North Shore Times : November 25th 2010
19 NORTH SHORE TIMES, NOVEMBER 25, 2010 Jerry Clayton BMW Takapuna JOY ENSURES YOU STAY COOL THIS SUMMER Now is the ideal time to book a BMW Air Conditioning System Check and Recharge. As the warmer weather approaches, ensure your continued driving pleasure with cool, fresh air for you and your passengers all summer long. BMW AIR CONDITIONING SYSTEM CHECK AND RECHARGE $139including GST* Book before 24.12.10 and receive a free 12-point vehicle summer safety check and 20% off micro/pollen filters. Jerry Clayton BMW 445 Lake Road, Takapuna, North Shore City. Phone: (09) 488 2025 jerryclaytonbmw.co.nz *Offer does not apply to pre-1995 models (R12 gas) CMCJC133 Motoring Advertising Feature Jerry Clayton -- The home of BMW on the Shore Aftersales manager: Grant McKain. There are few motor vehicle dealerships in New Zealand which can claim the same longevity Jerry Clayton BMW has enjoyed. Established in 1990, the dealership has become a perma- nent fixture on Lake Rd in Taka- puna. Perhaps more impressively, the service department team has serviced over 100,000 NZ-new and imported BMWs -- an average of almost 14 vehicles a day. Jerry Clayton BMW has an enviable reputation of ensuring complete customer satisfaction, says Steve Hilson, dealer princi- pal. We are also located in a fantas- tic position, close to many nice beaches, so customers can stroll down the road and relax beside the sea while getting their car serviced. Alternatively, they can wander to numerous nearby cafes or the Takapuna shopping precinct. A shuttle bus is also available, offer- ing a pick-up and drop-off ser- vice. If people prefer to wait at the dealership they are similarly well catered for, as there is an internet cafe and children s area with com- puter games. Jerry Clayton BMW also has a fleet of courtesy cars available, in case people wish to go slightly further afield or simply evaluate a new vehicle offering from BMW. We currently have a BMW 1 Series and the exciting new X1Sport Activity Vehicle available on the courtesy car fleet, but we also have an extensive variety of demo vehicles should someone wish to try a specific model. Mr Hilson stresses the import- ance of getting your vehicle serviced regularly and at an approved dealership. There are numerous benefits of having a vehicle serviced by the approved operator, but primarily it comes down to expertise, reliability and ensuring you are receiving the best possible care for your vehicle, he says. The Jerry Clayton BMW service team is headed by aftersales man- ager Grant McKain, pictured, who has been with the dealership since it opened. We re privileged to have a highly experienced, factory- trained team of 19 which includes qualified auto-electricians, says Mr McKain. They are also passionate car enthusiasts, with a real dedi- cation to their job. They treat each car like it s their own and ensure they receive the care and atten- tion they are deserving of. The Jerry Clayton service experience starts long before a car arrives at a dealership. In today s busy world, things like services and warrant of fit- ness can slip people s mind. To help minimise the possibility of our customers driving without a valid WoF, our aftersales team take a proactive approach and post a reminder to people or send them a text message -- whichever is most convenient to them, says Mr McKain. Grant says that increasingly sophisticated vehicle technology means that official BMW diagnos- tic equipment is essential in guaranteeing that BMW s strin- gent warranty standards are met as well as protecting the integrity of customer s vehicles. Not only is our equipment state-of-the-art but the efficiency gains provided by factory-trained technicians using the correct equipment mean more cost- effective servicing and repairs, he says. Jerry Clayton BMW is an approved repairer for all of the major motor vehicle warranty providers and all motorists are invited to visit the dealership for an obligation-free estimate. The aftersales team run regular specials on the website -- www.jcbmw.co.nz. For example, the current special is a $139 air- conditioning system check and recharge with free summer safety check To book a service for your BMW, phone Grant and his team at Jerry Clayton BMW on 488-2005. Wireless age comes to car charging No plugs needed: Technology firm WiTricity has come up with a system of charging electric cars that allows users to simply park over a charging pad and the car can charge as if it is plugged in. Energy is transferred using magnetic coupling. If you don't fancy the idea of plugging your car in for an electric charge in all weathers, WiTricity might have an easier solution, notes DAVE MOORE. I ve never liked the idea of cables and plugs in wet weather and have often thought that one of those charging pads you can get for phones and other devices would be ideal if it was upscaled to electric car size. Well wireless energy transfer technology pro- vider WiTricity has been thinking the same way and is to collaborate with Delphi to help establish safe and convenient charging options for elec- tric vehicles. WiTricity Corporation designs, develops, manufactures, and markets patented tech- nology for wireless energy transfer. The company s tech- nology utilises magnet- ism to transfer energy without wires. Randy Sumner, direc- tor, global hybrid vehicle development, at Delphi Packard said their proposed wireless charg- ing system would involve no plugs or charging cords. Drivers would simply park their electric vehicle over a wireless energy source that sits on the garage floor, or is embedded in a paved parking spot. The system will automatically trans- fer power to the battery charger on the vehicle. WiTricity s wireless energy transfer tech- nology makes use of highly resonant mag- netic coupling, which can efficiently transfer power over significantly larger distances and allow more misalignment due to parking than inductive systems can. Eric Giler WiTricity s CEO says their wireless system can transfer over 3300 watts -- enough to fully charge an electric car at the same rate as most plug-in chargers. Sumner says wireless charging technology will need to co-exist with plug-in charging solutions as the ground pads would be used at home or at work, while municipal units would probably stay with simple plug-in method- ology for the time being.
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