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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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Hyundai Master Technician Steven Dain in action!

Steve has more than a decade of experience as a Hyundai Master Technician and his attention to detail when it comes to customer vehicles is amazing. You'll be surprised but some creativity and lotsa experience is required to make sure all the cars that come through Stewart Motors goes out in tip top condition!You rock Steve!www.StewartMotors.co.nz20 Stewart Motors07-3088670...

April 21, 2021

NEW Hyundai Ute Santa Cruze Global Launch!

Stewart Motors Whakatane is extremely proud to be associated with Hyundai and the exciting products they have planned in the electric space, including drones and many mobility solutions!  Give us a bell if you would like to know more about Hyundai products! 20 Stewart Street 07-3088670...

April 16, 2021

Look after your car tyres

Always look after your tyres. Simply because they are literally the ONLY contact your car will have with the road! Caring for your car’s tyres is so important because it will not only save you money, but also keep it safe to drive.  Your tyres will need to have a proper grip on the road so that you can steer the car properly. If your tyres are in poor condition they could blow out (horror!) or lose traction on wet roads and cause an accident. Always check the recommended tyre pressures in...

April 14, 2021

Freedom Road Coffee is now ON SITE!

YAY!!!!!  Stewart Motors is so excited to be hosting @FreedomRoadCoffee on site, right on Stewart Street!   If you've been craving for that fresh cuppa, just rock on in! They open early in the morning so feel free to grab one on the way to work as well! There's even hot chocolate for the kids! We may be an auto repair shop but we've always wanted to create a community vibe on Stewart Street and this is one step closer! Plus you can now have some awesome coffee if you wanna hang ar...

April 7, 2021

Pre-Purchase Inspection

Thinking of getting a used car? Get it checked by Stewart Motors before you hand over your hard earned dollars! Call us at 07-3088670 to book a pre-purchase inspection. Terms and conditions apply....

March 24, 2021

What is a Car Service all about?

A car is one of the largest purchases that we make (excluding toys like the boat of course!) Unfortunately, many people tend to neglect this becase the car seems to be "running well".  However, if you look after your car properly, you’ll be far less likely to get hefty repair bills in the future.  So how often should a car be serviced? To keep your car in the best possible condition it should typically be serviced every year, or at your vehicle manufacturer's recommonded mileage trav...

March 17, 2021

Raising the bar on Auto & Car repair, service and WOF

"If you want above average results, you have to say no to average opportunities.  If you spend all of your time chasing average opportunities, you'll have no time for great ones. This applies to people, books, problems, etc.  Raise the bar."  Shane A Parrish (Farnam Street) We aim to provide the best service and best value for auto and car repair, servicing, Warrant of Fitness (WOF) service in Whakatane. The bar is high but we want to get there. If we ever fall short of your expec...

March 1, 2021

Trailers and Tow Bar Installaion, we gotcha!

I wonder who invented trailers? They are such useful add ons to our cars eh! I guess the very first one would have been hitched to a horse or cow!Today, these tow bars and trailers are so well made that they can tow up to a few tonnes, depending of course on your vehicle chassis and power. Given that it is an extra vehicle that is being pulled, it is vitally impotant that trailers are checked and serviced regularly. You certainly don't want one to be let loose whilst driving down the highwa...

February 26, 2021

All New Hyundai Palisade Luxury SUV is here!

ALL NEW PALISADE IS HERE!!!!Hyundai's brand new 7-seat luxury SUV, (8 seats also available) is now available! Check out the specs and performance. It seems like you will be able to pack ANYTHING, and go ANYWHERE!Oh, it has all the latest safety features, tech toys and a list of endless modern techs!!!!20" allow wheelsLED Daytime Running LightsDual Pane SunroofPower SeatsOne-touch walk to 3rd rowHeated and Ventilated SeatsRear conversation mirrorSmart Proximity KeyDriver Integrated Memory SystemT...

February 18, 2021

WELCOME our Auto Technician Gavin!

Hey there! So excited to welcome Gavin to our team / family! We may be an automotive repair and service centre but our vision is actually to be the HAPPIEST PLACE IN TOWN!!Pumped to have Gavin join us because more hands make light work and just makes for a more vibrant atmosphere! He is a real natural. Started on Day 1 and was immediately hard at work. AMAZING!Oh, and he has many years of experience as a technician and loves a mean flat white!This will certainly help us keep our custom...

February 11, 2021

Chase the lion

"Quit holding out. Quit holding back. Quit running away. Chase the lion." Mark Batterson If there's something you wanna "quit", it is to quit being afraid. Whether it is fear of failure, fear of obstacles and problems, or fear of fear itself. Don't hold back. The world, the people around YOU, need the unique contribution that only YOU can bring. Your VOICE. Your DEEDS. YOU. PS: We know this has nothing to do with our core business of auto repair and service. But Mainfreight does it and it is a...

February 8, 2021

Finalist for Rocketspark Website of the Year!

Stewart Motors Whakatane has just been selected as one of the 8 finalists for Rocketspark website of the year! Who says companies from regional NZ are not tech savvy! We were selected from the countless websites by over 400 Rocketspark partners (web designers, IT professionals etc).  https://loom.ly/zhO-XWA We are working hard on all aspects of the business, from online to offline. From auto repair and servicing to windows, tyres, batteries, tow bar, you name it!  We even have an excit...

February 4, 2021

Ohope is NZ Best Beach of the Year!

YAY!!!!!! OHOPE has been voted BEST BEACH in New Zealand! Although this has nothing to do with auto repair or car sevicing, as a local business in Whakatane we can't help glowing with pride!",,,space, safety and fun for families..." Of course!I think we still have a few great weekends to really get out there and enjoy the sunshine! So grateful we get to enjoy all this, incidentally took the family to Kohi Point and then the beach on Sat, and then read the announcement. So cool!https://loom.ly/cV...

January 31, 2021

Safe Driving Tips (psst: check your vehicle is serviced and ready to go!)

We live in such a BEAUTIFUL country! Summer holidays are in full swing so we put together a checklist for you to travel safely ! 1. Pre drive Check: Tyre pressure and tread, windscreen wipers, indicators, lights. 2. Drive to road conditions (beware sun strike!) 3. Take it easy. There are many people out and about as well, some roads might get congested. You're on holiday, chill... 4. Rest! Definitely take regular breaks and share the driving if possible. 5. Keep a safe following distance.  ...

December 24, 2020

Last minute vehicle or car service appointment before the summer fun?

Who is ready for some summer fun!!!! Bring it on! We are fast counting down into Christmas. If you're wanting a last minute appointment  to get your car looked at, vehicle service or WOF inspection, we might have some slots left but act fast! Enjoy the sunshine Whakatane! Slip, slap, slop, snap! www.StewartMotors.co.nz20 Stewart Street, Whakatane (near the Hospital)07-2088670...

December 17, 2020

Servicing and Repair : a cool looking Mini Cooper !

Love it that we can work together as a team! Logan and Ben working hand in hand on a customer's Mini Copper S today.We are working hard to get through customer vehicles before Christmas so that they can enjoy a good break and not have to worry about their vehicles breaking down on the road.Have an awesome day out there today Whakatane!...

December 2, 2020

A regularly serviced car will keep you moving, rain or shine!

It's been pouring!!! But, rain or shine, we are here to keep our customers on the road.  On days like this, it is especially important to make sure your car has been serviced and is in good condition. Drive safe out there everyone! ...

November 25, 2020

WOF and CARE!

Curate Cares is doing their annual Gift of Groceries for families in hardship in Whakatane! These grocery packs are amazing because they only cost $40 each to sponsor but come packed with at least $60 worth of value!We wanna help promote this and encourage wider participation in the Whakatane community. So, for every 2 packs of grocery sponsored, Stewart Motors would give you a FREE WOF voucher that can be redeemed over the next year (before 24 Dec 2021). Do the math, with the free WOF thrown in...

November 23, 2020

Drive safe. Check Tyres, Wipers and Lights are working

Rough weather has been forecast and you are probably experiencing it already. Roads will be wet and slippery so: - Keep a safe driving distance- Make sure your car lights are working- Make sure your tyres have enough thread (it might have worn off a bit more since your last WOF)- Check that wipers are working well (You don't want that truck passing and splashing water on your screen that "blinds" you temporarily! Or just pop in to Stewart Motors at 20 Stewart Street (near the Whakatane Hospital)...

November 10, 2020

Solar for our Auto Repair Shop in Whakatane!

Yay! Finally got solar installed to supply electricity to our auto repair workshop in Whakatane!  It's great to be doing our bit for the environment, and it makes business sense as well. This should result in savings over the long term (and we are here to stay anyway!)So the next time you bring your car or ute in for a WOF, service, repair, battery check or tyre change, at least the energy consumption is now from sustainable resources! Weather permitting of course. :) ...

November 3, 2020

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...

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