Guide To Keeping Your Car Safe

September 12, 2019 in Vehicle Safety

When you go out maybe to town or to get your shopping it’s always good to make sure your car is secure just encase the worst happens. There are several small things you can do that will help deter thieves. If you park in a standard car park, try and park near a CCTV camera as this can deter thieves if they know they are being watched. If the worst were to happen you may be able to identify the culprits from the footage. If you can it is also best to park next to or around other cars to stop yours standing out. Park in a public place where other people can see what’s going on if anything was to happen.

Try not to leave any valuables in your car when you are not there, this makes your car a prime target for thieves. It’s best not to leave anything visible in your car, especially if it is valuable. I know what you’re thinking, why would anyone want to break in my car to steal my old coat that I bought two years ago? But unfortunately, this sometimes happens. If you are not able to take an item with you it is a good idea to hide it somewhere in your car. The best places to hide objects are in your glove compartment, your boot or if you have one, your centre console.

Always close your windows when you leave your car unattended, even if the thieves are not up for stealing your car they will try and take anything they can find. Access to the cab can also give thieves access to the engine bay or the boot so always close windows when you’re not around.

It’s important to make sure you keep your keys safe at all times. Don’t leave them in your car or in visible sight. If thieves are desperate enough, they could follow you to your home and try breaking in to find your car keys. Sounds extreme right, but this is the reality of the world we live in so it’s best to be alert and keep all personal belongings as secure as possible.

Products You Can Buy

Car Tracker

A tracker is a commonly used product on the market for keeping your car safe (or at least track it down if it were stolen). Although it doesn’t physically stop theft, some trackers can alert you when your car makes an unauthorised move. If your car is ever stolen, you can be notified to where it is in real time and you will be able to alert the police to its location. When using a tracker, it’s best not to tell anyone or make it visible that you have one. If the thieves know you have a tracker the first thing they will do is try to remove it. If your car ever does get stolen, it is best not to follow the car yourself but give updates to the police on the location.

Steering Wheel Clamp

A steering wheel clamp is a secure and simple way of protecting your car. This clamp will cover your steering wheel and bolt into place preventing anyone from steering your car. Even if they do manage to start the vehicle they probably won’t be able to get very far! If you buy one of these, make sure it is sturdy and not fiddly to use.

Wheel Clamp

A wheel clamp isn’t a very practical method of keeping your car safe but if you are going away for a while or you wish to keep your car super safe this is an option. The clamp will prevent anyone from moving the car whilst it is attached. Even if someone was to get into the car, they won’t be able to drive off in it anytime soon! Having a wheel clamp on your car also acts as a visual deterrent to ward off any potential thieves.

Electric Cars – What You Need To Know

September 12, 2019 in Electric Cars

Electric cars represent progress and things you imagined as a child of what things may be like in the future. You could argue progress has been slow and whilst we still don’t have any flying cars (yet), electric cars are starting to become a big thing with increasing popularity and sales. There’s still lots of things to know when owning or looking to buy an electric vehicle, as they have a number differences (other than the obvious) to driving a petrol or diesel cars.

Choosing the right electric car for you

With ever increasing options, features and technology in electric vehicles its useful to weigh up how it will fit your lifestyle. When buying one you should consider the usage, for example if you want to use it as an everyday family car or if want something a little sportier that you can take it to a track. When going electric it’s important to look at the range, how many miles you can do on one charge. If your going to use it as a family car, you don’t want to stop every 30 mins to charge your battery with a two-hour charge time! Also consider your location and where easily accessible charging points are. If you live in the countryside, access to charging points could be quite a distance away and the last thing you would want is to be stuck with empty batteries.

Charging an electric car

As you probably know electric cars run on huge batteries and motors. Depending on the make and model of the car will depend on how often you need to charge it. Although the charging process is not quick, it’s a good idea to charge it whenever you get a chance.

Charging at your home

Charging at your home is a very effective and useful thing to have. Having a charging point at your home means that you don’t have to go out to charge your car and you can just park up, plug it in and just relax. There’s no need to wait around 2 hours at a charging point wasting part of your day when you can just relax in your own home. There’s some different options out there depending on the car that you have for example Tesla has a wall mounted charger and BMW has a wireless charge pad. Some systems can be installed by yourself and some will need to be installed by a specialist engineer. The prices of these charging points can range from £700 all the way up to £2000 pounds. When looking into getting a home charging point be aware that they will be connected to your mains power so in effect will add to your power bill.

Public charging points

Public charging points are normally located in public car parks and more prominent locations. These points are normally free to use because the local authorities are trying to encourage the use of electric vehicles. This however mat not always be the case and as points will possibly change by introducing a pricing tariff in the future when electric driving becomes more popular. There are many websites and phone apps that can tell you where your local charging points are located.

Types of charging

Slow charging: Uses a standard three-pin plug and normally takes around 6 – 8 hours to fully charge an electric vehicle from empty. These are normally used for in home charging.

Fast charging: A powerful charger that takes around 3-6 hours to charge a vehicle from empty. This type is less publicly available and is normally used for public street chargers and commercial charging.

Rapid charging: This type can normally charge a vehicle in 1 – 2 hours however frequent use of rapid charging can reduce the battery life. These chargers are normally located in important or busy public areas.

Welcome to the new QCD Autocentres Website

September 6, 2019 in Uncategorized

Welcome to the brand new QCD Autocentres website.

We invest in the latest technologies to bring you a high-level of service. With our new online booking facilities, we are able to offer instant access to our booking diary for MOTs, vehicle servicing (all makes and models), brakes, air-con as well as easy to use tyre ordering.