Winter Tyres – Do they make a difference?

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Example of a Winter Tyre

DO Winter Tyres really make a difference?

Snow and icy conditions are once again upon us, for us drivers this means spending 10 minutes clearing windows of ice with a credit card, a hard slog getting out of the drive and sliding down the road to work all taking twice the time it should.

A set of winter tyres will cost you around £300 but will last you for years as you will only be needing them for 4 months of the year on average but these little beauties will allow you to drive normally whilst everybody else is slipping all over the road at 20mph, have you ever seen a news report from country with a colder climate than ours with all the roads covered in snow but everybody is driving normally? Winter Tyres are the reason for this probably with the exception of Alaska and Canada where there snow is so bad they have to use tyre chains.

Winter Tyres are made from a different rubber compound and have hundreds of little grooves known as Sipes allowing for almost normal steering, traction and braking, a set of Winter Tyres not only save you time but also give you piece of mind in winter conditions, call The Autoboss today to discuss your tyre needs.

Swindon Car Manufacturer Honda fails on Emissions Tests

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It has come to light through data procured by The Guardian that along with Mercedes-Benz, Mazda and Mitsubishi Swindon car manufacturer Honda has also failed emissions tests.

Honda Civic Manufactured in Swindon

Honda Civic Manufactured in Swindon

In more realistic on-road tests, some Honda models emitted six times the regulatory limit of NOx pollution while some unnamed 4×4 models had 20 times the NOx limit coming out of their exhaust pipes.


Read more on this news over at The Guardians website linked above.

Check if your car is affected by the Volkswagen emissions scandal

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It has been announced today that you can check your cars VIN number to see if your car is affected by the Volkswagen emissions scandal which has been al over the news recently.

If you know anybody with a Audi, Seat, Skoda or Volkswagen then please share this with them.

The four manufacturers affected by the emissions scandal are Audi, Seat, Skoda and Volkswagen.  Each have setup a checking system on their relative websites where you are asked to enter your cars VIN number to see if your can has the software used to cheat emissions tests.

  • maxresdefaultCheck your Audi HERE
  • Check your Skoda HERE
  • Check your Seat HERE
  • Check your Volkswagen HERE

Please do not bring your car to The Autoboss to be checked as this is something we can not do for you.

Matthias Müller, the new Volkswagen chief executive, said that they should start recalling affected vehicles in January and complete repairs by the end of 2016

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