Sofima so good for filters

Sofima filters from Fuel Parts
Published:  04 September, 2009

rong>Fuel Parts began distributing the UFI’s Sofima brand of filters in June and now that a number of UK stockists are on board, the company is looking to increase its UK-wide distribution.


Hybrid growth

Bosch says half of all new vehicles will be micro-hybrids within three years
Published:  04 September, 2009

HALF of all new cars in Europe will be fitted with stop-start systems by 2012, according to Bosch.


Young talent

Technicians fly to Canada to compete against the best young workshop staff from across the globe
Published:  04 September, 2009

A TRIO of young technicians has flown to Canada to take on the best talent from around the world.


Petition power

R2RC urges garages to sign e-petition as deadline for European feedback draws closer
Published:  04 September, 2009

THE RIGHT To Repair Campaign (R2RC) is urging workshop staff to sign its online petition as the deadline for registering views on aftermarket laws draws closer.


Fleet chance

Autosafe claims 530% rise in fleet business and says now is the time for independents to cash in
Published:  04 September, 2009

REPAIR network Autosafe says independents are poised to capture more fleet servicing work after increasing its fleet business by 530% in the last year.


Battery booster in charge

Battery chargers from Facom
Published:  03 September, 2009

According to Facom, 80% of vehicle problems can be traced back to dodgy batteries. Its latest range of three smart chargers is designed to help you deal with this.


Brake range joins line-up

Pagid braking parts from Euro Car Parts
Published:  02 September, 2009

ECP has added this all-makes range to its line-up. It includes 1,200 pads and discs, 250 brake drums and 500 brake shoes that cover 99% of the UK car parc, including the new Ford Ka and Fiesta plus the latest Vauxhall Insignia.


Scheme update

Motor Industry Code says it will not go head-to-head with Good Garage Scheme in TV battle
Published:  02 September, 2009

THE MOTOR Industry Code of Practice for Service and Repair says it will not attempt to emulate the Good Garage Scheme's (GGS) forthcoming TV advertising campaign.


New bay support team

Local technical support from The Trade Group
Published:  01 September, 2009

Planning a new MOT or ATL bay or just updating one can be difficult and that is why The Trade Group places an emphasis on technical support.


Drum kits take some beating

Ferodo MaxiKits from Federal Mogul
Published:  28 August, 2009

If you're the kind of technician that doesn't like taking two bottles into the shower when just one will do (top marks for anyone who remembers those 1990s shampoo ads), these pre-assembled drum brake kits could be the answer.


Race time

Are you a speed demon? Unipart wants to hear from you, as it hits the track in support of industry charity BEN
Published:  28 August, 2009

THE AFTERMARKET'S best - and worst - drivers will put their skills to the test in support of industry charity BEN this September.


Cool protection for VW's

MAINTAIN FRICOFIN DP anti-freeze coolant from Fuchs Lubricants
Published:  27 August, 2009

The anti-freeze offers protection against frost, rust and overheating in all Volkswagen engines in both cars and heavy-duty applications.


Web answers

How to build a website that costs next to nothing without any computer experience!
Published:  27 August, 2009

DIAGNOSTIC specialist David Hirst says garages worried about promoting their business online have nothing to fear.


Get rigid rust relegated

Restore rust remover from Frost
Published:  26 August, 2009

Frost says this water-based, non-acidic and biodegradable concentrate removes rust without attacking plastics, rubbers and non-ferrous metals.


Job search

RMIF recruitment service pledges not to headhunt in mission to fill automotive job vacancies
Published:  26 August, 2009

TRAINING organisation Remit has launched a recruitment division to help find staff for motoring businesses.


Generous storage can

Stainless steel jerrycans from Double S Exhausts
Published:  25 August, 2009

For the debonair petrol-head who likes to look good while storing hazardous fuels, these jerrycans are the latest in fashion accessories.


Tech info

Independent access to VM security data looks increasingly likely, says GEA boss
Published:  25 August, 2009

GARAGES are increasingly likely to gain access to VM security information, according to the chief executive of the Garage Equipment Association (GEA).


A right royal upgrade

Vectra brake upgrade from Regal
Published:  24 August, 2009

rong>If you’re looking for more power from an Astra or Corsa VXR, then up-rating the brakes is a logical follow-up.


Survey time

Find out garages' investment plans and what they fear is the biggest threat to their business
Published:  24 August, 2009

INDEPENDENT garages fear the burden of legislation will harm their businesses, according to a survey by the Retail Motor Industry Federation (RMIF).


LED lights the way ahead

Daytime running lights from Wipac
Published:  21 August, 2009

The company has a range of retro-fit LED sets to help give customers a vehicle upgrade.


Marvellous motor mat sets

Car mat sets from Randstad
Published:  20 August, 2009

The distributor is continuing to expand its product range with these four-piece sets which come in a variety of styles and materials.


Telly time

Good Garage Scheme announces start of ITV advertising campaign to attract drivers
Published:  20 August, 2009

THE GOOD Garage Scheme is turning to TV advertising to raise its profile among motorists.


Booth is more than all-white

GL4WB spray booth from GEG
Published:  19 August, 2009

rong>This booth aims to help body shops cope with the numerous differences between finishing in water-based and cellulose paint.


Code update

Independent Garage Association boss signs up Porsche workshop to Motor Industry Code of Practice
Published:  19 August, 2009

THE CHAIRMAN of the Independent Garage Association (IGA) is attempting to lead by example after renewing his workshop’s subscription to the Motor Industry Code of Practice for Service and Repair.


Tougher tests

Demands of new vehicle technology mean ATA assessments will toughen-up
Published:  19 August, 2009

ATA assessments are set to become tougher following the latest review of the scheme by staff at the Institute of the Motor Industry (IMI).


Get prepared with discs

Abrasive discs from 3M
Published:  18 August, 2009

rong>The 1000 grade foam abrasive disc is designed for preparing panels for base coating and for keying alloy wheels and bumpers.


Oil alert

Havoline text message service for motorists reveals correct top-up engine oils
Published:  18 August, 2009

A TEXT message service to help drivers choose the right oil for their car has been launched by lubricants company Chevron.


Diesel technical training

Common rail diesel training from Automotive Diagnostic Solutions
Published:  17 August, 2009

If you want the latest hints and tips on repairing diesel cars, Frank Massey has a wide selection of options.


ATA advance

Published:  17 August, 2009

THE ATA scheme is set to grow faster than ever following an agreement with City & Guilds to extend the number of assessment centres.


Car care range cleans up

Armor All car care products from A1 Motor Stores
Published:  14 August, 2009

A1 has become a stockist for the Armor All range - known throughout the US as one of the country's biggest car care brands.


Scope deal

Pico develops custom Maserati version of its oscilloscope kit (model Alexina Graham not included)
Published:  14 August, 2009

PICO Technology has secured a deal to supply its oscilloscopes to Maserati's entire global dealer network.


Raising the bar for diesel

2,000 bar diesel system from Denso
Published:  13 August, 2009

Following the company's launch of a 1,800 bar common rail system in 1995, an improved 2,000 bar system is due for release shortly, alongside the aftermarket range of nozzles and pump components.


Bosch boost

Bosch wins approval to run ATA assessments for diagnostic, master and air con technicians
Published:  13 August, 2009

BOSCH has been approved by the Institute of the Motor Industry (IMI) to deliver ATA assessments.


Tyre chance

Tyre retailer Blackcircles.com looks to recruit 400 extra independent garages into its fitting network
Published:  13 August, 2009

THE ONLINE tyre retailer Blackcircles.com is aiming to recruit 400 extra garages into its national network of fitting centres.


Top tool sets for techs

Tool sets from Facom
Published:  12 August, 2009

Two small, portable tool sets should interest mobile technicians.


Peoples champ

Alastair Peoples becomes permanent CEO of VOSA as part of three-year improvement programme
Published:  12 August, 2009

ALASTAIR Peoples has been named as VOSA's permanent chief executive officer (CEO).


Charged up battery range

Numax batteries from Manbat
Published:  11 August, 2009

According to Manbat, Numax is the fastest growing battery brand in the UK thanks to its value for money and relationship with OEM supplier JCI (VARTA).


Dapper diesel testing kit

Compression tester from Laser Tools
Published:  10 August, 2009

rong>This kit contains dummy injectors and glow plugs to offer quick and effective injector leak back testing.


Kit deal

Published:  10 August, 2009

Tecalemit Garage Equipment has become the exclusive UK distributor for the Protech range of emission testing, diagnostic and air conditioning products.


Tester cuts to the chase

30581 battery tester from Alba Diagnostics
Published:  07 August, 2009

rong>Amid all the electrical info (that your customers probably won’t understand) you could get out of a battery, this tester cuts straight to the business end.


Align time

Snap-on offers garages up to £2,000 to trade in old wheel aligners for latest John Bean models
Published:  07 August, 2009

SNAP-ON Equipment has launched a scrappage scheme for wheel aligners.


Eco two-post gives a lift

Two-post lifts from Liftmaster
Published:  06 August, 2009

The company has proudly announced to Aftermarket that its lifts are the "greenest and most economical on the market".


Code craft

Vehicle supermarket Carcraft becomes latest big name to join Motor Industry Code of Practice for Service and Repair
Published:  06 August, 2009

ONE OF the country's largest used-car dealers has signed up all its centres to the Motor Industry Code of Practice for Service and Repair.


Decipher faults faster

Sun KoolKare Blizzard Pro from Snap-on Diagnostics
Published:  05 August, 2009

esigned to take up the top spot in Snap-on's range of air con products, this unit boasts three features aimed at getting to the bottom of faults faster.


Cat update

Authorities outline no tolerance approach to beaches of R103 regulations for catalytic converters
Published:  05 August, 2009

THE R103 regulations on catalytic converters will be enforced from day one, authorities have confirmed.


Cool air con machine

R134a air con machine from ICT Workshop Solutions
Published:  04 August, 2009

This fully automatic machine is able to recover, recycle, and recharge both oil and refrigerant all on its own, although it can be used in manual mode to check each phase if needed.


Value braking products

Brembo Max braking products from Universal Automotive
Published:  03 August, 2009

This range of performance braking products is distributed by Universal's Triple P division. Sales manager Martyn Pearson claims they give garages "a performance product at realistic prices." The discs incorporate a wear indicator groove and a black coating to prevent rust build-up.


Fresh start

Parts firm FAI Automotive unveils new HQ after fire disaster
Published:  03 August, 2009

FAI AUTOMOTIVE has opened a new headquarters, 18 months after its old building was destroyed by fire.


BER reaction

Right To Repair Campaign gives cautious welcome to latest EU Block Exemption proposals
Published:  03 August, 2009

THE RIGHT to Repair Campaign (R2RC) has welcomed EU's proposals for the future of the car sector.


Advanced diagnostic kit options

Advanced scope diagnostics kit from Pico Technology
Published:  31 July, 2009

Pico Technology now gives you the option to either buy its PicoScope and build a collection of accessories as you go, or get everything in one as part of an advanced diagnostics Kit.



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