Leeds is a city in West Yorkshire with an estimated population of 785,000.
Leeds has become the largest legal and financial centre outside London. Its financial and insurance industries are worth £13billion to the city’s economy alone. It is also the UK’s 3rd largest manufacturing centre employing around 39k employees and adding over £7billion to the economy.
Home to Leeds Rhinos rugby league team, Yorkshire Carnegie rugby union team, Headingly and Yorkshire County Cricket Club, perhaps the most famous of Leeds’ sporting champions is Leeds United FC. Formed in 1919, and situated at the Elland Road Stadium, they have won The FA Cup, The League Cup and were runners-up in the European Cup and the European Cup Winners Cup to boot.
The most popular cars in Leeds
With Leeds location sitting in the heart of the West Riding, the VW Golf is an ideal family car and city commute vehicle; it is estimated to be the most popular car in Leeds, according to data provided between 2012 to 2018 by ownership and postcode.
Close on its heels—and in order of popularity—are the Mercedes A-Class, Ford Fiesta, VW Tiguan and the Nissan Qashqai.
Vehicle numbers in Leeds
There are approximately 314,000 licensed vehicles in the Leeds area, with some of the most popular models including the Ford Focus, the Mini and the VW Polo.
Fixter garages in Leeds
There are a total of 19 Fixter garages in the Leeds 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 Leeds area:
- LS1: City Centre, Leeds
- LS2: Woodhouse, Leeds
- LS3 & LS4: Burley & Kirkstall, Leeds
- LS5: Hawksworth, Leeds
- LS6: Headingly, Hyde Park, Beckett Park & Meanwood, Leeds
- LS7: Chapel Allerton, Beck Hill Lovell Park & Potternewton, Leeds
What does a car battery do?
The car battery is responsible for powering all of the electric components in your car. As well as the lights, stereo, windscreen wipers, etc. it is also responsible for powering the ignition system that starts your engine and keeps it running.
How often should a car battery need replacing?
A car battery is to have an expected lifespan of between 4 to 6 years. This is dependent on several factors, for example, the quality of the battery, weather conditions, vehicle type, driving habits, and vehicle type.
The law, vehicle regulations, and your MOT
The physical condition of your battery will not cause your car to fail an MOT, but if the car won’t start, run or operate the electrical components properly because of your battery, then that will.
What causes a car battery to stop working correctly?
Your battery is continually being charged by your car’s alternator while driving, so it’s only through damage or that it has reached the end of its operational life, that it will fail to hold its charge.
On occasions when there has been excessive electrical use without your battery being recharged, your battery will be drained. A drained battery will only require a recharge unless the battery is faulty and its failed operation was instrumental to the drain.
After prolonged use, a car battery can leak the acid that holds the electrical charge. This liquid will turn to a white or bluish powder where it dries, so is fairly easy to spot.
Eventually, a battery will simply reach the end of its life. At this point, it’s time to organise a replacement.
Symptoms of a malfunctioning car battery
If your car won’t start
If your car doesn’t start when you turn the ignition switch, especially when the engine doesn’t make any attempt to turn over, your battery could be flat.
None of the electrical components work
If the lights, fan, radio or any other electrical components in your car don’t turn on or operate, then your battery could be drained or damaged.
The terminals are corroded
If the terminals (connection points) on your battery are corroded, then your battery is likely to be damaged or worn out.
Your battery has powdery deposits on it
If there are white or blueish powdery deposits on any parts of the battery, this is a sign of acid leaking and incorrect operation of your battery.