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BUYING TYRES ONLINE-BE CAREFUL ?


Know what you want before buying tyres online

More and more motorists are buying tyres online. This is a growing trend as it is with most consumer products. I as a tyre dealer for 40 years have no problem with this, as long as the person buying the tyres knows exactly what they are looking for, and buy the correct tyres for their car.

I speak from experience when I say this because of the problems that have occurred when they have bought the tyres from the internet. The tyre market can be a mine field of different

buying tyres online

Blackcircles now have a tie with Tesco to obtain Tesco club-card points when buying tyres online from Blackcircles

sizes, types and products and buying the wrong product can lead to safety issues. So it is very important to get all your facts and details correctly from your old ones, before proceeding  buying your tyres online.

In the past few years there have been a few different methods for buying  tyres online. The first method of buying your tyres and have them fitted at a designated fitting station in your area. Here in Halifax we are a premier fitting station for Blackcircles, probably one of the oldest web based suppliers of tyres. This method is a good method provided you buy your tyres from a reputable web site. I say this because it is important to find out where your tyres will be fitted at. Blackcircles have sourced out the cream of the tyre fitting stations here in the UK, but some websites will direct you to some so called back street garages, with very little tyre experience to fall back on. Halifax Online.

I say this because we get online customers with all sorts of problems, such as wrong sizes ordered, wrong speed and load ratings that have been ordered incorrectly and one of the worse is customers who turn up without their locking wheel nut removal tool. These problems will be overcome and corrected at a reputable fitting station, but I am not sure at some of the newer tyre spots that I have seen opening up in recent years.

Another type of online store to open in recent years has been a site such as ASDA tyres. The tyres are bought on the Asda Online Shopping web site, but you pay the chosen retailer in your area for the tyres that you have bought. The customer pays for the tyres online and gets a printed e-mail at the same time as the retailer does. The customer then arranges to have the tyres fitted at a time that is convenient to both parties. As a tyre retailer I find this the one of the best methods, because we get the actual sale of the tyres. Because we supply and fit the tyres, we are responsible for the whole operation and if there are any warranty problems or the wheels need re-balancing a couple of weeks later then we are the ones to correct and sort out the customers problems.

Local tyre dealers now have websites for buying tyres online

The latest online trend is for the tyre retailer to have their own website, selling their tyres to local people online. In the past we have not been able to afford the large fees to set these online shops up and because of this we were left a bit behind by these massive supermarkets and other online giants, but now the small tyre retailer can compete. This in our case was due to a tyre wholesaler by the name of Micheldever, and there are many tyre companies that are thankful for their help in setting up an online tyre shop.

To sum up buying tyres online is becoming more popular, but please make sure that you have all the correct information that is on your old tyres,(some have different tyre sizes on the front and rear) check out where the company is sending you for your tyres fitting, I would not like to turn up in my nice BMW to some of these tyre shops to have my tyres fitted. The most important advice is that if you are not sure what you are buying, just go down to your local tyre centre for advice, many tyre centre will now compete with the large companies on price and you know that when you get a problem, you will have someone to turn to and not just a load of e-mails passing backwards and forwards trying to fob you off. Also an established tyre company is likely to carry the correct insurance and have good customer facilities while they are waiting for their tyres to be fitted such as a TV lounge and warm drinks in winter.

Look for the Point-s sign

If you do not know of a tyre centre in your area look on line for www.point-s tyres.co.uk, you will be directed to your nearest approved centre, and you can even buy your tyres from their website.

As a latest update;Michelin have now purchased BlackCircles and are expected to put most of their fitting jobs through ATS tyres a subsidiary of Michelin.

Article written by Eric Roberts… www.batteriesontheweb.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. 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.

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Car Care Month October-Autumn CAR CARE Month-Check Your Car Before the On-set of Winter

Car Care Month-October

Car Care Month-October

October is Fall Car Care Month

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Uneven wear indicates the need for a wheel alignment. Tires should also be checked for bulges and bald spots. Check the tire pressure and tread depth once a month.

 

eric roberts‘s insight:

Car care all ties up with the UK tyre safe Month

As October Car Care Month nears the end and the really cold and bad weather approaches, we all still have time to have a real good look at your car tyres. It is important to have the correct tyre pressures, which is essential for your family’s safety when driving on our busy roads. The last thing that a driver wants is to have a tyre blow out on them while driving down a busy Motorway, or in rush hour traffic, so take the first step and please check yourTyre Pressures.

Another point about under inflated tyres is that they  will not last as long, they wear at a quicker rate, without the Correct Pressures. Also you will use

Car Care Month

Car Care Month;check your light bulbs

less fuel if your tyres are not at the correct pressures and the car will not handle as good and could cause you to lose control of your car when cornering and braking.

This month, October Car Care Month is the time to start the habit of checking your tyre Air Pressure and then you can get into the habit of checking your tyres on a monthly basis, if you are not sure of how to do this, or some people may not want to get dirty, you can call into your local Tyre Car Care Centre and you will be able to get a FREE tyre check, it is well worth the ten minutes of your time and could save you money on your fuel consumption.

If you are struggling to find a good tyre dealer in Car Care Month, you can do so by looking online to find a member of POINT-S Tyres.

Thanks Eric Roberts a member of TYRESAFE.ORG

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New Tyres Fitted-WHERE DO YOU FIT THEM ON YOUR CAR ?


When you have some New Tyres Fitted which way should you choose to fit them on to your car?

The best advice when you have New Tyres Fitted would be to fit them onto the front. This is of course if you are buying two tyres. If you were buying four then there would be no problem, they would simply go straight onto the four wheels of the car.

Before front wheel drive cars came along, we would have your New Tyres Fitted  onto the rear drive wheels. This was to give more traction to the car, but in some cases could cause over steering and New Tyres Fitted,assymetric tyresother handling problems, especially on a fast powerful car, as the good tyres on the rear were constantly pushing the car along and sometimes on a wet road the car would not go where you want it to go.

This is similar to the problem of buying just a single new tyre? You are mixing a new tyre with an old tyre and in some cases the two do not mix, and the tyres will fight against each other causing irregular wear and premature tyre wear. I would recommend that you have two New Tyres Fitted and buy them in pairs, make sure that they are of the same construction, (see the next paragraph for more information) and they should be fitted to the front, because this controls your steering and handling of the car. Please also ask for the  wheel alignment checking, most tyre centres will check your Laser Wheel Alignment for free while your car is up on the ramp.  

Try not to mix you new tyres ?

Modern car makers have got together with tyre manufacturers to develop new types of lighter and more fuel efficient . This has brought into play different  designs. We have all heard of

 New Tyres Fitted

B F Goodrich directional tyre clearly showing the chevron design

but now we have another type called the asymmetric tyres,  such as the Goodyear Eagle F1 Asymmetric. These  look like normal tread patterns but if you look closely the tread pattern is different across the width of the tyre. These  have a special way that the  New Tyres Fitted should be positioned onto the car. On one side of the tyre it will say inner and the other outer. These  should be fitted the right way round and preferably in sets of four. On directional tyres the tread has a chevron style tread pattern the New Tyres Fitted should only be placed with the arrows on the sidewall pointing in a foreword direction.

One of the problems that we find when cars come to us for advice, is that they have bought part worn tyres and the companies who sell them do not have a clue about tyres such as What Is Asymmetrical and do not care which type of tyre they fit onto your car, they can be a specific science and they now come in many different shapes and sizes, so my advice is to seek the advice of the experts.

If you do not know of any local  retailers in your area it would be wise to look your nearest Point-S Tyre experts and you can even buy yours online at superb prices.

Thanks Eric Roberts member of POINT-S TYRES  

Eric Roberts

Hi I would like to introduce myself. I have worked in the Garage and tyre and Cheap Online 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.

Van Battery Care-Your Car is at Risk! – Reasons for your Car Battery to Fail?

Van Battery Care

Corroded battery terminals require cleaning

Frequent battery failure can cost you thousands of dollars for repairs. You can avoid Van Battery Care problems by following regular maintenance. To reduce chances of  van battery failures, it’s critical to understand its causes.

 

eric roberts‘s insight:

Give your car battery a winter check

As we all know winter is just around the corner here in the Northern hemisphere. The weather is turning colder at night and this will affect the performance of your car battery. To keep you car battery lasting longer there are one or two things that you can do.

If your van battery has the old type screw tops, then you can inspect the level of the acid in your battery, with Van Battery Care, this can be checked and remedied. If this is something that you have to do at often intervals then it means that the battery is boiling and could have a faulty alternator. You should top the battery up with distilled water and recheck it a few days after, to see if the level has dropped again. If the level has dropped then you should get your alternator checked at a good garage.

If are reading this in the UK and you do not know of a good garage, then look up the nearest Unipart Car Care Centre(UCCC) in your area, they have safeguards to protect you the

Van Battery Care

A simple voltmeter can tell you lots about your battery

customer and a fair price policy, but more than that they can be trusted.

Also another Van Battery Care tip is to look out for white coloured powder on the top of the  battery, this indicates a leak around the terminals, the white powder is dried battery acid. You can clean it off using a cup full of warm water, but if it is a recurring problem it means that the battery is on its way out and needs replacing before it lets you down, on your deliveries. It is a good idea to always keep a Car Battery Charger and a 12V Voltmeter,to hand as it may just keep you going for a few more winter days, until you can buy Cheap Car batteries Online.

This is about the limit that you can go to check over your battery and look after it, after all has I have said the last thing you want is for the battery to let you down, when you

Van Battery Care

Your car battery could end up in the scrap pile

least expect it and having to be towed to the nearest garage to have it seen to, and paying over the odds because you are stranded. That is if they have a battery to fit your car, you may have to wait another day if they have to order a new battery.

More reading…”If you often see leaks under your car, it’s about time to check your van battery. Extreme weather condition can cause the battery to crack and leak. Van batteries sometimes leak a highly corrosive acid, which is harmful to your van and to you as well, good Van Battery Care, will ensure this does not happen?. Cleaning up a battery leak is easy, but you should observe the utmost caution when dealing with battery acid to prevent injury”… http://carfs.net/2013/10/your-car-is-at-risk-reasons-car-batteries-fail/

Eric Roberts … member of  MotorCodes.org

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.

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.

Best Tyres Revisited

Infinity Tyres-Receives UK TAFF Award – Tire Review

infinity tyres

Infinity Tyres Receives UK TAFF Award

Tire Review

“On behalf of everyone at Infinity Tyres, we are delighted and honored to receive this award,” said Harjeev Kandhari, executive director of the global Al Dobowi Group.

 

Eric Roberts‘s insight:

Infinity tyres trying to become a mid-range tyre?

Of course,Infinity tyres are definitely going places. Following in the footsteps of other mid-range tyre companies. Such as Kumho and Hankook by taking part in motorsports events. In my opinion the Infinity Tyres product is a good tyre. But they are still sold as a cheap tyre. In other words a budget tyre.

Tyre companies historically would own a second brand. So that would be sold as budget tyre. Subsequently, with the advent of the Eastern tyre companies from China Infinity Tyresand South Korea. The competition has become tougher for the main tyre brands and names such as Kumho and Hankook are coming to the forefront due to money spent on promotions and the backing of motorsport to promote there tyres, which is now paying off and companies such as Infinity tyres are improving their products and are pushing the big tyre companies for market share.

We are Infinity tyre dealers in the Halifax area of the UK

Indeed Infinity tyres are an excellent product. This tyre brand are imported into the UK by Bond International. Of course, who have done a great marketing job at promoting the Infinity product.

Written by Eric Roberts… member of Point-S

Eric Roberts

Hi I would like to introduce myself. Working in the Garage and tyre and Battery business now for 40 years. Including having worked 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 . Called Pellon Tyre and Auto-centre. A keen blogger about anything to do with cars and their related products. Consequently, that will help my business. We are members of Point-S and Trading Standards.Finally we are also a Unipart Car Care Centre and of course Tyre-safe.

Eric Roberts

Deadly Car Brake Pads

Driving in Winter

Quality Winter Tyres -Autocar Says that Winter Tyres Really Work for your safety in winter- Etyres

Autocar extols virtues of Quality Winter Tyres

“I was running a long term BMW 1M at the time, and at BMW’s insistence the car was fitted with a set of

The Bridgestone Blizzak Quality Winter Tyres are a great choice.

Michelin Alpin winter tyres.

 

Eric Roberts‘s insight:

Winter tyres

Of course, there has never been any doubt about Quality Winter Tyres . Significantly, including the fantastic job that they do when winter arrives. Including, most in the Northern hemisphere, no matter what country you live in.

It is always an advantage when great car magazines !

The likes of Autocar reinforce what us tyre experts have been saying for years. So. the reason that we tend to harp on about Quality Winter Tyres. Importantly, is the safety aspect of the product. These days the cars are getting much faster and powerful and we also have had the Quality Winter Tyresrecent influx of SUV’s and crossover cars. These vehicles are next to useless when it comes to coping with the winter conditions of snow and ice. They are large and powerful and are absolutely useless in the snow without Quality Winter Tyres fitted.

Quality Winter Tyres are now an essential safety commodity

Significantly, to be used on our modern day vehicles. Winter tyres will even give you  significantly safety advantage when driving on the motorway on a stinking wet day. So must be considered before the winter sets in. We at Pellon Tyres in Halifax recommend a couple of makes that have been proven to us over the years. They are Nokian and Jinyu ! Although Jinyu are an economy brand. Importantly, we have tested these on our own vehicles over the past few years.

Eric Roberts member of Tyresafe.org

Eric Roberts

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

 

 

075 Cheap car batteries

Hyundai car battery-What to do when battery is on its last legs – Boston Herald

What to do when Hyundai car battery is on its last legs

I have a 2005 Hyundai Tucson with 90,000 miles on it. I’ve never had a problem since

Hyundai car battery

This Lucas battery suitable as an Hyundai car battery

I purchased the vehicle, but I’m worried the battery will fail sometime soon because of its age.

 

Eric Roberts‘s insight:

When do you change your battery ?

This is a good article from the Boston Herald and raises some good points. What we tend to forget is that not everyone lives in the cities and towns, and so some drivers may be worried in case their battery fails them in an unusual spot in the middle of nowhere. Especially in a massive country like the USA.

In my opinion there are a few different options. I think that if the car was mine I would take it to a good Autocentre or garage and have the battery tested. We test the customer’s battery when the customer’s car is having a service and we inform them if the battery needs replacing. The garage would test the battery and if in any doubt, and then replace with a New Car Battery.

Hyundai car battery

Hyundai car battery charger by Ring Automotive

Another option would be to keep a new 12 Volt Battery in your garage, or any other handy place where you can lay your hands on it in the case of an emergency. You could keep a new battery in the boot of your car but there is always the chance that the battery might fall over and spill the acid, so that would not be a good idea.

I would say though that if your 2005 Hyundai Tucson with 90,000 miles on it has the original Hyundai car battery fitted , then you should buy a new Hyundai car battery so that you will have peace of mind in order that the old battery will not let you down. Also when you do finally buy your battery, do not necessarily go for a cheap car battery. You should be looking for a reputable make, do a little research and you could save yourself some money by buying the new Hyundai car battery online, such as the excellent Lucas Classic Battery.

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. Having worked for a couple for national tyre companies . Of course, in my younger days. Before starting my first Automotive business. Now owning a garage and MOT testing centre. Luckily, here in the UK called Pellon Tyre and Auto-centre. A keen blogger about anything to do with cars. Including their related products that will help my business. Members of Point-S and Trading Standards . Finally, we are also a Unipart Car Care Centre and of course Tyre-safe.

 

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Tyre Safety Video-New TyreSafe animation released : Tyrepress

Tyre Safety Video

New Tyre Safety Video in animation released Marking the halfway point of its 2013 Tyre Safety Month campaign, TyreSafe has launched the latest in its series of animated videos. Featuring the crash test dummy family of road safety …

 

eric roberts‘s insight:

Tyre safety will go from strength to strength

I must admit I find it very refreshing to see the good work that Tyresafe.org  is contributing to road safety. I joined Tyresafe because I felt that the normal tyre depot owner had nowhere else to go to help in the quest for safer tyres and safer roads.

In the past I have joined other organisations such as the NTDA London (National Tyre Distributors Association) but found myself very disillusioned by everything else that was going on other than road safety.

When I was a member and went to a couple of meetings ,I found myself listening to people talking about golf tournaments and organising a day out at Redcar races, but not very much about tyres or tyre safety. It was not long before I resigned and left them to their own devises.

I then learned about Tyresafe.org and was impressed with their commitment to road safety and tyre things in general, like this Tyre Safety Video . So I decided to join and soon became a member. I have been impressed ever since with their drive and enthusiasm towards the tyre industry and to tyre safety, this is the type of organisation that I am pleased to be a part of.

Indeed Tyresafe are the brains behind this Tyre Safety Video

Many organisations are behind this Tyre Safety Video including the Police and Local councils. I have even seen the Motorway road signs telling drivers to have safe tyres, a great step forward in my opinion.

Tyre Safety Video

Tyre Safety Video

Eric Roberts member of Tyresafe.org

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.

 

See on www.tyrepress.com

Waste Tyre Uses- there are many uses of scrap tyre now including these great planters.

Waste Tyre Uses

Waste Tyre Uses

Waste Tyres Uses put to good use as planters

Waste Tyre Uses are in all our interests and are just part of the problem of recycling all our waste. During recent times we have started to solve the problem of mass disposal of our scrap tyres and they are now turned into many useful items, such as tarmac chipping where the small pieces of rubber are shredded and them added to tarmac to give a quieter road surface. The other big use is that they are used to power cement kilns and are specially heated to dry out the liquid cement in large kilns. The kilns are designed not to emit any smoke into the atmosphere, making this a very green process.   

Waste Tyre Uses

Waste Tyre Uses

The thing that I am pleased with is the millions of ways that ordinary people have found ways to use Waste Tyre Uses to make different items. Some make clothing and jewelry, but the main items are made into garden objects and I think that they look really good. I am starting to show some of these ideas on my blog and hope to inspire people to use a few old waste tyres into making similar things.

Waste Tyres Uses-Collected from any tyre depot for free

Waste Tyre Uses

Waste Tyre Uses

scrap ones to be used as planters can be got from any tyre company in their area, here in Halifax UK we are only too pleased to help anyone out with some old ones.

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.