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Punctures repaired whilst you wait (if you're lucky)
Member Name: moo2moo
Advantages: Location, abundant throughout the UK
Disadvantages: Not always the cheapest. Its worth phoning around
A very slooooow puncture could mean only one thing. A trip to civilisation to have it repaired. The nearest and in fact the only puncture repair place in the vicinity is a branch of ATS Euromaster located within a grade II listed building in a conservation area. Beautiful. Or at least its neighbours were. Still I wasn't here to admire the architecture I needed a repair doing. The car park was deserted at 10:30am, the only vehicles in sight were ATS vans one of which was parked in the bay. No hydraulic ramps here. In fact the place was so quiet I half expected tumbleweed to go rolling past. I entered the deserted reception desk and was confronted with a handwritten notice informing me that they weren't currently repairing punctures whilst you wait due to staff shortages. I should point out that this place is in the middle of nowhere. Theres a bus stop across the road and the odd cow poking its head over a hedge but that's it. Its not really somewhere you can do anything but wait.
Still nothing ventured nothing gained and so I enquired if it were possible to have my puncture repaired since the three members of staff visible weren't exactly rushed off their feet. Fortunately they agreed to fit it in there and then. Sadly it wasn't the straightforward job I'd envisaged. My air leak was old age rather than a puncture and needed replacing. Fortunately a couple of clicks later they came up with a choice of three tyres, all held in stock to replace it. Applying various promotional codes a known brand was £5 more than a budget tyre and this was swiftly fitted along with a matching tyre for its mate at the other side as I always buy tyres in pairs. Their prices were on par with other tyre fitters in the vicinity. I doubt phoning around would have found me a cheaper pair.
The whole process took less than 30 minutes giving me time to peruse a very out of date selection of trashy magazines, still it made a change from What Car? The tiny waiting room with its pair of vinyl topped squishy chairs was clean and warm and proffered a coin operated hot drinks vending machine.
The branch in question also supply and fit exhausts although since I didn't have one fitted on this occasion I can't comment on either their fitting skills or costs.
Rather bizarely the work sheet profered on completiton of my tire fit informed me they'd checked my exhaust system for wear and tear and recorded my milage. I find this rather irritating. Had they said "would you like a free car inspection" that would have been one thing but this came across as touting for business to a captive audience and extended the job unnecessarily.
ATS have branches throughout the UK, your nearest one can be found here:
Summary: Efficient tyre fitters
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