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20/11/2008
Extra MOT Tester

01/07/2008
New Apprentice

01/06/2008
New Technician

26/03/2008
Good Garage Scheme

01/02/2008
Acquisition of Jepson Motors
10/02/2007
New Sevice Receptionist

01/07/2003
New Technician & Driver

30/06/2003
Extra MOT Tester

21/09/2002
Charity Sponsorship

19/07/2002
Approved Workshop Status Granted
01/07/2002
New Laser Wheel Alignment Service
22/02/2002
New Brake Fluid Testing Service

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Extra MOT tester! 20/11/2008

We are pleased to announce that vehicle technician Darren Kelly has qualified as a VOSA approved Nominated Tester (MOT Tester).

Darren had to sit a theory excamination before going on a three day course at the local VOSA training centre. Finally he had a practical examination before being awarded his Nominated Tester's certificate.

This good news means we now have five qualified MOT testers and with the two MOT bays that we have almost certainly means we are the busiest MOT testing station in Macclesfield.

Darren's NT Certificate

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New Apprentice joins the team! 01/07/2008

We have recently taken on a new apprentice, Daniel Perry. Daniel has already studied and passed his first part of his NVQ at Stockport College. He will studying for his part II in September on a day release scheme whilst gaining valuable experience through on the job training in the workplace.

His mentor will be vehicle technician, Dean Oldfield. Dean has done the same course and training as Daniel is now doing and his experience will prove to be invaluable to Daniel. We wish Daniel the bests of luck with his studies and hopes he makes us all proud!


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New Technician joins the team! 01/06/2008

We are pleased to announce that we have been joined by new technician Darren Kelly. Darren brings a wealth of experience in the servicing & repairing of all makes and models of vehicles. Darren will help increase our capacity to hopefully allow shorter waiting times for servicing & repairs. This increases our number of full time vehicle technicians to five.


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Good Garage Scheme 26/03/2008


We have recently been accepted into the Good Garage Scheme. This scheme is similar to the Cheshire Trading Standards Approved Workshop scheme that we are also members of and provides reassurance to our customers that they can be sure that we will provide a high level of service to them. There is a Code of Conduct that we will follow and should there be any problems that can't be resolved directly, then the scheme will act as arbitrators.

Potential customers can also see all the feedback that we have received from our current customers which is very useful before making a decision as to whether to use us or not.

Good Garage Scheme

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New Acquisition - Body repairs are go! 01/02/2008

We have expanded our business and can now offer full Body Repair services to all our customers through the acquistion of the business formerly known as Jepson Motors. Following the sad death of Jeff Jepson we were approached by his family as suitable hands to carry the business forward. We are pleased to be able to do this and have now taken on the running of this body shop.

In order to incoporate this into our business we have decided to trade under the name of Macclesfield Body Repair Centre. The body shop is located on the same industrial estate as our main workshop with its entrance on Pool Street itself.

Macclesfield Body Repair Centre

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New Sevice Receptionist joins the team! 10/02/2007

We are pleased to announce that we have been joined by Jeanette Simkins who will be taking over the running of the office. Her welcome arrival will free up Paul to concentrate on more technical issues, including getting his hands dirty for a change!

So the next time you call, it'll be Jeanette's cheery voice on the other end of the phone, so please do say hello! Jeanette will be in charge of booking appointments, ordering parts, producing invoices and most importantly, helping provide you with the highest level of service.


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New Technician & Driver 01/07/2003

In continuing to improve the service we offer to our customers we have recently taken on additional staff, adding an extra Vehicle Technician, John Hatton and Driver, Maurice Kime.

John is an experienced Technician with over 20 years working for a vareity of main franchise dealers including Rover, Vauxhall & Honda. He joins us from accident repair specialists, Churchill.

Maurice is the new face of the company for a great deal of our customers as he will be key in providing our free local collection and delivery service which is becoming very popular. This service reduces the hassle for our customers when their cars need servicing or MOTing. Qualities required for such a position are reliability, trustworthiness and the ability to communicate well with people, all of which Maurice has a plenty as he is a time served traffic policeman!

Maurice & John

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Extra MOT Tester 30/06/2003


We are pleased to announce that company director Sean Connelly has just qualified as an MOT Nominated Tester.This means that Sean can now MOT test class III & IV vehicles for the company. This addition brings the total number of MOT testers to four (Paul Connelly, John Hatton & Dave Hayward) which will help ensure adequate cover for when Dave Hayward retires at the end of August.

To achieve this qualification, Sean had to sit a theory examination before going on a two day training course at the Vehicle Inspectorate's local trainig centre. He was then able to undertake a practical test before being approved as a Nominated Tester.

Sean's NT Certificate

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Sponsorship Of A Mini French Invasion 21/09/2002

When customer Steve Jackson approached us and said he was going to invade the French and would we sponsor him, we jumped at the chance! Seriously, though this was all for charity....it was part of the Marie Curie Challenge!

Steve and his wife Denise, plus many other enthusiasts will be driving around the Loire Valley in France aiming to visit as many Chateaux as they can, whilst also taking part in other challenges. They will be driving their beloved Mini, called 'Norman'. All the money raised will be going to the Marie Currie Nursing Service.

You can read the full article as it appeared in the local paper, the Macclesfield Express & Advertiser.

Charity Sponsorship
Pictured above is Jane Wilkinson (Marie Curie), Steve Jackson (Mini driver), Paul Connelly (Director of Macclesfield MOT & Service Centre), and 'Norman' the Mini!

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Approved Workshop Status Granted 19/07/2002

We are pleased to announce that Macclesfield MOT & Service Centre became the town's first independent garage to be awarded the prestigious title of Cheshire Trading Standard's Approved Workshop. On Friday 19th July, Chairman of the County Council, Cllr Bert Grange and Trading Standards Chief Officer, Paul McGreary attended a presentation at the garage to present us with the GoldenSpanner award.

We were happy to receive the award as it shows that our commitment to customer service has paid off. The scheme aims to encourage and promote high standards in car servicing and repairs; to improve the image of the motor trade in Cheshire; to increase compliance with consumer legislation; to improve consumer confidence by promoting Approved Traders.

To be selected as an Approved Workshop, the business has had to show a history of fair trading; could demonstrate a commitment to the scheme; are willing to undergo regular audits of not only the processes in place but also the work carried out.

This required us to implement the necessary procedures to ensure all work requested is properly carried out. Completed work is monitored by checking a proportion of the jobs, recording these checks and any necessary corrective action. We will always obtain customer's permission before doing any extra work required. All parts replaced are retained for customers to inspect, and all work will be detailed on the invoice. Great value is placed on having happy customers who have been dealt with fairly and courteously. To help for when things don't go according to plan, then there's an effective customer complaints procedure to help rectify any issues. This is all complimented by working closely with the appointed Trading Standards liaison officer

For more details on this scheme, please visit the GoldenSpanner and the Cheshire Trading Standards Website.

And see what the local papers had to say:- Community News.

Golden Spanner Logo

Receiving our new Approved Status
From left to right, starting at the back row we have Tony Collard (Trading Standards Liason Officer), Sean & Paul Connelly (Owners), Councilor Bert Grange, Paul McGeary (Trading Standards Chief Officer), Andy Knowles, Danny Clare (Vehicle Technicians), Dave Hayward (retired)
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Cheshire Trading Standards


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New Laser Wheel Alignment Service 01/07/2002

This recent investment allows us to now offer very accurate alignment of all four wheels on your vehicle using the latest laser measuring equipment.

Morevehicles are being produced with adjustable toe setting on the rear wheels as well as the fronts. Therefore, for optimum road holding and tyre wear, the rear wheel alignment needs checking. For those vehicles that do not have adjustment at the rear, it is still necessary to check the alignment as any discrepancy can be incorporated into the front toe setting to ensure that the steering wheel is straight and that the vehicle does not pull to one side.

We would recommend that the wheel alignment (tracking) is always checked when new tyres are fitted especially if irregular tyre wear is diagnosed or whenever major repair work is performed on the suspension.

Two wheel alignment costs from £20 whilst all four wheel alignment costs from £30.

Laser Alignment Equipment

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New Brake Fluid Testing Service 22/02/2002

The fluid used in a vehicle's braking system is hydroscopic, i.e. it absorbs water over a period of time. Not only does this water cause corrosion of the braking system internals, but it also lowers the boiling point of the brake fluid. This means that under heavy prolonged braking, the fluid inside the brake calipers can easily boil, resulting in air bubbles being produced causing the brake pedal to 'fade' i.e. it starts to sink to the floor and the braking efficiency is lost. Obviously, this is a serious safety issue. This is why the brake fluid should be changed regularly.

With this new piece of equipment we can now measure the boiling point of the brake fluid within a couple of minutes and advise you on whether the brake fluid should be replaced.

We will now be checking the brake fluid on every major service as standard, but if you can't wait, we'll do a free check next time you're passing by. If the tester indicates that the brake fluid should be changed, then the cost is 25 for most vehicles, or if performed at the time of a service, it's a 15 extra.

Brake Fluid Test Equipment

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