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UK motorists-1 in 10 think the MOT test is Only an OPTION?

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Millions of UK motorists are clueless about the legal requirement for MOT test, insurance and road tax (Mot’s only cover approx 20% of your car being checked but servicing covers approx 70% as i was told when i last…

 

eric Roberts’ insight:

As the owner of an MOT test station

I can believe these figures from the excellent Auto express magazine. This article makes interesting reading and state that 10% of UK motorists, car owners do not know that the MOT test is compulsory on cars that are after three years old.

The British government are computerising the whole system of car insuring and road tax along with the DVLA MOT Rules. In my opinion, they would be better off aligning the threeUK motorists,mot test

MOT test sign to look out for

together so that you could not have one without the other. At the moment, they are not aligned and you could have a car insured without an MOT test. In my opinion, this will be the Governments aim as at the end of this year the road tax disc will be abolished and the system will go online and make it easier for the UK motorists, the List of New MOT Rules and  details will probably have to be entered along with the insurance details, thus tightening up on the whole system which is at the moment flawed.

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, 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.autoexpress.co.uk

 

BMW Wheel Alignment-How much should wheel alignment on a BMW cost?

BMW Wheel Alignment

BMW Wheel Alignment cost the same as any other car for a wheel alignment

by Gone-Walkabout Question by Brittiny Hylan: How much should a BMW wheel alignment on a bmw cost? I was charged $ 65 today just to get the front end of my (How much should a four wheel alignment on a bmw cost?

 

eric Roberts’ insight:

BMW wheel alignment the same as any other car?

The question of rear wheel alignment has always in my opinion been a grey area. Depending on the size of the garage business and the garage owners priorities will determine

whether or not they can afford a massive investment in a wheel alignment machine say made by Hunter or a smaller machine say made by Acu-track.

The thing is that there are thousands of wheel alignment machines on the market, but they will only do what you want them to do in your own garage situation. Another pint to look at before you invest in one of these alignment machines is the amount of space you have, to fit them into your workshop.

The larger franchise garages are usually of a modern construction, similar to an industrial warehouse, with a massive space inside for multiple ramps and alignment machines, but a garage like mine is built as an old fashioned tyre depot with individual bays, and when we fit a ramp into the bay we don’t have the space to fit one of the “all singing all dancing” wheel alignment machines.

In the end, these machines will all give the same results when you do the front BMW Wheel Alignment. It is like cars really, some are bigger and have many more extras, but in the end, they all get you from A to B. We only offer to do the front wheel alignment, mainly because we are always busy and only have the time to do a front wheel alignment. Also, most cars do not have any adjustment for the rear Laser Wheel Alignment or you need special tools to adjust them.

Most customers are perfectly happy for us to do the front BMW Wheel Alignment; we always recommend it should be done when new tyres are fitted, or if their steering wheel is out of line and when they have hit a pothole or the kerb. This will then correct the problem and their car will drive much better when the alignment is adjusted.

We at Pellon Tyres here in Halifax West Yorkshire charge £39.90 for the BMW Wheel Alignment and £69.90 for the Four-Wheel BMW Wheel Alignment depending on the make and model of the car, to be correct and adjusted, (about $50) and it does not matter about the make of the car, the BMW is charged at the same rate as say a Toyota or a GM model. We take them all on as they come, some are hard to do and some are easy, we feel that it is the easy way to do this.

If a car owner really wants a rear wheel alignment then we have Wheel Alignment Equipment to do the job the because perhaps his car has been involved in a collision, then we refer them to the guy who paid £22,000.00 for his alignment machine and sometimes takes two hours to complete?

I am not saying that there is anything wrong with these expensive machines, in my opinion, it is “horses for courses” and in the amount of space that I have got, I need an alignment machine that is portable and I can move from ramp to ramp.

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, 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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Yokohama tyres and Kumho tyres to join forces in Research a development and perhaps More?

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Yokohama tyres , Kumho follow MoU up with R&D master agreement

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The Board of Directors at Yokohama Rubber and Kumho Tire have resolved to enter into master technological alliance agreement.

 

eric roberts‘s insight:

Yokohama tyres-Kumho tyres-

This one took me by surprise?

I must admit this one came as a shock to me at first. I have spent much time with the staff at both companies but nothing was said, byEither Yokohama tyres or Kumho tyres. So I guess that this was just one of those high level agreements that were kept hush- hush.

In my own business here in Halifax we have had close ties with both of these tyre companies, and in fact we sell both Yokohama tyres and Kumho tyres side by side, in recent years. I regard both companies as tyre innovators and thinking about it I can see where they are coming from, as the saying goes, “two brains are better than one”. The companies have apparently being discussing the exchange of technologies, with the future possibility of future shared ownership.

This move would take the joint company up the tyre manufacturers ranking table. At the moment the two company’s rank 8th  with over $5.5 billion sales is Yokohama tyres and  is Kumho with sales of over $3.5 Billion ranking 12th in the league table, so a joint venture would put the new company in the top 6 placing’s and will become  a force to reckon

with.

A Yokohama tyres spokesman said… By exchanging technology, the companies “aim to increase their competitiveness and enhance their growth potential … by sharing R&D resources and making more effective use of them through joint research and development on tires and related technologies,”

The deal is said to be in advance stages and both companies are looking to find a method of obtaining each other’s shares, a definite sign that talks are well on their way and the tyre companies are expected to sign legal binding contracts sooner than later.

I do not know how this will filter down to the grass roots fitting centres but in my opinion the other tyre manufacturers will be looking over their shoulders at the potential that Yokohama tyresthese two great companies will no doubt research and develop in new tyre products and move to a mid-range tyre to a leading brand, with more and more OE fitments on the way.

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 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. 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

UPS Batteries Have Many Uses

Solar Storage Batteries-Understanding our future storage Needs?

Solar Storage Batteries
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When shopping for Solar Storage Batteries for a renewable energy (RE) system, it is important to choose a battery designed for deep-cycling, and one with a track re (Understand batteries to buy the right ones for your #RE system

 

eric roberts‘s insight:

Solar Storage Batteries using AGM Batteries

This attached article by Kalyan Jana. Senior applications engineer for Trojan Solar Storage Batteries renewable energy group. Thus is one of the most informative articles on the subject that I have ever

read.

The World of Solar Power Systems and Solar Storage Batteries. So, has now become a crazy mixed up mix of different peoples. Setting up different ways of storing their renewable energy. There are also many Universities all over the Planet looking for different types of batteries to use for storing the suns energy or the energy created by wind turbines.

Indeed it was only a few days ago that I wrote an article about Stamford University in the USA developing the nickel-iron Solar Storage Batteries, first invented by Thomas Edison and these batteries have been ear marked for the use of Solar Storage Batteries from the sun to store the large amounts of electricity that sun produces.

 Solar Storage Batteries-The future from Trojan batteries

Many countries in the world do not have access to a grid electric supply. This sort of thing is taken for granted in the western world. But for many

Solar Storage Batteries

How a solar system works using Solar Storage Batteries

countries, such as parts of Africa. So, an electric supply is just a dream. In these days of the rapid growth in solar energy production,. Hence, the dream is starting to become a reality. It is difficult to believe that over 1.6 billion people do not have any mains electric power supply.

With the solar power revolution. It means that for the first time people will have the doors opened for better lighting. Including, better communications that will lead them to better education. Educated people can become nurses and business men. This will also mean that the people will have better school facilities. Of course,  and more access to clean drinking and bathing water.

All this will be possible because of smart grid technology that we are developing in the western world. New renewable energy sources, such as solar panels and wind turbines and better Solar Storage Batteries systems that are developed by Trojan batteries are all playing a hand that is making the dream of electricity come true to some of these poorer nations.

We think that one of the best  Types of Energy battery storage products at this present time is the Trojan AGM batteries for this purpose.

Eric Roberts

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US repairers gain access to manufacturer information – about servicing and repairs to cars-Motoring

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Motoring US repairers gain access to manufacturer information Motoring Aftermarket servicing and repairs in the USA have won a decisive victory in the “Right to Repair” debate, with the adoption of a national agreement by the Alliance of Automobile…

 

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American repair and servicing  industry follow Europe about Right to Repair

I must confess I am not a great fan of the European Union; I am one of the oldies who were convinced to join the union when Edward Heath was the conservative Prime Minister. We were told that it was just going to be some kind of a trade agreement and I was fooled and voted yes.

There are some things that have come out of Brussels that I belief have helped the let’s say smaller enterprises to survive against the large companies that have flourished in the past 20 years. As the owner of a small garage, I feel much happier and better protected against the car manufacturers and their main dealer garage networks.

The first protective measure that the EU brought out was in 1995 and the law was known as the “Block Exemption” which was introduced to protect the smaller enterprises from being abused by the larger and more dominant auto companies, due to the complexities of the products that were produced and sold in the motor industry.

Under these Block Exemption laws made it so that the technical data and car repair instructions were made available to the rest of the independent motor trade and not just the franchise main dealers, who would then have a great advantage over the rest of the motor industry. This also meant that motoring organisations such as the RAC and Green Flag could also repair cars on the roadside because they would have the technical equipment to do so.

Bring on the “Right to Repair Campaign”

This was a period in motoring history that because of the move to have a greener Planet, new laws were been brought out to control the emissions that were emitted from cars and helping to cause the so-called greenhouse effect. Modern cars were being controlled by computers and cars have become more and more of a challenge to Servicing a Car and repair.

The independent garage sector had to buy more engine testing equipment and plugin computers that could do multi-car diagnostics. These garages and servicing centres had also

to have extra training and access to the spare parts. I remember a meeting that was organised by Andrew Pages the aftermarket parts company, explaining what the future was

going to be like and the huge amount of equipment that we were going to need to service and repair these modern cars.

The Right to Repair Campaign was formed to inform the national and European policy makers in Brussels about the contribution that the car industry contributes to the economy and society of the European Union.It is made up of motorists consumer organisations and aftermarket stakeholders, who defend the right to repair vehicles without any obstructions so that the motoring consumers can have their cars repaired at the garage of their choice without being governed by a car manufacturer to drive the business into one of their franchised dealerships.

America has also a “Right to Repair Law” for aftermarket servicing and repairs

The adoption of a national agreement by the Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers (Alliance), the Association of Global Automakers (Global), the Automotive Aftermarket Industry Association (AAIA) and the Coalition for Automotive Repair Equality (CARE) that will be similar to the European laws and will protect the consumers choice in the car service and  repair industry. The car manufacturers will have to make available the same computer technology and parts to enable the private sector independent garages as they do to their own franchise dealerships. In the USA thought the car manufacturers will have to supply a database so that the independent sector can have access to all the date that the car maker will produce although a subscription fee will have to be paid to access the data.

This sounds to me to be very similar to the EU Block Exemption legislation and will come as great new to the American auto industry; I also believe that the Australian government are coming up with similar laws themselves.

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, 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 MotorCodes and are also a Unipart Car Care Centre.
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MOT Testing-Testing time should be The Right Time to Service Your Car | Nationwide Insurance

MOT Testing

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MOT Testing

Don’t be a victim of #car service ##mot test#myths! Take control & understand exactly what your vehicle may call for: http://t.co/Ohj6bdZXuX

 

eric roberts‘s insight:

When do you have your car service? mot testing

Many of the customers who come to my garage. For their car serviced. Choose one method and that is to have their car serviced. Of course, when it is presented to us for the annual MOT test.

This is the option that many motorists prefer. The reason is that the cost of having any repairs carried out. Hence, if the car fails the MOT test. Servicing means that their car should be road worthy. At least for another year and all the costs come on a one time basis.

Some drivers will have their MOT test carried out and spend their money on the repair work only to find that other problems occur later on in the year. One problem that seems to manifest itself over and over again is the brakes. On an MOT test the brakes are tested on a rolling road and are gauged on their road worthiness by the efficiency reading of the brake tester. The problem is that this does not include a visual inspection of the drums and discs and a car may pass the test but only have a few months wear left on the pads and shoes.

mot test sign Many of our customers have then to pay more money out later on in the year when their brake shoes or pads wear down to the metal and often cause damage to the discs at the same time. I think that eventually we will be able to remove the wheels to give a better visual report on the condition of the whole braking system.

MOT Testing

MOT Testing

This is why many of our customers will opt for a service.At the same time as their MOT test. It gets everything out of the way .Making for a much safer car and a better maintained car. Some drivers will rely on the service manual that came with their car for servicing  and when the car has been serviced we stamp their service manual to show that the car has had a full service history carried out for when they sell their car on.

The worse ones are the ones that do not have a service at all, that is until something goes drastically wrong. These are the ones who swear blind that they had the car serviced earlier on in the year, but when we check our computer it was indeed two years ago. You can tell the ones, their brakes start grinding and their car won’t pull properly, because the engine has no oil in it, or the filter is completely blocked with age, this is a special problem with diesel engine cars and is a different story.

In the long run people who do not service their cars have to pay out more because they usually have more damage done to the car caused by not having a service.

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 of national tyre companies before starting my first business. Now owning a company here in the UK called Pellon Tyre and Auto-centre. Blogging about anything to do with cars. Including,their related products that will help my business. Members of Point-S and MotorCodes and are also a Unipart Car Care Centre.

Yokohama Rubber-Keeping up with Trends to build second Chinese passenger tyres plant – RubberNews.com

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Yokohama tyres to build second Chinese passenger tire plant
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SUZHOU, China—Yokohama Rubber Co. Ltd. is building a passenger tire plant in Suzhou on land adjacent to its existing truck/bus tire plant.

 

eric roberts‘s insight:

Yokohama Rubber Expansion in China

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Yokohama race tyres ready to go back to the factory for examination.

The Japanese tyre company .Hence,make an excellent product in my opinion. moving to China. Therefore is all about driving down the cost of tyres. Of course, this is one of the reasons. That Yokohama Rubber are able to sell their tyre products. Thus, as mid-range tyres and remain competitive.

Yokohama also give much to motorsport. In my opinion will soon be classed as a leading tyre brand. Consequently, tyres as reward to all their efforts and an excellent product. I recently got invited to a F4 race meeting and Yokohama Tyres UK were the tyre suppliers for that race. I was invited to the tyre fitting area and was amazed at the number of tyres that were changed at one race meeting and that every single tyre had to be sent back to the Yokohama Rubber Japan factory to be taken apart and examined for any defects that may be found and also to improve the quality. Much of the information that is gained from motorsport racing will go into improving the quality of their road tyres that are on sale to the general public.

Yokohama Rubber

Orange skin oil is now part of the Yokohama tyre compound

Eric Roberts Yokohama Rubber

Hi I would like to introduce myself. Having worked in the Garage and tyre and Battery business now for 40 years. Working for a couple of national tyre companies. Of course, before starting my first business. Owning 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. Members of Point-S and MotorCodes and are also a Unipart Car Care Centre.

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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.

One of the best places to have the Best car servicing done  is the one where a friend or relation gives you a recommendation, from previous 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 that will give you the Best car servicing in your area. Does the garage look good? Most proud garage owners rally look after their premises, this is not always true but in general it will work out that way. Some back street garages don’t look too good but the work they turn out can be very good.

Another good way is to see if the garage is in some sort of trade association. Here in the UK we have a main organisation that is called Motorcodes. If the garage is a member of Motorcodes, then you will be able to guarantee that the garage has been vetted by no other than the RAC, and operates a fair price policy and an arbitration service 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, where you can wait for your car in comfort, whilst the work 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. 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. We are members of Point-S and MotorCodes and are also a Unipart Car Care Centre.

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Continental Tyres UK Ltd-Spies In Your Tyres? This Gizmo Will Help Your Car Drive Itself

Continental Tyres UK Ltd

Continental Tyres UK Ltd

A few years back, on a week long bus tour of Continental Tyres UK Ltd AG’s technology and engineering centers in Germany, one item attracted more attention from journalists than nearly any of the other whiz-bang connected-car stuff: A simple tire pressure monitor.

 

eric roberts‘s insight:

Continental Tyres UK Ltd new TPMS and more idea

This article written by Bob Gritzinger.Therefore, is all about the new ideas and inventions. Thrown about by the Auto industry at the moment. Consequently, this idea from Continental Tyres UK Ltd has now been tested on truck tyres. But at the moment I don’t know whether it has been a success or not. I suspect it will be effective. Because the concept of a monitor. Hence, vulcanised into the tyre. Relaying out information electronically about such things as tyre pressures and the inside temperature of the tyre is obviously of great benefit to the driver of the vehicle.

The device will be able to aid truckers. Because it will also be able to send the driver information. Thus, about the load that the tyre is carrying. Including  the traction details of the tyre, with this giving the driver the knowledge that the full load and road conditions can be checked as the truck is rolling along. I don’t know what sort of signals theIce road truckers would be getting from their in built TPMS tyres?

Continental Tyres UK Ltd

The new Continental Tyres UK Ltd valve sends out the information. Hence, out by wireless signals. Therefore, is picked up in the cab by the driver on an in-car system very similar to the ones now where the TPMS Valves signals are fitted to the wheels. Continental Tyres UK Ltd says that this is all part the future that may introduce the driverless vehicle to our towns and cities. If an object penetrates a

tyre the system will pick up the loss of pressure and stop the car in some sort of safe area and the problem reported and fixed.

Eric Roberts

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

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Illegal tread tyres- in car crash that killed two young girls – Norfolk Eastern Daily Press

Illegal tread tyres

BBC News Illegal tread tyres in car crash that killed two young girls Norfolk Eastern Daily Press Norwich Crown Court heard that two tyres on the car had illegal tread and all four tyres had been wrongly pressurised which a police accident…

 

eric roberts‘s insight:

Illegal tread tyres do cause accidents  

if not checked at regular intervals.

This fatal accident is just part of the reality that sometimes strikes home when we find out the horror that can result in motorists operating on Illegal tread tyres and not checking their tyres at regular intervals. We

Illegal tread tyres

Checking your air pressure could get you out of a sticky situation

only have to be in the wrong time and the wrong place, for an accident to happen. When our cars are in good condition and serviced at regular intervals we have a better chance of getting out of a sticky situation when driving.

AT first I did not want to blog this accident because of the fatalities, but I think it important to point out that these things happen and it could be that if this car had good tyres at the correct Air Pressure, then the outcome could have been different. We in the tyre trade are always preaching to motorists about checking their tyres and tyre pressure, but accidents like this are proof that bad things can happen if you do not service your car and check the tyres at regular intervals .

I would like to pass on my condolences to these girls family.

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. We are members of Point-S and MotorCodes and are also a Unipart Car Care Centre

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