Merlin is one of the leading MOT and independent car repair centers in the Northamptonshire area.
Based in Wellingborough, Merlin aims to provide its customers with dealership standards of car service, MOT and repair at independent prices. Whether you have a brand new car or an ageing workhorse, Merlin’s friendly staff can provide you with the customer service you want at a price you can afford. Your convenience is our top priority, so we can pick up and deliver your vehicle in the local area, or you can enjoy the comfort of our customer waiting area with complimentary wi-fi internet service, an internet computer station, tea and coffee facilities and a selection of glossy magazines. We use only high quality parts and lubricants so that you can have complete confidence in our services.
Merlin is also a member of the Retail Motor Industry Federation, the largest UK trade body representing the interests of both customers and motor trade businesses. We fully adhere to their strict code of conduct in offering car repair services, see Retail Motor Industry Federation website for details.
From Alfa Romeo to Volvo, new and old, we’ve seen most cars in our time! Our computer systems hold service requirements for over ten thousand models from the latest 2014 models back to 1980s classics. We invest in specialised diagnostics tools to read your car’s computer just like the dealers, so we can reset the service lights and diagnose faults. If we can’t diagnose a problem, it won’t cost you a penny.
Merlin offers a collection and delivery service within the local area, so you can have your vehicle conveniently serviced with a pick-up after you get to work, and delivery back to you before you have to go home! This service is completely free locally, for longer distances (e.g. pick up from Northampton) a small charge is made to cover the additional cost.
We also offer lifts from our service center to the local area for people wanting to drop the car off themselves, and we can pick you up to come back to the service center when your car is ready. We employ a dedicated team of drivers, collections are generally between 9am and 11am, deliveries are from 3pm to 5pm, but if you have special requirements, please contact us. The drivers are not themselves mechanics, so they cannot undertake repairs at the collection point if the car doesn’t start. We can collect untaxed vehicles being prepared for MOT, but we do need to know in advance.
Merlin can also provide a breakdown recovery service through our partners CMG, one of the largest recovery agents in the area.
Once cars come out of their warranty periods, their service requirements can change due to differing mileages and use patterns by the owners. Merlin can work for you to establish the most suitable schedule of work for your vehicle, and as a base for this we offer ‘standard’ fixed price services which cover the requirements of most cars.
Standard Service – Petrol
Change Oil & Oil filter, spark plugs, air filter. Remove all wheels, over 100 service item checks, this service is suitable for the annual requirements of most 4 cylinder petrol cars over 3 years old which have 10,000 – 12,000 mile or annual service intervals, or the major service for cars having 6,000/6 month intervals. £120.00 inc VAT
Standard Service – Diesel
Change Oil & Oil Filter, Diesel Filter, Air Filter. Remove all wheels, over 100 service item checks, this service is suitable for the annual requirements of most 4 cylinder Diesel cars over 3 years old which have 10,000 – 12,000 mile or annual service intervals, or the major service for cars having 6,000/6 month intervals. £130.00 inc VAT
Change Oil & Filter, inspect all brakes, over 50 service item checks, this service is suitable as the minor service for cars which have 6,000 mile or 6 monthly service intervals. We also recommend this service for owners who are undertaking a long trip and want their vehicle serviced outside the recommended schedule as an extra precaution before they go. £60.00 inc VAT
Most of our new customers come by recommendation of existing clients. We like to be able to say thank-you for your support, we offer £20 off your next bill when you recommend a new customer to Merlin. Please ask at reception for details.
From time to time parts of even the best maintained cars will fail, and we’re here to help get you back on the road in complete safety. Most problems are identified at services and MOTs, and can be conveniently repaired alongside the service work. If a warning light or unusual noise develop, it is always best to contact us as a matter of urgency – there are few problems which get better if ignored and it generally gets expensive if one breakage leads to another.
If you have a breakdown, we can arrange recovery to our workshop.
Work starts with a diagnosis – if this requires electronic equipment attached to the car, there may be a small charge, but we can often offset that against the cost of the repair. You will always be asked for permission before any repair or charge is made.
In most cases, we will diagnose the fault and then can undertake the repair for you at significantly cheaper rates than the franchised dealers. However there’s a time and a place for dealers, and in some cases we will recommend that you go back to the dealer, particularly if an electronic diagnostic report recommends replacement of expensive electronic components. In these cases, our experience is that cars may not be as clever as they think they are, and a dealer can take the parts back if the car’s self-diagnosis is incorrect, whereas they won’t extend that courtesy to independent repairers!
As an existing service & repair garage Merlin have built strong relationships with customers based on trust, fairness and high quality workmanship... Our aim is to continue that high level of service when selling cars offering you peace of mind that the cars will be serviced, cleaned and prepared for sale by our highly skilled technicians. In addition, if you have a particular car in mind, Merlin can source it for you.
Only Quality Used Cars!
3 Months Standard Warranty - Extended Warranty's Available!
Is the car you want not in stock?...give us a call and we can source one for you!
Make: FORD Model: FOCUS Year: 2006 Price: £6350
Make: VOLKSWAGEN Model: POLO Year: 2007 Price: £3650