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PELLON TYRES Sponsor Shirts Shirts for local Football Team

Part of PELLON TYRES Sponsor Shirts giving back to the community

2014 will be the 25 Year Anniversary of Eric and Michelle Roberts trading in Halifax here in West Yorkshire in the UK.

PELLON TYRES Sponsor Shirts

PELLON TYRES Sponsor Shirts 25 years shirt badge on the Ovenden West Riding reserve shirts

Debbie Bastow, my wife Michelle’s sister has also been with us for all of the 25 years as part time and a full time employee. Debbie started along with Eric when the tyre depot only had two bays to trade from. Over the years the business has grown from the two bays to the present seven bays that we have today.

As part of our celebration PELLON TYRES Sponsor Shirts  decided to give something back to the community and one of the things is to buy a football kit for local soccer team Ovenden West Riding, with our 25 years logo on the shirts (and very nice they look too).

Like many other tyre centres,  Pellon tyres moved into other areas of the auto trade and started to do other things, such as car servicing and repairs, MOT testing was added later and now they believe they are a complete Autocentre. Most of the changes were brought about by Eric Roberts to combat the effects of the different recessions that have hit small businesses over the past 25 years, and also to become a complete one stop service centre.

Over the years we have seen staff coming and going like most businesses, but we are now settled with our present staff, some who have worked for the company for over 20 years, the longest serving member being Ryan Linton. Ryan is at present in charge of the mechanical department, which includes the MOT testing side of the business. Other long serving members of staff includes Aaron Roberts( Aaron has now left us to become a bread baker). Adam Dale our driver and tyre fitter, Dale Linton ( now an MOT tester), Alex Bray, who is now in charge of the tyre bay and new recruit  Jake Kennedy. Other long term employees are Dave Smith and Tony Tetley, who run our Cheap Batteries Online  department, www.batteriesontheweb.co.uk  .

PELLON TYRES Sponsor Shirts

Pellon tyres new Point-s colour’s

One of the biggest challenges to hit the retail tyre industry has been the rise of the internet. Fortunately Eric Roberts was quick to react to the challenges and started the website www.pellonautocentre.com  this was to compete with the national tyre companies selling cheap tyres online, but at a local level, “being a small company we could not compete at a national level but we could fight a battle at a local level”, said Eric Roberts. Pellon tyres were helped by a national wholesaler, Micheldever tyres, to set up a tyre pricing system so that the local public could log onto the website and buy their tyres at the same price as the national companies, thus competing at a local level. This has proved to be very successful and enabled the tyre side of the  business to maintain their tyre sales levels with the aid of the local community.

One of the Ovenden Players showing off their new PELLON TYRES Sponsor Shirts

Pellon tyres join Unipart Car Care Centre

Another great move was to join national garage group Unipart Car Care Centre. This enables a local company to have a national image, whilst still been owned and run as a family business. Unipart also supply Pellon tyres  with excellent service and quality parts, with a national warranty  system that covers our customers, for faulty parts should they break down anywhere in the UK, a great insurance to help our customers.

On a similar theme Pellon Autocentre joined another great national tyre dealer network called POINT-S Tyres. This has enabled Pellon tyres to buy tyres direct from the manufactures, who previously were not interested in supplying a small company tucked away in Halifax, but because we are now a member of a large network, we can buy tyres direct and this has helped us once again to became more competitive.  

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.

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.

 

Continental tyres boost-high-performance tyres at Korbach plant – RubberNews.com

Continental tyres boost

Continental tyres boost

Continental tyres boost high-performance tires at Korbach plant

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KORBACH, Germany—Continental A.G.

 

eric roberts‘s insight:

Continental tyres keep on moving forward

This is just one of the expansion plans and is a Continental tyres boost for the giant tyre company of Continental.The Continental Car Tyres company and all its subsidiaries have leaped ahead of most of its

Continental Seal tyres protect the tyre from nail penetrations like this onecompetitors in recent years due to some innovative new products such as the “Seal Tyres” that contain a protective layer of sealant made of polymers, that stop the tyre from deflating when penetrated by a screw or a nail.

Continental tyre Sport ContactsThe protective layer is inside the Seal tyres,  just underneath the tread area. Other products to giva a Continental tyres boost include “runflat technology” and new tyres that are greener and lighter to save on emissions for new EV and electric vehicles, altogether an impressive portfolio of products.

Continental tyres boost their market share by continuously adding new tyre products to their range. One of their latest tyre products is a new winter tyre the TS850. 

Eric Roberts…www.pellonautocentre.com

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 for national tyre companies in my younger days. Hence, before starting my first business. Consequently,I now own a garage and MOT testing centre. Locally, here in the UK called Pellon Tyre and Auto-centre. As a result, I am a keen blogger about anything to do with cars. Including, their related products 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.

Eric Roberts

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Goodyear Car Racing-NASCAR, teams hope new Goodyear tyre means better racing

Goodyear Car Racing

Goodyear Car Racing

Goodyear Car Racing slick tyres ready for the NASCAR races.[/caption]

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20/3/2014

Goodyear Car Racing Tyres NASCAR racing news

Kansas City Star
NASCAR, teams hope new tire means better racing at Kansas
SportingNews.com
KANSAS CITY, Kan.

 

eric roberts‘s insight:

Goodyear Car Racing tyres create a new compound for NASCAR at Kansas City

Goodyear Car Racing

Goodyear tyres have always been involved in motor sport. The whole time that i have been in tyres has been spent following  progress in the World of motor sport, back in the days of  rally tyres winning everything they could, to the days when they supported F1 cars.

Goodyear Car Racing. Of course, developed this new compound tyre .Trying it out on the Atlanta race track. Consequently, over a month ago. As a result, the  track that was raced on was in Atlanta. Using  an old track and most of the tracks surface was old and worn out.

The track at Kansas. Thus,was only re-surfaced a year ago and is consequently very smooth.

 

“Has been difficult for manufacturer  to meet the demand at a track like Atlanta Motor Speedway without sacrificing reliability. But Goodyear Car Racing has taken steps to address both issues with a new “zone tread” technology. Which will be used for the first time . Hence, at this weekend’s race in Atlanta”…

Read More: http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/racing/news/20130829/goodyear-tires-nascar-atlanta.ap/#ixzz2gvePsuDu

The Goodyear Car Racing company. Therefore have put much time and effort into developing tyres for motorsport. In my opinion this is one of the reasons why they are amongst the Worlds leading tyre Goodyear Car Racingcompanies.

Eric Roberts… www.pellonautocentre.com

Eric Roberts

Hi I would like to introduce myself. I have worked in the Garage and tyre and Battery business now for 40 years. Hence, I have worked for a couple for national tyre companies in my younger days. Before starting my first business. Consequently, I now own a garage and MOT testing centre, here in the UK called Pellon Tyre and Auto-centre. I am a keen blogger about anything to do with cars and their related products .Helping my business. We are members of Point-S and Motor-Codes .Also a Unipart Car Care Centre and of course Tyre-safe.

Wheel Vibrations-Wheel Balancing could be the problem? Especially when motorway driving

Wheel Vibrations

Wheel Vibrations

 

So you love your job, and your family life is great. Congratulations! You have achieved balance. But can you say the same for your wheels? You can tell if your tires are out of wheel balancing  by Wheel Vibrations at higher speeds on MN …

 

eric roberts‘s insight:

Wheel Balancing and Wheel Vibrations

This is another good article that is trying to emphasize the importance of having your wheels balanced. These days you will have your wheels balanced every time you have a new tyre fitted, it has become standard practice throughout the tyre industry. At one time in the distant past we would charge extra for new tubeless valves fitting and for balancing, but as I say this is now included in the total price, when you buy a new tyre.

The only problem is ,that your balance weights could come off and cause your wheels to have Wheel Vibrations, this will make your steering wheel shake  or you may feel a vibration coming through the car seat. This is caused by the rear wheels being out of balance, the front wheels cause your steering wheel to vibrate.

Wheel Vibrations

This symptom of Wheel Vibrations  is easy to remedy by calling into your nearest Tyre centre and having the wheels re-balanced, a quick and easy job to do. You will then enjoy a vibration free driving experience.

Thanks Eric Roberts…www.mot-halifax.co.uk  

Wheel Vibrations underrated by drivers

Wheel balancing.Is perhaps one of the most underrated parts of your cars performance, and stability. Especially when the car is driven at higher speeds. Say on a motorway. We all know the feeling when the steering wheel starts to shake. As a result, and Wheel Vibrations start at a certain speed. Usually at speeds of 50 mph and above.

Before the out of balance on the wheel in question starts to kick in the shaking can be felt through your steering wheel or if the rear wheels are also out of balance, then the rear of the car will start to shake, and if you have passengers in the rear seats, then they will feel the shaking through the rear seats and into their bodies. Wheel balancing should be carried out whenever the Wheel Vibrations takes place, it is a good idea to call into your local Autocentre, and have the wheel balancing re-done.

One of the most common reasons for the wheel balancing to go out of synchronization is for a balance weight to come off the wheel Car Wheels. This can be caused by the wheel catching the walk way and knocking the weight off accidentally. Normally a balance weight will stay on the wheel until the next new car tyre is fitted  and the driver will never feel any vibrations through the steering wheel and if it does then the remedy is simple and relatively cheap to correct.

Pellon Tyre and Autocentre offer Dynamic Balancing Services car and van servicing and repairs to all makes of vehicles. We are members of Unipart Car Care centres and give a Nationwide guarantee for all our work and parts. We also sell tyres online from our website www.pellontyres.co.uk

 

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 convertor 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. We are members of Unipart Car Care centres and give a nationwide guarantee for all our work and parts. We also sell tyres online from our website www.pellonautocentre.com by using the tyre selector and choosing your tyre size. We offer courtesy cars to local motorists who need to go to work and leave their car with us for work doing. We are also an official MOT testing station and are members of Motor-codes, who carry out checks for high standard of equipment and workmanship.

Flat Tyres Past Thing -In the Future Self Healing Polymer Will Make Flat Tyres Things of the Past

Flat Tyres Past Thing

Flat Tyres Past Thing

Flat Tyres Past Thing

Remember how the T-100 terminator robot from Terminator 2 could heal itself? Have you ever wondered how cool it would be to own something that would do the same thing, like busted plastic pipes or flat Flat Tyres Past Thing …

 

eric roberts‘s insight:

Is an end to puncture repairs what the tyres industry want ?

I have been in the tyre business now for a long time. Therefore, one of the things that we do on a daily basis.Hence, is to repair punctured tyres. I have always considered repairing punctures as part of the wider service that we offer to our customers.

Flat Tyres

Flat Tyres requiring a repair

It is nice to see a smiling face. As a result, we tell our customers that their tyre will repair. Consequently, instead of the bill for a new tyre. They only have to pay a small amount for their tyre repairing. So, making them very happy customers. Also we can get drivers calling in with Flat Tyres that do need a new tyre. That’s tough but its all part of repairing tyres and the service that we offer.

There have been many attempts.By companies to provide different cans of chemicals to repair Flat Tyres .In my opinion the system has failed. Accordingly,with the advent of the cars without spares and runflat tyres. Then tyre companies are always on the lookout for new materials. Thus, that will seal a nail hole or screw hole. Of course, when the tyre is penetrated known as Run Flat Tyres Repair.

Continental have come with a special tyre that may protect the driver from a penetration in their Flat Tyres, but now it looks like they are experimenting with polymer materials which replicate our own skin by healing themselves, providing the damage caused is not too great.

Flat Tyres Past Thing

Flat Tyres

Sicherheitsreifen, safety tire, runflat system (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

As thus article states some of these polymers have been around since WW11 and were created when there was a shortage of rubber. Scientists in Spain are experimenting with new polymers that can regenerate similar to human skin, therefore healing Flat Tyres that has been penetrated by a foreign object. Please read more… http://www.cidetec.es/en/index.aspx

It could be the end of the tyre repairing as we know it, I am all for safety but I am not sure about these developments.

Written by Eric Roberts…www.pellonautocentre.com 

Pellon Tyre and Auto-centre offer car and van servicing and repairs to all makes of vehicles. We are members of Unipart Car Care centres and give a nationwide guarantee for all our work and parts.

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Marshal Tyres-A Good Mid-Range Tyre But they are exactly the same as a Kumho tyre

Marshal Tyres are made by Kumho tyres in South Korea

With the huge amount of tyre manufacturer’s names of brands out in the market place it is easy to understand how the average motorist knows what to buy. For example many of the leading brands such as Michelin Tyres UK own lesser known tyre labels that are sold by some companies as Michelin. The brand I am thinking about is Kormoran tyres, which are owned by Michelin tyres, but they are in fact an economy brand but are sold , as I say as Michelin’s.

Another example is a tyre that is made by Continental tyres, the Semperit  tyre , when I used to be a Semperit dealer we used to call them,”Semperit made by Continental” but we were stretching the truth a little, Semperit were  not as good a product as Continental. The complicated list goes on and on and the tyre buying public were no wiser. There were many examples of this in the seventies and Eighties, the large tyre conglomerates buying smaller tyre companies out and using them as a second -cheap economy tyre brand -.

We then started to move onto a more global market with tyre companies starting out in other parts of the World, especially in the Far-East. Countries such as South Korea were starting to produce good quality tyres and had big expansion plans, backed by the USA. One such company was Samyang Tyres who started off making twenty tyres a day in a very primitive plant with backward technology. After  a struggle and huge improvements in the next ten years they were able to acquire the KS mark standard and export tyres to East Asia for the first time.

The Korean government were involved in a massive reconstruction of their country to enable them to make better products to export round the World. The Kumho name was born and money was poured into a brand new plant in Kwangju. The company then made ties with Uniroyal tyres in America and gained their technology, before been able to enter the global market place . The Kumho tyre brand was soon to be recognised all over the World.

Despite the difficulties of the 1974 oil crisis Kumho tyres were to become a brand leader and in 1977 the tyre plant in Songjung was expanded, Kumho became a brand leader after striving to improve the quality of its tyres. In the 80’s and 90’s Kumho went from strength to strength, building new tyre factories in China and Vietnam.

Marshal tyres brand name used in the USA.

The Marshal tyres brand name has always been used for the North American market, as it was thought to have a more tyre user friendly name, but both Marshal and Kumho is exactly the same product. Another tyre brand name is now getting popular in the UK, and is made by Kumho known as Admiral tyres. This brand is known as an economy brand, where the Marshal tyres and Kumho are known as mid-range brands, although Kumho are now coming out on some Mercedes models as original equipment, a great stamp of approval for the Korean tyre makers. These new tyre brands are the ones to beat for price and quality.marshal tyres

 Article written by Eric Robertswww.mot-halifax

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

 

marshal tyres

The Marshal tyres brand name has always been used for the North American market, as it was thought to have a more tyre user friendly name, but both Marshal and Kumho is exactly the same product

 

Winter Tyres Safety-One Of The Best Safety Items You Could Add To Your Car.


Winter Tyres Safety is now taken seriously 

This year (here in the UK) we have had what we could call a good Summer, with nice long sunny day’s with a few rainy days scattered here and there. Now we are well into September and the weather is starting to turn colder. We at Pellon Tyres recon that it is the end of October before we start to get the Easterly winds that bring colder weather, (and dare I say it) snow.

The past three or four years have been particularly cold and snowy and not been funny but this is the weather that we in the tyre trade just love, (for obvious reasons?). This year will be no exception, we will be praying for more of the same this winter; it could even be a little harsher in my opinion, “one man’s loss is another man’s gain” as the saying goes.

Winter Tyres Safety

Scenes like this in Sowerby, West Yorkshire caught us all out in March 2013

One of the good things that came out of the bad winters is our concern for Winter Tyres Safety and so we introduced a “TYRE HOTEL” system for our customers to store their winter and summer tyres. We fit the winter tyres in October and November and change them back to their summer tyres in March, although last year it snowed in March, and so we changed most of them in April and May.

Tyre hotel has become very popular for Winter Tyres Safety

We are pleased to say that this will be our third year, operating this system and it has become a very popular Winter Tyres Safety service for our customers. We did not advertise the service and all the new business that we have gained has come from “word of mouth”. This situation pleases me very much, because it is something that we all strive for and is a good way of keeping contact with your customers. The only problem we are starting to have is the lack of storage, we have customers winter tyres stored all over the place?

For tyre dealers who do not have “tyre hotel” facilities, and live in a hilly area where they are likely to have snow fall, then I would recommend that you give it a try. Another advantage that we have is that our customers have no qualms about buying a replacement tyre when they need one. When we point out that the tread is below the legal limit, they simply ask us to replace the tyre, no ringing round or going onto the internet, as long as we charge them at a competitive price and a fair price they are happy to trust us, it is a great way of keeping onto your customers.

We charge £10 for each time that we fit and/or refit a tyre, that’s £40 for the four. We also charge £10 for each tyre stored over the winter/summer period. This charge also includes valve and balancing, but s I say it has proved to be a good way of retaining some of our customers in this very competitive business.

We are now advising our customers that require new ones at the moment, to think about fitting Apollo Winter Tyres, instead of summer tyres and we are

Winter Tyres Safety

Apollo Winter Tyres ready to be fitted

getting a good response from motorists who are now becoming much wiser about the products  and tyre safety and the people that fit winters  have thanked us on many an occasion for our advice and safety of Winter Tyres Safety in bad weather.

Article written by Eric Robertswww.wintertyres-yorkshire.co.uk

Pellon Tyre and Auto-centre offer car and van servicing and repairs to all makes of vehicles. We are members of Unipart Car Care centres and give a nationwide guarantee for all our work and parts. We also sell tyres online from our website www.pellonautocentre.com by using the tyre selector and choosing your tyre size. We offer courtesy cars to local motorists who

need to go to work and leave their car with us for work doing. We are also an official MOT testing station and are members of Motor-codes, who carry out checks for high standard of equipment and workmanship.

Michelin EV Tyres-TYRE TALK-Twitter / Michelin Tyres: Here’s a first look at the …

Michelin EV Tyres

Michelin EV Tyres ready for action

RT @BaronVonClutch: The #Michelin EV tyres developed for @FIAformulaE (via @michelintyres): http://t.co/RqxunutI0M #FormulaE

 

eric roberts‘s insight:

Also the new Michelin ev tyres will fit regular EV Vehicles.

Michelin Tyres UK are probably the most pro-active and innovative tyre company in the World. This new  development is no exception. The new Michelin EV Tyres are much lighter in

Michelin EV Tyres

The world famous Michelin man

weight; this is also to reduce the weight of the vehicle. This new Michelin EV Tyres does not skimp on performance with excellent grip and cornering, giving the car stability when cornering. This  will undoubtedly help the car reduce emissions. The new Michelin EV Tyres will be coming out as original equipment on the new Renault ZOE EV car. The new tyre from Michelin is not a cheap car tyre, but will be cost effective when it comes to lower emissions and savings on fuel, due the help from the Michelin EV Tyres lightness in weight. It will be fitted on many other cars including the other Renault range of cars such as the Renault Megane and many other brands of EV’s. I have noticed recently that some of the Continental brands are very light indeed weighing a third lighter than their predecessors.

For more reading…  http://www.mymichelin.co.uk/tyre-talk-the-new-michelin-energy-e-v-tyre-to-equip-the-renault-zoe#sthash.YLRXjJG9.dpuf

 

Michelin news from Eric Roberts…www.wintertyres-yorkshire.co.uk

 

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



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