Providing many years of experience from overhauling and rebuilding Porsche's since the 1990's, they offer main dealer facilities housed in a large high street garage, along with an MOT Testing bay.
Regular maintenance of your sports car is crucial to ensure the car is performing at its peak, remains reliable and well preserved for future use. An annual service, or the minimum of an engine oil & filter change, is recommended for older vehicles which are covering over 3000 miles per year.
Using a set of procedures which are similar to the main dealer, albeit at a friendlier price, the technician follows a check sheet of the factory schedule. This features work to complete and a list of specific visual inspections to grade the current condition and function of the vehicle.
After visual scrutiny, the car is taken on a test drive by the assigned technician to assess the notes which were made when taking the booking. The vehicle is taken to the workshop and inspected on a ramp. If any work is required in addition to the menu price service, a cost-estimate for parts and labour is compiled for the customer's approval. If any queries are raised on the test drive, or during the inspection, the owner is then contacted to discuss these issues.
What do you get in a Porsche service? Braunton Engineering follows the Factory Service Schedule. This is an official service document for the mechanic to work through with the vehicle. The document features many parts, systems and functions of the vehicle which are both visually inspected, physically tested. The schedule will dictate which parts & fluids are due for change, according to the level of service which is due.
An example of the Major service: This includes the replacement of engine oil, oil filter/s, air filter, pollen filter, fuel filter, spark plugs (where applicable), using genuine filters and Mobil lubricants.
Attention to the tiniest Detail: Each 911 and Boxster, Cayman service at Braunton includes an analysis of the used engine oil and the oil filter! This is to check for metallic particles. Close scrutiny gives a good indication of the engine & IMS bearing's health.
This test is effective if the old oil & filter have been in the engine for at least a few thousand miles. Analysis of engine oil can give an early warning to an engine which is experiencing cylinder bore scoring, or an I.M.S. bearing fault.
Good history documentation is the key ingredient to finding a vehicle's market value. It is an essential track record of how the vehicle has been previously maintained.
If your service book which has been frequently stamped by Independent Specialists, and has a folder of receipts for the maintenance work completed in the past, it is a good indication that the vehicle has been driven and treated with respect by its previous owners. This is not written in stone, as there are exceptions to the rule, but the visual clues of the condition inside the cabin, of the bodywork, of the wheels, give an insight as to the previous treatment of the car.
Transparency: With a labour rate of £55 per hour +vat, they are committed to a transparency of cost-effective pricing and of good working practice. Any additional work is priced with parts & labour - an itemised cost-estimate for each job - keeping customers informed throughout the vehicle's stay. Braunton welcomes owners into the workshop to inspect work at any time whilst the car is in their care. Each vehicle is covered by comprehensive insurance whilst in the care of the team.