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About Specials and Promotions

There are normally tyre specials every month – in fact we always try to have something.

Promotions can come and go at anytime.

We regret any inconvenience if you only find this message.

Tyre offers for example, are available strictly while stocks last and can be purchased using cash, EFTPOS, credit card only, and as such cannot be used in conjunction with any other discount or offer.


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Wheel Alignments

Have you ever wanted to ask – Is a wheel alignment necessary?

We know customers fill their cars with petrol because without fuel their cars won’t start.  They replace a blown headlight bulb so they can visibly drive at night and they wash their cars to keep them looking clean, so why isn’t everyone aware of the value in having regular wheel alignments?

One possible reason is that with the above situations the result is immediately and plainly obvious.  With a vehicle out of alignment the damage to the tyres happens much more slowly over a longer period of time.

Many people don’t understand the importance of a correctly aligned vehicle, assuming that a wheel alignment lasts as long as their set of tyres – this is incorrect.

It is recommended a wheel alignment each time a new set of tyres are purchased as well as every 6 months or 10,000km thereafter.  This ensures the customer gets the best possible mileage out of their tyres, comfort from their vehicle, safe handing and braking and reduced driver fatigue.

Bridgestone recommends a wheel alignment is carried out if customer experience any of the following:

*  The vehicle is pulling to one side.

*  The vehicle’s steering wheel is not straight

*  Any of the steering or suspension components have been replaced

*  It has been 6 months or they have travelled more than 10,000km since the wheels were last aligned,

*  They have hit something on the road like large rocks or potholes.

25 Point Safety Check

New WOF Inspection frequency.  What does this mean to you?

New Vehicles:

An initial WOF inspection is needed, then another one at three years old, and one per year thereafter for the lifetime of the vehicle.

Older Vehicles:

On 1st Jan 2014 – All light vehicles first registered between 2004 and 2008 will move to one inspection per year thereafter for the lifetime of the vehicle.

On 1st July 2014 –  All light vehicles first registered after 1st Jan 2000, will move to one inspection per year thereafter for the lifetime of the vehicle.

Alpine Auto Centre has no issues with the new law changes, but would like to introduce a new service, its called 25 Point Safety Check for those customers who prefer to have their vehicles checked every 6 months for peace of mind, security and financial ease.

The following is a list of checks performed to keep your vehicle running smoothly between the new Warrant of Fitness inspections:

Vehicle check list for Alpine Auto Wanaka

Give us a call to book in your 25 Point Safety Check, don’t forget to let us know if you would like to receive a friendly reminder about this service.

Techincal Bulletin

Is your Falcon keeping you awake at night!

Complaint

Vehicle horn/alarm sounding at night intermittently, door locks cycling, or the vehicle mysteriously unlocking at home?

Cause

Long thought to be a body control module issue (some of these issues are due to defective BCM keep in mind) the problem arises at home usually of an evening.  Long forgotten is the spare key fob unit, usually thrown in the cupboard or dresser drawer in the bedroom, never to see the light of day for months, if not years.  Remember there is a battery in the spare remote, usually alkaline in design, containing an electrolyte which is susceptible to leak over time right?  After months go by, the electrolyte decides it’s time to leak, all over the internals of the key fob.  Now the fob is a transmitter after all, so short circuits happily begins, and the transmitter does what it is supposed to do … transmit.  House wall are not effective enough to block key fob transmissions, where is the car …. in the garage!

Hence the car horn sounding, door locks cycling.  Keep this is mind not only for Falcons, as all of the models with batteries are at risk.

 

Air Conditioning

xxComing into our summer season we know how warm it gets in Central Otago and are pleased to offer our services with our Ecotechnics Air Conditioning Machine.  Don’t be caught short – call us today to service you air con and deodorize for just $199.  We are able to give you a print out advising the state of your system.  You don’t have to suffer in the heat – we can’t be beat!

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Ecotechnics was founded in 1995 with the aim of producing technologically advanced systems for today’s auto repair shop.

The Ecotechnics product range embodies a new working philosophy which involves less manual intervention with the engine and better service using environmentally friendly processes.

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Christmas 2012 Newsletter

Toyota logoYour Toyota deserves only Toyota Genuine Parts. We provide the highest standard in quality, safety, service and performance. Our technicians are Toyota trained and we have the very best Toyota approved Diagnostic equipment and fully equipped state-of –the-art workshops. Back-up from the Nationwide Toyota Dealer Network of Quality Service Centers. We are now also closely associated with GWD Toyota in Invercargill, Queenstown and Gore also Currie Motors in Alexandra.

You might be surprised to learn that we will service and repair ALL makes and models of vehicles – not just Toyota. Your vehicle will get exactly the same exceptional service and treatment at a competitive price.

EcotechnicsComing into our summer season we know how warm it gets in Central Otago and are pleased to offer our services with our Ecotechnics Air Conditioning Machine. Don’t be caught short – call us today to service your air con and deodorize for just $199. We are able to give you a print out advising the state of your system. You don’t have to suffer in the heat – we can’t be beat!

Mta gift cardLast minute Christmas shopping? Why not pop in and pick up one of our MTA Gift cards, great stocking fillers. They can be loaded with up to $500 cash – easy, convenient and sure to please.

 

 

Hunter wheel alignment2013 will be an exciting time for our team with our brand new Hunter Wheel Alignment Hawkeye Elite Machine being installed early in the New Year at our BP Workshop. This is America’s most popular brand, with a code-link reader, 4 high-resolution camera’s, provides greater accuracy and patented technology.

 

Don’t forget Alpine Auto Centre is going green – getting in one with nature – we are in the process of updating our system and now emailing all invoices, statements and your reminders. Shortly we are looking to implement a system where you can even book in your vehicle for a little TLC on-line. WATCH THIS SPACE!

Firestone bridgestoneWe are preferred suppliers for Bridgestone/Firestone tyres and we follow all the specials ‘as seen on TV’. We also supply BF Goodrich and can obtain any other brand you prefer, call and a have a chat with Dean and Neville to find out exactly what suits your vehicle.

 

Check out our specials page – every dollar counts… more>>

Thank you for your continued support throughout the past years, it has really been appreciated. On behalf of the team at Alpine Auto Centre we wish you all a very Merry Christmas and a prosperous New Year

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Makes and Models Serviced

Toyota Surf at Alpine Auto Centre Wanaka
Toyota Surf

As well as being a Toyota Service Agent we can offer full servicing for the many vehicles listed below.  Please note we are not directly affiliated with any other brand so any brand specific requirements or lease contract stipulations will need to go to your nearest brand associated dealer.

 

Toyota logo 70Our Toyota Genuine Parts meet the highest Toyota factory standards, the same high standards applied to Toyota vehicles.

 

List of other brands serviced:


Often people ask “what is a service”, so we have broken down what we action to make things simpler:

“A motor vehicle service…” is a series of maintenance procedures carried out at a set time interval or after the vehicle has travelled a certain distance.

The service intervals are specified by the vehicle manufacturer in a service schedule and some moderns cars display the due date for the service electronically on the instruction panel.

Maintenance tasks commonly carried out (but not limited to) during a motor vehicle service include:

  • Change the engine oil & replace the oil filter
  • Check/Replace the air filter &  fuel filter
  • Check moisture content of brake fluid
  • Check level and where required refill power steering fluid
  • Check all drive line fluids & grease and lubricate components
  • Check conditions of tyres, check brake condition, check suspension
  • Check battery terminals and security of battery
  • Check operation of lights, horn, wipers washers
  • Check front and rear wheel bearings

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Warrant of Fitness Definition…

is a periodic safety inspection that is compulsory for light vehicles. A light vehicle is a car, station wagon, van or 4WD vehicle. It can also be a moped, motorcycle or similar including a trike.

For full Warrant of Fitness clarification we recommend you contact New Zealand Transport Agency or visit the following website:

https://www.nzta.govt.nz/vehicles/warrants-and-certificates/warrant-of-fitness/

After your vehicle passes its Warrant of Fitness check, it becomes your responsibility to keep it in the condition that it was in when it passed the inspection.

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Alpine Auto Centre Main workshop at 25 Cliff Wilson St. Wanaka
Main workshop at 25 Cliff Wilson St. Wanaka
Toyota Surf
Toyota Surf

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Transmission Flushing

Wynns at Wanaka Alpine AutoWynn’s trans flush system – what is it you ask?  This service utilizes patented equipment and specially formulated chemicals to solve the problems often associated with conventional drain and refill services.

It removes over 95% of the used contaminated fluid.

This specially formulated Transmission Flush chemical safely removes harmful sludge and varnish deposits with the old fluid.

Proprietary conditioning chemicals are added to the new ATF to:

  • Help extend transmission fluid life
  • Smooth rough or hard shifting problems
  • Help revitalize seals and o-rings to help stop and prevent leaks

Go on give your vehicle that a special treat, call Tom & Deborah today to make your appointment! ph. +64 3 443 4906

Accessories and Parts

Toyota Surf at Alpine Auto Centre Wanaka
Toyota Surf

Toyota Genuine Parts meet the highest Toyota factory standards, the same high standards applied to Toyota vehicles.

We can also source parts for most other makes and models

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S70 Land Cruiser ~ ARB suspension/lock diffs. Nevis Valley Xmas day '08
S70 Land Cruiser ~ ARB suspension/lock diffs. Nevis Valley Xmas day '08

Our team of trained professionals have a strong working knowledge of the servicing needs of the many four wheel drive vehicles in the Wanaka and Central Otago areas. And of parts [and virtually every accessory available – we supply and strongly recommend the Australian ARB range], providing excellent support for same.

ARB equipped Surf in the Shotover River
ARB equipped Toyota Surf in the Shotover River, Ben Lomond Station
Search and Rescue fund raiser trip on Pisa Range
Traversing the fragile environment of the Pisa Range on a Search and Rescue fund raiser trip.
Alpine Auto Centre Main workshop at 25 Cliff Wilson St. Wanaka
Main workshop at 25 Cliff Wilson St. Wanaka

Lubricants

wynns - castrol logosWe stock:

  • Wynn’s Products
  • Castrol lubricants
  • Batteries
  • Anti-freeze

 

WYNN’S PRODUCTS:

Injector Cleaner (Diesel).  In order for a vehicle to perform as it was intended, it is essential that the injectors remain clean and free of build-up.  Deposits on the fuel injectors can accumulate rapidly due to poor diesel fuel quality.  These deposits can adversely affect the ideal spray pattern from the injector nozzle, which is essential for optimum vehicle performance.  These build-ups directly affect the engine power, fuel consumption, emissions (black smoke) and the general performance of the vehicle.

Injector Cleaner (Petrol).  During every day driving deposits form on the tips of fuel injectors.  These deposits can adversely affect the ideal spray pattern from the injector nozzle, which is essential for optimum vehicle performance.  Deposits are particulary troublesome in today’s home to shop stop starting driving environments, with the result being dirty injectors, irregular idling, loss of power, difficult cold start.  These deposits can start to occur after only 2,400 km’s of driving,

Radiator Flush. Cooling system failure and overheating of the engine is the leading cause of mechanical breakdowns.  Rust, grease, sludge and scale build-up all contribute to the likelihood of cooling system failure.  By not using a flush damaging debris remain in the cooling system, slowly deteriorating internal components and seriously impairing the proper function of the radiator and cooling system.  Wynn’s Radiator Flush safely removes rust, grease and scale from the entire cooling system ensuring the new coolant works at its maximum potential, not having to work against a dirty system hat can shorten coolant life.  Wynn’s Radiator Flush contains no harsh acid or alkali compounds and will not attack cooling system components.

Engine Flush. With time even the best engine oil deteriorates and contaminates the engine with gums and varnish deposits that a simple oil change just cannot remove.  Any new oil may be compromised and be contaminated by deposits left behind.  Extended service intervals are placing higher demands on today’s engine oils, making it now even more important to ensure that the new oil is give the optimum chance to protect the engine.  Most engine flushes are solvent-type based products, they tend to reduce the lubrication of the oil.  If this type of flush is left in the engine too long mechanical damage can occur and engine seals can be affected.  Damage may bot be visible but is irreversible.  Wynn’s Engine Flush has been formulated to gently dissolve and remove internal engine contaminants by suspending them in a high level of dispersants.  The non-solvent formula assures maximum drainage of the contaminants with the used oil, thereby minimising new oil contamination.

CASTROL PRODUCTS

Castrol Magnatec – Instant protection from the moment you turn the key.

Up to 75% of engine wear happens while your engine warms up.  When the engine stops oils drain off critical engine parts, however, Castrol Magnatec has Intelligent Molecules that continue to cling to your engine like a magnet providing an extra layer of protection.  They bond to metal surfaces in your engine, forming an extra layer of protection, dramatically reducing engine wear.  Because they cling to critical engine parts, the protection is already there when you need it most – while the engine warms up.  Out intelligent molecules are protecting your engine 24/7, 365 days a year.  That’s their job and it’s what makes Castrol Magnatec, Castrol Magnatec.

Castrol Edge Range, Castrol GTX Modern Engine 15W-40, Castrol Magnatec Range, Castrol GTX Diesel 15W-40.