Advertising feature: Expertise meets a passion for motors at PD Car Service Grantham
A new family motor business in Grantham brings together years of expertise and a passion for cars.
Brothers-in-law Darek Wasowski and Piotr Chmielewski have 27 years of experience in the automotive industry between them – and a thirst for learning more all the time.
Their business, PD Car Service, was born out of their wish to work together and share their skills.
The business operates from a convenient location on Rycroft Street, behind Topps Tiles off London Road.
Darek said they had been looking for the perfect location for the business for two years, and had always wanted the Rycroft Street garage.
“I had been looking for the ideal place, and every day when I came past this place on my way to the shop, I said ‘I need that garage’.”
So when it was advertised by motor dealer Martyn James, Darek could not believe his luck, and the deal was signed in no time.
Martyn James continues to run his car sales business from the premises, so the two businesses complement each other.
Darek said: “Martyn had been here a long time and he has a very good reputation. We are very happy.”
One of the first things Darek and Piotr did when they moved into their workshop was to invest in state-of-the-art diagnostic equipment.
They both have a passionate interest in technological advances in the motor industry, and keep up to date with regular training courses.
They said they relished the challenge of finding the cause of a problem and repairing it – which is often less costly that simply replacing faulty parts.
They take pride in having been entrusted with prestige and premium vehicles including Mercedes, Audi, BMW and Volkswagen. They are also confident with the increasingly-popular hybrid vehicles.
“We are very happy working with the most advanced vehicles,” Piotr said. “And we are keen to establish a good relationship with other garages and to offer our help and expertise with the diagnostics.
“It is not only that we have the knowledge and experience – we also have the passion, and that is just as important.”
They said many people believed that newer cars had to be serviced and maintained by main dealers in order to meet warranty requirements, but that this was not the case.
“Manufacturers are happy to honour warranties as long as work is carried out with approved parts, which we do here,” he said. “It will cost far less.”
The location of the business makes it ideal for customers commuting from Grantham station, which is just a couple of minutes’ walk away.
“You can drop your car off here and go to work and not worry. You do not need to take the day off, and it will save you money.”
The garage offers a full range of services for all makes and models of cars and small commercial vehicles, including servicing, timing and cambelt replacement, air conditioning repairs, brakes and suspension and MoT repairs.
PD Car Service can also carry out a pre-MoT inspection on your vehicle, and have it independently tested by a local testing station.
PD Car Service pride themselves on their professional and high- quality workmanship. They will inspect your car and communicate all options with you before carrying out any work, which can be documented with photographs if required.
Their serious aim for the future is to become an approved big brands specialist repair centre, but in the meantime they enjoy tackling the occasional unusual challenge – which have recently included repairing a 1980s golf buggy, and restoring a motorbike that had been hidden away in an old shed with chickens living in it.
“Why not? It is fun,” they both said. “We can always learn something new.”
n To find out more or to book in your car, call PD Car Service on 07455 967845. You can also find them on Facebook.
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