Seymour Horwell offer a full range of services:

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We perform MOT's on all makes of cars (Class 4) and our experienced technicians know your car inside and out making us the natural choice to provide the statutory MOT test on your car.


When should I MOT my car?

Cars in Britain should be MOT'd at 3 years of age and are subject to an annual MOT test thereafter.

How flexible can I be with my MOT date?

We appreciate that fitting your car in for it's MOT can be difficult so we can book you in and perform your MOT up to a month (minus a day) before it runs out and you keep the same renewal date.

How do I know when my MOT is due?

Just call our service department and we will check for you.

For more information regarding the MOT test scheme visit the website.

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Personal Service for you and your car - the choice of South Devon locals

As you would expect, Seymour Horwell have an experienced service team offering a personal service, with factory trained and IMI qualified technicians.

A small investment in routine servicing, plus a good inspection programme, results in good return on that investment because of:

  • Reduced cost of repairs over the car's coming years
  • Peace of mind reducing the risk of breakdowns.
  • Will reduce your costs for repairs in the future
  • Less chance of accidents
  • The possibility of greater fuel economy and keeps the vehicle to its maximum working order

Seymour Horwell has an experienced Service department with factory trained staff to carry out service and repairs with the necessary and specialised Volvo VIDA diagnostic and software download equipment required for the modern range of Volvo cars. We are specifically geared up for Volvo and are linked to the factory for technical assistance and software downloads to keep your Volvo running efficiently with the most up-to-date technical information direct from Volvo.

We also have a secret which we would like to share - The personal service provided at Seymour Horwell has become so popular with local Audi owners, including local company fleets, that we are the preferred local choice for Audi servicing and repairs in Teignbridge and Torbay.

Of course, we are also keen and able to service and repair most other makes of car.

Other services provided are competitively priced tyres with free fitting, air conditioning service and re-gas and a full valeting service.

You love your car and so do we. That's why we promise your service or repair will include all of the following (and plenty more) to give your car the care it deserves:

  • All work carried out by our fully trained technicians with specialist training, using the latest technology and equipment.
  • Serviced in accordance with manufacturers schedules. We advise you of the manufacturer recommendation, you decide on what is right for you and your car.
  • The right oil for your car - We take care to make sure we match the right oil. with your car to ensure optimum performance.
  • The right parts for your car, Original manufacturer approved or pattern parts, it's your choice.
  • Free wash and vacuum with every service.
  • Your approval sought prior to any additional work we believe needs to be carried out.
  • Easy drop-off and collection. Our Service dept is open 8.00am until 5.30pm Monday to Friday and 8am until 12.30pm Saturday.
  • A Seymour Horwell stamp in your service book. The reassurance that your car has been professionally cared for.
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All cars are now fitted with computers and a myriad of technology to run and monitor the internal workings of the vehicle. One of the most important functions these computers provide is ensuring your car is operating within the manufacturers parameters; the engine, safety systems (ABS, Anti-Slip etc. etc.) are all operating correctly and safely. Most people usually only become aware of the functions of these computers when one of the fault warning indicators illuminates on the dashboard.

At Seymour Horwell we can interrogate most types of car and diagnose those hidden faults. In particular, with Volvo trained technicians and up to date Volvo diagnostic equipment we are specifically geared up for looking after Volvo cars and are linked to the factory for technical assistance and software downloads to keep your Volvo running efficiently.

For all other makes we use the latest Snap-on equipment with 98% coverage of all UK vehicles.

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Looking to buy tyres for your car? Seymour Horwell can get you driving safe and legal on the road.

Look for cuts, cracks and bulges, or any other evidence of damage, from violent impact or kerbing, or excessive wear inner/outer of the tyre or middle of tread. Damaged tyres may be illegal and can be dangerous.

Winter Tyres

There is a huge lack of awareness in the UK about winter tyres. Either motorists are not aware they exist or they think that the tyre can only be used during times of heavy snow or ice.

In fact, drivers will benefit from using winter tyres on slush, ice, frost and even wet roads. In fact any time the temperature dips below +7 degrees centigrade, you're better off on winter tyres.


Unlike summer tyres (everyday standard tyres in the UK), winter tyres do not harden at lower temperatures. That means they give you a much better grip on the road and the ability to stop in a shorter distance, increasing your safety on the road.

What's the difference between a winter and a summer tyre?

The rubber compound of a winter tyre is very different to a summer tyre. It is designed specifically to work in temperatures under +7 degrees centigrade.

What happens to a summer tyre when the temperature drops is that the tyre compound loses its flexibility, making it less grippy in low temperatures.

Summer tyres vs Winter tyres

Winter tyres are made from specially developed compound with more natural rubber so they don't harden when it's cold, which means increased grip on the road and greater safety.

On ice and snow winter tyres provide grip that no summer tyre can match. A vehicle fitted with winter tyres will come to standstill on a snow-covered road (from a speed of just 30mph) after 35 metres - with normal tyres the braking distance required is a further 8 metres (43 metres). That is another two car lengths.

Tyres on Ice
Tyres on Snow

When should I fit winter tyres to my car?

It is recommended that you switch to winter tyres in the UK between October and April.

If you are reluctant to change tyres and have nowhere to store summer tyres when they are not in use, you are better off using winter tyres all year round.

Winter tyres are as quiet and comfortable as summer tyres and, thanks to sophisticated compound technology, do not wear any more quickly.

There is a slight trade off with stopping distances as a winter tyre does not stop as quickly in the dry as a summer tyre, however, on balance if it is not possible to switch tyres in the winter, experts say you are better off with winter tyres all year round. This is because the difference in stopping distances of summer tyres in winter is far greater than for winter tyres in the summer.

For peace of mind, call into Seymour Horwell for some friendly expert advice and ask for your free tyre check.

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Air Conditioning

You may not be aware that up to 10% of air con gas permeates from the air con system every year, this means that it may not work as well as it should.

Air Con Diagram

Most manufacturers recommend that you service the air-conditioning every 2 years.

This service is not part of routine vehicle servicing so if your vehicle is more than 2 years old it's probably due for a recharge.

Our technicians are F-Gas qualified and we have recently invested in the latest Air-Conditioning machine, so, whether it's just a recharge or you have a fault with your system that needs fixing, we have the equipment & knowledge to help.

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