Honda In the United Kingdom
Having gained ground in the United Kingdom with its popular range of motorcycles during the 1960s, Honda first imported cars to the United Kingdom in 1972, when the original Civic was launched, going on sale at a time when Japanese built cars (particularly Nissan'srange of Datsun badged models) were enjoying a surge in sales. The larger Accord joined the range in 1976, followed by the Preludecoupe in 1979.
In 1980, Honda entered a venture with British Leyland in order to build Honda based designs in BL factories. The first product of this venture was the 1981 Triumph Acclaim, which was produced for three years until it was replaced by the Rover 200 Series; both cars were based on the Honda Ballade.
In the meantime, the two companies worked together on "Project XX", first announced in 1980 as a new medium-sized luxury saloon due for a mid 1980s launch. This evolved into the Rover 800 Series, launched in 1986, and based on the Japanese built Honda Legend.
Around the same time, Honda agreed for BL/Austin Rover to build versions for the United Kingdom of its Ballade saloon alongside the Rover 200 Series at Longbridge. The Ballade's successor, the Concerto, was also built at Longbridge, and was based on the second generation Rover 200 Series.
Your car should be serviced every 12 months or 12500 miles; whichever comes sooner if the Honda Service Reminder System (SVRS) has not been activated. The only exception to this is the Civic Diesel, which requires an oil change every 6250 miles or 12 months from the previous oil change.If the SVRS has been activated, the vehicle display will inform the driver of any maintenance due and give a time or mileage of when this needs to take place.
Tyre pressures should always be checked from cold. Cold means the vehicle has not been moved for at least 3 hours and driven less than 1 mile before checking. Tyre pressure can be checked using a tyre pressure gauge or with equipment at your local garage or petrol station. Your owner's manual will advise on what pressure your model's tyres should be.
To apply for a certificate of conformity, simply contact us at [email protected] and provide your vehicle details. We will usually issue the document within 2 weeks.
To apply for a Year of Manufacture, we would kindly request a letter confirming the full VIN (vehicle identification number) along with your name and address.There is a charge for this service of £30. We accept payment by bank transfer, cheque or postal order in UK sterling made out to Honda (UK) and then posted to the following address:Honda (UK) Customer Operations, Year of Manufacture, Cain Road, Bracknell, RG12 1HL.
You can obtain your car radio code from any authorised Honda Dealer. They may require proof of ownership for security reasons and charge a small installation fee at their discretion. You can use ‘Find my Dealer’ to find the closest Car Dealership to you.There are many ways to access technical information. In the first instance, we would recommend looking through your owner’s manual. For newer models, these can be found here. Your local Honda Dealerwill also be happy to assist you. Additionally, we have a huge amount of information about Honda vehicles on our pay-as-you-go online platform – Honda's Maintenance and Repair Information System. Here, you can find technical information, such as repair methods, wiring diagrams and bulletins.
If you have a case with Customer Services and remain unhappy with the outcome, we would recommend contacting the Motor Ombudsman as a next step. Honda (UK) together with many other vehicle manufacturers subscribe to The Motor Ombudsman as an additional service to our customers. The Motor Ombudsman are governed by Trading Standards and backed by the UK Government to ensure high standards within Trading Standards Institute approved codes of practice. You can contact them free of charge to discuss your situation and they will offer independent advice to you.