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2016 – Year of the Terraclean


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As 2015 draws to a close, despite a successful year in all aspects, we don’t look back. Instead, we look forward to a bright and prosperous 2016. 

As the New Year begins we’d like to wish you all the best in the motoring department of your life. We understand that your car is a part of who you are. It is a reflection of yourself to the wider public, an essential to your everyday livelihood and an asset that you grow to enjoy and love (or hate in some cases)! Luckily, we’re here to make sure that only the former is relevant to you, our beloved customers.

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Industry experts are saying that 2016 will be the Year of the Terraclean.

Terraclean has been with us for a while now and has been steadily growing in popularity since it’s launch, being endorsed by some of the industries biggest names along the way. 2016 will see a large increase in the amount of Terraclean services we perform here at Alan Price Auto Services (Terraclean Blackburn). Look out for our new mobile Terraclean unit being rolled out in early 2016!

For the latest updates, developments and prices, check out our Facebook page here and give us a like and drop us a message for any enquiries you may have.

Prices start from £108 inc VAT.

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Published Date: 31st December 2015
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Merry Christmas from all the team here at Lancashire’s Premier Garage! The festive spirit has been with us for a while now and now the time has almost arrived we’re practically bouncing off the ceilings. YES WE’RE THAT EXCITED!

We’d also like to take the time to wish you a trouble-free festive season on the motoring front as the last thing you need, especially at this time of year is your vehicle proving unreliable on the way to your Christmas dinner! Thankfully we’re open between the 29th & 31st of December so if you do find yourself in a pickle, Pickleyou know that you can leave your car in the hands of a respected Garage you can trust. Also we guarantee to do the job properly and to a high standard, unlike some other less reputable establishments. After all, we don’t hold the title of Lancashire’s Premier Garage for nothing.

It’s of paramount importance that you prepare adequately for the festive season, even if the Winter isn’t a particularly harsh one like the one we’re experiencing so far this year. This is because only a fool would take the British weather for granted. Being so unpredictable, you need to be ready to take on the unexpected at the shortest notice.

Have a Winter Service

Any motorist with half a brain cell will know the importance of servicing your vehicle at the intervals designated by the manufacturer’s handbook. News_motoroil190713154712This is all well and good however due to the adverse weather conditions we experience in this country, we strongly recommend that have all your vital fluid levels checked (oil, coolant, brakes, power steering and transmission). Any leaks should be dealt with accordingly and liquids should be topped up accordingly. The last thing you want happening at this time of year is excessive part wear due to a lack of sufficient fluids in your engine.

Ensure your Tyres are in Good Condition

The tyres on your car are the only contact points your vehicle has with the road. Considering only a small part of each tyre is ever in contact with the road at once, the overall surface area that provides your vehicle with grip is extremely limited. Because of this it is essential that your tyres have plenty of tread depth remaining, especially at this time of year when grip comes at a premium. Put simply, if your tyres come as new with 8mm of tread and now they’re only sporting 4mm, you essentially have half the grip. Sure the legal limit might be 1.8mm, but we’d certainly recommend changing over to new set once they start approaching 3.5mm, especially at this time of year. Last thing you want is to have an accident. tyre kicker

We recommend doing some visual checks first of all, preferably with a professional to identify any signs of ripping, cracking or tears. If your tyres turn out to be damaged in any way, shape or form, you must replace them as soon as possible.

Finally, this may sound remedial but we insist that you check your tyre pressures are correct. Driving around with incorrectly inflated tyres can lead to dangerous handling characteristics, poor fuel economy and faster wearing tyres.

Apply Silicon Lubricant Spray to Door Rubbers

Another point worth noting is that you need to make sure you can get in and out of your car when it’s freezing outside. To prevent sticking door rubbers which is a surprisingly common occurrence, we strongly recommend spraying them with silicone lubricant spray. All good garages, supermarkets and motor factors carry these in stock.


In short, our priority is making sure you have the best Christmas possible. In the event of you needing any motoring assistance over the festive season, feel free to give us a call, we’re always here to help in your hour of need. We hope our advice proves helpful and we wish you a very merry Christmas and a fantastic start to 2016 – Alan Price Auto Services 


Published Date: 24th December 2015
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Is your car becoming a headache?


Have no fear, Alan Price is here! We get countless calls from motorists who are incredibly distressed when they’re stuck on the hard shoulder after driving their increasingly problematic vehicles. Confide in Lancashire’s Premier Garage and rest assured, you’re in safe hands.

When it comes to the quality of the service we deliver to each and every deeply valued customer, the wealth of experience our technicians have between them, or even our constant investments in the latest diagnostics equipment, so we can be sure to locate and alleviate the problem first time around, regardless of make or model, we have you covered.

With cars featuring increasingly complex electronics, we are noticing an increasing amount of customers seeking our help after they have been persistently let down by other garages claiming to know how to fix electrical woes and resulting in a large bill, and a problem that just refuses to go away. This is likely to continue to be the case, however we urge you to bring your car to a highly modern facility like ours with highly trained technicians that don’t have to pretend to know what they’re doing!

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Of course, we advise that you keep your car maintained and serviced inline with your vehicles service manual. This is the key to keeping your car running like clockwork mechanically. It’s significantly harder to predict when an electrical fault will materialize and these often require specialist equipment that is available only to a select few. We would certainly not recommend tampering with the electronics on a modern car at home. On the plus side, electrical issues rarely strike twice once sorted properly by a competent technician.

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What if your car is beginning to feel its mileage? One popular treatment that we conveniently offer from £108 including VAT is Terraclean.  This service removes carbon build ups from the engine and exhaust system, releasing more power, reducing emissions and significantly improving economy. This is all while improving the response of and feel of the car as a whole, petrol or diesel.



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Post-Terraclean Pipe

You can see by the photos provided the difference that a Terraclean makes within the internals of your vehicle. Having this fantastic service performed on your vehicle will transform any car with over 15,000 miles into feeling like a brand new vehicle. The difference can be felt as soon as you drive away! All of our staff have ultimate faith in Terraclean after having it performed on all of our vehicles. One of our staff members has an Audi A6 3.0 V6 converted to LPG and even she noticed a huge increase in MPG and engine response after the service, so it’s clear that the benefits aren’t just limited to conventionally fuelled vehicles. It works on classics too. Currently I drive a 1969 Triumph Spitfire MKIII as a daily driver, and the car has been completely transformed since the treatment, ridding it of a noticeable flat spot among other benefits.


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Another point that is often neglected over winter is keeping your car clean whilst the roads are dirty. Besides the obvious factor of taking pride in your vehicle, keeping your car clean (especially the underside) is an essential way of preventing rust becoming an issue. At this time of year, there are many corrosive salts on the roads which can deal a great deal of damage to your cars bodywork if not cleaned on a regular basis. Once the rust sets in, it can be difficult and time-consuming to fix, leading to costly and largely preventable repairs.

Another way to help prevent the spread of corrosion is to invest in a product such as Waxoyl and coat the underside of the body, spreading a protective layer which in turn will help your car to remain in fine, rust-free condition. Where the chassis is concerned, applying a layer of underseal is the most effective way to stop rust from taking over. This is cheap and easy to do once up on some ramps. We offer this service for very competitive rates and we believe its a necessity over the winter season, especially on older cars.

Unfortunately, the rust will have already taken hold on some vehicles, which can be dangerous, compromising the structural integrity of the car, and most likely being an MOT fail. If this is the case then your car will require welding work to be carried out. We offer this service and we have two highly experienced technicians that specialize in welding that will be more than happy to restore your cars body work to its former glory, for a very reasonable price. Many welders like to get straight into the welding itself however, being Lancashire’s Premier Garage, we follow all the recommended preparation procedures to ensure that the work carried out on your vehicle is long-lasting and seamlessly executed.

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So, want a headache free festive period? Of course you do. We all do. Follow our tips regarding keeping your car problem free, and you’re on the right track to a having a trouble free Winter. Obviously, problems can arise that can’t be predicted, as with everything. Luckily, if this becomes the case, you can be sure that there’s a garage with a skill set and reputation you can trust. Many don’t get that benefit.

If you need are experiencing any motoring related qualms, or even just want some FREE friendly advice, give us a ring on 01254 679937 and we’ll do you right!

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Published Date: 3rd December 2015
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