Audi extends new car warranties by three months

Audi extends new car warranties

Audi is offering an extension of its new car warranties in the wake of the coronavirus crisis. This is to help customers who are unable to visit an Audi dealer during the lockdown.

The extension applies worldwide to all cars produced in Europe, Brazil, Mexico or India. Specifically, it applies to warranties due to expire between 1 March 2020 and 31 May 2020.

Warranties will be extended by three months after the original date of expiry, at the latest on 31 August 2020. Mileage restrictions remain unchanged.

Audi says that in the case of any overlap, the start of an extended warranty will be postponed for three months.

Horst Hanschur, vice president retail business development and customer services at Audi, said: “We are reaching out to our customers in these trying times and are enabling more flexibility in order to organise visits to Audi dealerships.

“Many of our dealer partners worldwide are still closed or just in the process of opening their doors again.

“We are therefore making adjustments in a number of areas in order to ensure our customers still have a premium experience with the Audi brand, as well as to ensure the future of our dealerships.”

Audi dealer in Reading

Audi announced a temporary suspension of production at its European sites in mid-March, but says it expects to “gradually initiate the restart of production” over the coming weeks.

Vehicle production will be ramped up from the end of April onwards according to a fixed plan.

Peter Kössler, board of management member for production, said: “The focus is on the employees, because they need a safe working environment.

“Audi teams of experts have therefore adapted processes with a view to health protection in consultation with the specialist departments and works councils.”

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Motorists told to beware of SORN scam websites

SORN scam websites

It’s the end of the month, which means thousands of motorists might be considering taking their car off the road. But the government is warning motorists to be on their guard for potential scams.

Some websites are charging motorists up to £40 to make a SORN declaration. SORN stands for Statutory Off Road Notification and is the way of notifying the DVLA that you’re taking a vehicle off the road.

It takes a matter of minutes to complete – and it’s FREE.

Earlier this year, the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA) reported a 20 percent increase in the number of scams. The DVLA revealed some of the tactics used by fraudsters.

Declaring SORN is FREE

How to declare SORN

Now, online scammers are using the lockdown to defraud unsuspecting motorists. The message is simple: use the official website to register your vehicle as off the road.

One SORN scam website, which we won’t name or link to, asks for the vehicle registration number, before taking you to a second page. Here, it asks for the 16-digit reference number from the V11 reminder, or the reference number from a V5C log book or V5C/2 new keeper supplement.

It also asks for your email address and contact number, before requesting payment. There’s a charge of £30 for ‘regular’ processing, or £40 for a ‘fast-track’ service.

By using the official DVLA website, you’ll be asked for a reference number and registration plate, with the option of providing an email address or mobile number if you require a confirmation.

It takes no more than a minute to complete, so there’s absolutely no need for a so-called ‘fast-track’ service.

As we said earlier, IT’S FREE.

Don’t be fooled by a SORN scam

DVLA scam warning

The DVLA told This is Money, “Motorists should always double check that they are using GOV.UK and not to be fooled by these sites.”

It’s worth remembering the following about DVLA services:

  • The DVLA doesn’t send emails or text messages asking you to confirm your personal details or to request payment information. Do not open any links. Delete the text or email immediately.
  • Beware of misleading third party websites passing themselves off as the DVLA. They might include ‘DVLA’ in the website or use DVLA colours and old logos.
  • Some will use search engine tactics to get to the top of Google. Don’t be fooled.
  • Only use GOV.UK.
  • Never share images on social media that contain personal information.

Click here for more information on making a SORN application

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How to declare SORN

According to a recent RAC poll, 10 percent of people have stopped driving completely since the government enforced the COVID-19 lockdown.

With this in mind, it might make sense to take your car off the road. If nothing else, it will save you money on car tax.

You will need to notify the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA) by registering a Statutory Off Road Notification (SORN).

You’ll get a refund for any full months remaining tax – so it makes sense to do it before the end of the month.

How do I SORN my car?

The SORN process is quick and can be done online via the Gov.uk website. Have your 11-digit number from your V5C (vehicle log book) handy to declare SORN immediately – or the 16-digit number from your tax reminder (V11) for it to take effect at the end of the month.

With everything to hand, the process should take no more than a minute.

There are other ways to get a SORN notice, too – either by post or by phone. However, the DVLA contact centre is only accepting urgent calls from NHS workers during the coronavirus crisis.

Visit the SORN page on the Gov.uk website

Vehicles parked on driveway

Can I drive my car after SORN?

No, not until you tax it again. Vehicle Excise Duty (VED) is required to drive on the road – it’s simple as that. You need to be sure your car is already where it’s due to sit long-term, or have a trailer or low-loader to move it.

Under no circumstances should it be driven after SORN is declared. Nor can it be parked on the road.

How long does a SORN last?

A SORN, unlike vehicle tax, does not need to be renewed. It is indefinite until you tax the car again – be that weeks, months or years.

Once you’re ready to tax the car again, the process can be done online. You’ll need the vehicle log book (V5C) and a debit or credit card.

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Fewer than 300 hypercars are registered in the UK

Aston Martin Vulcan and McLaren P1

New research has revealed there are fewer than 300 hypercars registered in the UK. The most common, perhaps surprisingly, is the Bugatti Veyron.

Obviously, much depends on your definition of ‘hypercar’. When does a supercar become a hypercar?

According to Gear Patrol, “the term ‘hypercar’ was coined to qualify the top one percent of supercars”. So, expensive, wild, ludicrously fast and out of reach to mere mortals.

“Hypercars are the stick against which all cars are meant to be measured, and not a single compromise can be made,” concludes Bryan Campbell on Gear Patrol.

It’s hard to argue with the list created by Motorway.co.uk. It has used DVLA data to discover there 298 hypercars registered in the UK. That’s 5.6 percent of total production for the 15 cars in question.

Bugatti Veyron in London

The Bugatti Veyron tops the table, with 65 registered. This is followed by the McLaren Senna (64), Porsche 918 Spyder (49) and Porsche Carrera GT (42).

DVLA data is only up-to-date on the day it’s issued. In other words, more cars are likely to be declared SORN in the winter, which could serve to skew UK registration data.

This might explain why there’s not a single Pagani Huayra showing as registered in the Motorway.co.uk data. Similarly, some cars located in the UK might be registered overseas.

It’s also worth pointing out that the Motorway.co.uk data doesn’t include model derivatives and special editions. For example, although production of the ‘standard’ Huayra was limited to 100, Pagani also built a Huayra Roadster and a number of specials.

The same could be said of the Koenigsegg Agera and the models that followed, including the S (5 built), R (18 built) and RS (25 built).

Hypercars of the UK

  • Hypercar – make and model
  • Bugatti Veyron
  • McLaren Senna
  • Porsche 918 Spyder
  • Porsche Carrera GT
  • Ferrari LaFerrari
  • Bugatti Chiron
  • McLaren F1
  • McLaren P1
  • Aston Martin Vulcan
  • Ferrari Enzo
  • Koenigsegg Agera
  • Koenigsegg One:1
  • Pagani Zonda
  • Pagani Huayra
  • Lamborghini Centenario
  • Total
  • Number of cars built
  • 450
  • 500
  • 918
  • 1,270
  • 499
  • 500
  • 64
  • 375
  • 24
  • 399
  • 18
  • 6
  • 140
  • 100
  • 40
  • 5,303
  • Number registered in UK
  • 65
  • 64
  • 49
  • 42
  • 41
  • 15
  • 11
  • 6
  • 1
  • 1
  • 1
  • 1
  • 1
  • 0
  • 0
  • 0

‘Melt your face’

Porsche 718 Spyder in London

Alex Buttle, director of Motorway.co.uk said: “The hypercar is the ultimate driving machine; with seven-figure price tags and top speeds to melt your face, our research reveals just how rare these ‘supercars on steroids’ really are.

“With fewer than 300 registered to UK-owners, hypercars aren’t just for the wealthy connoisseur; these are cars that laugh at a £1 million price tag and sit in a league of their own for the mega-rich.

“Sadly, the closest most of us will ever get to a hypercar is seeing one unveiled at a motor show. Or, if you’re lucky, parked outside Harrods.”

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Men pay 26 percent more for car insurance than women

Men pay more for car insurance than women

Men are paying 26 percent more than women to insure their car. That’s according to data from 15 million insurance quotes provided from January 2018 to January 2020.

The research found that men pay an average of £581 for cover, while women pay £460: a difference of £121.

MoneySuperMarket, the company that commissioned the research, says there are a number of factors behind the price difference.

For example, men are five times more likely to own a car that costs £1,000 or more to insure. They’re also 16 percent more likely to own a car that costs £500 more to cover.

Similarly, men are 84 percent more likely to work in jobs that result in an average premium of £500 or more.

One such job is professional football. The data shows 96 percent of professional footballers who enquired about car insurance were men. The average premium for a footballer is a whopping £2,166.

Insurance group rating is another factor. In the UK, cars are placed into groups ranging from 1 to 50. Although there are a number of factors at play, the lower the insurance group, the less you’re likely to pay for car insurance. One in five men drive a car in the top 20 groups.

Shop around for a better deal

car insurance quote

Dave Merrick, car insurance expert at MoneySuperMarket said: “Our research shows that on average men pay £121 more than women for car insurance. Whilst insurance providers cannot legally discriminate based on gender, other rating factors – such as the car you drive and your occupation – will influence the price you pay.

“Our data shows that men typically drive cars in higher insurance groups and work in professions that attract a higher insurance premium, pushing up the cost of their insurance.

“No matter your personal circumstances, there are a number of things you can do that may help to reduce the cost of your insurance. For example, parking your car in a secure location, fitting an alarm and reducing your mileage are all ways to bring costs down.

“Shopping around for a better deal can also save you up to £2,702. It’s vital to ensure your policy doesn’t auto-renew as this can sometimes lead to an increase in your premium. More than 14 million motorists still allow their policy to auto-renew every year, meaning that £565 million more is being spent on car insurance than is needed.”

Click here to view the full data.

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Tesla Model S in red

Tesla launches ‘Cheetah Stance’ with Model S and Model X update

Tesla Model S in red

Tesla Model S and Model X Performance owners have received a free over-the-air upgrade that includes a novel ‘Cheetah Stance’ mode for even faster acceleration.

Part of the Launch Mode, Cheetah Stance lowers the front end of the car, while leaving the rear raised – just like a cheetah when it’s about to pounce.

Launch Mode itself is also easier to engage.

With a ‘free’ 50hp boost to peak power, the result is 0-60mph acceleration in just 2.3 seconds.

The standing quarter-mile dash also falls to 10.4 seconds. These are figures normally associated with high-end Ferraris and Bugattis. Power above 80mph is improved as well. 

Tesla Model X in white

Tesla has also improved the thermal efficiency of the electric drive systems, which means such rapid acceleration can be repeated multiple times.

All UK Tesla Model S and Model X Performance owners, including earlier P100D vehicles, should now be receiving the over-the-air software update.

It’s part of the V2020.12.5 push that is now being supplied Tesla owners – and for free.

Launch Mode improved

Tesla logo on a red Model S

Accessing Launch Mode to unlock such rapid acceleration is now more straightforward.

First, Ludicrous+ acceleration mode needs to be enabled.

Owners are then advised to press hard on the brake pedal with their left foot, and the press the accelerator pedal to the floor with their right foot.

Then, wait for ‘Launch Model Enabled’ to display on the dashboard – the mode will remain active for 15 seconds.

Simply lift the brake pedal to access it (Tesla experts advise waiting a little while for the front end of the car to lower into Cheetah Stance).

The car should no longer ‘lurch’ when Launch Mode is activated either, thanks to improved driveshaft pre-loading.

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Steeda Q500 Enforcer

Steeda Ford Mustang Q500 review: brawn in the USA

Steeda Q500 EnforcerSteeda has made America’s Fords go faster since 1988. Now, the Florida-based company has brought its modified Mustangs to the UK. Meet the Steeda Q500 Enforcer.

Its name may evoke Blade Runner or Robocop, but there’s nothing particularly futuristic about the Q500. This tuned Mustang is defiantly old-school, with a 5.0-litre V8 upfront, more torque than traction and an exhaust rumble to rouse the dead.

That all sounds very, very cool, particularly if – like me – you were raised on a diet of Bruce Springsteen records. “Well, the night’s busting open, these two lanes will take us anywhere,” sang The Boss on Thunder Road. But does his American dream still work in suburban Surrey?

Steeda Q500 Enforcer

In dark Magnetic Grey on 20-inch rims, the Steeda reeks of subtle menace. Broad of shoulder and square of jaw, it looks every inch the modern muscle car.

Cosmetic changes are limited to a front splitter, illuminated sill kickplates, a duck tail spoiler and ‘STEEDA’ lettering across the tailgate. The Velgen alloys are another US import, filling-out the Mustang’s ample haunches and wearing Ferrari-specific Michelin Pilot Sport rubber.

The car rides on adjustable suspension with beefed-up anti-roll bars and a front strut brace. Its set-up was developed at Steeda’s test-track in Valdosta, Georgia, so the firm promises good handling despite that semi-slammed stance.

Video: Steeda Q500 Enforcer on the road

Under the bonnet, Ford’s venerable V8 is treated to a cold-air intake system, ECU tweaks and a freer-flowing exhaust. The net result is an extra 64hp and 94lb ft of torque, totalling 480hp and 485lb ft overall.

Steeda doesn’t publish performance figures, but I reckon you could knock half a second off the standard Mustang’s 4.8sec to 62mph.

If you buy one new, the Q500 starts at around £53,000 – £10,000 more than a Mustang GT. A more afforable Q350 model, based on the four-cylinder Ecoboost-engined Mustang, costs £6,000 for the conversion or roughly £44,000 for a complete car.

There’s also a flagship Q850 kit, offering 850 wild horses for £36,000 (or £80,000 all-in). More on that later…

Steeda Q500 Enforcer

Like a Hollywood blockbuster or a supersized Coke, the Mustang has always offered lots of muscle for your money. Choose a Mercedes-AMG C63 Coupe with similar performance (and a soundtrack that’s almost as bombastic) and you’d be at least £13,000 lighter.

The Ford’s cabin is, however, where those cost-savings make themselves known. There’s nothing wrong with it as such, but the quality of plastics won’t keep Stuttgart awake at night and the touchscreen media system feels dated.

The wide, flat seats (designed for supersized Americans?) don’t offer much support either. I’d be tempted to fit the optional Ford Racing Recaros.

Steeda Q500 Enforcer

Steeda’s mods are minimal, but cover the main touch-points for the driver. There’s a lovely, smaller-diameter Alcantara steering wheel from the Mustang Shelby GT350R, plus a neat eight-ball gearknob.

Standard equipment on all Mustang V8s includes xenon headlights, electric seats, climate control air-con, DAB radio, cruise control and a reversing camera. Sat nav and parking sensors cost extra, as part of the Custom Pack.

It’s hard to don my road-test hat and write a reasoned review of the Steeda Q500. For starters, it’s hardly a rational car: nobody actually needs 480hp, and you can expect fuel economy in the low teens if you drive it hard.

More pertinently, though, every time I press the start button I find myself making an involuntary oooof noise and smirking like a schoolboy who’s just dodged detention.

Inhaling and exhaling through Steeda pipes, the Ford V8 is absurdly, magnificently epic.

Steeda Q500 Enforcer

At idle, it rumbles with the mighty intensity of shifting tectonic plates, while full-bore acceleration sounds like a WW2 bomber strafing the high street. Your neighbours may file for an ASBO, but anyone with a drop of petrol in their veins will be utterly besotted.

As you’d expect, the engine’s defining characteristic is torque. It’ll cruise comfortably at 30mph in fifth gear, and the long ratios of the six-speed manual ’box allow relaxed progress if you’re not in a ‘Steve McQueen’ sort of mood.

Put the hammer down and the Mustang feels properly quick, albeit not quite as head-spinning as its nigh-on-500hp output suggests. Blame the gearbox, perhaps, and a portly 1.7-tonne kerb weight.

Steeda Q500 Enforcer

With so little space under its wheelarches, the Q500’s ride is firm and fidgety around town. It soon smoothes out with speed, though, and the suspension can be adjusted for greater pliancy.

The additional roll stiffness means it turns in more eagerly than a regular Mustang V8, and, while it’s still no BMW M4 when it comes to poise or steering feedback, it feels like a machine you can grab by the scruff and enjoy without fear of the chassis biting back.

If you really want to upset your neighbours, you can, of course, use the Mustang’s standard Line-Lock function. This holds the front brakes, allowing you to spin the rear tyres up into a smokey burnout – a task the Q500 manages with hilarious ease. 

Steeda Q500 Enforcer

It wasn’t just Springsteen who eulogised the Mustang. From Wilson Pickett’s Mustang Sally to Vanilla Ice rollin’ in his five-point-oh, the Ford is an icon – as American as Oprah, corn dogs and NASCAR.

The Q500 Enforcer builds on the strengths of the Mustang V8 without ruining the basic recipe. It looks and sounds fabulous, but unlike some tuner cars we’ve tried, it isn’t too extreme for the road. The modifications feel well-resolved and worthwhile.

God knows, this car isn’t perfect. I’d be keen to dial a little more softness into the suspension – even if that means raising the ride height – and I do wonder if I could live with the sheer volume of that exhaust every day. But if muscle cars are your thing, and you want one that’s exciting, exclusive and right-hand-drive, the Q500 Enforcer is the real deal.

– POSTSCRIPT –

After this Mustang did the rounds of UK journalists, it returned to Steeda and was beefed up to Q750 Streetfighter spec. That means – you guessed it – 750bhp, or (760 metric horsepower), plus more exclusivity than any supercar: it’s the only one in Europe. 

The Streetfighter is now for sale via Philip Ireland Performance Cars for £49,995 – arguably good value for a fast Ford that outguns a McLaren 720S. Just remember to keep something back for replacement rear tyres. 

Still want more? The Q750 has since been superseded by the even-more-insane Q850 and, once the lockdown lifts, I’ll be pestering Steeda to drive one. Watch this space.

Thank you to Adrian Flux for insuring the Steeda Q500 Enforcer. 

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Rolls-Royce Cullinan (2020) review

Rolls-Royce Cullinan

Admit it: you’ve made your mind up about the Cullinan already. I know I had. Rolls-Royce’s first SUV has proved more divisive than a certain referendum in 2016.

Even if I proclaimed it the best car in the world – and in some respects, it probably is – the naysayers among you won’t budge. Luckily, we’ve all had enough of experts. Ahem.

Rolls-Royce always maintains its cars don’t have any competitors, and in the Cullinan’s case that’s true. At £100,000 more than a Bentley Bentayga W12 or fully-loaded Range Rover SVAutobiography, it exists in a rarefied super-SUV stratosphere all its own.

It will boldly go where no Rolls has gone before, too. Such all-terrain capability matters in Russia, China and the Middle East: all key markets for the Cullinan.

I’m not a fan of its slab-sided styling, but nothing this side of a Chieftain tank has more rear-view-mirror presence. That imposing ‘Parthenon’ grille is framed by laser headlights and a bonnet that sits proud of the front wings, not unlike like an early Land Rover.

At the sides, ‘coach’ doors open from the middle, providing a widescreen view of the opulent interior, while the horizontally split tailgate – which Rolls calls ‘The Clasp’ – offers a perch for impromptu picnics (bring your own Bollinger).

Rolls-Royce Cullinan

Under the skin, the Cullinan shares much with the flagship Rolls-Royce Phantom, including its aluminium spaceframe chassis, eight-speed auto transmission and twin-turbo 6.75-litre V12. The latter musters 571hp and a titanic 627lb ft of torque, enough to launch this 2,660kg land-yacht to 62mph in 5.2 seconds.

Four-wheel steering and 48-volt active anti-roll bars assist in the corners, while variable-height air suspension and an ‘Everywhere’ mode – which automatically adapts to mud, wet grass, gravel, ruts or snow – are on-hand if the car park at Pangbourne gets slippery.

My week was largely spent on the M25, and the furthest I ventured off-road was mounting a kerb. So we’ll have to take that promised rough-terrain prowess as read.

Suffice to say, nothing makes a busy motorway more palatable than a Cullinan. Pillowy-soft and whisper-quiet, it even shrugged off the concrete Surrey section. With Eleanor, the silver-plated Spirit of Ecstasy, acting as my spiritual sat nav, I felt utterly imperious.

Frankly, there’s no more pleasant place to waste time in traffic either. The Cullinan’s cabin is a hermetically-sealed cocoon of leather, wood and polished metal, and quality is second-to-none. I was tempted to drive barefoot, simply to bury my toes in the deep-pile lambswool carpets.

It’s genuinely practical, too, with ample cubbyholes and cupholders, water-resistant leather on the dashboard and doors, plus a rear bench seat that folds flat – a first for Rolls-Royce. Leave the kids at home and you could chuck a couple of mountain bikes back there.

Rolls-Royce Cullinan

On regular roads, you’re always conscious of the Cullinan’s sheer size, but body control is iron-fisted and it rarely loses its composure. Ultimately, though, it prefers not to be rushed (“A sport mode? Don’t be silly, dear – this is a Rolls-Royce”), and you’ll feel the same, enjoying the fingertip-light steering, seamless gearshifts and knife-through-butter V12.

Only in tight spaces around town can piloting a Cullinan become stressful; I was very thankful for the suite of surround-view cameras and sensors.

Changed your mind? I thought not. For many, the Cullinan will forever be too ostentatious, too arriviste: the Rolls-Royce most likely to be seen on Instagram.

Put such preconceptions to one side, though, and you’ll discover the finest SUV on sale, one that transcends mere transport and makes every journey a special event. Even a stop-start commute on the M25.

Price: £252,000

0-62mph: 5.2sec

Top speed: 155mph

CO2 G/KM: 341

MPG combined: 18.8

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RUF premieres Love at the Red Line film to help celebrate 80-year history

RUF Love at the Red Line film

German sports car manufacturer RUF has released a special film on YouTube, telling the story of how the company has evolved. 

Founded as a simple service station in 1939, RUF has gone on to become famed for its performance cars based on unstamped Porsche chassis. 

With the brand celebrating its 80th anniversary during 2019, this was the perfect opportunity to document RUF’s history

A turbocharged history lesson

RUF Love at the Red Line film

Producing RUF: Love at the Red Line has been an intensive exercise, as the movie attempts to chronicle the eight decades of the company’s existence. 

The film is centred on interviews with key people who have made RUF into a global success story. Alois Ruf Jr., son of company founder Alois Ruf Sr., takes a major role in the film, explaining how RUF began building its own performance vehicles in 1977. 

From that early development of the Porsche 930 Turbo, RUF has gone on to develop a range of performance cars. Along with iconic vehicles like the mythical CTR Yellowbird, RUF has also made mid-engined supercars like the CTR3, capable of over 235 mph. 

Passion for performance

RUF Love at the Red Line film

Kazunori Yamauchi, the CEO of Polyphony Digital responsible for creating the Gran Turismo video game franchise has contributed to the film. Gran Turismo 2, released in 1999, included a number of RUF models, bringing them directly to the screens of gamers around the world. 

Also included is car designer Freeman Thomas. Having worked at Porsche following his graduation from the Art Center College of Design, Thomas went on to work at Volkswagen, Chrysler and Ford. His enthusiasm for rear-engined German sports cars brought him to assist RUF in the development of the carbon-bodied 2018 SCR.

Numerous other RUF enthusiasts have contributed to RUF: Love at the Red Line, which is available to watch now on YouTube.

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Nominate an NHS worker for a free set of car tyres

Kwik Fit Portsmouth

A leading UK tyre retailer is giving away free tyres to local NHS and emergency servics workers.

Kwik Fit is asking people to nominate someone who deserves a free set of tyres as a way of saying thank you to the frontline workers across the country.

To make a nomination, you need to visit your local Kwik Fit centre’s Facebook page and complete the entry requirements. Entries must be submitted by midday on Monday 4 May.

You can nominate yourself if you think you deserve a free set of tyres.

In total, 64 local heroes will be selected to receive four tyres. Winners will be drawn at random from all nominations received during the giveaway period.

‘Say thank you to these heroes’

Roger Griggs, communications director at Kwik Fit, said: “Throughout the last few weeks we have served many NHS and blue-light workers at our centres, both in emergency vehicles and in their own cars, so our staff have heard lots of stories from the frontline.

“One of our centre managers had the idea to provide community nurses with protective seat and steering wheel covers and gloves and we have now provided hundreds of thousands of these across the country.

“Offering free sets of tyres is a further way that we can say thank you to these heroes for keeping the nation rolling. We encourage anyone who would like to nominate a local hero to visit their nearest Kwik Fit centre’s Facebook page and let us know the reasons for their nomination.”

free tyres for NHS

Kwik Fit is also providing a 10 percent discount off all its products for NHS workers and is raising money through its website.

Other tyre retailer schemes

Here’s a selection of initiatives and schemes being rolled out by the major UK tyre retailers:

  • ATS Euromaster is offering a discount to the fire service, police, NHS, ambulance service and armed forces via its Hero Club scheme
  • Halfords is offering free motoring and bicycle checks for NHS and emergency workers, along with a 10 percent discount on tyres
  • Blackcircles.com has a 15 percent discount for NHS workers when buying Avon, Michelin, Kumho, Yokohama and Nankang tyres 

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