downs motors ottery st mary garage

Ottery St Marys Premier Independent Garage

Mill Street
Ottery St Mary
EX11 1AB
Tel: 01404 812002
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A little bit about Downs Motors Ottery

Dear fellow Ottregians,

Downs Motors is an independent family run Garage in Ottery St Mary, Devon.

In a nutshell, this is what we can do for you:

  • We do MOT’s on cars.
  • MOT Repairs.
  • Fault testing and diagnostics using our high-tech testing equipment.
  • We can service all makes and models of car, in line with manufacturer recommendations or even basic oil services.
  • Exhausts, tyres and brakes.
  • Cam belt, Aux Belt and Water Pump replacement.
  • And much more..

Read more about what we can do as a garage in Ottery St Mary here.

In addition to this we also have a used car showroom in the centre of Ottery St Mary, where we specialise and retail carefully selected MINI cars at a competitive price point with warranty packages for peace of mind.

Otter Motors Independent MINI Specialists

Otter Motors Independent MINI Specialists

Our Opening Hours:

  • Monday to Friday: 08:00 to 18:00 Hrs.
  • Saturdays: 08:00 to 13:30 Hrs.
  • Sundays and Bank Holidays: Closed.

Are you and your car ready for winter?

Wise winterising works wonders! Are both you and your car ready for this winter? The winter short term winter forecast is fairly mild however the worst of it has yet to come, according to long range forecasts we are set for a chilly start for the new year. Each year motorists are left stranded either embarrassingly at home on their drive or caught out in the cold nights during long commutes.

How the cold takes its toll

  • Engine batteries HATE being cold, did you know a poorly charged battery can actually freeze below -1*C? This will cause total damaged to one more cells which can lead to much more serious issues down the line. An engine battery loses nearly 35% of its cranking ability below 0*C so its best to keep it charged up and avoid short journeys.
  • Increased engine wear: starting from cold not only takes longer and more effort it also can lead to additional wear on friction surfaces as oil temperature is low oil becomes thicker and more reluctant to flow. This means oil changes with the correct specification and at the right time are extremely important throughout to ensure there is no excessive wear.
  • Losing coolant? Get that leak fixed! Pretty much all motor vehicle engines rely on a water based coolant and anti-freeze (granted there are a few exceptions) mixture that prevents corrosion and prevents icing of the coolant in the engine. If you have been topping up your coolant through the summer then its possible that it could totally freeze in the engine on a really cold evening, this can lead to catastrophic failure of the cooling system at the least and splitting the engine at the worst.
  • Tyres become more rigid: below 7*C the rubber compound that most tyres are made from become significantly more rigid (less flexible) and as a result grip is much less. Less grip means potentially less control in cold temperatures.

What can I do to make life easier?

  • Consider having your engine battery tested – most good garages will be able to verify whether or not your battery is on its way to the scrap man. A simple tester will check for the batteries ability to provide current quickly and compare it to the manufacturers specifications. This takes moments but can save you hours!
  • Check your coolant mixture: Again this takes moments, simple devices can be bought for a few pounds or go to a friendly garage who can test it for you and recommend what to do next, topping up is easy these days as you can now get compatible anti-freeze mixes for a temporary solution. Please also ask your garage when the coolant should be changed as depending on manufacturer this may need to be replaced regularly.
  • Tyres: Check the tread and condition of the tyre, check for cracking in the side walls. Turn the wheels to full lock and check over the entire tread pattern and try to identify any possible punctures, uneven wear or low tread areas. The less tyre tread you have the less grip there will be, please be aware that low tread depth is asking for trouble as each tyre below 1.6mm across 3/4 of the tyre carries a fine of upto ¬£2500 and points!
  • Keep screen wash topped up: The key here is actually using screen wash. Screen wash protects you from many things such as being able to effectively clear your windscreen of dirt, contaminants, tyre spray and grease it also looks after your windscreen wipers and can protect you and others from¬†legionnaires disease (courtesy of the NHS).


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