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Winter tyres rush-Massive Push for Winter Tyres

Winter tyres rush


Massive Winter tyres rush

This past few weeks has been hectic to say the least. I think that one of the contributors to this.Was the front page warning of a cold and  snowy weather here in Britain. To arrive over the next six weeks.Consequently, as my readers well know. I am always advocating the need for drivers to fit winter tyres. Of course, onto their cars in November,

Winter tyres rush

Nissan Terrano having 4 Yokohama winter tyres

 

Winter tyres rush

Honda CV having 4 Dunlop Grandtrek tyres fitted

 A popular request was for Nokian Winter Tyres but my customers in Halifax thought they were a bit on the expensive side and so went for our favourite winter tyres, the General Winters.

Winter tyres rush

Of course, we have been selling and stocking Yokohama tyres now for three years. Therefore, we are very pleased at the quality of the products and the competitiveness of the prices.

I have decided to do a sort of collage of some of the cars that have had winter tyres fitted in the past Winter tyres rush weeks, just out of interest really.

Eric Roberts

Hi I would like to introduce myself. Of course, I have worked in the Garage and tyre and Battery business now for 40 years. Consequently,I have worked for a couple for national tyre companies in my younger days. Thus, before starting my first business. Naturally, I now own a garage and MOT testing centre.Here in the UK called Pellon Tyre and Auto-centre. Now blogging about anything to do with cars and their related products that will help my business. We are members of Point-S and Motor-Codes.naturally, are also a Unipart Car Care Centre and of course Tyre-safe.

Winter tyres rush

Citroen Xsara Picasso having a Winter tyres rush buying 4 Yokohama winter tyres fitted

Clean Garage- It could be a matter of Survival for small Independent garages.

Franchise Dealer garages showed us the way to a Clean Garage

As an independent garage and tyre retailer. There is one thing that I admire about franchise and main dealer garages.Of course, that’s that they have always led the way. In the presentation and cleanliness of their premises. I suppose that you could well argue that selling a new or second-hand car. So,is different to selling tyres, or servicing cars. But you have got to admire their presentation and a Clean Garage in the eyes of the public. Admiring them for that.

Many of you who read this article will be from a franchise environment. Of course, it will be interesting to hear some feedback about where the ideas actually come from. Perhaps a lot of the ideas come from the car manufacturers that the garages sell the cars for. It appears that the bigger the manufacturer the better the decor and cleanliness seems to be.

We independents, especially the “one man band” operations.Thus, have always had to cope on our own and the state of the garages.Subsequently,always depended on the cleanliness and training of the owner or manager. In other words a scruffy owner. Would probably have a dirty old-fashioned garage.

Clean Garage

A nice Clean Garage reception is very important for today’s garage customers

I think in the 70’s here in the UK. We were guilty of bad housekeeping. Even the large chains. So, that were owned by the tyre manufacturer. Including, such as National tyres and Tyreservices. Consequently, were trading in the dark ages. Being no better than the one man band garages.

Once a new branch had opened. They were usually painted and decorated in the company’s logo. But after that it was all downhill. With the depot turning into the normal type dirty garage. Of course, it depended on the manager. Indeed some managers even gave the depot a lick of paint.Financing it from the petty cash. In general these large companies did not have a “repair and renewal budget”.Hence, to keep the Clean Garage up to scratch.

Clean Garage-Then came along the Kwikfit chain of garages.

In my opinion, “love them or hate them” Kwikfit came along and raised the standard. Tom Farmer the founder of the company visited the USA. Noticing the high standards that the American garages had climbed to. When he took over some of the old Firestone retail depots. Of course, to form Kwik Fit Exhausts. He brought the American way of tyre retailing to the UK. Everything was to a high standard and clean. His staff were clean and wore corporate clothing. Just like the main dealer franchise garages.

This to me was a great inspiration and to compete with Kwik Fit Tyres, we made sure that we kept our own garages “spic and span” maintaining cleanliness and the decor to the highest standards that we could afford.  The type of image that Kwikfit put out was replicated by many people who were then working in the tyres and garages businesses across the UK. We could see that once a customer had visited Kwikfit, then they weren’t going to go back to dirty old garages down a back street any more, “the Clean Garage standards were raised”, for good.

Garages today should have no excuses for looking shabby. We all have busy days or lousy wet weather when our floors look a mess, but that’s acceptable as long as we have a good old-fashioned “sweep up” at the end of the day. The other month, I had to call into a garage on my travels because I got caught short and needed the toilet, (my age), it was in Lancashire on my way to a Point-S meeting.

Clean Garage

The garage guys were very kind and let me use the toilet. My God? I wished I had not bothered the toilets were disgusting, they were filthy, the sink was cracked and the hot water did not work,”wow”, I thanked them and went on my way. We should all have well decorated clean toilets for our customers to use if nature calls. Our customers deserve high standards, they deserve a nice reception area to sit in, while they wait for their car to be repaired, they deserve a well decorated clean and tidy garage with nice clean well-dressed staff to repair their cars.

They deserve staff that wear protective gloves and use car mats and wing covers to keep their well-loved cars clean while they are in for repair or a service. If they do not get all this then you will be a looser, especially that now we have many female customers calling in to our garages and tyre centres.

Don’t forget that the franchise garages are now offering cheap tyres sold to them by the wholesalers, and cut price servicing, so we must pull our “fingers out” and keep up Clean Garage high standards to compete in the future.

Clean Garage

Clean Garage floor should be painted every year (if possible)

Article written 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. Giving a nationwide guarantee for all our work and parts. Also selling tyres online from our website www.pellontyres.co.uk.

Using the tyre selector and choosing your tyre size. We offer courtesy cars to local motorists. Hence, who need to go to work and leave their car with us for work doing. Also an official MOT testing station and are members of Motor-codes. Carrying out checks for high standard of equipment and workmanship.

 

Online Battery Sales-Vintage truck find on “Leisure Batteries” Delivery run

Online Battery Sales

Online Battery Sales; Surprise vintage car and truck photos taken while delivering some leisure batteries in Bordon.

This time, of the year.Hence, is very busy due to the amount of  leisure batteries that we sell in Online Battery Sales. So as soon as the caravan season starts in March. Then, we are inundated with orders for leisure batteries. Thus,  from all over the country.

We also sell many golf batteries and UPS batteries. As a result,  delivered  by couriers. This time of year. We have customers. That will buy more than one battery some buy up to three or four. Last

Online Battery Sales

Second vintage truck in the same garage when delivering some leisure batteries.

the week we sold twenty to thirty batteries in an area of Southern England. So I decided to do the delivery myself. Because these leisure batteries are very heavy weighing 23 kilos each.Sometimes get broken by the couriers if there is more than one.

I loaded the Online Battery Sales. Of course, with my sat-nav. I set off South at 4.30 am the next morning. Hence, the first six deliveries went well. But I got stuck on the seventh. The customer had bought two 100 amp Lucas leisure batteries. I went up and down the road in a town called Bordon, but could not find the address for the delivery of the batteries. I looked up and down the road, asked people in the local, but to no avail. Finally, I noticed a large house at the side of the road and decided to call in and ask. This was going to my final attempt, if I couldn’t find it now I would return back to Yorkshire and send it by courier, but I hate to give in.

 Online Battery Sales

I called in at the house and found that the back garden opened up into a huge parking area, with some tipper trucks parked up. The company were called Williams of Bordon Ltd, I got out of my van and poked my nose into a large garage (looking for a person) where they repaired their trucks and to my surprise saw some wonderful vintage trucks parked up in a line. A gentleman came out of an office building and I explained my position to him,(I also ran out of credits on my antiquated mobile phone). The people were very kind and helpful and the lady in the office rang my customer for the directions and

a very kind guy then showed me where the customer who wanted the Online Battery Sales, leisure batteries lived (I was only 200 yards away). They also allowed me to take a few pictures of their vintage car and trucks, that I have put on this blog.

I would like to thank the very kind people for their help it was most refreshing to see them helping a total stranger.

 Eric Roberts

 

Cheap New Tyres- are they false economy ? NO Not compared to Part Worn Tyres

Cheap New Tyres

Cheap New Tyres are better than part worn ones

Our customers will buy what they can afford to buy. Hence, in these times of tight recession and strict household budgets. (I myself do not blame them and sometimes will go for the cheap option).

I think that it may be worth pointing out that cheap part worn tyres “are what they really are”.Most of the cheaper brands are copies of tyres (many using inferior quality ingredients) that are made by the major tyre companies and usually made in the far East and China. There is nothing wrong with tyres made in China. Because all imported tyres into the European Union will shortly have to be tested for different qualities. Thus, due to the impending new labelling system. That comes into force later on this year. Therefore, and all imported tyres will have to have certain standards.

Cheap Tyres- are they false economy? that is classed as economy or budgets. Hence, are fine to buy.For this reason, they should not be any threat to road safety. In my opinion, are a much less threat than buying Part Worn Tyres UK or

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remoulds. The later being the safest of the two choices. Remember it is your own and your families safety.That should be considered when buying all types of car tyres.

Cheap New Tyres

I think it should also be pointed out that (in my opinion), the customers with the newer, larger and faster cars should consider the options when buying new ones. It may be worth remembering that you may be putting you and your family at risk by fitting inferior products with perhaps the wrong speed rating or load rating for your particular car. If you do own a larger car you may consider dropping to a mid-range tyre we at Pellon tyres recommend a make called General tyres, one of the differences is that car tyre makers, participate in motor sport events and use the information gained to develop a better product for the consumer, cheap tyres do not offer any of this, they are simply copied as I have stated earlier in this blog,

Cheap New Tyres- are they a false economy are a good option

As I have stated if you are financially stretched it may be worth considering a drop to a mid-range tyre. The Mid-Range Tyres are also much better in quality to cheap tyres imported from the far east.

Motorists who have normal family cars will be fine on economy new tyres whilst the guys who drive Mercedes and BMWs, should really stick to the original equipment standards of the tyres that were on their cars as original equipment , this type of car was developed in the design stage to work with the tyres that are fitted when the car was new, and the tyres should be fitted to the same standard as the old tyres.

To finish you are still better buying cheap tyres that are new and not any other tyre types, “safety should always come first”. In short, most people are sensible to choose the product for the price that suits them. Some motorists go for Part Worn Car Tyres, this is fine but they should remember that a law was brought out in 1995 that states that part works  should be pressure tested and inspected before labeling as safe to use, if the ones you are buying do not have this test label please do not buy them you simply do not know where they have been, opt for budget new ones instead.

Eric Roberts

Car Tyres Online Guide-Make sure that you order and Get The Right Ones?

Car Tyres Online Guide

Car Tyres Online-your car tyres are life savers?

Many motorists. Do not understand the importance of buying the rightCar Tyres Online. Therefore, they and do not link road safety and accidents. Hence, caused by the fitting of the wrong Car Tyres Online. Thus, many motorists are risking their lives. As a result, of leaving their tyres on the cars for too long. Consequently, after the legal limit has been reached. Indeed, many cars that have had an MOT. Naturally, have been failed with car tyres down to the steel belt.

Of course, this is not acceptable. Because it will be an innocent motorist in another car that will be injured. Therefore, by such disregard for their vehicles and car tyres. It is a good job that we are going to keep the one year DVLA MOT Rules now, to think the Government wanted to make the test every two years (hard to believe when you see the bald tyres that we take off)

So what do we do to improve? In my opinion, we should check (or have checked) our car tyres every week. You should check them for lumps and bumps on the side walls, and check the pressures; this is crucial. If you are elderly or cant manage this task. Therefore, you should go to your local garage or Auto-centre. Of course, to ask the staff to check the car tyres for you, we at Pellon tyres are only too willing the people in Halifax, and check their tyres, you have no excuse if you neglect your tyres going down the motorway at 90 miles an hour anything could happen?.

Car Tyres Online Guide

Car Tyres Online-bald tyres are getting more frequent

Car Tyres Online Guide-When buying new car tyres you should match them as near as possible to your old tyres.

Make sure that the speed and load ratings are the same, and you are matching like for like. Consequently, this has been one of the problems with ordering online; people do not get enough information and order the wrong Car Tyres Online Guide. It then costs them more to correct their errors. Save up for new tyres if possible if you must buy part worn tyres make sure they are legally marked and tested, don’t put any old part worn tyre on, they may have internal damage and been in a car crash.

If you have to buy Cheap Car Tyres, then make sure they are brand new. New Car Tyres Online come in all kind of price ranges to suit all pockets if you don’t know then take the word of your nearest trusted tyre dealer.

Take a look at the link below for an interesting article on the subject Read More

http://roadsafety.co.za/2010-03/the-truth-about-worn-tyres-is-bloody-scary/

 

 Eric Roberts

Pellon Autocentre Halifax-A Unipart “Car Care Centres” for your Car Servicing Needs

Pellon Auto-centre are a Unipart service centre.

At Pellon Autocentre Halifax we now use 90% of Unipart servicing and car repair products. Or similar high standard quality parts. This is because over recent years. We have had a growing respect for the quality of the servicing Pellon Autocentre Halifaxproducts used.Thus, because of the quality we have had minimum problems due to faulty parts. The finest parts are sourced by the car care centre”buyers .Therefore, this shows in the excellent standard of the parts that we fit to our customers cars.naturally,when they come to us for servicing or repair work.

Pellon Autocentre Halifax became a  Car Care Centre (uccc). To help us generate a better standard of servicing. So the venture has sure worked for us.Accordingly, offering a better quality of parts to match our renowned workmanship and fitting standards. Due to the new EU regulations. We can now service any car that is still under a MANUFACTURERS WARRANTY. But this is no longer true. As long as the parts fitted are of original equipment quality. Any good garage can service the car and stamp the service book without affecting the cars guarantee.

Unipart Car Care Centres use Auto-data Service schedules.

Pellon Autocentre Halifax use only the Autodata service schedule for all makes of cars this gives the exact work to be carried out on that particular car. Also giving exact information for timing belt change types and service intervals. Most valuable information, which is passed onto the customer.

Pellon Autocentre Halifax

Pellon Autocentre Halifax;promise of care in the UK

Eric Roberts…members of Point-S Tyres

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

Pellon Autocentre Halifax

Pellon Autocentre Halifax only use the best Parts