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Local garages -You CAN trust them for your Car Servicing and Repairs?

Local garages

Local garages make a huge effort to make sure that your servicing is carried out in the correct manner.

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We carry out car servicing and MOT Testing

Most independent local garages service a mix of car makes. Includes my own garage here in Halifax West Yorkshire in the UK. I must admit that we do not service too many Rolls-Royce’s or Ferrari’s. But we do get one or two from local businesses that are not tied up with servicing contracts.

As the owner of one of Halifax’s local garages. So,  we have always tried to keep our car servicing prices at a reasonable prices Hence, to our local customers. Of course, this has helped us to keep a regular and steady clientele. Naturally, that uses us to have their cars repaired and Serviced. Including  Vauxhall Servicing, Hyundai Servicing, and Smart Car Servicing.

We are also an MOT testing centre and are in the green lane in the VOSA testing station recommendations. This is a risk assessment from VOSA called the Operator Compliance Risk Score (OCRS). Meaning that we run our test centre “squeaky clean” and honest. Thus, the way that local garages should and in most cases do?

Local garages

local garages

car in for servicing keeps

This is how I run all my businesses. So that I can promise all my customers that all the work that we carry out will be carried out.Consequently, in an honest way and will also be priced up in an honest way. We are not infallible and if a dispute arises we can go into arbitration through an organisation called Motorcodes.

Motorcodes is a government backed organisation to insure that participating local garages serve their customers in a fair and honest manner. Motorcodes are also now connected to the office of fair trading and we are proud to be members. We are also vetted each year by the AA to examine the state of our garage and reception area.

We also became members of Unipart car Care Centres to help cement our relationship with our garage customers by making sure that the parts that we fit are of the best quality and of the same standard as the original equipment parts would have been fitted at a franchised garage. I find that this is one of the things that to a potential new customer may be worried about.

Local garages Servicing-“add-ons” do you really need them

Add-ons are something that I never used to consider when a customer asks for the price of a service. However I have started to think on different lines due to the ever increasing pressure to make our cars comply with emission controls and a greener environment.

When a car is new there is no contamination in the engine, but as the car increases its mileage, then contamination deposits begin to build up inside the engine and a gradual drop off occurs in the cars fuel consumption. In my opinion just an oil change will not be enough and so we have decided to offer our customers the choice of using an engine treatment from a company called Tec-4. This is what the company have to say, an extract from their website…www.tec-4.co.uk

“Petrol is an organic matter. When it is burnt or left to naturally degrade contamination is created. This contamination builds up on key components within the engine, most notably fuel injectors, inlet and exhaust valves and EGR (Exhaust Gas Recirculation) valves. This contamination has a detrimental effect on the efficiency of the engine resulting in lost performance and increased fuel consumption”

After treatment the harmful contamination is removed, giving the car an improvement of between 10% and 15% in fuel efficiency, and with the price of petrol heading for £7 per gallon, it could mean a saving of between £200 and £300 in a year.(Fuel is now significantly lower since this article was published)

There are also treatment for diesel cars and also treatments for car cooling systems. It is a decision that I have already made and we are going to offer our service customers the choice to have the treatment on their cars or not and see what happens.

Eric Roberts

 

European Union Car Servicing-2010 E.U. Rules about garage working practices?

 Post Updated 1st Jan 2014/25th march 2016

European Union Car Servicing; Equality was the key word for car servicing

European Union Car Servicing

European Union Car Servicing

European Union Car Servicing were up for renewal in May 2010. The standards were all about setting out the rules to take into account the huge amount of trade competition in the automotive industry markets for the way that a fair distribution of new motor vehicles and technology and their prospective replacement parts, and for the fair provisions for the car servicing (Car Service Costs) , repair and maintenance sectors of the common market. This is part of the scheme to protect smaller auto companies from getting unfairly treated regarding the flow of information freely from the car makers to the rest of the car sector.

The markets for competition for new cars was thought to be healthy in the new car sector but the garage repair and for spare parts distribution was not as intense, This is meant a danger to motorists who could be harmed by anti-competitive practices that would push up repair bills. The car servicing and garage Repair industry are very valuable for motorists if it was not for the EU rule the price of car servicing would go sky high, as much as 40% (predicted by the EU)

Many motorists are already feeling the effect of increasing car servicing and repair costs because of rising oil costs and the existing recession, they are more price-sensitive and tend to own much older cars that need more regular car servicing. The EU have put in place a much stricter set of rules to govern these automotive markets that will make it easier to enforce the new regulations. One of the problems that were a specific issue was that car makers were holding back technical information and not releasing some of the specific parts to the aftermarket, and also refusing to honour car warranties because motorists were having their vehicles repaired at independent garages, and not the main dealers where the cars were bought.

Independent garage facilities and repairers are very important because they give a better choice to motorists and keep the cost of services and repairs very competitive by placing pressure on the car manufacturers main dealers and authorised repair networks. Independent service centre has been set up to give the independent garages a nationwide service to their customers, one of the best being Unipart Car Care Centres (UCCC) for short.

It is also very important that garages can get the technical information necessary to do the repairs and carry out the work on increasingly sophisticated cars with increasing amounts of equipment, due to stricter emission and greener controls, this to me is what is not happening, we at Pellon auto centre here in Halifax are forever coming across new fault codes in the engine management systems that our machines can not correct, because the car manufacturers have so called updated them, they are always moving the gate posts to try to outfox us and our computers. Most garages are buying new diagnostic machines and computer-based analytic equipment that can plug into the database of most cars computer systems. Because of the new European Union Car Servicing directive, the majority of new cars coming onto the market will be able to be serviced at independent garages and auto centres, such as Unipart (UCCC).

The other European Union Car Servicing rules are the parts used in servicing are compatible with the manufacturers and main dealer components, for example, an oil filter must be of the same quality as a manufactures oil filter. This is now carried out at most independent garages, we always use equal quality parts or we use parts from the main dealers themselves, most service parts are actually made by the same company that supplies the car manufacturers, a good example is LUK clutches. They make clutches both for the replacement market and the car makers.

Are the new rules working for the car servicing sector ?

 The new rules will help to enforce the competition for the independent garage, auto centre, and parts outlets. They are designed to help create a level playing field between the replacement car section and the car manufacturers, which will help drive down the cost of servicing the community of Europe and the UK.

This ruling is now two years old and although things appear to be going to plan, the speed of the development of EV cars is outstripping the rules on sharing the technology from the manufacturers. One example is the advent of the Li-On batteries fitted to the electric cars. These batteries are now Leased to the car owners when they buy a new car. Is this how the car makers are going to get around the European Union Car Servicing laws, in my opinion I think it is ?.

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.

 

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Car Servicing Halifax-There are different types of car maintenance?

Car Servicing Halifax

Cars are just pieces of machinery and need Car Servicing Halifax

Car Servicing Halifax

Car Servicing Halifax

Modern cars, are just like any other piece of machinery. Require regular maintenance.So, if your car is neglected. Consequently, it will become worn and tired and will eventually stop working . Through experience and in my opinion this is what will happen.

This is why regular servicing is very important. Carried out regularly will ensure that your car performs at the optimum level for much longer. Not all car owners can afford to take their car to the garage for Servicing and  repairing.Because of the skill and knowledge of the service mechanics. So, your local auto-centre in Halifax . Naturally, is best place to have  servicing carried out.

 

Levels of Car Services

Firstly, this is just a breakdown of the types of servicing . To be sure, that you may encounter at your local auto-centre. Most safety conscious drivers. Hence, will book their vehicle in for a service at least once a year. This is generally the case with most drivers that care for their cars and also care about road safety.

As a standard rule, most auto-centres that service your car have four types of services to choose from. These are (in order of the number of checks carried out):

1- engine service (oil and filter change) known as a Bronze service.

2- medium service Silver service.

3- full service Gold service.

4- full service + MOT test Platinum service.

Depending on the type of your vehicle and how much you use it, it is worth checking what is involved in each kind of these services.

Especially if you like most of us are concerned about the money situation. This is because each service has a scale of things that are carried out and it may be that you could only afford to have an engine service and not the large Gold service. In my opinion this would be better than not having your car serviced at all, and letting your car degenerate.

The most basic maintenance plan is the oil and filter change (engine service). This service changes your oil and oil filter, also checking basic safety things such as your tyres, lights and a visual check of the brakes.

car servicing Halifax

car servicing Halifax

If you use your car a lot throughout the year, you may consider booking your vehicle in for an medium car servicing Halifax, say every six months you can do this between your annual full service (gold service)

The next service is the silver service which will include somewhere in the region of 25-35 safety checks on your car, components such as brake fluid, handbrake travel, steering and suspension will be examined and reported on, if any further problems arrive.

The most comprehensive service an auto-centre offers is usually the Full Service (gold service). This is recommended by garages as an annual check-up, the gold car servicing Halifax will go through almost everything in a car using our special check list.

With well over 50 checks, a Gold Service will ensure that your car performs to optimum levels

This should last the car right after the year following your service. The gold service is often carried out with an MOT to make a platinum service.

Not only do these car servicing Halifax options act as fantastic preventative measures that will help to keep your car safe, but when you have booked your car in for a service the mechanics that carry out the work might spot things which could affect your MOT.

If small issues are found, these can be fixed before they turn into big problems that cost you far more money. Servicing a Car

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Booking an MOT and car Servicing Online

Some people encounter problems when working long hours and you just cannot get to phone ? well if you live in the Halifax area or the Elland and Brighouse area, not forgetting Hebden Bridge or Sowerby Bridge, then you can now book online for your MOT and car servicing. This is an easy way to book your MOT and service.

Eric Roberts

Van Wheel Alignment Including Suspension

Car Servicing Importance- Regular Servicing Could Also Save You Further Costs ?

Car Servicing Importance

Car Servicing Importance

The best way to compare the price of “car servicing”for your car is to look for all the right things when the time comes for your car servicing.

In these times of recession it is very tempting to skip on your car servicing, but in my opinion the very least you should, is to have an “engine service”, especially if your car has a diesel

Car Servicing Importance

Brakes are the first to suffer from not having your car serviced

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A good example of this is your braking system. Many customers of ours skip car servicing only to find out that there brake pads that needed changing. This has now turned into not just pads but “discs and Pads”. This means that the pads would have been picked up as “very low” on a regular service. Would only costing perhaps £30, have been allowed to wear out causing damage to the metal discs and now costing £130.

This also applies to the other parts on your car. Regular car servicing will pick up faults, that may have just started to wear out and by catching the fault early. This will not spread to other parts causing much larger problems at a later date.

By missing out on your “car servicing” your are storing up “problems” that may occur in the future. One of things that we recommend in these hard times, is to ask your service centre to give your car an “engine service” when your car has its next MOT test.

The lights, steering and brakes will all be checked on the MOT. You will then be notified by the testing station if any failures need attention. If the car passes then you can have an engine service, usually your “OIL and FILTER”changing, now knowing that your car will be in decent condition.

Car Servicing Importance

Hope you have picked up some good points in this Blog. Any motorists in the Halifax/Hebden Bridge areas of West Yorkshire looking for car servicing. They can be sure of excellent service facilities for their cars at Pellon Tyre and Autocentre

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. This enables them 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.