Tyre Shop-Small Garage-Does Internet Marketing Really Work? now better with Googles changes

Tyre Shop-Small Garage

What advertising did we use in the past for the Tyre Shop-Small Garage

When I say Tyre Shop-Small Garage owner. I mean a garage or tyre shop that probably employ’s say from 2 up to 12 staff. Relating this to my own experience of owning three or four garages. Thus, throughout my past 40 years as a Tyre Shop-Small Garage owner.

Back in time. So, like many cars orientated entrepreneurs. Hence, that started their own businesses in the Auto trade. Promoting your tyre shop was limited to a few choices. As a tyre shop  owner. Our advertising budget was very limited. At first we depended solely on “word of mouth”. Including a small advert in the “Yellow Pages” . At the time, who were very pro-active at trying to sign up small businesses. Talking them up for larger adverts.That the tyre shop did not actually needed. I think “over selling” is the keyword here?

 I remember the first time that I wanted a small ad in “yellow Pages”. Of course we were constantly pressured into taking out more additional advertising space to compete with the bigger nationals.

Tyre Shop-Small Garage

Tyre Shop-Small Garage

Tyre Shop-Small Garage; Can a small garage or tyre shop like this one, hold out on internet marketing

In the end, they finally convinced me to take out more advertising.  With the help of spreading out the payments over a twelve-month period.  I never did know whether or not the ads worked or not. But the economy was doing well and so were we. So, in the end, I don’t think we really knew the Yellow pages effectiveness?

However, the larger companies of the seventies and eighties began to expand at pace. We were sort of pushed to compete. I saw myself as an entrepreneur and not just a tyre shop owner.

After a few years in business we  did almost everything to a car. Including servicing, tyres, engine diagnostics and not to forget Mot testing. Following the footsteps of say Kwikfit, with their American car servicing model. Imported to the UK by Tommy Farmer.

To compete we were drawn into newspaper advertising.Many a week we would buy a full page advert in our local newspaper. Covering all our services. So, over the years, we grew into having three local depots.

I am sure that many of my readers can relate to what I am saying, because so many auto-centres sprung up around the country and many had developed the same business model that still exist today, with a similar Marketing Strategy. however time went by a things remained pretty much static with people having a dabble into radio advertising and a little TV, but generally this media was a little too

Tyre Shop-Small Garage

expensive, with the radio stations once again trying to up-sell us all the time, offering better time slots or Small Business Marketing plans(at more expensive prices), but in general we left these advertising medias to the larger national companies and stuck to the newspapers, that is until we were dragged into the world of the Internet.

This was to become a crazy time for the tyre shop owner. The World was flooded by new companies offering us the World. I did not have a clue, but once again as an entrepreneur who owned a garage, I jumped in “head first” and tried to do everything I could to embrace the internet and bring my business into the 21st

Tyre Shop-Small Garage

This is now an up to date tyre shop.

century. There would be no more press advertising, we had to have a web-site, and this was going to be the future?

Well, so I thought, I completely forgot about the advertising budget and just threw thousands of pounds at this new concept trying to get a better Marketing Mix, that would rule the World and change the way that businesses operated for good. I actually thought that once we had our own website, then we would grow and grow. But of course, we didn’t: we did grow but only through the old favourite “word of mouth”. I just did not know anything about the search engines and, in particular, Google.

In the mean while the big tyre and garage companies with cash to spare started to hire “IT” men

and I as the boss started to learn about “SEO” search engine optimisation. I began taking in what I could in this alien World and began to be succored in by these “we will get you to the top” internet companies, buying links and traffic, as cheaply as I could.

Things never got much better, with my website struggling to get to page three and four and all the top tyre companies hitting number one spot and pulling in all the business. We did sell one or two things, but we were not getting any ROI (return on interest).

This was all four or five years ago and I am still hammering away at SEO, but I find that I actually enjoy writing articles for my blog, and in recent times Google are changing things that in my opinion will help the small business compete better against the big boys. My spammy link building got me into loads of trouble with Google and my site was downgraded, as were millions of other even larger sites, due to Googles huge Panda and Penguin search changes and I believe it will give the smaller business like ourselves a much better chance to compete and rank higher.

I have just finished reading an article about the advertising spend for the small business on…

Tyre Shop-Small Garage

I have now come to a different conclusion about my businesses promotional work and have decided that we should concentrate on social media, especially Facebook and my blog, as I

have mentioned in an earlier article.

I am also going to take notice of what Google are saying and only writing the best content that I can (within my educational limits), and also I will be starting to revert back to some of my earlier successful business periods and have done a deal with our local paper “The Halifax Courier” and have advertised on our very own local radio station “Phoenix Radio”. Both these companies gave us a great deal and at the moment the big companies are battling away on the internet. I have a good feeling that we may just sneak under the wire  and win back some business the old fashioned way?  I since received a Google penalty for outbound links, but after weeks of going through and checking my blog, Google revoked the penalty and i am once again on track.

Eric Roberts




US repairers gain access to manufacturer information – about servicing and repairs to cars-Motoring


Motoring US repairers gain access to manufacturer information Motoring Aftermarket servicing and repairs in the USA have won a decisive victory in the “Right to Repair” debate, with the adoption of a national agreement by the Alliance of Automobile…


eric Roberts’ insight:

American repair and servicing  industry follow Europe about Right to Repair

I must confess I am not a great fan of the European Union; I am one of the oldies who were convinced to join the union when Edward Heath was the conservative Prime Minister. We were told that it was just going to be some kind of a trade agreement and I was fooled and voted yes.

There are some things that have come out of Brussels that I belief have helped the let’s say smaller enterprises to survive against the large companies that have flourished in the past 20 years. As the owner of a small garage, I feel much happier and better protected against the car manufacturers and their main dealer garage networks.

The first protective measure that the EU brought out was in 1995 and the law was known as the “Block Exemption” which was introduced to protect the smaller enterprises from being abused by the larger and more dominant auto companies, due to the complexities of the products that were produced and sold in the motor industry.

Under these Block Exemption laws made it so that the technical data and car repair instructions were made available to the rest of the independent motor trade and not just the franchise main dealers, who would then have a great advantage over the rest of the motor industry. This also meant that motoring organisations such as the RAC and Green Flag could also repair cars on the roadside because they would have the technical equipment to do so.

Bring on the “Right to Repair Campaign”

This was a period in motoring history that because of the move to have a greener Planet, new laws were been brought out to control the emissions that were emitted from cars and helping to cause the so-called greenhouse effect. Modern cars were being controlled by computers and cars have become more and more of a challenge to Servicing a Car and repair.

The independent garage sector had to buy more engine testing equipment and plugin computers that could do multi-car diagnostics. These garages and servicing centres had also

to have extra training and access to the spare parts. I remember a meeting that was organised by Andrew Pages the aftermarket parts company, explaining what the future was

going to be like and the huge amount of equipment that we were going to need to service and repair these modern cars.

The Right to Repair Campaign was formed to inform the national and European policy makers in Brussels about the contribution that the car industry contributes to the economy and society of the European Union.It is made up of motorists consumer organisations and aftermarket stakeholders, who defend the right to repair vehicles without any obstructions so that the motoring consumers can have their cars repaired at the garage of their choice without being governed by a car manufacturer to drive the business into one of their franchised dealerships.

America has also a “Right to Repair Law” for aftermarket servicing and repairs

The adoption of a national agreement by the Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers (Alliance), the Association of Global Automakers (Global), the Automotive Aftermarket Industry Association (AAIA) and the Coalition for Automotive Repair Equality (CARE) that will be similar to the European laws and will protect the consumers choice in the car service and  repair industry. The car manufacturers will have to make available the same computer technology and parts to enable the private sector independent garages as they do to their own franchise dealerships. In the USA thought the car manufacturers will have to supply a database so that the independent sector can have access to all the date that the car maker will produce although a subscription fee will have to be paid to access the data.

This sounds to me to be very similar to the EU Block Exemption legislation and will come as great new to the American auto industry; I also believe that the Australian government are coming up with similar laws themselves.

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 have worked for a couple of 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 MotorCodes and are also a Unipart Car Care Centre.
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CAR TAX DISCS TO GO- Same Way as MOT test-Done by Computer



A typical British road tax disc

As the owner of an MOT testing station here in Halifax UK, I am always interested in any moves by the government to change the system that we use for the taxing and testing of the cars on our roads here in the UK. As a blogger on the subject of cars I also like to help inform people of any changes that may occur.

As many of the people that come to us for an MOT test do not know, the MOT Rules became computerised a few years ago now and the old hand written certificates were done away with and were replaced by an A4 size computer printout that is a receipt of your cars test results, either pass or fail.

This procedure was a great success in my opinion, all the testing received a new computer terminal and the test was carried out for that specific vehicle from a computer check list, all clever stuff. The computer does all sorts of other things but they are only important to the testing station. All the information is sent to a data base at the Vehicle & Operator Services Agency and you can check the results of an MOT test by logging onto .

The main important thing to remember is that you need an MOT test before you can tax your car, you can now do this online at the DVLA website. Another good thing about the computer system is that all the information is sent to the police and they can check instantly if the car in font has an MOT certificate registered to it.

This is why a computerised CAR TAX DISCS will tie up with the mot test

The history of the car tax goes back to 1888 and was set in motion by the then Chancellor a Mr George Goschen. At first the Ta x was on the bigger carriages owned by the wealthy, but he proposed a £1 duty to be paid every year by any vehicle that had a weight of 10 cwt or more. This was to repair the roads that were damaged by the entire vehicles that used them. This was followed in 1921 by the introduction of the actual tax disc that had to be displayed on the vehicles, very much as it is today.

This now bring me up-to-date and the scraping of the CAR TAX DISCS . From October 2014 the DVLA will no longer issue an actual CAR TAX DISCS because the system is to go computerised and will tie up with the MOT test system. This new system will not affect the car owners very much; it will just mean that they will miss the fun of trying to tear the circular disc with perforations on the new disc window when it first comes through the post or from the post office.

One of the main advantages of NO CAR TAX DISCS  system will be that we will be able to pay monthly by direct debit taking the strain off some household budgets. Another advantage is that we will be able to check when the road tax is due online, but we will still get a reminder from the post office when the tax runs out. Because the total system will be digital, the police will be able to check the road tax dodgers on camera when they check your number plate it will now tell them if the car is taxed and Mot tested or not.

mot test station sign

A few questions that don’t seem to have been answered yet are, how would a person buying a second hand car know whether the car was taxed or not? Perhaps we will be able to check on a data base. Also how would we know if a vehicle has been abandoned or not, because there would be no tax disc?

Anyhow I am sure that the whole thing will be a great success and easier for the public and the police to manage in the future.


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 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 MotorCodes and are also a Unipart Car Care Centre.


Apollo Winter Tyres to the Rescue in Yorkshire Crematorium for Halifax Funeral Company

Apollo Winter Tyres

Apollo Winter Tyres to the RescueApollo Winter Tyres


In early November we received a phone call from a local undertaker. Melia Funeral Services,here in Halifax, West Yorkshire in England UK.

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Hearses with their new winter tyres  fitted

No problem there. Because throughout the year the company normally just have a puncture fixed now and then. This is due to the fact. Hence, that their hearses do not do much mileage. Usually drive at a snail’s pace, when driving to the cemetery or crematorium.

However this call was different. Melias wanted to buy two sets of Apollo Winter Tyres for their hearses. The reason for this was that the hearses were getting stuck on the incline to the chapel in Elland crematorium, and were getting a little embarrassed when getting stuck.

We thought it was a bit funny at first but they had obviously given the problem some thought and were not prepared to get stuck this coming winter. I actually visited this crematorium  to take a look for myself, but the incline is not that steep. I think it is because the hearse drives really slowly. In a normal car you could probably take a run at this and clear it easily, even without special Apollo Winter Tyres fitted.

Apollo Winter tyres fitted

The strange thing is that last winter was the mildest for twenty years and the snowfall was minimalistic. The funeral company have kept the tyres on all year round and now that we are approaching the new cold spell, they will be keeping their fingers crossed that they did not waste their money and we have a couple of spells of snow to try out their new Apollo Winter Tyres

Here in Halifax we are in a very hilly area and sell many sets of these wheels but this is the most unusual reason that I have heard of, the hearses came in and we fitted 2 sets of 22560R16 Apollo Winter Tyres and the hearses won’t get stuck again.(we hope?) .

Eric Roberts

Hi I would like to introduce myself. Having worked in the Garage and Winter Tyres Business and Battery business now for 40 years. So, I worked for a couple of national tyre companies. Hence, before starting my first business. I now own a company here in the UK called Pellon Tyre and Auto-centre. Blogging about anything to do with cars and their related products. Of course, that will help my business.


Apollo Winter Tyres

Park Wood crematorium in Elland

Austin Mini Cooper a true Classic-Reviews Buying Guide Parts And Service Advice

Austin Mini

The Classic Austin Mini is a legend amongst enthusiast’s and the general public alike, there are not many p…


eric roberts‘s insight:

The Early Austin Mini Will Never Die

I was lucky enough, or unlucky enough (it depends how you liked or hated the Mini) to be able to work on the first mini models to come out. I was an apprentice mechanic at a Mini Dealers soon to become British Leyland garage in a small town called Batley in West Yorkshire UK.

Austin Mini

Old fashioned tyre bead breaker that we had to try and break the 10ins mini wheels with.

These little cars were pretty basic, but proposed a challenge to the main mechanics, whenever they went wrong, especially the engine unit or the gearbox and clutch. Mechanics in those days learned on the job and the front wheel drive Austin Mini became a new challenge, because the technology was completely new in a small town garage.

These small Austin Mini cars were fitted with a 948cc engine in 1959 and I was told that the selling price was £399 for a brand new car, this was in 1959 and we did not get the Austin Mini dealership until five years later.

I can remember the problems we had with the cars leaking water and the ten inch wheels that were developed by Dunlop for the Mini were really bad to remove and fit, in those days we only had tyre levers and a hand gadget for breaking the beads. This was fine on the 14 inch A35 and A 40 wheels but the 10 ins Austin Mini wheels had a very deep rim and were almost impossible to break by hand, fortunately the first tyre fitting machines were starting to evolve and we took them to the local tyre dealers, who helped us out.

I remember the worse water leak was in the boot, where the battery was fitted. Over the years they tried out different drainage methods but the metal in the Mini Countryman boot always rotted in time. Mini modification companies sprung up all over the place, including companies that made fibre-glass body panels. These included a complete front end, because this was another bad area for rusting and rotting. Indeed i fitted a new front end to one of me first mini cars, but the damned thing used to flop about in the wind at any speed over twenty miles per hour?

Despite all its faults and draw backs I loved the Austin Mini and the first four cars that I owned were Minis, I used to try all sorts of modifications, but none ever made them go faster

It was a great experience to work on these cars and in my opinion they are still much loved all over the World.

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.

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UK motorists-forking out hundreds on unexpected car repair costs – Easier (press release)

UK motorists

UK motorists forking out hundreds on unexpected car repair costs Easier (press release) British motorists forked out hundreds of pounds last year repairing whining engines, wonky wheels and patching up scrapes and dents, according to a recent…


eric roberts‘s insight:

Car Servicing has been put on the back burner by UK motorists?

In this good article by the” countrywide independent garage scheme” they carried out a straw poll of 100 UK motorists and found that many of them had car repair bills of up to £500, in fact 64% of them, to be precise.

This is no surprise to me as I believe that many UK motorists have failed to have their cars serviced, in the past two years. This neglect will lead to all kinds of problems affecting

UK motorists

Well worn out Disc Brakes and Car Brake Pads

their cars and the cars performance. We see the effects of this all the time, but I think that the most common problem is the brakes. If the cars brakes are checked on a service, then the usual things that need replacing are the pads, this together with a good brake cleaning is usually all that is required.

The problem then is that if the car is not serviced, then the Brake pads wear even further down before getting down to the metal plate. This then affects the brakes especially the Disc Brakes and because it

New Brake Discs and Car Brake Pads fitted

then becomes metal on metal then the discs get damaged and they may need replacing. Other problems include the brake cylinders overheating and leaking and the problems can go on and on, always leading to a bigger repair bill for the UK motorists.

This is also a problem with the modern engines. The engines these days are controlled by a computer system in the car and if the filters and oil are not changed then the parts that are part of the engine management system can start to fail and the engine light will illuminate in the cars dashboard, often causing panic amongst the drivers who come into us garages to have the problem checked out. Sometimes the problem is a simple one and the car only requires an oil and filter change and other times it could be more complicated, but in the main most of the causes are due to the car not having a service and general neglect.

Although we are not members of the country wide garage scheme, we are a member of the Unipart Car Care Centres (UCCC), but we all share the same thoughts and know what the problems are likely to be if the car is not serviced.

Another slightly worrying trend amongst car drivers is the concept of using the annual MOT Test as a gauge for the condition of their car. The MOT test is not the same as having a regular service, and although the test is fairly strict it is not the same as having a good service say once a year. The UK motorists  can then keep an eye out on such things as your oil levels and tyre pressures and check your own light bulbs.

We all understand that money is tight but in my opinion the failure to service your car will lead to the UK motorists having bigger problems and bigger repair bills.

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.


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Car Safety Tips-for Women Garage Users – (Although Everyone can benefit from Car Safety Tips)

Car Safety Tips for Women

While everyone can benefit from car safety tips, you will have to admit that women are more likely to need these tips to help them out during unexpected and unfamiliar situations. While it would be great if a woman were well versed and equipped to handle wonky Disc Brakes or out of aligned tyres, that isn’t usually the case. Find below some great car safety tips to help you out and manage the unforeseen when you are driving.

When your car brakes fail

Before all else, check if your car is equipped with anti-lock brakes or just regular ones. Knowing this important bit of information will help you determine how to manage when your brakes fail. To know this, when a light goes on with the logo ABS when you start your car, then you have anti-lock brakes. If no light goes on, then you have regular brakes.  If your brakes Car Safety Tipsfail, you need to downshift to a lower gear first. Next, pump your brakes three to four times to build up the brake fluid pressure. If this does not work, your next option would be to use the parking brake. Do this gradually, not abruptly, and be ready for the car to skid. With anti-lock brakes, practice your sudden stops at safe street situations to get a feel of how they should perform.  When you press the brake all the way down, you should feel a strong vibration at the pedal, which will let you know the ABS system is working the way it should.

When car isn’t driving straight

If your car is veering to the left or right even when your steering wheel is straight, chances are your wheels may need to be aligned. But before you head off to have them aligned, make sure to check off other possibilities that may cause your car to tend towards another direction when the steering wheel is straight.

Are you tyres properly inflated? Make sure they are inflated to the recommended  pressure, which you ought to find on the label attached to the driver’s side door. What about the wear pattern? Are you tyres round or are they out of shape? Are there missing pieces or lumps  along the side-wall? Also make sure that all your tyres are of the same type. Having several kinds  on one car can make for an unstable ride.

Once you have determined that there is nothing physically wrong with yours, you should bring in your vehicle for proper and professional wheel alignment to keep your vehicle running properly  and safely.

Unstable steering, clanking and banging sounds while driving, vibrations while driving

This could indicate a problem with your suspension. The suspension system of a vehicle takes the heaviest wear from the road and it is an important part in keeping your car stable while driving and ensures the driver and passenger’s safety.  If you go over a hump and the car continues to bounce up and down, chances are your shock absorbers are worn and may need

Car Safety Tips

Some garages employ female mechanics who are always willing to give Car Safety Tips

replacing. Clanking and banging sounds may indicate that your shocks are getting caught and not bouncing back. Vibrations while driving on smooth surfaces should clue you in to have your shocks and suspension checked because they are not supposed to occur on a smooth road.

They say an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. It is better to maintain your car properly and routinely in order to avoid any major mishaps. Most Car Safety Tips are useful, but you need to make sure to take your vehicle to a reputable and  professional garage that will ensure outstanding results and keep your car humming for a long time.

At Point-S, the leading independent dealer network, we’re all about tyres and more. We will help you keep your auto in excellent condition so it will always be road worthy and safe for anyone to drive- male or female. And as an accredited Unipart Car Care Centre garage, you are assured that our standards are up to par with theirs.

             An open and honest approach with the customers

             A high standard of work and excellent value for money

            At least 12 month guarantee on parts and labour

             An open invitation to inspect, review and rate the garages of your choice to make the best informed decision for your needs  

Now there is no more reason not to keep safe on the road.  

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 Cheap 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.


Two Person Car-The world’s most aerodynamic two-person car achieves 110km/hr on batteries … – Quartz

Geeky gadgets

The world’s most aerodynamic two person car achieves 110km/hr on batteries …


eric roberts‘s insight:

Two Person Car-New car project will play a big part

This new car design is claimed to be one of the most aerodynamic car ever built with greater efficiency than many other cars ever designed. The guy who designed the cars and the cars engineers were funded

by a scheme called the “Kickstarter Campaign”. This is a business funding scheme that lets investors offer the collateral towards any worthy project that they feel as though they could invest in, and the investors will offer their money to make the Project Management work. The Project Ideas will have a time limit and the money is paid out at the end

Two Person Car


of the project.

Funding has been very effective at creating new ventures and getting the inventors and investors round a table to help get some great ideas off the ground, including this Two Person Car . As I have said the money will not be paid out until the project has been finished and up to this day over 40% of projects have reached their climax for more information…

“The name of the new Two Person Car will be Urbee, because of its lozenge shape and it has the ability to slip through the air. The car will be driven by a 7 horse power engine the type used in a lawn mower and is thought to be capable of speeds nearing 70mph, the top speed allowed on British motorways. To prove the cars “green status” the engineers who made the car are hoping to travel from New York to San Francisco on just 10 gallon of bio-fuel a distance of just short of 3000miles, which must be some kind of World record ,if it is achieved.

The car was put together by a 3D printer, which allows for seamless parts

Which makes the car more efficient and reduces the total weight of the completed car. The parts are thinner and much lighter than the ones which are made from the conventional car manufacturing methods”.



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Car Repair Garages-This is the way forward for car repair garages? ChipsAway in Abingdon puts customers first.

Car Repair Garages

Smart receptions in the car repair garages like this should be the norm in 2013

If your heart sinks every time you know that a trip to the Car Repair Garages for a minor car  repair garages, scuff or dent repair is needed, you’re not alone. (Is this the way forward for car repair garages? ChipsAway in Abingdon puts customers first.

For the car repair garages to survive they must have modern facilities for their customers.Car Repair Garages

This is a point I have been making for the past twenty years at least. The American companies were the first to supply their customers with a reception and waiting room for the car repair garages. This was picked up by Tom Farmer when he visited America and on his return home decided that this was the way forward, and implemented the new style reception areas into his early Kwik-fit empire.

After that Car Repair Garages UK all over the UK began to copy his style of operation, but many of the Auto Repair Services and car repair garages were too small and half of them were just back street dirty places and would not have warranted money spending on them. Altogether though it was a huge improvement and many tyre depots and Car Repair Garages where brought into the twentieth century and were fit for motorists to sit in while their car was been repaired, or their tyres were been fitted.

As time went on more and more ladies were taking up driving and the move to step up the facilities in the car repair garages was imminent. The customers wanted a better experience when visiting the garage or tyre depot for work doing on their cars. The main dealer garages started to introduce courtesy cars, to loan to their customers while work was been carried out on their cars, a good idea!

The courtesy car idea became a little tarnished when some of the garages started to charge for their use, or for insurance. I thought this was a negative affect and was not in the spirit of the idea. We at Pellon Tyre and Autocentre in Halifax UK provide courtesy cars for our customers, mainly because we are about two miles out of the town centre, and it allows our customers to go shopping or to work, while their car is been repaired.

Many of the switched on Car Service Garages offer their clients  a free coffee machine in their reception as well as a TV and up-to-date magazines for their entertainment while they are waiting for a Car Repairs or an MOT or a tyre fitting. In my opinion this is what today’s modern consumer wants, this coupled with the fact that as I have said earlier, many of our customers are now ladies and they do not want to turn up to a dirty old Car repair garages in their nice clean clothes.

So this standard is the way forward and any garage or tyre fitting station that does not have customer facilities will fall behind and eventually perish.  

Eric Roberts …

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 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.

car repair garages

A smart reception like this one will be important for the car repair garages survival in the future

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Range Rover Sport and Some Other Nice Cars for the MOT TEST.

Range Rover Sport

Range Rover Sport

Ryan fitting the new discs and pads to the red BMW Mini

I love taking some pictures and writing small articles.Especailly, about the cars that we have had presented to us. Hence, for different work to be carried out. So, it also pleases me that our customers trust us to look after their cars.Naturally, whilst they are in our care. Subsequently, this week for instance we have had a really diverse mix of cars. From an Aston Martin to a Reliant Robin that came in for a new battery fitting.

Another smart looking car was a very nice Range Rover Sport, a 2007 model. Turning  up for an MOT test and a service. I must admit that I didn’t like these cars a first. Of course, some of the later models are excellent cars. This particular car had a problem with a diesel leak. Which we found out to be a leak coming through one of the near side injectors.

Ryan Linton my chief mechanic fixed the car by fitting a new injector seal, this was an option that we had rather than fit a complete injector this also saved the customer a few pounds in repair fees.

The Range rover had a set of 22 inch tyres and wheels fitted, and the tyres were wearing away at the edges, but Ryan issued an advisory notice for this and did not fail the car. After the car was serviced and washed the car was collected by another happy customer.

Next job for an MOT test a smart red BMW Mini

I must admit that I prefer the old BLMC Minis to the new BMW Minis but some of the colour schemes on the BMW Minis are just special. The car that we had in for an MOT test was in my favourite colour red. The car was really eye catching and I could not resist taking a picture.

Range Rover Sport

Range Rover Sport in for a service and an MOT test

The Mini was the next test after the Range Rover and failed the test on the brake tester. The customer gave us permission to do the brake work and after removing the wheels we found that the car required discs and pads at the front and pads to the rear. We are a Unipart Car Care Centre and so we fitted genuine Unipart discs and pads.

Ryan finished the job and the BMW Mini went on its way with another very happy customer.

Post Written by Eric Roberts… www.mot-halifax

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