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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!'s not here yet but we can't wait to see Hyundai launch their ute!!!Call us at 07-3088670 or visit 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 local...

June 26, 2020


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  #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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