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Stop Start / Absorbent Glass Mat (AGM) Car Batteries

A Run on BMW & Mini Batteries (A559) Terminal 30 Power Supply

The stop/start system was developed to help reduce fuel consumption and CO2 emissions, and contribute to a safer environment.

A stop/start system shuts off your vehicle while stationary and can be restarted once the driver puts pressure on the accelerator or clutch. By shutting the engine off after about 1.5 seconds and prolonging this until it is safe to drive off, this technology is designed to reduce fuel consumption and CO2 emissions by 5-10%. This is one of the ways how vehicle manufactures reduce the (g/km) grams per kilometre using the stop/start to reduce a petrol or diesel engine burns fuel, carbon dioxide (CO2) produced

However, vehicles with start-stop technology place a greater demand on a vehicle’s battery – and this is where the AGM battery stands head and shoulders above the more conventional acid flooded lead battery.

I have had a run of these AGM batteries particularly on the BMW and Mini range, where [...]

Vehicle Delivery Mainland UK & Europe – Government Restrictions during Lockdown 2

Remaining open for online sales "Click & Reserve - strictly by Appointment

Following the recent government announcement, we would like to reassure all of our customers that our sales and enquiries will remain open throughout the second lockdown period.

We will continue to offer a contactless sales process to meet the needs of our customers. We will continue to adhere to government COVID-19 guidelines and follow the most up to date guidance to keep our customers safe.

We’re offering a home delivery anywhere in the UK which is free for the first 15 miles from Norwich City Centre, which includes safe vehicle viewing and test drives *when meeting legal and safety criteria contact us for details and information.

We keep the cost of motoring down and where possible deliver our vehicles in person to your door by using the National rail networks to return back to Norfolk passing these saving’s on to you unlike the latest online Cazoo’s and Cinch operations of this World with [...]

Happy Halloween – “No Tricks – Only Treats” when you buy a used car from us here in Norwich

Take care and stay safe during this strange and difficult Year and thanks again for all your custom through these Covid restricted times.

When you decide to purchase a new used car from us here in Norfolk just outside Norwich City we make sure the vehicle you decide to view and test drive is safe and ready to go and includes a fresh 12 Months MOT, so as soon as you decide to purchase from us you do not need to wait and so once insured, taxed and legal you can simply drive away hassle free.

Most of our vehicles are hand picked from main dealer’s that do not go to auction so we have access to the cream of the crop.

It generally takes us at least a Week or two period of preparation and rigorous mechanical and electrical tests and bodywork repair if required, then and only then, when we are fully satisfied with the finished vehicle would we trust our reputation to advertise a vehicle for sale.

Check out this Volkswagen Polo Match for example [...]

Why does my cambelt need to be changed?
The cam belt timing belt kit is one of the hardest working parts in your engine, driving major parts of the engine and keeping everything synchronised. Changing it prevents snaps, cracks and tears which in turn minimise the risk of major engine damage.

What happens if it’s not changed?
The belt can go slack, making it snap or jump. This can cause severe damage to the engine. Your car will break down and could be very expensive to repair.
We strip down the relevant parts of the engine and renew the cam belt and cam belt tensioner. Then we reassemble the engine and road test your car on all vehicles supplied where the cam belt kit is due.

How often does it need to be changed?
4 –  10 Years subject to vehicle details – This may need to be changed sooner for [...]

We are following Government guidelines so have decided to close for 3 Weeks

We are following Government guidelines so have decided to close for 3 Weeks

RARE Audi MK1 3.2 Manual Transmission – Full Audi History – Same One Owner From New

Very Rare model Just had Full Major Service including Timing Chains, Clutch, Filters,Plugs, Drive Belt Kit.

Until the TT came along in 1998, Audi was perceived as one of the world’s most conservative car makers. Then this Bauhaus-inspired machine arrived and suddenly the Ingolstadt brand was hot property. There really was nothing else like the TT, and aside from the Peugeot RCZ, there still isn’t. But the TT isn’t just a pretty (or at least distinctive) face; it’s a pretty good drive too, and this rare 6 speed manual transmission V6 250 BHP is fast and sounds superb.

With its standard four-wheel drive these MK1 TT’S still looks sharp, there’s not much that competes with the TT within the price range and the correct model MK1 TT will only increase in value if cared for.

I have sourced this Rare 6 speed manual one owner from new vehicle with full Audi service history having covered a genuine 87,000 miles in phantom black which will be available to purchase soon.

As per [...]

Rare Skoda CR TDi Estates arrived for New Year

4x4 Superb ideal for the coming Winter Months

A pair of lovely rare CR Skoda tdi Estates both with comprehensive service history including replacement timing belt kits, both in excellent condition both inside and out. contact now to arrange a test drive and viewing.


Peugeot 1.6 HDI Timing belt kit service schedule interval 10 Years or 125,000 whatever comes first all our vehicles sold are all belted on schedule if required for that extra piece of mind. click on this VW cam belt interval


This 160 BHP 111S  is immaculate for a 2004 registered Series 2  in glossy Ardent red with contrasting black leather. It is truly stunning with no marks or gravel rash and the refurbished alloy wheels are like brand new. The previous keeper has owned and cherished her since 20/10/2007 and it has been dry stored and maintained.

The service schedule is as follows complete from the 5 owners from new, a perfect example of a modern classic, a cast iron investment for the future.

JCT 600 Brooklands Lotus 01/02/05  1,292

Gordon Lamb Motorsport 15/08/06   2,620  *new speedo fitted and documented

Long stratton Motor Company 05/10/06   3,045  Pads,Alternator,tyres

Long Stratton Motor Company 18/10/2007    8,230 Serv, Cambelt

GST Lotus Performance 06/10/2008  10,671 A service

Track Club Lotus 06/11/2009   12,502 C Service

Track Club Lotus  10/11/2010  14,158 A service

Track Club Lotus  23/11/2011 15,552 A service including full timing belt kit

Track Club Lotus  05/06/2014  16,753 B [...]

Now 20 Years from launch the MK1 Audi TT is becoming a Modern Classic, we have seen the price of low mileage unmolested example’s commanding high prices all across the country, especially the lightweight, sport and 225 BHP models.

We have had the pleasure of owning and driving several MK1 Audi TT’s from the 150 BHP to the 3.2 manual, mention to add which is very rare for V6 example. The prices in the last 12 Months of a perfect MK1 with good heritage and provenance has increased as collector’s are becoming aware of future values. Just think if you purchased a nice example MK1 Golf GTI, or a Lotus elise or even a Ford Fiesta XR2 5 Years ago, you would have most certainly had a better return than cash in the bank!! We currently have a MK1 TT 225 BHP Roadster which is in collectors first class condition with genuine lower miles with [...]

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