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Summer is round the corner and if you're looking for a new car there's no better time!

It sure feels like summer is right around the corner and the coming weekend is looking very good!...

October 13, 2021

What amazing and dedicated staff in our Whakatane Motoring Team!

It may be a Saturday but cars don't "observe weekends". Our customer's Mercedes needed an emergency fix today and it was important we kept it on the road. So, even though it was our manager's birthday today, he still dropped everything to attend to it. Gosh... Am beyond words and so thankful......

October 9, 2021

It appears our phone provider is down

Hi there! It appears Vodafone is down so you would have had a hard time calling us on the phone. Please feel free to reach out to us via Facebook messenger or email info@stewartmotors.co.nz. We apologise for any inconvenience or frustration this may have caused. Oh no....it appears emergency numbers were affected as well: https://www.stuff.co.nz/busine......

October 8, 2021

Thank you for the great service reviews on Google!!!

I suppose we can let the picture above speak for itself. But we are absolutely gobsmacked that our amazing customers have taken the time to leave us a review.  Every review and suggestion just spurs us on to do better each time and we are looking forward to the day we collect at least 1,000 5-star reviews for a job well done!If we have served you well, we would really appreciate it if you could leave us a review at https://g.page/r/CZjtyOoZHsgFE... ...

September 10, 2021

OPEN! Car Bookings for WOF, Repair, Service in Whakatane

First off, I really do feel for our whanau in Auckland who are still doing it tough. So even as we go about our lives, let's be mindful of how we can be supportive, and also some of our local businesses (especially hospitality and tourism) that have been struggling through this. Stewart Motors, an Authorised Hyundai and Isuzu Service Centre is ready for operating at Alert Level 2 for vehicle servicing, mechanical repairs, WoF inspections, WoF repairs, tyre repair and placeement, wheel alignment ...

September 9, 2021

We are open for Car Service, Repair or WOF Booking in Whakatane !!!

Car Bookings are now available! And welcome to the "new normal"! First off, I really do feel for our whanau in Auckland who are still doing it tough. So even as we go about our lives, let's be mindful of how we can be supportive, and also some of our local businesses (especially hospitality and tourism) that have been struggling through this.  Stewart Motors, an Authorised Hyundai and Isuzu Service Centre is ready for operating at Alert Level 2 for vehicle servicing, mechanical repairs, WoF...

September 8, 2021

Stewart Motors is OPEN at Level 3

Thank you for all your support all these years. We could not have made it without you. So thank you, from the whole team at Stewart Motors.Our full range of services, including car and vehicle repair, car service, warrnt of fitness (WOF), trailers, cambelt, battery, tyres, wheel, exhaust...you name it, will be operational. But with enhanced hygiene measures.During this difficult time, we have prepared our premises to provide contactless support. For your safety, we will have the following proced...

September 1, 2021

What have you been up to during lockdown?

How is everyone doing?  Feeling for our whanau in Auckland, but it looks like it's just one more sleep before we get to "spread" our legs a little more (sorry, can't get over his guffaw! LOL) .  Or if you prefer, 13 more hours to KFC.  Speaking of which, why not support our local cafes and eateries instead? They've really been doing it tough and could do with some aroha.  Stewart Motors will open tomorrow for contactless servicing and repairs and if you have an appointment bo...

August 31, 2021

Dreaming...of an auto repair shop that thrives on excellence

"If you're dreaming about something you can do on your own, you're dreaming too small!... Dream big, scary and outrageous dreams - the kind that would make other people laugh if only they knew." Brian Houston Dreams expand you.Dreams fill you with hope.Dreams challenge you. What is the size of your dream?  We may still be in Lockdown but that actually creates a lot of time and space to think and dream, don't you think? Keep dreaming. PS: We are working on how we can open safely for contactl...

August 30, 2021

WOF for your car and vehicles in Whakatane during COVID

It appears the news flow is in a state of flux so we are constantly getting information out to our customers via this website as well as social media as soon as we are aware. You can follow us at https://www.facebook.com/Stewa... This is the latest from the Motor Traders Association: WoF & Insurance Insurance Council NZ has confirmed to MTA that you are still insured if you have an accident and do not have a current Warrant of Fitness due to the current Covid Alert Level (4 and 3), so long ...

August 25, 2021

TWIRL: Simple checks to ensure your car is safe to drive

During COVID Alert Level 4, unless you are an essential worker, you cannot get a car inspection or WOF done. But you are still obliged to make sure your vehicle is safe to be on the roads. TWIRL is a simple check you can do : TyresCheck the tread depth. Minimum legal depth is 1.5mm, but the more tread you have the better the grip and the safer you and your vehicle will be on the road.Check the tyre pressure – correct levels can usually be found on the inside door frame.Look for cracks or bubbl...

August 25, 2021

What can you do to keep your car well maintained during COVID lockdown Alert Level 4?

Hi there! Hope you are staying safe during this lockdown. We have done it before and will do it again.  As per the directive to minimise movement to only essential travel, this might mean your car is not used as much during the lockdown but there are certain things you can do to keep your car safe and well maintained during this time. Firstly: Do start your car from time to time. Newer models have batteries that can last longer but if you have an older car or the battery is very old, you mi...

August 24, 2021

Delivering a test Hyundai Electric Kona

Delivering a new vehicle!Excited to see some of our corporate customers trying out the new Hyundai all electric vehicles!Would you like to try one? Pop into Stewart Motors at 20 Stewart Street!07-3088670...

August 14, 2021

Not a car post, but we are SUPER PROUD of all our Olympians (esp those from the Eastern Bay!)

Well, that concludes the Olympics! New Zealand is a tiny nation yet managed to snag 7 Gold medals (20 overall, a new record for the country)!!! Simply...A.M.A.Z.I.N.G. I've always wondered, what's the secret? The athletes don't get a lot of funding until they have already proven themselves. And even then, unless you are in a sport that naturally attracts a lot of sponsors, it does not pay well. Many of them competing at the games even have to keep their day jobs in order to keep the dream alive....

August 9, 2021

Electrifying!!!

Wowzee! We have almost 10 brand new electric #Hyundai vehicles being prepped for delivery this week!Exciting electric futures ahead!!#bev #electricvehicle #stewartmotors #whakatane #CarRepair #CarService...

August 6, 2021

Car Care Tip: Car Wiper Blades are essential for clear vision and safety!

Did you know:- You vehicle may be deemed not roadworthy if the windscreen wiper is not working or ineffective?- Frost, heat, insects(!!!), UV rays etc can cause even high quality rubber blades to degrade after 6 months of use. To check for worn blades, run your fingers (carefully) down the car windscreen wiper blade and if you can feel it is worn, (maybe it is splitting or pitted), then it is time to change the rubber. Sometimes it will make a squeaking sound in the rain, or it leaves uneve...

July 14, 2021

Car Care Tip: What is a safe car tyre?

Did you know?Only a tiny portion of your car tyre makes contact with the road. Therefore, it is very important to make sure your tyres are regularly maintained. This will keep you safe.The pressure and condition of your tyres should be checked regularly to improve control during emergency braking. Do not wait till your next Warrant of Fitness (WOF) check. This will reduce the risk of losing control of your car and improves road holding.When you drive across water, there is the risk of aquaplanin...

July 7, 2021

A clean workshop is a professional workshop!

Unfortunately the video is a bit blurry as it got compressed when it was sent. Mega shoutout to Steve who came in over the weekend to make this happen!!!...

July 3, 2021

We are so touched and encouraged by our customer reviews

We are so encouraged every time we receive reviews on Google or Social Media about how we have been of service to them. It especially means a lot to the team to know that in some small way, their actions have touched someone.  Yes, we are a business but it is the little impacts that we make in enabling our customers to keep going that bring a smile.  So thank you, our customers. We REALLY appreciate you.  PS: if you want to leave us a review on Google, you can head to this link:&...

July 1, 2021

The Happiest Place in Whakatane for your Motor

In case the words are too small in the article, here it is: The happiest place in town for your motor When it is time to take the car to an auto repair shop, it is not something people normally love or look forward to. Joshua Fong took ownership of Stewart Motors two years ago with a vision to change all that. “My vision for this business is that I want it to be the happiest place in town. I want my team to be happy and I want my customers to be happy coming here.” Judging by the home bakin...

June 30, 2021

Doing our job well, one car at a time

There is no secret sauce to excellence or success.  Just care about the little things and add them all up.  Doing our job well, one car at a time......

June 12, 2021

Hyundai Santa Cruz Ute...a closer look!

Ok...it's not here yet, but we came across this video and thought we would share it for a closer look at what the new Hyundai Santa Cruz Ute might look like when it hits our shores!...

June 10, 2021

Car Care and Maintenance Tip: Visual Health Check

Do you know that:Poorly maintained vehicles often increase fuel consumption (ie spend more money)?Just regular driving, wear and tear, can potentially render a vehicle dangerous, and possibly illegal to drive? (not fun!)Well, there are some visual checks you can do regularly on your car:Check fluid levelsCheck that lights are operating wellCheck that there are no warning lights on the dashboard of your carSee if there are any service reminders dueCheck the underside of the car for damages and le...

June 9, 2021

Car Care Tip: Batteries in Winter

Brrr! Who's starting to feel the chills! Do you know that winter (actually, extreme temperature changes) can really affect the state and health of your car battery?Batteries are consumable items and therefore for a finite use by date. Therefore the age of the battery does affect its usability. The good news is, we can try to extend its life by making sure the car battery charging system works properly.Extreme hot and cold weather can affect the rate of DISCHARGE of the battery. We won't bore you...

May 26, 2021

NEW! Isuzu D-Max available for test drive!

YEAH! Can't contain the excitement enough that we have a brand new Isuzu D-Max available for test drives, right here in Whakatane!All new designAll new safetyAll new powerAll new techALL NEW!Come on in for a test drive quickly, we don't know how long it will be here for.  20 Stewart Street07-3088670...

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