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Garage Owners in Shaky Times

Garage Owners in Shaky Times-It’s a worrying time for garage owners

Garage Owners in Shaky Times

Garage Owners in Shaky Times

Garage Owners in Shaky Times

So, like millions of other people the dreaded “Coronavirus” had no significance in our lives. Primarily because it all happened thousands of miles away in mainland China. Of course it never entered my head that these things could spread as quickly as it did. Here at Pellon Autocentre we have always prided ourselves on good service and at the same time offering our local drivers good prices.

Consequently, we have always remained busy and have made a steady living. As the owner I have always made a great effort to look after my staff. Only time has proved this point with most of my workers being long term staff. Profit is important but we have never focused on this as been the most important thing. So recently, liked most other people we looked at the coronavirus as someone elses problem!

How wrong were we

Tracking back in time, then I made a business decision to become an MOT Testing station. Firstly, I had to buy the end part of the building off a small car repair company. Sadly, this did not come cheap. However looking forward as I always do I went ahead with the help of the Yorkshire bank and bought the last piece of the jigsaw.

So, I borrowed heavily, Because the Mot bay was expensive to set up initially. After recruiting a few disappointing testers my star man Ryan Linton came to our rescue and became our main tester. So, the Mot decision was to be one of my best business decisions and like thousands of other garage owners the business model was to be built around the whole testing scenario.

Fast forward to mid-march! Coronavirus was rapidly spreading throughout Europe including here in the UK. Fortunately, we were to become one of the then lucky businesses who could remain open. Our Government whether right or wrong adopted a total “lock down” except for key people who would be able to support the NHS. This “lock down” is going to devastate the economy! Including thousands of small businesses and independent garages.

MOT Testing is our passion

However up to that point we remained confident that we could get by! MOT’s are our passion and blood line. Then came the massive blow! Our panicking government suspended MOT testing for six months. Of course, this was massive “kick in the teeth” to all MOT testing stations across  The UK.

Now like millions of other small businesses we could face closure after 40 years of trading. Of course, I say could? I am determined with the help of our customers to get through this crises that no one could predict would happen. The other side of this holds a rainbow of hope for us. Importantly, we will have to catch up with the massive backlog of MOT tests that will have to be carried out. Including all the work that will have to be carried out on the vehicles.

This is the driver that will make me determined to get through this by hook or by crook?

Eric Roberts

Eric RobertsTo start with it all seemed so far away, we were hearing reports of a coronavirus with flu-like symptoms in Wuhan, China back in January. Aaron Phillips of Jackson & Phillips Automotive Services in Leighton Buzzard. Then

Source: Opinion: It’s a worrying time for garage owners with difficult decisions to be made – Garagewire

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MOT Closure Killer Blow-MOT extension will have “huge impact” on independent garages, warns IGA

MOT Closure Killer Blow

MOT Closure Killer Blow

MOT Closure Killer Blow

There is no doubt that the Governments latest attack on the Coronavirus will make it very difficult for some small independent garages to remain open!  MOT Tests are the life blood of most garage enterprises since they were introduced in 1960.

Garages have evolved around the testing system. Because they are a legal commitment and we have to adhere to strict rules and legislation surrounding vehicle safety. Of course having to enable us to work everything else around the MOT system. In my opinion the government have just blown all our hard work in front of our faces.

From the first of April then all car and van tests will be extended for a six month period. In my opinion this is just a kick in the teeth to the safety of your vehicle.

I do only hope that no one has an accident due to the failure of something that would have been pickup up on the MOT test. I think this is a thoughtless act by yet another member of government that does not know what they are doing.

The attached article is well worth a read ?

Eric Roberts

Toyota Yaris Clutch Problem

The Independent Garage Association (IGA) is raising concerns to the government about the huge impact of extending MOTs for six months. Whilst supporting the government’s measures to control the spread of the coronavirus, the IGA does

Source: MOT extension will have “huge impact” on independent garages, warns IGA – Garagewire

Vintage Jaguar Mk2 2-4 -Classic Jaguar was used on many early TV Police type films.

Vintage Jaguar Mk2 2-4

Vintage Jaguar Mk2 2-4-early sixties MKII series 2 Jaguar

 Post Updated 26th Dec 2013/22nd March 2016

Vintage Jaguar Mk2 2-4 waiting for the MOT Test.

 This beautiful Vintage Jaguar Mk2 2-4. Hence, takes me back to an old manager of mine. Back in my days as a tyre salesman. I noticed it waiting for a MOT test.For this reason, thought I would try to find something interesting. Hence, about these wonderful cars.

This car is a classic early 1960,s MKII silver Jaguar. The best I could come up was with the TV Inspector Morse. If you can remember. Inspector Morse had a superb Burgundy coloured Vintage Jaguar Mk2 2-4. Ours is a silver one.

This car was introduced in October 1959. When I was just 11 years old. It was known as “a compact four-door saloon”.Accordingly, was sold brand new for £1,534. It was the car that typified the Jaguar look. Hence, a real stunner. There were around 25,000 made. For this reason, and the 2.4 was fitted with a 2483 cc giving 120 brake horsepower. With a top speed of just under 100 mph. This car was also seen in many police films. Usually in black with the London police force. The car would do about 0 to 60 in 17 seconds.

The car that turned up for the MOT test was in great condition

 For its age and passed with flying colours. I would like to thank the owner for letting me use the image.Thus, for this blog and if you like this model of Jaguar please log onto the link below for more information. This car is one of many old and classic cars. That we MOT and service here in the Halifax area of Yorkshire. It is here of  course that the Tour de France cycle race. So, will be starting out in early July.As a result is expected to be watched by Millions of TV viewers.Thus, all over the World. There is no doubt that classic cars. Hence, like this Vintage Jaguar Mk2 2-4 will be around for many years to come. lastly, and will be tested on the List of New MOT Rules.

 Eric Roberts

MOT Closure Killer Blow

MOT extension slammed- As ‘detrimental’ to the UK’s road safety

MOT extension slammed

MOT extension slammed

Extending the from three to four years is categorically unsafe!

Have actually remained in the motor repair profession for 40 years and also having multiple garages for the past 40. So, I have seen some wicked repair work and car repair failings. Majority being down to failing due to the lack lack of maintenance. So, leaving these to proceed for an additional year is going to result in more RTC’s (road traffic casualties) and also road related vehicle fatalities increasing.
I have seen vehicles coming in for the first a problem examination.  Where the back tracking arm mountings  have actually broken away ( body side).
In order to increase the examination to another year. So,would be extremely dangerous .

The mot examination should be left exactly how it is

 

Thousands of vehicle would just not be roadworthy. Especially if the “MOT Test” was to be extended in any way or form. In fact a year is just enough time to find dangerous mechanical problems on any older vehicles. Motorists are very reluctant to service their cars. So, opting for the psychic of leaving it until it breaks down. Importantly, the MOT Test finds thousands of problems that would not have been detected. Brakes are a perfect example. Brake pipes do eventually rot and require attention. Consequently, the pipes are hidden away! So if it was not for the annual test then rotting pipes would never be spotted/ So, leading to brake failure and probably a bad accident.

Another problem that we often encounter is worn out steering parts and broken suspension. Of the course the thought of any kind of extension to the cars having a annual MOT is beyond believe and frightens me to death!

However, governments do come up with stupid ideas ? Now we are looking at them scrapping all our cars and vans from diesel and petrol to electric ? The mind boggles lets hope the industry fights against this or we will all be out of work ?
Eric Roberts

Toyota Yaris Clutch Problem

Source: MOT extension slammed as ‘detrimental’ to road safety

Car Servicing Importance- Regular Servicing Could Also Save You Further Costs ?

Car Servicing Importance

Car Servicing Importance

The best way to compare the price of “car servicing”for your car is to look for all the right things when the time comes for your car servicing.

In these times of recession it is very tempting to skip on your car servicing, but in my opinion the very least you should, is to have an “engine service”, especially if your car has a diesel

Car Servicing Importance

Brakes are the first to suffer from not having your car serviced

engine.

A good example of this is your braking system. Many customers of ours skip car servicing only to find out that there brake pads that needed changing. This has now turned into not just pads but “discs and Pads”. This means that the pads would have been picked up as “very low” on a regular service. Would only costing perhaps £30, have been allowed to wear out causing damage to the metal discs and now costing £130.

This also applies to the other parts on your car. Regular car servicing will pick up faults, that may have just started to wear out and by catching the fault early. This will not spread to other parts causing much larger problems at a later date.

By missing out on your “car servicing” your are storing up “problems” that may occur in the future. One of things that we recommend in these hard times, is to ask your service centre to give your car an “engine service” when your car has its next MOT test.

The lights, steering and brakes will all be checked on the MOT. You will then be notified by the testing station if any failures need attention. If the car passes then you can have an engine service, usually your “OIL and FILTER”changing, now knowing that your car will be in decent condition.

Car Servicing Importance

Hope you have picked up some good points in this Blog. Any motorists in the Halifax/Hebden Bridge areas of West Yorkshire looking for car servicing. They can be sure of excellent service facilities for their cars at Pellon Tyre and Autocentre

Pellon Tyre and Auto-centre offer car and van servicing and repairs to all makes of vehicles. We are members of Unipart Car Care centres and give a nationwide guarantee for all our work and parts. We also sell tyres online from our website www.pellonautocentre.com by using the tyre selector and choosing your tyre size. We offer courtesy cars to local motorists. This enables them to go to work and leave their car with us for work doing. We are also an official MOT testing station and are members of Motor-codes, who carry out checks for high standard of equipment and workmanship.

Garage Owners in Shaky Times

Vintage cars visit Pellon Autocentre-for Testing at Pellon MOT Centre

Vintage cars visit Pellon Autocentre

Vintage cars visit Pellon Autocentre

Vintage cars visit Pellon Autocentre; This beautiful specimen Rolls Royce presented for MOT

So,our testers Ryan new tester Dale are always Happy. Especially, when a customer trusts them with to carry out work.naturally, or a test on such a Vintage cars visit Pellon Autocentre. We always treat our customer’s cars in such a way. But occasionally we are presented with a unique car that ends up in my Pellon Autocentre blog.

To bring this a little more up to date. Vintage cars and modern classic cars such as the Ford Cortina, do not need to be tested. This came as a directive from the European Union.Thus, after much wheeling and dealing became law here in the UK. The older vintage cars are usually kept immaculate. By their owners. Because of their high value. Many of our customers do have an annual test carried out every year.Therefore, this also keeps up to some insurance company stipulations. Because, the old cars still need to be tested to prove their road worthiness, in my opinion, a great idea.

I only hope that Vintage cars visit Pellon Autocentre will be the same for the so-called modern classic cars. One that springs to mind is the old Morris 1000’s. I was recently asked to look at one with perhaps the intention of buying the car, but when we examined it was just an old rust bucket, but did not officially require a ministry test. These are the type of car that worry me; I think that these cars need some tighter regulation, and I hope it comes from the insurance companies to insist on a test before the car can be insured.

Vintage cars visit Pellon Autocentre; This car for on MOT is a 1937 Wolseley 1.7 1937

Vintage cars visit Pellon Autocentre

Old cars visit Pellon Autocentre;1937 Wolseley

The company Wolseley started in business making sheep shearing equipment and later started to produce cars under the direction of Mr Herbert Austin. The company was bought out by the Vickers group but was then later sold to William Morris in 1927.

By the 1950s Wolseley became part of the BMC team and became one of the premier models in their group, which included Riley and MG cars. The cars were very well fitted out using wood and leather for the interiors; these cars were to become very specialised and are now valuable collectors cars. The cars became part of the new British Leyland company, and production was finished in 1975 a somber day.

MOT testing is carried out at our MOT department of www.mot-halifax.co.uk. We can collect customers cars, or a courtesy car can be booked by appointment. Mot tests are now on special offer at £39.90 quoting “ Wolseley Blog “ as the reference number.

Vintage cars visit Pellon Autocentre

 

Garage Owners in Shaky Times

Car Lights Missing-it is important to check your lights to make sure that you can be seen.

Car Lights Missing

Have you noticed all the “one eyed monster” with car lights missing

With the nights now getting visibly darker. Then it is just as well that we have well lit roads and well-lit highways. Generally, this is very important. We have probably one of the best after dark road light systems in the developed world.  Car lights are a safety critical aspect of motoring. But it seems that more and more cars are driving on our roads with lights out.

I have often noticed that cars on the continent. Especially France drive about all the time with on or more of their  car lights not working. of course, the cars in France have a slight excuse. Because they only have an Car Lights MissingMOT every two years. Although, this is no excuse ! firstly, because of the safety concerns. Developing  by having car lights out.

I call them “ one-eyed monsters”. Secondly, I feel that drivers have NO excuse for driving about in the dark without the full compliment of light bulbs in working order. Your car lights play a vital role in the safety of your vehicle and indeed other road users including pedestrians.

It is paramount that you check your lights all the time especially in the winter time. 

We at Pellon auto centre . Cannot believe the number of cars that are failing the MOT test. Because of light bulbs that are defective. I can not believe the number of cars that I have seen driving along the M62 motorway of poor visibility such as heavy rain or even fog with a head light off; it is entirely irresponsible.

These days many car manufacturers are fitting light bulb warning lights to alert the motorist that a bulb is out this is a great step forward, and it will be a much safer World when all cars have these sensors fitted.

 Car Lights Missing;Remember to get your car lights checked out every week there is no excuse its dangerous

I was coming home from Leeds this Sunday and three cars in a row had missing Halogen Light Bulbs and head light bulbs, there is really no excuse for this please get them checked and

Car Lights Missing

1 H7-R477 typical car light bulb

fitted most of our car bulbs are now sourced from Ring Electrical Auto

 

Eric Roberts

Van Wheel Alignment Including Suspension

Pellon Tyre and Auto-centre offer car and van servicing and repairs to all makes of vehicles. 

 

 

MOT Testing Number Plates- Information-Pellon Tyres-Halifax-Yorkshire-UK

MOT Testing Number Plates

MOT Testing Number Plates;This blog is part of a series written by Eric Roberts of Pellon Autocentre Halifax UK to advise motorists about the number plate regulations that affect your MOT Test.

This advice comes as part of the Road Vehicle Regulations, (Display of Registration Marks)2001.MOT regulations. Consquently, the new regulations  https://www.gov.uk/browse/driving/number-plate (2001) state that the car must first of all , “have number plates fitted”, this must be that the background colour and words and lettering comply with the regulations. The words and letters should easily readable and in good condition.
The letters and numbers must be correctly spaced. The character font should be of the correct type .The number plate should match the one in your log book, and should comply with British Standard AU 145d.
Your plate should also display the name and postcode of the company that made up the plate for you. Official number plate sizes should be the following-If you have a Euro symbol on the plate the character width should be reduced from 57mm to 50mm. To conform to MOT Rules.

MOT Testing Number Plates

MOT Testing Number Plates;Image courtesy of Wikipedia.

Height 79mm
Width 50mm other than figure 1 or letter I
Stroke 14mm
Character spacings 11mm
Group spacings 33mm
Top and Bottom and Side margins 11mm minimum
Vertical line spacings 19mm

MOT Euro symbol

The Euro-symbol must have the letters “GB” under the European flag if a plain number plate is used the vehicle must use a separate “GB” sticker when driving in another European country. Furthermore, private number plates must have the letters and numbers correctly separated apart and not clustered together to make up a name.
Hope this information is of use to you for more help you can contact…https://www.pellonautocentre.com/?s=number+plates

Or email pellontyres@btconnect.com for any advice.

not a bad idea? Eric Roberts

MOT Rolls Royce Wraith Limousine-great to be able to work on these Vintage cars from the past

MOT Rolls Royce Wraith Limousine; Eric Roberts and his MOT testers are pleased that the owner of such a valuable and iconic car. 

The car was first bought by a wealthy cotton mill owner from Bradford in West Yorkshire. He bought the car as a gift to his wife. The Rolls Royce, has been kept in “excellent condition”by its present owner ever since. We at Pellon carry out the annual MOT test.
The Wraith Limousine was built by Rolls Royce at their premises in Derbyshire from between 1938 and 1939. It was sold only as a chassis to “independent car and coach body builders”. Who then built individual versions of the body styles for this“great car”.
The Wraith had coil spring independent suspension with large leaf springs at the rear, the car had a six cylinder overhead valve 4257 cc engine, with a four speed gearbox three gears had synchromesh gears fitted.
Drum brakes came as standard and were assisted by a “mechanical servo” driven by the engine from a French designer. This car was fitted with an “hydraulic jacking system” which was operated from a lever under the passenger seat.
Speed depended on the type of body that the car had fitted. Furthermore, the average speed was probably about 80 to 90 mph. Finally, the tyres on the car were 17ins usually Dunlop tyres and the wheels were wire spokes in design.

MOT Rolls Royce Wraith Limousine

The car was in great condition for the mot test.In 1938 the complete touring car would have cost around £1700 to £2000 for a complete car including the body, only 492 cars were built but due to the outbreak of the “second world war” production had to stop. This why some of the cars have later registration numbers. The car that we were working on is registered in 1946 because of the need to hold them in storage until after the war.

MOT Rolls Royce Wraith Limousine

MOT Rolls Royce Wraith Limousine-car waiting for the mot test

This car is a “fine specimen” and we are proud to have the car to be MOT tested at our premises in Halifax to have your car tested log on to. www.pellonautocentre.com/mot.htm

MOT Testing Halifax-Wheels and Tyres-Explained

Pellon Autocentre is an MOT Testing Halifax station with over 20 years experience.

 

MOT Testing Halifax

MOT Testing Halifax

MOT Testing Halifax is part of a series of explanations. About, how the MOT Rules works to keep your car safe and legal.When you prepare your car for the MOT test, the follow advice will apply.Especially, when dealing with wheels and tyres. The first thing to check are the wheels. As a result, if you have alloy wheels.Because, you should check for serious damage and cracks. Also, you must have a full set of wheel nuts fitted. If your car has steel wheels and plastic hub caps.Of course, the nuts will not be checked by the tester.Thus, they will only be checked if you remove the hub caps before the car is tested.

If any nuts are missing then this will result in a failure.
According to the DVLA MOT Rules. The tyre condition is very important. Testers look for any side wall damage and for any cuts or damage to the tyre tread. The tester will also check the tread depth. Using his official tread depth gauge.The legal limit is 1.6 mm across three-quarters of the tread width . This can be detected by a visual look at the tyres.Of course, before you present the car for a test. Tyre manufacturers build into the tyre treads a wear indicator bar.For when the tyre wears down to the bar a bald patch is visible. Police officers also use these bars as away of a quick check of tyre condition.Especially, when stopping a motorist for a check over.

Spare wheels and tyres are not part of the MOT test,

MOT Testing Halifax. You may not present a car for a test with a temporary spare on the car.Also, you must present the car with the best four wheels and tyres on your car. Tyre sizes are checked on the car on the same axle. But other information such as load ratings are not checked.Because, this is deemed as too technical. As a result, some cars may break the law. They are not part of an MOT test and therefore will not fail.
It is always good practice to have your car checked out or have a service when you have your car tested, this will ensure that your car is legal and safe. Pellon Autocentre is leading MOT Testing Halifax area.

Eric Roberts

 

Pellon Tyre and Autocentre offer car and van servicing and repairs to all makes of vehicles.