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BBL recommends you test every battery that enters your Garage or Workshop…

BBL recommends you test every battery that enters your Garage or Workshop…

​Keep your customers on the road this Winter…

As Winter approaches, with many vehicles having been used less frequently than usual or in some cases not at all, the cold weather could lead to a sharp rise in battery failures advise the BBL Experts. Many batteries could have been significantly weakend due to a combination of people working from home for long periods of time and the hot (36 degree) temperatures the country experienced earlier in the year. Yes the heat can damage car batteries equally as much as the cold!

As explained by BBL “contrary to popular belief, extreme or consistent exposure to heat can have a severely detrimental effect on vehicle batteries. This normally manifests itself the following autumn / winter, when the older batteries are unable to cope with the increased demands of cold weather activity. Many drivers think that cold weather does damage to the battery, but it is the heat that is the start of its deterioration. Heat dramatically shortens the life of a battery, so by the time winter comes, older batteries are closer to their limit. This coupled with many cars being parked up and not having the alternator re-charge the battery will result in higher than usual battery failures. As the temperature increases so does the speed of the chemical reactions within the battery. The increase in chemical reaction speed can increase the speed of battery degradation.”

There are currently an extra 1.7 million vehicles entering the garage / workshop

With MOTs having resumed after the government approved extension, there is expected to be an additional 1.7 million vehicles due for an MOT entering the garage in October and November, as the backlog is worked through. As BBL have highlighted many of these vehicles will have a weakened battery and so advise garages that all vehicles should have a battery test carried out to ensure the battery is in good working order and will not leave the driver stranded in the coming winter months. Whilst the battery test is not part of an MOT, BBL are recommending garages offer a battery test to all vehicle owners whilst the vehicle is in the workshop. By offering a battery test to all customers, and replacing or giving advice on those batteries close to failure, workshops will have provided peace of mind and a reliable service.

Did you know: -

Every third car breakdown is caused by the battery. By testing the batteries on all vehicles that enter your garage, you may detect a weakend battery before it fails.

  • 26% of all tested batteries are in a weak condition
  • 20% of all tested batteries are directly replaced in the workshop
  • 8 out of 10 customers follow workshop’s recommendation

So, BBL recommends you follow the process below: -

  1. Offer a free battery test to all customers coming in to your garage
  2. Test every battery. The test only takes a few minutes. All you need is a battery tester; should you need one of these, BBL can recommend a range of cost effective, value for money options.
  3. Offer the test results to your customers and advise them accordingly. Remember, even if the battery passes with flying colours, your customer will return when they do need a battery in the future.
  4. If the test detects a weak battery, recommend immediate replacement. Remember, 80% of all customers follow your recommendation!
  5. Your customers feel well-advised and rely on a properly functioning battery.


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Calog Pace 19 November, 2020 Reply

Visited the Bristol branch to buy an led light With no Idea on how to install it but the guys in the branch very helpful and gave us alternative And safer ways of installing It following their Instructions Was a lot easier than how we expected it to be Considering we had no way there what we were doing.

The guys at the Bristol branch were great and helpful I will definitely shop there again


Mike Thompson 13 November, 2020 Reply

Really very impressed with the care and attention that I received today.  I was recommended by Isca Motors, and I wasn’t disappointed.  From my initial telephone advice from Steve, It was clear how I would be supported.  When I attended for an inspection and quote, there was no hard sell or pressure.  The advice was clear, the options explained and the price to supply, and or supply and fit was clear.  I chose the supply and fit, partly because I was already there, but mainly because the product quality and price was more competitive than others I had found in my own research.  Thanks again to Steve and excellent ambassador for the company.


Bob Summerfield 13 November, 2020 Reply

Nice little find, managed to locate an unusual sized battery for a wall thermometer and 1.5v AA batteries for an external smoke head, nice to have a service like this so locally, friendly staff as well. A +.....


Mike Johnson 16 October, 2020 Reply

I have previously used BBL and found the service, price and product knowledge second to none. This time I visited was no different. My old battery was tested. Was shown and explained the problem. Given good advice on a replacement.  I would highly recommend this company.


John Palmer 09 October, 2020 Reply

Bought a new leisure battery for my Motorhome.
Steve was very helpful.

Thank you


John Arkle 02 October, 2020 Reply

This helpful outlet recently sent my Kowalski Dive torch to their central depo in Bristol for battery replacement/repair which is quite an undertaking since they are soldered into the unit. Undeterred it was restored by them even during partial lockdown.
I’m thrilled and very grateful - well done guys
              John Arkle


Lisa Trigger 24 September, 2020 Reply

Excellent friendly service & very informative. Free test & fitment also, which included resetting my cars ECU. Would definitely recommend & would use again without fail


Antish Jhugroo 12 September, 2020 Reply

100% satisfy with the service and price. I sent an email inquiring about an i-stop car battery which i was finding very difficult to get from other suppliers and even the dealer could not help much. The very next day i received a very professional and friendly email from BBL Swindon to collect one. Very polite and helpful. They do more than just batteries , Check their website.I would definitely recommend to anyone,


Paul Harris 17 August, 2020 Reply

Just had battery check and a new Battery fitted, What a great guy sorted my Car out, When I got there he was just on a break, It was a bit busy but he said to give him a few minutes and he would sort it out, Boy was he good, Battery checked, Old battery out /new one in, Recoded, Paid for all within 15 /20 mins. 
Saved over £125 from my Hyundai garage quote & two more years warranty and done there and then.
All done with a smile ..
What more can you ask for?


Steve Priday 22 July, 2020 Reply

Exceptional customer service from a very knowledgeable staff member. We were directed to the trading estate to find a Europarts by Green Flag as our previous battery had given up the ghost whilst on holiday. In searching for their unit we came across BBL and instantly ‘felt’ and that we would be looked after better. Not only was the customer service first class but the battery was significantly less than a lesser quality battery at Europarts. We will definately advise friends and family that holiday in the South West to use your company for their battery needs. Thank you..

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