mannysmechanicalrepairs.com.au July 23, 2015 No Comments

Buying or Selling a Car – The Correct Procedure

The process of buying and selling a car can be a very stressful time, especially when you do not have a clue. But there are correct procedures and steps to take when you know how.

Step 1. When selling a car your first step is to get a safety certificate/roadworthy. And this is where 80% of problems occur.

A safety certificate inspection is a focussed inspection at a set time and place by a qualified examiner at a qualified examiner site.

“Never, ever, ever assume!!” a car service is an inspection or that a safety inspection is a mere formality, or just a write out, or a mere 5 minute wait. The vehicle is professionally inspected in accordance to the Queensland Department of Transport standards and car braking efficiency is recorded.

Step 2. After obtaining the safety certificate, a blue sheet will also be given. This has the details of the examination and pass and is to be attached to the rear window of the car with the for sale sign.

Signs like “Interested?” are illegal.

A car can only be sold two ways. a) With a safety certificate b) Unregistered.

A registered vehicle cannot change hands/owners even as a gift unless a current safety certificate is issued with the vehicle.

Step 3. After the vehicle has been sold, an immediate bill of sale is to be drawn up. The time and date of the sale is to be written down with all details of the actual sale from both parties – buyer and seller (bill of sale forms can be downloaded).

Step 4. The next form to be filled is the transfer of registration form (this too can be downloaded from the Queensland Transport website) where identification is produced, generally driver’s licence. This too is to be filled by both the buyer and the seller, accompanied with the safety certificate and bill of sale… and that’s it.

Where the process gets complicated is when these steps are not followed – especially when a sale has somehow been made and the roadworthy inspection is done a the last moment, only to fail, requiring repair and cost that has not been budgeted for.

This comes down to not following a process or poor advice.

I hope this has helped.

– Manny, 0411 496 621
To serve, to perform, to guide.

 

At Manny’s Mechanical Repairs you are in good hands, our main services include, Safety CertificatesLogbook ServiceFree Pickup & Delivery, and Car Cooling System Repairs.

We have the latest diagnostic equipment and my work van is fitted out with an industrial air compressor. This enables me to perform heavy duty work and give you – the customer – the best service at any place and at any time.

For Bookings and enquiries, please contact us on 0411 496 621email us at agrade@mannysmechanicalrepairs.com.au or visit our site www.mannysmechanicalrepairs.com.au.

mannysmechanicalrepairs.com.au July 13, 2015 No Comments

Never Ignore Air Bag Warning Lights

Recent developments in the Japanese sector of the car industry has seen a world-wide recall on air bags on many makes. The problem has been revealed that in the event of an accident, the air bags do not deploy correctly and also send metal fragments into the face of the driver or passenger. In other words, it’s like having a shot gun pointed at you ready to go off when you have an accident.

This is really serious stuff! There is a reluctance in many car owners who come in for a service – with an air bag light on – to get it fixed! I have had many occasions where a customer has come in to get a roadworthy with an air bag light on, only to be told the vehicle has failed roadworthy standards immediately. Let me repeat that… an air bag light on   immediately makes your vehicle un-roadworthy! Here is why…

In the case of a serious accident, the insurance company will want to know what caused the accident. 1/environment, 2/human error or 3/ mechanical factors. If the occupants are injured or killed and it was found the air bag did not deploy, which may have saved their lives, the insurance company may deem that this vehicle was faulty at the time of the accident. This could alter the payout, but more importantly, the unnecessary loss of life!

One only has to look at the recent 2011 floods to see how the insurance companies will do anything to weasel their way out of paying insurance claims through technical crap.

We as mechanics have a duty of care to inform our customers of the conditions and faults of their cars. We strongly advise customers keep their cars well maintained and in a roadworthy condition at all times and for customers to get on the internet and constantly check for recalls.

I hope this has helped.

– Manny, 0411 496 621
To serve, to perform, to guide.

 

At Manny’s Mechanical Repairs you are in good hands, our main services include, Safety CertificatesLogbook ServiceFree Pickup & Delivery, and Car Cooling System Repairs.

We have the latest diagnostic equipment and my work van is fitted out with an industrial air compressor. This enables me to perform heavy duty work and give you – the customer – the best service at any place and at any time.

For Bookings and enquiries, please contact us on 0411 496 621email us at agrade@mannysmechanicalrepairs.com.au or visit our site www.mannysmechanicalrepairs.com.au.

mannysmechanicalrepairs.com.au July 9, 2015 No Comments

How Car Brakes Work & Service @ Mannys

The brake system is perhaps one of the most important components to your safety, apart from the steering system. The brakes must be checked and maintained constantly to ensure correct operation and efficiency.

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The brake system composes of a brake calliper (clamp) and a round disc rotor, hence the name disc brakes. When you push on the brake pedal (with your foot) fluid is pushed from the brake master cylinder (which is generally situated in the engine bay) down a metal tube down to a rubber line then to a brake caliper. An internal piston is pushed on to brake pads which then clamp on either side of the disc rotor, consequently stopping the car.

When a vehicle comes in for a service, the items we check are scored. Disc rotors, worn out brake pads, and moisture content in the brake fluid. Brake fluid is hydroscopic which means it tends to attract moisture – excess moisture in the brake fluid can cause catastrophic brake fade, resulting in poor braking performance and rapid deterioration of internal brake seals. This is why periodic services are critical! Because most brakes are now self-adjusting it is nearly impossible to detect the wear rate on your brakes until you hear the dreaded grind and that is a clear indication that brakes should have been replaced a long time ago.

The problem when most people drive only one car is that they get use to the condition and the characteristic of the cars braking performance or poor performance and this is where it becomes dangerous. I have seen cases where customers got so use to the grinding noises that the brake pads have actually fallen out of the caliper, causing the caliper piston to pop out, resulting in loss of hydraulics and nearly complete loss of braking.

Here at Manny’s Mechanical Repairs we offer and perform complete brake inspection, repair and machining. We constantly check brake condition and brake fluid moisture content in every service and we conduct complete brake repairs to cars and light trucks.

– Manny

 

At Manny’s Mechanical Repairs you are in good hands, our main services include, Safety CertificatesLogbook ServiceFree Pickup & Delivery, and Car Cooling System Repairs.

We have the latest diagnostic equipment and my work van is fitted out with an industrial air compressor. This enables me to perform heavy duty work and give you – the customer – the best service at any place and at any time.

For Bookings and enquiries, please contact us on 0411 496 621email us at agrade@mannysmechanicalrepairs.com.au or visit our site www.mannysmechanicalrepairs.com.au.