How a Cartell Check Could Prevent a Potential Fatality
The below story was not a shock to us because we know there is a lot of unscrupulous sellers out there but it just reminded us to hopefully bring some awareness to car buyers when purchasing a used car, how important it is to run a Cartell check and to get a trusted mechanic to do a Pre Purchase Check. Most honest sellers will not have a problem with having pre sales checks carried out.
Airbag System Fault
Our client recently brought a car to us for a repair to the airbag system. When our technician tested the car the scan found an intermittent fault in the airbag system. Our technician investigated the fault and he found the wiring to the seatbelt had been disconnected on the passenger side, as this would not be normal, He then checked the other side and found the same issue. After further investigations we discovered the car was involved in an accident and instead of replacing the correct components they had bypassed the system, which fooled the airbag computer into thinking all components were operating. In an accident this could be fatal.
This was extremely annoying to think somebody could put a person and their families life at risk for financial gain. After further checks we found the car was indeed involved in an accident and was very poorly repaired , the mileage had also been altered.
After notifying the customer he informed us that he did have one or two concerns when buying the car but the seller came across as been so honest that he didn’t bother proceeding with any further checks and took his word for it. So remember no matter how honest the person may seem never let that cloud your judgement and have your pre checks carried out. This car which the customer had purchased in good faith was a potential death trap and now is also worthless.
It is so important to have a history check and vehicle inspection when thinking of buying a car. It is probably the second most expensive purchase that many people make. If you are unsure about something don’t be afraid to ask questions or talk to your trusted mechanic before purchasing a used vehicle.
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What to do if you put petrol in the tank of a diesel engine?
Do Not Turn On The Ignition.
Diesel is heavier than petrol, and much more oily. It needs pressure to be ignited and does not evaporate as petrol does. What happens after putting diesel on a tank is, diesel sank and injectors feed the engine a load of diesel. When you try to ignite the engine, spark plugs won’t be able to fire the diesel and the engine won’t start.
To fix the issue, draining the tank and filling it again with petrol, cleaning the injectors and finally cranking the engine to throw up the unwanted diesel would suffice. If fuel has entered the fuel lines it would be advisable to replace the fuel filter also just to be on the safe side.
Please do not start the engine or turn on the ignition as this will push the alien fuel through the system.
If this happens contact Baldoyle Auto Centre or your local mechanic and tell them the exact quantities and circumstances involved. If it’s only a small amount, they may reckon you will get away wit it but please be aware every case is different. The age and condition of the car, engine etc are crucial factors.
If it was a good few litres you will almost certainly have to get it drained – you have to balance the potential high cost of damage/repairs against the lesser price of draining the tank and flushing the system
The danger with petrol in diesel i that it reduces lubrication that can increase damage to the pump and injectors because you have more metal to metal contact.
Reminder no matter what do not turn on the ignition until you get advice from a mechanic that will give you time and expertise before any harm is done.
If you need advise we can be contacted at 018321045 and our workshop is based inside Baldoyle Industrial Estate in Dublin
Penalty Points for driving too close to cyclists
Fine Gael are proposing a bill that would mean drivers could be fined and receive penalty points for driving too close to cyclists.
The Irish Independent reports that the proposal could see drivers face a minimum fine of €80 and three penalty points if they’re caught moving into the cycle lane where cyclists are. Fines of up to €1,500, and five penalty points, would be imposed if an incident ends up in court and results in a conviction.
According to the article, the minimum passing distance would be 1.5 metres on roads with a speed limit of 50km/h or higher, and 1 metre for roads with a speed limit below that.
The minimum passing distance would be set at 1.5 metres on roads with speed limits of more than 50kmh.
Mr Cannon said he did not want to “drive a wedge” between cyclists and motorists, but that he was seeking the law to raise awareness of the issue and change the behavior of drivers who did not consider cyclists while overtaking.
He gave the examples of the smoking ban and plastic bag tax as measures that previously changed public behavior.
The campaign for a minimum distance law ‘Stayin’ Alive at 1.5′ was set up by Wexford cyclist Phil Skelton, who felt compelled to take action when two local cyclists were killed following incidents with motorists.
Road Safety Campaign Warns – Don’t “Get This Season’s Killer Look”
Survey Reveals Over 1 in 4 women Misuse Seatbelt
The Road Safety Authority (RSA) has today 20th February 2017 launched a new digital road safety campaign focusing on the misuse of seatbelts by women. The campaign entitled “Get This Season’s Killer Look”, is aimed at discouraging women from wearing their seatbelts under their arm, which can cause horrific injuries in the event of a collision.
A study of 300 women aged 17 to 34, undertaken in 2016 by Behaviour & Attitudes, on behalf of the RSA found that:
- 28% admitted to misusing a seatbelt by wearing it under the arm, rising to 35% among younger women.
- 53% of those interviewed said that their friends wore the seatbelt under the arm
- The main reasons cited for wearing the seatbelt under the arm were to relieve neck tension (49%) and for general comfort (47%).
- 9% said it was to protect their tan, or 7% to protect clothing.
- While seatbelt compliance is consistently very strong among young females, it is not universal: e.g. 23% do not always wear a seat belt as a rear passenger.
Commenting on the new campaign Ms. Moyagh Murdock, Chief Executive, RSA, said “How you wear your seat belt is as important as whether you wear your seat belt or not. Worryingly, whether for comfort or vanity, many women choose to wear their seatbelts under the arm, instead of over the shoulder, which exposes them to terrible injuries and even death in the event of a crash. Placing the shoulder strap of the seatbelt under their arm leaves your upper torso — including your neck, face and head — completely unrestrained during a collision.”
“My message to anyone who wears their seatbelt under their arm is simple – wear your seatbelt correctly. The belt should be worn diagonally across the wearer’s chest on their shoulder and never under the arm. If it feels uncomfortable, adjust the height of the belt on the anchor point on the door frame or adjust the seat position and height. Most importantly of all avoid getting “This Season’s Killer Look” because you didn’t wear your seatbelt properly.”
The campaign will feature primarily on online in a bid to reach young women where they spend the majority of their free time. It will be fronted by a 30 second ad that will be deployed on ‘Video On Demand’ (VOD) platforms. The “This Season’s Killer Look” Public Service Advert is centred on a young model, posing for a fashion shoot in a glamorous car. As the shoot progresses, the model puts on her seatbelt and places the belt under her arm. Suddenly, the model is thrown violently forward and the scene switches to an eerie x-ray world where we see clearly the devastating injuries sustained in a collision. When we switch back to reality, we see the model is wearing a neck and body brace and has scaring on her face. Lifelong injuries now replace her glamorous look. The campaign slogan invites viewers not to get – ‘This Season’s Killer Look’ – by never wearing a seatbelt under the arm.
The RSA sought the input of Gerry Lane, Consultant in Emergency Medicine at Letterkenny General Hospital, Donegal in developing the campaign.
The campaign will also be promoted on the RSA social media channels including Facebook, Twitter, Snapchat or Instagram with the campaign’s official hashtag #KillerLook.
Five Questions to Ask When Buying Car Insurance
Shopping for car insurance is not as exciting as shopping for a brand new set of wheels. Without motor insurance, you can’t drive your car on public roads. With coverage, you enjoy financial security and peace of mind. And yes, car insurance doesn’t have to be an expensive proposition, with many providers offering discounts and competitive deals.
Where do I start?
– It is vital to understand the kind of coverage offered by your car insurance policy. A comprehensive policy covers for loss of or damage to your vehicle caused by accident, theft or vandalism. It also covers the damages to others’ vehicle or property, or injuries sustained by them, resulting from your fault.
– Start by determining what coverage best fits your driving behaviour and requirements. See if the policy you like has add-ons, optional extras or bonus protection. They can drive up your insurance premium, so decide whether or not you really need them.
– Then, conduct an apples-to-apples comparison of coverage from different providers. To gauge the reputation of lesser-known providers, it is best to ask around or check online for customer reviews.
– Finally, don’t hesitate to get all your questions clarified by the insurance provider before signing on the dotted line.
How can I get discounts?
– The good news is the providers will offer you a discount if your spouse/partner is insured as a named driver on your policy, and also has a car insured in his/her name. Of course, your partner/spouse should have a clean driving record.
– Insurance providers also offer a discount on your insurance premium if you have no penalty points. The only requirement is that your driving license or permit must be issued in the Republic of Ireland. It is one of those instances where safe driving can save you money on insurance.
– You may be eligible for an additional discount if you another insurance product from the same provider.
Will an excess help lower my car insurance premium?
There are two types of excesses: compulsory comes at a set rate pre-defined by the provider, and voluntary, which is the amount you’re willing to pay upfront. If you increase your voluntary excess, then the provider may reduce your annual premium. However, it has been seen that increasing the voluntary excess doesn’t minimize premiums by very much for younger, inexperienced drivers. Even experienced motorists are advised to weigh the overall benefits of a larger excess before putting down their money.
What are my payment options?
You can have the premium debited from your bank account each month. Most drivers prefer this method as allows them to keep their down-payments low and spread out costs. The other option is to pay an annual lump-sum amount.
Insurance providers offer a cooling-off period during which you can cancel your policy if you wish. If you cancel after this period, you will be charged a fee to cover the cost of administration.
How long do I have to make my decision?
Insurance providers may give you anywhere from one to a thirty day quote guarantee period. Comparison shopping in advance can help you make an informed decision before the quote expires.
The Road Safety Authority is advising all road users to take extra care when using the roads over the next 72 hours following the weather warning. Sleet, snow and ice are also forecast from Thursday.
The RSA is asking road users to check local weather and traffic conditions and be aware of the conditions before setting out on a trip.
The RSA has issued the following advice:
- Clear your windows and mirrors before you set out, carry a screen scraper and de-icer. Do not use hot water on the windscreen as it can crack the glass.
- Remove ALL snow from your vehicle before commencing your journey.
- In snow and icy conditions slow down, use all controls delicately and leave extra distance between you and the vehicle in front.
- Remember that heavy snowfall and rain reduce visibility. Use dipped headlights and decrease speed smoothly.
- Do not drive on the tail-lights of the vehicle in front. This can give a false sense of security and you will be too close to be able to brake safely. In heavy fog, turn off your radio and let down your driver’s window a fraction, so as you can hear other traffic.
- Watch out for “black ice.” If the road looks polished or glossy it could be, black ice” one of winter’s worst hazards.
- Watch out for vulnerable road users such as pedestrians, cyclists and motorcyclists and allow extra space.
- The best thing to do in extremely bad weather is to stay off the road. Take heed of warnings not to go out and travel only if absolutely necessary.
The NCT have announced their Christmas draw. You could win €1,000. Simply get your car tested before 20th December 2016 and you could be in with a chance of winning one of their 12 days of Christmas prizes of €1,000!
You can read all terms & conditions over on the NCT Website
Preparing for your NCT
1. Your car has adequate oil and water.
2. The boot is empty and your vehicle is clear of all valuables and personal belongings.
3. The vehicle is reasonably clean (especially the under-body).
4. The wheel hubcaps are removed (only in the case where wheel nuts are not visible) and the tyres are inflated to the correct pressure.
5. The engine is in a fit state to be tested e.g. cam belt /timing belt. You may be asked to sign a disclaimer at the test centre.
6. All seat belts and clips are fully visible (including rear).
7. We also recommend that you have your lights checked and set prior to the NCT.
8. Your Vehicle Registration Book, Registration Certificate or Licensing Certificate is with you when you arrive at the test centre.
9. You bring identification (driving licence) with you on the day of the test. The person who brings the car for inspection brings their identification with them (driving licence) as failure to provide the required identification will result in the vehicle not being issued an NCT certificate at the time of testing
10. You have your test fee of €55.00, plus any cancellation fee (if applicable) payable by cash, laser card and all major credit cards (excluding American Express).
11. Your vehicle is at a normal operating temperature prior to arriving at the test centre for inspection
12. Your registration plates comply with current regulations
If the above items are not taken care of, NCTS may be unable to test your vehicle.
You can read more about why a Pre NCT is Important here http://tinyurl.com/j8k3btj
As we rush about our daily lives in the hectic build up to Christmas, take a moment to think about how you can help those less fortunate than yourself.
In the run up to Christmas, Martina will be collecting food supplies or a Christmas gift box for a facebook group “You’re Not Alone” who feed and give clean clothes to the homeless on Dame Street.
To get involved in the appeal, simply find an empty shoebox, wrap the box and the lid separately, and label whether it is suitable for a male, female or child (including age and gender Take a shoebox, and fill it with some of these gift suggestions for general shoebox
Socks, a hat, gloves, scarf, Personal hygiene items such as toothbrush, toothpaste, mouthwash, shower gel, soap, deodorant, moisturiser, baby wipes, hair brush/comb, face cloth, new underwear, new warm socks, and warm hats/gloves/scarf
Treats: sweets, chocolate, Coffee, Sugar, Deck of cards
If you do not have time to make a shoebox but would like to get involved you can put your donations in a bag or a box and the group will arrange them into christmas gifts.
Drop Off Point :
You can bring your packed boxes into Martina at Baldoyle Auto Centre Ltd,
Unit 138-139 Baldoyle Industrial Estate, Baldoyle Dublin 13.
If you have any questions email firstname.lastname@example.org
Final day for drop off will be 19th December
Directions to us
Turn into Baldoyle Industrial Estate, Take a left and then a right, half way down the road on the left you will see Kane Kitchens & Heat Merchants, take this left turn and we are located in the second last building on your left if you require directions please call 01-8321045
Current Vacancies – Fully qualified Mechanics
Baldoyle Auto Centre is a fully Irish owned company and a leading provider of motoring services in the North Dublin area. The company is based in the Baldoyle Industrial Estate in a convenient location which offers easy access to both Dublin city and the surrounding area via the M50.
The company has built an excellent reputation as a one stop automotive repair and service centre offering top quality mechanical repairs and servicing, a full accident repair service and many other additional motoring services.
Many staff at the company previously worked at the well respected Teeling Motor Company in Howth and have been working as part of a close knit team for over 20 years. This experience, as well as on-going training, enables them to offer motoring services and customer care of the very highest standard.
Complementing the expert staff team, Baldoyle Autos workshop facilities fully equipped with the latest automotive equipment technology to carry out almost any job be it mechanical, electrical, diagnostic or bodywork to the highest of standard to keep customer vehicles safe, in perfect running order and in pristine condition.
We offer service, repairs and bodywork on all makes and models of car as well as light commercials vehicles.
we are now looking to recruit for fully qualified Mechanics to join our team at Baldoyle Auto Centre.
The applicant must have good communication skills, be able to work on own initiative and be able to work well as part of a team.
To apply call 01-8321045