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Vehicle Warranty at Mike Fairbanks Ltd In Macclesfield, Cheshire

Obviously buying from any dealer means you are entitled to a warranty on your vehicle. However, there are certain criteria that you should consider: Firstly, the older the car is the less the warranty will cover and Secondly: our prices are very competitive and as a result we don't inflate our prices in order to offer certain perks such as 12 months warranty, Free Insurance etc.


Whilst there is a huge furore in the press currently about diesel cars and people are a bit unsure, these are the facts as we know them so far:

Somehow between the government and the car manufacturers they promoted diesel cars heavily and as cleaner and cheaper to run.

It turns out that some manufacturers have been gaming the emissions and have since been penalised by the government for this

Not only have the manufacturers been punished but the public is to be penalised too. As of March 2017 all new cars that are registered no longer qualify for the cheaper road tax and the heavy tax on diesel is going up even more.

Also, as of May 2018 the MoT tests for diesel cars will be stricter on their emissions - which may mean some with older diesel cars will be looking at scrapping them unless you can find a way of getting the emissions down. And who do you go to when you want to scrap them? Possibly a manufacturers' scrappage scheme! Yet another situation where the Government gets their cut, manufacturers sell more new cars and the working person has little option but to lose their current car and buy a replacement one.


Firstly: All diesel cars are fitted with EGR (Emission Gas Recycling) valves and Particulate filters to reduce the emissions coming out of the exhaust.
These devices may soot up and block if you don't do a lot of mileage, particularly if you're only doing about 12,000 miles a year on short town and school journeys. Then my advice is buy petrol. The maintenance costs will be a lot more on a diesel car should things go wrong and most 1.4 and 1.6 petrol engines are good on fuel and cheaper to maintain with few emission issues.

Secondly: If you do buy a diesel car make sure you use a good grade of fuel, have the oil changed regularly and take them on a long run every so often, this will help clean them up.

With regards to the new MOT regulations on emissions coming into force this year, if you find yourself struggling to get the car through the emissions test then see if the garage can put a fuel cleaner through your system, clean out the EGR valve and then take it on a good run with at least a half a tank of fuel. Run it for about 50 miles and then take it straight back to the MOT tester to see if he can check the emissions again whilst the car is hot. The reason for running it with half a tank of fuel is simple; most cars on a motorway run of about 20 to 30 minutes or so will regenerate the particulate filters themselves which is why a good run every so often is good for them, however, if the car has under a quarter of a tank of fuel in it the system may not allow it!

Now I know it looks like doom and gloom but we still have several factors to consider; There will still be diesel and petrol cars manufactured for many years yet. In order for us to go totally Hybrid or Electric several things will need to occur, the price of the cars will have to be reduced as the average working class guy can't afford to spend £25,000 on a small electric car with only a 100 mile range. Imagine trying to go to France on holiday, you'd have to stop every 100 miles or so to then recharge your car for 7 hours. So in order for there to be a successful solution the manufacturers are going to have to improve the range of the cars and the pricing otherwise no one will buy them.

Also, the older diesel cars and petrol cars will still be around for the next 20 years or so, there's no feasible way to get rid of them all so you'll still be able to buy second hand ones and fill them with fuel. What the Government is trying to do is get rid of the really smoky and badly polluting ones.


As mentioned earlier any new car from March 2017 will be around £200 per year regardless of the emissions. Prior to this you can still buy the zero rated cars and all the other tax bands will apply for £20 on up to £600 per year. Incomprehensible?? As usual these will go up slightly each year as has been the case for a very long time.

These bandings will stay in force for some time to come, so if you wanted to go out and buy a 2010 model diesel car you will be able to and fuel it and run it around for many years to come and pay a low road tax.


Obviously a few of you have bought diesel cars from dealers recently that may well fall foul of the new MoT emissions test. However, please don't be mad at the dealer who sold you the car as it was ok when it was sold to you and at all subsequent MOT tests. This is a Government scheme and they have changed the goal posts quite significantly. It's no different to buying a TV for £400 and then 6 months later it's in the sale at £200, gutting I know but that's the way it is.

Anyway, I hope this has been informative!

Mike Fairbanks