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European Union Car Servicing-2010 E.U. Rules about garage working practices?

 Post Updated 1st Jan 2014/25th march 2016

European Union Car Servicing; Equality was the key word for car servicing

European Union Car Servicing

European Union Car Servicing

European Union Car Servicing were up for renewal in May 2010. The standards were all about setting out the rules. Consequently, to take into account the huge amount of trade competition. Of course, in the automotive industry markets for the way that a fair distribution of new motor vehicles. Including, technology and their prospective replacement parts, and for the fair provisions for the car servicing (Car Service Costs). Repair and maintenance sectors of the common market. This is part of the scheme to protect smaller auto companies. Subsequently, from getting unfairly treated regarding the flow of information freely. Of course, from the car makers to the rest of the car sector.

The markets for competition for new cars was thought to be healthy in the new car sector. But the garage repair and for spare parts distribution was not as intense. This is meant a danger to motorists who could be harmed by anti-competitive practices. Importantly, that would push up repair bills. The car servicing and garage Repair industry are very valuable for motorists if it was not for the EU rule the price of car servicing would go sky high, as much as 40% (predicted by the EU)

Many motorists are already feeling the effect of increasing car servicing and repair costs

Because of rising oil costs and the existing recession. So they are more price-sensitive. Tending to own much older cars that need more regular car servicing. The EU have put in place a much stricter set of rules. Governing these automotive markets that will make it easier to enforce the new regulations. One of the problems that were a specific issue. Of course, was that car makers were holding back technical information. Not releasing some of the specific parts to the aftermarket. Including, also refusing to honour car warranties. Because motorists were having their vehicles repaired at independent garages. Not the main dealers where the cars were bought.

Independent garage facilities and repairers are very important. Because they give a better choice to motorists. Keeping the cost of services and repairs very competitive. So, by placing pressure on the car manufacturers, Including, main dealers and authorized repair networks. Independent service centre has been set up to give the independent garages a nationwide service to their customers, one of the best being Unipart Car Care Centres (UCCC) for short.

It is also very important that garages can get the technical information necessary

 

Of course,to do the repairs and carry out the work on increasingly sophisticated cars with increasing amounts of equipment, due to stricter emission and greener controls, this to me is what is not happening, we at Pellon auto centre here in Halifax are forever coming across new fault codes in the engine management systems that our machines can not correct, because the car manufacturers have so called updated them, they are always moving the gate posts to try to outfox us and our computers. Most garages are buying new diagnostic machines and computer-based analytic equipment that can plug into the database of most cars computer systems. Because of the new European Union Car Servicing directive, the majority of new cars coming onto the market will be able to be serviced at independent garages and auto centres, such as Unipart (UCCC).

The other European Union Car Servicing rules are the parts used in servicing are compatible with the manufacturers and main dealer components, for example, an oil filter must be of the same quality as a manufactures oil filter. This is now carried out at most independent garages, we always use equal quality parts or we use parts from the main dealers themselves, most service parts are actually made by the same company that supplies the car manufacturers, a good example is LUK clutches. They make clutches both for the replacement market and the car makers.

Are the new rules working for the car servicing sector ?

 The new rules will help to enforce the competition for the independent garage, auto centre, and parts outlets. They are designed to help create a level playing field between the replacement car section and the car manufacturers, which will help drive down the cost of servicing the community of Europe and the UK.

This ruling is now two years old and although things appear to be going to plan, the speed of the development of EV cars is outstripping the rules on sharing the technology from the manufacturers. One example is the advent of the Li-On batteries fitted to the electric cars. These batteries are now Leased to the car owners when they buy a new car. Is this how the car makers are going to get around the European Union Car Servicing laws, in my opinion I think it is ?.

Eric Roberts

 

Engine Warning Lights

Engine Warning Lights-Why is My Check Engine Light On?

Engine Warning Lights

Engine Warning Lights

Engine Warning Lights

So it is really important to learn about the reason for your cars engine warning to come on. Of course many times are a false alarm. However I know from personnel experience that it is likely to be very important and should be checked out as soon as possible.

This attached article explains about four of the most important reasons why your oil warning light has illuminated! Once again I must emphasise that a regular service will eliminate this from happening. So, on many  occasions it is just that your oil level may have dropped! Of course requiring topping up. If this is a regular occurrence then it would be worth while to take the car into your local garage. Importantly, your car could be burning the oil.

So, due to engine wear or an other inherent problem. As soon as the Engine Warning Lights appear on your dashboard please do not ignore it. It may be well worth having the car checked out.

Finally regular servicing will keep your engine oil fresh and up to level.

Eric Roberts

Eric Roberts

 

Learn about the common triggers that can cause your Check Engine light to come on for almost no reason at all, to save you money and your safety.

Source: Why is My Check Engine Light On?

SQUEAKING BRAKES- What can cause rattling and noisy brake sounds?

SQUEAKING BRAKES

Most motorists have suffered from Squeaking brakes but what is it??

Some cars develop the SQUEAKING BRAKES problem. Thus, during normal motoring.Therefore, sometimes this is will occur when new brake pads have recently been fitted.

Squeaking brakes

Excellent new discs on this BMW cured the Squeaking brakes problem

The first thing we do at Pellon Autocentre. Is to remove all the wheels for close inspection. If the brakes have not been serviced recently we inspect each set of brakes.Hence, to look for any problems with the wear of the pads or shoes. We then check the other parts.Naturally, for incorrect fitting or for any damage that may have taken place. Sometimes the customer has had cheap ones fitted.Thus, causing dust to clog up the pads and become noisy or squeaky.

If nothing visible can be found, we would install new pads, only using the pads that are recommended for that model of car and the highest quality. Indeed because of the Squeaking Brakes Pads problem in the first instance we would use the original equipment pads from the main dealers. We at Pellon are a Unipart Service Centre and so use Unipart brake parts, and although these parts are of the highest quality, there are occasions then it is necessary to use the original equipment parts for excellent customer service this usually solves the problem especially for problem pads such as premature wear or indeed Squeaking brakes.

SQUEAKING BRAKES

If the problem persists, we may have to look at fitting pads with a higher carbon content although this is most unusual. Another issue could be the brake shims that fit between the pads and the callipers. The squeaky brakes problem can be cured by removing the shims and clean them thoroughly before giving them a coating of brake grease and then refitting them to the car; this job should be done at regular services so as not to cause future problems.

This will cure a noise often caused by the Car Brakes pads vibrating against the calliper during braking; this is usually heard by the driver as a squeak

We at Pellon consider you brakes as critical; any work carried out on the brakes should only be performed by professionals. We often find that when Disc Brakes are done by the DIY motorists things like brake squeaks often occur.

BMW brakes disc

you have any strange problems from parts provided, anywhere in the mainland Britain.

For other information and TYRE prices, please log onto www.pellonautocentre.com

 

Catalytic Converter Care-Regular Car Servicing can help look after your Cat

What do prisoners use to call each other?
Cell phones.

CATALYTIC CONVERTER CARE; Why does car servicing affect your Cat?

Catalytic Converter care

Catalytic Converter care

This is an interesting point; I suppose that regular car maintenance has an effect on all your car parts in the end. Your Catalytic Converter care, (CAT) is a crucial part of your vehicle. Therefore, is fitted with your engine and the rest of the exhaust system.Thus, some are attached to the manifold, onto the engine, these are known as manifold cats, and some are fitted at the end of a short front pipe on the rest of the exhaust system.

Bigger models of cars sometimes require two cats, cars such as BMWs and MERCs usually have two cats fitted, (very expensive to replace).Catalytic Converter care

Your cat’s primary job is to clean the engine particles that the engine omits. Catalytic converters are made out of ceramic. Thus, with added precious metals (another reason why Catalytic Converter care is critical). Naturally to filter the dirty particles from your engine. Thus reducing the pollutants from entering the atmosphere, this helps us to clean the environment and is part of the UK MOT test.

Catalytic Converter Care

Your cat will only work correctly if the engine operates with the correct ratio of air to fuel. Naturally, this was your car servicing comes in. aged.

Catalytic Converter Care

Hi, I would like to introduce myself. Of course, I have worked in the Garage and Pirelli Car Tyre market. For that reason, I am MD for online battery company www.batteriesontheweb.co.uk. I have worked for a couple of 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.

Mot testing at Pellon

 

Right to Repair Law- Could Brexit Affect our Right to repair Laws?

Right to Repair Law

Right to Repair Law;The European unions block exemption rules regarding “garage servicing” came up for revue in May 2010.

The reform was all about setting new rules to take into account the intensity of competition on the markets for the distribution of motor vehicles and spare parts. Also for the provision of repair and maintenance services. It covers cars, trucks and buses, and all types of garage small or large.

The Commission found that competition in the market for the sale of new vehicles is strong. In this light, the current sector-specific rules create an unnecessary straitjacket that prevents

Right to Repair Law

right to repair symbol

car manufacturers from organising their distribution systems as they see fit. The European Commission has therefore aligned the rules applicable to motor vehicle distribution. This applies with those that apply to distribution agreements in other sectors but with a three-year transition period to allow dealers to adapt to the new measures.

Right to Repair Law

Competition on the markets for repair and maintenance and for spare parts distribution is less intense. This is a risk to consumers who may be harmed by anti-competitive practices. This could push up Car Repair Costs when Servicing a Car. The garage Repair and maintenance industry is very important for consumers. Not only for reasons of safety and reliability. But also because repair bills account for 40% of the total cost to car owners. Unlike car prices, the cost of the average repair job and  servicing has actually risen over the past years.

Consumers are feeling the effect of rising repair bills. This also includes  servicing costs during the present crisis. They are more price-sensitive and drive older vehicles that require more regular maintenance. The EU Commission has put in place a tougher regime for these markets. They will make it easier to enforce the rules. Particular problematic issues include holding back technical information and not releasing spare parts, and refusing to honour warranties when consumers have their cars repaired at independent garage servicing facilities.

Independent garages and repairers such as Pellonautocentre are important because they give more choice to consumers. This helps to keep the price of  servicing and repairs competitive by putting pressure due to competitive pricing against main dealers. Also to  authorised repair networks. But for this to happen it is essential that garages can get the

car servicing

car servicing costs would remain stable

technical information necessary to do the repairs and carry out the work on increasingly sophisticated cars with increasing amounts of technology.

Right to Repair Law

Withholding “technical information” will be dealt with directly under the EU Treaty rules on restrictive business practices (Article 101) since. The manufacturers , spare parts and repair shops generally have a larger market share in excess of 30%. In addition, Guidelines also being brought in contain detailed clarifications. As to the notion of technical information, cross-referring to Regulation 715/2007 on type approval of certain cars and all subsequent implementing regulations.

New rules will assure that garage servicing companies have access to technical information for models which are type-approved after 1 September 2009. By making a clear link with the 2007 car type-approvals Regulation. The EU Commission will ensure both consistency as regards access to technical information. For cars put in circulation before that date and allow the presentation of technical information to evolve and continue in line with technical progress.

The EU Commission remains committed to vigorously enforce the rules on access to technical information. This was demonstrated in four cases brought in 2007. This was to ensure that car manufacturers disclose the necessary information to independent repairers and garage servicing facilities. Garages the likes of Pellonautocentre.in the Calderdale area of West Yorkshire.

Right to Repair Law

By strengthening the enforcement of competition rules. Including the garage servicing sector and maintenance and spare parts markets. These new laws will contribute to creating a level playing field between car manufacturers and spare part producers and garage servicing.  Thus contribute to lower prices for spare parts. This has to be very good news for the garage servicing , garage repair and spare parts industry. This result must give great pride. To all the different groups and individuals that spent hard earned money lobbying and writing to their EU and local Mps. These new laws are similar to the “right to repair” laws in the USA.

The new “Motor Vehicle Block Exemption Regulation“,  will continue to help lower the cost of” GARAGE SERVICING”for 13 years until 2023.

The EU Commission will constantly monitor the situation in the markets for motor vehicle and spare parts distribution, as well as in the market for the provision of repair and maintenance services including garage servicing companies. The EU Commission will also monitor the application of the Regulation, in cooperation with National Competition Authorities and stakeholders. Once again the UK garage and motor industry can continue to work hard and give the public the service and competitive pricing they deserve.

Eric Roberts Pellon Tyre and Autocentre thinks that the Right to Repair Law, coming from the EU will be kept when our government decides on which legislation to keep and throw out.

Right to Repair Law

garage servicing in Calderdale

Car Servicing Importance- Regular Servicing Could Also Save You Further Costs ?

Car Servicing Importance

Car Servicing Importance

The best way to compare the price of “car servicing”for your car is to look for all the right things when the time comes for your car servicing.

In these times of recession it is very tempting to skip on your car servicing, but in my opinion the very least you should, is to have an “engine service”, especially if your car has a diesel

Car Servicing Importance

Brakes are the first to suffer from not having your car serviced

engine.

A good example of this is your braking system. Many customers of ours skip car servicing only to find out that there brake pads that needed changing. This has now turned into not just pads but “discs and Pads”. This means that the pads would have been picked up as “very low” on a regular service. Would only costing perhaps £30, have been allowed to wear out causing damage to the metal discs and now costing £130.

This also applies to the other parts on your car. Regular car servicing will pick up faults, that may have just started to wear out and by catching the fault early. This will not spread to other parts causing much larger problems at a later date.

By missing out on your “car servicing” your are storing up “problems” that may occur in the future. One of things that we recommend in these hard times, is to ask your service centre to give your car an “engine service” when your car has its next MOT test.

The lights, steering and brakes will all be checked on the MOT. You will then be notified by the testing station if any failures need attention. If the car passes then you can have an engine service, usually your “OIL and FILTER”changing, now knowing that your car will be in decent condition.

Car Servicing Importance

Hope you have picked up some good points in this Blog. Any motorists in the Halifax/Hebden Bridge areas of West Yorkshire looking for car servicing. They can be sure of excellent service facilities for their cars at Pellon Tyre and Autocentre

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. This enables them 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.

Car servicing Very Important

Car servicing Very Important-Why Servicing Your Car is Important – wheelsforwomen.ie

Car servicing Very Important

Car servicing Very Important

 

 

Car maintenance Very Important

So, although this is an older post it is still very relevant. Subsequently, recent times have proved that our customer base is now a well balanced mix of male and female customers!

Because, of many blogs that are aimed at females. Responsible, car care advice is very popular amongst lady drivers. Importantly, this attached article is a great example of good advice for all motorists regarding having there vehicles levels checked out at regular intervals.

Brakes extremely important

Practically all mechanics will tell you that the most important part with the  service are that all brakes and suspension are all checked. Responsibly, all the tyres are inspected. Of course to check for safe tread depths. Tyre pressures are tested to ensure correct pressures are in the tyres.

Lights, wipers and horn are also inspected. Importantly, whether its just an oil service or a full service. So, the car should be thoroughly checked over. Of course to ensure a safe car to drive and peace of mind for the car owner.

Hannah Gordon, our resident Mechanic, explains why regular maintenance of your car is important.

Eric Roberts

.Eric Roberts

Source: Why Servicing Your Car is Important – wheelsforwomen.ie

Garage Owners in Shaky Times

Car Lights Missing-it is important to check your lights to make sure that you can be seen.

Car Lights Missing

Have you noticed all the “one eyed monster” with car lights missing

With the nights now getting visibly darker. Then it is just as well that we have well lit roads and well-lit highways. Generally, this is very important. We have probably one of the best after dark road light systems in the developed world.  Car lights are a safety critical aspect of motoring. But it seems that more and more cars are driving on our roads with lights out.

I have often noticed that cars on the continent. Especially France drive about all the time with on or more of their  car lights not working. of course, the cars in France have a slight excuse. Because they only have an Car Lights MissingMOT every two years. Although, this is no excuse ! firstly, because of the safety concerns. Developing  by having car lights out.

I call them “ one-eyed monsters”. Secondly, I feel that drivers have NO excuse for driving about in the dark without the full compliment of light bulbs in working order. Your car lights play a vital role in the safety of your vehicle and indeed other road users including pedestrians.

It is paramount that you check your lights all the time especially in the winter time. 

We at Pellon auto centre . Cannot believe the number of cars that are failing the MOT test. Because of light bulbs that are defective. I can not believe the number of cars that I have seen driving along the M62 motorway of poor visibility such as heavy rain or even fog with a head light off; it is entirely irresponsible.

These days many car manufacturers are fitting light bulb warning lights to alert the motorist that a bulb is out this is a great step forward, and it will be a much safer World when all cars have these sensors fitted.

 Car Lights Missing;Remember to get your car lights checked out every week there is no excuse its dangerous

I was coming home from Leeds this Sunday and three cars in a row had missing Halogen Light Bulbs and head light bulbs, there is really no excuse for this please get them checked and

Car Lights Missing

1 H7-R477 typical car light bulb

fitted most of our car bulbs are now sourced from Ring Electrical Auto

 

Eric Roberts

Van Wheel Alignment Including Suspension

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

 

 

Motorcodes Membership- Give garages a better standard and Excellent Control for consumer satisfaction

Motorcodes Membership

Motorcodes Membership

The UK authorities that regulate garage services and repairs here in the UK.Thus, have at last come up with a better way to control bad practice throughout the UK motor industry.Many systems were implicated in trying to regulate garage services.Including, repairers and car sales outlets for un- lawful practices. But this did not stop dodgy traders from breaking the rules. So and taking their customers to the cleaners.hence,  by not carrying out the correct repairs or not doing the work they were expected to do. Some garages were supposed to conduct garage services, but Motorcodes Membershipnever even touched the car, a complete rip off.

Most people have heard of horror stories. Therefore, the motor industry has had bad press. I personally as an “honest” garage owner do not think this will ever change.I think there will always be dodgy dealers in the motor trade.Consequently, willing to rip people off. Motorcodes will help ease this problem with higher standards set for the garage business.

Over the years many different organisations have come formed trying to regulate the garage trade. But it seems that their members are always joined by the same, ” Good garages“. The majority of garages and car dealers and auto centres are honest and genuine people, who are just out to earn a decent living. Especially in the private sector.

Motorcodes Membership

Most garage owners are very hard working individuals. Thus, who run their businesses honestly. Hence, offering the “local community” an excellent and honest deal on garage services.  One of the first “regulatory bodies” to control garages. Was “Trading Standards”. Garages who joined could attend meetings at a local facilities.Therefore, to discuss ways and means to offer a better garage services, but this did not stop the bad guys, as they only did not join, I think though that this was a move in the right direction.

However due to the recession. Because of the Government cut backs in the nineties. This scheme was scrapped to be, and other private organisation sprung up, These were driven by companies that were also promoting garage services products, such as oils and other engine products, in other words, you had to buy their goods to be in the club. In my opinion, this was not a satisfactory situation, and many of these schemes fell by the wayside.

“Motorcodes Membership” is a better system that helps to create an improved image for the motor trade and garage services, this time, I have a feeling it will be more successful.

To check out your local “MOTORCODES” garage log onto www.motorcodes.co.uk or in West Yorkshire www.pellonautocentre.com

Pellon Tyre and Auto-centre offer car and van servicing and repairs to all makes of vehicles. They are members of Unipart Car Care centres and give a nationwide guarantee for all our work and parts. Thus, they also sell cheap tyres online from our website www.pellontyres.co.uk .Hence, by using the tyre selector and choosing your tyre size. Courtesy cars are on offer. 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. Motorcodes, carry out checks for high standard of equipment and workmanship.

motorcodes,garage services

motorcodes offer a better deal from your local garage

 

MOT Rolls Royce Wraith Limousine-great to be able to work on these Vintage cars from the past

MOT Rolls Royce Wraith Limousine; Eric Roberts and his MOT testers are pleased that the owner of such a valuable and iconic car. 

The car was first bought by a wealthy cotton mill owner from Bradford in West Yorkshire. He bought the car as a gift to his wife. The Rolls Royce, has been kept in “excellent condition”by its present owner ever since. We at Pellon carry out the annual MOT test.
The Wraith Limousine was built by Rolls Royce at their premises in Derbyshire from between 1938 and 1939. It was sold only as a chassis to “independent car and coach body builders”. Who then built individual versions of the body styles for this“great car”.
The Wraith had coil spring independent suspension with large leaf springs at the rear, the car had a six cylinder overhead valve 4257 cc engine, with a four speed gearbox three gears had synchromesh gears fitted.
Drum brakes came as standard and were assisted by a “mechanical servo” driven by the engine from a French designer. This car was fitted with an “hydraulic jacking system” which was operated from a lever under the passenger seat.
Speed depended on the type of body that the car had fitted. Furthermore, the average speed was probably about 80 to 90 mph. Finally, the tyres on the car were 17ins usually Dunlop tyres and the wheels were wire spokes in design.

MOT Rolls Royce Wraith Limousine

The car was in great condition for the mot test.In 1938 the complete touring car would have cost around £1700 to £2000 for a complete car including the body, only 492 cars were built but due to the outbreak of the “second world war” production had to stop. This why some of the cars have later registration numbers. The car that we were working on is registered in 1946 because of the need to hold them in storage until after the war.

MOT Rolls Royce Wraith Limousine

MOT Rolls Royce Wraith Limousine-car waiting for the mot test

This car is a “fine specimen” and we are proud to have the car to be MOT tested at our premises in Halifax to have your car tested log on to. www.pellonautocentre.com/mot.htm