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Motorists On A Charge As Night Draws In

22 Oct 2009 14:16

Motorists are being urged to take advantage of a free battery check at their local ATS Euromaster centre, in readiness for the onset of late autumn and winter. Each year skilled technicians for the national fast-fit chain take a ‘close look’ at tens of thousands of vehicle batteries, providing customers with a free print-out of their battery’s performance.

The clocks going back on Sunday 25 October normally heralds the start of car and van batteries being put under increased strain, owing to drivers requiring extended use of their headlights and heating system, whilst the colder temperatures at this time of year reduce battery performance.

Chris Hufflett, Group Operations Director of ATS Euromaster, explains: “A good battery which has been well looked after should last at least five years, with batteries over seven years old being the most common cause of cars failing to start during the winter months.

“In 2008 the Department for Transport* claimed that the average age of a car in Great Britain was seven years, compared with 6.8 years in 2007 and 6.6 in 2003. With the decline in new car sales during the last 12 months, we expect the average age will have increased further, meaning a greater number of batteries are at risk of failing this winter,” he says.

ATS Euromaster’s free battery checks are available at any of its fast-fit centres across England, Wales, Scotland or Northern Ireland and take around five minutes. They are carried out by qualified technicians who check the charging system, voltage output and charging rate of the battery to indicate whether a battery failure is likely.

If a battery does need replacing, ATS Euromaster holds an extensive stock of high-quality batteries in all of its centres and fitting is free. All batteries are supplied with either a three or four year unlimited mileage guarantee, depending on the exact model.

Drivers can also combine a free battery inspection with ATS Euromaster’s no obligation winter health check, which covers tyre tread depth, tyre condition and pressure, together with visual inspections of front brakes, battery, exhaust and shock absorbers. At the end of each inspection drivers receive a written report confirming either a clean bill of health or advising on any fast-fit service work recommended.
*Figures published on 9 April 2009 by Transport Statistics:

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