Damaged Alloy Wheel- This damage could have spread and shattered the wheel very lucky Driver ?

This is probably the worse damaged Alloy wheel that I have ever seen

Last week I was sat in my small office ,just looking out of the window, when I noticed a breakdown truck with a blue car on the back. I never thought more a do about it as we have these broken down cars brought into us all of the time, as most busy auto centres do.

About ten minutes later a member of my staff came in shouting for me to have a look at this wheel..The Damaged Alloy Wheel had come off the car that was brought in on the back of a transporter, a Ford Focus with a sport conversion, up-rated brakes and over size Cheap Alloy Wheels, you know the thing I mean this was a young guys car and a bit sporty.

However the guy had been going at speed and hit a massive pot hole in the road. The impact had caused a massive blow out to both his offside (drivers side) alloy wheel and completely

Damaged Alloy Wheel

Damaged Alloy Wheel;Pot-holes like this are the biggest danger to alloy wheels and tyres

wrecked the tyres and caused severe damage to the alloy wheels. We can have small damages repaired by a local alloy welding specialist. These are very often small cracks that appear on the rims and start to leak air from the wheel and tyre assembly. This is most common on some BMW models and some times we have known BMW replacing wheels free of charge. These small cracks can be repaired successfully, to the pleasure of many of our customers. It has been a bad time for broken and cracked alloy wheels recently due to the large increase of pot-holes on our roads, and so it is good to be able to give our customers the good news when they do not have to buy a new wheel, but we can have their damaged Refurbished Alloy Wheels repaired.

I had not seen alloy wheel so badly damaged ?

We were all amazed at the massive split in the Damaged Alloy Wheel that came off the front ,i have never seen one so bad, the split was almost all round the circumference of the wheel. I f you look at the picture you can see what I mean. Luckily for the customer we have just become a member of a buying group here in the UK called Point S and one of the suppliers we can deal with is TSW wheels Alloy Wheel and Tyre Packages. We were able to supply four new wheels along with two new General Tyres and the guy went on his way a happy driver.

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 Hankook Tyres online from our website  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.

Damaged Alloy Wheel

Damaged Alloy Wheel;One of the worse damaged alloy wheels i have ever seen

Point-S Europe-About Point-S-for- Independent Tyre Dealers

Post Updated 10th Jan 2014

Point-S Europe makes a big difference for the local tyre dealers

Point-S Europe  came to Britain about three years ago in 2010. We as a country joined the massive European group along with Holland and followed a strong contingent of other independent tyre dealers across the continent.

Point-S Europe

Point-S Europe depot in Holland

The original idea started in France in 1971, when a group of independent tyre professionals who at the time were trading as solo tyre dealers, decided to join forces and create an organisation that combined a better image and more corporate image in the eye’s of the tyre buying French public.

After several meetings the group came up with the name POINT-S and was promoted as their national brand. That was 42 years ago, and the organisation has spread to every other country in Europe, becoming the largest independent tyre network and now includes the USA giving the group 2530 outlets up to 2011, the groups 40 year anniversary.

I started my first tyre business in 1979, eight years after Point-S Europe started. We expanded to three depots in a nine year period, but were soon to start getting our tyre numbers affected by the beginning of the “tyre wholesalers”. These were large companies that sold their tyres to anybody, I know we had no right supply the whole of the public with tyres , but these people drove down the tyre sales in our retail depots.

At that time we were able to buy tyres from the tyre manufacturers, getting good deals and making a healthy profit, but when the wholesalers began to flood the area, we were having to compete and this drove down car tyre prices and profit margins and one or two smaller tyre companies closed down.

The reason I talk about this is because we would have loved to have had an organisation like Point-S for us to join, I feel that being part of a group would have given us a better corporate image. However as is the case now, the general business strategy was becoming “big is better”, similar to what is happening today. We were bought out by Shell oil who were building a network of tyre and auto-centres called “Superdrive”. “Superdrive” were to compete directly with “Kwikfit” but they soon found that it was not going to be very easy handling so many tyre depots and sold them all off to “Kwik Fit Tyres” at a discount price, all within a couple of years ?.

Point-S Europe

Point-S Europe depot in Germany

I then bought the tyre centre that I still own today and the same thing was happening again as it did in the late seventies and eighties. The business philosophy once again is “big is better”. The large wholesalers that began life in the seventies,  had now become multi-national tyre companies with the backing of big banks. The difference this time is that they now wanted to own retail sites. These tyre companies started to build up large networks of retail tyre depots to supply from their own wholesale divisions. All this kind of activity was also happening across Europe, but the difference was that Europe had an organisation called Point-S Europe .Many small and medium sized tyre retailers were able to join, this gave them the corporate image that could and did help them compete with the big boy’s.

Pellon Tyres- join Point-s in 2012

1.      This brings up to today’s situation. We as tyre dealers were now looking at a new threat to our existence, “the internet”. Hundreds of web-sites are springing up selling “cheap tyres online”. Most small tyre retail companies started to develop their own web-sites, but the problem was that we were buying our tyres from the very same people who were competing with us on the internet, not a very good state of affairs. The tyre manufacturers would not deal with us because we were too small. Things were not good ! We were working for less and less and longer hours just to make ends meet. Then by chance I was speaking to a friend of mine called Lenny, the owner of Link tyres. Lenny told me about Point-S Europe. This was just what I was looking for a dealer network, that allowed us to buy better, direct from the manufacturers and with a corporate image, they also have an added bonus a competitive web-site that enables us to trade and compete online, one word- FABULOUS.

Point-S Europe

Point-S Europe depot in France (closed for lunch)

I have been a member of Point-S now for just over a year and instead of been a local tyre depot in Halifax, I now feel that we are part of a national group with all the advantages that go with it, and I am looking forward to a great future with Point-S Europe. Any tyre dealer in the UK, with the same feelings should contact Point-S.

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 worked for a couple of national tyre companies 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.

 

Yokohama Tyres investment-to give Pellon Tyres a 25 years Celebrations Facelift

 

Yokohama tyres are also interested in promoting the small tyre dealer with some Yokohama Tyres investment , they believe as I do that the local independent tyre dealer

Yes that’s right in 2014 (not far off now!) I have been the proud owner of Pellon Tyre and Autocentre here in Halifax, West Yorkshire in the UK.I just can not believe where the time has gone, my kids are all grown up and we have been here for almost 25 years and loved every minute. As an independent tyre business and garage it has been a great time in the tyre industry, with many changes taking place.

Yokohama Tyres investment

Yokohama Tyres investment facelift in Halifax uk

In my opinion the computerisation of the business and the internet have had the greatest impact on the way that modern garages are run. It has been fascinating see the massive changes in climate change that has entered into the world of auto’s, changing and re-shaping the way we think and the massive drive towards lower emissions and now the development of the electric car and all the implications that will go with that.

I am pleased to say that as a small independent garage we have taken the right roads and are still able to confirm that we are still busy, despite all the competition from the huge national companies that are able to expand (and are able to get cash to enable them to do so). We as a small business can not get cash from the banks, a terrible state of affairs.

Cheap Car Tyre Prices have plummeted in recent times due to internet competition, but we are still able to compete. One of the positives for me has been the formation of Point-S, here in the UK. Point-S has been very strong in Europe for over 30 years and has recently been introduced in the UK. Point-S gives us many things mainly because it makes us feel as if we part of a large group (which we are) and not isolated as one depot in Halifax.

Enter Yokohama tyres

Being a member of Point-S enabled us to buy from the tyre manufacturers direct, and not through the wholesalers, this gave us better prices and also target rebates. This has enabled us to retain some of the margins that have been eroded by the internet competition and also makes me feel more secure going into the future.Another important part of dealing with the tyre manufacturers, is that they are willing to help with other aspects of the business, such as promotional work and display materials.

This is where Yokohama tyres online come into the picture. Apart from a great range of tyre products, Yokohama tyres are also interested in promoting the small tyre dealer with some Yokohama Tyres investment , they believe as I do that the local independent tyre dealer has a part to play in the big picture. So I was taken a back when they offered to re-design my depot frontage and reception. This would also coincide with our 25 years anniversary next year ,only a few months away in 2014. Yokohama tyres are a top class product and we at Pellon tyres feel honoured to sell their tyres and work in partnership along with the guys at Point-S. I have included some images of what the depot will look like when the work is completed. This Yokohama Tyres investment facelift has added a great new facial look to our tyre shop. The Yokohama Tyres investment also included our reception area, which is now a much brighter place for our customers to relax in.

Yokohama Tyres investment

Yokohama Tyres investment signs

Article Written by Eric Robertswww.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 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.