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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 .co.uk

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Apollo Winters -When To Fit Your Winter Tyres?

Apollo Winters

Apollo Winters

Winter tyres are very important for drivers who generally drive in icy, slushy and snowy conditions and also for those who drive in areas are prone to very low temperatures and large snow falls yea…

Apollo Winters

eric roberts‘s insight:

Apollo Winter Tyres

This is the time of year in early November that we should be thinking about fitting Apollo Winters. Winter tyres come in all sizes and makes.

Winter tyres are made from special compounds. Working best at temperatures of 7 degrees or less. Of course, most of the UK experiences temperatures below this between December and February. Hence, we can usually expect frost on almost half the days of winter. With this type of tyre, your stopping distance can be shortened by up to 11 meters.Especially, on icy roads, and your vehicle’s handling will be greatly improved. Thus, reducing the risk of skidding, aquaplaning or sliding.

In winter, the condition and performance of your tyres is extremely important. Winter tyres have a specially designed tread and composition. So,in order to provide the most effective grip.Including, handling and safety for drivers. It’s an excellent idea, therefore, to change to specialist tyres to improve your winter driving. Also, increase your fuel efficiency and ensure the safety of you and your passengers during the winter months. popular ones that we sell here at Pellon tyres in the foothill of the Pennine mountain range, here in West Yorkshire UK, are the mid-range winter tyres. These come in some well-known tyre manufacturer names such as Yokohama tyres and Apollo Winters. These brands are well respected and tried brands of tyres and have been well proven by hundreds of my own customers over the years in bad wintry conditions.

The cheap tyres brands also do well, including Infinity winter tyres and Jinyu winter tyres, all of which are kept in stock, for the winter period. But now in early November is the time to start fitting your winter tyres, the weather can change overnight. We have just experienced our first heavy frost so the snow will not be far behind.

Eric Roberts…www.batteriesonthweb.co.uk

Eric Roberts

Hi I would like to introduce myself. I have worked in the Garage and tyre and Battery business now for 40 years.

Tyre Safes New Campaign

Women Motorists-use cars as ‘second wardrobe’ – Telegraph

Beauty products and spare clothing are kept in the cars in case of emergency, a survey has revealed (Half of young Women Motorists #drivers use their #car as a ‘second wardrobe’ according to a recent survey @TeleMotoring

 

Eric Roberts‘s insight:

They sure do i think we all agree that most Women Motorists are caught out putting on their makeup. Some of them even do it while they are driving along in their cars!! well well.

Although this is not an offense on its own. Then such things as putting your make up on while driving. Including, drinking and eating food. So, comes under the heading of “CARELESS DRIVING”.

Apart from Women Motorists putting on makeup while driving , motorists can also be fined if they are caught messing around with their stereo or such other things as combing and brushing your hair . If you have one or both hands off the steering wheel while driving your car and are spotted by a police officer you can be prosecuted for careless driving. More reading…http://www.carrentals.co.uk/blog/10-illegal-things-we-all-do-when-driving.html

heavy fine can follow !

The fine for such an offense can be around the £200 mark and also comes with 6 points on your license. Of course, there will be a strong possibility that your car insurance will be increased. Because when you have been fined , you must report the offense to your insurance company. Consequently, they could increase your premiums. Significantly, the offense of careless driving, (according to the DVLA) . Importantly, means that you were not in total control of your car. So, is considered to be a serious offense resulting in a fine and points.Women Motorists

Only the other week I observed that a Women Motorists. In my rear view mirror in the car  behind me.  Frighteningly, was putting her make up on. While we were stood at some traffic lights. Subsequently, when the lights changed to green ! She was still putting her makeup on and missed the green light ! I could hear the cars behind her hooting at her but she just carried on with what she was doing.

 

Eric Roberts

Hi I would like to introduce myself. So, I have worked in the Garage and tyre and Battery business now for 40 years. Working for a couple for national tyre companies in my younger days. Of course, before starting my first business. Now owning a garage and MOT testing centre, here in the UK. Naturally, called Pellon Tyre and Auto-centre. A keen blogger about anything to do with cars and their related products that will help my business. Finally, we are members of Point-S and Trading Standards and are also a Unipart Car Care Centre and of course Tyre-safe.

 

See on www.telegraph.co.uk

Air Filters-How they Work-Chevy High Performance Magazine

Air Filters

Air Filters

How Air Filters Work

Chevy High Performance Magazine

For performance air filter manufacturers like Airaid, determining the ideal filter design for each vehicle application is a balancing act between optimal flow and packaging constraints.

 

eric roberts‘s insight:

What do CAR AIR FILTERS DO?

Air filters are very important parts of your cars performance system. They help your engine breathe easily by filtering out the dirt and dust that enters your car engine. The car engine sucks in tremendous amounts of air, and this air must be perfectly clean.

It is amazing what the engine will suck in, in summer time it sucks in millions of insects and dust particles and in autumn and winter apart from dirt and grime, the engine sucks in leaves and even water from the winter rains. All these things can end up in the engine compartment and eventually would be sucked into the inlet ports, but your air filter stops all this happening.

The air filter is most often encased in a plastic holder, or older cars could be made of metal. This casing is a secondary filter safeguard and is sometimes they are shaped like

kitchen pans, with the air intake looking like the pan handle, but the more modern cars have them shaped to fit in with the engine compartment. The plastic box has its own filter

air filters

Dirty air filter ready for changing

slits which helps trap larger objects such as leaves.

Air Filters

It is therefore very important to have your car serviced at regular intervals and to make sure that the garage changes the oil and air filter by asking them to see the old ones when you pick the car up. If you do not change the air filter it will slowly clog up with dirt and starve your engine from oxygen.

This will hamper the performance of your car. The biggest problem is in Fuel-injected cars, because a dirty oil filter will hamper the performance of your car. It is great when a customer has just had his car serviced and notices the difference in the cars performance, this is usually because of the new air and oil filters.

Air filters are manufactured by many different companies, but here in Halifax UK we use Unipart filters because of the quality of the parts and we are a Unipart Car Care Centre.

Thanks Eric Roberts member of… MotorCodes.co.uk

Eric Roberts

Hi I would like to introduce myself. I have worked in the Garage and tyre and Battery business now for 40 years . Working for a couple for national tyre companies in my younger days. Hence, before starting my first business. Now own a garage and MOT testing centre.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. Members of Point-S and Motor-Codes. So, also a Unipart Car Care Centre and of course Tyre-safe.

Your winter tyres-Making sure your ready for your winter tyres – KSHB-Eric Roberts

Your winter tyres

Your winter tyres

Your winter tyres, will help you drive like this in the coming winter

KSHB

Tips from Toby: Making sure your winter tyres are ready for winter

KSHB

“The control of the vehicle, you can imagine having three tires at the proper pressure and one that is say 10 pounds or even 15 too low.

 

eric roberts‘s insight:

Your winter tyres Tips from Eric

Winter is now on its way here in the Northern hemisphere, and if you want to get to work on time and impress your boss, it is time to fit your winter tyres.

Your winter tyres do not only give your car stability in snow, but they also protect you by gripping the road better in very wet conditions and prevent your car from aquaplaning. This is when a film of water forms between the road surface and your tyres, causing your car to lose grip with the road surface.

We always fit Best Winter Tyres to our vehicles and I can guarantee that they make you feel much safer in snow and bad inclement weather, and that’s because they are much safer than summer ones.

Summer tyre lose their suppleness  when the temperature drops below 7 degrees C, whereas Your winter tyres contain silica in the compound, which helps them to be more flexible

Your winter tyres

Yokohama racing experience have given an edge in tyre development.

and aid gripping to the road surface in cold weather. A couple of brands that i would recommend, would be a budget tyre brand called Jinyu and a mid-range tyre brand called Nokian Tyres UKboth these  brands have been tested and proven by us here in Halifax UK, and in many other Winter Tyres Test Results.

Your winter tyres-Thanks Eric Roberts

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

See on www.kshb.com

RENAULT MEGANE-Fails MOT Test (miserably?) massive rust problems.

RENAULT MEGANE Turns up for the MOT test with a massive hole in the sills

RENAULT MEGANE,mot test

Renault Megan with huge hole in the sill

When you run an MOT test centre, we see all sorts of things on the cars that we test. In general motorists a re very good and the majority look after their cars. We do however the opposite end of the scale and are presented with cars that are dropping to bits. The majority of cars fail on silly little things, such as light bulbs that do not work. These include Headlights, indicators, brake lights, any damaged reflectors and your headlamp aim, they are all easy to check out if you need more information about you MOT test you can check on the VOSA web-site the governing body that oversees the MOT test system here in the UK.WE at Pellon MOT centre here in Halifax UK, recommend that the car owner should check his car over before presenting it to an MOT station for testing.

If you are the owner of a French car you are likely to have a first time fail. Citroen, Peugeot, and Renault were all in the bottom five brands for first time cars being tested for the first time. The worse French car to fail the test was the Renault Megane. Only 71% of these cars that were registered in 2008 actually passed their first MOT test, what does that say?

Source for this information…http://www.which.co.uk/news/2012/05/one-in-five-cars-fails-its-first-mot-285886/

Megane turns up for MOT test

This brings me on to a little story that happened today Monday  23rd 2013 We had a Renault Megane booked in for an MOT test. The Renault Megane turned up and Ryan Linton, our tester proceeded to carry out the test. When it came to checking for corrosion he found a well rotted rusty sill that he could nearly fit his fist through. He also found that the front discs brakes were rotten with rust.  A few other things were failures, some light bulbs were gone and the catalytic converter was in need of replacing. Altogether a very expensive MOT test.

Renault Megane,mot test

Renault Megane rusted up front discs

Article and pictures by Eric Roberts… www.mot-halifax.co.uk

Pellon Tyre and Auto-centre offer car and van servicing and repairs to all makes of vehicles. Members of Unipart Car Care centres and give a nationwide guarantee for all our work and parts. Selling tyres online from our website www.pellontyres.co.uk . Using the tyre selector and choosing your tyre size. So, we offer courtesy cars to local motorists .Needing to go to work and leave their car with us for work doing. Consequently, we are also an official MOT testing station and are members of Trading Standards . Finally, who carry out checks for high standard of equipment and workmanship.

MotorCodes- Car Service and Repair Garages – New Cars- Vehicle Warranty

motorcodes

MotorCodes

MotorCodes: Service and Repair Garages | New Cars | Vehicle Warranty. Motor Codes Limited is the body responsible for the self regulation of the motor industry through consumer codes of practice.

 

eric roberts‘s insight:

Motorcodes new warranty scheme

Hi- to be a member of Unipart car Care centres, we must also be a member of motorcades. Motorcades garage network members have to be vetted by the RAC.

A qualified guy comes to check us from the RAC (Now the AA) and examines our garage and our garage system to see if it conforms to certain standard. This is to ensure that the standard of our workmanship and procedures are up the the high standards that Motorcodes expects.

Motorists should always look out for the nearest motorcodes garage in their area to ensure good workmanship with a guarantee that you can take up motorcodeswith motorcodes should there be a dispute.

To cap it off Motor codes Garage of the Year also have a fair price policy and we always keep the old parts for the customer to look at, all very honest and above board. Motorcodes are all now part of the UK trading Standard organisation. They have also moved from the RAC to the AA for depot accreditation.

Thanks Eric Roberts...www.pellonautocentre.com

Pellon Tyre and Auto-centre offer car and van servicing and repairs to all makes of vehicles. We are members of Unipart Car Care centres and give a nationwide guarantee for all our work and parts. We also sell tyres online from our website www.pellonautocentre.com by using the tyre selector and choosing your tyre size. We offer courtesy cars to local motorists 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.

Winter Tyres Safety-One Of The Best Safety Items You Could Add To Your Car.


Winter Tyres Safety is now taken seriously 

This year (here in the UK) we have had what we could call a good Summer, with nice long sunny day’s with a few rainy days scattered here and there. Now we are well into September and the weather is starting to turn colder. We at Pellon Tyres recon that it is the end of October before we start to get the Easterly winds that bring colder weather, (and dare I say it) snow.

The past three or four years have been particularly cold and snowy and not been funny but this is the weather that we in the tyre trade just love, (for obvious reasons?). This year will be no exception, we will be praying for more of the same this winter; it could even be a little harsher in my opinion, “one man’s loss is another man’s gain” as the saying goes.

Winter Tyres Safety

Scenes like this in Sowerby, West Yorkshire caught us all out in March 2013

One of the good things that came out of the bad winters is our concern for Winter Tyres Safety and so we introduced a “TYRE HOTEL” system for our customers to store their winter and summer tyres. We fit the winter tyres in October and November and change them back to their summer tyres in March, although last year it snowed in March, and so we changed most of them in April and May.

Tyre hotel has become very popular for Winter Tyres Safety

We are pleased to say that this will be our third year, operating this system and it has become a very popular Winter Tyres Safety service for our customers. We did not advertise the service and all the new business that we have gained has come from “word of mouth”. This situation pleases me very much, because it is something that we all strive for and is a good way of keeping contact with your customers. The only problem we are starting to have is the lack of storage, we have customers winter tyres stored all over the place?

For tyre dealers who do not have “tyre hotel” facilities, and live in a hilly area where they are likely to have snow fall, then I would recommend that you give it a try. Another advantage that we have is that our customers have no qualms about buying a replacement tyre when they need one. When we point out that the tread is below the legal limit, they simply ask us to replace the tyre, no ringing round or going onto the internet, as long as we charge them at a competitive price and a fair price they are happy to trust us, it is a great way of keeping onto your customers.

We charge £10 for each time that we fit and/or refit a tyre, that’s £40 for the four. We also charge £10 for each tyre stored over the winter/summer period. This charge also includes valve and balancing, but s I say it has proved to be a good way of retaining some of our customers in this very competitive business.

We are now advising our customers that require new ones at the moment, to think about fitting Apollo Winter Tyres, instead of summer tyres and we are

Winter Tyres Safety

Apollo Winter Tyres ready to be fitted

getting a good response from motorists who are now becoming much wiser about the products  and tyre safety and the people that fit winters  have thanked us on many an occasion for our advice and safety of Winter Tyres Safety in bad weather.

Article written by Eric Robertswww.wintertyres-yorkshire.co.uk

Pellon Tyre and Auto-centre offer car and van servicing and repairs to all makes of vehicles. We are members of Unipart Car Care centres and give a nationwide guarantee for all our work and parts. We also sell tyres online from our website www.pellonautocentre.com by using the tyre selector and choosing your tyre size. We offer courtesy cars to local motorists who

need to go to work and leave their car with us for work doing. We are also an official MOT testing station and are members of Motor-codes, who carry out checks for high standard of equipment and workmanship.

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MOT Test Combined with Car Servicing | FindGarage.Co.Uk

MOT Test Combined with Car Servicing

Unlike an MOT test, servicing is not a legal requirement for your vehicle. However, you will probably find that regular servicing can help to keep everything.

 

Eric Roberts‘s insight:

We all must be responsible for our cars servicing and MOT test

Sometimes I find it a great shame. Incredibly,  that we in the motor trade. Insistently, have to keep harping on about servicing your cars. One of the main excuses in recent times! Of course, has been the recession. Recently, car drivers just haven’t had any spare cash to spend on their vehicles. Consequently, we have all seen people just putting £10’s worth of fuel into their cars at the filling station? Ridiculous, but true !

In my opinion I think that these people should have some kind of a budget. A sort of “piggy bank” and save to have their vehicle serviced. Including any mechanical work required when it goes in for its annual MOT test. Incidentally it is estimated that 4.7 million miss their mot testing date. I am sure that drivers either just flaunt the law or are not aware that driving your

mot test

Popular MOT Test sign seen throughout the UK

car without a valid MOT test certificate is an offense reference section 47 of the 1988 Road Traffic Act.

More reading… http://www.mybrief.com/drivingoffences.asp?type=29&p=No%20M.O.T

Also driving without an MOT test will make your insurance invalid and you may receive a fine of up to £1000. Is it really worth it, when you can have an MOT test and a service for most average family saloons for around £150? If you are not sure where you can go for your vehicle serviced you should go online and look for your nearest Unipart Car Care Centre (UCCC), they will offer you excellent service at a fair price.

Once you have had your MOT test and service you should be safer for another year, although I recommend that you have an engine oil and filter change in between the tests to be on the safe side. Also do not forget check your levels at regular periods, say once a week and top them up when required.

Here we are now at the back end of 2014, nearing Christmas time and the price of fuel has plummeted. The only problem is that the price of oil and petrol is not following as fast. The experts say that it may take a little longer for this to take place, but i was just wondering if services on cars wold be also coming down. I am not so sure , but i suspect so.

Curated by Eric Roberts…www.mot-halifax.co.uk

 

 

Pellon Tyre and Auto-centre offer car and van services and repairs to all makes of vehicles. Members of Unipart Car Care centres. Giving a nationwide guarantee for all our work and parts. Also sell Uniroyal Car Tyres online from our website www.pellontyres.co.uk. So,by using the tyre selector and choosing your tyre size. Offering courtesy cars to local motorists. Needing 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 Trading Standards.Carrying out checks for high standard of equipment and workmanship.

Eric Roberts

MOT Test Combined with Car Servicing

Local Garage Trust Worthy-Do you trust your local garage?Do They Give You a happy Smile?

Local Garage Trust Worthy

Local Garage Trust Worthy-Taking your car to your local garage should be a matter of trust.

The local garage I now own will be coming up to its 25 year anniversary in 2014. Believe me I really don’t know where all the time has gone. But it sure has. Many of today’s garage owners are reaching the end of their time. Regarding taking part in  the complete everyday running of the business. Leaving, everyday tasks to a reliable manager. Perhaps, sometimes to one of their family members.

In my case the Halifax garage and tyre bays are managed by by sister in-law Debbie. Hence, our online and battery business is now run by my wife Michelle. Of course, I am now concentrating on our battery selling web-sites. Trying to generate new business online.

Local Garage

Pellon garage reception with a TV coffee machine and up to date magazines. This is how your local garage should be

In my opinion the local garage (as they used to be), has passed its sell by date. These have been replaced by a nice modern Auto-centre system. This includes Pellon Autocentre here in Halifax UK.  

As a result, this is the start of creating the trust that you must build. Hence, between the local garage and your customers. Most people run there lives in a clean and tidy order. Expecting the same of Autocentres when repairing or servicing their cars. So the order of the day is a nice clean garage. Where the customers can sit in a reception area. Perhaps watching TV or having a coffee. So whilst their car is having a job done. Of course this is the first stage. Subsequently, of gaining the customers trust in your local garage.

Local Garage Trust Worthy give a happy smile

When your customers first enter your nice clean reception. Then they should be greeted by a happy smiling member of your staff. Consequently, In my view this should be all your staff. If you have any grumpy or miserable staff working for you. Of course, you should get rid of them or retrain them to smile. because, in my opinion they will become a liability.Customers will pick this up and loose trust in them. Of course, even your mechanics and technicians. Therefore, should be of a happy and friendly nature.

The next thing is when your customer is greeted, they should be made to feel at ease when dealing with the problem of their car. Try to speak to them on there level and use visual aids to point things out, we use our Autodata system to show diagrams if possible, or show them the actual faulty part under their cars bonnet (hood). This also gives your customer confidence in your local garage and also trust in your garage and staff.

Another step that I took to create trust in your business is join some good trade associations, that can help your garage become more stable and secure in the fact that these trade bodies can increase your garages customer confidence, due to the fact that these trade bodies have to vet your garage premises and business practices in order for you to become a member in the first place.

Adding quality of service will once again add trust between  your customer and your garage.

As with many other Auto-centre owners of long standing, I could go on and on about this subject. Also there is no need to throw a lot of money at it, in most cases a lick of paint would be all that’s required and a nice happy friendly smile from your staff.

One of the best things I ever did was to call around a number of garages and tyre depots in my area, incognito so to speak. I was blown away by the amount of bad service and even bad

local garage

Being a member of your local trading standards is always a good sign that it is a local garage that you can trust also a member of Motorcodes

language. This even applied to some of the big boy’s depots, where they spend millions on staff training, but the general picture and standards was appalling. I now know why we have done so well over the years and created so much trust between the garage and our customers.

Article Written by Eric Robertswww.mot-halifax.co.uk

Pellon Tyre and Auto-centre offer car and van servicing and repairs to all makes of vehicles.

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Members of MOTORCODES

Members of POINT-S