at 3,000 to 6,000 miles - depending on the rate at which your vehicle uses the AdBlue.

Do UK petrol stations have AdBlue pumps?

Yes, many petrol stations in the UK provide AdBlue at their pumps. This can make it convenient for drivers to refill their AdBlue tanks during fuel stops.

Can I run my diesel without AdBlue?

Technically, you can, but it's not advisable. Running a diesel vehicle without AdBlue may lead to reduced performance, increased emissions, and potential damage to your emissions control system.

Is AdBlue topped up in service?

Yes, topping up AdBlue is often included as part of routine vehicle servicing, ensuring your vehicle complies with emissions regulations.


Air con recharge

Maintain your vehicle’s air conditioning unit with a recharge, as over time the gases vital to the function of the air condition unit, can leak and deplete – causing the system to become inefficient.

This additional service involves the replenishment of the system’s refrigerant gas and lubricant reapplied.

Frequent Asked Questions

How long does air conditioning recharge take?

Air conditioning recharge typically takes around 30 to 45 minutes, but it can vary depending on the system's capacity and any additional issues that need addressing.

How often do I have to recharge my air conditioning?

A well-maintained system may not require recharging for several years. If your AC is losing refrigerant frequently, it's best to have it inspected for leaks.

Is air conditioning recharge worth it?

Yes, an air condition recharge is worth it - especially if your AC isn't cooling properly. A recharge of your AC can help to optimise and restore cooling performance - leading to greater comfort. However, it is important to note that you should have the unit checked for any underlying issues if refrigerant loss is frequent.

How do I regas my air conditioning

It is not recommended to regas your system yourself. As regassing involves adding refrigerant to your AC system - it should be performed by a qualified mechanic to make sure that it is done both safely and effectively.

How long does air conditioning regas take?

Typically, a regas will take around 30 to 45 minutes, but the time can vary based on the system's requirements.


Brake Fluid Change

When selecting this service, fully trained mechanics will remove your car's current brake fluid, before refilling with a new one - following the correct specification as set out by your car's manufacturer.

Frequent Asked Questions

When should brake fluid be changed?

Brake fluid should be changed approximately every 2 years, although you should follow the specific recommendations in your vehicle's handbook.

What happens if you don't change brake fluid?

If you do not change your brake fluid, this can lead to a decrease in the braking performance, reduced responsiveness and even damage to crucial brake components.

Can I change the brake fluid myself?

Brake fluid replacement is a specialised task that requires proper equipment and expertise. It's recommended to have a trained mechanic complete this service to ensure it's done correctly.

What are the signs of needing brake fluid?

Signs include warning lights on your dashboard, spongy or unresponsive brakes and brake fluid that appears discoloured or contaminated.

How many years does brake fluid last?

While a general guideline is every 2 years, the lifespan of brake fluid can vary. Refer to your vehicle's handbook for manufacturer-specific recommendations.


Clutch repair/replacement

As the clutch is a very important component of the car, ignoring any of these could be very dangerous. Book a clutch check and the garage will conduct a comprehensive check the clutch system.

Frequent Asked Questions

Is it worth replacing the clutch on a car?

Yes, if you are having issues or your clutch is damaged and can’t be repaired, then replacing a worn or slipping clutch is crucial for maintaining safe and efficient driving. If you ignore clutch issues, this can lead to more significant and costly problems down the road.

Is replacing a clutch a big job?

Replacing a clutch is a complex task that involves significant amount of know-how and expertise. It's best handled by professionals with the necessary tools and knowledge.

Is it OK to drive with a bad clutch?

Driving with a failing clutch is not recommended, as it can result in further damage to your vehicle's transmission and compromised safety on the road.

What are the first signs of clutch failure?

Common signs include clutch slipping, difficulty shifting gears, a burning smell or unusual noises when engaging the clutch pedal.

Does car insurance cover a broken clutch?

Car insurance typically does not cover the replacement of a clutch, as it's considered a wear-and-tear issue rather than a result of an accident or covered event.


MOT

Book in with a VOSA approved MOT test centre for your car's annual test of safety, roadworthiness and exhaust emissions. Official information about the MOT test can be found on the gov.uk website.

Frequent Asked Questions

What is a MOT test?

An MOT (Ministry of Transport) test is a mandatory inspection in the UK that ensures that a vehicle meets the safety and environmental standards required by law. It assesses various aspects such as the brakes, lights, emissions, tyres and more.

What are the changes to the MOT test?

The MOT test requirements have and will change over time. However, the common areas include stricter emission standards and updated safety criteria. If you want to check all the areas of the inspection, the best source is the official list on the Government’s website.

How long can you go without MOT testing?

You can face fines and penalties if you drive without a valid MOT certificate. It's illegal to use your vehicle on the road without a current MOT, except when driving to a pre-booked MOT test.

What happens if my MOT is overdue?

Driving with an overdue MOT can result in fines, penalty points and your vehicle may be deemed unfit for the road. It's crucial to keep your MOT up to date.

How far in advance can I book an MOT?

You can typically book an MOT up to one month (minus a day) before your current certificate expires.


MOT & Service

As well as booking in for your car's annual MOT test some of the garages on the Blackcircles.com provide a service before the MOT - helping to ensure any potential issues are discovered prior to the test.

This often comes as combo deal.

Frequent Asked Questions

How much does a full service and MOT cost?

The cost of an MOT and service will vary depending on the vehicle type, location and garage running the offer. On average, it can range from £150 to £300+.

Is it cheaper to get MOT and service done together?

There are times when combining an MOT and service may offer cost savings. This is because some garages offer package deals. For fitters on our network who offer this package, check their centre’s listing for the latest pricing they are offering.

Do I need to get an MOT and service at the same time?

No, an MOT and service can be done separately. However, some prefer combining them for convenience and any potential savings.

What does MOT and service include?

An MOT is an inspection to ensure your vehicle meets legal standards. A service is a maintenance process that can include oil change, safety checks and component replacements. Each has its own benefits.

How long does a full service and MOT take?

Typically, a combined MOT and service can take between 2 to 3 hours, but this will vary depending on the vehicle's condition and any if there is any additional work required.


Nitrogen inflation

Inflate your tyres with Nitrogen for less rapid pressure loss and corrosion. Garages who provide this service will fill your tyres with Nitrogen, rather than the standard oxygen.

Frequent Asked Questions

What is nitrogen tyre inflation?

Nitrogen tyre inflation involves filling tyres with nearly pure nitrogen - instead of regular air. It's used to maintain tyre pressure more consistently.

Is nitrogen tyre inflation worth it?

Nitrogen inflation can be beneficial for specific applications like racing or maintaining consistent tyre pressure.

What is the benefit of nitrogen inflation?

Nitrogen maintains tyre pressure better than regular air, reducing pressure loss over time. It can also result in slightly better fuel efficiency and tyre life.

How long does nitrogen last in tyres?

Nitrogen can remain stable in tyres for several months to a year. However, tyres can naturally lose pressure over time, so regular pressure checks are still necessary.

Can I fill nitrogen in normal tyres?

While it's possible to fill regular tyres with nitrogen, it's typically reserved for specialty applications. For everyday driving, regular air is more than sufficient.


TPMS Valve Replacement

Since 2014, newly produced vehicles come with a tyre pressure monitoring system (TPMS) as standard. This service means your vehicle will receive a new specialised replacement valves, fitted with a sensor.

It is important to ensure that TPMS sensors are regularly maintained. As a broken TPMS sensor can result in an MOT failure.

Frequent Asked Questions

How much does it cost to replace a TPMS valve?

TPMS valve replacement costs will vary on the vehicle and the garage.

Can you just replace valve on TPMS?

Yes, you can replace TPMS valves individually - without the need to replace the entire sensor. This is the case if the sensor is still functional.

Can I install TPMS sensors myself?

While it is possible, it is highly recommended that you have the TPMS sensors installed by a professional. This is to make sure they are installed correctly, with the right calibrations.

Is it illegal to replace a TPMS sensor with a regular valve stem?

Yes, it's typically illegal to replace a TPMS sensor with a regular valve stem in regions where TPMS is mandatory. This is due to safety and environmental regulations. Since November 2014, TPMS has been a legal requirement for new passenger vehicles in the UK.

Do TPMS sensors have to be programmed to the car?

Yes, TPMS sensors usually require programming or syncing to your vehicle's system. This is to ensure that they are able to accurately monitor the tyre’s pressure. This should be done by a qualified mechanic.


Vehicle Diagnostics

This consists of a full check of the computer’s computer to spot potential mechanical issues. Using specialised software and equipment, a trained specialist can find out key information from your car and then carry out the required work – removing the guesswork for many issues.

Frequent Asked Questions

How much does it cost to run a diagnostic test on a car?

The cost of a car diagnostic test will vary on the vehicle, centre carrying out the test and the thoroughness of the test. However, a diagnostic test can range anywhere between £35 to £150.

What is a vehicle diagnostics?

A vehicle diagnostic involves the use of specialised tools and software to identify and analyse issues within a car's systems. It can be useful for pinpointing problems in the engine, issues with transmission, problems with brakes and much more.

What will a car diagnostic tell you?

A car diagnostic can provide specific error codes and data about the vehicle's systems. This will tell a mechanics what the issue is and helps them to understand what needs fixed. This can include problems such as engine misfires or sensor malfunctions.

How long does a car diagnostic take?

Car diagnostics will usually take around 30 minutes to an hour. However, complex issues may require additional time for a thorough diagnosis.

What is the difference between a scan and a diagnostic?

A scan typically retrieves error codes from the vehicle's computer helping to indicate any problems. Whilst a diagnostic involves the in-depth analysis needed to identify the root cause of an issue, helping mechanics understand exactly what is needed to fix it.


Vehicle Health Check

This is a comprehensive health check on your vehicle. Carried out by a team of expert technicians. The key components of your vehicle are checked over, to ensure there is no obvious faults. The check consists of a visual check, carried out by an expert, looking at items such as warning lights, headlight, electrical system and more.

Frequent Asked Questions

What is done on a vehicle health check?

A vehicle health check includes an inspection of key components like brakes, tyres, fluid levels, lights, and other critical systems.

How much does a health check on a car cost?

The cost of a vehicle health check varies but generally ranges from £35 to £75, depending on the garage and the level inspection.

Is a vehicle health check free?

It's not typically free, but some service centres may offer complimentary basic health checks. Comprehensive inspections often come at a cost.

Is a vehicle inspection worth it?

Yes, a vehicle health check is worth it. It helps to identify potential issues early, ensuring your car's safety and reliability.

How long does a vehicle health check take?

A standard vehicle health check usually takes around 30 minutes to an hour.


Vehicle Servicing

Regular car servicing can extend the lifespan of a car - each service booking is completed by expert technicians, who will complete the work to the highest standards.

Frequent Asked Questions

What does a full car service include?

A full car service will usually include an oil change, filter replacements, checks of various systems (brakes, suspension, fluids, etc.), and adjustments as needed.

How much does a car service usually cost?

Car service costs vary depending on your location, the type of service (basic or full), and the make and model of your vehicle. On average, it can range from £90 to £250+.

How often should a car get serviced?

Most cars should be serviced every 6,000 to 12,000 miles or every 6 to 12 months - whichever comes first. Refer to your vehicle’s handbook for specific recommendations from the manufacturer.

Do I need a full service every year?

Not necessarily. The type of service required can vary. Some years, a basic service may suffice, while a full service should be performed every 2 years or as recommended by your manufacturer.

How do I know if my car needs a full service?

Your vehicle's service schedule outlined in the handbook will set out how often a full service is due. On top of this, unusual noises, warning lights, or changes in performance may indicate the need for a service.


Wiper Blade Replacement

Have your wiper blades begun to show signs that they need replacing? It is recommended that wiper blades are replaced at least once every 12 months - to make sure you have full visibility throughout the year.

Frequent Asked Questions

Is it worth replacing wiper blades?

Yes, replacing worn wiper blades is very important for safe driving - especially during seasons that experience a lot of rain or snow. Old blades can leave streaks which impair visibility and increase the risk of accidents.

Is it legal to drive with broken windscreen wipers?

No, it is not legal to drive with broken windscreen wipers. Properly functioning wipers are a legal requirement as they ensure clear vision whilst driving.

What happens if you don't replace wiper blades?

Failing to replace wiper blades can lead to reduced visibility during adverse weather conditions – this in turn compromises the safety of both you and other road users. It can also result in scratched windshields and more significant repair expenses.

How long do wiper blades usually last?

Wiper blade lifespan varies, but they typically last around 6 months to a year. However, harsh weather conditions can shorten this duration.

What are the common signs you need new wiper blades?

Signs include streaking, smearing, skipping or chattering during operation. If your wipers are noisy or not clearing your windshield effectively, it's time for a replacement.