At long last (and yet, strangely, sooner than expected) it looks like the end of the dark, awful COVID-19 tunnel is in sight. Recently, we wrote a blog about maintaining our vehicles while they sit out the lockdown. Now, it’s time to turn our attention to getting our cars ready for more use than they’ve possibly ever seen before.
As we start the slow process of returning to life after lockdown, there are several reasons why our cars will be working harder than ever.
- With COVID-19 still at large within the community (no matter how small the risk of infection is), we’re all going to be chary of public transport for some time yet. Those who would normally catch the tram or train to work will be driving their cars and, with winter biting hard, walking to the shops or a friend’s place won’t always be possible.
- Many of us have had to tighten our belts as the coronavirus ravaged small and big businesses alike. That car upgrade some of us were planning will have to be put off for another 12 to 18 months, so our current editions will have to work beyond their typical retirement age.
- Restrictions may be easing, but the overseas holidays won’t be back on the agenda for some time yet. Which means many of us will be embarking on the classic road trip. That’s hundreds, if not thousands, of extra kilometres for our cars that they would otherwise not be undertaking.
BM Tech Specials to keep your car running
Clearly, it’s never been more important to make sure our vehicles are in tip-top condition, especially with winter bearing down. Considering many of us are on struggle street at the moment, we’ve put together some special deals and services for you to take advantage of.
Oil Service and Vehicle Check Special
Book in before end of April and we’ll service your car for just $330, $390 or $499 depending on your model! Use the code word “MUNICH” to redeem.
Find Your Model:
BMW 1 Series, 2 Series, 3 Series, 4 Series, X1, X2, X3, X4 and All Mini Models:
- 4 Cyl & 6 Cyl Petrol Engines – $330.00
- 4 Cyl Diesel Engines – $330.00
- 6 Cyl Diesel Engines – $390.00
BMW 5 Series, 6 Series, 7 Series, 8 Series, X5, X6. Most Audi & VW Models:
- 4 Cyl Diesel & 6 Cyl Petrol Engines – $330.00
- 6 Cyl Diesel & V8 Engines – $390.00
BMW M Series and High Performance Models:
- All engines $499.00
Brake Parts Special
With winter upon us, it’s important to make sure your brakes are in optimum condition. If they need to be replaced, we are offering 20% OFF BRAKE PARTS*, and if you have your brakes replaced during an Oil Service then it’s 25% OFF!* Offers includes ORIGINAL Brake Parts (including the Ceramic ATE Brakes). Use the code word “MUNICH” to redeem. Don’t miss out!
* Excludes M Series & some High Performance models
$100 Instant Cashback on Tyres
Purchase 4 x Continental branded passenger, 4×4 or SUV tyres and receive $100 cash back for tyres 17” and above! Or $50 cashback for 14”-16”. Book now at https://easterntyres.com.au
Need a Tow Bar? We can help!
With road trips destined to be more popular than ever in the near future, we’ve reintroduced the supply and installation of towbars that suit any requirement or budget. Towbar installations are currently booming, so don’t leave this one to the last minute!
Getting your car winter ready
Driving in winter is inherently more dangerous than any other season and, with our cars to get more use than ever, it’s vitally important we have everything in order. Let’s take a look at some of the things that may need attention on your car.
Yep, that’s right, your car’s battery is affected by the weather. To understand why, here’s a very brief science lesson: a lead acid battery (like the one in your car) contains lead plates in electrolyte liquid. These plates create an electro-chemical reaction that produces a charge in the battery terminals. If we think back to high school chem, we’ll recall that reactions are slowed by cold temperatures, and for your battery this means a reduced ability to start and run a vehicle, making it seem sluggish.
This is usually a problem for older batteries (anything over three years) and in temperatures around zero and colder. So, if you live in areas prone to frost, or you’re planning a trip to the snow, bring your car in so we can make sure your battery is up to the task.
When it comes to your safety, there’s nothing more important than the tyres your driving on, especially in winter. More rain and colder temperatures mean slippery and icy conditions. Your tyres are doing more work to maintain traction, and if the tread is worn and unable to disperse enough water, that traction will disappear. Winter roads are far less forgiving than summer ones; a slight correction or braking a fraction late with worn tyres could spell catastrophe.
If you’re unsure or simply want peace of mind, bring your car in and we can perform a quick tread check and make sure your tyres are going to keep you glued to the road.
Windscreen wiper maintenance is often not thought about until we’re stuck in a downpour and the wipers don’t work well enough to maintain visibility. The rubber might be worn to the point that it scrapes across the glass (in some instances leaving irreparable scratches), or patches of rubber may have disintegrated to the point that areas of your windscreen are never free of water. This is not just an inconvenience; it’s dangerous.
In winter, with the sun rising later and setting earlier, we spend more time driving in the dark, which means more time driving into blinding headlights of oncoming traffic. When those headlights get refracted through rain on our windscreens, we cannot see a thing in front of us. Windscreen wipers aren’t expensive to fix, and we can do it in a jiffy, so make sure you bring your car in before the next downpour hits.