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The SL Parts Shop Blog

  • THE SL SHOP RELOCATES

     

    “We have been bursting at the seams for some time now” said Sam Bailey, SL Shop Founder “The SL Shop is now 10 years old.  We have a respected brand, a wonderful network of great customers and a team of really talented individuals.  The timing is right to move the business to the next level.”

     

    The new Stratford location is a short drive from The SL Shop’s previous home of Inkberrow, Worcestershire.  With double the floor space, Sam sees opportunities for the business and is excited to start the next chapter.

     


     

    Come and visit us;

    UNIT 1A, 2, 3 & 4B
    DRAYTON MANOR DRIVE
    STRATFORD UPON AVON
    WARWICKSHIRE
    CV37 9RQ

    MON - FRI : 8:30AM - 5:00PM
    SATURDAY : 9:00AM - 2:00PM
    SUNDAY : CLOSED

  • Easter Bank Holiday Opening Hours

    Please note; that we will be closed through the duration of the Easter Bank Holiday (14th April til 18th April)

    Opening Hours

    Thursday 13th April - 09:00 - 18:00

    Friday 14th April - Closed

    Saturday 15th April - Closed

    Sunday 16th April - Closed

    Monday 17th April - Closed

    Tuesday 18th April - 09:00 - 18:00

    Easter Bank Holiday Opening Hours 2017

    Please be aware that we will endeavour to respond to any emails upon our return as swiftly as possible.

  • Meguiar's Cleaning Products SALE

    Summer is creeping over the horizon and we have a variety of reductions and seasonal specials available here.

    Meguiar's Cleaning Products SALE

    Meguiar's Cleaning Products

    Save big on our selected range before stocks run out. Suitable for your Classic Mercedes-Benz and boasting the best value for money, we'd recommend giving your Classic SL some much-needed TLC this spring to bring out the best in it this Summer.

    Hurry, while stocks last.

  • Improving your Classic Mercedes-Benz Interior Upholstery

    Damaged Classic Mercedes-Benz Door Panel & Interior Upholstery

    From Seats to Dashboards and Carpets to Door Panels, the joys of owning a classic car can also be met with the trials of it as well.

    Wear and tear are a common phenomenon in classic car ownership and can be frustrating, especially when you've got the car "Just how you want it". But never fear, The SL Shop have some great recommendations to boost your car's image and restore that luxurious beauty that caught your eye to begin with.

    Repair or Replace

    We're all for 'make do and mend' as a policy but sometimes you can't skimp out on replacing that cigarette burned or sun-bleached unit in your car.

    So, let's work from the floor up:

    Carpets

    Mercedes-Benz SL W113 Pagoda Interior Cabin Square Weave Carpet Set

    Mercedes-Benz SL W113 Pagoda Interior Cabin Square Weave Carpet Set

    Carpets are the unwitting victims of gravity and wear and tear. From worn out footwells to oil-stained boots, we've seen some real horror scenes. The truth is, replacing your carpet can be the first step to re-igniting that luxurious 'fire' that you are sorely missing in your Classic Benz. With different grades and options available, you'll find that you're spoiled for choice when it comes to our range of Classic Carpets.

    Click here to see our Mercedes-Benz SL 107 Carpet Range

    Click here to see our Mercedes-Benz SL R129 Carpet Range

    Click here to see our Mercedes-Benz SL W113 Carpet Range

    Click here to see our Mercedes-Benz W114 & W115 Complete Floor Loop Carpet Set

    Door Card Panels

    Mercedes-Benz SL R107 MB Tex Door Card Panel Set
    Mercedes-Benz SL R107 MB Tex Door Card Panel Set

    Door Card Panels can also be suspect part to replace especially if they've been handled with greasy paws. Luckily we have some beautiful MB Tex replacements available and in a variety of colours to suit every interior (these are also really good if you're restoring or overhauling your current interior set up).

    Click here to see the Mercedes-Benz SL W113 Pagoda MB Tex Door Card Panel Set

    Click here to see the Mercedes-Benz SL R107 MB Tex Door Card Panel Set

    Click here to see the Mercedes-Benz W108 MB Tex Door Card Panel Set

    Click here to see the Mercedes-Benz W114 Coupe MB Tex Door Card Panel Set

    Click here to see the Mercedes-Benz G-Wagen 1983-'90 MB Tex Door Card Panel Set

    Dashboards

    Mercedes-Benz SL 107 Dashboard Re-Covering Service
    Mercedes-Benz SL 107 Dashboard Re-Covering Service

    Sun-bleached, scuffed and scratched dashboards; the bane of any classic car as it's the biggest focal point when you first sit down in those beautiful seats. Luckily we have a range of Dashboard Covers, Dashboards or Dashboard Refurbishment Services available for many models of car.

    Dashboard Covers

    Designed as a cost effective alternative to a new dashboard, these units are fashioned to keep your Dashboard in pristine condition and to avoid further damage or bleaching.

    See our full range of Dashboard Covers here.

    Dashboards

    Has your dashboard finally succumbed to the sands of time? Weathered and beaten beyond repairable belief? The best way to get your dashboard 'looking like new' is to ... well, get a new dashboard truth be told.

    See our full range of Dashboards here.

    Dashboard Refurbishment Services

    Finally, your dashboard is pretty beaten up but you think that a good bit of TLC will do it the world of good? Get one of our master craftsmen to refurbish your dashboard and make it look brand new again.

    See our full range of Refurbishment Services here.

    Seats & Seat Belts

    Mercedes-Benz SL 107 Belts and Benches Package Deal

    Mercedes-Benz SL 107 Belts and Benches Package Deal

    More commonly than anything we see damaged leather seats and worn seat belts. While it has to be said that a damaged seat belt is a MASSIVE safety hazard, it also impacts on the rest of your car's interior beauty.

    Click here to see our Belts & Benches Package Deal

    Naturally, we have even more interior options to choose from including Wood Kits, Brightwork and instruments to fully restore your car with. Call our helpful parts team on +44 (0)1789 337 070

    Preventative Measures

    Mercedes-Benz Classic Rear Bench Seat Protective Cover

    Mercedes-Benz Classic Rear Bench Seat Protective Cover

    Fancy being Pro-active rather than re-active? Well we have a wide range of covers to help you keep all unwanted substances away from your Classic upholstery.

    See our full range of interior protectant covers here

    Good Ol' Fashioned Elbow Grease

    The SL Shop Luxury Interior Cleaner - 500ml

    The SL Shop Luxury Interior Cleaner - 500ml

    Our Range of SL Shop Interior Cleaners can help bring those dull or tired Classic interiors back to their original, perfect condition.

    Click here to see our full range of SL Shop Interior Cleaning Products

     

     

  • Job Vacancies [Updated]

    The SL Shop are experiencing a surge in growth and so are looking to recruit three new members to our parts team in the following roles.

    Ecommerce Assistant

    We are looking for an Ecommerce Assistant to help support the growth of the SL Shop by creating listings, improving content and  This will initially be a 6 month contract with the possibility of a permanent role if the right candidate is found.

    We are looking for a focussed and organised individual who is as committed to their own learning and development as we are. Reporting directly to the Merchandising Manager, your work will be a key element in the development of our online product inventory.

    Duties and Responsibilities

    • - Reporting to the Merchandising manager
    • - Creating new product listings that meet company standards
    • - Sourcing product images and finding alternatives/solutions if imagery is not available
    • - Ensuring marketplaces (eBay and Amazon) are updated with best sellers, latest products and new items
    • - Monitoring and updating of marketplace feeds (Google Shopping, Facebook)


    Skills and Experience 

    • - IT literate and able to manage, process and upload large volumes of product data.
    • - Good working English (spoken and written)
    • - Must be comfortable using Microsoft Excel
    • - Attention to detail is essential
    • - Knowledge of Automotive Parts & Classic Cars would be advantageous
    • - Experience of using Magento or similar E-Commerce platform (would be advantageous but not essential)

    If you're interested in this role, please email your CV and covering letter by following this link


    Buyer Assistant

    We are looking for a permanent Buyer Assistant to help support the on-going growth of our SL Parts department.

    The ideal candidate will be someone who is willing to work independently and who is as committed to their own learning and development as we are. Working closely with the Purchasing team, your work will be vital in the day to day management of stock, creation of purchase orders and development of supplier relationships.

    Duties and Responsibilities

    • - Day to day ordering from major suppliers
    • - Review and maintain competitive pricing and margins
    • - Working closely with merchandising by completing and supplying all product listings data
    • - Purchase order creation and admin
    • - Working alongside internal sales team to provide parts quickly and efficiently
    • - Assisting in the creation of requested back order product listings when necessary

    Skills and Experience 

    • - IT literate and able to manage, process and upload large volumes of product data.
    • - Good working English (spoken and written)
    • - Must be comfortable using Microsoft Excel
    • - Attention to detail is essential
    • - Knowledge of Automotive Parts & Classic Cars would be advantageous
    • - Experience of using Magento or similar E-Commerce platform (would be advantageous but not essential)

    If you're interested in this role, please email your CV and covering letter by following this link


    Warehouse Assistant

    The SL Shop is a family run independent Mercedes-Benz centred business dedicated to all things SL and Classic Mercedes-Benz. Our approach is honest, straight forward and no nonsense.

    We are looking for a full-time Warehouse Assistant to join our current team in a very busy and fast-paced environment.

    The ideal candidate will have previous experience of working within a warehouse environment or similar, and hold a current counter balance fork lift licence and full driving licence.

    This is a physical role involving manual handling and heavy lifting and the successful candidate must be physically fit.

    This position will involve the use of computerised warehouse management systems for which full training will be given, however you will need to be computer literate.

    We are looking for a hard-working individual who is as committed to their own development and progression as we are.

    Reporting directly to the Warehouse Manager, your work will be a key element in the improvement of our warehouse operations.

    Duties and Responsibilities 

    • - Taking delivery of goods and storing them
    • - Creating postage labels and providing accurate postage quotes where necessary
    • - Liaising and communicating goods in and out with various necessary departments
    • - Checking for damaged or missing items
    • - Moving stock by hand or with machines
    • - Packing, wrapping, loading and locating goods
    • - Keeping stock records and keeping the warehouse clean and tidy in line with Health and Safety standards.

    Skills and Experience 

    • - IT literate
    • - Great communication skills
    • - Experience of using Warehouse management software (would be advantageous but not essential)
    • - Attention to detail is essential
    • - Knowledge of Automotive Parts & Classic Cars would be advantageous

    If you're interested in this role, please email your CV and covering letter by following this link


  • Get your Classic Mercedes-Benz Ready for Spring

    Get your Classic Mercedes-Benz Ready for Spring Classic Car Season by checking these common issues.

    Get your Classic Mercedes-Benz ready for Spring

    Whether you own a luxurious 190SL, a resplendent SL W113 Pagoda or a hard-working SL 107; it's safe to say you're a knowledgeable and seasoned classic Mercedes-Benz owner. With the harsh cold of winter rapidly becoming a distant memory it's good to know that, during show season, it's worth paying particular attention to these common issue areas.

    Need your Classic back on the road? Want it to be running smoothly and better than before? With the following list, we're helping to prepare you for show season and a long, enjoyable summer for you to really experience your Classic Mercedes-Benz as it should be experienced. 

    Tyres

    Examine your tyres comprehensively by removing each wheel from the car and inspecting for tread depth, any damage or wear to the sidewall or tread. You can even use our own tyre tread depth keyring to ensure the legal limit is adhered to.

    Ensuring the bead seat on the inner and outer faces are examined for damage or deterioration. Remove the valve caps and set the pressures exactly as they are in your Owners Manual.

    It's a great opportunity at this time of year to remove those old winter tyres and replace them with more suitable Summer Tyres; ideal for holding the road in dry conditions and keeping your road noise levels to a minimum.

    Braking System

    An important safety feature in your Classic Car, we always recommend periodic examination of your Brake fluid. We recommend that this should be checked with a hygroscopicity meter. If, however, the fluid is black or hasn’t been changed in the past two years, replace it - we have several options of Brake Fluid available for various Classic Mercedes-Benz models.

    We also recommend comprehensively checking your pipes, pads and shoes for damage, deterioration or corrosion. Examining your pads is important to ensure that they haven't fallen below the 1.5mm legal limit.

    Cooling System

    If your car has been sitting, it's good to then check the coolant levels in expansion bottles and the radiator header tank. We have a wide choice of antifreeze available for you to top up or completely refill your car with or alternatively, you could use waterless coolant from Evans.

    Finally, examine all hoses for cracks, corrosion or deterioration and then check the expansion hole under the water pump. If you suspect a leak then you may need to replace some elements of your cooling system. Our Owner Services team will be more than happy to help you with this.

    Oil & Filters

    It may seem basic but always check your engine oil level using the dipstick and adjust as necessary. Many times a classic car can experience issues when either poor quality oil or when insufficient oil is used, especially as the excitement of being back in the driving seat forces you to rush getting your car back on the road. To avoid those costly engine parts and labour bills, ensure you're car is filled with the right grade and quality of oil.

    Remove the spark plugs to spin the engine on the starter without any load to get the oil pressure up quickly before you attempt to start the engine.

    We always recommend changing your oil and filter for the new season after running the engine to temperature.

    Fuel System

    A tip before winter is to leave the tank empty as a full tank can result in a thickening, while ethanol-based fuels can result in corrosion. We recommend filling your empty tank with fresh fuel and any chosen performance additives such as Lucas Injector Cleaner Treatment.

    Glass & Wipers

    Didn't get round to replacing that murky windscreen or the squealing wipers on your Classic? Well, now is a perfect opportunity.

    Glass can suffer over the winter months, especially if you haven't got a specialised car cover protecting your pride and joy. We have a full range of glass products as well as windscreen and glass tools and adhesives to help you replace your glass with minimum fuss and hassle..

    When it comes to your wipers, with wiper arms removed, drip some oil onto pivot points where they protrude through the body then operate the wipers on fast to work the lubricant in. Oil the links on wiper gearboxes too, then replace the blades as a matter of course. If you’ve used a plastic wrap under the wiper in storage, remove it.

    Lights

    It's crucial to check that all of your lights are working on your Classic Car. If any lamps are dirty inside, we recommend removing them and giving them a full clean and polish. Replace any blackened bulbs with brand new bulbs.

    Seats & Seat Belts

    By pulling on the belts, you can check the anchorages at the floor and B-pillar mounts, then check the centre mount using the same process. Making sure that the seat belt catches are working adequately and not releasing - except when you need them too.

    Exhaust System & Components

    Check underneath your car for signs of corrosion and deterioration on exhaust pipes and silencer boxes, then check each of the rubber hangers for cracks or damage because a broken mount can lead to a damaged exhaust, so spend a few pennies to save big pounds later on.

    Seeing damage or corroson in your exhaust? Check our exhaust system for various options here.

    Car Care, Detailing & Cleaning

    As it is spring, a spring clean is to be done to get your car looking as good as it can. We recommend using SL Shop branded Car Shampoo, wash and leather off using a microfibre cloth to avoid watermarking. Fully Vacuum and clean the interior, you can also use Magic Sponges and interior cleaner for unparalleled results. Finally, use a gentle clay or paint protection bar on the paintwork, wax polish, buff off, chrome polish and clean those tyres with a non-acidic wheel cleaner. Your car is now ready for long twilight drives, riverside stops and envious looks.

     

     

  • Exciting News From the SL Shop - We're Moving!

    We are excited to announce that The SL Shop is moving to purpose-built premises close to the historic riverside town of Stratford-Upon-Avon.

    'We have been bursting at the seams for some time now", said Sam Bailey, SL Shop Founder, "The SL Shop is now 10 years old. We have a respected brand, a wonderful network of great customers and suppliers and of course, the key to it all - a team of really talented individuals. The timing is right to move the business to the next level"

    From Monday 13th February 2017 we will be available to visit at:

    Unit 1a, 2, 3 & 4b
    Drayton Farm Buildings, Drayton Manor Drive,
    Stratford Upon Avon,
    Warwickshire,
    CV37 9RQ

    General office:  +44 (0)1789 337 070
    Parts Office:      +44 (0)1789 337 072

    The new HQ will also allow The SL Shop to do more at its base throughout 2017, including more restorations, a larger selection of parts and great tours and trips to join and once the paint has dried, We'll be hosting an open day for our customers to sample the delights of this fantastic new home for The SL Shop.

    Wish us luck with our move and we will see you on the other side…

  • Seasonal Specials: SL Shop Top 5 Winter Tyres

    There's a chill in the air, there's frost on the ground and the leaves are falling from the trees. Winter is most certainly coming.

    Winter Mercedes-Benz SL 107 Landscape Photograph

    That's why here at The SL Shop, we have put together our Top Five Winter Tyres based on Performance, Technology & Overall Affordability for you to choose from this Holiday Season.

    SL Shop Top 5 Winter Tyres

    1. Continental 205/65R15 TS850 Winter Contact Winter Tyre

    Continental 205/65R15 TS850 Winter Contact Winter Tyre

    Continental 205/65R15 TS850 Winter Contact Winter Tyre, the winner of several winter tyre tests, the Continental TS850 will keep you safe in all cold weather winter conditions.

    The Continental TS850 Winter Car Tyre uses innovative winter tyre technology to offer even better grip, handling and braking.

    2. Michelin 205/65R15 Alpin A4 Winter Tyre

    Michelin 205/65R15 Alpin A4 Winter Tyre

    Michelin 205/65R15 Alpin A4 Winter Tyre, a high quality winter tyre for use in various weather conditions.

    Designed for great performance in poor weather, the Alpin tyre is ideal for maintaining grip and performance over the winter months.

    3. Goodyear 205/65R15 Ultra Grip 8 Winter Tyre

    Goodyear 205/65R15 Ultra Grip 8 Winter Tyre

    Goodyear 205/65R15 Ultra Grip 8 Winter Tyre benefits from shorter braking distances when it matters most, thanks to Goodyear's 3D-BIS Technology.

    The winter tread compound maintains high grip levels at temperatures below 7 °C.

    The compound is also long-wearing to give you extra mileage from your winter tyres.

    4. Bridgestone 205/65R15 Blizzak LM25 Winter Tyre

    Bridgestone 205/65R15 Blizzak LM25 Winter Tyre

    Bridgestone 205/65R15 Blizzak LM25 Winter Tyre is a Performance Winter tyre developed for the drivers of high performance sports cars, sport coupes and sport sedans that require winter driving traction on dry, wet and snow-covered roads.

    5. Dunlop 205/65R15 SP WinterSport 4D Winter Tyre

    Dunlop 205/65R15 SP WinterSport 4D Winter Tyre

    Dunlop 205/65R15 SP WinterSport 4D Winter Tyre combines the 3D technology of the previous model with transverse sipes to create independent micro-blocks that generate better footprint pressure distribution.

    As a consequence, better road grip is gained. Better tread wear than the previous model and very good overall performance on dry and wet.

    It also copes well with extreme weather conditions such as snow or ice. 

    Tyre Care

    In addition to offering a wide range of winter tyres, we also offer some ideal tyre care products such as The Meguiar's Tyre Care Range which will ensure long life, luxurious style and that added finesse of your Classic Mercedes-Benz Model.

    Seasonal Specials

    Save 5% when you buy 4 or more of our Winter Tyres This Winter

    Save 5% when you buy 4 or more of our Winter Tyres This Winter

    We are offering 5% off all winter tyres when you purchase four or more this Winter. Contact our friendly parts team for further information via email by following this link or by phone on +44(0) 1386 791072.

     

  • NEW RELEASE: Status Volume II (Winter 2016/2017)

    It's that time of year again.

    Status Volume 2 (Winter 2016/2017)
    Status Volume 2 (Winter 2016/2017)

    Status is back, bigger and better than ever.

    Featuring stories and inspiration for you to get your classic Mercedes-Benz out on the road, finish that restoration or come down to our showroom to cast your eyes on and try one of these fantastic cars for yourself.

    New for 2017

    Our Experience offering encompasses SL Hire, The SL Day, Trips & Tours, SportLine Track Time and Race & Rally Preparation. Don your favourite sunglasses and feel the wind in your hair as you drive these marvels of engineering; You can read all about how to get involved in these great experiences within the pages of the magazine.

    You’ll also find a parts catalogue for a variety of Classic-Mercedes models, including the newly stocked items for the 121 190SL & the 198 300SL.

    With great articles, inspiring stories and a wealth of information, Volume 2 is truly much bigger and better than ever.

  • Classic Mercedes World Class Autumn 2016 [Issue 17] 500SL Article

    As Classic Mercedes Autumn 2016 (Issue 17) is now on shelves, we recommend picking up a copy as they discuss all manner of World Class themes from a tribute to the wonderful W123, Indestructable W115 Taxi & our very own beautiful 500SL.

    If you've not seen it yet, we recommend going out and grabbing a copy, or alternatively you can read the beautiful 500SL excerpt below:

    Classic Mercedes Autumn 2016 [Issue 17] World Class Beautiful 500SL The SL Shop Page 1

    Classic Mercedes Autumn 2016 [Issue 17] World Class Beautiful 500SL The SL Shop Page 2

    Classic Mercedes Autumn 2016 [Issue 17] World Class Beautiful 500SL The SL Shop Page 3

    Classic Mercedes Autumn 2016 [Issue 17] World Class Beautiful 500SL The SL Shop Page 4

    Classic Mercedes Autumn 2016 [Issue 17] World Class Beautiful 500SL The SL Shop Page 5

    Classic Mercedes Autumn 2016 [Issue 17] World Class Beautiful 500SL The SL Shop Page 6

    Classic Mercedes Autumn 2016 [Issue 17] World Class Beautiful 500SL The SL Shop Page 7

    For more information on the Beautiful 500SL, give our team a call on 01386 791070 or to keep up to date, check back at our blog regularly for more news and information.

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