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Ultra Low Emission Zone Raises Costs Further – Now’s The Time To Buy!

As many people know, there is a Low Emission Zone (LEZ) in place around London that requires trucks entering the area, to be up to a minimum exhaust emission standard of Euro4 or face big fines. From April 19 there will also be a new zone created within the centre of London, in the same area as the Congestion Charge zone.

The new sector will be called the ‘Ultra Low Emission Zone’ (ULEZ) and the requirements to enter will be Euro6 exhaust emissions. Now, the vast majority of trucks on the road and the customers we sell to will never go into either of these zones. However, there’s a lot of talk in government and local authorities that cities like Manchester will also follow suit and introduce their own LEZ of some sort.

What standard these zones will be, whether its Euro5 or Euro6 is unknown. This uncertainty is having a massive impact on used vehicle prices. Buyers do not want to update a vehicle if they’re going to have to replace it again in a short timescale.

As a result we are seeing some, mainly common spec Euro5 and older trucks dropping quite steadily in price, while the same truck in a Euro6 spec is very much holding its value and in some instances going up!

Something needs to be done to clear this up, we have a right to know whether these zones will be introduced or not. In the meantime if you don’t need a Euro6 specification truck and are thinking of replacing a vehicle, now is the time to buy.

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Potholes Costing Lorry Drivers Thousands!

Haulage firms are being forced to shell out thousands of pounds to repair lorries damaged by potholes.

Safety is being compromised by broken surfaces all over the country with roads deteriorating following the severe winter weather.

One of our customers says his wagon’s suspension has been damaged three times in recent weeks after hitting deep craters.

Other parts of lorries that are suffering from poor road surfaces incude:

  • Tyres/Rims
  • Hubs/Bearings
  • Shockers/Springs/Air bags
  • Mounts/Bushes

Action is being taken to repair our roads but the ‘Beast from the East’ and bad weather all over the country has led to a huge rise in the number of potholes on Britain’s roads.

As a result the Government has created a £100 million repair fund, on top of previously announced initiatives, to help remedy the problem.

With 2.2 million potholes being repaired over the next 12 months, at a total cost of nearly £120 million, potholes are a big issue on our roads

Following calls from Local Authorities for extra cash to repair potholes, a £250 million ‘pothole action fund’ was announced in last year’s Budget, and local councils will receive a total of £50m each year for the next five years to help pay for the repair of more than four million potholes.

At James Hart Chorley we have seen a rise in the demand for repairs/parts due to pothole damage.

If you’ve suffered any damage or your safety has been compromised as a direct result of potholes we’d like to hear about it, so please drop us a line and join us in keeping pressure on the government to press forward with these necessary repairs.

8 Point Check-List When Buying A Truck

Here at James Hart Chiorley, we are specialists in HGV Commercial Vehicle Sales, that’s why we P1030996always ensure our customers know exactly what to look out for! With our 8 point check-list, we give you an insight into the key points you need to consider when buying a truck.

  1. Wherever possible, always arrange to view the truck in daylight hours. If this is not possible, checking in a well-lit workshop is preferable, especially on level ground to check the fluid levels!
  2. Ensure the truck you are viewing is the one advertised. Sounds simple however, we hear stories of people viewing trucks that are not the ones that have been advertised. Sometimes it may be that you are going to view one of a choice of the same thing, always ask the question first!
  3. Prior to viewing or considering to buy, think about the deal you want. Trucks can be bought at the lowest possible cost, a lot lower than the original asking price, as a trade sale, or, at the asking price with things like servicing, inspection and warranty provided. Make sure you and the seller are clear as to how the truck will be purchased.
  4. If it is not a trade sale, does the truck come inspected prior to collection/delivery? We at James Hart Chorley Ltd, inspect all of our trucks prior to collection and delivery!
  5. Inevitably, used trucks will probably have some defects. Make sure you agree with the dealer as to what is repairaed or replaced etc, make sure all the defects completed to your satisfaction?
  6. Used trucks will more than likely have some parts replaced or paintwork done over time, check that this has been completed to a satisfactory standard.
  7. Is all the paperwork available? V5 Documents, M.O.T and Plating Certificate.
  8. Finally, make sure you have a brew if you want one!

If you’d like to discuss your requirements, then give us a call on 01257 279414.

AdBlue Parts, Diagnosis and Repair

Did you know James Hart (Chorley) Ltd can supply and fit  AdBlue parts, and diagnose and repair HGV AdBlue faults. 

Our fully qualified HGV technicians can diagnose and repair any and all AdBlue faults or if it’s just the part you require our experienced parts staff can identify and supply.

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There has never been a more crucial time to ensure you AdBlue system is performing correctly.

The DVSA are now carrying out roadside checks for lorry’s for emissions cheats.  Anyone found with an adblue emulator or other fake emission reduction device will be forced to fix the system within 10 days. Otherwise the DVSA will issue a fine and take the vehicle off the road.  Full details can be found on the link below.

https://www.gov.uk/government/news/lorry-emissions-checks-to-start-at-the-roadside

James Hart (Chorley) Ltd can supply and fit:

  • Nox sensors
  • AdBlue pumps (EAS units)
  • AdBlue dosing valves
  • AdBlue injectors
  • Catalytic converters

Our AdBlue parts are sourced directly from the original manufacturer so you can be sure you’re getting the best quality part at the best possible price.

So whether it’s just the part you need, a repair or diagnosis, call us on 01257 279414.

Buy a quality used truck from our latest range

used trucks chorleyWe stock only the best quality used trucks, fully inspected and approved prior to going on sale. So if you’re looking for a new truck for your business, then take a look at our latest used trucks range here

It pays to check back often with us, as our used truck range moves quickly. We can provide you with all of the details on any of our trucks, which are also available to view upon appointment on 01257 279 414.

We have many types of used trucks, covering all requirements, if you don’t see the truck you are looking for, then we may still be able to help, again call us on 01257 279 414 and we will discuss your specific requirements.

Prepare your vehicle for Summer travel.

Our new MOT, service and repair station is proving to be very popular with the local community of Chorley and the surrounding areas and we are getting very good feedback to the services we provide.

With Summer just around the corner, we have some very good offers for servicing and repairs, even if it’s just a check-over before travelling, it can be very worthwhile just for the peace of mind it brings.

If travelling in comfort is a priority, then how about an air conditioning re-gas. This will ensure that your air is as cool as possible so you are not getting into a lather in the summer traffic.

To book in your MOT, service or repair, for your car, van or motorhome, call our friendly team today on 01257 279 414.

Buy a quality used truck, check our latest stock

At James Hart, we sell only the best used trucks, so you can be sure you are getting the very best deal. We always have a wide range of trucks on site so you can easily arrange to view the truck(s) you are interested in and get all the details and pricing first hand.

Our used truck team have many years of experience and can advise and tailoer a solution exactly to your individual needs. Our Truck Sales Manager is Dave Orrit, for any enquiries you can call Dave on 01257 279 414

View our current list of used trucks here

Be ready for summer, book a service, MOT or repair now.

Our new MOT, service and repair centre for cars, vans and motorhomes can prepare you for your summer driving, keeping your car safe and in tip-top condition. At this time of year it can be a good idea to get things checked and we can also recharge your air-conditioning so you don’t lose your cool on the roads.

The services we provide are of the highest quality, yet at very affordable rates. No job is too small so even if it’s a minor irritation you need sorting out, to something much bigger, we are fully equipped to help you.

Our MOT and service centre has a comfortable waiting area, so if preferred, you can get your MOT or repair completed whilst you wait.

To book in an MOT, Service or Repair at our Chorley service centre, simply call 01257 279414 or 01257 235 188 now.

Book in now for a winter vehicle check!

It’s been a warm year so far, but with colder weather just around the corner, now is the time to book your vehicle in for a winter check, to uncover any potential problems that may let you down later if not identified.

We now have a fully equipped MOT, service and repair bay that allows for all types of services for cars, vans and light commercials. Of course, this is on top of our truck service and repair facility.

We hope you will visit us soon, call on 01257 279 414 to make a booking.