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Frightening to think about what is going to happen when the new idea “Smart Motorways” take off! Many people don’t yet know this, but the new idea is this; when you use the new Smart Motorway and your vehicle develops a fault that causes your vehicle to loose power and stops running.

Consequently, you the driver is then expected to slow down to a stop in whichever lane you are in. Accordingly, you will not be required to try and move over to the hard shoulder. So, it will not be there anymore, you simply stop in whichever lane your vehicle breaks down in.

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All-terrain Tyres-A wide range of tyres for the Land Rover or SUV owner?

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All-terrain Tyres

There are many different types and makes of 4×4 and SUV vehicles on today’s roads, and so explaining about which tyres to use for various vehicle makes, becomes nigh impossible.

For this purpose, I am going to use the Land Rover, for my explanation into all-terrain tyres. All-terrain tyres are for the driver who may do the mixed on-road driving and off-road driving. Many of the SUV’s come out on a standard summer tyre. But the type of tyre that most people associate this kind of vehicle on is a more rugged tyre.

This is where the all-terrain tyres, come into their own. A good example that I came across recently was at an agricultural show in Halifax where my tyre business is based. The cars are all parked in a grassy area, adjacent to the showground. I suspect that you now know what I am about to say because many drivers have experienced this for themselves.

The day started out to be sunny but in the afternoon, then heavy thundery showers were peppering the Halifax area. One shower turned into a torrential deluge, sending spectators and exhibitors for the shelter of the marques. The fun came when the visitors started to drift to the car park and then home. To my surprise, most small family cars did alright, apart from a little skidding.

However, to my surprise, the cars that were suffering and getting stuck were the SUV’s and were also driven by lady drivers. The one I helped was a BMW, with brand new Continental summer tyres fitted. The car was useless and skidded all over the place.

All-terrain Tyres

Halifax is not what you could call a rural area. The terrain is hilly with many small steep bendy lanes and “B” roads. We also have a successful Land Rover dealer in the area, and so it is a perfect scenario to fit a set of all-terrain tyres. These are the tyres you want if you are driving on a mix of road surfaces. You can go from tarmac roads straight onto dirt and farm and forest roads, with high confidence of not losing traction.

The ratio of on/off road capability is most often about 60/40. The one tyre that I would recommend through years of experience is the General Grabber AT. These all-terrain tyres are ideal for the Land Rover owners and any other type of these vehicles. The General Grabber tyres also carry the “snowflake” symbol, which means they are also ideal for bad winter weather and snow.

Fit these tyres and you will be the person that gets to work on time, or can pull off the grass at an agricultural show?

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Tyre Aquaplaning- Watch out for sudden rain downpour? Especially with bald tyres.

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Tyre Aquaplaning

Like the rest of the planet. Britain has been struck by large spells of torrential rain. Here in Halifax, UK, we are part of the Calder valley, river and canal system. The river Calder is surrounded by steep hills. Also with many small country roads at each side for much of its length. This has a funneling effect for any rain that falls. Especially, heavy rain.

This winter has seen really bad flooding in the Calder valley. As a result, towns such as Hebden Bridge and Mytholmroyd were very badly flooded. In this case, on Boxing Day of 2015.

Our area was deluged. Therefore, the water was coming down the country roads, like rivers. Accordingly, the vehicle in which I was travelling was fitted out with winter tyres. Because of this, I felt safe and secure in the knowledge that the car would not aquaplane. My car ploughed through the water and I felt confident that my winter tyres were disposing of all the water that the heavens could throw at us.

Tyre aquaplaning is caused when builds up in front of your tyres at a faster pace than the weight of your car can push out of the way. This causes the car to rise up, and creates a thin layer of water between your tyres and the road surface.

Tyre Aquaplaning

When this happens. Then, your car is virtually out of control, Of course, and can have a will of its own. Often, drifting out in any direction and even off the road. The worse scenarios are combined with the lack of tyre tread (bald tyres). We have all seen the effects. As a result on racing tyre slicks, (the racing tyres with no tread pattern at all) when there is a sudden downpour during a race.

The race cars just lose total control, well this is what happens with your tyres aquaplaning.

Better still fit winter tyres, they are not just for the snow, but will get rid of most of the water and will make your life much safer, during any bad weather.

Also watch out when it rains for the first time after a dry spell. The rain mixes with the oil and other chemicals on the road surface and can make it very slippery. This condition often causes many crashes.

If you are driving through a storm and the rain gets too heavy then pull over and stop (when it is safe to do so of course).

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Michelin Star-Not tyres this time-but Michelin Restaurants and their Star System.

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A few months ago I decided to look into the history of the Michelin star rating system for restaurants.

I found it fascinating. Hence, how the whole thing started. From the desire to help the early motorists to secure a good place to eat on their travels. To today’s

the sophisticated way that Michelin award recognition to the best eating places all over the world.

I got it into my head that I must visit such a place to see what the difference is. My wife Michelle and I make sure that we go out at least once a week together and preferably on our own. I must admit that I prefer good Italian food, but now later on in life can take in an Indian meal. Eating out is a good time to reflect on the week gone by and talk about our garage business because we have a large grown up family, it is a real time have a bit of one on one conversation together.

However back to Michelin star?

Michelle’s birthday is on the 17th of December. It becomes increasingly difficult to buy something so near Christmas. In recent years I have treated her to a concert and a hotel stopover (which we both love doing). This year I thought about the Michelin star, and looked up about the Star Inn in a village near Helmsley, in North Yorkshire.

The Star is on the main street of a picturesque village called Harrome, about three miles from Helmsley. I looked it up online and discovered that the Star also

Does overnight accommodation. This also included a taster evening the first night, and because we decided to take the two-night deal the second night included a choice from the a la carte menu.

Did we arrive on wet, misty December day? The rooms were all individually set out. Hence, and were all decorated in a countryside style.

This was to be the first time that I had visited a Michelin star restaurant. I could not wait. Thus, the building itself dates back to the fourteenth century. As a result and from the outside looks small with a beautiful thatched roof. The pub part of the star is like stepping back in time and is one of the best pub’s I have ever visited.

I started to see that this is what every business should be run like? All the staff were very kind and helpful. The most important thing to me though was the staff’s knowledge about the food, the wine and their understanding of the business and the history.

Michelin Star

This is what dealing with customers, and the public is all about. The Star had hundreds of small thoughtful ideas to make the public’s stay a better experience.

This is what running any business (even a garage) was all about, little touches that are not expensive to implicate, but make a huge difference to the public’s experience, when they visit your tyre shop or garage.

The food was out of this world, and the wines we tasted were all part of the experience, I sort of thought they would be because that’s what a Michelin star is all about.

The thing I did not expect was the total business experience? You could compare this with your business experience and procedures, to improve the way that we treat our garage customers and add those little extra touches that make a world of difference, that can also give you a better bottom line.

I must congratulate the Star Inn for opening my eyes. Especially, to the way that a business should be run. Especially a company that deals with the public. So we all can add those little touches that make a difference. hence, to the visitor experience. I like to think that I run my garage and tyre business in a similar fashion. But it gave me a whole new enthusiasm and insight. For this reason, into make better profit margins. By not thinking cheap all the time.

I would like to end by also thanking Michelin for introducing me to the Star Inn; we have decided to make a visit there an annual pilgrimage near my wife’s birthday. I would recommend any business owner to visit and see how a company that deals with the public should be run.

More Information…http://www.thestaratharome.co.uk/

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General Tyres 100 Years-A great tyre company from the Continental tyres Stables

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General Tyres 100 Years

General tyres are very well known for their excellent 4×4 tyre range. However nor many people know that they manufacture a full range of summer and winter tyres, for regular cars. All the general tyres are made by their owners, Continental tyres. The tyres are manufactured by Continental, alongside their world winning tyres.

The General tyres use the same casing as the ones used to make Continental tyres. They are the exact same quality and will the driver the same excellent performance that we expect from their Continental parents.

We are now proud to announce that we here at Pellon Tyres in Halifax, Yorkshire UK have become the General tyre dealer for the Halifax area. We would also like to congratulate General Tyres 100 Years of been in business.

The regular tyre that we will be offering the Halifax public will be the Altimax Comfort for the regular tyre for summer use and delivers high performance and long service life. The Altimax has a new asymmetric tread, and features the unique Replacement Tyre Monitor and Visual Alignment Indicator designed to indicate tyre wear and provide advice for timely replacement (the legal limit).

This is a great development in General Tyres 100 Years car tyre history.

General tyres also make the Altimax Comfort tyre. ; the Altimax Comfort car tyre ensures a safe grip on wet and dry roads. The non-directional tread also has great attributes, with its durability and great comfort.

The next tyres to come along in the General Tyres 100 Years history, is the Altimax Sport. This tyre guarantees the driver a precise steering experience and safe driving in all challenging conditions. A new, asymmetric tread pattern design with an innovative and up to date silica compound provides the driver with exceptional wet grip and opportunity for high mileage.

General Tyres 100 Years have been developing tyres for many years. All of this experience combined with the manufacturing skills of Continental, have been

precisely aligned to the winter road conditions, here in Europe and has been optimally combined to create the Altimax Winter plus.

General Tyres 100 Years

 Wide longitudinal and lateral grooves reduce the risk of aquaplaning in bad wet weather and provide superb traction. Therefore, this winter tyre with its special compound guarantees high mileage, which is a great plus for a winter tyre. An all-round success and excellent choice for anyone who wants to safely survive the winter in their car!

Finally, we at Pellon Tyres will be stocking the excellent Eurovan 2 tyre . Which achieves high mileage and powerful traction when shifting those heavy loads. General Tyres 100 Years’ experience have helped develop new tread structure. Consequently, which help  enhance brake performance and handling on dry roads and in curves. Because, this is very important for van drivers on today’s busy roads here in the UK. . Staggered opposing tread grooves in the shoulder reduce noise and heighten ride comfort. Because of this the flat tyre contour ensures even wear and lengthens the tyre’s life.

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Motorhome tyres from Michelin-Massive motorhome fit new tyres-sad ending?

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Motorhome tyres from Michelin

Last Saturday saw yet another campervan pulling onto our forecourt for some new tyres fitting. The guy had fitted Kumho tyres in the past but was a little disappointed with the low mileage that he had achieved.

The guy told us that his father always fitted Motorhome tyres from Michelin. His father had two front Motorhome tyres from Michelin fitted about two months ago and was highly delighted with their performance.

Consequently, they pulled his twin rear wheel motorhome into the forecourt and we decided that we should jack the vehicle up and remove the wheels outside. As we were fitting the tyres the customer came into the reception for a free coffee and a chat. I love chatting to my customers, as I believe that it’s all part of giving a good service. Although I don’t always feel like talking all the time, then I make an effort

Motorhome tyres from Michelin

Excellent, Motorhome tyres from Michelin are specially designed specifically for vans and motorhomes; these are the exact tyres for the job. They are called the “Michelin Agilis” and are the ones to fit to achieve a better mileage and carrying capacity.

Especially relevant, they are closely related to van tyres are built with extra performance in terms of load capacity and sidewall kerb wear.  You would be surprised if you saw the campervan owners who fit normal car tyres to their vehicle. Because, the correct tyre choice of campervan tyres can lead to reduced fuel consumption due to reduced rolling resistance. Because of their ability to carry all the extra weight that a motorhome may carry.

Because there is no doubt that this customer has made the correct choice of tyre for his motorhome. Finally, to end on a sad note the guy told me that his father did a six week drive to Spain and sadly past away. He now has to go to Spain and drive his father’s vehicle back home, to sell it.

More information… http://www.michelin.co.uk/tyres/van-motorhome-tyres#type=type_2

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Run-Flat Tyres- Why this is still a grey area for the tyre retailer/tyre shop?

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The repairing of Run-Flat Tyres is still a grey area.

What hit home to me was after the following incident at my tyre shop in Halifax Yorkshire UK. A customer from a Timber Merchants. Based just across the road from us. Brought his BMW in to us because the TPMS light had come on. The light showed that the passenger side front tyre had lost some pressure.

On inspection. We found a nail had penetrated the centre of the tyre. Sticking to our policy, we explained to the guy that we did not repair Run-Flat Tyres, and therefore it would require a new tyre. The guy was given the price of a new tyre. He then took his car back across the road and parked it up.

About fifteen minutes later and to our surprise, we saw a mobile fitting van pull up and the guy took off the wheel and repaired the tyre.

I realise it was up the guy to do what he wants with his car and eventually I got over it. It did open my eyes though, to see if the Run-Flat Tyres problem had moved on.

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I decided to ring the technical departments up myself, to get the information from the horse’s mouth, so to speak?

Out of all the tyre companies that make the Run-Flat Tyres, three companies were against repairing their Run-Flat Tyres; these were Yokohama, Continental, and Pirelli. They were all adamant that they should NOT be repaired.

Amongst the others, BF Goodrich said that repairs were permitted under the BSAU 159 (1990) tyre law, but there could only be one repair maximum.

Bridgestone tyres said that you could only repair their Run-Flat Tyres if the pressure did not drop below 15 psi.

Firestone tyres are the same company as Bridgestone and so had the same Run-Flat Tyres stipulations.

Run-Flat Tyres

Michelin tyres stated that you could repair them using the same BSAU 159 regulations as long as it was a Michelin ZP type. The only exception to this is if the

Michelin tyre state on the sidewall that “this tyre cannot be repaired” only one repair per tyre.

Dunlop and Goodyear are now the same company and when I rang them they said that both makes of Run-Flat Tyres could be repaired to British Standard 159.

Kumho Tyres also stated that their Run-Flat Tyres could be repaired to the BSAU 159.

In line with many of leading tyre companies, I have considered the implications and we will not offer to repair run-flat tyres. In my opinion this is a grey area. I am not prepared to put any of my customers at risk, due a possible tyre failure due to a tyre repair failure. There are too many other considerations that come into play. My main concern is the grey area of “how much pressure the tyre loses”.

We only have the customer’s word for the actual amount of pressure that the tyre may lose. If the tyre has been run on, with little pressure in, then it could look alright, but could have material breakdown. This tyre could look fine but it would not be safe to repair due to structural breakdown.

The link below explains exactly what the BSAU 159 tyre law states and also some updates… http://www.legislation.gov.uk/uksi/2003/1316/pdfs/uksi_20031316_en.pdf

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Continental Winter Contact TS 850 wins German magazines winter tyre tests.

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Continental Winter Contact TS 850 the latest tyre test from the German Motoring Magazine “Auto Zeitung”.

The German tyre results are very important. Especially when it comes to winter tyres. Germany still has many motorways. That do not have a speed limit. So during winter time they are very choosy about which winter tyres will be the best for their car.

Winter tyres are no longer the big chunky treaded tyres. They used to be. They now have to drive at high speed down the German motorways. Then up the mountains on their way to the ski slopes, in Austria, Italy and France.

The outright winner in the Auto Zeitung winter tyre tests.  Were Continental tyres, with their new tyre the ContiWinterContact TS850.

The Continental tyre company are a German based tyre company. They know how to make a winter tyre that can be driven throughout the winter months. In all kinds of conditions.

Continental Winter Contact TS 850

Continental Winter Contact TS 850 has come out on top in German magazine Auto Zeitung’s winter tyre test, closely followed by Nokian’s WR D4.

The Winter Contact TS 850 came a close first place, but the other big tyre companies all fared well with their winter tyre products. In snowy conditions Nokian, Michelin, Goodyear and Uniroyal (another product owned by Continental) were all slightly better, but they were all very close and the  Contact TS 850 came up trumps in wet braking. This tyre has a very strong stopping capability, coming out best in the wet conditions overall.

If you are a Continental tyre fan then this is the winter tyre for you. There is no doubt that the winter tyre market is hotting up, in terms of extreme quality and the ability to fulfil the massive amount of different tyre sizes that are now on the market.

When I checked the price at today’s date for a popular tyre size, the 19595T15 Contact TS 850, then we here at Pellon Tyres  were selling this tyre for £58.45 all-inclusive compared to BlackCircles price of £62.03 (at the time of this posts publication)

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Motorhome Tyres-It is Very Important to fit the Correct Tyres?

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Motorhome Tyres

This problem is nothing new. Back in the day, when vans were becoming more popular, we had a similar problem. People, who bought these small and medium vans, were unsure which type of tyres to use.

Vans used for small businesses could carry some real weight. They would load their van up with all sorts of equipment that were used to carry out their jobs with. Caravans were also becoming more popular but I will leave that for another article?

The popular van sizes in those days were from a 155×13 radial to a 185×14 radial. Each of these sizes was made as a van tyre or a car tyre. The van tyres were made with a heavier ply rating to enable the tyres to carry more (or the correct) weight.

Our customers would always go for a cheap car tyre option and did not worry about the consequences of having a tyre blowout because their van was overloaded. This also happened on caravans, overloaded caravans fitted with car tyres that had the incorrect load rating. With a little knowledge the owners of these vans started to fit the correct motorhome tyres for the job. Vans became faster and were able to carry heavier loads, so were fitted with low profile tyres and it became necessary for them to fit the correct tyres.

Enter the motorhome tyres?

The caravan people also had problems with fitting the wrong tyres. I would go straight to the motorhome problem, because it is a more current problem. Because of the massive increase in motorhome ownership then there will be more motorhome/camping tyres sold.

This is something that is happening as I write this article. The thing is though, that the same problem as with the early van tyres? Drivers of these vehicles want to scrimp when it comes to buying the correct tyres for the job. In my opinion there is two options for motorhome tyres. The first is to fit a van tyre. The van tyre should be the same size, speed and load rating as the original tyre that is being replaced.

If everything is the same then you are within the law. Whatever you do, not try to revert to fitting a car tyre, of the same size, because the load rating will not be the same. Lower load ratings are what cause a blowout. This is one of the main reasons that you will see a caravan rolled over onto its side, or in a ditch.

When entering the camper tyre market. Tyre makers were looking at the strong tyre casing with a high load rating the same as a van tyre. Strong casings enable the tyre to carry much more weight. They can also cope with cornering and different terrains. After all you can see motorhomes anywhere. Not just on tarmac roads. This rigidity from a stronger sidewall. As a result, also prevents the motorhome tyres from swaying. We have all seen this when following an overloaded caravan.

It also very good advice, to drive within the speed limit, and also to avoid swerving.

My understanding is that the correct motorhome tyres are made with a different tyre compound than the regular van tyre, and this could be one of the reasons that the correct motorhome tyres a little more expensive. Certainly do not be tempted to fit regular car tyres, this has been asked of us a few times, by the

owners of older motorhomes, but this is a no go area.

Here in Halifax at Pellon tyres, we find that Continental and Michelin are the two most popular brands of motorhome tyres that we fit and thoroughly recommend them for your camper van or motorhome.

I would recommend that you look at excellent advice about motorhome tyres from the tyre safety organisation that I fully support…http://www.tyresafe.org/

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Apollo Tyre 2 Year Warranty-For your peace of Mind

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Apollo Tyre 2 Year Warranty a good thing or not?

Throughout my long spell in the tyre trade. Naturally, there have been many ways that tyre companies have attracted customers to their tyre products.

“What goes around comes around” as they say, many of the tactics for selling tyres have been seen before. This includes the Apollo warranty offer. I am knocking this offer, in fact I am an Apollo tyre dealer and it is something that I have always tried to do in the past.

I say tried because it is how the customer has reacted.  Therefore, I would come to the decision as to supply the driver with a new tyre or not. As part of our customer relations, we always try to help a customer that has fallen fowl of a damaged tyre, after they have purchased a new tyre, it is always depressing when they damage the new tyre (whether accidental or not), after only a few days.

Most tyre accidental damage is caused by the usual culprit “a nail or a screw”. In this case we would try to repair the tyre “free of charge”. If the tyre was not repairable and the customer has had a reasonable attitude we would then exchange the tyre free of charge.

As you may have noticed I say “reasonable attitude”? Some people come in to our reception shouting and bawling about “how crap” our tyres are? These people have attitude problems and nothing we say would have appeased the situation.

This is where the Warranty would come in.

If they had purchased Apollo tyres then we will now just go through the correct procedure and follow the Apollo Tyre 2 Year Warranty rules and procedures. This way should take out all the aggression and anger from the irate customer.

I am sure that other tyre retailers experience the same customer problems, when they come into your reception “effing and blinding” in front of your other customers?

This Apollo Tyre 2 Year Warranty helps take away the stress. Because the customer should have read all about the Apollo Tyre 2 Year Warranty before they purchased the tyres and they can come back and sort the problem out in a reasonable manner.

To finalise. I always remember an old story; a customer came into a tyre retailer complaining about an Avon tyre that he recently purchased? He said that the tyre had blown out? The retailer said that he could fill out the mandatory complaint form and he would send the tyre back to Avon, for examination.

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Just as coincidence would have it, the Avon salesman was calling at this retailer at the same time. The rep stepped in and offered the man a brand new Avon tyre, thinking that he was doing the right thing?

The customer accepted the offer, had a new tyre fitted and off he went. The rep did not know that the tyre blowout had caused an accident a few weeks earlier and the customer sued Avon tyres for admitting liability

This is why I have always been cautious about making tyre decisions without the expert advice of the tyre manufacturer. I am always pleased when tyre manufacturers come up with these ideas, such as the Apollo Tyre 2 Year Warranty.

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Apollo Tyres- Roll in to Hungary – The New Indian Express

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The international Indian-origin tyre manufacturer’s facility.For this reason, will start production in early 2017. At its first European Greenfield plant in Gyöngyöshalász, Hunga…

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Apollo tyres are making a big effort to steam roller the world with their tyre products and they are doing a good job of it?

As well as tyre manufacturing plants in India the Hungary. This new plant will service tyre retailers in Europe including here in the UK.

Apollo have already established a foothold in Europe.As expected, by buying the Dutch tyre company Vredestein. Because they are famous for their excellent winter tyres. Vredestein winter tyre products are used extensively across Europe. Therefore, they have established a very good name. In my opinion Apollo also make a good winter tyre of their own. But their main aim is to push the summer tyre products.

They have already set up an established chain of tyre retailers. Thus, by doing a deal with tyre buying group. Who have a network of independent tyre retailers across the UK. I am the Halifax tyre retailer. We at Halifax have already stocked the depot with a good range of Apollo tyres. Accordingly they are already popular tyres in the Halifax area.

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Apollo tyres are one of tyre manufacturers of the future in my humble opinion. The Indian tyre company have taken the tyre world by storm?

They have made some good acquisitions. Including the purchase of the Dutch tyre manufacturer Vredestein tyres. Vredestein have a strong customer base across Europe including here in the UK. Famously, with their excellent Vredestein Wintrac Xtreme range of tyres. The Dutch tyre makers are famous for their winter tyre range and also continue to make some vintage tyre sizes for classic and vintage cars.

Apollo tyres will fit comfortably into the British tyre market place, because it has an Anglicized name. In my opinion some of the imported tyres from say China come with silly names that do not fit in with the general English language, anyway I digress.

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Apollo tyres have bought into a network with the purchase of Vredestein tyres and we were informed from the outset that the Apollo products were available to the Vredestein tyre dealers straight away.

We were also pleased to know that Apollo had become one of the preferred suppliers to the tyre buying group Point-S. As a member of Point-S in Halifax, this meant that we would be buying this excellent product at the best rate possible.

So the Indian tyre company, have also done a joint deal with Manchester United to be able to advertise around the pitch side on match days including live television coverage.

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