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Pay as you go Breakdown Cover with GoodBye XS

Posted on 26 February, 2017 at 19:15 Comments comments (0)


FREE PAYG Breakdown Membership & 24/7 Incident Support

Free Membership


Pay-As-You-Go Breakdown Assistance is becoming ever more popular now that vehicle technology is what it is. The chances of the average vehicle breaking down anymore are becoming more and more remote. Motorists are beginning to wake up to this reality subsequently rendering a PAYG Breakdown Cover option far more favourable. We provide it, National Breakdown provide it and so do the AA.


Covered or not you still need it


Most of you will already have some form of breakdown cover (on a subscription basis) however our FREE PAYG membership is something that all motorists should have regardless of whether they have subscription cover or not, especially when our service charges are far less than our PAYG competitors. If something is free while at the same time offering you more protection why not have it?


RTA Recoveries – Running Out Of Petrol etc


Most breakdown cover policies will not cover you for an RTA (Road Traffic Accident) PAYG will. There will be a lot of exclusions in the fine print of your policy wording and the non RTA recovery can normally be found there. You will also find a long list of other exclusions that are not applicable to a PAYG Breakdown Assistance Service. Registering for membership is FREE and takes no longer than 3 minutes to complete the form. No annual fees are incurred so once you are registered you are done. Simple!


Cheapest Form of Cover available


We all hear stories about huge recovery bills, bills that have to be paid when a person breaks down without cover. It is these stories that put the fear of god into us subsequently urging us to keep our subscriptions going. You get none of this with PAYG as the rates are there online for us all to see. Consumers can find out exactly what they will be asked to pay before making any form of contact. Standard rates are £50+Vat for 30 minutes roadside assistance and 20 miles of all round recovery. Extra recovery miles are charged out at the rate of £1.50p per mile. The AA charges £4.99 for membership and £80 per call out. National Breakdown charges the consumer £10 for membership with no recovery rates advertised. I know which one I would prefer!


A Mobile Mechanic would most likely charge more than £50 just to come out and see you.

Comprehensive AM Services


Consumers purchasing our Motor Excess Insurance are obviously concerned about accidents and themselves ever being involved in one. RTA’S however minor can be extremely stressful, people don’t think straight under those conditions. To keep each of our Motor Excess policy holders safe we have a 24/7 incident support helpline at your disposal. Use it at the scene and let us deal with the situation.


Instructions given out in welcome email


When you purchase your Motor Excess Insurance Cover regardless of the amount our welcome email to you will provide you with all the information necessary for you to claim your PAYG Breakdown Cover membership.

why not call 

the Goodbye Xs Team on 

0870 474 0148

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Posted on 17 September, 2016 at 0:45 Comments comments (1)

Did you know.....?


All passenger cars produced for the European market from 2012 are required to have a form of Tyre Pressure Monitoring System fitted (TPMS)

This can come in a couple of different forms - both of which alert the driver of a pressure irregularity occurring.

The first system is called DIRECT TPMS and uses sensors fitted within the tyre and wheel assembly at the base of the valve.

The sensor continuously monitors actual pressure and transmits this data to an onboard processor which immediately alerts the driver of pressure values of the individual wheels (in psi) real-time.


The other system, called INDIRECT TPMS measures the rolling circumference of the wheel & tyre and notifies the driver where a continuous error is occurring while in motion (during a sudden deflation the assembly will decrease in overall circumference!). This system will not identify specific wheels though or very gradual pressure losses.


Direct TPMS systems are far more useful and informative but do use parts that require replacement and service.

The valve stem (the bit you put air in!) can either perish or corrode over time and require replacement and the sensor itself will eventually fail to transmit once its battery life ends (depending on use, this could be anytime from 3- 7/8 years.


If you've got a warning light illuminated on the dash, it must be put right in order to pass an MOT test too.


While main dealerships will often charge upwards of £149 PER VALVE to replace and often re-code new parts back into the vehicle, we have some great news for you.....


We're now fully equipped to repair and/or replace your TPMS valves and sensors on site at your home or work at a fraction of the price & mostly without the need for further costly dealership reprogramming fees either.


Call HOMETYRE SHEFFIELD for more information or to book TODAY!


0114 345 3465

Driving in the wet Weather

Posted on 22 February, 2016 at 7:30 Comments comments (0)

Driving in the wet Weather 


Wet weather and aquaplaning


The cold weather is here, along with lots of rain, standing water and snow forecast this week in Sheffield.


Since we have had a relatively dry summer, the ground is hard and water cannot seep away so easily, so much so that there have been big puddles on the roads and a number of accidents where vehicles have aquaplaned.


Aquaplaning happens when a cars tyres cannot release enough water through the tread, and the tyre ends up 'floating' on a wave of water, there is no contact with the road surface, no grip and the vehicle has no control. At this point the vehicle can skid off the road and there is nothing the driver can do about it.


For this reason even though the legal tread depth limit is 1.6mm, it is recommended that tyres should be changed when they get down to 3mm. At 3mm there is enough depth in the grooves to allow water to escape and keep the vehicle under control.wet driving


Even in the dry there is a massive difference in braking distances between a tyre with 3mm of tread and a tyre with only 1.6mm.


At Hometyre Shefffield, we will happily come out to you to change your tyres, just give us a call on 0114 345 3465 and speak to our sales staff, they will advise you on the best tyres for you based on information such as the type of driving you do.





Operation Focus With South Yorkshire Police

Posted on 19 February, 2016 at 13:10 Comments comments (0)

What is Operation Focus?

Operation Focus is an initiative by the Roads Policing Unit, now part of the Joint Specialist Operations (Uniformed).

When South Yorkshire Police receive a report of a stolen motor vehicle we seek permission from the keeper to publish the details on Social Media and on local Radio stations.

We need YOUR help to find these vehicles and arrest the offenders and this is one tactic we are using to help.

What can YOU do?

When you see or hear a stolen vehicle circulation feel free to ‘retweet’ or ‘like and share’ our posts.

If you see the vehicle; when it is safe to do so call 101 and quote the incident number to South Yorkshire Police. Provide details of when and where you saw the vehicle.

Please do not try to stop the car or put yourself (or others) in any kind of danger.

What We will do…

If you have sighted the vehicle we will get Police Officers to the area to make a search for the vehicle, the plan being to recover the stolen property and to arrest the offenders.

Written by South Yorkshire Police ...... We loved the idea that much we had to share it on our blog ...... 

Social Media has a huge impact on our lives .....Lets use it to our advantage 

Getting started in the cold Weather

Posted on 18 February, 2016 at 0:30 Comments comments (0)

When the temperature drops and your car won't start it's more often than not an issue with your car battery.


Cold, damp weather can play havoc on batteries as vehicle electrical systems have to work a lot harder at this time of year and starter motors require all the current they can get to start the engine on these cold mornings. With more and more vehicle equipment demanding electricity this is more of a problem than ever. We recommend checking and, if needs be, charging your battery at least once a week during the winter months, particularly if it is more than three years old.


Cold temperatures affect the chemical process inside the battery that produces and stores electricity, effectively slowing it down and reducing the battery’s ability to hold the charge. Older, weaker batteries will typically already have reduced performance and cold temperatures will often drastically reduce this further, to the point where the battery will discharge or go flat very quickly.


Remember to:


Switch off all loads including lights, wipers, heater etc before switching off your engine at the end of your journey This prevents any unnecessary drain on the battery the next time you start up. Check that everything is switched off before turning the ignition on

Avoid using heaters, heated screens and heated seats for longer than you have to as they all put high demands on the vehicle’s battery. Some satnavs, in-car DVD players and iPods can also drain the battery if left connected

Check that there are no interior lights, including boot lights, left on or any accessories such as phone chargers left connected

Park your vehicle in a garage whenever possible

Get your battery tested, particularly if it is over three years old


 Sometimes it can be difficult just getting into your car. These two tips could save you some much-needed time:


Use a little silicone-based furniture polish on the rubber door seals – it helps prevent doors getting stuck when it freezes. It’s best to apply with a cloth so you don’t spray polish on to the vehicle’s paintwork

If locks are frozen, try warming your key. You could also inject the lock with the appropriate anti-freeze or spray it with WD40

What Ever you do keep safe in this cold weather 

Preparing your vehicle for winter driving

Posted on 16 February, 2016 at 0:20 Comments comments (2)

Keeping your vehicle well maintained is important all year round, but doubly so in winter. For example, worn tyres won't hold the road in wet conditions as well as those with with a good, deep tread.

Make sure all exterior lights are working correctly and that windscreen wiper blades are in good condition. Check the oil, coolant and washer fluid levels. And, don't leave home on that long trip over lonely country roads without enough fuel for the journey.

The following checks will help ensure your vehicle is ready for winter:

Note: Before carrying out these checks, make sure your vehicle is cold and parked on a flat, level surface.

Car Battery - the RAC attends more call-outs for batteries than any other problem. During February 2012 we went to more than 50,000 battery-related call-outs. Remember, if your car has not been used for a period of time, the battery may need charging before you come to use it. The RAC Shop stocks a range of battery chargers and battery testing devices.

Coolant - ensure that coolant is between the minimum and maximum markers. It is also important that there is sufficient anti-freeze in the coolant. If you're uncertain, have a look at your handbook or get a local garage to check the strength. Anti-freeze is cheap but damage from a frozen engine can be very expensive to put right.

Tyres - check tyre condition to see if there is adequate tread. Look for damage such as splits or bulges and check the pressure. If you live in an area particulary at risk of snow consider purchasing winter tyres or snow socks which give you greater traction and control.

Screenwash - make sure you have enough screenwash and that the concentration is suitable for cold conditions. Not all screenwash is the same so look for the temperature it protects down to. You should be looking for protection down to down to -10 degrees C and if you live in areas subject to the greatest extremes of weather, down to -20 degrees C. If you don't use a good quality screenwash there is a danger your washer pump could freeze which might lead to the fuse blowing and your wipers not working because they are often on the same fuse.

Wiper blades - check wiper blades for damage and replace if necessary. When wiper blades become frozen to glass it is very easy to damage them when freeing them up. 

If you arent sure how to check items described stop by your local garage they will be more than happy to help 

These Tips were brought to you by the RAC