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Best car servicing How to choose the workshop for your car? – MotorExpert

Best car servicing

Facilities like this should insure Best car servicing

Read our article on the list of factors that one must keep in mind to choose the best car servicing,

workshop | Chennai (Wondering how to choose the best #workshop to get your #car serviced?

 

Eric Roberts‘s insight:

In my opinion finding the best car servicing  garage is a no brainer.

Of course the best type of recommendation is by word of mouth ! So knowing the best places to have your car servicing carried out ! The best is the one when a friend or relation gives your servicing garage a recommendation. Of course coming from a good customer experience. Failing that you should be

Best car servicing

Look out for the Unipart sign foe good service and quality parts for your Best car servicing

looking out for the presentation of a garage. If the garage looks good and efficient . There is a good chance that garage will be able to offer the best car servicing in your area.

Does the garage look good?

Consequently, most proud garage owners naturally look after their premises. Although this is not always true !  But in general it usually works out that way.  Predominately, many back street garages don’t look too good . Looks dont always count and the work they turn out can be very good.

Many of the better garages are in some sort of trade association. Here in the UK we have a main organisation covering most trades! That is called Trading Standards. If the garage is a member of Trading Standards, then you can be more confident of the quality of work carried out on your car. Garages will have been vetted by no other than the RAC. Operating a fair price policy. Including an arbitration service. Subsequently, in case you do have a problem that cannot be solved and develops into a dispute.

Also look out for other things such as do the garage have a waiting area or a reception. Of course, where you can wait for your car in comfort. So, whilst the servicing  or MOT test is been carried out on your car, all these points will usually lead you to a Best car servicing centre,that you can trust and remain loyal to for years to come. But in my opinion one of the bast way to be sure of good Servicing a Car is by word of mouth recommendation, it is still the best way to determine how good the garage is.

Best car servicing

Point-S car servicing centre in Halifax UK probably the Best car servicing in the Halifax area.

Eric Roberts

Hi I would like to introduce myself. Working in the Garage and tyre and Battery business now for 40 years. So. Working for a couple of national tyre companies before starting my first business. Of course, I now own a company here in the UK called Pellon Tyre and Auto-centre. Blogging about anything to do with cars and their related products. Naturally, that will help my business. We are members of Point-S and Trading Standards and are also a Unipart Car Care Centre.

See on blog.motorexpert.in

Britains Motorists-forking out hundreds on unexpected car repair costs – Easier (press release)

Britains Motorists

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

 

Eric Roberts‘s insight:

Car Servicing has been put on the back burner by Britains Motorists?

So, in this good article. Hence, by the” countrywide independent garage scheme” . They carried out a straw poll of 100 UK motorists. Consequently they found that many of them had car repair bills of up to £500! In fact 64% of them, to be precise. Of course, this is no surprise to me . As I believe that many UK motorists have failed to have their cars serviced, in the past two years.

This neglect will lead to all kinds of problems affecting  their cars and the cars performance. We see the effects of this all the time, but I think that the most common problem is the brakes. If the cars brakes are checked on a service, then the usual things that need replacing are the pads, this together with a good brake cleaning is usually all that is required.The problem then is that if the car is not serviced, then the Brake pads wear even further down before getting down to the metal plate. This then affects the brakes especially the Disc Brakes.

New Brake Discs and Car Brake Pads fitted

 

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

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

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

Mot will find any mechanical problems

 

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

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

Eric Roberts

Hi I would like to introduce myself. Working in the Garage and tyre and Battery business now for 40 years. So. worked for a couple of national tyre companies before starting my first business. Of course, I now own a company here in the UK called Pellon Tyre and Auto-centre. Blogging about anything to do with cars and their related products. Naturally, that will help my business. We are members of Point-S and Trading Standards and are also a Unipart Car Care Centre.

 

See on www.easier.com

Women Drivers-What a Lady May be Looking for when taking their car in for a Service or the MOT TEST.

Women Drivers

Women Drivers


What Women Drivers want to know that an Auto centre is backed by more than word of mouth.

Women Drivers unfortunately can have a bit of a blind spot ,when it comes to knowing anything about their cars?. People tend to think that women only buy a car on account of whether the

Women Drivers,women service garage

We at Pellon employ a lady receptionists because of the large increase in our Women Drivers customers.

colour looks good, or if the upholstery looks  nice. The truth is, while there are a few who may be that way, many Women Drivers are more knowledgeable about their cars than you think.  Here are a few things that most females  may expect from a garage when they take their car in for a Car Service.

1.  Positive Feedback.

Girls are born shoppers for the most part. And while a few know exactly what they want and buy it at first sight, most prefer to window shop. Asking around and getting feedback from people who have used the garage is one of the most reliable ways to gauge how good (or bad) the service is. You don’t expect the manager or sales person who works for the garage to say anything negative, do you? So getting recommendations or cautionary tales is the best way to weed out the good from the bad.

2.   Professionalism.

If Women Drivers know nothing about cars, the reputation of male mechanics may lean towards the seedy and lecherous, who think a woman’s face is below her neck line. By calling in to see  the person who she will be dealing with, a lady will know if the garage is  meant for her or not? we employ female reception staff  and also have a warm and friendly reception area where  she will not be uncomfortable and have to put up with any male bad behavior or comments. There is a place and time to be flirty. A Car Auto- centre is not one of them.

Women Drivers

Unipart service centre in Halifax West Yorkshire a garage well trusted by Women Drivers, in fact we estimate that 60% of our customers are from the fair sex.

3.    Handling Complaints

While this may come together with the feedback, it is important for women to find out how complaints are handled. Females are meticulous in general, so if something is not up to standard and she wants her car repaired or serviced, will the garage be reasonable in the respect of say pricing for parts that she may not have had fitted?. Ask around about how the Auto-centre you are looking into handles complaints. The after service response can be a very telling sign if the  centre gives the Women Drivers customer a good experience, because this is where you find out how they handle back jobs and complaints. Check also how many complaints they get on  average. Too many complaints are a signal of poor service.  

4.    Affiliations

Women Drivers want to know that an Auto centre is backed by more than word of mouth. If she knows that a garage has affiliations with companies that provide support and training for them, such as Motorcodes and she will rest easier to  choose a company that have the backing of such an organisation.

5.         Women want Guarantees on parts and service

While there are no guarantees in life, a garage should have a guarantee on their parts and/or service. If they are as good as they make themselves out to be, they should not hesitate to give a guarantee on the work.

So if a lady finds all of this in one garage, she will most likely choose that one. Lucky for her, Unipart Car Care Centrescan help her find these kinds of service centres from among their

Women Drivers

Look out for the Motorcodes sign for better quality service.

700 independent and vetted garages nationwide. All these garages share the core beliefs of Unipart Car Care Centres which are

             An open and honest approach with all the customers

             A high standard of work and excellent value for money and also save the old parts to show the customer.

             12 month guarantee on parts and labour

             An open invitation to inspect, review and rate the service from the people that you would trust with your car. Of your choice to make the best informed decision for your needs  

Should Women Drivers even be looking anywhere else? NO

Eric Roberts..

 

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

Toyota Yaris Clutch Problem

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.

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.

 

Unipart Car Care Centre Will Continue to Operate and Stays in Business.

Unipart Car Care Centre

Unipart Car Care Centre Announces Apple Tech Gadget Facebook Contest Newswire (press release) (Newswire.net — October 8, 2013) Bicester, Oxfordshire –One of the UK’s leading car care specialists, Unipart Car Care Centre (UCCC), has announced the…

 

eric roberts‘s insight:

UNIPART CAR CARE CENTRE STARTING TO LEAD THE WAY

Our Parts and labour guaranteed for 12 months

We as a Unipart Car Care Centre member . Are committed  to give our customers a great service. Hence, the service doesn’t end when you drive out of  our garage. Consequently, as a UCCC member . We believe in lasting quality and unbeatable value. Especially, for our customers. As such, we offer a 12 month – or 12,000 mile – guarantee. Of course, that is applicable on all parts and labour . Thus, on the cars that we have repaired or serviced.

In other words, if we at Pellon Autocentre fit a part incorrectly, or if it’s goes faulty, we will replace and refit it at no added cost, at  our Auto-centre in Halifax or in the UCCC nationwide network of

garages. So you will be able to  drive anywhere at any time here in the UK with complete peace of mind.

Unipart Car Care Centre

Unipart Car Care Centre in Halifax

You can click on the UCCC web site to find your local, customer-approved local garage. Unipart has just recently gone into receivership but the company was in two parts and the part that runs the UCCC  part of the business will still continue to operate which is good news for us here at Pellon Tyres in Halifax Yorkshire UK. here is a recent part of a press release that we have received from Unipart Group

“Unipart Group confirms its commitment to develop the Unipart Car Care Centre proposition to make it even more compelling for both garages and motorists alike.  It is committed to making its network of independent Car Care Centre garages more robust than ever.

Unipart Car Care Centre

As well as maintaining its strong www.uccc.co.uk online presence for its members, Unipart Car Care Centre will continue to offer all the existing benefits including the popular Nationwide Guarantee Promise,  Car Care Centre of the Year programme and local marketing support programmes. Over the coming weeks, we will be introducing new offerings that will further enhance the benefits provided to the Unipart  Care Centre network”.

Unipart Group will be continuing to provide Original Equipment quality parts which will be distributed to the Unipart Care Centre and independent garage networks by Andrew Page, The Parts Alliance and Express Factors.

Eric Roberts

See on www.newswire.net

Potholes Damage Tyres-every mile on Calderdale Roads – Halifax Evening Courier

Potholes Damage Tyres

Potholes Damage Tyres

‘One pothole every mile’ on roads Halifax Evening Courier It added that UK councils had received 32,600 compensation claims in 2012/13 for everything from potholes ruining wheel rims, to Potholes Damage Tyres and damaging suspension – an increase of 79%…

 

eric roberts‘s insight:

Potholes damage tyres

This is the sort of thing that we have been harping on about for years. Year after year we all complain about the potholes but nothing seems to get done.

Potholes Damage Tyres

Potholes Damage Tyres and cause Broken springs which are one of the many problems that can be caused by damaging potholes.

most of the potholes are due to poor road repairs by contractors, but i suppose that the locals councils should have guys to check the contractors workmanship along the way to check their workmanship.

I must admit that this year in the Kirklees district of West Yorkshire, we seem to be having road works coming out of our ears, indeed the main Bradley to Barnsley road was closed for total resurfacing because of the potholes, for at least two weeks, but they have repaired all the horrible potholes and the road is now a pleasure to drive on.

The effects of these potholes are that Potholes Damage Tyres,

Including, wheels and suspension. Especially the coil springs. There are many drivers now  Claiming for Potholes Damage compensation. Putting claims into the local councils for Potholes Damage Tyres . At one stage we were having to fail a large percentage of MOT tests .Because of the broken springs. due to potholes and speed bumps. here in the Halifax area.This excellent article tells of some of the figures and costs relating to these holes in the road.

Eric Roberts

Pellon Tyre and Auto-centre offer car and van servicing and repairs to all makes of vehicles. Therefore,we are members of Unipart Car Care centres. Giving a nationwide guarantee. naturally, 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. Offering courtesy cars to local motorists. Needing  to go to work and leave their car with us for work doing. Also,we are also an official MOT testing station.  Members of Motor-codes, who carry out checks for high standard of equipment and workmanship.

Citroen C4 Picasso wheel problem -We all hear about these monster cars with problems- News – What Car?

Citroen C4 Picasso wheel problem

Citroen C4 Picasso wheel problem

Citroen C4 Picasso wheel problem

News – What Car?

Seven rear tyres, six wheel alignments, and bills totaling £679 in three years were not what John Leslie and his wife, Isobel, expected from their  C4 Picasso.

 

eric roberts‘s insight:

 Picasso had (wheel alignment problem)

As a garage owner myself  I think it is fair to say that we do get our fair share of Citroen C4 cars in for various types of repair work, especially for doing repairs after MOT failures.

This particular Citroen C4 was having tyre wear problems, the car had many wheel alignment checks and even had the suspension at the rear of the car reset, but the car continued to go through tyres at an alarming rate.

The Citroen C4 went through different  garages in Scotland and in the end the guy was compensated for some of his problems, but the problem was never cured ?.

Over the years we have all had our customers with problematic cars ,especially cars that wear tyres out, we used to call them Friday made cars, because the men at the factory never finished them off, because they could not wait to get home and the cars were not so good because of short cuts, I am not sure if that happens in to days car factories, but you still get rogue cars that has problems that we can never cure and this Citroen C4 is one of them, the guy would do well to get rid of the car. according to the  Picasso owners club, tyres wearing at the edged area a common problem.

Read more…http://www.citroenpicasso.org.uk/picasso/index.php?/topic/17827-outside-tyre-wear/

Eric Roberts…www.mot-halifax.co.uk

Hi I would like to introduce myself. I have worked in the Garage and we offer Citroen Tyres Online. Also been operating  a Battery business now for 40 years. Of course,I have worked for a couple for national tyre companies. In my younger days. Before starting my first business. Naturally,I now own a garage and MOT testing centre. Locally, 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. We are members of Point-S and Motor-Codes. Also a Unipart Car Care Centre and of course Tyre-safe.

 

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.