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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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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...

May 26, 2021

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

What is your Vehicle Dashboard indicator saying?

Well, you know that orange light that comes on? Or the various other indicators that light up on hte dashboard?ALWAYS pay attention to dashboard indicators! Sometimes the sensors are too sensitive and were triggered. But often, it indicates there are isues with for example the braking system, engine, oil and coolant levels, boost pressure sensors and tyre pressure. Do check it out right away as continued driving could sometimes make the problem worse, resulting in a heftier repair bill.&nbs...

March 31, 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.  ...

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