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Motorway Direct Joins Motorcodes- Vehicle Warranty company endorces Motorcodes

Motorway Direct Joins Motorcodes

Motorway Direct Joins Motorcodes

Car warranties National Company opt for “MOTORCODES.”

This move by Motorway Direct will be providing further peace of mind to warranty customers. Motorway Direct Joins Motorcodes are  demonstrating a commitment to high standards of customer service. Under the Vehicle Warranty Products Code. Motorway Direct commits to standards that exceed those set out by law and joins other UK providers in subscribing to the self-regulatory Code of Practice, (Motorcodes) as the Motor Industry Code of Practice.

MotorCodes represents the vast majority of this industry’s major players and is working with vehicle warranty product providers to bring motorists the reassurance and peace of mind they need,” said Chris Mason, MotorCodes Managing Director. “With Motorway Direct subscribing, there’s more choice than ever for customers looking for a warranty product they can rely on.”

Eric Roberts from Pellonautocentre Halifax UK, Welcomes the move as forward-looking to give his customers an even better service, along with MOTORCODES.

Motorway Direct Joins Motorcodes

MotorCodes regulates the provision of new car warranties under its New Car and Vehicle Warranty Products Codes and provides support to more than three million motorists that take out products such as extended warranties, GAP insurance, and breakdown cover.

“Our subscription to Motor Codes helps us to demonstrate our customer-focused values of trust, reassurance and quality,” said Paul Hanna, Commercial Manager at Motorway Direct. “By committing to the Vehicle Warranty Products Code, Motorway Direct is proud to demonstrate to its customers that it is a responsible provider.”

The Vehicle Warranty Products Code has completed Stage One of the Office of Fair Trading Consumer Codes Approval Scheme and commits subscribers to increasing consumer protection and delivering higher standards of service. The Code improves the marketplace through self-regulation of non-insured warranty products, including pre-sale information, cancellation rights, and protected claims funds. It insists that subscribing companies offer:

1 Peace of mind cover.

2 Products wrote in clear English.

3 No high-pressure selling.

4 Written summaries of the significant contract terms.

5 A simple, straightforward claims procedure.                                                                               

Motorway Direct Joins Motorcodes

 

Motorway Direct Joins Motorcodes; Motorists can find out if MotorCodes cover their product,

by asking their provider and can check the list of subscribing parent companies at www.motorcodes.co.uk.

 PELLON AUTOCENTRE in the Halifax and Hebden Bridge area of West Yorkshire are also members of MOTORCODES giving their customers piece of mind when having a car serviced or MOT carried out

 

 

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. 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.

 

Enduro 4×4 tyres-Always a Quality On/Off road tyre at an “Economy Price”

Enduro 4×4 tyres

Enduro 4×4 tyres are a very popular choice for 4×4 vehicle market. Pellon tyres can offer this tyre online at a very competitive price. Indeed this price will often beat the price of remoulding tyres in the same market.

The HT is predominantly a road tyre with just enough off-road ability to make it useful on tracks and non-tarmac road surfaces, such as farm tracks. Just like the AT, it is a proven tyre with a sound record of performance and reliability. Such a good buy in the budget tyre range.

Enduro 4x4 tyres

Enduro 4×4 tyres; the Enduro HT

 

 Enduro 4×4 Tyres

Eric Roberts of Pellon tyres thinks that this is the best value all-terrain tyre that you can get. It is biased slightly towards on-road rather than off-road but by a minimal margin as its off road, excellent performance has been proven by the sheer quality of customer feedback through the four site 4×4 Tyre Centre network. If your budget is a critical issue but you also have a moderate amount of varied off-roading to do when you are not cruising on the road, then this is the best tyre for the job. A real winner its good at the job at a budget tyre price.

These sound quality Enduro 4×4 tyres are available online at www.pellonautocentre.com

Pellon Tyre and Auto-centre offer car and van servicing and repairs to all makes of vehicles. Thus, are members of Unipart Car Care Centres and give a nationwide guarantee for all our work and parts. They also sell 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 the high standard of equipment and workmanship.

Winter Tyres 7 Good Reasons to-fit Them Make it a safer winter for your family

Winter Tyres 7 Good Reasons

Winter Tyres 7 Good Reasons; At Pellon Tyres we take the benefits of winter tyre fitments very seriously, and with winter fast approaching it may be time to consider your tyre needs. Here are seven reasons you might want to consider swapping to winters Winters vs. Summers 

Winter Tyres 7 Good Reasons

General winter tyres

1) Winter tyres are NOT SNOW TYRES
One of the most common reasons we hear as to why Winter Tyres 7 Good Reasons aren’t needed in the UK is because we don’t get enough snow. Winter tyres are designed to be more efficient than regular tyres in any temperature under 7c (44f) on any road. Cold weather tyres are designed with a larger percentage of natural rubber and silica in the compound which doesn’t harden up as much as

synthetic rubber in cold conditions.

2) Winter tyres work
The General Altimax Winter Plus and the General Eurovan winter tyre against the General Altimax Sports ultra-high-performance summer tyre in icy conditions. From just 10mph the winter tyre stopped in 6.4 metres, while the summer tyre needed more than twice the distance to stop at over 14 yards. Imagine the difference from 30 mph.

3) Winter tyres could save you money
Modern cars have big alloys and expensive wide low profile tyres. Once the small outlay of a set of steel rims has been made, winter tyres are often cheaper because of their smaller size. While you’re driving on winter tyres, you are not wearing out your expensive summer tyres, thus saving you money.

4) ABS don’t stop your car any quicker
Another false-truth we hear a lot is winter tyres aren’t needed thanks to ABS. ABS were designed to allow steering control to be retained while in an emergency situation and will not stop you any quicker in low grip situations.

Winter Tyres 7 Good Reasons

Winter tyres are as comfortable as summer tyres

5)Another myth is a loss of ride comfort, or extra noise thanks to winter tyres. The truth is modern Winter Tyres 7 Good Reasons are as every bit as comfortable as summer tyres, sometimes more so thanks to an increased profile.

6) Avoiding other people on the road
The number of accidents caused by wet conditions increases in winter by 267%. Give yourself a chance of avoiding someone else’s incident by fitting winter tyres.

7) Cars have changed
It’s no secret modern cars have gained a little weight, in fact.Hence, a MK5 Golf is almost twice the weight of an MK1 Golf. Consequently, with all that extra weight comes added inertia when trying to change directions or slow down, which gives the tyres much more work to do. To compound the problem? Many more cars are coming with overly broad sports tyres which have even less chance of slowing the big heavy car. www.pellontyres.co.ukcurrently has hundreds of winter tyres in stock at our depot ready to be fitted to our customer’s cars. If you wish to discuss your winter tyre needs or to reserve stock, please do not hesitate to call our customer service line on 0800 731 0965.

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. Finally, we also sell Cheap Winter Tyres online from our website by using the tyre selector and choosing your tyre size.

Bald tyres-Wet Roads -Bald tyres are just Accidents Waiting to Happen

Bald tyres-Wet Roads; More and More Bald tyres are not getting replaced in the Recession

Bald tyres-Wet Roads; Eric Roberts MD of  Pellon Tyre and Auto Centre in Halifax West Yorkshire, has never seen so many dangerous tyres that have been removed, from customers wheels in 40 years of running a tyre business.

We have all had to cut back in these difficult times but to cut back on buying a car tyre will put the vehicle owner and other motorists in great danger, especially with the weather turning wetter as we go towards September and Autumn and Winter approaches.

Bald tyres-Wet Roads

English: Bald tyres-Wet Roads; Two vehicle aquaplaning due to flash-flooding over Kooringal Road. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The combination of wet roads and bald tyres makes for an accident waiting to happen. The name for this is AQUAPLANING; This is when your tyre is separated from the road surface by a thin layer of water. Therefore, your tyre does not grip.

Because of the absence of tread on the tyre. Then the car can go in any direction when the brakes are applied. Hence, this is the cause of many motorway crashes.Of course,  you may have also seen F1 cars during a race. Because in dry weather conditions, the racing cars are equipped with bald tyres (called slicks). Accordingly, when the weather turns wet, the cars are replaced with tyres that have a tread pattern. Thus the same principals apply for the regular car owner. Therefore, it is highly dangerous to drive on a “BALD” tyre,  and also illegal.

Not only “BALD” tyres? But tyres down to the “STEEL BELT.”

A more pessimistic scenario has recently developed. We are now removing tyres from customers cars. That have gone past the “BALD” stage. Hence,  down to the “STEEL BELT”. As a result, this is now a sombre position to be in. We at Pellon tyres stress that you should have your tyres checked at regular intervals. You may be putting your families, and other drivers live’s at risk.Thus, driving about on tyres in this state.

Eric RobertsBald tyres-Wet Roads members of TYRESAFE.ORG

Pellon Tyre and Auto-centre offer car and van servicing and repairs to all makes of vehicles. For this reason,We are members of Unipart Car Care Centres and give a nationwide guarantee for all our work and parts. Therefore, we also sell tyres online from our website by using the tyre selector and choosing your tyre size. Courtesy cars are available to local motorists who need 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 Motor-codes, who carry out checks for a high standard of equipment and workmanship.

Tyre down to the steel belt

Bald tyres-Wet Roads

Bald tyres-Wet Roads; a badly worn tyre next to a new tyre

Pirelli Cinturato Radial Tyres-“Born”from Lancia Cars

Pirelli radial tyres were born from the need of Lancia Rally division. Hence, who wanted a stronger lower riding radial tyre for their “Lancia Stratos” rally car. Accordingly, this leads the designers to create a much more durable tyre construction. As a result, both wider and with a much lower side wall. Hence, this Pirelli Cinturato design became very successful. Of course, giving a significant boost toLancia racing”. Indeed Porsche also started to use the Pirelli Cinturato tyre in its racing division.

Pirelli Cinturato to compete with the steel of Michelin

Pirelli Cinturato,Lancia Rally 037

Lancia Rally 037 on Pirelli Cinturato (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The new Pirelli design leads to the creation of the Pirelli Cinturato. This tyre was created in the 1950s.Therefore, and was originally made from a textile belted construction. This tyre gave great comfort and road holding qualities but as for all textile construction tyres was a little low on mileage and could not compete with some of its rivals namely Michelin who were streets ahead with their steel belted X range of tyres.

Eric Roberts remembers fitting these Pirelli Cinturato tyres in the 1960 s. Eric, was a tyre fitter in Dewsbury. These tyres were mounted on Lancias and for some strange reason were fitted to some MGBs.

The earlier Pirelli Cinturato were used as original equipment on most Italian-made production cars such as the Alfas;

Pirelli Cinturato tyres mounted on MGB GTs

Eric remembers the first time he saw these tyres. They were very unusual at the time.Hence, but things were changing fast in the world of tyres. and we were not that surprised at what came along next”. Thus, the most common size been the 165×14. Pirelli now competes on the World stage with the steel belted radial fitted to modern cars.

Eric Roberts

Pellon Tyre and Auto-centre offer car and van servicing and repairs to all makes of vehicles. Thus, we are members of Unipart Car Care Centres and give a nationwide guarantee for all our work and parts. Naturally, also sell tyres online from our website www.pellonautocentre.com by using the tyre selector and choosing your tyre size.  We are also an official MOT testing station and are members of Motor-codes, who carry out checks for a high standard of equipment and workmanship.

Efficient Grip Tyres Goodyear-World Contender Goodyear Tyres release new “Efficient Grip”tyre

Efficient Grip Tyres Goodyear

Efficient Grip Tyres Goodyear; have introduced their latest new tyre,the Efficient Grip.

Eric Roberts from Pellon Tyre and Auto centre in Halifax UK. Which is the latest from Goodyear’s  long list of excellent products; Hence, the Efficient Grip Tyres Goodyear.

Goodyear  started out making one of the first steel radial tyres the G8. Therefore, this was an effort to catch up with another leading tyre manufacture.As a result, Goodyear begun having problems in the structure of the steel belt. 

The next generation tyre from Goodyear  was the G800+s this tyre had teething problems but these were overcome and Goodyear regained its reputation as a world leader in tyre Efficient Grip Tyres Goodyearmanufacturing .Many other tyre types all with improvements in tyre tread design, indeed Goodyear were the first to bestow the advantages of tread patterns that combat aquaplaning. The  Grand Prix was another famous car tyre to come out of the Goodyear factories. The main target in car tyre production was to combat aquaplaning.

 Kicking off, with a massive extensive advertising campaign. Goodyear tyres were the leaders in World tyre sales.

The arrival of Goodyear tyres Efficient Grip Tyre

New tread designs followed.Consequently, the next series of car tyres were to be the Eagle range. As a result, there is no doubt that Goodyear, have always been at the forefront of tyre technology and innovation. World leaders all the way in tyre design and technology.Hence, keeping up with the new speed and road conditions. 

The latest arrival to Goodyear innovations is the new Efficient Grip Tyres Goodyear. This has been with low emission greener cars in mind, cars like the new Renault electric vehicle , that require a tyre with much lower rolling resistance. The giant tyre company have managed this by making this Efficient Grip Tyres Goodyear a lot lighter. This has been achieved by using lighter plastic materials in the construction, reducing the weight by 10%, also they have added a new material into the compound creating less heat generation and therefore reducing a lower rolling resistance and better performance. More information can be found at www.goodyear.eu/uk and this excellent product can be purchased at Pellon Tyres Halifax UK.

Eric Roberts…member of ...Point-S Tyres


Firestone Tyre Recall-1978 “Massive” Tyre Re-call-Cost the tyre company millions

Firestone Tyre Recall

In modern times, starting in the 1970”s Firestone have had mega problems in their Firestone Tyre Recall.

Firestone Tyre Recall

Firestone tyres are once again an excellent product and take part in many motorsport events.

Firestone tyres originated from Akron Ohio USA.

Of course they originated from the home of Goodyear in Akron Ohio,USA..The company started its life as a tyre maker with just 12 staff.Naturally, they expanded at a very fast rate when they won the contract to supply the new model T Ford. This was in 1906 and they were chosen by Henry Ford himself.

The Firestone tyre company soon expanded to other parts of the World.This including a new factory in Canada and in 1928 they built their first factory here in the UK at Brentford. In the

firestone tyres

Firestone vintage poster before their problems

second world  war years Firestone  were  making other vulcanised rubber products, but after the war reverted to making tyres.

Big problems for Firestone tyres as “tyre treads” began to separate from the main tyre

Firestone tyres were like most other  companies.Thus, trying to play catch up with Michelin  and the “steel belted radial”. 

Firestone Tyre Recall

The result was horrific. Firestone tyres began having major problems leading to a Firestone Tyre Recall with their products.Because, they were  losing their treads at high speeds causing many problems. The problem was thought to be caused by tyre bonding cements allowing water into the steel belt area causing the steel belts to corrode and separate and lift off, usually at high speeds causing many accidents. This Firestone Tyre Recall was a  first major problem, causing over 7 million tyres to be recalled. This problem also occurred in the UK, I remember having to change many defective buckled up tyres in my early days as a fitter whilst working for National company in Dewsbury.

In 1978  Firestone Tyre Recall  had a second massive  recall. Firestone Tyre Recall

Firestone tyres are now back to be a reputable tyre brand.

Bridgestone Tyres UK  after failed negotiations with Pirelli  of Italy.

Eric Roberts

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

 

 

Nice Triumph Spitfire-calls into Pellon Tyres for a “Wheel Alignment” Takes Me Back!

Nice Triumph Spitfire;No wheel alignment ?

Eric Roberts 8/7/2011. wheel alignment.

During the week I was walking through my garage work area.  I spotted a very nice Triumph Spitfire on a ramp having a wheel alignment by one of my mechanics Dale Linton. I could hardly believe my eyes, this was a fine specimen of a car.

This model was now classed as a vintage car here in the UK. Never the less it  still looked good to day against our modern sports cars. Cars such as the small Mazda’ s. This particular car had been really looked after and restored by its owner. He had brought the car to us for two General tyres and a wheel alignment. I had a conversation with the owner as this car brought back fond

Nice Triumph Spitfire

Nice Triumph Spitfire waiting for a wheel alignment

memories of my youth and I think it was my second car although I am sure that I had a couple of minis before upgrading to a Triumph Spitfire, my first “sports car”.

My spitfire experience was short lived however. I remember fitting two new 155×13 Dunlop tyres to the front. However  for some reason in those days,(mid sixties) we did not do any wheel alignment , in a general tyre fitting bay, It was due to go to the garage to be done as this was a job for a regular garage and the two kinds of businesses operated separately, not like to-day where we are classed as auto centres and now do all car work under one roof. I was to have the wheel alignment done after the three day holiday.

Nice Triumph Spitfire

Anyway after having my new tyres fitted I set off to a seaside resort in Yorkshire UK called Scarborough, (it was a pilgrimage for young people to visit the resort on most bank holidays,here in the North of England), I met up with some friends in a small village at a party, but we decided to leave the party and go into Scarborough for the evening fun.

I set off in my gleaming “spitfire” and my friend followed in his old Austin Cambridge,(now another vintage car). We headed for the main A64 route into the resort, we went down a small country road and round a sharp bend . We came across the A64 at great speed, I slammed all on with the brakes but my friends car would not stop crashing into the back of me. Luckily no one was hurt, but both cars were “write off’s”.

Never did get my “wheel alignment”

My Nice Triumph Spitfire was a write off after only three weeks of ownership. My car was towed back to Dewsbury and it never got the wheel alignment done at garage what a sad day.

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

Michelin Tyres Success Story- the great Success Story of the renowned French tyre company

Michelin Tyres Success Story

Michelin Tyres Success Story

Eric Roberts 24-7-2011.

Part 2; The great Michelin Tyres X radial car tyre was “born.”

The next significant milestone for Michelin was the introduction of carbon black in the rubber compound mixture, this not only gave them their black colour but changed the chemical

Michelin Tyres Success Story

Michelin Tyres Success Story; Michelin man sat in a Paris book shop window

The combination of the compound which resulted in the greater longevity in their life. This change happened in around 1917 and in 1919 came the introduction of parallel textile cords this would be known as the “comfort” tyre a few years later and was to become the first low pressure one. Later in 1935 yet other improvements were made, and the “Super-comfort” tyre was born. This procedure enabled tyres to work at even lower pressures for a more comfortable ride; these were the first of their kind in the world. These improvements were of great benefit to Michelin tyres, leading to their next great innovation.

The next great Michelin innovation was to become a World leader and set a standard for the rest of the tyre manufacturers to try and follow. Known to be the Michelin X tyre.

Michelin part owned the then ailing French carmaker Citroen and developed the tyre partly for the new Citroen 2CV. The Worlds first radial was born, the plies that ran from bead to bead were of a textile material, but the tread belt that ran radial around the tyre bead of steel. The French tyre maker could not believe what it had created. Indeed, cross plays the Michelin “X” gave better handling, better cornering, better braking. Michelins were giving double the mileage compared across-ply” tyre.   They gave a much lower fuel consumption and because of the flexible and resilient side walls gave much-improved comfort to the ride of the car, a truly “great invention”.

Michelin Tyres Success Story

Steel belted tyres were the World standard and was creating interest from European car makers. So much so that Lancia became the first car manufacturers to use the Michelin on their Aurelia model. The pattern was soon to be followed by Mercedes and on their 2CV models.

While this was all happening in Europe, the Americans were pursuing a different tyre strategy, but this is in part three. Arthur W Savage was the first man to invent and patent the radial, but when his patent ran out Michelin were the first to pick it up and develop into the “X”. His American contemporaries were not interested in the radial tyre, so the innovation went to Europe and Michelin.

Eric Roberts

MOT Testing Number Plates- Information-Pellon Tyres-Halifax-Yorkshire-UK

MOT Testing Number Plates

MOT Testing Number Plates;This blog is part of a series written by Eric Roberts of Pellon Autocentre Halifax UK to advise motorists about the number plate regulations that affect your MOT Test.

This advice comes as part of the Road Vehicle Regulations, (Display of Registration Marks)2001.MOT regulations. Consquently, the new regulations  https://www.gov.uk/browse/driving/number-plate (2001) state that the car must first of all , “have number plates fitted”, this must be that the background colour and words and lettering comply with the regulations. The words and letters should easily readable and in good condition.
The letters and numbers must be correctly spaced. The character font should be of the correct type .The number plate should match the one in your log book, and should comply with British Standard AU 145d.
Your plate should also display the name and postcode of the company that made up the plate for you. Official number plate sizes should be the following-If you have a Euro symbol on the plate the character width should be reduced from 57mm to 50mm. To conform to MOT Rules.

MOT Testing Number Plates

MOT Testing Number Plates;Image courtesy of Wikipedia.

Height 79mm
Width 50mm other than figure 1 or letter I
Stroke 14mm
Character spacings 11mm
Group spacings 33mm
Top and Bottom and Side margins 11mm minimum
Vertical line spacings 19mm

MOT Euro symbol

The Euro-symbol must have the letters “GB” under the European flag if a plain number plate is used the vehicle must use a separate “GB” sticker when driving in another European country. Furthermore, private number plates must have the letters and numbers correctly separated apart and not clustered together to make up a name.
Hope this information is of use to you for more help you can contact…https://www.pellonautocentre.com/?s=number+plates

Or email pellontyres@btconnect.com for any advice.

not a bad idea? Eric Roberts