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Robert did a great job at a fair price respraying two doors which had been badly "keyed".
Good service very good comunication work completed very quick would recommend
Went there for DPF cleaning and job was carried out to a high standard, few other issues were identified and fixed. Robert was very helpful and provided a great service. Would recommend.
Very very helpful always take the calls and call back in time best customer service i have ever seen
Rob was professional and took me through to the whole process of DPF.
The whole roof and the top of the car has been repaired and repainted. Very quick turnaround and really good quality job.
The location is a bit difficult to find and next to very narrow road The workers look busy, so I needed to wait a bit The repair work itself is no problem and the price is cheaper than the other garages
Fantastic work done once again. Completed bodywork to a fantastic standard within 3 days. Extra spray job done for free aswell. Best in north west London
Amazing work and very quick! definitely recommend it
I selected this garage on the strength of their reviews here and I was not disappointed! After 2 previous quotes with some eye-watering prices, I was relieved to receive a competitive offer from MCS Garage. On Monday I incurred some minor scratches on the rear RH door and denting on the wheel arch, but as the car belongs to my brother (and I was due to return it that Friday) it was of major importance I have this fixed without impacting his insurance premium, ie. at a price I could afford. Shahid and his team were extremely professional, and called ahead to discuss the repair with me and a time to bring in the car. He was confident it was fixable, and was happy to squeeze me in at short notice. The garage is in Edgeware, so being in Sutton (South London) it was a bit out of my way, but for a competitive price and for the positive reviews it was worth the extra drive. They took the car in next day! which was perfect for me, and both bodywork and respray were complete by COB Thursday. The quality of the repair was very professional - there was no evidence it had been damaged at all. There is no feature to provide before and after photos but if I could, you would see for yourself! Yes I would recommend this garage 100%. If you are looking for a mechanic who takes pride in his work and will not rip you off I would recommend Shahid, Ali & team for any work you need doing.
I supplied my own parts and did exactly what I wanted the mechanic to do. He even gave me feedback on what i should do to maintain my car.
They were friendly efficient on time and on price My sons car has benefited from their work I will use them again Thank you Alperton Johnnie
By far the best mechanic I’ve been to in London, communication was superb I was informed during the whole process, price was very good compair to other quotations I received elsewhere. Majeed is a super star. This will be my regular garage from now on. Thanks you again.
Great service, timely collection of vehicle
Very good and efficient service
Very friendly, very happy with the customer service and the service itself. very explanatory about other issues. Will use again if needed. Thanks a lot!
Excellent garage. Requested a time I needed my car done and they were more than happy to help me. Price was as quoted online. Definitely will be returning for future jobs.
I found the garage in this website which I had never used before. I booked a MOT and service with them based purely on the reviews other custohad left and I was not disappointed. The price was reasonable and the service was professional. I found them to be honest and open and I would definitely use them again.
Honest and reliable mechanic. Would highly recommend. Excellent value for money. I will be using this garage again.
Very satisfied with their work. My left passenger door and left rear door + bumper was damaged on roadside leaving a huge dent and full of scratches. They did a really nice job and the car looks brand new again. I do recommend it to others.
Great service. Good communication and friendly service throughout. No hard sell. All work done as agreed.
Very quick and helpful.
Perfect repair, on time and on estimate. Good communication. Great customer service! Have already recommended C and R! Thanks guys!
Amazing experience from start to finish. The family run business were polite and always curtious. My car was finished prestigiously.
I didn't use a garage on here as they me know straight away that from where I live I wasn't in the catchment area for the garage to be able to pick my car up.
Price for Mot and Servicing was very reasonable. Opted for the optional/recommended brake fluid change, otherwise would have been 145. Quite happy.
Everything went as it should have, car pick up was prompt and drop off as Communication was great after hours as well! Will recommend!
Polite and thorough and even offered me a cup of tea while I waited. When I asked how to proceed they called me up and arranged for the repairs to be done the same day. I didn't get a proper receipt detailing the repair for my records but other than that I have no reservations to go back again for other repairs.
Good service. Knew what they were doing. Picked up and dropped off car from my home, which was helpful.
Was very happy with Price quoted, Speed at which job was done, And saw that on arrival replacement parts were already ordered and waiting at garage to be fitted, Would use again Thank you Dave
The service I received was excellent. To have my car picked up from work and dropped back to me in time before I finished took a weight of my mind. The job was completed as described and Patrick even helped me with another niggling problem free of charge. I wouldn't hesitate to use this garage again.
Great job took a bit longer than anticipated but fantastic communication and top quality service. Would defiantly recommend and use again.
Very professional and friendly staff clear communication and they show that they really do care. Was able to solve the loud squeaking sound coming from my brakes and now my car running like new thanks a lot courtwoods. Recommended for customer looking for good value for money and a professional job done at the same time :)
The braking system in a car is responsible for bringing your vehicle to a stop while you’re driving.
Modern cars have brakes on all four wheels which are operated by a hydraulic system and are made up of several components all of which are subject to stress which could result in breakage.
The front brakes in a car are typically the ones which play the greater part in bringing a car to stop as the weight of the car is thrown forward every time the vehicle comes to a stop.
There are different systems used for braking from one car to the next which suits the needs of the vehicle size and function.
The common hydraulic system uses fluid to apply pressure to pistons in the car close to its wheels to bring the car to a halt.
Some cars also have power brake assistance which helps to reduce the amount of effort required to apply stopping power.
If you need to have your brakes repaired there are several issues that could have caused the problem and several things that could be affected.
If you suspect you need your brakes repaired but your car is still drivable, there are some symptoms which could give you clues as to what the problem is.
The brakes are often the noisiest part of a car if there is an issue which means you should be able to hear a problem which cannot be said of many other broken car parts.
Here are the tell-tale sounds and signs to look out for if your cars brakes have an issue.
This may be caused by worn out brake pads. If they are so worn down, metal will be clutching metal to stop, so the noise will not be pleasant!
This is caused if there is friction being created from the linings of the brakes which will lead to further damage being caused to the brake pads, brake linings, brake drums and rotors.
If you have squeaking brakes you could even have a stone or debris stuck in between the brake caliper and the brake pad, though this is rare.
If you would like to know more about why my brakes are squeaking, we have written a full guide for you to understand what do do and how much the repair would be to fix squeaking brakes.
All you have to do to find out why your brakes are squeaking is clicking here
This can be caused by three issues, leakage in the system, air getting into the brake linings or there is a need to adjust the brake.
You will know if there is a problem if you need to pump the brakes to just stop the car, alternatively if the pedal sinks all the way to the floor when the car is stopped the problems listed above are the most likely to be causing issue.
This happens when you have a damaged brake line, have worn the brake linings down or have uneven linings.
If you can feel brakes dragging, this is likely to be caused by contaminated fluid being in the system or the brakes not being adjusted properly.
If the brake pedal feels mushy, spongy or is slow to sink to the floor, there is a good chance that the master cylinder is to blame. The cylinder is the part responsible for applying pressure to the brakes so when that pressure is not there, there is a high chance that the master cylinder is the problem.
If the rubber seals on a master cylinder break down over time, the debris and lack of effectiveness of the part will result in the contamination of brake fluid, which turns dark brown or black in the eventuality of seal degradation.
If the engine warning light switches on, there are a huge variety of problems which could be the cause including the master cylinder. Modern cars carry a huge number of pressure sensors to detect issues within the engine. If there is a pressure change, it could be the result of the master cylinder breaking.
As soon as you notice any of these problems, it is vital that you address the issue.
A mechanic is best qualified to carry out checks due to the variety of components, fluids and materials used to make up a braking system.
If you choose to ignore a drop in performance, you are putting your vehicle and everybody inside at risk.
When you have your brakes repaired, it is also important to ensure that you and your mechanic keep the following points in mind.
When you are having your brake pads replaced, you should also have your discs replaced and ensure each axle has its own new set.
During the first 200km the performance of your new brakes may not be tip top as they need to ‘bed in’ you should therefore avoid heavy braking if it can be helped during this time.
After the installation you should also pump the brake pedal until it becomes stiff to break the new equipment in however you should also ensure the wheels freely rotate when the pedal is not pushed down.
By following this advice you will ensure your brakes serve your vehicle in the best possible way.
Brake pads and discs are the most common form of brake repair. The brake discs spin with your car's wheels and the brake pads are pushed against the discs when you apply the brake pedal in order to bring your car to a halt.
For more information visit our brake pads and discs page.
Brake calipers hold the brake pads against the discs when the brakes are applied so a car cannot come to a stop without them being fully operational.
The brake caliper acts like a clamp when bringing the car to a stop and it needs to be able to grip the disc properly and apply enough pressure to work properly.
Brake caliper repair can consist of fixing the existing part, however, there is a high chance that the brake caliper will be replaced if there is a major problem as refurbishing a brake caliper or attempting to apply a fix may not completely repair the part.
Brake fluid is critical for the brake system and brake fluid problems are common when it comes to brake repairs. If the brake fluid drops below a certain level, a drivers ability to bring a car to a halt will drop rapidly. This often happens due to a leak as a result of rust.
Brake fluid will always be checked during a full service or an MOT and if the level is too low, a mechanic will check for a leak as this is the most common cause of low brake fluid.
If you have not had a full service and you are not due an MOT for a good while, it is always good practice to check your own car fluid levels, including brake fluid levels. The brake fluid container is located beneath the hood of the car and close to the bottom of the windshield. Check the brake fluid level by unscrewing the lid and peering into the container. Our fluid levels guide gives more information on checking your brake fluid.
An anti-lock braking system is used by many modern cars. This method of braking has been implemented as a safety measure as it allows a car to maintain tractive contact with the road as the brakes are applied and a car comes to a stop.
If you are wandering how do you use ABS brakes, then don’t worry, the ABS braking system is automatically applied to a car when the brakes are pressed, you don’t need to do anything different.
Cars with an ABS system will also be subject to the ABS light coming on at one time or another and if this happens, you need to take the car to a garage to have the issue looked at as the system may no longer be fully operational. If the ABS light AND brake light switch are on at the same time, it is critically important that you get to a local garage as soon as possible.
Brake rotors is another name for brake discs and if you would like more information on this subject, we have an entire page dedicated to brake pads and discs.
The master cylinder is a vital part of the braking system as it serves as the main valve through which brake fluid is channelled to the brake lines and onto the brake calipers which in turn, grip the brake pads which clamp onto the brake disc to bring a car to a halt.
A master cylinder controls the flow of brake fluid and so if there is a fault, the car will not be able to stop properly.
Brake lines carry brake fluid from the master cylinder to the brake calipers. Brake lines are subject to deterioration from the result of rust damage and brake fluid leakage. If the brake lines break, then fluid cannot be carried to the brake calipers and you will not be able to stop your car. That is why it is so important to keep an eye on a drop in performance of your braking power as a reduction may highlight a problem with the brake lines.
Backing plates hold brake discs in place and are what they are mounted upon. There is not a huge amount of problems when it comes to backing plates as the part is simply there to hold another part in place. The biggest issue could be that the part becomes dislodged from the result of an impact.
The most common form of handbrake problems is when the handbrake cable snaps and a new one needs to be fitted. A new handbrake cable is not expensive and fitting the part is not a complex job so you should not have to pay a lot in labour.
If you think your handbrake is close to snapping, it is critical that you take your car to a garages as soon as possible. If you leave your car parked on an incline and the handbrake cable snaps while you are away from the vehicle, it could suddenly start rolling down a hill and pose a serious risk to pedestrians and other drivers.
The handbrake cable is made of metal and so, being exposed to the elements, will deteriorate over time. Rust may be a cause of the handbrake cable to weaken and snap.
One of the most obvious signs that your handbrake cable is close to snapping, is that the handbrake itself will pull up higher than usual.
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