heavy Vehicle Maintenance

Vehicle Maintenance

Established by Dave Merrett over 35 years ago, DC Merrett remains a family-run business that customers can rely on. We always prioritise our clients’ needs and requirements, which is why we have grown to become known as a well-established reliable service provider.

We offer our vehicle maintenance services to the commercial, public and private sectors. Reliability and vehicle uptime are of paramount importance to our team. That is why we are always set on performing maintenance and repairs quickly with the utmost care.

At DC Merrett, we offer a comprehensive range of services to suit your vehicle maintenance needs. We are always open to provide our expert advice and knowledge.

We hope that you will find everything you need to know regarding vehicle maintenance below however, should you have any questions – please do reach out to us.

What Our Services Cover

As trusted qualified vehicle maintenance providers, we can offer a range of specialist repair and maintenance services for your vehicles.

We have the latest diagnostic equipment in our on-site workshop which allows us to provide:

  • Preparations for MOTs.
  • 6-weekly Inspections.
  • Body & Machine Repair Work.
  • System Fault Checks.
  • Engine Diagnostics.
  • Emission Testing.
  • Brake Testing.

Our qualified technicians have a great understanding of a variety of makes and models of trucks and lorries such as:

  • Scania.
  • Volvo.
  • DAF.
  • Mercedes.
  • Renault.
  • Isuzu.

And more.

The Areas That We Cover

Our heavy haulage team can take exports to Europe to countries such as Holland and France if required.

The heavy haulage team at DC Merret are fully certified and highly skilled experts when it comes to handling and transporting heavy haulage goods. You can find out more about our heavy haulage transportation here.

If you are looking for an experienced company to haul your machinery or equipment further afield, please include this in your inquiry as we may be able to provide a service for this.

We also offer shipping arrangements if required however, this would need to be specifically requested when you apply for a quote.

The Importance of Vehicle Maintenance

As an operator or driver of a vehicle, it is your responsibility to ensure that the vehicle you are using is roadworthy. Heavy goods and public service vehicles must meet the requirements of licensing legislation. If the vehicle is deemed unroadworthy and is being driven on public roads, it is considered an offence.

Regularly performing checks before use and booking in the vehicle for servicing will allow room for potential risks to be caught – before they cause an accident or further damage.

It is incredibly important to stay on top of your vehicle maintenance as both the company and as an employee. As a driver of an unroadworthy vehicle, you will be prosecuted if the defects are considered partly or wholly your responsibility. You could even face losing your driver’s licence.

Contact us today to schedule your vehicle maintenance.

Why You Can Trust Us

Our workshop is fitted with the latest and most relevant diagnostic equipment. All vehicle maintenance work is carried out by our skilled team who receive ongoing training and are accredited with the following:

  • CSCS Health & Safety training for operatives.
  • NPORS Telescopic Handler Training.
  • Coded Welding.

Our fully qualified technicians provide a high-quality service that we as a business are proud of.

Should you require our illustrious vehicle maintenance services, please reach out and we can assist you further.

Common Queries

How often do HGV’s need servicing?

HGV inspections are required to take place regularly and if the lorry is more than 12 years old, it should have a period of no longer than a 6-week gap between its inspections. HGV 6-weekly inspections are a legal requirement and help keep the driver and public safe by spotting small defects before they grow into a larger problem. It is legally the driver’s responsibility for the condition of the vehicle whilst it is in use.

How often does a HGV need brake testing?

A HGV will need at least three successful break efficiency tests equally spread out over a year to be deemed safe. This is in addition to its annual MOT test and brake tests should be completed using approved testers.  Brake testing is a vital component in preventative maintenance measures.

What equipment is used to test HGV brakes?

It is advised that calibrated roller brake testers are used to safely inspect and measure individual brake efficiency values. An approved and calibrated decelerometer can also be used to test vehicles without trailers. At DC Merrett, we have VLT VOSA Approved brake testers in our on-site workshop.