Christmas Gifts for Petrolheads: A Personalised Haynes Manual

Haynes Publishing is a name that most of us will be familiar with, especially if you’re interested in cars. As a child, I remember my parents always purchased a Haynes Workshop Manual for every new car they purchased. In fact, having one was seen as something of a necessity and I was strongly advised by my Dad to buy one when I purchased my first car. Well, Haynes Publishing have announced a new way of gifting their step-by-step workshop car manuals. They have unveiled a personalisation service. It will allow consumers to custom-build a Haynes Workshop Manual specifically for them and this service can be used for over 180 cars.

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You might be wondering what makes it personalised and why it would make a good gift. No matter what the occasion, whether it is a Christmas present or a congratulatory gift for someone just passing their driving test, these Haynes manuals could be appropriate. Their personal Haynes Manual will have their name and a photo of their beloved vehicle on the cover and on the inside it will have the maintenance, diagnosis and repair information that you would expect from all other Haynes manuals.

These workshop manuals will cover a wide range of makes and models. So, they don’t just feature the popular first-time cars such as the Vauxhall Corsa, which I drive right now and the Ford Fiesta, which was my first car. They also have classics like the Land Rover and the MGB. It’s quick and easy to personalise these books online. You are first asked to select the make and model of the recipient’s car, then you can alter the title, sub-title and upload the chosen image to make the manual unique. You can even add a personalised message to the inside of the book.

These Haynes workshop manuals are written based on hands-on experience. The writers learned by stripping down and rebuilding vehicles in the Haynes Project Workshop and they feature clear photos and step-by-step instructions that are easy to follow. They can be useful for servicing, maintenance, the MoT and fault-finding.

Jeremy Yates-Round, Managing Director Haynes Consumer, said,  “Haynes’ Personalised Manuals are the perfect gift for first-time car owners, those with special memories of a particular vehicle, or for car lovers of all ages. Not only are they receiving a meaningful gift that would have pride of place on any bookshelf, but also they’re getting Haynes’ renowned expertise – just like any standard Workshop Manual – giving drivers the confidence to fix their own car.”

Each personalised manual costs £35 so they’re not really stocking fillers, but they’ll be something that the recipient will treasure, especially if it’s the manual for their beloved first car. The bespoke manuals are sent within five days and you should order before 14th December 2018 if you would like it to be delivered in time for Christmas. You can take a look around and get more information by visiting the Haynes website.

What was your most loved car? Was it your first car, the one you’re driving now or one that has a different story behind it? Share with us in the comments below.

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