Looking after your car during lock down

At Pulman Group we hope you’re all keeping safe and well during the lock down. We took the decision to close the business on 24th March 2020 for the well being of our staff and customers; we believe this was completely the right thing to do.

Whilst our doors are closed we are able to answer sales and after sales questions during the lock down. Our online team can be contacted Monday to Friday 8.30am to 5.00pm, visit www.pulmangroup.co.uk for more information.

We’re sure a lot of people have been filling their days with 1 hour of exercise, maybe a bit of DIY or gardening or just a trip to the shops for essential supplies. But don’t forget your car needs some TLC too! We all need to care of our vehicles especially if they are going to be parked up for more than 2 weeks. We’ve got together 5 Pulman top tips to care for your car while its not being used as regularly.

1. Turning the car over

Leaving your car parked for a long period of time can cause the battery to run flat and potentially damage the internal mechanics.

If you can, a good way to avoid this is by starting your car and driving for about 15 minutes every 4 to 5 days, when you go and get supplies from the supermarket for example. This will prevent the battery from going flat and will help to lubricate the engine. If it’s not possible to take the car for a drive, then simply starting the engine and letting it run for 15 minutes will help to ensure the battery maintains its charge.

If you can move the car it will help the tyres by preventing flat spots and will allow the parking brake to be released regularly.

2. Parking brakes

There are three types of parking brakes on Volkswagen Group vehicles:

Traditional Handbrake

Traditional Handbrake

When parking your car place the vehicle in first gear or reverse depending on any incline or decline considerations.  Then disengage the handbrake.  This will prevent the car rolling but will also prevent the handbrake binding and causing damage. Remember to re-apply the handbrake and to disengage the clutch when you next start the car.

Electronic Handbrake

Electric Handbrake
Again when parking place the vehicle in gear, turn the auto hold function off.  Remove the keys from the ignition and the vehicle will be parked in gear without the parking brake engaged.  As with the traditional handbrake remember to re-apply the handbrake and to disengage the clutch when you next start the car and if you use the Auto Hold function, re-apply that too.

Foot Operated Parking Brake

This type of parking brake is limited to a few VWG vehicles; some older Volkswagen Touareg’s and Phaeton’s.  When parking up these cars place the automatic gear selector in Park (P) and don’t engage the foot operated parking brake.  The vehicle will be held in gear and this will prevent the parking brake binding and causing damage to your car if left standing for a prolonged period.

3. Parking indoors or covering the car

Car Covers
Before storing your car, it’s a good idea to give it a wash to prevent grime from building up and damaging the paintwork.

Remember to clean the tyres, as they tend to hold on to grease, as well as brake shavings and mud which can all cause damage over time, so be sure to clean these thoroughly at the end of the wash.

Rinse the car with free-flowing water before drying with a soft leather chamois or soft micro-fibre towel and finish with a good quality wax.

4. Protect the interior

Remember to clean the interior of your car if it’s going to be left for a long time. Organic debris such as food can rot over time, which at the very least means you’ll be returning to a bad smell, and in some extreme cases can cause damage to your car’s interior.

 

If your car has leather or coated fabrics, wipe dust away with a dry cloth regularly and for a deeper clean, use a damp cloth and gentle soap to rub the fabric down. Always soak up any leftover moisture with a dry cloth afterwards.

For other fabric seats, be sure to vacuum the material to prevent dust accumulation and never use harsh chemicals or household laundry soaps as these can cause discolouration. When getting out a stain, detergents and solvents can be used to get the mark out, but be careful to not use too much water as moisture can lead to damp and musty odours.

5. Exterior Protection

Before storing your car, it’s a good idea to give it a wash to prevent grime from building up and damaging the paintwork.

Remember to clean the tyres, as they tend to hold on to grease, as well as brake deposits and mud which can all cause damage over time, so be sure to clean these thoroughly at the end of the wash.
 
If the car has been standing make sure you tackle bird droppings quickly as the uric acid is quite high at 3.5 to 4 ph. The acidity can damage paintwork leaving unsightly rings.

Finally, rinse the car with free-flowing water before drying with a soft leather chamois or soft microfibre towel and finish with a good quality wax or polish.

These tips should help to keep your car in a sound mechanical state and protect it inside and out until you can regularly use it.  

There’s some further helpful video content available via the links below:

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Finally, we hope you all stay safe and we wish you and your family good health. Thank you in advance for your support over the coming weeks and we look forward welcoming you back to the Pulman family soon to Deliver a fantastic customer experience.

In the meantime remember you can contact our online team for any advice during the lock down, just visit www.pulmangroup.co.uk for more information.

Please stay at home, protect the NHS and save lives.

North East Ambulance Service adds ŠKODA to their Clinical Care Fleet.

North East Ambulance Service (NEAS) new SKODA Kodiaq Fleet

The North East Ambulance Service (NEAS) add twelve brand new ŠKODA Kodiaq cars to their Clinical Care Management team, helping to provide emergency help and care to those who need it across the region.

The Clinical Care Management team are the first line management who attend major incidents and senior road traffic accidents. Using the JESIP five principles, the Clinical Care Manager when arriving at a major scene, will co-ordinate with other operational commanders as soon as possible to identify priorities, resources and capabilities for an effective response.

North East Ambulance (NEAS) collect their new SKODA Kodiaq cars

Pictured left to right: Paul Smith (NEAS Clinical Care Manager), Simon Rayner (Pulman ŠKODA Business Development Manager), David Parkin (NEAS Fleet Operations Manager)

Paul Smith (Clinical Care Manager for NEAS, pictured) comments: “Being able to easily identify the vehicle when on the roads or at a scene was one of the main factors to the new design. The cars used previously were predominately white, as you can see the signage on the new cars are much more vibrant and noticeable. Reflector stickers cover the majority of the car and the Kodiaq being an SUV sits higher on the roads.”

Converted North East Ambulance Service (NEAS) SKODA Kodiaq

Photos showing featured conversions, reflector lights, LED lights and converted boot.

LED lights have been fitted around the front, top, sides and even on the number plate at the back, again for that maximum visibility externally. LED lights are also on the inside all designed to help with speed and efficiency when using the car at the scene.

The boot has been moved forward so that all members of staff can easily reach in and take the equipment needed quickly. A specially designed compartment was also installed. With non-stick material used for the top to utilise this space without anything sliding. However, a non-stick surface was used for the compartment’s underneath, to ensure that equipment bags can be easily lifted and slide out. This level of detail continues throughout the Kodiaq to ensure a fast and efficient approach at any incident. All the conversion was completed by O&H Vehicles Conversions.

David Parkin (Fleet Operations Manager for NEAS, pictured), also comments: “Before choosing the ŠKODA Kodiaq we tested it vigorously at our driving school. Testing the handling, power, blue lights and functionality. These cars will be used 24/7 and will likely be doing up to 50k miles every 12 months so it’s important we tested them beforehand. These new cars will be a great addition to our fleet.“

The newly converted ŠKODA Kodiaqs were provided by local ŠKODA retailer Pulman ŠKODA, a family run business based in County Durham. Simon Rayner (Pulman ŠKODA Business Development Manager, pictured) comments: “We are proud to be supplying the North East Ambulance Service and the Clinical Care Management team their new cars. When seeing the newly converted Kodiaqs I was astounded at the level of detail in the design, to ensure maximum efficiency for the service providers at the scene of an accident. What they do is truly amazing.”

To find out more and to book your test drive in the all-new SKODA Kodiaq, click here or visit our showroom in Belmont Industrial Estate, Durham, DH1 1HP.

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Myths Of E-Mobility Debunked!

Myths Of E-Mobility Debunked!

Electric cars are soon to be around us in everyday life, however there are many misconceptions which people associate with electric cars! In this article we will debunk the most common myths…

“Electric cars are too expensive, I’d never be able to afford one!”

As electric cars will be the norm in a few years, they are becoming more affordable with one of the main factors being that the cost of a battery has fallen by around 80% in the last 10 years! Also the running costs of an electric car are cheaper in the long run as electricity costs a lot less than petrol and diesel. There’s less tax to pay and service and maintenance jobs are around a third of the cost of conventional cars. On top of this, some electric cars are eligible for a government grant! 

“It takes too long to charge my car”

As the electric car industry keeps on developing, there are now high-power charging stations which can charge your car battery to 80% power in just 30 minutes! However around 70% of charging processes will occur at home or at work (if charging points are available) so it’s highly unlikely you’ll need to do a full charge, but if you do need a little charge, a quick stop at a service station for a bite to eat will pass the time. There are also apps available which highlight the nearest charging stations along with the plug sockets available at these points.

“There aren’t enough charging stations available!”

According to a report from data company, Emu Analytics, there are currently around 16,500 charging points across the UK which is set to keep growing! Plus, supermarket giants, Tesco, are already onboard with around 2,400 charging stations across 600 locations in the UK! As mentioned above most of the charging will take place at your home or place of work so charging whilst on the road is mostly unnecessary.

“I can only travel short distances before having to charge again!”

The myth of short driving ranges which come with electric cars is a thing of the past! The latest electric cars can offer ranges of up to 342 miles and the availability of charging points and stations is (and will continue) to grow across the UK and Europe.

“If it’s electric, is it dangerous in mixed weather conditions and in the unfortunate event of a crash?”

As with the cars available on the road today, electric cars go through vigorous safety testing to ensure the high safety standards are met! For example, there are special safety systems used to build the car which instantly terminates the electricity flow from the battery in the unlikely event of a crash. Further to this, ADAC tests have shown far less risk of fire in comparison to combustion engines. The weather doesn’t cause an issue either as it’s completely safe to charge your car in the rain!

“Electric cars are dangerous to pedestrians”

From experience of past electric cars, they can be very quiet however once they reach speeds of 18mph and over the noise generated from the tyres can be heard. In addition to this, electric cars use comprehensive assistance and safety systems to meet the high safety standards required. To add to this, synthetic sounds will be mandatory for all electric cars from summer 2019.

 

These are just some of the common myths associated with E-Mobility and electric cars! If there’s something else you’d like to know, don’t be afraid to contact our friendly specialists!

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  • Pulman Volkswagen Sunderland: 0191 537 5993
  • Pulman SEAT Sunderland: 0191 537 0015
  • Pulman SKODA Durham: 0191 383 7500

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Pulman Sponsor Durham County Golf Union Seniors For The Third Year Running

Durham County Golf Union Seniors outside of their sponsor, Pulman Group.

Pulman are proud to sponsor the Durham County Golf Union Seniors Team for the third year running! Find out more about the new recruits and the season for 2019 for the seniors in our latest blog…

This year has seen 3 new recruits join the seniors golf team which is fantastic news for the club! To find out a little bit more about the new recruits we have gathered some interesting facts about their golfing history and why they have chosen to join Durham County Golf Union Seniors!

David Moralee

A member of Heworth Golf Club, former County match play champion, David has played golf for 50 years! Last year he thoroughly enjoyed competing in the Seniors Championship which is why he has joined Durham Seniors and is looking forward to meeting up with and playing against old county colleagues.

David Moralee new recruit for Durham County Golf Union Seniors team

Ian Hendry

Ian has been a member of Seaton Carew Golf Club since 1986 but has played serious golf since 1996 when other sports took a back seat. Ian is looking to extend his competitive playing career and is looking forward to play on other courses as well as meeting new players who he hasn’t met before!

Ian Hendry, new recruit for Durham County Golf Union Seniors team

Mark Wardle

Mark started to play golf at a very young age of 10 and caught the addiction bug at 13 until he was 21! He resumed at the age of 42 and is a member of South Shields Golf Club. Mark recently retired and feels he now has the time to give the commitment required to the County team and is looking forward to enjoying a high standard of golf as well as the team support with playing team golf.

Mark Wardle new recruit for Durham County Golf Union Seniors team

 

While the Durham Seniors dropped by our Sunderland Volkswagen site for their 2019 team photo we caught up with Keith McAllister, Captain of the team. He explained that this season consists of 5 county matches against Northumberland, Lancashire, Cumbria, Cheshire and Yorkshire (3 home and 2 away matches) followed by the qualifying Championship match at the beginning of September. At the final match, also known as the BIG 6, the top 6 players are selected to play and will go to the national finals. There’s some exciting matches ahead for the team!

Durham County Golf Union Seniors team photo at Pulman Volkswagen

 

If you want to keep up with the latest fixtures and results from the Durham County Golf Union Seniors, click here and we wish the Durham Seniors a successful season!