Clas­sic cars could save UK garages

Classic Car Weekly (UK) - - THIS WEEK -

Work­ing on and in­spect­ing clas­sics could save many tra­di­tional lo­cal garages, says the owner of a Wilt­shire con­cern about to show its ex­per­tise with an open day.

Mer­maid Ve­hi­cle Ser­vices will be demon­strat­ing its own check scheme for cars ex­empt from the MoT as well as giv­ing ad­vice to clas­sic own­ers at the event on 19 No­vem­ber.

‘I’m not against clas­sics be­ing ex­empt from the MoT but there must be an an­nual in­spec­tion cov­er­ing ma­jor com­po­nents,’ says pro­pri­etor Ash­ley Bye. He had been work­ing on clas­sic ve­hi­cles for 15 years be­fore set­ting up Mer­maid Ve­hi­cle Ser­vices in the vil­lage of King­ton St Michael six years ago.

‘My first love is clas­sics and I be­lieve spe­cial­is­ing in older cars could save many tra­di­tional lo­cal garages, some of which are strug­gling,’ he says. NL The open day takes place from 9am4pm. Mer­maid Ve­hi­cle Ser­vices is near Junc­tion 17 of the M4, SN15 5PX, Tele­phone 01249 750822.

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