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It is estimated that more than 40% of new vehicles are now fitted with some form of advanced driver assistance system. These systems are designed to significantly increase occupant safety but require periodic re-alignment to ensure they are working to optimum performance. Fontain can now offer cost-effective calibration for all Audi, Volkswagen, Seat, Skoda and Porsche along with a host of other brands.

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What is ADAS?

Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS), are intelligent systems to help assist motorists on the road. LED Matrix Headlamps and Lane departure warning systems, for instance, use a camera mounted in the top of the windscreen to see the road ahead whilst Adaptive Cruise Control and Braking guard collision detection and emergency braking systems utilise a radar mounted in the front lower grille.

Why does it need calibrating?

ADAS systems rely on a combination of cameras and radars to work as intended. Following wheel alignment, windscreen replacement or any kind of collision, either major accident or even a minor kerb bump, the camera or radar device can become mis-aligned and this could have a significant impact on the functionality of an ADAS feature, which could be the difference between avoiding an accident or not.

In order to ensure your vehicle’s ADAS technology is working correctly, we strongly recommend getting an ADAS calibration after any of the following events:

  • Tracking/wheel alignment
  • Windscreen replacement
  • Suspension component replacement
  • Heavy wheel Kerb damage
  • Collision damage

State of the art technology

Using a state of the art Hella Gutmann calibration machine we are able to offer a complete calibration service for any vehicle equipped with advanced driver assistance systems. We work closely with Hella Gutmann to ensure that we are following the ADAS Approved Code of Practice.

Types of ADAS

Advanced Driver-Assistance Systems or ADAS, are a family of safety systems designed to work together to automate and enhance vehicle safety. Each system either alerts the driver to potential hazards, aids vision on the road ahead or can even step in to apply semi-autonomous emergency braking or steering. The standard form of ADAS, often found fitted as standard to models such as the Golf Mk7, consists of a radar device located in the centre of the lower front grille. More sophisticated setups also employ a camera to read the road’s white lines in a system called Lane Keeping Assist or adjust headlamps so as not to dazzle oncoming traffic and place a light pattern on the road ahead.
If you are unsure whether your vehicles benefit from ADAS features that require calibration, please contact our service team who will be happy to assist. Your car will be fitted with ADAS if it has any of the following features:

  • Adaptive Cruise Control
  • LED Matrix Headlights
  • Autonomous Emergency Braking
  • Blind Spot Awareness
  • Lane Change Assist
  • Traffic Sign Recognition

Preparing for ADAS calibration

Here’s a breakdown of how to prepare your vehicles before you arrive for your ADAS calibration.

Remove any additional loading: In order for us to carry out a successful ADAS calibration, we need to make sure that your vehicle has no additional loading. This includes fixed loading such as external racking, roof racks and canopies wherever possible.

Full size wheels: In order for us to carry out a successful ADAS calibration, your vehicle needs to be fitted with 4 full-sized wheels. Each wheel needs to have their tyre pressures in line with the manufacturer’s specification. Information regarding tyre pressures can be found in your vehicle handbook.

Fontain - 25 Years of Audi
Business operation under National Lockdown

January 2021


Fontain Motors will remain open during National Lockdown with careful safety measures in place. We’ve assembled a short list of the most common questions we’re being asked.


Q: Can you service or repair my car?

A: Yes we can; we’re proud to have been safely running our aftersales department through (almost!) all of 2020 and will continue to do so in 2021. We’ve contactless drop-offs and collections, and careful hygiene measures in place.


Q: Can I buy a car?

A: Yes you can. You can buy online for a “click and collect” purchase or use our delivery service.


Q: Can I book a viewing? Can I book a test drive? Can I browse?

A: Unfortunately not, our showroom must remain closed whilst under National Lockdown restrictions. We cannot offer a test drive or viewing before the purchase is complete. You can only visit us to collect a car you have already purchased. The same rules apply to all car dealerships.


Q: How can I see the car before I decide?

A: Every car on our website has dozens of photographs, a walkaround video, a detailed specification list, and details of its service history. On top of this we can provide a personalised video to show you anything else you’d like to see or even arrange a video call to talk and show you around the car, live.


Q: Can I still part exchange my car? Can I still finance a purchase?

A: Yes you can, get in touch if you’d like to discuss.


Q: I’m still not sure about buying a car I haven’t seen…

A: Fontain Motors has been trading for very nearly 30 years and specialising in Audi for more than 25 of those. We’re completely independent and despite a small staff boast very nearly a century of experience between us. See our Google business page for over 300 verified reviews from our customers or give us a call for a chat. We’ll do our utmost to put your mind at ease.


Q: Can you give me a loan car whilst mine is with you?

A: Yes we can. Our fleet of loan cars is running as normal with extra hygiene measures in place.

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