Formula One Autocentres

Formula One Autocentres reviews

What people are saying about us...

Jan 9, 2017

I would like to give a huge thank you to the staff at F1 Norwich! I dropped my car off for MOT and was completed (with additional works that needed to be completed - new rear tyre & rear bulb) within the hour. The staff kept me notified with everything that needs to be kept an eye on in future and even listed some common faults that I should look out for. I found the staff incredibly friendly and welcoming and will be coming back for anything I need doing in the future. I will also be highly recommending this centre to my friends/family. Thanks for your great service! robert, Norwich

Jan 12, 2017

Very Friendly Staff, was extremely pleased with the quality of service and the end product. Farnborough

Jan 10, 2017

Staff are very friendly 5-star customer service I thought I'd got definitely would use them all the time Jake, Derby

Jan 8, 2017

Prices always good. Staff are always pleasant and helpful. Good service all round! Burton

Jan 2, 2017

Always a great service at your Chatham branch! Good prices too, would highly recommend! Chatham

Jan 7, 2017

Courteous staff and quick tyre fitting at excellent prices- will definitely recommend. Blackheath

Jan 9, 2017

Great service, team very helpful even when under pressure from large amount of customers Chatham

Jan 1, 2017

I received great service from very helpful, happy staff. I have already recommended them. Bury St Edmunds

Jan 5, 2017

Very helpful as my car needed some work and was quick and accruate on the quote to repair. Had the vehicle back the same day no hidden extras. Stevenage (London Road)

Jan 1, 2017

Probably wouldn't use the mobile service although a good idea. As always, very friendly, polite and knowledgeable service. Thank you F1 Cheltenham. Cheltenham

Dec 30, 2016

Brilliant as always, helpful and informative, reasonably priced and fast. Well done and thank you. King's Lynn

Jan 11, 2017

I am very happy with Formula One, they are always friendly and helpful no matter the issue. I feel confident that my car will be treated well by them. Reading

Jan 2, 2017

Shane was very helpful and went over and above what I would normally expect to help me as a customer. He persevered in trying to sort out a problem with an airbag light to get my car through its MOT. Excellent service. Regards Clive Peterborough

Jan 2, 2017

Exceptional service, my tyres came in the day before my booked appointment and i got a call asking me if i wanted to pop in and have them fitted straight away. Muhammad, Slough

Dec 27, 2016

Staff were great given it was Christmas eve and would have wanted to go home. Stevenage (Boulton Road)

Jan 2, 2017

Had by my own fault mis booked my appointment and the centre managed to fit me in immediately as I was travelling that morning. Many thanks for an excellent service . Rachel, Fareham

Dec 27, 2016

Really helpful and cheery service from Ian today, will definitely use Glasshouse street again in future Nottingham (Glasshouse Street)

Jan 1, 2017

I had my first MOT at the garage in Grafton Street and found them to be really helpful. I moved but live close to the garage in Gambrel Road so booked my MOT with you again and was so pleased I had! My car failed it's MOT on both occasions but the staff were so helpful and friendly and had it fixed with in no time! I will definitely be booking my next MOT with Formula 1 Autocentres! Rob, Northampton (Gambrel Road)

Dec 31, 2016

Good service and car ready earlier than expected. I will use this centre again Crawley

Dec 29, 2016

Used previously many years ago. Much improved. Very friendly staff. Will use again. Blackheath

Jan 13, 2017

Good service with a free wheel alignment check.Never had free align check in50years of buying tyres Basildon

Jan 4, 2017

Fast, friendly and efficient service. I return to Formula One Autocentres because they provide an honest service at a competitive price. Thank you! Maidstone

Jan 6, 2017

Quick, efficient, friendly and extremely reasonable. Will certainly use again Kate, Harlow

Jan 9, 2017

Great team, nice and friendly and they made my visit feel very welcoming!!! Burton

Jan 12, 2017

I always use F1 Auto for my car and my wife's car for MOT's and tyres and get great customer service from Stuart and all other staff. Stevenage (Boulton Road)

Jan 11, 2017

Excellent service. I'd ordered the wrong tyres online, but this was not a problem and the correct ones were speedily ordered in for me to be fitted a couple of days later. Prompt refund once the computer glitches were sorted out.. Nothing seemed too much trouble, seems a really good team and would definitely use again. Michelle, Rotherham

Jan 2, 2017

Very helpful and professional service, will use again and highly recommend to friends and family Northampton (Gambrel Road)

Jan 15, 2017

Very pleased with service, would definitely use again. Have already recommended you to work colleagues. Swindon

Jan 9, 2017

Great service. MOT failed, but garage was able to do all the recommended repairs within the same day. Very happy. Leicester

Jan 13, 2017

A positive,friendly service yet again.I would highly recommend formula one,for service,price.All staff are friendly.Many thanks. Bury St Edmunds

Jan 1, 2017

I have used this branch on several occasions. The service is excellent and prices represent true value for money. I recommend them to anyone. Nottingham (Lenton Lane)

Jan 15, 2017

Staff were very helpful. Although there was an issue with one of my tyres fitting, after a quick chat on the phone it was sorted the next day free of charge. The facilities were very well maintained and a nice place to be in. A great service all round. Dartford

Jan 11, 2017

Service is brilliant....staff are helpful and explain in detail to what needs to be driving be. King's Lynn

Jan 8, 2017

The service was excellent and I highly recommended this autocentre to my friends . Crawley

Dec 28, 2016

Excellent customer service by manager and technicians. Not many service orientated business use your name or sir and madam nowadays. Great service and beat prices is a winning combination Cheltenham

Jan 4, 2017

Fantastic and friendly service as usual. The service was very thorough. Bristol (St. Philips)

Jan 11, 2017

Being recently widowed I have always found the staff very friendly helping me deal with problems that my husband always used to sort out. Nottingham (Lenton Lane)

Jan 8, 2017

Booking on line was easy, the reception staff are great and the car was finished early. I am not 'interested in cars' so I rely on advice and the staff at Chelmsford are informative and never patronising, unlike some of the Dealerships. Many thanks. John, Chelmsford

Jan 6, 2017

Due to my vehicle breaking down I had to cancel my booking on the same morning. Staff helpful and changed my tyres on the next day Ipswich

Dec 26, 2016

Awesome management and great customer service. Only delay was waiting for the parts to arrive but my expectations were set on this. Slough

Jan 4, 2017

Excellent service and very friendly staff as usual! Absolutely the best garage in Lichfield by far. Won't go anywhere else! Lichfield

Dec 30, 2016

The staff responded to my request promptly, they undertook the work immediately, they were helpful and polite, and they completed the work thoroughly and in good time.I will always use them as they are very accomodsting of my work commitments. Wisbech

Jan 2, 2017

Very helpful staff, I had tyres fitted but took advantage of the free tracking check As it turned out 3 of 4 wheels were out one badly The member of staff took time out to be Xperia,win in detail the problem. He then fixed very quickly My car handles noticeably better Thank you Phil Cannock

Jan 12, 2017

Always top notch service. Never go anywhere else and always recommend to friends and family. Swindon

Jan 6, 2017

The staff were very friendly and did their utmost to accommodate me and explain the work to be done. Will definitely use F1 again. Oxford

Dec 30, 2016

The staff at the Dunstable branch are a credit to your company, they are always friendly and most helpful. I have used this branch a few times in the past for tyres,wheel alignment, brake pads and now just had my wife's car MOT'd there Keep up the good work Jay, Dunstable

Jan 13, 2017

I've used this branch for a while now and really can't fault the service I've received would definitely recommend to friends and family. Northampton (Gambrel Road)

Dec 25, 2016

Very helpful staff, nothing too much trouble. Will be booking both my cars in for servicing and mot soon. Grantham

Jan 1, 2017

I was told there would be a possible 30min delay before my tYres could be fitted but I was pleased this reduced to 5mins. As this was all prepaid on internet I was back on the road in 40mins. GREAT JOB. Thanks guys. Northampton (Gambrel Road)
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Sidewall markings

Manufacturer's name or brand name
Country of origin

Most tyres are marked with the name of the country or national geographic area where they were manufactured

TWI (Tread Wear Indicator)

TWI may be found in the shoulder or upper sidewall part of some tyres.

The marking is placed on the tyre to indicate where the tread wear indicators are located across the tread pattern. When these special markers in the tread pattern become flush with the remainder of the tread, it indicated the tyre is, or is about to become, illegal, because of lack of tread depth.

The tyre size designation
Radial

The word 'radial' to identify radial ply tyres. R in size marking also indicates radial ply tyres

Tubeless

The word 'tubeless' to identify tubeless tyres (or 'tube tyres' (optional) where appropriate).

Various additional legal markings, some of which have no relevance to UK, or Europeans operations are also shown.

Legislation requiring tyres fitted as replacements to carry an 'E' type approval number became effective 1st January 1985.

Legislation requiring all passenger cars and their trailers to be fitted with new tyres to 'E' or 'e' type approved became effective on 1st January 1995.

Tyre Name

A commercial name or identity in some form

Safety Warning - for the consumer's information

Serious injury may result from:

Tyre failure due to under inflation/overloading. Follow owner's manual or tyre placard on vehicle.

Explosion of tyre/rim assembly due to improper mounting. Only specially trained persons should mount tyres.

'E' Marking

All car tyres sold from 1st July 1997 must carry an 'E' marking. The 'E' or 'e' mark consists of an 'E' or 'e' followed by a number included in a circle of 12mm diameter or a rectangle. This symbol is followed by a further number.

The 'E' certifies that the tyre complies with the dimensional, performance and marking requirements of ECE Regulation 30.

The 'e' certifies that the tyre complies with the dimensional, performance and marking requirements of Directive 92/23/EEC.

The number associated the with the letter 'E' in the circle or 'e' in the rectangle is the code number of the government which granted the type approval (No. 11 for the British Government and a different identifying number for each of the other European countries involved).

The number outside the circle or rectangle is the number of the type of approval certificate issued for that particular tyre size/type.

Directional Pattern Tyres

Tyres with directional or asymmetric patterns should always be fitted such that they rotate in the correct direction as indicated by an arrow marked on the tyre sidewall. Failure to observe this is classified as a reason for refusal to issue an MOT test certificate.

If a directional tyre has to be fitted so that it rotates in the wrong direction (e.g. temporary use of a spare tyre following a puncture), then without undue delay the vehicle should be taken to a tyre sealer or garage so that a correct tyre can be fitted.

Other markings of importance that may appear on the sidewall where applicable are:

Reinforced: a marking which is added adjacent to the tyre size marking to indicate that the tyre has a higher load carrying capacity than the standard tyre. The principal application of 'reinforced' type tyres is on vans and light trucks but they are also fitted to certain estate cars and caravans.

M and S: mud and snow - a marking to identify tyres with a winter tread pattern. In the case of 'V' or 'Z' tyres with no service description, the maximum load permitted at the maximum speed of the vehicle must be shown on the sidewall.

For further information contact your local Formula One Autocentre