Pellon Tyres Become Nokian Dealers-This Successful tyre make available in Yorkshire.

Pellon Tyres Become Nokian Dealers

Pellon Tyres Become Nokian Dealers

As a tyre retailer. hence, it is great to be able to sell one of the worlds greatest tyre brands. Therefore, I am talking about Nokian tyres. Over the past 40 years that I have owned my own tyre business. Then, it has been difficult for the smaller tyre company to obtain a great tyre brand. Accordingly, for the purpose of been an exclusive dealer.
Nokian have decided to go down a new road. Thus to supply their products to small independent tyre retailers in each area of the UK. Normal practice is to market the tyres through a large wholesaler. Hence, the wholesaler than supplies the retailers in each town.
The large wholesaler can give the tyre makers an instant market place. This system gives all the small companies an equal chance to supply the products. Product loyalty does not come to play. The price is then driven down as each individual retailer competes for the same products. The only winner is the wholesaler.
The only way an independent tyre retailer can succeed. Therefore, is to be able to sell a unique tyre product in their geographical areas. In the past I have been lucky enough to sell Kleber and Kelly tyres. More recently, it has been the Dutch tyre brand of Toyo and Vredestein.

Pellon Tyres Become Nokian Dealers

As a keen writer about tyres. Then I have been impressed with the results and praise for the Nokian tyre brand. Especially, the winter tyres. Nokian win tyre test after tyre test. The Nokian summer tyres never came to life until a customer of ours, called into to see me one day.
He was complaining about the Bridgestone tyres that were fitted as original equipment. Peters car was a BMW SUV. The X5 had worn out three sets of tyres in as little as 40,000 miles. Peter was a company director and a German friend of his recommended him to try a set of Nokian summer tyres.

At that particular time, Nokian tyres were not available to us at Pellon tyres in halifax UK. He had decided to buy then online and was supplied with Nokian ZLine SUV tyres. As a result of fitting the Nokian, then Peter was very impressed. The mileage was going to be much better than his previous tyres. Also his X5 handled very well with positive steering and braking.
I never like to miss a sale and thanked Peter for his information. This fired me up? Hence to become a Nokian tyre dealer.
My chance came when Nokian decided to create a UK dealer network. For this reason, I did not have to think twice about the offer. Consequently, we will shortly becoming the Nokian tyre retailer for the Calderdale and Halifax area of Yorkshire. A great honour. Our customers will be able to buy Nokian online from our halifax depot.
Below is a list of the tyre ratings for the Nokian ZLine tyres.
Eric roberts

Pellon Tyres Become Nokian Dealers

Good to excellent. The tyres grip well and make little noise in normal driving or cornering. Braking is excellent, even on the autobahn at 150mph. This tyre grabs as well as the OE Bridgestones (RFT), which cost twice as much and have a horrible ride.
Excellent. Despite a tread with large solid blocks of rubber, the Nokian seems to evacuate water well due to its equally-large open channels in the tread. The few times that the VSC kicked in during rain, the tyres felt predictable and safe. The OE Bridgestones that BMW puts on X5s have a nasty reputation for poor traction in the wet. Not so with these Nokians.
Quiet, comfortable. But keep in mind that this is not a run-flat tyre (RFT). RFTs that I have tried all make more noise and have a harsher ride. In the summer, I choose to run non-RFTs and carry a tyre plug kit with compressor. The payoff is a smoother ride. The Nokians compare favorable to the Bridgestones I wore out quickly before them.
Very competitive. These tyres cost much less than the major brands that you see advertised in the media. Given their resistance to wear, you can probably cut your tyre expenditures in half by running Nokians instead of, say Michelins.
A great tyre for a very fair price. I will buy them again. The zLine SUV has no weak performance traits, but it’s not an RFT. If RFT is important to you, Nokian offers those too, but I have not tried them. Ideally I’d do this review in Spring, but I just took them off and as they say carpe diem.

Yokohama Tyres Winters- A Great tyre product for your families safety this winter?

Post Updated 7th Jan 2014

Yokohama Tyres Winters are now available at Pellon tyres in Yorkshire UK

Yokohama Tyres Winters

Yokohama Tyres Winters

We are very honored to become a member of the Yokohama tyre dealer network. We are especially prod to be able to supply Yokohama winter tyres, and now keep a large stock. Yokohama Tyres Winters keep a very large tyre range including winter tyres, to fit all types of vehicles including SUVs and winter tyres to fit the larger cars. This large coverage combined with very reasonable prices , make this product very desirable to the tyre buying motorists. We here at Pellon tyres are really pleased by how popular Yokohama tyres are and have no problems when explaining the benefits of these tyres to the public, a great tyre product for all types of cars and car drivers. 

Please check out this video showing the virtues of buying Yokohama Tyres Winters

Check out Yokohama winter tyre benefits…


  • Yokohama Tyres Winters have Original 3D-shaped sipes with polyhedral surface provide high performance on dry, wet and snow-covered surfaces.
  • High-rigid asymmetric design provides a high balance of performance on dry, wet and snow covered surfaces.


  • Celebrate the beauty of winter and take inspiration from the elements. Yokohama Tyres Winters are specially constructed to provide traction on snow-covered roads. These high performance tyres remain pliable in cold weather and have a unique tread design to give you better traction. Let your emotions run free this
    yokohama tyres

    Yokohama tyres are a company that is dedicated into research and development to enable them to create a better road tyre, whether it be a winter tyre or a summer tyre. The development of rally tyres especially the gravel type for off road rallying has gone a long way towards the development of the winter tyres.


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.

SUV Winter Tyres- Take better control over your SUV in bad weather by fitting winter tyres

SUV Winter Tyres are a must for SUV cars

suv winter tyres

SUV winter tyres on this Porsche SUV in the Halifax Fitting station Yorkshire UK

When you been in the tyre trade as long as I have, we get offered opportunities to help test new tyres from the different tyre manufacturers. You may wonder what this has to do with SUV winter tyres, but a couple of years ago I was offered a chance to test drive some SUV vehicle with Vredestein SUV Winter Tyres fitted, to prove how different this type of car performed on winter tyres.

The cars included many different models including the new Range Rover the new Porsche Cayenne and the BMW MX and Mercedes ML models. We were all flown to Austria and headed for the mountains.

Fear in my eyes

All the cars were fitted with the excellent Vredestein Wintrac Xtreme tyres which were designed by the great car designer Giugiari. Then cars were driven by professional test drivers and boy didnt I know it. I was in the passenger seat and another couple of guys were in the back.

We climbed upwards until we reached the snow line. The drivers then let loose, they were that confident with the snow tyres fitted that they drove these SUVs like mad men. We were driven on ice and snow through forested areas and up and down steep ravines at high speed . I had never been as frightened in my life, my eyes were popping out with fear. I was ever so glad when the tyre tests were finished, but it proved to how good these cars were with SUV Winter Tyres fitted.

Most of these cars come fitted with summer tyres when new so it is well worth investing in a set of SUV Winter Tyres to give you full driver confidence when the Apollo suv Winter Tyreswinter weather comes along, as many drivers of these vehicles found to their cost when they got stuck in snow and ice in the last few winters.

Apollo winter tyres make excellent SUV tyres.

One of the top tyre manufacturers to make excellent SUV Winter Tyres for the SUVs are Apollo. They are world renowned at making great tyres for winter. The tyres are now made at the famous Vredestein winter tyre factory in Holland. 

More reading…

“The Wintrac Nextreme has been developed for drivers of stylish cars with powerful engines who want to be able to drive at relatively high speeds, even when temperatures are low. It is a modern SUV Winter Tyres with great steering precision, low noise production and low rolling resistance. The Wintrac Nextreme has been designed in close collaboration with Giugiaro Design. The innovative tread design, in which the tread is integrated into the sidewall design, gives the tyre a unique look. In addition, the tyre guarantees excellent performance even in the most extreme situations. The Wintrac Nextreme already complies with the European regulations for wet grip and noise, which will come into force in 2012”…


Eric Roberts

Brake Pad Failures-Ten causes of the most common brake pad issues

Brake Pad Failures

Brake Pad Failures

Brake Pad Failures

Whatever the cause of your brake pads failing. Hence, we have all heard the dreaded “grinding” noise as metal meets metal. Thus, when your pads finally run out of material. Probably, it is the worst sound ever, to come from your car. Consequently, the best scenario to avoid this noise happening. Would be to have regular brake checks. Either by yourself or at your local garage.

This article from garage Wire. Explains some of the reasons why your brake pads could fail. So is well worth a read. I find it incredible that in this fast moving world, then drivers do not take more care of their cars. As a result, they are the ones most likely to eventually hear the dreaded grinding and squealing noise. Hence, that worn down brake pads sound like.

I must confess though. That this did happen to me. As a young entrepreneur I very often neglected the things that I now preach about. At the beginning of  my career as a garage owner. I owned a fantastic little car. A Chrysler Horizon. Sometimes, I would have to go and fetch parts for our customers cars. From up and down the country.

This time I had to go a buy an exhaust part. Thus, from an exhaust manufacturer in Blackpool, UK. Of course, I arrived there and collected the part. Unfortunately, on my return. I heard the dreaded grinding noise. Naturally, emanating from my front pads. I could go no further. Consequently, I had to eat humble pie and called into a local fast-fit autocentre to have a new set of pads fitted.

Lastly it just shows how easily it can happen to any of us. However , I do think that regular brake checks are still import. Please enjoy thus article.

Eric Roberts

Source: Ten causes of the most common brake pad issues

TYRE INFLATION-Is Using Nitrogen A Good Thing?do we really need it

What are the benefits of using Nitrogen gas for tyre inflation ?

This is one of those things that I have been thinking about for a couple of years now? TYRE INFLATION. I had heard that nitrogen was been used in F1 car wheels and tyres and at first I thought it was a bit of a gimmick.

filling racing tyres with nitrogen gas


I also found out that the aircraft industry also used nitrogen gas for their tyre inflation to inflate their tyres, so I decided to look into the possibility of us using the gas to offer a better service to our customers. We are always trying to keep ahead by using the latest technology to make the job of fitting tyres much easier, as tyre development is heading at a fast pace, for example the  “run flat tyre” , without the latest tyre fitting machines it would be impossible to fit run flat tyres because of their very tough side walls.

My thought was that we already inflate tyres with 78% nitrogen, so what difference will it make ?.(the air that we breath consists of 78% nitrogen with 21% oxygen and 1% other gases) so why bother using 100% nitrogen for tyre inflation ?.

In car tyres the air will slowly escape through the inner lining of the tyre, it will also escape from the valve and the seal between the tyres bead and the wheel rim this happens even if the wheel is an alloy wheel or a steel wheel. The pure nitrogen will leak at a much slower rate, but it is important that the motorist still check the tyre inflation pressures at regular intervals.

One of the main benefits is that when normal compressed air is used for tyre inflation, then this leads to condensation forming inside the tyre, which then leads to corrosion of the bead area resulting in more air loss, this is a common problem and we have to clean most wheels with a wire brush and paste the bead area of the wheel with special paste to prevent further corrosion, when we fit a new tyre. When using nitrogen this problem is eliminated as the oxygen, which is the main problem is removed. This is why aircraft use nitrogen because at high altitude where the temperature is very cold, there is no water vapor inside the tyres to freeze thus eliminating any problems with ice in a frozen tyre on landing.

In motor racing F1 cars use nitrogen to eliminate any variation in the tyres temperature which could affect the cars performance ,by using nitrogen gas for tyre inflation this problem is not a problem because the tyres temperature remains more stable.

To use nitrogen for tyre inflation or not ?tyre inflation

This is the thing that is in my mind. Some tyre companies charge extra for the service, but the customer has to return to re-inflate there tyres with nitrogen and in a busy tyre bay you could have cars queuing up down the road just inflate their tyres with nitrogen. I am not yet 100% sure that this is a good thing, I am thinking that perhaps I should offer this as part of the service , such as wheel balancing then leave it up to the customer if they want to keep calling back for their tyres inflating with nitrogen.

For more reading…

“You might be aware that purified nitrogen has been used to inflate tyres on aircraft and racing cars for many years but does it really make sense for ordinary car and van tyres?”…

More reading…

“A recent study found that 93.5 percent of cars in Europe have under-inflated tires, wasting some 2.14 billion gallons of high-priced, polluting fuel every year. Analysts believe the situation is no less severe in North America. But filling tires with costly nitrogen instead of air would likely make little difference — best to just keep an eye on your tires and keep them properly inflated.”…

This post was compiled by Eric Roberts…



Nokian Winter Tyres-Are still one of the top winter tyre performers in recent tyre tests

Nokian Winter Tyres

Yorkshires latest Nokian winter tyres dealer.


I am very proud to become the newest Winter Tyres dealer in Yorkshire. Nokian tyres are an excellent product. Especially, in the form of winters .Hence,when the mad rush for winters is on. Thus, we can normally only get them from Germany. As the winter progresses the price of these tyres goes up and up.

Nokian  Tyres have been around for a long time.Consequently, are produced in Finland and Russia. Two of the coldest and snowiest countries in the World. If they do not know how to make tyres then nobody does. For tyre companies to prove their products it is important that they enter their tyres in tests that are held independently by motor sport magazines. One of the most influential magazines in the world is the “Auto Bild” magazine , who hold regular tyre testing events on summer and winter tyres, these test are carried out with complete impartiality and the results can be completely trusted. The tyres were tested earlier this year and were tested with top ratings coming in as the top winter tyre in that size.

The tyre tested was the 205/55×16 tyres , the most common tyres in use today, and was described as with exceptional performance in snow with well balanced handling properties.

Nokian Winter Tyres

Nokian testimonials come thick and fast here are a few…


  • Chris, Canada
  • “I live in the Highlands of Scotland. Hence, drive a Subaru Impreza and since late September this year I have been using your W+ Nokian Winter Tyres. I am utterly amazed at how good they are. The weather and snow levels here right now are some of the worst I have ever witnessed. I feel way more in control and safer with your tyres on. The car is balanced moves predictably and inspires great confidence. I chose your tyres based on recommendations after doing a lot of research into many brands of winter tyres. They have exceeded my expectations, they are better than my old brand in the dry, are amazing in the wet and so far are shocking me how good they are in the snow. On all levels performance, price, safety and feel. These tyres have me loyal to your brand always now.  Thank you for keeping me safe and getting me back home to my family.”
  • Diarmid, Highlands of Scotland…
  • If you check on the Nokian web site you will see many more testimonials for these excellent winter tyres.

Nokian winter tyres also came out very favorable in tyre tests carried out by “Auto Express” for further reading and test results…

 Eric Roberts


Pirelli Connesso: Coloured smart tyres send information about your car straight to an app – BT

Pirelli Connesso

Pirelli Connesso


Pirelli Connesso

Pirelli has unveiled its plans for smart tyres. Therefore I  am all for tyre development. Especially, the idea of your tyres sending back messages. Hence, about important things, such as tyre temperature and possible loss of tyre pressure. This technology is already used. As a result, I suspect that most of these developments have come from the Pirelli tyres involvement in the F1 racing scene.

In conclusion, Pirelli are going down the right road. These tyres will be rolled out on the supercar range of luxury cars. I suspect, that other car models will follow.

Lastly, I really think that these tyres look special and with the correct wheels will make cars stand out in the crowd.

Eric Roberts


Pirelli Connesso: Coloured smart tyres send information about your car straight to an app – BT

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

Goodyear Eagle 360 Urban: This morphing golf ball could point to the future of tyres | Alphr

Goodyear Eagle 360 Urban

Goodyear Eagle 360 Urban

Goodyear Eagle 360 Urban

Consequently, the Geneva Motor Show always comes up with some surprises. Including, the latest new tyre technology. Although, most of the Geneva show mainly interests on new car models. But, at this year’s event. Hence, tyre manufacturers such as Falken and Goodyear have come up with  some very interesting new technology.

For this reason, Falken came up with  two different new types of tyres: one reducing fuel consumption. Of course, and another that’s designed to reduce the noise. Especially, when your car drives over bumpy roads.

On the other hand, Goodyear unveiled a futuristic-looking rubber golf ball it thinks will be the future of tyres. Most of the leading tyre companies are striving to add new materials. Thus, in new tyre development. Please see the links below for other innovations.



Source: Goodyear Eagle 360 Urban: This morphing golf ball could point to the future of tyres | Alphr

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”…

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?”…

This post was compiled by Eric Roberts