Service / Maintenance

The best in car servicing... at less than half the cost

If you're looking for top quality car servicing from people you can trust, you've come to the right place.

And if you're looking to save money on what it costs to service and maintain your car – up to 60% in many cases – you've come to the right place too.

That's because you get the best of both worlds – quality and price – when you choose Panelcare to do your servicing.

We Provide an unmatched standards of service excellence, every time.

You get complete peace of mind with fully protected warranty, genuine OE quality parts, and all parts and labour guaranteed for twelve months or 12,000 miles. And we won't do any service work or any repair without getting your agreement first.

Massive savings off main dealer prices

Why should you have to pay way over the odds for servicing and maintaining your car?

Thanks to our highly competitive national rates, you no longer need to pay main dealer prices for labour, parts or accessories... and that means you could easily save up to £100 on a full service – or even a lot more.

These savings apply whether your car's still under warranty from the manufacturer, or outside the warranty period.

Manufacturer warranty protected

There was a time when it was difficult to go anywhere other than a franchised dealer to get a car serviced when it was still within its warranty period.

But new European legislation has changed all that. Thanks to the "Block Exemption Regulation" 14002002 (BER) introduced in October 2003, you can now have your car serviced independently, away from a main dealer, without invalidating the manufacturer's warranty.

Panelcare lets you take full advantage of this freedom. We service your car according to the manufacturer's service schedule, using parts compliant to their guidelines, and with all the work done by qualified and fully trained technicians.

Parts and labour guaranteed for 12 months

All our work is quality assured and guaranteed. All parts and labour carry a twelve month or 12,000 miles warranty. And because we always and only fit genuine OE quality parts, your vehicle warranty stays fully protected.

Your car will be inspected and serviced according to our itemised service schedule. Every point will be thoroughly checked by our qualified technicians.

4 Wheel Alignement

What Everyone Should Know About Wheel Alignment

On this vehicle, the front wheels are not aligned to the rear thrust line. This can happen from normal wear and stress, whether your vehicle has adjustable or non-adjustable rear suspension.

To steer straight ahead, you would have to steer the front wheels slightly to the right.

A common result would be that the vehicle would “dog track” and possibly “pull” to the side.

Of course, the angles are exaggerated so you can more easily see the condition. But it takes only a small misalignment to create problems.

Why Four Wheel Alignment

Reduced Tire Wear

Improper alignment is a major cause of premature tire wear. Over the years, a properly aligned vehicle can add thousands of miles to tire life.

Better Gas Mileage

Gas mileage increases as rolling resistance decreases. Total alignment sets all four wheel parallel which, along with proper inflation, minimizes rolling resistance.

Improved Handling

Does your car pull to one side? Does the steering wheel vibrate? Do you constantly have to move the steering wheel to keep your car traveling straight ahead? Many handling problems can be corrected by total alignment. With all the system components aligned properly, road shock is more efficiently absorbed for a smoother ride.

Safer Driving

A suspension system inspection is part of our alignment procedure. This allows us to spot worn parts before they cause costly problems.

Here's what we do

For vehicles with non-adjustable rear suspensions

  1. Angle readings are measured at all four wheels.
  2. The steering wheel is centered.
  3. Front wheels are referenced to rear thrust line and set to specifications.

Result: All four wheels are parallel and the steering wheel is centered.

For vehicles with adjustable rear suspensions

  1. Angle readings are measured at all four wheels.
  2. Rear wheels are set to specification. (Rear thrust line corresponds to vehicle centerline.)
  3. Steering wheel is centered.
  4. Front wheels are referenced to the rear thrust line and set to specification.
Result: all four wheels are positioned straight ahead and parallel, and the steering wheel is centered.

Important Questions About Wheel Alignment

Q. How important is wheel alignment?

A. Think of it this way. Research indicates that the average car is driven about 12,000 miles per year. A car with toe alignment just 0.34 degrees (Just 0.17 inches) out of specification has dragged its tires sideways for more than 68 miles by the end of the year!

Q. What are the “symptoms” of a car that's out of alignment?

A. Have your car checked if you notice:

  • Excessive or uneven tire wear.
  • Steering wheel pulls to the left or right.
  • Feeling of looseness or wandering.
  • Steering wheel vibration or shimmy.
  • Steering wheel is not centered when car is moving straight ahead.

Q. How often should I have my car aligned?

A. Follow the vehicle manufacturer's recommendation noted in your owner's manual. But, as a general rule, have your vehicle's tires checked every 10,000 miles or at least once a year.

Diagnostics / Fault Codes

Engine Management Faults / Diagnostics

Panelcare offer a comprehensive computerised engine management check

If a warning light has appeared on your car’s dashboard it’s best to get it diagnosed as soon as possible.

Warning lights tell you which main system is reporting a fault, such as the engine or braking system but not which specific parts are causing the warning to appear..

Some examples of warning lights you might see include the following:

Engine Warning LightABS Warning LightBattery Warning LightBrake Warning LightOil Warning LightAirbag Warning Light

Most modern cars employ engine management and diagnostic systems linked to sensors around the car. By plugging a diagnostic tool and computer into your car it will be possible to diagnose specific faults and ascertain what action needs to be taken to rectify the problem.

Panelcare are able to offer a while-you-wait engine diagnostics service. Unlike most other garages or service stations, we have invested heavily in our own diagnostic equipment. This means we can perform checks on the spot, and since they usually take only 30 minutes to complete, we can often accommodate you without an appointment.

The equipment we use is some of the best in the world from Bosch and DEC. Our technicians are fully trained in the use of this highly specialised equipment and the software that runs on these devices is kept regularly updated. This ensures that as new models of car come out (and updates to the management systems of existing cars are made) our systems remain accurate.

Air Conditioning

Air Conditioning Check / Recharge

Air conditioning and climate control are becoming increasingly common in vehicle's today. A good quality system will last the lifetime of the vehicle, but will require regular maintenance.

Having your air conditioning system checked and serviced regularly helps avoid expensive bills in the long term. System leak repairs and recharging can be carried out by our service team at Panelcare.

Remap / Tuning

Engine Remap/Tuning

Improve your engines efficiency and performance with our Remap service


1: Why choose custom code? Many performance software suppliers claim the smoothest and most reliable power gains and the most extensive development. With custom code you can be assured of this. Quite simply it is the best performance software available in the world today.

2: Application list Custom code is availble for the whole VAG group. Even the very latest ECU types used in the rewest VAG vehicles can be safely remapped. From normally aspirated to turbocharged, petrol or diesel, there is nothing in the VAG range that Custom-Code cannot cater for.

3: Research and Development All Custom-Code remaps are based on real-time rolling road tuning. We have thousands of hours invested in the research and development of our products. This ensures the best possible generic and true custom remaps available.


Phase One - Generic Remap: As with all our products, the Phase One remap is installed via theOBD-ll Interface, meaning it's a true serial port remap. If your vehicle is non OBD-ll compliant then a Custom-Code chip can be installed at no extra cost. This is the ultimate generic remap.

Phase Two - Custom Remap Phase Two offers drivers seeking the best from their existing bolt-on modifications, a chance to tailor their driving experience with our totally customised remap service. Owners of vehicles with cold air intakes, sports exhaust systems, sports cats, nitrous oxide, water injection, after market cams or hybrid turbos should consider this option.

Phase Three - The ultimate Custom Remap Phase Three is like nothing else available in the world today. If you have a big turbo, after market super-charger or other major engine modifications, this remap is for you. The worlds most powerful vag vehicles run Custom-Code phase 3.

Custom Settings Custom Settings is free-of-charge software for your PC that allows Custom-Code users to change boost, timing, fueling, rev limits and also the ability to switch back to an accurate interpretation of "standard". Software is available for download from the Custom-Code website.

Custom-Code reflash all late VAG ECU's via the onboard diagnostics port. This means that your ECU is never opened and in most cases never touched. Custom-Code Overview We have a custom designed rolling road which is recognised as the most accurate in the industry. It is a true load-based dyno, so you can be assured that the results you see after having your vehicle remapped are the results you will see on the road.

It is no secret that writing code to cater for the enormous variety of bolt-on performance parts isn't easy. Parts from different manufacturers such as exhausts, air filters, and cold air intakes to name a few can vary wildly in their performance gains, not to mention big turbo applications and other major engine modifications.

There is only one true way to get the maximum potential from a modified vehicle and that is whe re we at Custom-Code beat the competition hands down.

We have the best programmers, VAG technicians and sources of information in the field and our R&D team are obsessed with perfection. All Custom-Code remaps are based on real-time rolling road tuning. We have thousands of hours invested in the research and development of our products. This ensures the best possible generic and custom remaps available in the world today.

Owners of non-drive-by-wire, early version ECU's and normally aspirated vehicles have always had a rough deal when it comes to performance software. We have recognised this and in addition to our turbocharged applications, we now offer Custom-Code for these vehicles that offers real gains in both power and drivability.

Paintless Dent Removal

Paintless Dent Removal

Panelcare offer paintless dent removal technology which has been developed to remove parking dings, small dents & minor creases where the paint surface is not broken
‘There is a NEW alternative to costly body shop repairs’

Alloy Wheel Repairs

Alloy Wheel Repairs

Blemishes on your alloy wheels can ruin the appearance of your car, that’s why the alloy wheel refurbishment service from New Again can help retain its value.

Replacing allow wheels can cost hundreds of pounds, but the restoration of your scuffed alloys and scraped wheel rims makes your whole car look brand new, and represents exceptional value for money based on the cost of refurbishing your wheels alone.

Windscreen Repairs

Windscreen Repairs

Panelcare offer quality REPAIRS of windscreen chips and small cracks. We even originated the “£1 coin rule” that is used to assess the size of repairable damage. Panelcare operate a patented process and every other windscreen repair system in the world is a copy of this system.

Valeting and Detailing

Valeting and Detailing

Car Valeting

Panelcares Valeting Service specialise in providing a full, comprehensive and professional car valeting service tailor made to suit your exact requirements or you can choose a set valet from our comprehensive valet menu.

Paint Detailing

We specialise in the preparation, restoration and protection of paint work, interiors and wheels on classic and modern day sports cars.

Our services include paint correction, carnauba wax protection, carbon fibre restoration, paintless dent removal , alloy wheel and leather refurbishment. In short the complete professional detailing service for your car.

Tyre Replacement

Tyre Replacement

Panelcare Cheap Tyres - Car Tyres & 4x4 Tyres

If you are looking for the best UK prices on tyres, then get in touch with Panelcare. We provide car tyres to 4x4 tyres in a wide range of sizes. If you are interested in any of our tyre products then please call us for details