New Petrol Available from September

Vehicle owners need to be aware of the new petrol rolling out across the country this month. E10 is replacing the standard 95 octane petrol grade. Around 95% of petrol-powered cars currently on the road can use E10 petrol. All vehicles built since 2011 are compatible with this new grade of petrol, plus many more.

Let’s take a closer look at E10 petrol.Read more

Book Early for Your Upcoming MOT Test

Beat the upcoming MOT rush by making sure you book early for your appointment. The DVLA gave all vehicles due an MOT test between 30th March 2020 and 31st July 2020 a six-month extension to their MOT due date to help keep motorists moving during the height of the pandemic.

This extension meant that last year, MOT testing centres like ours were bustling during September, October, and November, with twice the number of cars requiring MOT testing at the same time. It will be just as busy those same months this year as all those vehicles are due for renewal.Read more

MOT & Service Offer, Just £99!

Trostre Tyres is excited to share our latest MOT and service offer. Our customers can have a full MOT and service for just £99! ( vehicles with up to a 2.0 litre engine size).The offer includes a full MOT test, oil and oil filter change.

This offer is not only excellent value for money but also means your MOT and service are carried out at the same time which we highly recommend. Having your MOT and service carried out at the same time is easier for you: it requires fewer trips to the garage and less time where you are without access to your car.

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MOT Pontarddulais

Our New MOT Testing Bay

We are delighted to announce that we are in the process of having a new MOT bay installed in our Pontarddulais depot, allowing us to carry out Class 4 MOT tests in-house.

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Cold weather can cause havoc on a car battery! Don’t get caught out

The horrible feeling of turning the ignition in your car or van and having nothing happen has probably happened to everyone at least once, and in cold weather, this is even more likely to happen.

Why are batteries affected by cold weather

There is a reason why batteries are affected by cold weather and freezing temperatures. Most vehicle batteries use a liquid electrolyte solution to hold their charge, and this solution is affected by temperature changes.

Cold weather can negatively affect the electrolyte solution’s ability to transfer full power, and in extreme freezing conditions, batteries can even freeze completely.

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Should you Purchase Premium Fuel?

We’ve all seen those pricier fuel pumps next to the regular unleaded and diesel nozzles named something along the lines of Premium, Momentum or Super, but what is premium fuel and should you be buying it?

What is premium fuel?

Premium fuel comes in two forms: diesel and petrol. The main difference between premium and regular fuel is the octane levels, with premium fuel containing a significantly higher level. Octane is a chemical component of petrol, and the amount found in a fuel determines how well it works in higher compression engines, such as performance cars.

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What happens if I miss my MOT?

When lockdown was introduced in March, the government announced that vehicle owners would be granted temporary exemptions on MOTs falling due between 30 March to 30 August. This was later changed to include only MOTs falling due up until 31 July. Confused? You are not alone, the MOT extension, changes of due dates, and extension dates have resulted in many people having no idea when their MOT is due for renewal, or indeed if it may have already expired!

If you are stopped by the police without a valid MOT, you risk a large fine of up £1,000 for a car and up to £2,500 for a van. You may also be given 3 points on your driving license, which will drive up car insurance and could lead to a driving ban if you already have points on your driving license. You can also be banned if the car you are driving is considered ‘dangerous’.

All reasons why it is incredibly important not to be caught out by the changed due dates of your MOT.

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The Importance of Winter Checks

Winter driving can take a toll on your car, so it is essential to make sure it’s working at its best before the darker nights and the colder months approach. If a vehicle service is not yet due or is skipped, important winter check items can be missed, putting you in danger and leaving you at risk of breaking down.

Annual winter checks can often save you money in the long run as you can avoid costly breakdowns and accidents, leaving you confident that your vehicle is safe and reliable for the season.

The vehicle checks concentrate on five main areas: tyres and windscreen wiper inspection, battery testing, coolant and antifreeze check and a light assessment.Read more

How can I pay for my car repairs?

There is a lot of worry right now about making sure that you can pay the bills and make ends meet. The worry of new local lockdowns and the possible loss of your job, or lower month income is undoubtably causing great stress and worry in your life. At this time, it is understandable that you focus on making payments for your regular monthly bills: your mortgage or rent payment, energy bills, insurance, and water. However, the one thing that can get easily forgotten about is the car maintenance and the costs associated with that.Read more

Be Quick and Beat the MOT Rush!

Did you know MOT test demand is set to soar over the next three months?

The need for vehicles to go through the DVLA MOT inspection will be over 60% higher in September, October and November because more than half of the nation’s vehicle owners deferred having an MOT’s during lockdown. This increase will see requests for MOT appointments soar as these new expiry dates will be added to the usual number of cars already due an MOT during these months.

With this in mind, we are urging all drivers to get their car MOT booked as soon as they can, to ensure you are not left unable to secure a test prior to your MOT expiry date. Driving your car with an expired MOT will cost you in the form of a fine and also points added to your licence!Read more