On the Subject of Maintenance

How to repair your car. Step 1: Call a mechanic. There is no step 2…

The module consists of a number plate, a job scroller, a fix button and a memo with the number of jobs that require completion: 2, 3 or 4.

Use the number plate tables to calculate information about the car.

Use the Venn diagram and Ordering Rules to determine the number of jobs that require maintenance and the order in which they should be completed.

Number Plate

The number plate is broken down into three parts.
The first two letters tell you the model of the car.

Plate Ref Model Multiplier Plate Ref Model Multiplier
HN Honda 2 AD Audi 7
RN Renault 3 BN Mercedes-Benz 8
FD Ford 4 PC Porsche 9
MA Mazda 5 FR Ferrari 10
BM BMW 6 - - -

The two numbers tell you when the car was manufactured. New UK number plates are released in March and September. To find the car's value, multiply the base value of the year by the model multiplier.

Plate Ref Manufactured Base Value Plate Ref Manufactured Base Value
51Sept 2001£50 55Sept 2005£90
02Mar 2002 £60 06Mar 2006 £100
52Sept 2002£60 56Sept 2006£100
03Mar 2003 £70 07Mar 2007 £125
53Sept 2003£70 57Sept 2007£125
04Mar 2004 £80 08Mar 2008 £150
54Sept 2004£80 58Sept 2008£150
05Mar 2005 £90 09Mar 2009 £175
Plate Ref Manufactured Base Value Plate Ref Manufactured Base Value
59Sept 2009£17515Mar 2015 £600
10Mar 2010 £20065Sept 2015£600
60Sept 2010£20016Mar 2016 £700
11Mar 2011 £25066Sept 2016£700
61Sept 2011£25017Mar 2017 £800
12Mar 2012 £30067Sept 2017£800
62Sept 2012£30018Mar 2018 £900
13Mar 2013 £40068Sept 2018£900
63Sept 2013£40019Mar 2019 £1,000
14Mar 2014 £50069Sept 2019£1,000
64Sept 2014£500- - -

The final three letters of the number plate are random. The final letter will tell you the insurance company.
N.B. the letters I, O, Q & Z are never used in UK number plates.

Last Letter Insurance Company Last Letter Insurance Company
A, B, C Admiral N, P, R Aviva
D, E, F Swift S, T, U RAC
G, H, J Axa V, W AA
K, L, M Swinton X, Y Hastings Direct

Potential Jobs

Below, you will find a list of jobs you may encounter and their rates. Jobs designated with an [H] are considered "heavy" jobs.

Job # Job Price Job # Job Price
1 Wash £3 7 One tyre £80
2 Headlight bulb £6 8 Windscreen replacement [H] £150
3 Wiper replacement £10 9 Two tyres £160
4 Oil change £15 10 Four tyres £320
5 Brake fluid change £25 11 Exhaust welding [H] £500
6 Windscreen chip £40 12 Head gasket replacement [H] £750

Write-off Status & Insurance Perks

Occasionally, a car may be deemed to be a write-off. If this is the case, irrespective of how many or which jobs are required, select the "Write-off" option in the job scroller.
A car is considered a write-off if either of the following conditions are met:

  • It is a pre-2004 Honda.
  • The cost of maintenance that is not covered by the insurance is greater than the value of the car.

Insurance companies may cover different elements of the maintenance. The maintenance must still be undertaken even if its cost is covered.

Job Covered by: Job Covered by
Oil change Hastings Direct, Swift & AA Windscreen chip Axa, RAC, Swinton & AA
One tyre Swift & Aviva Windscreen replacement RAC
Two tyres Aviva Brake fluid change AA & Admiral

Required Maintenance

Use the Venn diagram and table to determine which jobs need to be done. Take the first 2, 3 or 4 jobs from the list in the table as required.

Letter Job Order Letter Job Order
A 5 – 1 – 9 – 11 I 1 – 7 – 6 – 11
B 2 – 12 – 8 – 10 J 7 – 11 – 1 – 2
C 3 – 2 – 1 – 6 K 1 – 10 – 11 – 12
D 4 – 10 – 6 – 1 L 7 – 3 – 5 – 8
E 6 – 4 – 10 – 2 M 2 – 9 – 11 – 3
F 8 – 4 – 5 – 12 N 1 – 2 – 3 – 4
G 1 – 7 – 3 – 6 O 11 – 9 – 2 – 5
H 12 – 5 – 3 – 8 P 8 – 7 – 5 – 3

Ordering Rules

All jobs should be done from cheapest to dearest with the following exceptions:

  • Oil change and Wash must be done last. If both are required, do the Oil change before the Wash.
  • Windscreen chip and Brake fluid change must be done first. If both are required, do the Windscreen chip before the Brake fluid change.
  • Heavy jobs must be done before any tyre work, but not before any other cheaper work.
  • Jobs covered by insurance must be ordered according to their "retail" price.