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Posted in Category(ies):  Company News   |   Posted on Monday, 10 February 2014  |  By Darren Caldwell

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Celebrating 40 years in Business

Posted in Category(ies):  Company News   |   Posted on Wednesday, 8 January 2014  |  By Darren Caldwell

2014 is a big year for TD Caldwell Ltd as we will be celebrating 40 years of providing excellent service to our customers.  

Please keep watching our blog and Facebook pages for details.

 

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TD Caldwell achieves new industry standard

Posted in Category(ies):  Company News   |   Posted on Monday, 2 December 2013  |  By Darren Caldwell

T.D. Caldwell Ltd is delighted to announce that we have successfully achieved the new Certified Steel Standard (CSS) for vehicle bodyshop repairers in Ireland with the roll out of the Standard taking place in early 2014.

CSS is a new voluntary standards programme for professional bodyshop repairers in Ireland which incorporates the industry standard technical specification for the process of structural vehicle body repair.  The standard details the minimum requirements for competent personnel, appropriate and well-maintained equipment, suitable repair methods and quality of repair materials and all bodyshops are independently audited. 

We undertook to complete the voluntary CSS audit as we feel it is important to clearly demonstrate both to our customers and Insurance Companies that our company is committed to the highest quality and safety standards.

We believe that customers deserve the best service and standard of repairs, particularly when they experience the trauma of a crash repair. The CSS certification will offer customers confidence in that the repairs completed on their vehicle are to the highest standard.

Established in 1974, TD Caldwell is the largest Independent Accident Repair & Service Centre in the northeast.  We know that having an Accident no matter how big or small is very stressful. Our team of highly qualified staff will have been taking the stress out of this already stressful situation for nearly 40 years by providing a consistent high quality service for Accident Repairs and Crash Repairs in County Meath, Louth and Dublin. We have developed long standing relationships with both Work Providers and Private Clients as a result of our consistent professional approach and our technician’s continuous development.

 

 

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5 Things you must check on your car before Winter

Posted in Category(ies):  Company News   |   Posted on Tuesday, 29 October 2013  |  By Darren Caldwell

 

Autumn is here and that means the hardest season for your vehicle is around the corner. Winter takes its toll on many drivers, particularly if you haven’t taken the time to do some basic maintenance on your vehicle.

Here’s what you need to know to reduce your risks of getting into an accident in slippery conditions and to help you get more life out of your vehicle.

1. Check Your Tires. First, you’ll need to check the tread-wear on your tires.  You’ll also need to check your tire pressure to make sure it’s at the optimum level for your particular vehicle. If you live in an area with chronically bad winter weather, you may want to consider purchasing snow tires for the winter season.

2. Replace Your Windshield Wipers. This is one thing that many car owners miss, and it can have serious consequences. The elements are hard on your wipers, and they should be changed twice a year, in spring and autumn. Don’t forget to change the wiper on your back window if you have one!

3. Change Your Oil. As the weather cools down, you’ll need to make sure you’re using the right viscosity of oil. If you change your own oil, check your owner’s manual to make sure you’re using the recommended oil. 
4. Check Your Battery. The last thing you need when it’s cold is to end up stranded somewhere. Take your battery to a shop and have it checked to make sure it’s got enough power to get you through winter. If you’re getting your oil changed, many shops will even throw in a battery check for free.

5. Check Your Antifreeze. After the long, hot summer season, you’ll also need to make sure you’ve got the right levels of water and antifreeze in your car. The ideal mix is 50/50. It’s best to have the professionals take care of this one for you, unless you have experience in checking your antifreeze.

These five simple steps will help keep your car running smoothly all winter and reduce the risk of getting into an accident or needing a tow.

At TD Caldwell your safety is our concern. 



 

 

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Autumn Blues ...

Posted in Category(ies):  Company News   |   Posted on Tuesday, 1 October 2013  |  By Darren Caldwell

 

 Our Indian Summer seems to be coming to an end so it’s time to start preparing your car for the changing weather. 

1. Tyres

You may have been able to get away with slicks during the summer months but now that the rain seems to be back with a vengance you need to ensure you have decent tread left on your tyres and that they are correctly inflated. If you’re not sure what to do visit us at the Mullaghboy Industrial Estate and we will gladly check your tyres for you.

 2. Wiper blades

Just like your tyres, you probably won’t notice you have a problem with your wiper blades until a heavy shower. If you can see any streaks on the windscreen or hear any noise coming off your wiper blades it’s time for a change.

3. Bulbs

Firstly make sure all your bulbs are working. It may be worthwhile changing your headlight bulbs anyway as they will fade over time and it will help having good lights as we head into the darker evenings.

 4. Torch

Make sure you have a working torch and spare batteries in the boot. There’s nothing worse than being stranded at night time with no light!!

 5. Safety

Keep a Hi-Vis vest and an orange warning triangle in the boot incase you need to stop or get out of the car. It’s also a good idea to have a charger for your phone in the glovebox, or to carry a spare phone if you’re going on a long journey.

 At TD Caldwell your family's safety on the road is our priority.  Call us today for a pre-winter check. 

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Seasonal Preventative Maintenance for the Autumn Months

Posted in Category(ies):  Company News   |   Posted on Monday, 2 September 2013  |  By Darren Caldwell

Seasonal Preventative Maintenance for the Autumn Months

 

Autumn is here, school has started and everyone is back on the road again.  Seasonal maintenance not only extends the life of your vehicle, it saves you money and time. Prepare for seasonal conditions in advance to help improve your vehicle’s value, get the most out of its' mileage, and keep yourself and your family safe.

Brake inspection/work – Do not avoid brake repair. Damaged brakes can be a safety hazard.

Oil change – Based on your vehicle’s owner manual, it may be time to have your oil changed.

Check hoses, filters, coolants – Ensure all hoses and filters, such as oil, gas and air, are in good condition. Make sure you have the correct amount of coolant and that your thermostat, heater, and defroster are working properly. Coolant should be changed roughly every two years.

Tune-up – Based on your owner manual, it may be time for an engine tune-up.

Check the battery – Examine your battery. If there are any problems, we’d be happy to repair or replace it for you.

Tire pressure – When the leaves change so do your tires. Check your tires’ inflation and wear. You want to have the right amount of tire pressure, especially as the weather begins to cool off. It is also good practice to check your spare tire and ensure it is properly inflated.

Wiper blades – Windshield wiper blades are typically used more frequently in the autumn and winter, and should be replaced in early autumn if necessary.

Your owner’s manual is always a good source of information on what parts of your car need maintained and at what intervals.

Saving money helps make seasonal maintenance less of a hassle – call in to us today for a seasonal check to ensure that your vehicle is in optimal condition.

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ARG - Accident Repair Group Ireland

Posted in Category(ies):  Company News   |   Posted on Tuesday, 20 August 2013  |  By Darren Caldwell

TD Caldwell is proud to be one of the founding members of ARG Ireland. At TD Caldwell and ARG Ireland we understand that for any person involved in an accident, there can be a high level of stress involved. However, it is important to get your car repaired to strict manufacturers specifications in the interest of safety.

ARG Ireland is a collaborative group of the Ireland’s leading accident repair centres, each providing the widest scope of cover and service throughout Ireland.

Our partners are some of the most recognised and respected names in the industry. You can be assured that your insurance company is likely to be working with them today and will have been doing so for many years.

ARG was formed in 2010 and is based on our shared high values of, ethical dealings, professionalism, integrity and their most respected capability in vehicle repair quality.

The primary aim of the ARG is to provide exceptional peace of mind in customer support, communications and outstanding vehicle care with safety and quality paramount.

The scope of services from the group are extensive and satisfy any repair needs required by insurance companies, fleet operators and private clients. With combined trading of over 100 years we feel sure that exceeding your expectations will be our expectation.

Should you be unfortunate enough to have an accident – and it can happen to anyone; you want action, you want looking after and you want it fast!

All of our customers are kept informed throughout their crash repair process through our unique login in system, live progress updates are automatically uploaded to this website direct from the bodyshops time capture system allowing on-line vehicle progress tracking.

http://arg.ie

 

 

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Summer Maintenance Tips for your Car

Posted in Category(ies):  Company News   |   Posted on Monday, 22 July 2013  |  By Darren Caldwell

Engine Coolant

Before starting your journey, make sure the engine’s cooling system has enough coolant (antifreeze & water mixture); this should be done when the engine is cold. Then when driving, check the coolant temperature gauge from time to time to make sure that it remains in the normal range.

If the gauge goes excessively high, it could lead to engine failure. Stop driving as soon as is safe to do so. Never remove the radiator cap or any part of the pressurized system until the system has cooled fully as steam and boiling water can spray under pressure and cause severe injury.

Engine Oil

The engine oil helps keep the engine cool, as well as lubricating it so it’s a good idea to check it before you head off on your trip. When taking your oil level reading make sure that the engine has not been started for at least 10 minutes and that the oil level is at the correct mark on your engine dipstick. Instructions for checking your oil level can usually be found your owners handbook. Also that it’s important not to overfill your oil levels.

Tyre pressure and condition

Before you go, check your tyre pressure when the tyres are cold as the pressure will rise as the air expands with heat. The correct tyre pressure can normally be found on the inner side of the petrol flap or the driver’s door pillar on a sticker or in your owner’s handbook. It is also important when checking tyre pressure to carry out a visible inspection of the tyre wall and tread, check for any unusual cuts/bulges or uneven tyre wear. The AA recommends a minimum tread depth of 2mm.

Windscreen washer fluid and water

During hot weather, drivers will encounter a lot more airborne insects and plant matter while driving. So it’s a good idea to use a good washer additive to remove debris from your windscreen.

Windscreen wipers

Wipers can become brittle, causing cracking and tearing from over-exposure to sunlight during the Summer. They also may have been damaged by the recent harsh winter.

Windscreen Cleanliness

Bright sun or light reflections on a dirty windscreen can interfere with you visibility, therefore it is essential to keep your windscreen clean inside and out in sunny or adverse weather conditions. Driving towards sunrise or sunset can impair visibility; the use of your sun visor or appropriate sunglasses can maintain a clear view of the road ahead.

 

 

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