Wow I cannot believe it but we are coming up on a year on from re-branding. What a wild ride its been.
We’ve done everything we set out to do 12 months ago, We’ve added a hoist, bought more tools, changed up the loan cars and more…
There’s always more to do, improvements to make, and more cars to service and repair…
Watch out for the 12 month summary blog!! And whats up next…
Epic year for us, Huge thank you as always to our staff, suppliers and customers. Looking forward to 2019, wrapping up our first year as Wellington European.
All the best over the holiday period, drive safe and we will see you soon.
John and the team…
New to the blog and want to check out part one of Little Blue/ Check it out here—- LittleBlue
I thought I would kick off with Part two after having a wee break from Little Blue, there has been some weekend progress, however some family commitments have take over my weekends for a while….)) (With a little land Rover helper on the way)..
So here is a little of the more recent progress. Last featured we had a complete stripped down landy, chassis on stands, and I had made a start on the rear axle..
Chassis repairs are well under way, hopefully in the next week or two all the new outriggers will be on and the new cross member as well.
Below, completed rear axle tidied up, this was a complete mess. Diff itself was in good order, have renewed everything brake related, shoes, drums, cylinders, hose, pipes etc. Also wheel bearings ands seals etc, came up nice.
Hows that for a before and after!!
Next up is the front axle, strip down has started.
Chassis updates, well the rear top section was a patchwork quilt, and when removing the tub we found only one bolt holding it on.. (oh and gravity). So its had farm repairs or bush repairs and is in need of some professional help. So in goes some new steel, out comes the straight edges and measuring tapes.. Happy with progress so far.
Tacking in some new steel!!
Below, rtear homemade crossmember has been removed and we ar getting ready to fit the new re-production part..
Next month is the holiday season, xmas and new years break will be here in no time.
How are your cars, servicing up to date? Ready for a road trip?
Peace of mind motoring, is a mechanical breakdown insurance for you?
So, being the guy at the desk organizing the shop, the customers the repairs and quotes, I often find myself asking the question, do you have a warranty or breakdown insurance on your car..? This is often followed by “No, I purchased the car privately”, or ‘Ive had the car for years now”.
Its not common knowledge that you can go out and purchase a policy on your car from the likes of ourselves or various finance companies and car yards around NZ. Providing the car meets the criteria and is checked for any pre-exisiting faults, its just a matter of providing some very basic information and choosing the level of cover you would like.
We can put mechanical breakdown insurance in place for most European cars up to 16 years old and 250,000 kms. All policies come with a 24/7 road side assist if something were to happen while travelling this holiday season and beyond. Seeing some of the failures and the repair bills, we are huge advocates for mechanical breakdown insurance. A good way to future proof yourself against costly repairs with the added bonus of the road side assist. Obviously there are terms and conditions, however in a nut shell we can put in place cover for most European vehicles up to 16 years old and a whopping 250,000kms. Exclusions are the likes of AMG, and RS Audis etc (still an option , but much lower age and km’s restrictions). Any questions, give us a call, happy to assist.
A brief summary of whats covered, in most cases its mechanical and electrical items that are not deemed to be routine maintenance items. We have replaced everything from window regulators to engines. Depending on the level of cover, some policies have a claim limit of up to $10,000 (per claim). This is a significant sum which we have seen spent on a few occasions now on policies. The list of items covered is just too long, however if you had any specific questions feel free to give us a call, I’m sure I will be able to answer most questions on the spot.
- Is there a claim excess.,? Yes there is usually $350-$450
- Is there a limit on claims.,? No there is not.
- What do I have to do.,? The car must be serviced every 12 months, and in most cases, Diesels are 10,000km and Petrol’s are 15,000. So annually or by km’s, whichever comes first.
- Are oils and fluids covered on claims.,? On the top tier policies, yes they are, IE A water-pump
- job may need fresh coolant. Also often covered are wheel alignments, freight, diagnostic scan tools if they are required to complete the job. Lower tier cover these would be additional.
Below is an engine failure, had the policy been in place in time I’m sure the repairs would have been covered, as it is this cost many thousands to replace the engine and all the additional items required to be able to guarantee the job..
We see our fair share of high end machines, but its not everyday we get a Lamborghini through the front door.
New workshop tools today, Always trying to keep up with the latest tech. Two new battery supports to help with the growing work load.
We are faced with many different battery types in modern cars, all of which respond differently to charging, many of which wont fully charge relying on the vehicle system., Also many batteries are discarded due to sulphating.. These new chargers when connected, automatically identify the style of battery and adjusts the charging requirements to suit, and in some cases can reverse the sulphating to give your battery back some of its life.
Another feature is we can set a voltage to be maintained while working on the vehicle, critical when fault finding, scanning, coding etc. Once set we can turn on all systems, fans, heater, lights etc and the voltage wont drop, and these are rated at a whopping 100amps. Our first battery support pictured 3 down can manage a whopping 150amps
Above and below, magnet mounted to two of our hoists, 5 metre cables allow the full travel of the hoist while still connected, great for those service jobs, ensuring every car serviced gets a top up at minimum, and we can determine state of charge prior to completing the job. If needed we can connect to our more mobile unit..
Here’s a weeu sample from July, some very nice cars, were plenty more but missed my chance with the camera….
First time I’ve seen them together since both being sign written… photo op!!
So we are coming up on 3 months trading as Wellington European, its been super busy and I just haven’t got to the blog, so here’s a weeu download from the phone, a sample of some of whats been coming through the shop. Couldn’t have asked for a better start with the rebrand and continually surprised by the diversity of what comes through the front door!!
Servicing is still the back bone of what we do and the service work and new inquiry has definitely escalated.
Above = Timing chains and cam cap mods on a GranTurismo Maserati
Above and below = finding solutions to a failed front pipe on an Audi. Aftermarket generic universal install.
Rear brake discs for the above RS4
Jaguar and Land Rover parts now available direct form Australia
Above =- new number plate surrounds, we like!
Craven supercharger pulley puller kit/ required when fitting the craven supercharge pulley = more power!!!