Volkswagen Group Take Home Quintuple Awards At Auto Express Awards

Volkswagen Group Take Home Quintuple Awards At Auto Express Awards

Volkswagen, SKODA and SEAT have all received fantastic awards at the 2019 Auto Express Awards…

The Auto Express awards took place on the 9th July 2019 and the Volkswagen Group (VAG) brands won a number of awards! At Pulman we are proud to offer these models, let’s take a look below to see which trophies are shining brightly in the cabinets! 

Volkswagen

City Car of the year: Volkswagen Up!

Retaining the crown since 2018 the Volkswagen Up! Was awarded the city car of the year! The Up! May look small on the outside, but the compact hatch offers a lot of room inside for both driver and passengers. The Up! Is easy to drive; it’s lightweight which gives good body control, grip and agility making driving fun! Even though the Up! Has been awarded the city car of the year, it’s perfect for long motorway journeys too with claimed fuel economy of up to 67mpg and CO2 emissions as low as 95g/km, it’s a cost-effective car to run as it is to purchase.

new Volkswagen Up! wins Auto Express Award 2019

SKODA

Compact Family Car of the year: SKODA SCALA

Fresh to the market and already showing the other brands how it’s done is the SKODA Scala with the compact family car of the year award. The Scala is very affordable starting from only £18,045* and offers plenty of space for the whole family in both the front and rear seats and a boot space of 467 litres. There is plenty of features included, even on the SE trim, including 8” touchscreen with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, parking sensors, cruise control, air conditioning, Bluetooth, DAB and more is all included in the attractive price tag!

new SKODA Scala wins Auto Express Award 2019

 

Mid-size SUV of the year: SKODA Karoq

The SKODA brand as a whole is known for providing very practical and great value for money cars, but aside from that the Karoq is a perfect all-rounder which is why it won the mid-size SUV of the year award! With a wide range of turbocharged petrol and diesel engines offering both efficiency and performance, there will be a trim for you. The Karoq drives well both off-road and on tarmac thanks to its comfortable suspension set-up steering and good visibility. Standard features include Smartlink+ (Apple CarPlay, Android Auto and MirrorLink), dual-zone climate control, cruise control, Bolero radio with 8 speakers and voice control and much more!

new SKODA Karoq wins Auto Express Award 2019

 

Estate Car of the year: SKODA Octavia Estate

The new SKODA Octavia Estate is built with versatility in mind which is why was awarded the estate car of the year! Offering 610 litres of boot space (1,740 litres with rear seats folded down) the luggage capacity is larger than its rivals, and in return offers more flexibility than the other estate cars. The facelift in 2017 also brought updated styling and a more advanced infotainment set-up with all trims coming equipped with an 8” touchscreen as standard and SmartLink+ (including Apple CarPlay, Android Auto and Mirrorlink) so you can be connected whilst on the road! So with the facelift combined with the practicality, we can see why the SKODA Octavia Estate was a clear winner!

new SKODA Octavia Estate wins Auto Express Award 2019

SEAT

Large SUV of the year: SEAT Tarraco

It’s no surprise that the SEAT Tarraco won large SUV of the year! The Tarraco offers up to seven seats which is perfect if you’re a family looking to upgrade your car for more room; if you’re a five-person family the rearmost row seats can be folded down offering a huge 700 litre boot space! There’s a long list of high quality, upmarket interior features which come with the Tarraco including a fantastic infotainment system which responds rapidly and has excellent smartphone connectivity, rear parking sensors, lane assist, cruise control and speed limiter to name a few! Although SEAT took the trophy, the SKODA Kodiaq was also praised as one of the favourite large SUVs.

new SEAT Tarraco wins Auto Express Award 2019

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The New SKODA Scala Now At Pulman

New SKODA Scala now at Pulman

The all-new SKODA Scala is now available from Pulman providing both space and entertainment on journeys…

The new SKODA Scala has only just landed in our showroom and has already set the bar high by being awarded the Compact Family Car of the Year at the Auto Express New Car Awards 2019! Let’s take a look at the design and features of the new Scala.

Exterior

The all-new Scala is breaking new boundaries with its design and is the first car from SKODA to feature the striking lettering across its tailgate. The Scala is the boldest hatchback yet, with sharp angled headlights, sleekly contoured bumpers and an ultra-dynamic silhouette, guaranteed to turn heads! The standard SE trim comes with LED headlights with LED daytime running light and body coloured mirrors and handles as well as front fog lights.

New SKODA Scala now at Pulman

Interior.

Step inside the Scala and you’ll be surrounded by sleek design options including a leather multifunction steering wheel so you can control calls and entertainment all from the wheel. Chrome finishes are expressed throughout the interior with chrome inner door handles and the instrument cluster has a chrome painted décor ring. If you’re travelling that little bit further for a work trip or on a UK holiday there is a glovebox which has a cooling system and illumination; so if you want to keep some snacks fresh, the glovebox should help!

Interior of SKODA Scala now available from Pulman SKODA

 

There’s no need to ask if yourself and passengers will be comfortable during travelling, the Scala offers plenty of legroom and space for passengers! Plus the boot capacity offers 467 litres (increasing to 1,410 litres when the rear seats are folded down).

Boot space in the new SKODA Scala at Pulman

Features

Stay connected whilst on the move; the Scala comes with an array of connectivity features. The standard SE trims comes with SmartLink which is compatible with Apple CarPlay, Android Auto and MirrorLink which basically mirrors your smartphone screen on to the infotainment touchscreen in the Scala so you can use certain apps. The Scala comes with Radio Bolero with an 8” touchscreen in a glass design with 8 speakers, Bluetooth, DAB Digital and 2 USB-C ports.

Interior of new SKODA Scala at Pulman SKODA

 

The Scala keeps you safe on the road with safety features (standard SE trim) including rear parking sensors, Cruise Control, Front Assist, Lane Assist alongside many others features. As well as safety features there are several convenience options which will help you out on the days when you need it the most. For example there is a umbrella stored in the door of the Scala, an ice scraper can be found in the fuel door release and the mirrors are heated and can be electrically adjusted; it’s the little things that count!

To find out more and to book your test drive in the all-new SKODA Scala, click here or visit our showroom in Belmont Industrial Estate, Durham, DH1 1HP.
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A New Chapter For SKODA Begins…

A new chapter for SKODA begins with electric iV brand

SKODA have entered a new chapter in their 124 year history by introducing the iV sub brand…

The iV sub brand is a collection of the new and upcoming electric vehicles from SKODA as well as the development of new mobility solutions. The i symbolises several characteristics of the brand:

  • intelligent
  • iconic
  • innovative
  • inspiring
  • individual
  • intuitive

whereas the V in SKODA iV stands for vehicle.

SKODA Auto will be spending over two billion euros over the next five years to develop the products in the iV brand; the company’s largest investment programme to date! By 2022, SKODA will have introduced more than ten electric cars, which will establish the iV family brand! As part of a double world premiere, SKODA presented two new electric vehicles in Bratislava in May 2019, let’s take a look at them…

CITIGOe iV

The SKODA CITIGOe iV will be the first fully electric vehicle in SKODA’s 124 year history offering up to 164 mile range in the WLTP cycle, making it perfectly equipped for city driving! The battery can be recharged to 80% in just one hour using a CCS (Combined Charing System) charging cable.

CITIGOe iV from SKODA

 

The zero emission CITIGOe iV may look small on the outside but is in fact very spacious inside for four passengers. The boot capacity offers 250 litres, but fold the rear seats down and this increases to 923 litres.

There will be two trim levels available, the Ambition and Style trims. Standard equipment includes Swing II radio, Move&Fun smartphone docking station, electric front windows, Lane Assist and Climatronic. The Style trim also includes electric and heated wing mirrors, ambient lighting on the dashboard as well as a leather detailing package which includes a leather steering wheel, handbrake and gearstick. There is also an option to add a Comfort package and Winter package (Style trim only).

The new electric SKODA CITIGOe iV

 

The SKODA CITIGOe iV production is due to begin this Autumn and will be available for sale in the UK early 2020. Although prices have not been confirmed, SKODA have hinted that the CITIGOe iV will go on sale for under €20,000 in Europe.

SUPERB iV

The SKODA SUPERB iV is the first production model by SKODA to be fitted with plug-in hybrid drive. It will offer up to a 34 mile electric range in the WLTP cycle and combined with the petrol engine can offer in total up to a 528 mile range! You can select whether you want to drive in E-Mode (100% electric) or HYBRID mode (use of both petrol engine and the electric motor).

New electric SKODA SUPERB iV

 

Standard equipment on the new SUPERB iV includes Amundsen Navigation System, SmartLink technology (Android Auto and MirrorLink™ – this function is wireless for Apple CarPlay) and 360 degree panoramic view of the vehicle on the central display. The boot capacity will offer up to 485 litres (hatchback) and 510 litres (estate).

Inside the SKODA SUPERB iV

 

The SKODA SUPERB iV is set to start production Autumn of this year with the market launch beginning early 2020. Pricing for the SUPERB iV is still yet to be announced by SKODA.

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Stay Connected When Driving With Smartphone Connectivity…

Stay Connected When Driving With Smartphone Connectivity…

With many new cars now offering smartphone connectivity such as Apple CarPlay, Android Auto and Mirrorlink, our latest blog explains everything you need to know about smartphone integration!

When browsing a new car brochure specification, you may look at all of the features and come across terms such as smartphone integration, smartphone connectivity, SmartLink, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto or Mirrorlink. If you’ve ever wondered what these terms mean, they basically mean you can mirror your smartphone screen onto your car’s infotainment system and operate certain apps and functions from the screen, which you would usually use on your smartphone.  

Some of the functions which usually work with smartphone connectivity are music apps, sat nav and some messenger platforms as well as SMS and phone calls. By accessing the applications from your car’s screen, it provides both safety and stops you from breaking the law whilst driving!

Apple CarPlay

To use the smartphone connectivity with your car all you have to do is connect your phone with the USB cable which will be provided in your car. There are a few ways you can use the smartphone connectivity in your car. You can use voice control to access the apps you would like to use, calls you would like to make, or messages you would like to send. If your car has a touchscreen, the apps can be accessed by pressing the large app icons on the screen. Another option to using this function is by using the steering wheel/dashboard mounted controls (if your car comes with this), to select certain apps and features.

Sat Nav on smartphone integration

It should be noted that Apple CarPlay, Android Auto and Mirrorlink aren’t readily available on all new cars but they are becoming more and more popular, so in time we believe this specification will be the norm! 

Android Auto

If you already have smartphone integration on your car but unsure on how to use it, did you know at Pulman we offer GoDigital seminars! During these sessions we will show you how to set up and use all of the technology features on your car as well as helping you connect your smartphone!

GoDigital car seminars at Pulman group

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If you’d like to find out more about smartphone connectivity with your car, contact your closest branch today and our friendly advisors will be more than happy to help.

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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 SKODA Durham: 0191 383 7500

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10 Reasons To Visit Pulman For Your Next Service

10 Reasons To Visit Pulman For Your Next Service

Here at Pulman we offer servicing to both new and returning customers across Durham, Sunderland and the rest of the North East! But why choose Pulman over all of the other retailers? We’ve gathered our top 10 reasons in our latest post…

Reason 1 to service your car at Pulman: Fully Trained Technicians

Reason 1: All of our technicians are factory trained vehicle technicians, so you can relax knowing your car is receiving the best expertise and care! Plus, our fully trained technicians only use authorised manufacturer parts, so you can rest assured your car is being maintained with the quality materials it was originally built with.

Reason 2 to service your car at Pulman: Price Match Guarantee

Reason 2: At Pulman we price match any genuine like-for-like quote within a 5 mile radius of our Sunderland and Durham service retailers. To qualify for this, a written quotation needs to be provided.

Reason 3 to service your car at Pulman: Manufacturer Parts Guarantee

Reason 3: For parts fitted after the manufacturer warranty has expired, we offer a 2-year parts and labour warranty (Volkswagen, SEAT & SKODA).

Reason 4 to service your car at Pulman: Collection & Delivery

Reason 4: We know how sometimes it can be difficult to arrange a convenient time for you to bring your car in for a service! Which is why we offer a free collection and delivery service of your car within 20 miles from our service retailers whether this be from your home or place of work!

Reason 5 to service your car at Pulman: Complimentary Courtesy Car

Reason 5: We understand how some people need a car 7 days a week so while your car is in for a service we offer a complimentary courtesy car! However, if you do require this service it needs to be booked in advance and is subject to availability!

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Reason 6 to service your car at Pulman: Complimentary Wash & Vac

Reason 6: There’s nothing better than collecting your car after a service and it looking as good as new gleaming in the sunshine! That’s why at Pulman after every service we offer a complimentary wash and vac!

Reason 7 to service your car at Pulman: Complimentary Health Check

Reason 7: With every car we service we offer a free express visual health check of the car’s components. Plus, it is our duty of care to check your car’s key safety features while our fully trained technicians are servicing your car! However, we won’t carry out any work which may be flagged in the vehicle health check without your permission.

Reason 8 to service your car at Pulman: Unlimited Wi-Fi Connection

Reason 8: We know that some customers would prefer to wait at our service retailers whilst their car is being serviced, that is why we offer an unlimited Wi-Fi hotspot area. So, if you’ve had to take time out of work to bring your car in for a service, you can rest assured you’ll not fall behind on your emails!

Reason 9 to service your car at Pulman: Complimentary Refreshments

Reason 9: At each retailer we offer complimentary refreshments including coffee, tea and herbal teas, water and a range of biscuits. Plus, if you book in for a service at Pulman Volkswagen Durham or Pulman SKODA you can dine at our delicious Café Dafté which offers a range of daily fresh dishes, sandwiches, paninis and jacket potatoes!

Reason 10 to service your car at Pulman: Family-run Business

Reason 10: Last but certainly not least we are a family-run business, so we understand the importance of caring for your car whilst delivering a fantastic quality service!

If our top 10 reasons have tempted you, book your service with Pulman today! Simply click on the links below:

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  • Pulman Volkswagen Durham: 0191 383 7509
  • Pulman Volkswagen Sunderland: 0191 537 5993
  • Pulman SKODA Durham: 0191 383 7500
  • Pulman SEAT Sunderland: 0191 537 0015

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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! 

Approved Used SKODA Fabia Event

SKODA Fabia Approved Used Car Event

From the 1st to 30th April Pulman SKODA are offering fantastic offers across the used Fabia range, find out more in our blog…

Drive away in a stylish SKODA Fabia from Pulman SKODA this April and receive the following:

  • £500 Deposit Contribution with SKODA finance
  • 2 Years’ Free Servicing with SKODA Finance
  • 5% APR Representative

Plus receive the following Approved Used Benefits:

  • Up to 2 Years’ Warranty
  • Up to 2 Years’ Roadside Assistance
  • Free MOT Test

We currently have used SKODA Fabia SE, SE L and Monte Carlo trims in stock. Take a look at some of the available cars below*:

SE

This 65 reg Fabia SE comes with Bluetooth, 6.5” Touchscreen, DAB Digital Radio & Front Assistant Collision Mitigation, keeping you safe and entertained throughout your journey. View the full advert here.

Used SKODA Fabia SE

SE L

Keep your passengers entertained in this 65 Reg SKODA Fabia SE L with Bolero radio with telephone control, Mirror Link, USB and SD card, Bluetooth, DAB Digital Radio and much more! Read the full SKODA Fabia SE L specification here.

Used SKODA Fabia SE L

Monte Carlo

Super sporty this used Fabia Monte Carlo offers Panoramic Sunroof, Sports Style Seats, Air Conditioning, 6.5” Touchscreen and much more. Click here to view this model!

Used SKODA Fabia Monte Carlo

If you’re interested in a used Fabia contact our SKODA team on 0191 383 7500 or visit our Pulman branch on Belmont Industrial Estate, Durham, DH1 1HP. Keep up-to-date with the latest Pulman SKODA news by following our social channels:

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Fabia Event Terms and Conditions: 
*Subject to availability: Car images used within the blog are available at time of blog post publication (10/4/19) and may no longer be available.

With a Solutions Personal Contract Plan. 18s+. Subject to availability and status. T&Cs apply.*Offer available on Approved Used FABIA registered after 01 March 2015 when purchased before 30 April 2019. Indemnities may be required. Offers are not available in conjunction with any other offer and may be varied or withdrawn at any time. Accurate at time of publication. Freepost ŠKODA Financial Services.^ Covers next two consecutive services, limited to one minor and one major service. #24 months approved used warranty & roadside assistance only available on vehicles 3-5 years old, under 72,000 miles when purchasing on a Solutions Personal Contract Plan until 30/06/19.⁺Subject to eligibility. Five day drive away insurance cannot be used in conjunction with any other insurance offer. ŠKODA Car Insurance is underwritten by U K Insurance Limited. Please note only the cost of the test is covered by the free MOT test offer. Any parts and labour costs required to bring the car up to standard will be an additional cost to be borne by the customer.

What It’s Like Working Behind The Scenes At The Pulman Car Reviews

Working behind the scenes at the car reviews with Pulman Group

Speaking to family and friends about the recent car reviews we have been involved in, a lot of questions about what goes on behind the scenes arose from the conversation! So, we’ve gathered the most common questions asked from relatives and will answer what goes on behind the scenes in this blog…

How do you choose which cars to video and the locations?

Usually the cars which we choose for reviews are the latest models to the Volkswagen, SKODA and SEAT ranges. We work alongside Graham Courtney, avid car enthusiast Motor Journalist and North East correspondent for talkSPORT radio, and The Social Co. to create the reviews. We then put all of our heads together to decide on suitable locations for each car. Usually the location is in Durham & Sunderland to keep in line with the Pulman brand origin.

How long does a typical review video take?

Prior to the day of filming, Graham and Pulman together will create a script for the selected car before final proof, this is then sent over to The Social Co. so they can plan the shots and areas to use at the selected locations. At our end, we communicate with the branch where we are sourcing the car from to ensure it is ready for its film debut.

On the day it can take between 2 to 3 hours to get all of the shots required, this includes driving to the locations too! Usually the exterior shots will all be taken first, this is a mixture between video and image shots. Also, Graham will record the on the road review from the driver’s seat which is an overview of the car whilst driving along the location.

Afterwards Graham will send across the voiceover for all of the script to both Pulman and The Social Co. and the editing begins which usually takes around a week.

What happens when you are behind the scenes at the car reviews?

Behind the scenes we will coordinate with The Social Co. and Graham on which shots to take and which areas of the location to use. We also like to take our own images and short videos to share on our social channels to keep our followers up-to-date! We will also ensure there are no obstructions in the shots such as cones, rubbish or people (unless we have their consent to do so!).

What are the latest car reviews you’ve been involved in?

On Wednesday 20th March we recorded reviews for the new 7-seater SEAT Tarraco and the new all electric Volkswagen e-Golf around the Sunderland area. Thankfully the weather stayed dry and it was relatively warm, just a little windy!

Volkswagen e-Gold down Roker Beach from Pulman

SEAT Tarraco at Sunderland Stadium of Light from Pulman

Tell me a little bit more about the SEAT Tarraco review…

So, we decided to take the SEAT Tarraco to the Stadium of Light on the morning, with our SEAT showroom based in Sunderland, we thought this would be the perfect location. Obviously, we spoke to the security at the stadium to see which areas we could use and they advised us where we could go. We started with the exterior shots and then moved onto the drive road review, then we moved to the interior shots. During the video The Social Co. refers back to the script so they know which key shots to take as well as adding any additional shots which will look good in the final video.

SEAT Tarraco with Pulman Group

Behind the scenes in the SEAT Tarraco with Pulman GroupWant to find out more about the SEAT Tarraco? Read our latest blog here.

And the Volkswagen e-Golf too…

For the Volkswagen e-Golf after driving down by the river at North Hylton, we decided to make a last-minute decision to head to Roker Beach with the weather being positively mild and we have to admit it is a stunning location! The e-Golf was very quick for acceleration as you have 100% power instantly, so we arrived at the location quickly! The same process applied during the afternoon shoot apart from the exterior and interior video was completed before moving onto the drive road review. It was a little windy down Roker Beach but a great location, we also met a lovely couple walking their two Border Collie Sheepdogs who we spoke to about electric cars!

Behind the scenes with the Volkswagen e-Golf and Pulman

The new Volkswagen e-Golf from Pulman Group down Roker, Sunderland.

Find out more on the Volkswagen e-Golf over on our blog post.

Anything else to add?

Overall a very positive day for both reviews! Our car reviews wouldn’t be a success without the help of our voiceover, Graham Courtney and the hard work from The Social Co. in Durham. If you would like to be kept up-to-date with our latest car reviews, follow our social channels which are listed below!

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Get Your Car Ready For Spring

Spring clean car

Now that we are saying goodbye to the cold winter weather (hopefully) it’s time to get your car ready for spring! Follow our top tips to get your car gleaming & restored back to its natural beauty…

During the winter months the harsh weather conditions such as snow, sleet and rain mixed with the road salt beating against your car can affect its exterior and interior overtime. Although you should be cleaning your car throughout the winter months to keep the dirt at bay, now is the perfect time for a total spring clean.

Give Your Car A Thorough Wash

To wash the exterior of your car you can simply use a garden hose or if you don’t have access to one, a sponge and bucket filled with cold water will do the trick! Starting off at the bottom of your car will remove the heavy mud and dirt from your car first a the lighter stains should drip off as you move up! Use a large microfibre cloth afterwards to speed up the drying process a don’t leave your car to dry in the sunshine as this can create water marks!

Onto the tyres; to start with if you have winter tyres on you should replace these and you should check for any cracks and check the tread; if the tread is low or you spot any cracks, these should be replaced immediately. If you don’t need to replace them, you should use a smaller sponge or small brush to get in between the alloys to remove stubborn dirt. Finally, you should check your tyre pressure, either by visiting your local petrol station or you may have your own tyre inflator at home.

Volkswagen clean wheels

Top Up Key Fluids

You should ensure that your car’s key fluids are topped up. Firstly, check the water fluid and top up if necessary; you can use water or windscreen wash.

You should also check the engine oil using the oil dipstick but before you do this ensure your engine is cold or been off for at least 10 minutes. Once cooled remove the dipstick from the pipe and wipe it on a clean, lint-free cloth like a microfibre cloth, place it back into the pipe and pull it back out again and look at the film of oil on the end of the stick. You should look at how high the oil film reaches the dipstick as well as the condition of the oil. If you’re unsure on how to check your oil and which oil to use, visit your local Pulman Retailer (Volkswagen, SKODA and SEAT) across Durham and Sunderland and a member of the Service Team will be happy to help!

Clean The Interior

The interior of your car can also take a tough beating during the winter months so it’s important to give the inside of your car a good spring clean too!

Depending on the condition of your mats either clean or replace them. If you’re cleaning them, clean them outside of your car with a stain remover, and if you have time, with a jet wash and let them hang to dry. To clean the seats within your car, a handheld hoover works best as it can get between the crevasses and saves you potentially tripping up around the cable from a standard home hoover! If the material throughout your car is cloth, a foaming fabric and upholstery cleaner can be used, however, if your materials are leather/wood you should check the owner’s manual for appropriate cleaning products to use.

Interior cleaning of a car

Top Tip For Your Wiper Blades

Although it’s usually wise to change your wiper blades after a harsh winter, there is a tip to try first before replacing them. Try rubbing them in alcohol, if this doesn’t stop the constant smears on your windows, then it is time to replace your wipers!

Emergency Items

If you store winter emergency items in your car such as blankets, a shovel, rock salt etc… now is the time to replace these with spring emergency items. This includes a few bottles of unopened water, a torch, portable phone charger and replenishing the first aid kit.

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