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A news report on the radio suggests that parents can save hundreds of pounds a year if they do not use the car for the school run.

There was an interesting news report on the radio today stating that the average distance parents travel in their vehicle for the daily school run was less than 1.5 miles and if the vehicle was left at home for these shorter distances parents would save hundreds of pounds a year.The report highlights the issue that most of us use our vehicles for non essential journeys and we at Hometyre suggest that driving the car into town to have new tyres fitted is an unnecessary journey as we come to you at your home or place of work.
 

A Ford Fiesta which had two tyres that were made in the year 2000.

A customer had recently purchased a Ford Fiesta which was fourteen years old and was using the vehicle for local journeys only.The car was in reasonably good condition for it's age and had very low mileage.Our customer was having a problem with one of the rear tyres as it was losing air pressure on a daily basis.On inspection we found the tyre to be the same age as the vehicle and therefore had lost all it's strength and was therefore unusable.We then inspected the spare tyre and again found it to be the original tyre with zero air pressure due to cracking on the sidewall and a perished valve.The only good news was that the remaining three tyres on the vehicle were reasonably new.There are some important lessons to take from this situation, being when purchasing a used vehicle check the age and general condition of the tyres on the vehicle and particularly the spare.Also when having a single tyre fitted ask for information concerning the age and condition of the other tyres. We at Hometyre will give you this information during our vehicle inspection procedure.
 

Newspaper article confirms that one in seven of us work from home.

A recent article in a national newspaper is suggesting that one in seven people in the UK now work from home.We at Hometyre are not at all surprised at this statistic as more and more of our customers are making appointments at their home which is also their place of work.Nearly all of them say it is very difficult to release time to travel into town to have work done on their vehicle, unlike in a normal office environment, when they are away there is no one to take a call from a valued customer.We are confident that this trend will continue to grow and many more customers will ask us to replace their tyres at home so they can continue to run a business efficiently.
 

How old is the tyre on your spare wheel?

We were recently called by a new customer as he had two flat tyres on his Ford Fiesta leaving the vehicle unusable.A couple of days ago our customer had a puncture in a rear tyre so he fitted the spare wheel to the vehicle and continued with his journey.The next morning he noticed that the spare tyre was completely flat so he was not able to use the vehicle to get to work.On arrival and after inspecting both tyres we informed him that the spare tyre was actually eleven years old and as soon as it was put on the vehicle it went flat as the strength of the tyre had weakened over the years.We left the customer with two new tyres fitted to the rear axle and importantly a usable spare.We recommend that all motorists check the age and general condition of the spare tyre so it can be used effectively in the event of an emergency.
 

A complete set of Nexen tyres fitted to a Land Rover Freelander.

The first job of the day was to fit a full set of Nexen tyres size 215/65/R16 near Cambridge and during fitment we had a call from a customer living in Stretham who had discovered a rear tyre on his Ford Fiesta was flat.He asked us to bring two tyres as the spare tyre did not look in great condition so we collected a couple of tyres from a local supplier and we were with him within two hours of his phone call.Our next job was in Ely where a regular customer customer had damaged a tyre over the weekend and was currently using the spare.We arrived just before the school run and fitted the new tyre so now our customer has a full set of tyres.
 

A new customer was delighted with the service from Hometyre.

We have just visited a new customer living near Cambourne who required a new tyre for her Peugeot 206 as one of the rear tyres was badly damaged.Our customer discovered the flat tyre during sunday and was horrified to discover that some organisations were charging a substantial amount as a call out charge.Luckily for our customer a friend recommended us and informed our customer that there is not a call out charge if you use Hometyre. Our customer had only recently purchased the vehicle and had struggled to release the spare wheel cage so before leaving we cleaned any rust that was showing and applied some oil so it would be easier for our customer to remove the spare wheel in the event of another puncture.Our new customer was delighted with the Hometyre experience and is spreading the word.
 

Last week many of our customers called us to their home as they were spending time with the children.

Usually the main benefit of using Hometyre is that our customers can continue working while their new tyres are being fitted whether they are working from the office or working from home.Last week was slightly different as many of our appointments were at our customers home as mum and dad were spending time with the children during the half term break.The weather was not great last week so it would have been a chore driving into town keeping the children dry and entertained while a local fitting centre replace your tyres. It is so simple,give Hometyre a call and we will arrive at your home at a time convenient to you so you can spend quality time with the children.
 

Bridgestone tyre fitted to a Mercedes A Class near Newmarket.

The week started with a request from a regular customer to move the wheels and re balance them on a trade van near Longstanton and at the same time check that the tyres were in good condition and had the correct air pressure. Next we visited a customer near Newmarket who had ordered a new Bridgestone tyre size 215/45/R17 to replace the worn tyre on the offside front of their Mercedes A class vehicle.We explained to our customer that it was best practice to fit the new tyre to the rear axle so we moved the existing rear tyre to the front and also checked the wheel was properly balanced.During our vehicle check we struggled to remove a couple of steel valve caps by hand as they had seized so we replaced them with plastic caps so it would be easier for our customer when they needed to inflate the tyres. Our customer was delighted that they did not need to leave the office and they were very appreciative of the advice we gave them.
 

Goodyear tyres fitted to a Ford Focus and Nexen tyres fitted to a Renault Scenic.

We were called by a new customer who works at a business park near Cambridge who had ordered two Goodyear Excellence tyres online.He was delighted with the whole experience as we arrived at his place of work at a time convenient to him saving him valuable time and money.We then headed to Ely to fit two Bridgestone Sport tyres to a Honda CRV and then back to Longstanton to fit three new Nexen tyres to a Renault Scenic.We explained to our customer that it was best practice to fit new tyres to the rear axle so we moved an existing rear wheel to the front axle and re balanced the wheel in the process.
 

New tyres fitted to a Caravan and then returning to fit new tyres to the vehicle that is towing the caravan.

We have fitted two new tyres to a Caravan near Cambrige as the local service engineer noticed cracking on the sidewalls.He advised the customer to call us to replace the tyres which is very satisfying to know that he was comfortable in recommending our services.The customer asked us to check the rear tyres on their Honda CRV and we found them to be over four years old and again showing signs of wear.We are returning tomorrow to fit two new Bridgestone Sport tyres size 215/65/R16 to the vehicle and our customer is reassured that all tyres on the caravan and Honda CRV vehicle are in good order.
 

Winter tyres removed from a Land Rover Defender as the sun beats down.

The first job of the day was to remove a set of winter tyres from a Land Rover Defender and refit the summer tyres to the vehicle. Our customer lives in Cambridge and after completing the job we headed for Melbourn Science Park to fit two new Nexen tyres to a Jaguar X type. When removing the old tyres we discovered that the inside of the wheel rims required attention so we used a wire brush to clean them and then applied a layer of bead seal.We are soon heading for Cambridge again to fit two new Continental tyres to a Nissan Micra.
 

Another problem concerning a locking wheel nut adaptor.

We have just visited a regular customer who has recently purchased a Vauxhall from a used car sales company and whilst our customer was very pleased with the general condition of the vehicle most of the tyres were showing signs of age so our customer decided to call us to fit a new set of tyres. On arrival we found the locking wheel nut adaptor to be badly damaged and therefore unusable so our customer is arranging to get a replacement. We strongly recommend that if you are buying a used car that you locate the adaptor and check that it is in good condition so you are able to remove the wheels in the event of an emergency.
 

Locking wheel nut removal in Cambridge and fitting Firestone tyres to a Ford Transit.

We have just removed four locking wheel nuts from a Mitsubishi Colt in Cambridge as our customer had recently purchased the vehicle but the locking wheel nut adaptor was missing. We managed to remove all the nuts with our specialist equipment while our customer was at work so he was able to continue with his work while Hometyre solved the problem.We are now heading for Longstanton to fit two Firestone tyres to a Ford Transit van while our customer is still working and again our customer has lost no time in his busy schedule.
 

What a busy end to the week.

We have been really busy this week performing a variety of tasks such as supplying and fitting new tyres,repairing punctures,performing wheel alignments and removing locking wheel nuts when the adaptor was missing.Friday was a really good example of how we keep our customers moving without any inconvenience to them.The day started in Over where we fitted two Kumho tyres to a Seat Leon and then it was to the next village being Swavesey where we performed a minor repair to an alloy wheel on a Citroen DS and replaced a damaged Michelin tyre. We then collected two budget tyres from a local supplier and headed to Horningsea to rescue a lady who had discovered a badly damaged tyre on her Citroen C2. While fitting the new tyres we had a call from a regular customer who was visiting a client in Cambridge and noticed a screw in the centre of a rear tyre on his BMW X5 and due to the tyre not being a runflat we were able to repair the puncture.Then to round the day off it was off to St Ives to fit four new Dunlop Sport Max tyres to a Renault Clio.
 

A really good day as all our jobs were local.

This week started well as on Monday all our jobs were nice and local.The first job of the day was to fit two new Firestone tyres to a Ford Fiesta in Cambridge.We then headed to Cambourne to fit two new Continental tyres to an Audi A6 and then next it was to Willingham to replace on old tyre that was losing air pressure on a Peugeot 207 and we replaced the old tyre with a Maxxis tyre size 205/55/R16 and then it was back to Cambourne to fit a new Hankook tyre to a Vauxhall Vectra.
 

New tyres fitted to a Caravan today and Tyron bands fitting tomorrow.

We are now getting busy in the Caravan sector as customers are making preparations for the summer.We have just fitted two new tyres to a Caravan in Burwell and tomorrow morning we are heading to Bury St Edmunds to fit new tyres to a Caravan that is fitted with Tyron Bands so the bands will be removed and refitted after the new tyrea have been mounted.During the afternoon we will be fitting a new set of Tyron Bands to a Caravan near Cambridge as our customer want's to reduce the potential of an accident in the event of a blow out.
 

Spring is here as today we have fitted new tyres to a Caravan and removed winter tyres from an Audi Quatro.

The first job of the day was to remove the winter tyres from an Audi Quatro and refit the summer tyres which were Toyo T1 Sport size 255/35/R19 for a regular customer near Cambridge.Then we headed for Newmarket to fit two new tyres to a Ford Fiesta and during our vehicle inspection we found that the rear tyres were showing signs of age so we are returning in the next couple of days to replace them.Next it was Waterbeach where we replaced two Caravan tyres for a new customer and it was very pleasing that we were recommended to the customer by the caravan service engineer.
 

We are reasonably confident that now is the time to remove winter tyres.

We have been busy during the past three weeks removing winter tyres and refitting summer tyres to our customers vehicles.Some of our existing customers have told us that they are leaving the swap to the last possible minute in the event of some sharp frosts in the near future.While you can never be too confident of the weather conditions these days we feel this is the time when the summer tyres need to go back onto your vehicle as winter tyres are only a benefit when the temperature regularly drops below seven degrees.
 

A busy week fitting new tyres,puncture repairs and locking wheel nut removal.

We are having another busy week with a variety of different types of jobs helping our customers to keep moving while being safe on the roads.The week started with fitting Continental tyres to a BMW,Bridgestone tyres to a Mini Cooper and Pirelli tyres to an Audi.We have also repaired punctures on a Mercedes Vito and a Land Rover.A couple of days ago we were called by a new customer who required two new tyres fitting to his Ford Fiesta but unfortunately he had lost his locking wheel nut adaptor. We carry specialist equipment with us at all times and to the relief of our customer we were able to remove the locking nuts and fit the new tyres.
 

Do you know if your BMW or Mini Cooper is fitted with runflat tyres?

We had a call from a new customer who needed a couple of tyres replaced on his Mini Cooper but he was unsure if the vehicle was fitted with runflat tyres.Our sales team informed the customer that runflat tyres will have particular markings on the sidewall of the tyre but he was still unsure so we took both runflat and non runflat tyres with us. On arrival we found the tyres not to be runflats so we are returning the runflat tyres to our supplier.We have listed the various runflat markings below if you are unsure.

The sidewall could be marked RSC for Runflat System Component or with one of the following.

Dunlop = DSST

Firestone = RTF

Bridgestone = RTF

Goodyear = EMT

Kumho = XRP

Michelin = ZP

Pirelli = RFT

Yokohama = Run Flat

 

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