COVID-19 Message Updated: 13th Jan
Mail Order Customers:
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Our carrier DHL is operating near normally across the world with its Air Express service. Allow an extra day for delivery (4 days for Australia and New Zealand), just in case.
  * For the UK only, Royal Mail are delivering the vast majority of orders on time according to our data, but is experiencing higher levels of staff absences, so there may some local delays.
  * We will be working normally and have a large warehouse full of parts that will help keep your car on the road. However, we are seeing some supply delays from factory lockdowns around the world.
Workshop Customers:
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Following government guidance, we are open as usual. Taking your vehicle to a garage for repairs is a permitted activity (safety) as long as you observe the social distancing rules. We have strict social distancing processes internally and disinfect daily (not least because we have staff in vulnerable groups). In the circumstances, we have had to close our waiting room. Our mechanics wear gloves at all times and we will disinfect your vehicle with our Zaflora sprays on handing back to you. We would respectfully ask you to show our staff the same courtesy. We also have full amount contactless payment systems.
  * MOTs due for renewal from 30th March to 31st July 2020 were be extended for six months. There have been no MOT extensions since then. After the first lock-down, the massive pent-up demand for MOTs overwhelmed supply so even if you don't need to use your car in this current lock-down, it is still strongly recommended to get one done should your vehicle be needed at short notice.







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Checking The Operation Of Locks And Handles On An Alfa Service

The hinges on the handles to the 147/GT are prone to snapping but can be replaced on models from 2006 onward. On the Giulietta the interior door release handle is flimsy and tends to snap off. Push button boot release badges can fail but it's not a common issue.

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Check that the exterior door handles open the doors efficiently and that the doors close smoothly.

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It's essential that you can get out.....check the interior door release handle.

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Check the bonnet release lock....

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....and the boot lock (a little grease will aid).

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Door check straps need to be greased, If they are broken the door will open too far.

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While you're playing around with the doors you may as well check the window switches.

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