Winter Car Servicing-Good Garage Scheme Car Servicing in Great Britain : Get Ready for …

Winter Car Servicing

Winter Car Servicing

Winter Car Servicing at pellon Autocentre, Halifax UK[/caption]

Winter Car Servicing

With cold weather just around the corner and nights beginning to draw in, the Good Garage Scheme is encouraging motorists to have their cars professionally checked to ensure they are safe and reliable in the winter months …

 

eric roberts‘s insight:

Winter is on its way is your car ready for Winter Car Servicing ?

This article from the “Good garage scheme” highlights the motorist to the severe weather conditions that may lie ahead and the effects that this could have on your car if you did not prepare it by servicing it before the winter arrives.We are a member of the Unipart Car care Centres and are advising our customers to do the same, by offering an MOT and Winter Car Servicingservice for just £100 all inclusive. This offer is for most small and medium sized cars and will carry out Winter Car Servicing on their cars for the winter ahead. This offer also includes a brake check and your anti-freeze levels topping up the correct winter levels, so you won’t be the one with a frozen engine. We also give your battery a good check over, so you will not be late to work because your cars battery has failed you.

Thanks Eric Roberts…www.pellonautocentre.com

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

 

 

See on www.goodgarageschemeblog.com

Car Servicing Choice-Which One Would You Trust ?the Main Dealer or the independent?

Car Servicing Choice

Car Servicing Choice

Motoring

Car Servicing Choice : Dealer or independent?

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It’s a question most owners of cars that are still under warranty are often confronted with: “Dealer servicing can be very expensive, independent operators can be less so.

 

eric roberts‘s insight:

Independent or Main Dealer for Car Servicing Choice ?

To me this is a no brainer. But I would say that wouldn’t I?  This has been a long standing argument. Probably always will be. In both sectors of the car servicing market we have good and bad garages. The main dealers do seem to come and go quicker than the independent garages. Probably because they are under the wings of the Car manufacturers that they are the franchise for.

Car Servicing Choice

Car Servicing Choice Part of Unipart independent servicing garage in Halifax UK

Here in Halifax alone we have had several franchise garages.Hence, that have closed down recently. Some have re-opened as they connect with other car manufacturing companies.

For example the Skoda garage becomes the Fiat dealership and so on. So,it happens all the time. Some of them don’t appear to last a year or two. Thus, before they either close down or change hands. Of course, that’s the picture here in the UK. Also, I suspect the same will apply to the States.

On the other hand the smaller Independent garage seem to “tough it out”. Providing they are honest and keep a good business. Consequently they will always survive.

Although I have noticed that there are a few more smaller auto centres. Subsequently, here in the North of England are up “for sale”. Mainly because the owners are retiring ,”so it say’s in the adds”. In my opinion it may be because they are under a bit of pressure at the moment, due to the economy, I am not sure.

The larger independent garages are joining national groups, to give them a more corporate image. For example I am a Unipart Car Care Centre, and our garages are vetted for quality and workman ship practices with the emphasis on fair prices for the motorists and a better Car Servicing Choice . This gives me satisfaction that I am a local business. So as well as a Car Garage.

Keeping my eyes on local competition and trends, whilst at the same time we have nationwide corporate image, sort of “best of both worlds”. To me this formula is a winner and at the moment we are very busy, so the proof is in the pudding, we can give good service and a good Car Servicing Choice to our customers, where the franchised dealers will always struggle to compete on price and service.

Article by Eric Roberts…www.mot-halifax.co.uk

Car Servicing Choice

Car Servicing Choice

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 Cheap Continental Tyres online from our website www.pellontyres.co.uk by using the tyre selector and choosing your tyre size.

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MOT Test Combined with Car Servicing | FindGarage.Co.Uk

Unlike an MOT test, servicing is not a legal requirement for your vehicle. However, you will probably find that regular servicing can help to keep everything.

 

eric roberts‘s insight:

We all must be responsible for our cars servicing and MOT test

Sometimes I find it a great shame that we in the motor trade have to keep harping on about car menu servicing your cars. One of the biggest spoilers in recent times has been the recession. Car drivers just haven’t had any spare cash to spend on the vehicle. We have all seen people just putting £10’s worth of fuel into their cars at the filling station?

In my opinion I think that these people should have some kind of a budget and save to have their vehicle serviced when it goes in for its annual MOT test. Incidentally it is estimated that 4.7 million miss their mot testing date. I am sure that drivers either just flaunt the law or are not aware that driving your

mot test

Popular MOT Test sign seen throughout the UK

car without a valid MOT test certificate is an offense reference section 47 of the 1988 Road Traffic Act.

More reading… http://www.mybrief.com/drivingoffences.asp?type=29&p=No%20M.O.T

Also driving without an MOT test will make your insurance invalid and you may receive a fine of up to £1000. Is it really worth it, when you can have an MOT test and a service for most average family saloons for around £150? If you are not sure where you can go for your vehicle serviced you should go online and look for your nearest Unipart Car Care Centre (UCCC), they will offer you excellent service at a fair price.

Once you have had your MOT test and service you should be safer for another year, although I recommend that you have an engine oil and filter change in between the tests to be on the safe side. Also do not forget check your levels at regular periods, say once a week and top them up when required.

Here we are now at the back end of 2014, nearing Christmas time and the price of fuel has plummeted. The only problem is that the price of oil and petrol is not following as fast. The experts say that it may take a little longer for this to take place, but i was just wondering if services on cars wold be also coming down. I am not so sure , but i suspect so.

Curated by Eric Roberts…www.mot-halifax.co.uk

 

 

Pellon Tyre and Auto-centre offer car and van services 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 Uniroyal 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.

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Car Safety Servicing-CAR OWNERS Must Keep Up With it For SAFETY REASONS?

 

Car servicing will ensure your car is safer to drive.

Car Safety Servicing

These tyres were removed from a BMW that had not had Car Safety Servicing for two years

Please let me go through some basics about your car. Your car no matter what make or type and no matter how much it cost or how much it’s worth, is a highly sophisticated machine, made up from millions of different parts, so that it can take the occupants from A to B in the “safest” possible way.

I use the word”safest,” because at the end of the day that’s what your car is all about, moving us all around, without breaking down or crashing into other car users, because the steering wheel fell off ?or the brakes failed, this is what happens when not Car Safety Servicing at regular intervals.

If you look at the top ten reasons why cars crash in the UK, you will not see mechanical failure as a reason, but if you look at this next link you will see that mechanical failure does not make the “top ten”, but is very close and should be taken into account…

“Not making the list but very important to mention is “Mechanical Failure”. While many car accidents occur due to mechanical failure, the vast majority of mechanical failure accidents are due to poor vehicle maintenance. Car design malfunction account for a very small percentage. Many car owners fail to read their owners manuals which results in poor Car Safety Servicing. They skip important chores such as regular oil changes, brake maintenance, Servicing a Car, tyre inspection and proper tyre inflation, as well as topping up important fluid levels. Keeping these points in mind can make you a better driver, prevent you thousands of pounds or dollars in repair fees or most importantly save your life. Simply put, Stay alert to stay alive”…http://mintinfo.hubpages.com/hub/Top-10-causes-of-Car-Accidents

Car servicing helps ensure that your tyres and tyre pressures are safe.

MOT Testing stations a usually reliable sign that you can trust the garage

According to the website www.safemotorways.co.uk a staggering 164 crashes were caused by under inflated tyres in the last 5 years, and a tyre pressure campaign carried out by the very prestigious  company Michelin across Europe showed that the UK ranked 25th out of 27 countries, the only two to fair worst were Greece and Latvia, this really shows how bad as a country we are when caring for our cars. This survey was done in 2008, but in my opinion and due to the recession things have not improved, this is because of the number of completely “bald”, tyres that we are removing from our customers cars.

Although tyres are a very important part of Car Safety Servicing, many other mechanical parts are also very important the obvious ones are your brakes and the steering. It is all these things that will be picked up by your garage when having your car serviced and on your cars MOT test, (in the UK).

More Reading…http://www.crashforensics.com/mechanicalfailure.cfm .

This article is to try to instill the importance of Car Safety Servicing your car at the garage of your choice, if you have recently moved into a new area or have not used a garage, perhaps it may be your first car ? Then you can find a good garage near you by logging onto the Unipart Car Care Web-site and finding the nearest centre to where you live.

Members of …Tyresafe.orgCar Safety Servicing

Article Written by Eric Roberts.   

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 Pirelli 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.

               

Servicing tips -How to beat the sexist mechanics: Simple tips for women to avoid being ripped

Servicing tips

ladies know how to look after the car and the purse strings

How to beat the sexist mechanics: Servicing tips for women to avoid being ripped …

Daily Mail

Women who know little about car repairs can make sure they aren’t being ripped off by their mechanic by simply suggesting a price for the work.

 

eric roberts‘s insight:

 Most women customers are very confident when buying anything including having their car repaired.We now even have more female

Servicing tips

Female customers are just as confident as men now when dealing with their garage of choice and Servicing tips

mechanics

Servicing tips

female mechanics are getting more common these days

I think that the garage who tries to rip female customers off, will also try to pull the wool over the eyes of all their customers ? men and women. “THESE GARAGES ARE A FOOL TO THEMSELVES”. We are members of Unipart Car Care Centres, and have regular Servicing tips meetings and contacts with other garages. It is common knowledge that our lady customers make up 60% of our total number of customers, and have to be treat in the correct manner, believe me the ladies know what they are on about and would not go to a garage with their car that they did not trust, if they thought that they had been ripped off, they would not go back there a second time. Another addition to this story is that we now have an increasing number of female mechanics, with many Motor Mechanic Jobs going to females, who are just as competent as male mechanics and are probably more sensible. A strange thing happened the other day? a lady customer who was in for an MOT test asked us the price of a service to go with the MOT test. The lady agreed to the price and we duly did the work;The lady was happy with the job and the price paid and went home, satisfied. About an hour later the ladies husband rang us up and told us in no uncertain words that we had RIPPED his wife off. WOW.

Eric Roberts …www.pellonautocentre.com

HERE IS A SECOND OPINION…

“You don’t ‘suggest’ a price to the garage looking to do the work, whether you know a bit or not. There is a price for the part/s and a price for the labour. The part/s you can research, but they may be privy to discounts etc you aren’t due to trade links, and the labour charge you either agree to or don’t – you could dispute the number of hours charged, but if you think it would take a shorter time, do it yourself. What a daft, American study from three probably biased and slightly bitter women who have fell foul, in their opinion of the motor trade”…

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Check Your Levels-Top 5 simple maintenance tips everyone should know- Unipart car care centres

 

Look after your car Check Your Levels in this HEAT WAVE

This is very good and important advice to every motorist to get your car through this heat wave without causing any damage to the engine, brakes or indeed anything else.

Check Your Levels

avoid a blowout like this CHECK your tyres and Check Your Levels

Make sure you Check Your Levels, water levels, your engine oil (Make sure that you top it up using the correct grade), if you are not sure do not just use any old engine oil, ask your local service centre to sell you the correct grade for your car, you will most probably have Synthetic Engine Oil in your car ,but if you are not so sure what to use then refer to your Engine Oil Guide,they have computer systems that tell them the grades for all the cars and will advise you accordingly.

Watch out for the traditional traffic hot-spots, such as the roads to the coast and set off early if you must travel in the heat, it will not do your car any good held up in slow traffic for hours on end and the kids and the dog in the back wont thank you for it neither, try and go for a quieter route and avoid all the traffic. Make sure that your Air-Con is working and do not be tempted to lower your windows the temperature in the UK is expected to be in the 30s C this weekend, so the air coming into the car will be very hot and uncomfortable, keep the windows closed and let the Air-Con cool you down.

Make sure that you check your tyres as well as Check Your Levels before setting off. Your tyres are made by a heat process and the hotter the air and the roads, the more likely that a tyre could blow out , we have all seen the large strips of tyre tread on the side of a motorway,(mainly from lorries) but this can happen to cheap car tyres that have been badly repaired as in some part worn tyres, so do not get caught out and buy good quality new tyres, this is a good investment in safety for your family, believe me this will happen, we get many customers that will turn up to my depot on a Monday morning with a blown out tyre, that could have been prevented before hand. The biggest cause is that the tyres were run under pressure, or under inflated . This only makes things worse when the weather is going to hot, so please check your tyres and your tyre pressure, and please

Check Your Levels,engine oil

Very important to Check Your Levels especially the oil level

remember that cheap new car tyres are far better than part worn tyres, you just do not know where part worn tyres have been before you bought them.

More safety information to read about your car in the heat

“Make sure you Check Your Levels and the  washer fluid is topped up. If you are going on a long journey the last thing you want is to run out of washer fluid, especially if the weather is bad. You don’t want to be stopping off for bottles of water to clean away the dirt from your windscreen. Check out our great video” Topping Up A Windscreen Washer Bottle’.

W e can’t re-iterate how important it is to check your tyre pressure. If your tyres are incorrectly inflated it has an impact on fuel economy and tyre wear. Add or remove air as needed to keep your tyres performing at their safest. View our great video” ‘How To Check Your Tyres’.

Hope you have a great time in this sunny weather, now in the past.

Eric Roberts..

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.

 

Local Auto Centre-“An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure” – Waterloo Record

Local Auto Centre

Local Auto Centre
Your Local Auto Centre will advise on timing belt change times

An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure Waterloo Record Some of the most important maintenance services to have regularly performed at Local Auto Centre on your car include tire rotation, four wheel alignment, transmission service, differential service,…

 

eric roberts‘s insight:

Car servicing

This is a great saying and of course it is correct”an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure”. This of course is all about having your car serviced at your Local Auto Centre, and by doing so you are taking a preventative measure finding future faults and possible failures, things like rotating your tyres, wheel alignment, checking brakes and steering before a more major fault

Local Auto Centre

This guy went to his Local Auto Centre where these brake discs were changed on a regular service where the old ones were badly corroded and in a dangerous state. The owner thought that his brakes were in good condition.

appears, all these things will be checked out at your local service centre.

You should also be advised. Especially, about the time that you should have your timing belt changed. Hence, this is very important . Because it could mean a massive bill . Of course, for a new engine fitting . Thus, should you fail to change your timing belt . Especially, at the correct time. Please make sure that you have a regular service carried out on your car at a Local Auto Centre, here in the UK i recommend that you go online to find a Unipart Car Care Centre in your local town or look out for a Point-S service centre.

Local Auto Centre Eric Roberts…www.mot-halifax.co.uk

Pellon Tyre and Auto-centre offer car and van servicing and repairs to all makes of vehicles. Members of Unipart Car Care centres . Giving a nationwide guarantee for all our work and parts. Also selling 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.

 

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Car Oils-Get the Right Oil for Your CAR.?

 

Many different types of Car Oils for the modern car

Oil technology has changed in a big way in recent years. This new trend began with increasing price of fuel at the garage forecourt. This started the car manufacturers to try new methods of increasing the miles per gallon and one of the ways was to lower the viscosity of the Car Oils they used in their engines, one of the first of the new Car Oils grades was 5W-30. These Car Oils reduced the friction levels on the moving parts of the engines.

Car Oils

Old engines like this used the same Car Oils year after year

Also in recent years engines have had to be modified to reach much higher emission standards, by the car manufactures , making engines much more sophisticated and a need for much more finer quality Car Oils  to be used, modern cars are now fitted with much more complicated exhaust and after treatment units, requiring special low SAPS oil, which is needed to protect these units.

These new Car Oils also help with extended service intervals for cars. Special “long life oils” have been developed to help increase the length between car service intervals, thus reducing the amount of waste oil.

All these changes have led to the growth of the number of oil based products on the market to enable the independent Auto centre to service all the different engines out there in the market place. Many garages now have to check each vehicle to see which Car Oils to use when Servicing a Car, and indeed have to keep as many as seven different grades of oil to cope with the diverse number of grades required. The garages can not now rely on keeping a basic viscosity alone

What if you fill your car engine with the wrong oil?

As I was saying earlier in my article it is important that the motorist checks his manual to what the correct type of Car Oils that his car engine takes, the same applies if you are a garage or a regular guy who changes his own oil and filter.

Car servicing is now becoming a specialist job now and although the service intervals are becoming further apart, the service itself has become more complex. The main driver of this being the drive by car makers to make cars with less emissions, this includes the drive by tyre manufacturers for tyres with a better rolling resistance and compounds using silica, the results of all this have become staggering, changing the face of motoring over the past decade.

Incidentally according to “Warranty Direct” the cost of the average job to rectify an engine that has had the wrong oil put in, is £2000.00, so you might consider taking your car to your local service centre near you, if you dont know where your nearest one is, look for your local Point-S centre  or a Unipart Car Care Centreis online.

Article written by Eric Roberts

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.

Neglect car servicing-at your own peril – Daily Nation-Pellonautocentre

car servicing

Daily Nation Neglect car servicing at your own peril Daily Nation If you simply asked a garage for a major car servicing, and handed the car over with a flat spare, one rear wheel five psi below pressure, feathering wear on one front tyre tread, a screw…

 

eric roberts‘s insight:

 Neglect car servicing advice from Africa

I know that I keep going on about how important car servicing is but its good when I see other countries preaching the same thing, this article comes from Africa and gives the

Neglect car servicing

car servicing is very important

motorist some good points that affect all car drivers, it is important to have your car serviced, there may be some serious underlying problem that you do not know about and a service should pick this up. The main neglect that we come across is Car Brakes problems, for example leaking brake cylinders that are undetected could lead to a sudden brake loss, and heaven knows what that could cause, so please have your car servicing done at regular intervals. Please do not Neglect car servicing?

If you would like some advice  about your cars servicing intervals then here you are . From my advice i would like to stress that the newer your car is then the fewer services the car will need. most of today’s modern cars that our customers drive are supposed to be serviced every 12000 Miles Per Year, or at least once a year. Some of the older models require more Servicing a Car, but we tend to check out the service booklets and service the cars accordingly. After three years, your car should have averaged say 12000 miles every year, but many drivers do not do that amount of miles, so in that case i would advise you once again to stick to the mileage regime and not the time scale. In my opinion it is best practice to stick to the cars service manual. If you do Neglect car servicing and exceed the miles, say if you use your car for work purposes then you should have the 12000 mile service once a year, or at least make sure that the car has a major service. But most importantly please make sure that the car has the oil and filter changed, as oil contamination can always run into other more major problems. Also check the time or mileage that your timing belt needs changing, this can be the major problem if you Neglect car servicing , if your car requires it, most do and have a brake check. if you have a 12000 mile yearly service, then all this will be taken care of.

Neglect car servicing

Timing belt change intervals can be checked out, Neglect car servicing could result in your engine blowing up.



Eric Roberts… www.batteriesontheweb.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 Cheap 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.

 

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Quality Car batteries- And other top tips for driving your CAR in the wet winter conditions

Quality Car batteries; driving the car in winter conditions

One of the most obvious but important parts of winter driving is to prepare  for the bad weather that will be certain to affect us.

Every winter we are bombarded by bad weather, and most of us will get caught out and unprepared for the journey back home from shopping or from work. This happens time and time again to many motorists who get caught out in heavy rain and flooding similar to the weather this week, or a really fast and heavy snow storm. I f you check your car out you will eliminate most of the worry of bad road conditions, and feel safer and glad that you were prepared.Qaulity Car batteries

  • It always pays to have your car checked at a Unipart Car Care Centre for a pre winter check. This takes the form of checking your levels for antifreeze to make sure that it is the correct strength to withstand freezing temperatures, also your screen wash and oil levels must be checked. The early dark nights also call for your lights checking, how many times do you see a car with only one head on, that looks like a motorbike from a distance ?.
  • The most important things to check are your tyres. I know that I harp on about it, but please buy a set of winter tyres, this alone will help you on wet and snow covered winter roads and give you much more confidence when traveling out to work or to the shops. Many more drivers are now switching to winter tyres and are spreading the news to their relations and friends, they really do make a massive difference when driving on roads in winter time.

Check the depth of the water before going through in your car

Other advice now relates to flooding. Flooding has now become a common scene here in the UK. When you approach a flood please take care not take your vehicle  in too deep. Try to avoid the flooded road if possible and if you must go across the water make sure you stop and check your brakes on the other side, a minor point is that water could damage your exhaust pipes and catalytic converter a few weeks later. Another part of the car that is neglected in winter is your car battery. You can easily be caught stranded away from home if your battery lets you down. If your vehicle is over 5 years old it may be better for you to change the battery for a new one before your old battery lets you down. Remember it always happens when you are away from home and will cost you less to replace it , than expensive breakdown charges. if you do have to buy a new battery do make sure that you chose Quality Car batteries. They often come with a better warranty and will last longer

For more reading…

“ Quality Car batteries rarely last longer than five years so you may want to consider replacing your battery for the winter season. If you see any corrosion around the battery’s Qaulity Car batteriescontact points, clean off with a wire brush to ensure a strong connection”… http://www.which.co.uk/cars/driving/driving-advice/driving-in-snow/prepare-your-car-for-driving-in-snow/

And also…

“Winter has well and truly set in now, with flooding in some parts of the UK and snow and ice forecast. So what can you do to make sure getting from A to B is as safely as possible?”… http://www.which.co.uk/news/2012/11/top-10-tips-for-driving-in-winter-conditions-303791/

This post was compiled by Eric Roberts www.batteriesontheweb.co.uk