Story: COLIN DAWSON
IF there’s one thing predictable about the winter weather in Britain, it’s that you never know quite what to expect. But there’s no doubt that lower temperatures and longer hours of darkness put greater strain on vehicles – and we might even be in for another bout of the deep snow experienced during 2010 and 2011.
Over the past two winters, Volkswagen Roadside Assistance has attended 2,500 battery-related call-outs and 700 wiper-and-washer-related call-outs. So, as a precaution against the rigours of winter, Volkswagen van drivers and operators are being offered a free winter check, which is now available from Volkswagen Van Centres and authorised repairers across the UK.
The 30-point winter check includes essentials such as battery, lights, tyres, wipers and washers, plus screenwash and antifreeze levels. If the screenwash is low, it will be topped up free with Volkswagen genuine screenwash, which can cope with temperatures of minus 70°C.
Should any items need replacing, a range of Volkswagen-approved replacements will be offered ‘at competitive prices’, says the company. These include winter tyres, which provide extra grip and traction when temperatures fall below seven degrees.
Stephen Bateson, Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles head of aftersales and customer service, told Business Vans: “People don’t realise the importance of basics like good quality screenwash, which works at much lower temperatures than cheaper alternatives, or that the correct antifreeze level is essential to reduce the risk and cost of burst pipes or frozen water pumps.
“This free Winter Check will help business van drivers keep their vehicles on the road this winter, and save the cost of unnecessary repairs and lost business if they breakdown,” he said.
To find your nearest participating Volkswagen Van Centre, call 0800 717131.
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