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?

6-month MOT exemptions Ending-will be ending on 1 August –

6-month MOT exemptions Ending

6-month MOT exemptions Ending

There is no doubt that this is great news for ourselves and thousands of garages throughout the UK. So, over the years we have structured our garage businesses around the MOT testing system that we all  know now. MOT Testing protects millions of drivers by making sure that the majority of vehicles are kept up to a certain standard.

Thus making them roadworthy and fit for driving. At the same time keeping other drivers safe. Importantly, this dreaded “Coronavirus” put a temporary stop to testing. Giving drivers a bit of a leeway when it came to having their cars and vans tested.

I did not agree !

Of course as a garage owner I did not agree with this decision. In my opinion it was just playing about on the edges, when it came to restricting people to stay indoors. Thoughtfully, the original decision was so that key worker would not have to bother having a test until a later date! Also people who were in lockdown could do the same and not worry about going out just to get their vehicles MOT tested.

Fortunately, we have a certain type of person in the UK. Who always wants to live their lives accordingly. In other words if the car needs a test then they will have it tested. These were the people who helped us keep on a skeleton staff. Including one of our testers Dale Linton.

So over the past weeks and months we have furloughed some of our staff. However because of the support of our customers and steady increase in MOT tests we have almost returned to a full staffing level. Now that we have received this good news about full testing resuming on the 1st August then we will all be back at work.

Eric Roberts

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Fw: 6-month MOT exemptions will be ending on 1 August – ericatpellon@gmail.com – Gmail

Position on MOT Extension-Government Prepares to Update – Pellon Autocentre

Position on MOT Extension

Position on MOT Extension

Position on MOT Extension

This attached article could bring back some great news for garages across the UK. So, at the moment we can still carry out MOT testing if the customer wants one and believe me many still do! Of course in the first instance then the cancellation of Testing came as a huge shock to me. When I think of all the stress and pressure that we have had installed on us over the years. Because of changing rules including computerisation only to be told that you had to stop testing came as a big shock to me.

Importantly here at Pellon Autocentre we are in the top flight of testing stations in the UK. So, our good work is carried out fairly and completely within the MOT testings structure and rules. The Government have a traffic light system for assessing the work of any individual system giving the station either red amber or the top flight are green.

Here at Pellon we are a green station and carry out strict testing in a fair manner that our customers appreciate.

So, many of our customers are all regulars booking their cars and vans in for the test yea after year. Once again it came to ma as a great shock when the transport department announced that all testing would be suspended for  6 months. This took away 75% of our daily business in one stroke. We had to furlough most of the garage staff in the beginning. However we are back in the swing of things and  are gradually building up to the full staffing levels of pre-lockdown.

Importantly, if they do update their position it will  be one of the best days of my life.Especially with all the stress they have caused me and my family and staff. This lockdown has been a nightmare for millions of businesses that have worked so hard in the past. We have all been knocked back to the beginning and day one.

Eric Roberts

.Eric Roberts

Source: Government Prepares to Update Position on MOT Extension – Hofmann Megaplan Blog – Hofmann Megaplan

MOT Closure Killer Blow

MOT Testing Re-starts- After lockdown restrictions relaxed

MOT Testing Re-starts

MOT Testing Re-starts

Drivers can have there cars tested

Despite the government giving motorists a 6 month extension to there MOT due date. Of course during “lockdown“. Importantly, many people want to keep their car in a good safe condition. So, it is possible to still have your MOT test at the original due date. Here at Pellon Autocentre in Halifax we are now carrying out MOT Testing for many of our more responsible customers.

Of course we have to stick to the social spacing and corona virus regulations. However it is possible to do this with a little thoughtfulness from our staff and also the customers. Happily we have discovered that the customers prefer to leave their cars with us. Prior to the pandemic most drivers wanted to remain with their cars while the MOT test was carried out. So, as I have said! They now prefer to leave the vehicle with us and we call them with the test results.

Old favourites turn up for there regular test

MOT Testing Re-starts

Of course we often see the same cars year after year. Many of these cars are classics and vintage cars. Although legally these cars do not have to have a test now. Then the owners prefer to stay safe and have their precious cars tested. Of course these cars are their owners pride and joy. Also they find that having an MOT test carried out reduces their insurance for the year.

Of course having a test ensures that the cars are road worthy and safe to use on our busy roads. In fact two of our old favourites turned up for a test on the same day. Firstly, came the wonderful vintage Bentley Roadster. I believe that this car may be worth a fortune. So, after lunch a wonderful red Jaguar was left with us for testing in the afternoon. Amazingly, both these cars passed the test with flying colours! They always do !  Their owners keep these vehicles in first class condition and it is very rare that the cars require any work to pass the MOT test.

Importantly, if you drive your car on the roads then you should have the car tested when it is actually due. Please dont rely on the government extension time. Because your insurance company would not be happy if the car you were driving had faults that caused a crash!

Eric Roberts

.Eric Roberts
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

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 MOT 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 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

 

Garage Owners in Shaky Times

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

Garage Owners in Shaky Times

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

Two Old Timers Call In For

Two Old Timers Call In For

The old cars side by side

Annual MOT Testing.

Happily, I have said before, that this is a great time to be involved in the auto trade. Of course, as the owner of a successful auto centre. Then we take every day as it comes.  Consequently, apart from the work that we have booked in for that day. So, we had a run of cars that were all affected by “pothole” damage.

So, the first car was a Ford Fiesta ! Suffering from a broken coil spring . Caused by running into a pothole ! Incredibly, the second was a Vauxhall Corsa, with yet another a broken coil spring . Unluckily, the spring had also penetrated the front tyre ! Once again caused by hitting a pothole ! Thirdly the damaged car was a VW Sirocco that hit a pothole and bent his steering arm. Urgently, we manged to fit these cars in between our car services. Consequently, that were already booked in . Happily for the customers we managed to carry out the repairs and we all had a good day !

After lunch, we had another bit of excitement for me.

Unbeknownst to me, we had two vintage cars booked in for their Annual MOT Tests. Significantly, the first car was a regular one for us. So, it was a Rolls Royce tourer. With a 5.6-litre engine and built in 1936. Of course,the car easily 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. Of course before it is brought into us for the MOT test. But the brake light switch must have been overlooked.

The second car that turned up was a black A35 Austin saloon. Manufactured in 1958 (I was ten years old then). Respectfully, the car was owned by the great, great Aunt of the woman who now owns the car ?

So, the Aunt passed the car onto her niece who later died. Subsequently, the car was then passed onto her niece, who is the current owner. Incredibly, the car was last serviced in 1990. Having 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. Including an old fashioned rod braking system at the rear.

The car was then mothballed for the last ten in a barn

So the latest in a line of nieces decided to bring it out and restore the car. She asked for the service of a local mechanic, who looked at the car to assess its condition. Incredibly, the  car only required a new battery and started up the first time. Urgently, the brakes needed some work doing on them! Then he handed the car over to us for its mot test. Lastly, the brakes were sorted using parts from an old MG Midget. Pleasantly, 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 ApolloPower 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. Working in the Garage and tyre and Battery business now for 40 years. So. Working for a couple of national tyre companies before starting my first business. Of course, I now own a company here in the UK called Pellon Tyre and Auto-centre. Blogging about anything to do with cars and their related products. Naturally, that will help my business. We are members of Trading Standards and were also a Unipart Car Care Centre.

Annual MOT Testing