Why Are Tyres So Important?

And why should you let LA Autos Bedford take care of your tyres?

As the only source of contact between your car and the surface of the road, the tyres are one of the single most important pieces of equipment when it comes to vehicle safety. Tyres, which are worn out or just in generally poor condition, are more likely to burst, or otherwise lose traction on the road – both of which could cause a serious accident. Many people don’t know anything about tyres or what is/isn’t safe so, when do you know if you need to buy new tyres?

Do your tyres need checking? Have you been experiencing vibration when you drive your vehicle? The issue could be the tyres. For any motorist, it’s important to check the tyres from time to time, as this will help you to pick up on any problems or issues, such as wear and tear, or even a slow puncture. These days many of us depend on our cars. For businesses especially, having a vehicle off the road for any length of time can mean a loss of profits. In order to minimise downtime, you will want to fit the replacement tyre of tyres as soon as possible.

What problems can tyres cause?

In order for a vehicle to pass it’s MOT it must be deemed to have road worthy tyres, if you notice any of the following you should get them checked:

Vibration – Any unusual or sudden vibrations could mean your tyres need changing.

Tread Depth – Tyre tread must be at least 1.6mm, modern tyres have an indicator showing when they need changing. If you are in any doubt about the tread of your tyre its best to get them checked.

Cracks – You should check for cracks in the side of the tyre to determine if they are roadworthy.

Bulges and Blisters – Any bulges or blisters visible on the tyre can cause a blow out, so these would need to be changed as soon as possible

As a car ages, wear and tear on the tyres is normal. Tyres wear down slowly and gradually, and can do so without you noticing. It’s therefore important to check your tyres – or have them checked by a tyre expert – to ensure the tyre treads have not eroded away past the safety standard required. From puncture repairs to wheel imbalance issues to the replacement of damaged or vandalised tyres, if you need car tyre fitters who can service your car and make it roadworthy again quickly then choose the team at LA Autos.

How can bad tyres damage your car?

The reasons for needing to change a tyre vary, from general wear and tear to age to over-inflation. A tyre can need changing simply because it is an old tyre, or it can be due to excessive hard breaking, which can cause permanent damage. Any juddering might be due to tyre imbalance, and one of your tyres may need looking at or replacing. Tyres may need replacing due to repeated hard breaking or due to underinflated tyre pressure. Tyres can also be damaged due to impact damage, cuts, and camber wear.

It’s always important to avoid hitting the kerb when parking or driving. Hitting the kerb hard can result in hidden tyre damage which is only noticeable later on. If you suspect a problem with your tyre or tyres, take it to your nearest garage with tyre fitting facilities. If there is wheel imbalance then this can damage the car’s steering mechanisms, bearings and suspensions. By replacing any tyres which need to be replaced quickly, you’ll find that balance again, and this will ensure safety and longevity. Car tyres account for 20% of all MOT test failures, so it’s important to make sure they’re in good working order.


What should be checked on your tyres?

To ensure your vehicle is in a roadworthy condition, you need to ensure you take care of the tyres. This can be done by checking the tread depth(When a tyre is new, it will have a tread depth of around 8mm and over time, the tyre will lose more and more to the road surface. Although the legal limit is 1.6mm, it is generally advisable to change the tyres when they reach around 2-3mm. Consider buying a tread depth tester to see when your need to be replaced), looking for any holes and any general wear and tear. As well as being on the lookout for cracks in and around the treads of the tyre, another important area to check is the tyres sidewall. A crack in the sidewall could result in a blow-out so if you see one, it’s safer to get it checked at your local garage. Looking after your tyres should not be just simply to get your vehicle through the MOT, but also to ensure your safety and the safety of your passengers. A new tyre should offer you maximum grip and optimum performance. If a tyre or tyres needs to be replaced then you will need your garage to find tyres which fit your vehicle and your driving style. Once the new tyres are fitted, you should experience an incredibly smooth drive.


Why should you choose LA Autos as your Bedford tyre fitters?

At LA Autos, we are the leading car tyre fitter in Beds and we have extensive experience of ensuring vehicles are kept in great condition. We have vast experience in looking after vehicles so if you need help with your vehicle tyres, we can help. Fitting tyres requires the correct tools and equipment, and it requires attention to detail. Do you require the help of car tyre fitters? You can find a professional service in Bedford from LA Autos. Don’t leave a tyre problem to get worse. We ensure that the process of fitting the new tyres for you is fast, efficient and affordable. We already stock a wide range of tyres to help speed up the process and we have different brands available for your individual requirements and budget.


Here at LA Autos we know how important it is to have your car at your disposal, whether for work purposes in the case of a commercial vehicle or recreational purposes. Our clear focus is always on reuniting you with your car as soon as possible. At LA Autos we can supply and fit your car with any brand of tyre, often on the day the car is brought in.


To find out more, give us a call on 01234 354237, or contact us here!

Where Can You Get Engine Diagnostics In Bedford?

Engine Diagnostics In Bedford

We all know that cars are becoming more computerised, which means that it’s getting harder and harder to tell exactly what the problem is. Here at LA Auto’s, with our specialist equipment, we’ll be able to determine the cause of the problem, and find a solution for you. This process is called Engine Diagnostics.

When something goes wrong with your car, you might think that it’s going to end up costing you an arm and a leg – especially for problems affecting the engine itself. Whereas simple problems such as flat tyres, faulty exhausts or dents in the bodywork can be easily assessed and estimated, engine issues can be caused by a whole range of issues. This means that a seemingly minor problem can actually turn out to be something much more serious or vice versa. If a tyre needs replacing, you can simply look around to see who will be able to offer you the best price on a new one, but it isn’t so simple with an unknown engine diagnostic issue!

Fault warning lights and errors with a car’s engine can occur at any time in a vehicle’s life. In the event that a warning light does pop up on the dashboard then it’s important and necessary to take your car to your local car garage for a diagnosis and a service. Some lights that flash up on the dashboard are not serious and can just refer to a faulty headlamp. But some lights might indicate a fault with your vehicle’s engine. If there is a fault with the engine, then it’s not the best idea to continue to run the vehicle as this will inevitably lead to further engine damage, a more extensive garage job, and a heftier bill at the end of it all. In order to maintain your vehicle properly and keep it performing at its peak, get your car engine checked when a warning light appears.

At LA Autos we service all makes of vehicle, using the very latest Bosch diagnostics computer testing equipment. Diagnostics computer testing equipment is a form of electronic diagnosis used to pinpoint the fault with your car on computer-controlled systems. The range of diagnostic tools available to us will allow us to locate, diagnose and correct the fault, having both you and your car up and running as soon as possible.

Diagnostic equipment has advanced as cars have become more computerised. Modern cars contain on-board computers that keep an eye on everything from the engine to the windscreen wipers. If something goes wrong with your vehicle or if a component is not working as it should then the computer will show up an error code which can be read with diagnostics equipment. If your car’s computer reports a problem with your engine (this is often done by way of a warning light appearing on the dashboard) then it’s always best to get any engine issues dealt with as soon as possible. If problems with the engine are not diagnosed and resolved quickly, this can increase the level of damage to the engine, leading to a more costly repair job.



One of the only lights no-one ever wants to see lit up is the engine management signal in their car. When it lights up, it could mean that any number of problems has been detected in your car, but doesn’t provide any further indication as to what it could be. From faulty sensors, valves, electrics, spark plugs, and cylinders…. the list goes on! Even though it may just turn out to be a false alarm and nothing any more serious than a faulty readout from a sensor, it is definitely a good idea to avoid driving unnecessarily and get it down to your local garage as soon as possible. Ignoring the light and continuing to drive the vehicle could turn a small problem into a much bigger one, and mean that you need to replace more parts than you originally had to. This will result in a longer servicing time and increased parts and labour costs too. So, if you see the engine diagnostic light appear or the engine doesn’t feel quite right as you’re driving along, you should get it checked right away.

Is a warning light flashing on your dashboard? Engine diagnostics is used to determine the problem with your vehicle’s engine, and to offer a swift diagnosis so that your vehicle can be returned to you as quickly as possible following the repair work. Engine diagnostics is used to determine the problem with your vehicle. As automotive technology continues to become more advanced, technicians need to remain on top. At LA Autos, our technicians use the latest technology to perform engine diagnostics checks on your vehicle, determining the problem and finding the solution.

It has always been our aim to provide quality, value and personal commitment to the client. L.A Auto services are also part of the ‘Bosch Car Service Centre’ network, which gives us access to the latest state of the art equipment. We can also replace exhausts and tyres for most makes of vehicle, are specialists in body repairs and have a heated spray shop with the very latest paint mixing equipment.


For more information, give us a call on 01234 354237, or pop over to our contact page!

Car Exhaust Repair Bedford

Car Exhaust Repair Bedford

If you have recently begun to notice your car make unusual sounds and noises whilst you were driving, you may have suspected that something was wrong with the engine. Although this is a possibility, one of the most common reasons for excessive or unusual noises from a car is often from the vehicles exhaust system. Thankfully, problems with a car’s exhaust system aren’t a huge cause for concern due to the fact that the car will still get you from A to B. However, even though the car is still drivable, it is best to get it checked out sooner rather than later. The reasons for this include:

Excessive noise – It can be quite embarrassing to drive around a car whilst it is making a real racket! A faulty exhaust can make noises ranging from quiet rattles to loud banging or hissing.

Reduced power – As well as venting gases from the engine, your exhaust also plays a part in managing the power of the engine – a fault along the system can cause a noticeable reduction in power and fuel efficiency.



If you have found us online because you are looking for car exhaust repair in Bedford, then you have certainly arrived at the right place and we can help you. To-date, we have helped our clients all over the local area with their vehicle maintenance and repairs requirements and we would love to help you as well.

Whilst we appreciate that we aren’t the only car exhaust fitters in the local area, we are confident that we are one of the best. Here are our key points as to why:

1)     Service – We ensure that the process of getting your exhaust fitted with us is hassle-free for you. Once we have your car onsite, we will have the work completed quickly as we know you will not want to be long without your vehicle.

2)     Quality – At LA Autos, we only use premium parts and where possible, manufactured approved. This ensures you are getting the highest quality service from us.

3)     Price – Cheapest doesn’t always mean best, but we ensure our prices are competitive.

If you have any questions about the vehicle services we offer here at LA Autos, please call us on 01234 354 237. We are here to help and we look forward to hearing from you.

If your car isn’t running quite as smoothly as usual and making excessive or slightly different noises than normal, it could be down to your exhaust. As well as filtering the exhaust gasses in order to remove some of the most harmful ones, a car exhaust also plays a part in keeping your car operating as it should. The first signs that something is wrong with your exhaust will most likely come in the form of a knocking or ticking sound as you drive, a louder or deeper sounding engine and also possibly a loss of power from the vehicle. Despite the fact that the car will keep on going even if you don’t get the exhaust fixed, you’ll be releasing the harmful gasses into the atmosphere and it may also have an impact on your fuel economy too. This is why it’s important to get it fixed as soon as possible!



Our team are experienced with all makes and models of vehicles. We use state-of-the-art equipment and ensure that where possible, we are using manufactured approved parts. Once the work is underway, we will keep you fully updated with our progress. You will also be able to see on our website that along with fitting exhausts, we can also assist with car MOTs and services.

A garage is only as good as the people who work there. Fortunately, LA Auto Services’ staff are all highly trained, experienced and continually take various courses in order to remain up to date with the latest servicing technologies and repair techniques. When you require a new exhaust fitting to the highest standards, you can rely on the team at LA Auto Services.


Please contact us on 01234 354237, or visit our contact page, so we can discuss your needs further!