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! 

The Future Of Electric Cars Is Here With The New Volkswagen ID.

Volkswagen ID. First Edition

Earlier this week, Volkswagen revealed more information at the pre-booking launch press conference in Berlin for the new Volkswagen ID.

 

The ID.3 1st Edition

Customers now have the option to pre-order the Volkswagen ID.3 1st Edition ahead of its launch in Summer 2020! The 1st edition offers an electric range of up to 260 miles in accordance with WLTP* as this trim will be delivered with the medium-sized battery (58 kWh, net). As standard with this trim you can expect Voice Control, Standard Navigation, LED Matrix Headlights and a contrast colour roof; there’s likely upgrade options of a panoramic glass roof and an augmented reality head-up display to guide you easily to your locations.

Concept inside the Volkswagen ID.

Aside from all of the technological features which will wow you into a realm of futuristic heaven, the Volkswagen ID. runs on zero emissions meaning you’ll be leaving a sustainable carbon footprint wherever you travel! What’s even better is during the first year of ownership, drivers will be able to take advantage of 2,000kWh of fast free charging! For UK drivers, this will work on the IONITY fast-charging networks!

Concept Volkswagen ID.

Volkswagen have only confirmed that the price for the 1st Edition will be “less than €40,000 in Germany”, a UK price is yet to be confirmed.

Starting The Electric Charge…

So how do you go about securing one of the 1st Edition models? There are 2 options:

  1. You can make the process simple and pop into your local Pulman Volkswagen site based in either Durham or Sunderland and we will help you to pre-order your new Volkswagen ID.
  2. You can logon to the ID Pre-booking system from the Volkswagen site.

The choice is yours, but we find option 1 easier! After you have signed up, you’ll receive regular updates and exclusive news before anyone else about the new Volkswagen ID. You’ll also be invited to exclusive events. Production for the 1st Edition models will begin at the end of 2019.

Concept Volkswagen ID.

Time To Pull The Plug…

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* Forecast range for the driving cycles as per the Worldwide Harmonized Light Vehicles Test Procedure (WLTP) on the roller dynamometer (not a series version). The WLTP range for series vehicles can vary depending on the vehicle equipment. The actual range achieved under real conditions varies depending on the driving style, speed, use of comfort features or auxiliary equipment, ambient temperature, number of passengers/load, and terrain. However, depending on the usage profile, 80% of the drivers will be able to drive between 186 and 260 miles with the mid-sized battery variant (58 kWh, net) without having to recharge.

The New T-Cross Is Coming aCROSS to Pulman!

The new Volkswagen T-Cross at Pulman

The all-new Volkswagen T-Cross is now available to order from Pulman, why don’t you be one of the first to test drive the new T-Cross at Pulman…

The new Volkswagen T-Cross

About The New Volkswagen T-Cross…

The new Volkswagen T-Cross adapts to your lifestyle! You may be a couple wanting to start a family or a frequent UK and European holiday road traveller and need that extra space in a new car! Whatever the reason for needing a more spacious car, the T-Cross offers this! The boot compartment offers up to 455 litres of space, but if that’s not enough, the loading space can be increased further with the sliding and segmented rear seat bench along with altering the height and length of the centre armrests. Not only is the new T-Cross versatile for extra luggage space but the rear seats can be adjusted to provide extra legroom for your passengers too!

Boot Space in the T-Cross

Do you want a car to suit your personality? The new T-Cross is available in a range of eye-catching colours such as Makena Turquoise and Energetic Orange both in Metallic paint to Flash Red and Pure White in the Solid paint! There is also an array of wheel and interior material options along with optional equipment to be added (depending on the model you choose!).

The exterior of the new T-Cross (S standard trim) comes with body-coloured bumpers, door handles and door mirror, LED daytime running lights and the characteristic radiator grille! The exterior design is finished with a distinct rear with reflective strips and the LED light clusters will leave a lasting impression!

With style, comes safety too! The new T-Cross will keep you safe on all of your adventures, features include** Lane Assist, Blind Spot Sensor, Parking Distance Control and High Beam Assist. Plus, when you’re embarking on longer journeys and driving on the motorways for long periods of time, the Adaptative Cruise Control (ACC) will keep your car at a safe distance from the vehicle in front of you. You can also add the optional extra Discover Navigation System (standard on SEL and R-Line models) which is controlled from the easy-to-use touchscreen colour display!

Entertainment in Volkswagen T-Cross

There are plenty of features to keep your passengers entertained, connect your smartphone*** to Car-Net to transfer your phone apps onto the screen of the T-Cross to use your music and messenger apps safely. There’s also an option to upgrade to ‘Beats’ Sound System which provides a first-class sound experience to you and your passengers

Make the Volkswagen T-Cross the perfect fit into your lifestyle and complete it with a range of accessories! Accessory options include running boards with anti-slip inserts making it easier and safer to enter the T-Cross, especially for children! You also have the option to add a detachable tow bar which is fully integrated with the trailer stabilisation system providing extra support, plus when you don’t need it, the tow bar can be simply be swivelled behind the bumper. If you need to carry a lot of equipment then adding roof bars to your Volkswagen T-Cross is the perfect answer; with the ability to carry bikes, surfboards, ski holders as well as roof boxes you’ll not be stuck for space!

Roof Bar For Volkswagen T-Cross

Order Your New Volkswagen T-Cross Today…

So what are you waiting for! Be one of the first to experience the all-new family SUV. Order your new T-Cross today and you’ll receive £1,000 deposit contribution with low 5.5% APR Representative 

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Terms & Conditions:

*At the end of the agreement there are three options: i) pay the optional final payment and own the vehicle, ii) return the vehicle: subject to excess mileage and fair wear and tear, charges may apply; or iii) replace: part exchange the vehicle. *Acceptance fee is not required. **Payable with optional final payment. New Models only. With Solutions Personal Contract Plan. 18s. Subject to availability and status. T&Cs apply. Pulman Volkswagen is a broker and not a lender and can introduce you to a limited number of lenders, who may pay us for introducing you to them. Retails sales only. Excludes Motability. Offer available when ordered and delivered by 30th June 2019. Indemnities may be required. Offer not in conjunction with any other offer and may be varied or withdrawn at any time. Savings based on RRP. **Features and technology are dependent on trim choice, please refer to the brochure or speak to our Sales Executives for the standard equipment on each trim. ***Car-Net supports Apple CarPlayTM, Android AutoTM by Google and MirrorLink®.

Pick Your Favourite Before It’s Gone!

Volkswagen Used Car Event Pulman

Visit Pulman Volkswagen between the 11th and 30th April for the Volkswagen Used Car Event and receive some fantastic incentives when you purchase your used Volkswagen…

At Pulman we have over 185 used Volkswagen models currently available including the Volkswagen up!, Golf, Polo, Tiguan, Passat, T-Roc and many more! Why not head to the Volkswagen Used Car Event which starts today at Pulman Volkswagen and receive the following* when you purchase your used Volkswagen:

  • 2 years’ Warranty
  • 2 years’ Roadside Assistance
  • 2 years’ MOT Cover
  • 2 Services
  • 7.9% APR Representative
    VW Used Car Event

So what are you waiting for, pick your favourite here today before it’s gone!

As well as receiving the fantastic offers above, all of the used Volkswagen models from Pulman come with the Das WeltAuto Used Car Programme. The programme is designed to give you the same exceptional level of experience as a new car customer, giving you complete confidence and peace of mind. The programme includes:

  • Service History Checks – This certificate details your car’s entire Volkswagen Das WeltAuto retailer network history, for example routine servicing work. It also verifies the cars identity and status of the warranty.
  • 142 Checks – Our skilled, Volkswagen trained technicians carry out a thorough workshop and test drive inspection of every used car before it can become a Das WeltAuto used car.
  • No Quibble Exchange – 30 day/1,000 mile ‘No Quibble’ Exchange Policy, if for any reason, you want to change the car.
    Volkswagen Used Car Event

This offer is only available till 30th April so don’t wait around to pick your favourite, as it could be gone tomorrow! Browse our used Volkswagen Stock today.

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* At the end of the agreement there are three options: i) pay the optional final payment and own the vehicle; ii) return the vehicle: subject to excess mileage and fair wear and tear, charges may apply; or iii) replace: part exchange the vehicle. *Available on Das WeltAuto models only. Purchased on Solutions Personal Contract Plan during 11th April until 30th April 2019, on used car sales between 90 days and up to 4 years only. Minimum balance to finance £5,000. Maximum mileage at end of contract is 120,000 miles. 18s+. Subject to availability and status. T&Cs apply. Excludes electric vehicles. Ask for details. Covers next two consecutive services limited to 1x minor and 1x major service. Indemnities may be required. Offers are not available in conjunction with any other offer and may be varied or withdrawn at any time. Freepost Volkswagen Financial Services.

The Awards Keep Rolling In For Pulman SEAT

Pulman SEAT Team win yet another award

For the second year running Pulman SEAT have received the Sales Team of the Year for 2018 award which is now comfortably placed alongside their many quarterly awards in the trophy cabinet…

So what is it that our Pulman SEAT team keep doing to win these awards?

There’s no denying that being awarded 7 out of 9 awards over a 2-year period is an impressive achievement but this wouldn’t have been achievable without the hardworking team.

“The people here know the customers personally. They’ve all been home grown, many of them securing their first job out of college or University with us. They receive fantastic mentoring from Alex, who has 32 years’ experience and knows the SEAT brand inside out”, explains Chris Slater, Head of Business. 

Chris Slater & Alex Paget at Pulman SEAT(Chris Slater & Alex Paget with their many SEAT awards)

Alex Paget, General Sales Manager at Pulman SEAT adds, “We teach new starters the SEAT sales process and key Customer Experience Management points, and then let them be themselves with customers. Once they have the guidelines and boundaries they can interact with customers on their level and tailored to their needs. They all have respect for the rest of business, and they enjoy coming to work – which makes all the difference to the customer and their experience”.

Training and developing the teams’ skills so they deliver a fantastic customer experience to both loyal and new customers is just one of the key tools to help achieve these awards. At Pulman, CitNow is used to send videos of the new and used cars available to customers who have requested this information, so they receive a personal viewing of the car. Responding to customer enquiries isn’t just between 8:30am and 7pm either, Alex ensures that his team answer out of hour enquiries by offering incentives to ensure the response rates are on track with SEAT’s targets! Pulman also partner with local companies and sports teams which increases the exposure of the Pulman brand across the North East.

Pulman SEAT team celebrating yet another award

As well as receiving outstanding awards, Pulman SEAT have been selected as one of the 22 CUPRA sites across the UK which is an exciting time for both Pulman and SEAT UK. Further to this, the dealership is starting its refurbishment in April with big plans for the new CUPRA area; the refurbishment is due to be complete by June!

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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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OUR GOLF’S ELECTRIC

New e-Golf at Pulman Volkswagen

Did you know that according to the Office for National Statistics, the average weekday commute for UK drivers is around 10 miles. Throw in a few diversions on the school run or to the shops and let’s call it 120 miles per working week.

If that sounds about right for you, then you need to buy the Volkswagen e-Golf.

The e-Golf is Volkswagen’s all-electric, battery powered version of one of the UK’s most successful and popular cars. You have all of the traditional Golf attributes like quality of build, reliability, comfort, interior space and high standard of specification, but without a petrol or diesel engine under the bonnet.

Of course, trundling through traffic on your daily commute will ruin your fuel consumption under normal circumstances, but in the e-Golf, that doesn’t matter. In fact, slow, steady driving will help matters.

e-Golf interior

Volkswagen admit that, okay, under perfect, warm conditions, the e-Golf has a battery range of 144 miles, but in the real world of miserable British weather, it’s likely to drop to somewhere in the region of 130 miles. However, for a lot of people that will easily cater for the Monday – Friday total.

And here’s the clincher. If you set off on Monday morning with a fully charged battery, you won’t need to do a thing until the weekend, and your total cost of ‘fuel’ will be in the region of £3. All you have to do on Sunday evening is plug the e-Golf into your household mains via a 3-pin plug, leave it to gently charge for around 12 hours….and bingo, you’re ready for a working week of cheap motoring. You can have a fast charger installed or, if you have one at work, it allows you to reach an 80 per cent charge in 45 minutes.

e-Golf charging station

You are also exempt from road fund tax and won’t have to pay congestion charge tolls. Business users can benefit from income tax advantages too.

Apart from all of that, the Volkswagen e-Golf is just, well, like any other Golf. It’s lively too with 0-60 mph taking only 9.5 seconds because, unlike with a petrol or diesel engine where you need to allow the revs to rise before reaching peak power, you have 100 per cent power with an electric car…instantly.

In terms of kit, you get sat nav, air con, Car-Net App Connect which allows you to mirror your smart phone onto the Golf’s touchscreen. There are parking sensors front and rear, powered windows and mirrors (heated), DAB radio and a host of safety kit.

Interested? The best idea to find out more is to go along to Pulman Volkswagen in Durham or Sunderland. Their experts will take your through all of the benefits of going electric.

Prices for the Volkswagen e-Golf start at £33,240.

To book a test drive on a new e-Golf and to learn more visit: www.pulmanvolkswagen.co.uk/new/cars/e-golf  

SEAT’S FIRST LARGE SUV TARRACO IS NOW AVAILABLE

SEAT Tarraco

SEAT are experts when it comes to SUVs but they’ve not had a large model in their range….until now. Please welcome the SEAT Tarraco. It will sit above the Ateca and Arona to complete the brand’s SUV line-up.

Four different trim levels are available, although there will be a range of First Edition models which will be available for a short time. More about that shortly.

The range and their prices for the entry-level 1.5 TSI Evo engine, will comprise…..

SE                                     £28,320

SE Technology          £29,330

XCELLENCE              £30,410

XCELLENCE LUX      £32,135

SEAT Tarraco SEAT Tarraco

Every SEAT Tarraco comes with seven seats, metallic paint, 17” Alloys, DAB, air conditioning.

SE Technology adds satellite navigation, dark tinted windows and 18” Alloy wheels.

XCELLENCE adds wireless charger, ACC, rear view camera, electric tailgate, 19” Alloy wheels and Alcantara upholstery.

At the top of the range, XCELLENCE LUX adds a clever top view camera, 20” Alloy wheels, leather upholstery and a winter pack.

In terms of engine and transmission choice, the line-up includes two petrol engines…. 1.5 TSI 150 PS and 2.0 TSI 190 PS. The larger petrol engine has an automatic gearbox and all-wheel drive as standard.  There is also a pair of 2.0 litre diesel engines which develop different amounts of power. There’s a 2.0 TDI 150 PS which is also available with auto transmission and AWD, and a 2.0 TDI 190 PS with auto and AWD as standard. All engines benefit from direct injection, turbocharging and stop-start technology.

Inside SEAT Tarraco

As for the limited edition First Edition models…the range consists of….

SE Technology First Edition with a 1.5 TSI Evo 150PS engine (£30,475) which adds a rear view camera, safe driving pack, wireless phone charger and dark tinted windows.

XCELLENCE First Edition, with a choice of either a petrol 1.5 TSI Evo 150PS engine (£33,260) or a 2.0 TDI NR 150PS unit (£34,745) adds 20” Alloy wheels, a panoramic sunroof, winter pack and safe driving pack.

The top of the range XCELLENCE First Edition Plus also has a choice of engines…2.0 TSI NR DSG-auto 4Drive 190PS (£38,020) and 2.0 TDI NR DSG-auto 4Drive 190PS (£39,505).  This level of trim adds a Beats audio system and electrically powered driver’s seat.

In terms of colours, you can choose from Dark Camouflage, Oryx White, Reflex Silver, Atlantic Blue, Indium Grey, Urano Grey and Deep Black.

Will it fit in your garage? The SEAT Tarraco is 4735mm long, 1658mm high and 1839mm wide.

And how much can you carry? Well, if you flop the second and third row seats into the floor, you’ll end up with a massive 1775 litres load area. Climb in and go for a walk.

If you fold the just the third row, you’ll still have five seats in place and a large 700 litres of space, while if you keep both the second AND third rows in place, you will still have 230 litres of baggage space. 

If you need a family holdall, the SEAT Tarraco should be right up your street.

For more information on the new 7-seater SUV from SEAT – visit pulmanseat.co.uk

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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We hope our guide on how to spring clean your car has helped! Currently at Pulman we are offering Spring Checks from only £20 which includes an express visual check, oil and washer fluid top-ups, wash & vac and an air conditioning refresh. Book yours today by clicking here. To be kept up-to-date with the latest news from Pulman, follow our social channels:

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