6-month MOT exemptions Ending-will be ending on 1 August –

6-month MOT exemptions Ending

6-month MOT exemptions Ending

There is no doubt that this is great news for ourselves and thousands of garages throughout the UK. So, over the years we have structured our garage businesses around the MOT testing system that we all  know now. MOT Testing protects millions of drivers by making sure that the majority of vehicles are kept up to a certain standard.

Thus making them roadworthy and fit for driving. At the same time keeping other drivers safe. Importantly, this dreaded “Coronavirus” put a temporary stop to testing. Giving drivers a bit of a leeway when it came to having their cars and vans tested.

I did not agree !

Of course as a garage owner I did not agree with this decision. In my opinion it was just playing about on the edges, when it came to restricting people to stay indoors. Thoughtfully, the original decision was so that key worker would not have to bother having a test until a later date! Also people who were in lockdown could do the same and not worry about going out just to get their vehicles MOT tested.

Fortunately, we have a certain type of person in the UK. Who always wants to live their lives accordingly. In other words if the car needs a test then they will have it tested. These were the people who helped us keep on a skeleton staff. Including one of our testers Dale Linton.

So over the past weeks and months we have furloughed some of our staff. However because of the support of our customers and steady increase in MOT tests we have almost returned to a full staffing level. Now that we have received this good news about full testing resuming on the 1st August then we will all be back at work.

Eric Roberts

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Diesel Cars Future-What does 2017 have in store for diesel tech?

Diesel Cars Future

Diesel Cars Future

Diesel Cars Future

This could be the year 2017, when diesel drivers are hit for a six. We all remember the words of Gordon Brown. Hence, telling us all that diesel was to be the future. Many of us switched to diesel. This fuel also provided us with a better return on our pockets. Due to better miles per gallon. In fact as I remember we were also given tax breaks when buying diesel vehicles.

Look at the situation know? Diesel owners are going to be the victim of possible tax hikes and even city centre bans. What a load of rubbish?

Many of the leading car companies have been cheating us for years. Giving false emission figures when their cars were really heavy pollutants.The task of ridding our roads of diesel cars will be enormous. It is anticipated that there is around 10 million diesel cars in Britain at the moment. Diesel engines are much more efficient than the old black smoke blowing diesel cars of ten years ago. A good article to look at.

Eric Roberts

 

Source:     What does 2017 have in store for diesel tech?

069 Bentley Battery-Bentley Brooklands calls in to Pellon Tyres for a New Battery Fitting.

069 Bentley Battery

Beautiful Bentley calls in for a new 069 Bentley Battery fitting

On a  lovely sunny day last week. We had a very special car call in for the  Battery testing. Hence, the car was a Bentley. Subsequently, the owner told us a bit of the history of the car. For this reason he explained that the car was indeed a Bentley Brooklands . Because of special extras that the car was kitted out with. Thus , car shone in the Winter sun. Therefore, attracted attention from some of our other customers . Who were  in the garage at the time. As a result, I certainly had to go look and took this picture for my blog.

Incidentally the car was fitted with an 069 Bentley Battery, this is the most common battery fitted to these cars.  

 Brookland Cars continued Bentley’s relatively angular design theme. which was also used on contemporary Rolls-Royce vehicles. Throughout the 1980s and early 1990s. Accordingly, the exterior design featured the classic Bentley waterfall grille . As well as dual headlights with wraparound parking lights. As in many Bentley and Rolls-Royce vehicles.

Then the Brooklands also featured the trademark descending boot lid and chrome B-pillars. Remarkably,the interior remained relatively unchanged . Thus, from previous Bentley models . With a more curvaceous design elements surrounding the leather-wrapped centre console. Moreover, the steering wheel and interior door panels remained unchanged.

Although the one major change . Would be the relocation of the gear selector to the centre console . For decades the standard practice among R-R and and Bentley models utilised a steering column mounted selector. The interior continued to be surrounded by ample wood grain which featured engraved, lighter-colored outlines on the door panels.In the U.S. prices for the Brooklands started at around $156,500… http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bentley_Brooklands.

The 069 has now become a very popular battery size. It is fitted to many car models, including many imported cars, such as Nissan, Toyota, Mitsubishi and many more.

069 Bentley Battery

Beautiful Bentley Brooklands calls in for a 069 Bentley Battery

 

coronavirus protection

independent garages Test and Trace-What ‘Test and Trace’ means for independent garages – Garagewire

independent garages Test and Trace

The new NHS Test and Trace service, which was launched yesterday (Thursday 28 May) in England, has raised concerns about the possible repercussions for independent garages. The programme aims to help identify, contain and control COVID-19

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independent garages Test and Trace

So, in my opinion one of the big problems from this pandemic is the “haves and have nots”. Of course we are all one country but there are significant differences in the amount of infections across the country. Cities and large suburban areas are of course the worst hit by this terrible virus. Here in West Yorkshire where I live then the virus is practically unheard of.

In fact I do not personally know of one person that has contracted the disease!  Isolation has also been a key to individuals not catching covid 19. When we see the terrible loss of life in places like London and Birmingham then it makes me feel thankful of where I live! In beautiful Yorkshire! Yes there has been cases in our area but with  much smaller population then we must be thankful. Why people want to cram into the huge conurbations of London I just dont know.

People go on about the quality of life and the wonderful things that London has to offer but two days is all I can stand. Like millions of other people I am afraid that I will be keeping away for the foreseeable future. Other negative things include the massive attempt to keep traffic off the roads of London. Of course in the disguise of a pollution tax. Well good luck to you all and just keep watching “The Yorkshire Vet” and dream of a better place to live!

London should have been shut down and close it off at the M25. This would have spared our economy and the rest of the country from been sucked in and having to suffer. But they didn’t and what happened happened?

independent garages Test and Trace

Anyone who tests positive for coronavirus will be contacted by NHS Test and Trace and will need to share information about their recent interactions.

This could include household members, people with whom they have been in direct contact, or within two metres for more than 15 minutes.

People identified as having been in close contact with someone who has a positive test must stay at home for 14 days, even if they do not have symptoms, to stop unknowingly spreading the virus.

If those in isolation develop symptoms, they can book a test online or by calling 119.

What ‘Test and Trace’ means for independent garages – Garagewire

Eric Roberts

Eric Roberts

Cheap Exhaust Pipes-Not Any More? Why are they more expensive on modern cars?

Cheap Exhaust Pipes

Different reasons why the Cheap Exhaust Pipes cost more.

Going way back in time. I can remember when we used to buy Cheap Exhaust Pipes in bulk quantities. Until changes started to happen. Because, car manufacturers became computerized . Therefore, they were able to change car designs and shapes at a much faster pace.

Cheap Exhaust Pipes

A modern exhaust part costs more but better made

The car models.  When I first started fitting car “Exhaust Pipes”. Were fitted for years before they were changed. Hence, cars like the Vauxhall Viva (remember the old vivas?), Vauxhall Cavaliers, the Minis . Of course, the VW beetles were also very common. Because these cars were built in such huge quantities we could buy the Cheap Exhaust Pipes in bulk and pass the savings onto the customers.

After the start up of Kwik-fit many smaller companies like my self started up as Tyre and Exhaust centres and because they were a relatively new concept we enjoyed great success and thrived, with Cheap Exhaust Pipes one of big sellers.

No internet selling exhaust pipes

Of course things changed with the advent of the internet. At first it did not affect us , but the old faithful car models began to decline followed by cars that were built in smaller quantities with different designs and engine sizes within the same car models. This meant different exhaust fitted to the same models, for example the same car may have a 1.1 or a 2.0 litre engine requiring a different exhaust system to be fitted. This change made it

Cheap Exhaust Pipes

badly repaired exhaust box two

difficult to keep a large stock of exhausts at Cheap Exhaust Pipes prices, because of the vastness of the stock we would require.

Cheap Exhaust Pipes

This brought a string of large exhaust wholesalers selling Cheap Exhaust Pipes to the fast fit centres and regular garages. Here in Halifax we had five companies who were wholesaling exhausts  and this meant that another string of costs were added to the price of an exhaust pipe to the general pubic and therefore a rise in cost.

Also better manufacturing methods made the exhaust pipes last longer

As time went by Cheap Exhaust Pipes were not as important to us fast-fit centres and we went onto other things such as servicing and MOT testing, also car batteries became a more important of our business, although we still fit exhausts, but nowadays they are better made and last much longer than they used to last, but better quality means that the motorists get a better deal with a better product, but at a much higher price.

This post was written by Eric Roberts a member of  Point-S

How Old Are Your Car’s Tyres ? Heres how to check your sidewall.

How Old Are Your Car’s Tyres

How Old Are Your Car's Tyres

How Old Are Your Car’s Tyres

Because of the rise of the illegal partworn tyres. Then I think it important to explain “how to check the age” of your tyres. There are no strict rules about this subject. However it is thought that tyres start to deteriorate. Of course, when they ar five year old and above.
This knowledge is specially important if you have recently purchased a second hand car. Or were tempted into buying some second hand tyres. Tyre date codes were changed in the year 2000. Hence, from three digits to four digits. Therefore, pre-2000 tyres would be as such. say the age code was 261. Then this tyre was made in the 26th week of 1991. Moreover, after 2000 a tyre code of 5110, would mean that the tyre was made in the 51st week of 2010.
An old customer recently came into our tyre depot in Halifax, Yorkshire, UK. Fred as we will call him. Bought a second hand car from a lady whose husband had recently passed away. The car had been stood in a garage for a few years. Consequently, the car was in good condition. The mileage was 47000 and the car was a Vauxhall Vectra.

How Old Are Your Car’s Tyres

The vectra was in immaculate condition. However, Fred only wanted the tyres checking. The car had two makes of tyres fitted. Accordingly, two were Michelin zx and the other two were both BF Goodrich. The tyres had tell tale “cracking”. Hence, on the bead and shoulder area of the tyres. Cracking is a tell tale sign of aging tyres?
However, we were horrified to find that the Michelin tyres were 29 years old and the BFG were 25 years old respectively. Fred could not understand this. As a result we insisted that he took the car back from whence it came. On his return to the garage. Then the guy said that this could not be true. because he had the tyre fitted specially for Fred. When the car was purchased.How Old Are Your Car's Tyres
What had happened is now turning out to be a common thing. That is that second hand car dealers are fitting part worn tyres instead of new tyres. These old tyres were fitted as a cost cutting measure and could easily have killed the guy. Fred was extremely lucky?
The garage owner could see the errors in his way and fitted fred a new set of tyres. Furthermore, he never trusted a part worn tyre dealer again and always fitted budget new tyres onto his sales cars. Vauxhall vectras are big cars and a blowout was just waiting to happen,
Lastly, it is a good idea to check out the dates and the age of the tyres on your vehicles. Including trailers and caravans. If you have any doubt . Then change your tyres for new ones. It could be an accident waiting to happen.
Eric Roberts

23 Year Old Tyres-AA man spots nearly-new car fitted with a 23-year-old tyres

23 Year Old Tyres

23 Year Old Tyres

23 Year Old Tyres

This article is a follow on from my other part worn tyre blogs. Although, I am not certain, then I think these tyres would have been sold as part worns. For this reason, the best we could do at Pellon Tyres here in Halifax, UK, was a nineteen year old Michelin tyre. Consequently, this tyre was bought as a part worn by one of our so called customers.

The tyre was picked out on a service. For this reason, we always check the tyres. Especially of late? This is because of all the illegal part worn tyres that some of our customers are buying. When ever we show them what we find wrong about their tyres, they appear to be embarrassed? I am sure that they do know what they are doing.Buying a part worn tyre for £20 helps their household budget.

However, this is false economy and has been proven many times by organisations such as tyresafe.org.

Eric Roberts

The combined age of the four tyres fitted to the three-year-old car – believed to be fitted by the used car dealership that sold it – were a staggering 64 years.

other reading  http://www.thisismoney.co.uk/money/cars/article-3791367/AA-man-spots-nearly-new-car-fitted-23-year-old-tyres.html

Source: AA man spots nearly-new car fitted with a 23-year-old tyres | This is Money

Halifax Unipart Centre-Benefits of Unipart Car Care Centres (UCCC)

Halifax Unipart Centre

Halifax Unipart Centre the sign of quality

Vehicles are among the most essential parts within our lives. Virtually everyone owns their own vehicle, whether it is for public use or private use. To Halifax Unipart Centreensure that your vehicle maintains its pristine condition, it is essential to periodically visit a car care centre.  Unipart car care centres are ideal destinations for repairing and maintaining vehicles. There are numerous benefits that vehicle owners attain when they take their vehicles to these dealers.

Halifax Unipart Centre

Halifax Unipart Centre

  • The first benefit is that the Halifax Unipart Centre possess expert mechanics who have mastered every minute detail about automobiles. This lets them handle any form of issue with your vehicle and they may undo most significant damages to your automobile. They typically repair, check or service your batteries, wiper blades, tyre pressure, clutch, lights, brakes and engine. These repairs will ensure that your vehicle remains pristine and that will protect it from the strain it typically faces.
  • The second benefit is that the mechanics offer peace of mind. They have mastered virtually everything about vehicles due to their immense experience along with their training. Whatever make or model your vehicle might be, the mechanics know all of its workings. To them, it is irrelevant whether your vehicle is vintage, rare or foreign. They also possess all the ideal pieces of equipment along with tools to repair or to service your vehicle. They guarantee that your vehicle’s condition will improve. Hence, the mechanics offer peace of mind as you remain assured that they are the most ideal experts to handle your vehicle.

Halifax Unipart Centre

  • The third benefit is that the Halifax Unipart Centre  mechanics are cost-effective. Their charges typically reflect the type of repair or service they perform. If your vehicle has sustained extensive damage or requires extensive servicing, their services will reflect that. In fact, their charges are often reasonable with immense damages. Likewise, their charges are relatively minute if your vehicle does not need plenty of work. The mechanics, in addition, are insured. This means that they will not charge for any issues that may arise when they attempt to repair or service your vehicle.
  • The fourth benefit is that the mechanics offer additional services. For instance, if your car has broken down somewhere and you cannot move it, you may hire them to tow your vehicle. This will be considerably more affordable and convenient than paying an independent towing company. The mechanics also offer ideal advice. Your vehicle may require new parts like brakes or headlights. If so, these Halifax Unipart Centre professionals may offer advice on the type of parts are most ideal. For instance, there are brand new spare parts that are considerably expensive but are essential for certain parts, like gearboxes. There are also recycled spare parts which are affordable and may be ideal for parts like headlights. Halifax Unipart Centre also offer advice on whether a particular component needs to be repaired or if it requires replacement. Their advice is primarily to suit you and your budget.

On the whole, Unipart car care centres are ideal centres for having your vehicle repaired or serviced. They are affordable and effective.

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

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MOT extension- We’re in uncharted territory mistakes will be made but the MOT extension is a big one – Garagewire

MOT extension

MOT extension

MOT extension

So, here at Pellon Autocentre in Halifax UK, we are trying the “suck it and see” method. According to the statistics then there are a certain amount of drivers out there who will have their vehicle go through the MOT test. We currently have most of our staff off furloughing .

Unbalanced days have become the norm. Some days we are busy and others relatively quiet. Not wanting to brag but in the good old days we would be fully booked with MOT testing all the time. Enabling me and my staff to enjoy a comfortable life style.

We all work very hard but are successful because we feel that we are fair to the customers and really do try to give the best service in the Halifax area.

Covid 19 messed us all up

However enter “covid 19” and all our worlds were turned upside down! Thanks for that China ! Going forward I do think that we will recover partly thanks to the British Governments actions and the common sense of the British public. I do think that we were very disciplined when it came to “self-isolating.

Only time will tell! at least we are having some great summer weather! Could you imagine what could have been if it had rained every day ?

Eric Roberts

Eric Roberts

Well these are interesting days that none of us have ever experienced the like of. Andy Parsons of Shortfield garage in Surrey. As we entered March this year, it was already clear that we were in

Source: Opinion: We’re in uncharted territory mistakes will be made but the MOT extension is a big one – Garagewire

Firestone Tyres Online-A guide to buying Firestone tyres online.

Firestone Tyres Online

Firestone Tyres Online

Whether you got a flat tyre and need a replacement, or whether you like to keep your tyre treads up to date , drivers will find that shopping for Firestone tyres online

Firestone Tyres Online

Early Firestone tyre adverts before you could get Firestone Tyres Online

is going to save them money on the prices, and will give them the most selection of Firestone tyres to choose from. Due to the fact that the online retailer does not have to keep a store front, they are going to carry the most extensive product line. Therefore, no matter what style car, truck, or van drivers own, they are going to have more selection of tyres to choose from when purchasing cheap car tyres online.

Another factor drivers will find is that they are going to pay lower prices when choosing to shop online. As the online retailer is strictly online, and do not have a warehouse full of inventory, or pay rent on a monthly basis for their store front, they can pass the savings on to customers. By simply ordering the Firestone tyres as the consumer orders them, the online retailer will ship the tyres directly to their customer, and as there are such low costs for the online merchant, the customers who buy their car tyres online will save on the prices they are going to pay.

Firestone Tyres Online

Firestone Firehawk tyre one of the many Firestone Tyres Online available

The online retailer is also going to have an extensive Firestone tyres selection.

 Whether you do on road or off road driving, whether you race your car, or whether you drive on horrible terrains and road conditions, when choosing to buy cheap car tyres online, consumers are going to find specific Firestone Tyres Online for each of these road conditions. So, whether it is a smooth ride from the house to your job, or whether you go off road driving on the weekends, the online site such as Pellon Tyres in Halifax is going to carry tyres which meet the demands each driver, and their car, might have.

Firestone Tyres Online

Quality brand names, and the most durable tyres on the road can also be found when you choose to shop online. Whether consumers want to find the cheaper tyres, which will last them 30,000 miles, or whether drivers are looking for the top quality Firestone Tyres Online which will last them up to 75,000 miles (plus), when they choose to shop online, they are going to have this option, and various tyres to consider. So, comparing what is available, and finding the tyres which meet your own personal needs, are also some things which a consumer can do when they choose to buy car tyres online, rather than with the dealer or auto mechanic directly.

From savings, to the selection, brand name choice, and the greatest product quality, consumers are bound to find what they are looking for when they choose to shop with the best online retailer for their new Firestone Tyres Online. Considering this option, and visiting the online site will give you the choice to compare tyres, and find the ones which are most suitable for your driving needs, in order to ensure you choose the right product when the time comes for customers to purchase your new cheap car tyres online.