MOT Testing Halifax Yorkshire UK-Also Including The Calder Valley to Elland

MOT Testing Halifax Yorkshire UK

MOT Testing Halifax Yorkshire UK; Many types of Mot testing sites

MOT Testing Halifax Yorkshire UK

MOT Testing Halifax Yorkshire UK

The Calder valley is a part of West Yorkshire in the UK. It has long traditions of farming and trading in the Woolen industry. Stretching back for centuries. The terrain is of rolling hills synonymous with its location in the south of the Yorkshire Pennines.  This July we will be honoured to host the Tour De France cycling race in the Calder valley.

It stretches from Halifax to the East to Todmorden in the West. The main road that connects the small towns on the route run along the river Calder, hence the nickname of the Calder valley. The main traditional trades were sheep farming and a thriving garage business sprung up primarily to repair farm machinery and the tractor belonging to the farmers.

Over the years, these family-owned garage businesses kept up with the times by starting to repair the emerging motor car trade, and a thriving garage business sprung up in all the small towns along the Calder valley. Old established garages such as Ports garage near Todmorden and Star garage in Hebden bridge, to name but a few.

MOT Testing Halifax Yorkshire UK

These small wool towns became very popular with modern day tourists and soon the area became very popular for people to move here and live. The whole thing started in the 1960s when a large “hippy” movement began the build up in the Hebden Bridge area and a large population of immigrants moved to Halifax to work in the mills. All this increase in the population meant that the service industries also started to grow. This included garages and many of these garages sprung up all over the area. With the advent of the faster, cars became the DVLA MOT Rules  Testing system that we now have across the whole of the UK.

Now you could get MOT Testing in many small towns.

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mot testing in the Calder valley

Many of these garages took up the challenge and MOT Testing Halifax Yorkshire UK and testing became popular amongst many of the garage owners. MOT testing garage signs became a common site and you could leave your car for a Test in Hebden Bridge also, you could have a test carried out in Sowerby Bridge and indeed you could get your car tested in Elland. Many of these small towns were geared up with the correct equipment to carry out MOT TESTING.

About 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.

MOT Test Advisory-Should the British MOT TEST change the Advisory Rule giving less time?

 MOT Test Advisory

Parts of the MOT Test Advisory becoming out of date.

The MOT test was first introduced in 1960, (the year that my dear wife Michelle was born). Hence, the guy who started the whole MOT test scheme was a guy by the name of Ernest Marple’s . As a result, who was the  government transport minister. Consequently, he thought the need to have cars tested. Because of the fact that cars were getting faster and Britain was going through a phase of using road transport. Thus, instead of using the railway system, (that’s another story).

 MOT Test Advisory

Typical British vehicle testing Station sign.

MOT Test Advisory-New motorways were being build and it was felt a need to MOT test cars on a regular basis

Of course, the first testing was for cars that were ten years old . Subsequently, and then every ten years after that. As a result, this was thought to take in the really old cars. That were on Britain’s roads at the time. Also this would cover the newer models that were been made . Hence, in the resurgence of the new car industry. Of course,that was springing up all across Europe.

Things were gradually added to the original test. In 1968 car tyres were added to the MOT Rules. Followed in 1977 by many more things . Such as windscreen wipers and exhaust systems. All adding to make cars safer on the roads. Perhaps, this is one of the reasons that I think Americans . Were against the introduction of a compulsory MOT test.

MOT Test Advisory- We have introduced changes over a great length of time .

Hence, at a gradual pace. Although we did not like it at first. Motorists have gradually got used to the idea . Thus, now we actually embrace the idea. Because we have kept up to the pace . Including the very fast increase in the development of the modern car. In fact we are now seen as a role model for other countries. However, it is now rumored that the European Union in their wisdom. Are going to change the testing times from two years down to one year the same as the UK.

The present test now includes emission testing. As a result we need to rectify on-board warning lights . Such as air bag and emissions warning lights. Once again in my opinion we are keeping up with the car manufacturers . Including, all their new safety features. As a result, the recommended cost of an MOT Test in the UK is now £54.85. Because the scheme is run by private garage testing stations. Then the price is not mandatory. At Pellon Autocentre, we charge £39.90 at the moment. Which we think is a fair price for an hours labour. Thus, the scheme is also VAT free. The test is carried out after a car is three years old, then at annual periods after that.

MOT Test Advisory-My main concern About the MOT test at the moment is a tyre update ?

MOT Test Advisory

MOT Test Advisory European Union (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Although I am a great advocate in our UK system, I feel that the tyre rules in the Mot test are now becoming out of date. One of the things that our MOT testing system allows us to do is that if a part that we are testing is say on the border line, MOT Test Advisory,then the tester can pass the car and issue what we call an MOT Test Advisory notice to the cars owner, and the work should be carried out before the next test in a years time.

In my opinion I believe that this should not be allowed when tyres are concerned or perhaps steering parts. If a tyre is on the border line then the tester knows that in a few weeks time the tyre will become illegal. This will allow the car owner a years grace to replace the tyres, and in this day and age of faster motoring is not fair, to the other road users, because we know that people will try to get away with it, because they have an MOT test  pass certificate, and flaunt the tyre laws.

MOT Test Advisory

I think that if a tyre is on the border line, the MOT Test Advisory should only last one month before the tyres get changed, or we should now go for a new tread depth of 3 mm. Most tyre manufacturers stop their sipes ( small slits in the tyres to help get rid of surface water) short of 3 mm now making a car tyre bald once the tread has reached the 3 mm mark.

It would now be time to tighten the DVLA MOT Rules with a new tyre law, this will make the European roads even safer still.

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

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

13th April 2014

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

 Austin A35 Van

Restored Austin A35 Van  for an MOT test

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

Why do classic cars need an MOT test?

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

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

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

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

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

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

This is the information you should look …

“Following public consultation which Austin A35 Van

showed a good level of

support, Transport Minister Mike

Penning has announced that
from 18 November, all pre-1960
vehicles will be exempt from
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Hi I would like to introduce myself. I have worked in the Garage trade and Pirelli Tyres Online and I am MD for online battery company www.batteriesontheweb.co.uk. I have worked for a couple for national tyre companies in my younger days, before starting my first business. I now own a garage and MOT testing centre, here in the UK called Pellon Tyre and Auto-centre, and I am a keen blogger about anything to do with cars and their related products that will help my business. We are members of Point-S and Motor-Codes and are also a Unipart Car Care Centre and of course Tyre-safe.

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

Post updated  8/3/2014

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

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

MOT testing Advice

Popular MOT Test sign seen throughout the UK

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

British MOT testing sign as seen outside all testing stations

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

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

Mot testing figures say other wise

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

more reading…

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

MOT testing Advice

Cars waiting for an MOT test in Halifax Yorkshire Uk

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

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Eric Roberts

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

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

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

Rolls Royce MOT

Rolls Royce MOT

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Pellon Tyre and Auto-centre offer car and van servicing and repairs to all makes of vehicles. We are members of Unipart Car Care centres and give a nationwide guarantee for all our work and parts. We also sell Car Tyres Online from our website www.pellonautocentre.com by using the tyre selector and choosing your tyre size. We offer courtesy cars to local motorists who need to go to work and leave their car with us for work doing. We are also an official MOT testing station and are members of Motor-codes, who carry out checks for high standard of equipment and workmanship.

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

MOT Test Safer Roads-The annual MOT Test make our roads a safer place to drive on.

 Post Updated 23rd Dec 2013/22nd March 2016

MOT Test Safer Roads

MOT Test Safer Roads-Some motorists may think that the ministry of transport (VOSA) are in a money making  racket because you have to take your car to be MOT tested every year to pass a roadworthy test. But they do not see that having those MOT tests, they actually help prevent accidents and cut down on road deaths by keeping badly maintained vehicles off the road.

By carrying out an MOT test every year on vehicles that have been on the road for three years from their first registration, VOSA has successfully managed to lower the number of unsatisfactory cars on the road, making things safe for the rest of us.

MOT Test Safer Roads

MOT Test Safer Roads

So if you have had your car for at least three years then you need to find your nearest MOT test  station and have your car MOT tested. The easiest way is to book online, you can search for MOT Halifax if you need to find your nearest testing station if you live in the Calderdale area of West Yorkshire.

It is possible to take it to any testing station to have it tested there, and you can be on your way soon after you get a test completed. The only thing you need to know is that they are a fully accredited testing station to be able to carry out a thorough and legal test and that they don’t let you get away with small mechanical faults in the road worthiness of your vehicle.

After all, this will defeat the whole purpose of having the tests carried out in the first place. You want to make sure that your vehicle gets through the test as smooth as possible. There are many checks that need to be performed during the MOT Test Safer Roads and your car has to meet the standard for these checks, then you will be ready to go in no time with a pass.

The metal structure of your car needs to be in good condition no rusting or rotten holes. The fuel system, emissions tests and exhaust system needs to be good working order without any excess CO2 than is required.

Your car could fly past the MOT test

Seatbelts and seats must not be rotted and be able to keep you secured. Your brakes must still have enough pads left in them before the next brake check, and your tyres need enough tread to make sure you have the minimum legal requirements. . Make sure your lights and indicators are in good working order and your wipers must be in good condition to ensure they clear the windscreen when it is raining and the rubber blades are in good shape. Your steering and suspension need to be within regulation standards to make sure you are able to control the movement of the vehicle no loose worn parts. Your registration, plates and Vehicle identification need to be in good order as well. So look after your car and it should fly through the MOT Test Safer Roads.

 

About Eric Roberts

Hi, I would like to introduce myself. I have worked in the Garage and tyre industry 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.

Car Lights Missing-it is important to check your lights to make sure that you can be seen.

Car Lights Missing

Have you noticed all the “one eyed monster” with car lights missing

Just as well lit roads and well-lit highways, in general, are important, so are the lights on your vehicle. 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 car lights out. I think that the cars in France have an excuse because they only have an Car Lights MissingMOT every two years. Although, this is not an excuse because of the safety concerns that develop by having car lights out.

I call them “ one-eyed monsters”. I feel that drivers have NO excuse for driving about in the dark without the full compliment of light bulbs working. 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 center 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

 

About 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 Economy Car 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.

 

 

car lights,light bulbs

bulb out warning lights are great idea

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.

Vintage cars visit Pellon Autocentre-for Testing at Pellon MOT Centre

Vintage cars visit Pellon Autocentre; This beautiful specimen Wolseley presented for MOT

Our testers Ryan new tester Dale are always pleased.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 sombre 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