It's that time of year again when you begin to wonder whether your car is fit for another winter's motoring.
You are not alone - the aftersales experts at Vauxhall have also been pondering how best to help drivers prepare for winter, which is why they have launched a winter campaign to provide a peace of mind guarantee against one of the major causes of winter motoring blues.
From leaking hoses to lack of anti-freeze, cooling system failures still leave thousands of motorists stranded by the roadside every winter. If you are a Vauxhall owner you can take immediate action to avoid expensive repairs.
Now available from participating Vauxhall Retailers and MasterFit Centres throughout the UK, the WinterCare Guarantee provides owners with a cast iron assurance that their vehicle's cooling system is in tip-top condition. It is competitively priced at just £39.
Before this warranty can be purchased, fully-trained technicians will give your vehicle's cooling system a thorough examination, beginning with a pressure test to pinpoint minor cooling system leaks that a visual inspection would not show.
This is followed by an inspection of water hoses and clips, heater, radiator and pressure cap, thermostat, water pump gasket and housing, fan operation and cylinder head and block.
The system is then drained and refilled with fresh Vauxhall-approved anti-freeze before a second pressure test completes the procedure. If any faults are detected a detailed quotation for repair work using only genuine Vauxhall replacement parts is provided.
Once any necessary repairs have been completed, the WinterCare Guarantee provides immediate cover against cooling system failure for six months or 10,000 miles, including six months AA Roadside and Home Assistance cover.
All Vauxhall cars under 10 years old and having covered less than 100,000 miles are eligible, plus AstraVan, Combo and Corsa C vans.
Throughout the winter campaign period, which runs from October to March 2004, Vauxhall drivers can apply for a free copy of the manufacturer's recently launched Vauxhall Accident Support handbook, designed to help drivers involved in an accident get back on the road as quickly as possible.
Participating Retailers are also offering a 10 per cent discount on all Vauxhall accessories. From carpet mats and mud flaps to headlamp protectors, there is no better time to safeguard the interior and exterior of your Vauxhall from the ravages of winter.
And there is even more good reason for visiting Vauxhall retailers and MasterFit Centres participating in the winter campaign before the end of November. Just by doing so you are eligible to enter a free winter prize draw to win a luxury three night shopping trip for two people to New York.Published 22 October 2003