mot testing Halifax

mot testing Halifax

Tyres and brake parts do not last for four years. I think that the British MOT trade must protest. There must be a motoring body out there to represent us. Hence enabling us to launch a massive protest. Have our MP’s forgot about people power and Brexit? This would close many MOT centres down. Many of our businesses have been around for many years. Of course, not only that but what about all the money that we have had to pay out over the years. Especially, to keep up with the new directives and changes made over the years.

Really, where to these people get their ideas?

Austin A35 Van-for MOT Test and Passed a beautifully Restored classic Van

13th April 2014

This Austin A35 Van; theoretically would not require an MOT test ?

 Austin A35 Van

Restored Austin A35 Van  for an MOT test

These old classic cars no longer require an MOT Test but the owners are still having one done to prove to the insurance companies the vehicle is road worthy and fit for purpose. That is the idea of the Test in the first place, some of the newer cars say four or five years old are in a terrible state and need much work to be carried out before they are road worthy again.

Why do classic cars need an MOT test?

This why in my opinion that the idea of the really old cars to be taken out of testing altogether is a completely bonkers idea. The vintage stuff will be kept up to scratch by their owners because of the monetary aspect, but what about the old Ford Cortinas and Vauxhall Vivas and Austin A35 Van that are still been used by enthusiasts, do they car enough ?I don’t know but I suppose the cars should have to prove road worthiness to be insured for the road, which will entail having to have an MOT test.

The Austin A35 Van had no real need to have an MOT test because now under the present European Union and British law cars and vans that were made before 1960 can be exempt from being tested. This is brought about because the EU very kindly said that we in GB could carry on having our own exemptions and this will be one of them. So any car or Austin A35 Van over the age of 30 year old will not have to have the test providing that they have not been modified in any detrimental way.

When I first heard this news I was a little shocked to say the least, after all the  test was introduced to make our roads safer, and it has done a great job in doing so. A friend of mine who is a classic car restorer and can re-build classic cars thinks that the idea is crazy.

The really old vintage cars are usually very well looked after and have no amount of care and money thrown at them. It is the modern classic car guys that worry me a little. I feel that they may be tempted to skimp a little on body work or the brake system, just to save on their cash. Most of these guys just have regular jobs and build these cars in their spare time, so  Austin A35 Vancorners may be cut.

Perhaps I am showing too much concern? And there is nothing stopping them having an Mot test if they require one anyway, I have heard that some insurance companies are still insisting that the classic cars should still go in for a test?

Anyway I hope you get some enjoyment looking at this old restored Austin A35 Van because I certainly did.

This is the information you should look …

“Following public consultation which Austin A35 Van

showed a good level of

support, Transport Minister Mike

Penning has announced that
from 18 November, all pre-1960
vehicles will be exempt from
Post written by Eric Roberts…www.mot-halifax.co.uk

Hi I would like to introduce myself. I have worked in the Garage trade and Pirelli Tyres Online and I am MD for online battery company www.batteriesontheweb.co.uk. I have worked for a couple for national tyre companies in my younger days, before starting my first business. I now own a garage and MOT testing centre, here in the UK called Pellon Tyre and Auto-centre, and I am a keen blogger about anything to do with cars and their related products that will help my business. We are members of Point-S and Motor-Codes and are also a Unipart Car Care Centre and of course Tyre-safe.

MOT testing Advice-Bad advice about MOT Testing from “Money Advice Websites”

Post updated  8/3/2014

MOT testing station owners must be sick of hearing this incorrect MOT testing Advice

I wonder how many garage and testing station owners have have tuned into their radios while driving about, only to hear the guy from one of those money web

MOT testing Advice

Popular MOT Test sign seen throughout the UK

sites telling the public to go to the local council MOT  station for their car testing. When I hear this it makes me sick, I often wonder why the BBC allows these people to spout out rubbish. The radio show that I hear it most on is Jeremy Vine show on radio 2 at lunchtime, and comes under “money saving tips” MOT testing Advice.

British MOT testing sign as seen outside all testing stations

The guy comes on to say that it is cheaper to take your car to the local council  testing station, because they do not repair cars and it is not in their interest to fail a car. How strange? Are they then saying that we private testing stations only fail cars for our own gains, I wonder what proof they have to substantiate this claim. When I hear this guy saying about MOT testing Advice, these things it makes me very angry, there is no form of defense he just comes out with this rubbish and no figures to back his claims, and what is worse the BBC allow him to say these things.

If the guy gets his facts right and looks at the official figures he would find out that in fact the opposite is the truth and an MOT station in private hands is indeed more likely to pass a car than fail a car and not the other way round as this guy is suggesting. This is bad MOT testing Advice and an insult to me and thousands of other testing station owners.

Mot testing figures say other wise

We are all working under the same rules as set out by VOSA, the government body that controls the MOT testing criteria and all the information is computerized and collated the ministry. If you say that by having an MOT test at a private garage “for example, my own garage” then surely you are accusing me of bending the system (or fiddling) with wrong MOT testing Advice , and unless there is proof of this then it must be some kind of slander against other garages and  centers, or at least we should have some sort of defense against the remarks made by this guy. If you own a center please look at this link and send a complaining comment, you will see that they are promoting council MOT testing stations and making unproven claims about private testing stations failing cars for gain.

more reading…

“But looking at the evidence, it simply isn’t true. In all ‘MOT compliance’ surveys carried out by VOSA, they find that more  Testers pass cars that should fail than the other

MOT testing Advice

Cars waiting for an MOT test in Halifax Yorkshire Uk

way around. For 2010/11, the last year for which accurate data has been published by VOSA, five times as many cars were found to have passed that should have failed the test than the other way around. It is a complete myth that these businesses fail cars to get more repair work”…. http://88.208.238.87/mot-general-information/mot-information-for-motorists/am-i-better-off-taking-my-car-to-a-council-run-testing-station

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Eric Roberts

Hi I would like to introduce myself. I have worked in the Garage and Cheap Michelin car Tyre and Battery business now for 40 years. I have worked for a couple for national tyre companies in my younger days, before starting my first business. I now own a company here in the UK called Pellon Tyre and Auto-centre, and I am a keen blogger about anything to do with cars and their related products that will help my business. We are members of Point-S and Motor-Codes and are also a Unipart Car Care Centre and of course Tyre-safe.

Rolls Royce MOT-Beautiful Blue Wraith in for an MOT test

This Roller will probably be the nicest car that we have had in the garage for its This magnificent car was brought into my garage for an Rolls Royce MOT. We were very pleased to see such a fine specimen of a vintage Bentley Wraith.

Rolls Royce MOT

Rolls Royce MOT

This magnificent Rolls Royce Wraith  car a 1939 drop head coupe is one of only 220 in the World and was designed by a James Young and Company of Bromley London Later bought by Jack Barclay a London based Rolls Royce dealer. This magnificent car was brought into my garage for an Rolls Royce MOT. We were very pleased to see such a fine specimen of a vintage Bentley Wraith model. Although the new DVLA MOT Rules state that these cars do not have to have a Rolls Royce MOT any more, most owners still go through the procedure because of insurance purposes.

It was in 1931 that the then “Rolls-Royce company” bought out ” Bentley Motors” and the whole works were moved from the Bentley factory in Cricklewood London NW2 to Derby, in the North midlands of the UK.

Bentley cars that were produced there are were commonly referred to as the “Derby-Bentley s”. These cars were first introduced in 1933 and the first of these Bentley s that were made in Derby was simply known as the 3 1/2 Litre  and were very similar in design and looks to the Rolls Royce 20/25 that was made in the same year. The Bentley cars very soon became the more powerful and sporty versions of the  Rolls Royce. These 3.5 litre engined Bentley’s that was produced in Derby was not in the same technology class as the ones produced in Cricklewood, London.

In 1936 the Derby made Bentley’s and the new Rolls Royce were fitted with 4.257 litre engine with a four speed gearbox.

this vastly improved the cars performance giving the owner far more acceleration power and making the car feel very sporty to drive. These cars were made until the beginning of World war 2

Production lasted until the outbreak of World War II, with over 1200 examples produced many of these cars are still running today, like the fine example that was presented to us here in Halifax UK. More reading...http://www.coachbuild.com/index.php?option=com_gallery2&Itemid=50&g2_itemId=7787&g2_GALLERYSID=ca3cbacf38f4443917eafa41ebe53fba

This post was written and pictures taken by Eric Roberts...www.mot-halifax.co.uk

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 Car 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 who need 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.

MOT Stations Must Protest-Four-year MOT exemption for new cars proposed – BBC News

MOT Stations Must Protest

MOT Stations Must Protest

MOT Stations Must Protest

As the proud owner of an MOT testing station here in the UK. Then I must protest about these new proposals. I am sick of hearing about MP’s coming out with stupid ideas. The idea is that cars are now lasting longer. What a load of rubbish?

Tyres and brake parts do not last for four years. I think that the British MOT trade must protest. There must be a motoring body out there to represent us. Hence enabling us to launch a massive protest. Have our MP’s forgot about people power and Brexit? This would close many MOT centres down. Many of our businesses have been around for many years. Of course, not only that but what about all the money that we have had to pay out over the years. Especially, to keep up with the new directives and changes made over the years.

Really, where to these people get their ideas?

Many of our customers do not change their tyres and brakes unless the fail in the MOT test. Tyres and Brakes and lights do not last for 4 years, what a stupid thing to come with. Lets hope that we can get a protest together, before our politicians ruin another industry. The retail garage sector??

Eric Roberts

The time new cars are allowed on the road before being tested could rise under government proposals.

Source: Four-year MOT exemption for new cars proposed – BBC News

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

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.

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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

 

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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. 

 

 

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MOT Test for White E-Type Jaguar-Many boyhood dreams about owning this car presented for MOT Test

MOT Test for White E-Type Jaguar

MOT Test for White E-Type Jaguar

MOT Test for White E-Type Jaguar

of course, it was a sad day when the Government in all their wisdom announced that Most vehicles manufactured or first registered over 40 years ago. Hence, will, as of 20 May 2018, be exempt from periodic testing unless they have been substantially changed.

This “substantially changed “part worried some owners at first. many of these cars have had some major changes. if parts were not available, then they were re-fabricated by specialist companies.

However owners fears were quashed

when it was announced that their would have to be substantial changes to the chassis, running gear and engine capacity before the car was considered as re-built in any way. Especially in the past 30 years of ownership.

According to the UK Government web site then the following changes would be fine- The following are considered acceptable (not substantial) changes if they fall into
these specific categories:
• changes that are made to preserve a vehicle, which in all cases must be when
original type parts are no longer reasonably available;
• changes of a type, that can be demonstrated to have been made when
vehicles of the type were in production or in general use (within ten years of
the end of production);
• in respect of axles and running gear changes made to improve efficiency,
safety or environmental performance;
• in respect of vehicles that have been commercial vehicles, changes which can
be demonstrated were being made when they were used commercially.

Of course this clarified the worries and concerns from the owners of these cars. meanwhile, as it happens we still get these vintage and classic cars presented for the Annual MOT Test. The E-Type Jaguar in my images is a great example. This car was the car that every teenager wanted back in the day. I was twenty years old when this car came out and boy did we want one. MOT Test for White E-Type Jaguar

I believe that many of these cars have to be MOT tested for insurance purposes. Consequently to make sure that the car was road worthy or not. Anyhow the white E-Type had many admirers from my other customers on that day. Including myself?

Eric Roberts

Annual MOT Testing-Two Old Timers-Call Into Pellon Auto Centre For their Annual MOT Test

 

 

Two Old Timers Call In For Annual MOT Testing.

As I have said before, that this is a great time to be involved in the auto trade. As the owner of a successful auto centre, we take every day as it comes. Take yesterday this time last year(19thFeb 2014) for

Annual MOT Testing

The old cars side by side ready for MOT Testing

instance. Apart from the work that we have booked in for that day, we had a run of cars that were all affected by “pothole” damage.

The first car was a Ford Fiesta that suffered from a broken coil spring, the second was a Vauxhall Corsa, with a broken coil spring that had also penetrated the front tyre, and the third was a VW Sirocco that hit a pothole and bent his steering arm. We fitted the cars in between the car services that were already booked in and the customers went home at the end of the day, “happy bunnies”.

After lunch, we had another bit of excitement for me. Unbeknownst to me, we had two old cars booked in for their Annual MOT Testing. The first car was a regular for us, it was a Rolls Royce tourer, 5.6-litre engine and built in 1936. The car passed the test, apart from a Brake switch light, which we repaired on site. The company who own the vehicle always give their car a pre-mot test before it is brought into us but the brake light switch must have been overlooked.

The second car that turned up was a black A35 Austin saloon, that was made in 1958 (I was ten years old then). The car was owned by the great, great Aunt of the woman who now owns the car. The Aunt passed the car onto her niece who later died, and the car was then passed onto her niece, who is the current owner. The car was last serviced in 1990 and had only done 2000 miles, (it was then used to tootle around town in). The car has a 948 cc engine

Annual MOT Testing

Annual MOT Testing; Old 1958 A35 saloon car in for MOT Testing

with drums on the front brakes a rod braking at the rear.

The car was then mothballed for the last ten in a barn, and the latest in a line of nieces decided to bring it out. She asked for the service of a local mechanic, who looked at the car to assess its condition. The car only required a new battery and started up the first time. The brakes needed some work doing and then he handed the car over to us for its mot test. The brakes were sorted from an old MG Midget, but the engine was in immaculate condition and had only done 6000 miles.

Passed mot test with flying colours

The old Austin had a new 063 Lucas battery fitted and passed the mot test in tip top condition apart from some very slight corrosion and will see driving up and down the street of Halifax here in West Yorkshire UK this summer. I just love these cars with a bit of history and a story behind them. The A35 was also fitted with cross ply tyres to the front and radials to the back.

Eric Roberts

Hi I would like to introduce myself. I have worked in the Garage and tyre and Battery business now for 40 years. I have worked for a couple for national tyre companies in my younger days, before starting my first business. I now own a MOT Testing company here in the UK called Pellon Tyre and Auto-centre, and I am a keen blogger about anything to do with cars and their related products that will help my business. We are members of Point-S and Motor-Codes and are also a Unipart Car Care Centre and of course Tyre-safe.Annual MOT Testing