Car technology has come a long way – part 1

Brent Autos has come a long way since it has been established in 1989. And so has car technology!

For our 25th anniversary we thought it’d be fun to come up with a list of at least 25 of the most significant car technology, servicing and law changes and developments. So here our are numbers one to twelve!

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  1. Four gears became five, and even six by now!
  2. From having nothing to being fitted only on front seats, there are even special roof airbags these days and by now they are a legal requirement and form a firm part of the MOT health checks.
  3. Manual hand brakes have transformed into fully electronic parking brakes.
  4. Headlights used be glass, and are now plastic.
  5. From freezing our butts off and scraping off the ice on the inside, modern cars now have heated everything – from wind screens to seats to steering wheels.
  6. From brick like mobile phones in the late 80-s we’ve gone to holding the slimmer line bricks that followed in our hands whilst driving, and today have fully enforced handsfree laws.
  7. Even wearing our seatbelts was not mandatory and is only achievement of the last 25 years. Hard to believe!
  8. Speaking of achievements, the invention of led free fuel must make it to our list of most significant developments in car technology!
  9. Next up: no more manual checking of oil levels as most modern vehicles these days will have a light flashing up to tell you that the oil level’s low. How convenient!
  10. In 1989 the most commonly known acronym for ABS was probably the Animal Behaviour Society rather than Antilock Braking System.
  11. Gone are the days of manual tyre checks and here is James Bond technology to tell you the tyre pressure
  12. And gone are the days of nuts and bolts as keys to undo things are everywhere!

Well, twelve’s enough for today, but if you’ve enjoyed our little walk down history lane, do watch this space for numbers 13-25! And if you’d like to contribute find us on Twitter and give us a shout there!


For more information on our diagnostic and garage services, please contact us today or visit our main website at www.brent-autos.co.uk.

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Car diagnostics can only do so much

Time and time again we get customers, who not only seem to think that a car diagnostic check is what is needed to identify their car problem, all too often they also seem to expect that a car diagnostic procedure gives the cure, includes the necessary repair (yes really!) and overall that there’s nothing more to car diagnostics than plugging in a piece of software – and hence car diagnostics testing should really be for free.

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To put this common misperception straight and to avoid disappointment we’ve put together a short guide to car diagnostics.

  • Diagnostics software can only show fault codes, and sometimes certain parameters linked to that fault, however generally speaking each diagnostic report is nothing more than a guide
  • To interpret the data and to pinpoint the actual root cause of the fault, additional troubleshooting and diagnostic procedures such as visual checks and physical examinations will be required
  • This is where your mechanic engineer/technician – his time, skills, up to date knowledge and years of experience come in, as well as the state of his equipment and software – and this is what you are paying for
  • Though most common faults can be resolved through a typical diagnostic procedure, there are cases where further work and repairs will be required. These would have to be priced separately and only carried out upon your authorisation.

At Brent Autos we constantly invest in the latest car diagnostic equipment, training and development and we have a track record of locating problems and getting your car back on the road in a speedy and efficient manner.


For more information on our diagnostic and garage services, please contact us today or visit our main website at www.brent-autos.co.uk.

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