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This is the second time I have used this brilliant service and it was flawless again. I booked the collection for 8am the driver was there for 7:55am I asked for the car back before 4pm it was as back for 2pm. This service is perfect for busy people like myself. Well worth the 5 star rating I have g...
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I was very skeptical initially with the service I was going to be provided by Fixter. Nevertheless it is very convenient that they come and get your car from any place and date. So I booked for a major service on the date and place I wanted. On that day, a guy came with his folded bike (10mins late)...
Jason from Altrincham
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Calnette from Manchester
I booked in for a major service and MOT. They were very efficient. They picked up my car, serviced it well and returned it well in time. Thank you guys so much
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The London Borough of Merton is located in South West London with a population of around 206,000.
Most famous for its most well known commercial district of Wimbledon, due to it being home to the internationally renowned Wimbledon tennis tournament.
The Wimbledon Tennis Championships, the only remaining major played on grass courts, has been held in London since 1877 and is famous as part of the tennis Grand Slam. 1968 was the first year prize money was awarded to the players, totalling a grand sum of £26,150 with the men’s title winner taking a £2,000 cheque. The prize money for 2019 will total £38million with £2.35million each going to the men’s and the women’s singles winners.
Merton is also home to AFC Wimbledon (originally Wimbledon FC) who famously climbed from the fourth division to the first in three successive years from 1983–1986, and soon after in 1988, beating Liverpool in the FA Cup Final.
Merton was also the home of the ITV police drama The Bill, with the Sun Hill police station regularly being filmed within the borough.
Given their worldwide popularity, multipurpose appeal and relatively small size making them ideal for London traffic, it’s no great surprise to hear that the VW Golf is estimated to be the most popular car in South West London, according to data provided between 2012 to 2018 by ownership and postcode.
Close on its heels—and in order of popularity—are the Volvo XC90, Land Rover Discovery Sport, Volkswagen Tiguan and the Audi A3 Sportback.
There are approximately 103,000 licensed vehicles in the Merton area, with some of the most popular models including the Ford Kuga, Nissan QashQai and the Mercedes A-Class.
There are a total of 24 Fixter garages in the Merton area, all ready and waiting to provide you with a fantastic quote for your car service, MOT and a wide range of vehicle repairs.
Fixter garages service the following postcodes and more, in and around the Merton area:
Brake pads are a key component of any vehicle’s braking system. They’re flat parts made of semi-metallic, organic or ceramic materials, with a metal backing. When you use your brakes, the pads hydraulically squeeze the brake discs, slowing your car down through friction and pressure. The pads absorb some of the biggest forces involved in daily driving.
Most cars have two pads per brake disc, although some high-performance models can have more.
As a rough guide, your brake pads should last for 50,000 miles, but there are a number of variables, including driver behaviour, the weight you carry, speed and the type of pads used. Not to mention that nearly 20% of MOT failures are caused by faulty brakes.
Incorrect brake operation, damaged or excessively worn discs or pads are considered unsafe for your vehicle performance and will cause your car to fail an MOT.
The typical cost of replacing front brake pads is around £100.
For example, a BMW 116d M Sport would have a dealer price of £133.13, yet Fixter will carry out the same work for only £107.10—a 20% saving!
Changing the rear brake pads on a Fiat 500 C Lounge will cost you £120.59 with your dealer, but only £99.17 with Fixter—a superb saving of 18%!
When you choose Fixter to find you a great deal and a premium mechanic to carry out your rear brake pad replacement, you can expect to save around £20–£25 from an average dealer price. That’s a typical saving in the region of 15–20%.
While your brake pads will keep you safe over thousands of miles, they won’t last forever. Eventually, the abrasive surface on them wears down, and they will need to be replaced, ideally while you still have around 25% capacity of the pads left.
Given that they take most of the load, front brake pads will probably need replacing first. They also have a bigger surface area to increase friction.
To make your brake pads last longer:
A loud screeching or grinding noise when you apply the brakes is a clear indicator that new pads are required.
If only one brake is working correctly, it can cause your car to pull in the direction of the functioning brake.
Your brake pads could be warped if the pedal vibrates when you press down on it.
Look through the wheel’s spokes for a visual check—the outside pad is pressed against a metal rotor, and you should be able to see at least 3mm of the pad.
If any of your dashboard warning lights are illuminated, the sensor that detects problems or worn out parts and components has detected an issue and activated the system.
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