Unipart Car Care Centres (UCCC) link with Autobutler

Unipart Car Care Centres link with Autobutler

Over the past 40 years I have joined many subsidiary organizations to try to improve the standards for my customers and also if the truth is known, to improve my profit margins. Most of the schemes in the early days were from tyre manufacturers wanting us to sell their products, in exchange for point of sales materials and customer give always.

Unipart Car Care Centres and auto butler

Unipart Car Care Centres and auto butler

Tyre manufacturers have always accepted the fact that tyre retailers can basically sell any make that they want. In other words when we were Goodyear dealers, then we would sell Goodyear tyres. It may appear to be pretty obvious to someone out of the tyre trade, but there are hundreds of tyre makes and types on the market and it would be easier to sell “any old” brand of tyres that are in stock, so we have to concentrate our efforts on the one or two makes that we can get the best deal on, either in price terms or merchandising, and preferably both.

As we all started to copy the Kwik-Fit model and diversify from tyres alone, we started to get offers from other parts of the motor-trade. Exhaust manufacturers were the first to spot the stocking potential of having their products on our shelves. This also appealed to us, because what could be better and easier than having the item you are selling on the shelf.

One of the first companies to offer us this service was the excellent Quinton-Hazel (QH) group. This company was fronted by their salesman a guy called Bob Dolby. This guy was and still

Unipart Car Care Centres

Massive Quinton-Hazel exhaust stock

is one of the best company rep that I have ever had the pleasure of dealing with, he was a 100% professional and therefore we became a QH exhaust fitting centre. This move was one of the best business deals I had ever done; we took some risks by buying the exhaust systems in bulk containers and stored them in an empty mushroom shed that belonged to a friend.

As with all good things the QH organization started to fall apart for some reason and we then became a Bosal Car Exhausts centre. At this time though cars were becoming more sophisticated and the amount of exhaust systems that we had to keep I became more expansive and took up more space, so we decided to revert back to the old system of buying the exhausts from distributors as we needed them whilst the customer waited in the reception. Other offers came from various trade suppliers, including great deals from the battery companies.

Coming back to more recent times, one of the more lucrative deals that I pulled off was with Total oils. I remember visiting a trade show at the NEC and visiting the Total oil stand. The deal was that if we bought and used Total oils on the cars that we serviced, then they would supply us with automatic oil pumps and a waste oil system. The oil was to be supplied at “so much” a litre and was top weighted so that all we were doing was paying them back for the equipment, but it  was equipment that I would have considered buying without the deal.

Joined Unipart Car Care Centres

unipart car care centres

sign of a good garage

This is just an example of what other companies are willing to offer on a partnership basis, in the motor trade. Bringing things up to date, there are many such schemes on offer in recent years, things like the “Good garage Scheme” have attracted many garages, but in my opinion the best ones have been the Unipart Car Care Centres  (UCCC) partnership and for the tyres side of my business the excellent Point-S independent tyre retailer scheme. Both these companies give a small garage or tyre depots the chance to compete with national competition with the likes of Kwik-Fit or Halfords.

Point-S offer customers throughout the UK to be able to buy online and have their tyres or servicing carried out in their local town, in my case this would be Halifax. Unipart Car Care Centres also offer a nationwide guarantee scheme for their customers in case of a breakdown due to faulty parts or work carried out by the participating garage. Plus we are able to use the excellent Unipart Car Parts, which are up to manufacturer’s standards and therefore covered by European legislation.

Our latest venture is coming from a new idea put to us through Unipart Automotive and is an online car repair and service portal called Autobutler.co.uk and is the first of its kind in Europe. It enables the customer to buy a service or get a quote for a mechanical job or an MOT test online. Say a customer in the Halifax area wants a service ding on their car then we will put in a quote for the job doing, if the price is right then the job will be booked in and the work carried out at the price negotiated. In my opinion this system will generate new work for us and will appeal to the customer who likes to order things online (like my wife) and is not tied or does not have a favored garage. This is just another added bonus to be a member of the Unipart Car Parts Online organization.

A new concept in servicing and repair, previously seen in Germany, Sweden and Denmark, is launching in the UK together with Unipart Car Care Centres.

Unipart car care centres sign

unipart car care sign

Auto Butler Prices gives car workshops and garages the chance to quote on work requests that are searched online by local motorists visiting the auto-butler.co.uk website. When a car driver logs on and fills in a detailed job request, registered garages within an area selected by the customer are alerted to the opportunity to quote via email, text message and a call from their own personal ‘butler’, inviting them to make an offer for the work.

Pellon Tyre and Autocentre 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 Motorcodes, who carry out checks for high standard of equipment and workmanship. 

MOT Testing-Why You Should NOT GO To Your Local Council-They are closing them down anyway?

MOT testing

Latest update is that The Vehicle and Operator Services Agency ( VOSA ) has closed. It’s been replaced by the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency ( DVSA ).

MOT Testing Why You Should avoid Your Local Council

Our new MOT Testing sign at Pellon Autocentre

My garage Pellon tyre and Autocentre has now been operating for over 35 years. As a result and we have a reputation that is second to none. Over the years we have built up a fantastic reputation and trust.

Because, we have always been straight and honest with our customers. Hence, I personally have been the owner of this garage here in Halifax. For the past 25 years. In that time we have carried out thousands of MOT tests. Of course, we have always used our best discretion. Carrying out MOT Testing. Having always had the customer’s best interest to heart.

Over the years we have only had one small dispute with a customer. Subsequently, that was the fault of our tester at the time. Replacing him as soon as we could. Thus, at the moment we only have two testers. Ryan Linton, who in my opinion is a first class mechanic. Naturally, a person and has worked for me for 22 years. We now have a second tester Mr Dale Linton.

The point that I am getting at is the massive effort that we at Pellon have put into our garage and MOT testing service,

This was in my opinion undermined. So, when I heard a guy been interviewed on radio 2. This presenter was from a website telling us how we can save money. Advising the listeners to go to the  Local Councils. Thus, for their car MOT testing. Because if they went there. Then they would not be taken for a ride or ripped off. Consequently, he was basically saying that we MOT Centres Vehicle Testing Stations. So that carry out MOT testing fail the cars intentionally. In order to give themselves the work repairing the car.

 This could not be further from the truth. VOSA DVLA MOT Testing Rules statistics. Show that privately owned testing stations. As a result, are more likely to pass the car than fail the car. The money website claims that the local council run testing stations. Therefore, are more likely to pass your car than a private garage. Such as the  likes of my own garage in Halifax. So what they are saying is we are corrupt. By failing cars just to get the mechanical work.

Local Council want private MOT Testing stations to test taxis?

Other things that I am not happy with are the good reviews that they say they have had from customers of the local council testing stations. One says that they fitted a light bulb and then they passed the car, the council test stations do not do any mechanical work whatsoever, so this was a porky.

Another one stated that his car had failed at a private garage and the car needed £400 spending on it to pass the test, so the guy took his car to the council test station and they passed his without any problems. I frankly do not believe what they say, I agree that we

MOT testing

Ryan MOT testing this vintage Rolls-Royce

are not all squeaky clean in the garage trade but we are well regulated by VOSA and if the figures for different failures do not look right ,then VOSA will give you a visit and try see whats going on.

Council testing stations used to charge the full going rate for MOT Testing,

But I rang round today and found out that they have now started to discount the tests, I think that they are under pressure  to do more testing from the cash strapped councils. In fact we did get a notification asking us if we would like to carry out testing on behalf of the council, but I declined the offer as we are busy enough anyway.

Another problem with the local council test stations is that if your car fails, then you then have to go to a garage for the work carrying out and then they have to go back to the council for a re- test. This is a long way round when a private garage will in most cases would have done the work on the car the same day, saving the customer time and money.

MOT testing station owner Eric Roberts

There is no evidence at all to back up the Money websites claims and there are no statistics from VOSA that MOT Testing stations that carry out repair work fail more cars than council run MOT testing stations.  It is really clear that going to a MOT only testing stations, such as the council run operations, is likely to incur considerable more cost and personnel inconvenience, especially if the car fails on a minor fault, such as a light bulb and has to make another appointment for a re-test.

VOSA the government department in charge of MOT testing are always watching out for garages with bad practices and make regular visits to offending garages. MOT garages are also given colour codes that relate to their testing standard, Green is the best, then Amber, and the worse standard is Red, these are the ones that the ministry keep a careful eye on. It is worth finding out what standard the testing station is, before you book your car in. I am proud to say that we at Pellon Autocentre are in the best lane, the Green lane.

[bctt tweet=”He was basically saying that we MOT Vehicle Testing Stations. Carry out MOT testing fail the cars intentionally?” username=”pellonauto”]

MOT testing station

Pellon Tyre and Autocentre offer car and van servicing and repairs to all makes of vehicles. 

Comment from Jim McMasters –

As the owner of an older car I have been tempted to use the Council test stations. This year I had two MOT tests by two different independent garages. Garage No 1 failed the car on rear brake pipes and front and rear brake hoses with both front suspension bushes advisory – cost of repairs £344 inc MOT.

Garage No 2 failed the car on front and rear brake pipes and the suspension bushes and said the brake hoses were advisory with mild corrosion on the ferrules and discoloration of rear indicator bulbs which had been replaced by Garage No1 the year before – cost of repairs £601 inc MOT.

The only thing that puts me off using the Council testing stations is that if you fail you then have to fend around for someone to fix the car within the retest period which takes time and I’ve found some garages don’t want to do brake pipe jobs if they are busy with bolt on type repairs. So I think you make a fair point in favour of the independent garage for practical purposes but as my example shows, there is a lack of consistency with garages both in testing and pricing.

Used car tyres?Are Drivers Really Worried Which TYRES they Fit to Their Cars?



Used car tyres

Which TYRES  should they Fit On Their Cars? Not Used car tyres

Along the line. I have written many articles about the use of Used car tyres. Some have been posted to LinkedIn. Hence,  I have received many different replies. Consequently, from other garage and tyre shop owners across the World. This information gives me some feedback. Also, a bigger picture of what other people in the same industry are feeling. Thus, about an individual subject, including the use of part worn, or Used car tyres. Here in the UK Tyre Industry. Some tyre shops are in fact sympathetic towards the car users.

In other words. They can only buy what they can afford to buy. This is the reason that there are thousands of small. What I call bucket shops.Hence, springing up all over the UK.

Used car tyres

Used car tyres compared to a new tyre

Also opening around the many car washes. That are also opening up on old petrol station sites. Also, on any demolished building site. I have no qualms about this. In fact.Most of my family go to these places for their cars washing; they are cheap and fast and do a good job.

Used car tyres

These car washes are also the places that have started to sell second-hand cars and Used car tyres. Going back to the car wash situation, I have noticed that many of these businesses just let their dirty water go down the nearest drain, without any treatment or filtering. We all know that we have environmental responsibilities when dealing with such things, but I cannot help feeling that these car washes are breaking the law, by just dumping the dirty water plus the chemicals down the drain and I assume into the nearest river causing pollution to the environment. I do not want to dwell on this too much because I think that it is the responsibility of the local authority and assume that these businesses are working legally I have attached an interesting link about this… https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/290144/pmho0307bmdx-e-e.pdf

My main point about the same type of companies selling Used car tyres. You must have noticed that the car wash people can stack up old car tyres on the same premises. Going back a couple of years. Thus, the environment agency cracked down. Therefore, on any legitimate tyre business or garage. That stacked up their old tyres. Visible to the public. Because of this, I and many others went out and bought a container to store the scrap tyres in, so that they could not be seen and were hidden away.

Used car tyres

It was all about being a responsible tyre depot owner and the environment. We still do this today all our scrap tyres are stored away out of site, but what about this car wash centres and partly used tyre shops. They appear to be working under a different law and rules to the rest of us. I see old tyres just piled up for weeks on end on the open show to passers-by, This is another thing that the environment agency seem to have passed by and forgotten about. Any company that disposes of the waste tyre must operate in the “duty of care act”. This is explained in the attached link… https://www.gov.uk/government/policies/reducing-and-managing-waste/supporting-pages/disposing-of-tyres   

Used car tyres

This links me to my main point, and that is that I now believe that because some people need a car but cannot afford to buy cheap new tyres, then they have to buy Used car tyres. We all know.that organisations such as the great Tyresafe.org have worked out that Used car tyres are more expensive in the long run, but the fact is that there were 6 million part worn tyres sold last year that did not meet the basic safety standards. This fact comes from some recent research by the Liverpool Victoria Insurance company.

According to TyreSafe UK, a staggering 23 million Used car tyres have been fitted to cars since 2009 and a quarter of those did not come under the legal requirements and that 1.5 million

Used car tyres

Used car tyres pile like this one are illegal

drivers were driving their cars with potentially dangerous tyres, and probably not even knowing of the threat to themselves and other road users.

One of the most worrying things is that most drivers do not even know anything about part worn tyres. Consequently, that part worn tyres come under any regulations or laws. Thus, think that the businesses who sell them these tyres, know what they are doing. But the evidence that I have seen on some of the tyres that have been fitted, clearly show that these people just do not care what they provide to their customer’s cars.


Tyres equipped with bad cuts and the fitted wrong way round

Here at Pellon tyres in Halifax, we get many part worn tyre clients who come to us with problems after they have fitted part worn tyres. We see tyres with sidewall cuts and damaged beads. The common one is for directional tyres that are fitted the wrong way round, with the direction arrows pointing to the rear, the wrong way round. Also, we see the wrong sizes mounted on the same axle and different constructions fitted to the same axle. I am not saying that all tyre shops that fit part worn tyres do this, but I think that many do.

The problem is that the customers believe that the tyre shop should know what they are doing and just leave it up to them. As I have said earlier some motorists are under financial pressures, but they must look out for the dealers who are knowingly selling illegal part worn tyres. A sign should be to look at what the place looks like, if it looks a dump then they will probably selling rubbish. Indeed I have noticed that some reputable tyre dealers have started to sell part worn tyres because they have had to do this to compete. I suspect that if you do have to buy a part worn tyre, then these would be the safer place to buy them?

To read more about the correct standards of part worn tyres in the UK see…  HTTP://www.tradingstandards.gov.uk/CGI-bin/Aberdeen/bus1item.cgi?file=*BADV062-1111.txt

Eric Roberts

Tyre Pressure Monitoring Systems (TPMS for short)

Tyre Pressure Monitoring System Latest Update-Bluetooth”TPMS” tyre pressure monitor for Perodua cars

Tyre Pressure Monitoring System Latest Update

Tyre Pressure Monitoring System Latest Update

Tyre Pressure Monitoring System Latest Update

I must admit that I was not convinced about the eventual effectiveness of TPMS systems fitted to the earlier car models. So, as a busy tyre business! the first time that we had come across one of these systems was when a member of my staff broke a TPMS sensor. Thus, when removing a tyre from the rim?

In the past prior to the TPMS valves being fitted, we just used to rip the old tubeless valve out and then fit a new one. Consequently, we did this with every tubeless. So, a new valve was fitted to every new tyre or puncture repair.

The first time we came across a TPMS valve was when one of my fitters ripped out the valve. Consequently, a complete new sensor had to be fitted. So, in the early days then we had to buy a replacement from the main dealers. In this case it cost me £130 for a new valve? wow !

Sensors are now made by specialist companies and the price has halved! Of course this was all part of the service and price here at Pellon Tyres in Halifax UK.

Then came the dreaded TPMS systems.

This all started with car manufacturers drive to produce cars with lower emissions. Tyres were an important factor in this. As a result, tyre companies looked for materials to make tyres lighter in weight. Also it is well known that if tyres loose the recommended tyre pressures, then this increase fuel consumption.

Less air in your tyres means that the cars engine has to work harder to drive the car along. SO using more fuel and causing more emissions. This is the subsequent reason that tyre retailers like myself, are always ranting on about having the correct tyre pressure.

Tyre Pressure Monitoring System Latest Update-Along came Tyre pressure monitoring systems.

This concern about the lack of tyre care by the general public, lead to the invention of the TPMS systems on our cars. Of course, cars are all now fitted with computers. Making it possible to control the data that the magic sensor in the wheel of your car. So, this sensor is able to read your tyre pressure? any fall in pressure will alert the computer and illuminate the TPMS warning light that is situated on the cabs dashboard.

Most drivers have by now seen this happen. Judging by the amount of cars that we see in any given week. Then this is becoming a common thing!

Each wheel sensor is fitted with an attach rubber or metal valve. These look no different to the old style tubeless valves that were so easy to replace. These new style valves still need replacing, but not as often as the old style valve.

Tyre Pressure Monitoring System Latest Update-More care is now needed when fitting a new tyre?

So, to bring the whole thing up to scratch. Then we have to take much more care when removing the old tyres. Of course ,this is so that we dont damage the TPMS sensor fitted to the inside of the wheel. Although we are now finding that the first models of cars that were fitted with these sensors, Then we have to replace them because they sensors are failing due to corrosion.

Although I was not convinced in the first place, then I now realise how important the TPMS system is on a modern car. Customers do not like to see the illuminated light in the cab. Consequently, if the light comes on then they have the problem attended to straight away. In the past our customers were driving about with half flat tyre for ages?

Tyre Pressure Monitoring System Latest Update

The latest thing to come out now is this Gear Up Bluetooth app which lets you take complete control of you tyre pressures.

Eric Roberts

Van Wheel Alignment Including Suspension  PERODUA has introduced the Gear Up Smart Bluetooth TPMS (tyre pressure monitoring system), an innovative product that allows users to keep track of their

Source: Bluetooth tyre pressure monitor for Perodua cars

Continental tyres are experimenting by using the sap of the humble "dandelion" plants. Of course, this sap is also of the same molecular structure as latex rubber.

Goodyear Soybean Tyres-Massive compound ingredients breakthrough wins global prize

Goodyear Soybean Tyres

Goodyear Soybean Tyres

Goodyear Soybean Tyres

Of course that we now all know about the  growing awareness of the nutritional benefits of consuming foods made from soybeans. So, what are they? Soy beans, aka soya beans, are a species of legume and are often classified as an oil-seed. Naturally, soya beans are known to have been in existence in China some 5000 years ago. Having been consumed and including use, in medical preparations. Hence, for at least the last 2000 years.

It was many centuries later before soya beans are grown commercially in the western world. It took until 1906 in the USA and 1910 in Europe before there was deemed to be a sufficiently large enough market to encourage farmers to grow soya beans in significant enough quantities.

Now soya beans are used in millions of food products.

Of course Goodyear tyres like many other tyre manufacturers. have been looking for alternatives using rubber latex in their tyre products.

Soya beans have have become one of these natural ingredients that match the molecular structure of latex used in the production of rubber in tyres.

Other tyre companies that have come up with similar natural products are Continental tyres. So, Continental tyres are experimenting by using the sap of the humble “dandelion” plants. Of course, this sap is also of the same molecular structure as latex rubber.

Yokohama tyres are now using the oil extracted from orange peel skins. All these methods will give tyres a greener more sustainable tyre product in the years ahead.

Eric Roberts

Van Wheel Alignment Including SuspensionThe Goodyear Tyre & Rubber Company has won the Tyre Technology International Award for Innovation and Excellence in the category ‘Environmental Achievement of the Year’, during the 2018 Tyre Technology Expo in Hannover, Germany. The technology represents a breakthrough by Goodyear. So, in applying soybean oil in the tread compound of tyres, instead of traditional petroleum oil.

Source: Goodyear’s soybean breakthrough wins global prize

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Van Wheel Alignment Including Suspension – Spring Car Care | North Bros Ford

Van Wheel Alignment Including Suspension

Van Wheel Alignment Including Suspension

Van Wheel Alignment Including Suspension

Of course, wheel alignments are very important to both tyre wear. Including, the very important part? the overall control of your vehicle. So, improper wheel alignment or, as they are also called, “tracking” can cause your tyres to wear unevenly and prematurely. Of course this also includes “vans”. Van drivers cover many more miles than most car drivers? So, it is just as important for your van to have the alignment checked at regular periods.

Out of alignment can also affect the position of your steering wheel ? That is why it’s very important to make sure the wheels of your vehicle are properly aligned by a professional.

When your wheels are out of alignment

So, your tyres are pointing in the wrong direction or at the wrong  angle. Subsequently, this affects your steering and suspension. Most importantly though, it can greatly affect your safety of the driver and the safety of your passengers.

If you think you have a steering problem ? How do your wheels get unaligned?

Steering and suspension parts are free moving ? So it doesn’t take much for your vehicle’s wheel alignment to become out of line. Several things that can cause improper wheel alignment are  including:

In my opinion the biggest cause-Running over potholes
Secondly- By hitting a curb
Thirdly- By bumping into concrete parking blocks ( these are getting more common where parking is being restricted)
Other causes are general wear and tear. This is affected when your vehicle ages. Subsequently, the rubber parts that contain lubricants start to dry up and crack. Of course, this causes ball and socket joints to become loose. So, getting progressively worse over time.

How often should you have your alignment checked?

Here at Pellon Autocentre in Halifax .it is recommended that you have your vehicle’s alignment checked every annual service. Or when you get your tyres changed. As a result, a lot can happen to your wheel alignment after 6,000 miles. The longer you wait to get your wheels aligned. Then the more damage can be caused. Especially to your tyres prematurely  wearing.

So van owners take heed?

Eric Roberts

Van Wheel Alignment Including Suspension

Source: Alignment & Suspension – Spring Car Care | North Bros Ford

Volvo Winter Tyres Test

Volvo Winter Tyres Test-Carried out at the Snowdome with Louise Thompson a Volvo Driver

Volvo Winter Tyres Test

Volvo Winter Tyres Test

One of my customers is a Volvo owner. Hence, one of my business objects is to talk as much as I can to my customers. I was recommending to him about the benefits fitting winter tyres to his Volvo. he referred to the fact that he had purchased a set of Nokian winter tyres. In addition he explained how he bought the tyres to combat a snow storm in January. However, by the time that he had fitted the winter tyres a bit too late to try them out as the snow had cleared quickly.

He went onto tell me the following- As a result, the bad January snow had all gone . Hence, by the time I got my Nokians fitted to steel wheels. However, there was a light dusting of snow a few weeks later.

Of course, that allowed me to experiment briefly on our very steep driveway. Consequently, our Polo, which had behaved much better than the S60 in the heavy snow. Naturally, would get stuck almost immediately it hit the slope.
As a result, I bought winter tyres for the first time last January. Soon after discovering that the S60 was worse than useless in the snow. Fitted out with regular Michelin summer tyres on 17 inch wheels.

Moreover, as soon as it hit the slightest slope it just spun the drive wheels and refused to move. Regardless of driving style and regardless of traction-control settings.

[bctt tweet=” I could feel the Nokians sliding a little. So but nothing that a passenger would have ever noticed” username=”pellonauto”]

Volvo Winter Tyres Test

There was another incident in February when I hit sheet black-ice on a country road, which had already caused three recent vehicles (one a police car) to be stranded in the ditch and another embedded in a telegraph pole.

Safely for me, I could feel the Nokians sliding a little. So but nothing that a passenger would have ever noticed . My Volvo had no trouble at all slowing down. Luckily, keeping my car on the road, and driving around the crashed cars.
It is true that in  Europe they are recommended to fit  purely winter tyres.

Although we are now looking to fit more all-weather tyres. I think that the truth is that if you live in hilly district, then proper winter tyres should be used. In countries that are flat then all-weather tyres should be fitted. Therefore ,any upgrade of your tyre in winter will benefit us all with much safer roads.

After my conversation with the guy, I felt better about the public perception. Hence, about the knowledge that more and more drivers are more savvy about winter tyres.

Eric Roberts


Snow Testing General Altimax Winter Tyres

Snow Testing General Altimax Winter Tyres-Shows what a winter tyre can do in this snow test

Snow Testing General Altimax Winter Tyres

Snow Testing General Altimax Winter Tyres

General tyres was acquired by Continental in 1987. Hence,today, operating worldwide. As a result General manufactures tyres for cars, trucks and industrial applications. Including, specialty tyres for 4×4 vehicles.

From the start, the brand has been making tyres for all kinds of motor vehicles. Creating, a large choice of tyre sizes and patterns. Thus, General Tyre continues the long tradition of being the customers’ choice when it comes to Quality, Value and Performance. Especially, for the 4X4 and Altimax products that are produced.

Subsequently, founded in 1915. General Tyre are now based in Fort Mill, South Carolina. So can look back on a proud heritage. Having proven its ability to compete in the ever changing tyre industry. With manufacturing and technological advancements for 100 years.

Unknown, to many motorists. Of course, General tyres are owned and manufactured by the great Continental tyres group. As a result, the famous AT 4×4 tyre ranges are also made by General tyres. Consequently, some in the USA and some in Europe. Therefore, the attached video shows the great performance that these tyres can cope with in winter snow conditions and also in mud and slush.

Snow Testing General Altimax Winter Tyres

These days our customers are very well educated about the virtues of winter tyres. As expected, these tyres are also much safer than summer tyres in winter driving conditions. Many drivers also know about the 7 degrees temperature rule. Of course, many do know this. Accordingly, I will explain in simple terms. Hence, that winter tyres contain a “Silica”based component. Hence, this silica, allows the tyres compound to be flexible when the outside temperature falls bellow 7 Degrees.

Summer tyres do not silica added to their compound. This flexibility allows the tyres more aggressive tread grip better. Therefore, clearly seen in the video. As a result winter tyres are much safer than summer tyres when fitted in the winter months.

Eric Roberts  General Winter tyres.

Text to go with the above video-General Tyre Altimax Winter + test in snow and mud road in Chistau Valley (Huesca – Spain)

Wheel Alignment Explained Video

Wheel Alignment Explained Video-The Importance of Proper Wheel Alignment

Wheel Alignment Explained Video

Wheel Alignment Explained Video

It is a proven fact that correct wheel alignment can help extend your tyres life. Regular, alignment checks helps you identify if your vehicle wheels are out of alignment. Therefore, it is not rocket science, to have your wheel alignment checked. Thus, at the same time as you have new tyres fitted. This video is a good example and explains what the alignment process includes.

Of course, many of our customers, do not know what the alignment procedure involves. Therefore this video, defines what common alignment is and adjusting the settings such as positive and negative camber and toe-in and toe-out.

The other complaint from our customers, involves their steering wheel. Accordingly, we may get a complaint, that their steering is pulling from left to right and visa-versa. This is often after we have fitted new tyre. Especially to the front of the vehicle.I must admit, that in busy periods, then we sometimes neglect to ask the customer to check their cars alignment.

With early snow fall. So this winter is especially busy with our customers buying winter tyres. I know that some will return with steering wheel problems. Time is always a problem in a very busy business. Unfortunately, we cant devote the time to every customer. As a result, we always advise the client to call us back if they have a problem and this has worked over the years.

We charge the driver £29.90 for a full front alignment. This is if the steering is not seized. Of course, this is a problem on the older cars. As a result, if the steering is too bad to adjust, we then re-quote for each individual job. As expected, we have to use heat equipment to release seized up parts and this costs extra money.I must stress though that most alignment jobs are straight forward and require no heating.

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Inflating your tyres

Inflating your tyres-DIY into How To Check Tyre Pressure and Inflate Tyres

Inflating your tyres

Inflating your tyres

Auto Talk 101: How to Check Tire Pressure and Inflate Tyres – as part of the expert series by GeoBeats.

Checking and inflating your tyre pressure is usually a simple process. Firstly you should check to see what your correct tyre pressure should be and you have to determine what is proper inflation for your cars tyre. Consequently, there is two pressure settings. It looks simple but some drivers may not understand this. There are two readings but most people do not realise this. Hence, the difference is what we call the regular operating pressure and also what we call maximum pressure. Of course, the maximum pressure is for when your car will be fully loaded, such as when you are loaded for your holidays.

The heavier loading may read a  maximum inflation 44 PSI. What that means is that is the maximum amount of air you can put in that tyre.Of course, without affecting the structural integrity of the tyre. This should only be done when your car is fully loaded. Therefore,you should inflate your tyre to the normal operating pressure which can be found on the inside of the door pillar or in the cars owner manual. Pressures can even be found online these days.  It is important not to over inflate your tyres. It can be dangerous and make your car uncontrollable.

Inflating your tyres

naturally, the first thing to do is remove the cap that covers your tyres valve.If your cap is ever missing you can buy a 4 pack of these at any auto parts store. Of course, you will need a pressure gauge. These are relatively cheap and can be bought from any auto-store.

If the pressure is correct to what the manual says. Hence, toy can replace the cap and you go to the next tyre. If it requires some more air, because the pressure is low, you can use the air line at the local petrol station.