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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

 BMW wheel alignment

What does BMW alignment cost? I was charged $ 65 today (we charge £39.90 in Halifax) 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?

Of course, the question of rear wheel alignment. So has always in my opinion been a grey area. Depending on the size of the garage business. Including  the garage owners priorities to what is spent on alignment equipment ! So,will determine whether or not they can afford a massive investment in a 4 wheel alignment machine.

Incredibly, 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 point to look at . Before you invest in one of these alignment machines is the amount of space you have. Some are very large and you could find them difficult  to fit them into your workshop.

The larger franchise garages are usually of a modern construction. Of course,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. Naturally, when we fit a ramp into the bay. So, we don’t have the space to fit one of the “all singing all dancing” wheel alignment machines.

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Recently, we have had a complete re-shuffle and re-arranged our garage space. Consequently, we have fitted a new ramp ! Capable of fitting our new 4 x wheel alignment machine. Of course, in the past I have been known to criticize the investment in these large expensive machines. However, car designs  and price competition have helped to change my mind.

Subsequently, we have purchased a brand new alignment machine and can now reset the tracking on most car models. Including, the BMW range at competitive prices.

In the end, these machines will all give the same results

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. So in the past, we only offered 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

Including £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. So, the BMW is charged at the same rate as say a Toyota or a GM model. Naturally, 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. 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.

 

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

UK motorists,mot test

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

Of course, I do believe these figures from the excellent Auto express magazine. Significantly this article makes interesting reading ! Stating that 10% of UK motorists . Many car owners do not know that the MOT test is compulsory ! Importantly,  on cars that are over three years old.

The British government are computerizing the vehicle system. Including 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 three systems. This of course would make it much easier to regulate and also for ease of use to the vehicle owners.

So, enabling it impossible to have one thing without the other ! Of course, at the moment, they are not aligned . Incredibly, you could have a car insured without an MOT test. In my opinion, this will be the Governments aim. Because at the end of this year the road tax disc will be abolished and the system will go online. Making 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.

Today 2019, then this as all been implemented. Therefore no UK vehicles have to show a tax disc ! Vehicle data is all computerised and also available at any time for police officers to check.

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 www.autoexpress.co.uk

 

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.

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UPS Batteries Have Many Uses

Solar Storage Batteries-Understanding our future storage Needs?

Solar Storage Batteries
batteries

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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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

Yokohama Rubber

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.

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.

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Continental Tyres Winners

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. 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.

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Nokian Tyres Approved-BMW

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. 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.edp24.co.uk

Car Servicing Times-When to Get Your Car Servicing Done | Unleash the Monster

Car Servicing Times

Car Servicing Times

If you purchase a used car or an older car that doesn’t have the technology to inform you when something is needed, it’s even more important to keep track of the car servicing times and  schedule.

 

eric roberts‘s insight:

CAR SERVICING Times -where are we now?

During the time that I have owned a garage Car Servicing has seen many changes. The change though is not so great. We are what I would call a local garage. Servicing and repairing our customer’s cars. So, the same as we have done here in Halifax for the past 25 years.

Of course, the thing that has changed the most is the increase in competition. So, to overcome this we have had to keep everything up to date.Things like technology. Including the garage appearance. Probably the biggest change is the way that the garage has to be promoted.

Car Servicing has developed and modified over the years. Especially as regards lower emissions in recent years. Generally we can keep up with the level of technology and computers. Required to service and repair these cars. Hence, the appearance of the garage is also very important.

These days 60% of our customers are probably ladies. Having taken over the role of many male duties. Because more and more ladies can now drive and have jobs depending on their own cars. Meaning that the ladies usually now own their own cars. Therefore they are the ones that have to deal with the garages.Thus, should anything go wrong with their cars.

This brings me to the point of the necessity to have a clean smart reception area. Including, facilities for all the customers not just the ladies. Subsequently, we call ours the TV lounge. Offering free drinks (coffee and tea) along with magazines. Now we have free Wi-Fi for the customers to use while surfing the internet. Or playing games on their tablets and phones. All these things are necessary. Especially, if you want to retain your hard earned customer base. Although our margins are a lot lower these days. Garages should make every effort to make their premises as smart as possible.

Car Servicing Times

The one thing that in my opinion has changed the most over the years other than repairing and Car Servicing Times, is the way we now have to market our businesses. Years ago the bigger you were, the bigger the advert you would place in your local newspaper and the national garage chains would advertise in the national papers, there was some sort of packing order. I will always remember the first full page advert that we took out on a Friday afternoon and the following day we had cars queuing down the road, it was most embarrassing because at that time we did not have infrastructure to cope with all that work. It was a learning curb that I will never forget.

Car Servicing Times

Car Servicing Times are important and not to be missed

Also radio and TV advertising was affordable to the bigger garages and Auto-centres, but price pressure from other better off industries put the prices up and an end to that format of advertising exposure.

Now the internet has taken over the battle ground, with almost every garage trying to get internet exposure and battling to get on first page of Google for as little cost as possible. This is where I am at now and as if you do not already know it is a long hard struggle.

The thing to me is that it is hard to know what affect all the hard work on your garage, not like the old days with a full page newspaper advert. I suppose the fact that we are still busy is reflecting on the work that we have to put in to Google, Twitter and Facebook and car servicing and repairs will still go on regardless.

Eric Roberts

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