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Useful information relating to car ownership and care, car service and repair, auto servicing, warrant of fitness / WOF requirements and anything you may need to know to fully enjoy your car!

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The Best Automotive Team in Whakatane! (of course we are biased. haha!)

We love working hard together, and we love hanging out together now and then! Unfortunately we are going to miss one of our members, Bence, who is moving to another city.  Bence has been such a joy to have around the office, entertaining us with his humour and jokes. You will be missed, but go with our warmest blessings and definitely keep in touch! With that, let's welcome Logan! Logan is an experienced and qualified Auto Technician with many years of experience. WOFs, Engine repairs, Camb...

October 13, 2020

Trout season is ON!

Woo hoo! Wayne's partner Jan got 4th prize in the Lake Okataina fishing comp last week! Check out this rainbow trout! Congratulations from the rest of the team at Stewart Motors! School holidays are in full swing, weather is fantastic. We work hard but also leave time to pursue our passions. What an amazing country we live in. Have a fabulous time everyone! If you would like to have your car serviced or checked before going on a long trip, just give us a buzz at 07-3088670. Here to keep you movi...

October 5, 2020

Have a cuppa whilst waiting for your car service, WOF, repair, tyre or battery change!

Chanced upon it, didn't know there was such a day! haha.  Anyway, we have a simple coffee machine and our lovely Carroll would be more than happy to make you a cup of coffee or tea if you would like to hang around in our waiting area whilst your car is serviced, getting a WOF done, tyres changed, or just about any auto repair work! Here to keep you moving, and comfortable whilst you wait. www.StewartMotors.co.nz07-308867020 Stewart Street, Whakatane (near the Whakatane Hospital) #coffee #Wh...

September 30, 2020

Looking for your local Whakatane Car Dealer?

Ok, we are biased, but we love cars. Especially Hyundais!!!!I remember my parents bought their 1st Hyundai Elantra 30 years ago. Man, these cars have come a LOOOOOOONG way! It's like someone flicked the switch and Hyundai cars have just improved by leaps and bounds in terms of quality over the last 15 years.Today, we are proud to be in partnership with Ebbett to offer new Hyundai cars for test drive, right here in Whakatane!So come on in for a cuppa at 20 Stewart Street, we would love to show yo...

September 24, 2020

COVID Warrant of Fitness (WOF) extension ending VERY SOON

YAY!!! It's great to be back at Level 1. Get out and about safely and enjoy the sunshine Whakatane!!  And so cool to have the ABs visiting and training in town!!  Btw, the COVID extension for WOF and Regos has a deadline of 10 Oct 2020.  We are already beginning to feel the busy-ness as slots for WOF fill up. Don't wait till the last minute as we would not be able to fit you in by then and we hate to disappoint our customers.  We are here to make the process as pain free as p...

September 22, 2020

COVID Lockdown WOF Extension ending soon

Hi! Just a friendly reminder. If you haven't got your WOF done, please note that the COVID-19 lockdown extension is ending very very soon.  We've seen the usual pre-Christmas rush before. Don't wait till the last minute as we might not be able to fit everyone in by then.  Come on in, have a cuppa, or if you need a drop off, let us know. However we can help, just feel free to ask. We are here for you. www.StewartMotors.co.nz 20 Stewart Street (near Whakatane Hospital) 07-3088670 ...

September 21, 2020

All-New ISUZU D-MAX. Apparently the toughest yet!

Check this out! https://www.isuzuutes.co.nz/al...All-new DESIGNAll-new SAFETYAll-new POWERAll-new TECHAll-new COMFORTWhat other auto journalists are saying about the new D-Max:Stuff Motoring: https://www.stuff.co.nz/motori...Driven: https://www.driven.co.nz/news/...Autocar: https://www.autocar.co.nz/comm...Oh we can't wait....Meantime, if you want to get your Isuzu Ute serviced, tyres checked, WOF done or groomed (whatever really!) and ready for the upgrade, pop in at:20 Stew...

September 18, 2020

It only takes a little creativity, and handiwork...

Who says only guys are handy! One of our team members is an absolute genius when it comes to coming up with ingenious solutions! The wires around the office were looking untidy so voila, she created a board to cover up the messiness and also acts as a board to stick notices if necessary! What hobbies are you up to for the weekend? Enjoy!!!  #Whakatane #StewartMotors #Hyundai #Autorepair #CarService #hyundainz #wof...

September 2, 2020

Top tips for extending the life of your car battery

We know! It's a small little part but without it, your car literally will not start! Well, we are talking batteries today and with a little care, you can actually try and extend the lifespan of your car battery! Normally, a new battery can last for 3 years or so but with these tips you might be able to crank more juice out of it!Service your car regularly. This will help prevent an inefficient engine and other vehicle components from straining the batteryNever leave car lights or air condit...

August 25, 2020

2020 Ute Buyers Guide by New Zealand Company Vehicle

We may not have Fieldays this year but check out this 2020 Ute Buyer's guide published by NZCV!https://loom.ly/mnI8XCkIt's not here yet but we can't wait to see Hyundai launch their ute!!!Call us at 07-3088670 or visit www.stewartmotors.co.nz to talk to our friendly service advisers. We look forward to seeing you at 20 Stewart Street (near the Whakatane Hospital) soon!#Whakatane #StewartMotors #Hyundai #Autorepair #CarService #hyundainz #wof...

July 16, 2020

Driving safe in winter

Winter is well and truly here! It might be raining and feel a bit crummy but we firmly believe we can enjoy all the seasons, just as we can live every season of our lives to the max. Did you see our ad in the Whakatane Beacon  recently? Some winter driving tips that were shared: + Keep your tanks fueled as much as possible to prevent condensation+ Keep your windshield washer fluid topped up+ Check your tyre pressue is correct (actually this should be done at all times)+ Stay informed of loc...

July 15, 2020

How to maintain your car tyre

Stewart Motors Whakatane has some quick tips for maintaining your car tyres in good condition: When you check the pressure, also do a visual check for objects embedded in the tread, such as stones or glass. These are easily removed.Check for uneven wear, which could indicate a problem with the car's steering or suspension. Sometimes this happens if you driving over gravel or uneven roads all the time.Run your hands over the tread and sidewalls to identify any bubbles, cuts or cracks.Keep an eye ...

July 15, 2020

Tyres, where the rubber literally meets the road!

It is obvious, but we often forget that our car tyres are the only contact that we have with the road. At Stewart Motors Whakatane, we pay particular attention to the condition of our customer's vehicle tyres precisely because of this reason.  Depending on your preference, it is not necessary to buy the most expensive tyres out there. What's more important is that you fit the right tyres for your vehicle.  Tyres are your only contact with the road. Make sure you get the right one for y...

July 15, 2020

Car Servicing Package

This may come as a surprise but Stewart Motors Whakatane decided to do away with a car service package many years ago. You may ask why? The reason is because included in the car servicing "package" is often a lot of things you don't really need. Some car parts actually could go on for a much longer time. Which means you might be paying extra for something that does not need to be changed yet. More importantly, the package is often quoted at a low price to get customers through the door. How ofte...

June 29, 2020

Mercedes Benz Experience

We seem to get more than our fair share of Mercedes Benz coming through the workshop!Well, we do get a lot of support from Mercedes Benz and Ingham Sears because we service and repair all the ambulances, which happen to be Mercedes vehicles. In that process we have built up quite a bit of expertise and experience in handling the brand.At Stewart Motors, we have the tools and diagnostic equipment to handle many "luxury brands" at local prices! So if you have a continental or european car, give us...

June 26, 2020

Hyundai group tops JD Power Quality Survey

Hot off the press! Hyundai on top! Latest JD Power Quality Survey show Korean car brands are keeping their rankings on the leaderboard! It was mentioned that "The parent corporation receiving the most model-level awards is Hyundai Motor Group (seven awards)". "Hyundai Motor Group models that rank highest in their respective segments are Genesis G70; Hyundai Tucson; Hyundai Veloster; Kia Forte; Kia Sedona; Kia Sorento; and Kia Soul" Wow!!! We are so honoured and proud to be representing Hyundai ...

June 26, 2020

Audi

Whilst we are authorised Hyundai and Isuzu service centres, we actually repair and service a lot of European and Continental cars! This particular Audi caught my eye recently. Am sure its a precious little one to its owner and we are privileged to be tasked with taking care of it! #Feeling #grateful 07-3088670www.stewartmotors.co.nz  #Whakatane #StewartMotors #Hyundai #Autorepair #CarService #hyundainz #wof #audi...

June 26, 2020

Wayne and Ben in action

So good to see our people (and equipment) in action! We have been absolutely floored with the support from our local community. Here's a short video of Wayne and Ben working on our customer's Hyundai. In this video, you can see Wayne, our most experienced car technician, who has more than 50 years auto repair experience under his belt! Featured here also is our young apprentice Ben, who is absolutely at the top of his game when it comes to attitude and bringing it on everyday.   Game o...

June 25, 2020

Warrant of Fitness or WOF

A warrant of fitness (WOF) is a regular check to ensure that your vehicles meets required safety standards. Under New Zealand Transport Agency rules, it is the vehicle owner's job to keep their vehicle up to WOF condition at all times. Stewart Motors is an approved WOF Inspection Centre so we can certainly help you out.  However, you might still have some questions about it and wonder if it is necessary since your car is new, or it "looks" all right, so she'll be right? You might ...

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