4-2-2: Minister to check evidence

New Transport Minister promises to check evidence before changing MOT frequency
Published:  02 December, 2011

TRANSPORT Secretary Justine Greening has promised to check all evidence before deciding on proposals to change the MOT test laws while pledging "to get rid of unnecessary red tape" surrounding regulations.


Consumer advice

Magazine advises readers to source parts outside the franchise network, but urges caution
Published:  01 December, 2011


James Dillon

How to be sure before you buy parts
Published:  30 November, 2011


Worn out

Trading standards find illegal part worn tyres in sting
Published:  30 November, 2011

NOTTINGHAMSHIRE Trading Standards mounted an operation last week on part-worn tyre dealers, following a number of complaints from the public.


Clocking brothers sentenced

Gang found guilty of fraud following investigation
Published:  28 November, 2011

FOUR brothers have been sentenced for 'clocking' used cars and supplying them with false service history.


White van report

New paper underlines need to improve efficiency
Published:  25 November, 2011

ACCORDING to a white paper commissioned by Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles UK, van fleet operators can do more to control and cut costs to ensure survival.


Trade welcomes Motor Codes OFT approval

Regulator gives industry watchdog the thumbs up
Published:  23 November, 2011

MOTOR Codes has received full OFT approval for its Service and Repair Code, meaning that subscribing garages can now display the OFT logo alongside the Motor Codes tick, to further reassure motorists.


Used cars get most OFT complaints

More complaints still made about used car transactions than any other purchase says report
Published:  22 November, 2011

A RECENT report from the OFT showed used cars were the number one topic of complaint by members of the public.


Factor of three

CES, Page and ECP each open new branches
Published:  18 November, 2011

All three of the UK's largest motor factors opened new locations in October.


Tyre dump man jailed

Man locked up for illegally dumping more than 1m tyres
Published:  18 November, 2011

A man who illegally dumped more than a million used tyres across England was jailed on last week for a total of 15 months. The case against him was brought by the Environment Agency.


ATA Survey

Institution asks for help with research
Published:  16 November, 2011

Are you a member of the IMI? If so, you might know that the institution recently held a number of research seminars to find out what skills and knowledge technicians should demonstrate to become ATA accredited.


4-2-2: Chancellor 'shares our concerns'

2007 letter reveals George Osbourne as supporter of 3-1-1
Published:  11 November, 2011

A letter has emerged from the Chancellor, George Osbourne, expressing his dismay at the 'road safety and environmental costs' of reducing the frequency of the MOT test.


500 jobs created at ECP

Giant motor factor to expand by 20 branches next year
Published:  11 November, 2011

Sukhpal Singh, boss of component supplier Euro Car Parts has confirmed that the chain's expansion drive will continue through 2012 with the opening of 20 new branches.


Recruitment drive

Jaguar Land-Rover to create 1,000 jobs
Published:  10 November, 2011

Solihull-based Jaguar Land-Rover (JLR) has announced that it is to expand production facilities in the West Midlands, creating around 1,000 new jobs in the process.


Burner row heats up

RMI and GEA issue stern words about the proposed waste oil burner ban
Published:  07 November, 2011

The row about small waste oil burners (SWOB) rumbles on with both the Garage Equipment Association and the RMI wading in.


'No MOT' for pre-1960

Minister tells IAAF of plan to scrap MOT for pre-1960 cars
Published:  04 November, 2011

Recent discussions between IAAF and roads minister Mike Penning were confirmed this week when proposals to exempt classic cars and motorbikes from the MoT test were published for consultation.


Registrations up

New car sales increase, but note of caution sounded
Published:  04 November, 2011

October's new car market rose 2.6% on last year. This is considered by the industry to be 'positive result', given the uncertain economic climate.


Accident damage increase

Sharp rise in crashes following clock change says firm
Published:  04 November, 2011

The week in which the clocks go back really does see an increase in accidents - at least according to car rental firm Enterprise.


Flood dries up parts

Thai floods put Honda Swindon on three-day week
Published:  03 November, 2011

Workers at Honda's Swindon plant have been put on a three-day week due to a lack of supply of parts.


4-2-2: Charity backs 'proMOTe' campaign

Safety body backs industry action to prevent frequency change
Published:  28 October, 2011

Road charity Brake is joining forces with other organisations to defend the annual MOT test in the face of a government review that could reduce the frequency.


Refinish awards

Paint competition awards prize
Published:  26 October, 2011

Nat Lo Raso of Sinemaster is the winner of this year's third annual technical trainer of the year awards run by Iris, a distributor of auto paint. The final, which took place on 19 October at Newberry House Academy, MKPE's training facility in Milton Keynes, tested the four finalists' skills with a 'typical' bodyshop day.


G-wiz gong

EV wins belated 'innovation' award
Published:  24 October, 2011

THE designer of the G-wiz has been presented an award for innovation - eight years after the EV was first made.


4-2-2: Trade 'in a vacuum'

Industry boss urges minister to begin MOT review
Published:  21 October, 2011


Scare Stories

Consumer press runs apocalyptic MOT story
Published:  20 October, 2011

THE revisions to the MOT test that are to be introduced in January have drawn criticism from a popular motoring magazine.


RMI lobbies over fuel hike

Trade body warns over 'serious consequences' of stealth tax
Published:  20 October, 2011

THE RMI has lobbied the Government today about what it sees as 'the serious consequences of the proposed Duty increases' at the next budget. In a letter to the Chancellor of the Exchequer, Brian Madderson, RMI Petrol Chairman details concerns for the independent petrol retailing industry ahead of the Autumn Statement. Although the previous Government's "escalator" will be replaced by a "fair fuel stabiliser", the precise mechanics of this new scheme have yet to be announced.


Motor Codes adverts

Garages are invited to put banner ads on regulator's website
Published:  20 October, 2011

INDUSTRY watchdog Motor Codes is set to allow independent workshops to advertise on the customer facing area of its site.


Motor Codes adverts

Garages will be able to advertise on regulator's customer site
Published:  19 October, 2011

INDUSTRY watchdog Motor Codes is set to allow independent workshops to advertise on the customer facing area of its site.


Show numbers 'up'

EquipAuto claiming good visitor numbers, despite transport chaos
Published:  14 October, 2011

Aftermarket trade show EquipAuto has entered its fourth day - and organisers suggest that there have been a record number of visitors so far.


School leavers 'see inside' motor trade

Motor trade opens manufacturing plants to students
Published:  14 October, 2011

The automotive industry is pioneering government's 'See Inside Manufacturing' initiative, will deliver a national programme of activities throughout October to inspire the next generation of budding engineers. The idea is that young people across the UK will get a 'behind the scenes' glimpse of what it's like to work in the nation's motor trade.


Bangers 4 BEN blog

Our old banger reaches Equip auto
Published:  12 October, 2011

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World Skills win

Three technicians awarded medals at the O2 Arena
Published:  10 October, 2011

The world's largest international skills competition took place in London last week and concluded at a closing ceremony at the O2 Arena


Bangers 4 BEN blog

Aftermarket reaches Maranello
Published:  10 October, 2011

"We've arrived in Maranello following a drive though Mont Blanc.


Mitsubishi joins Motor Codes

VM signs dealers to industry watchdog
Published:  07 October, 2011

Vehicle Manufacturer Mitsubishi Motors UK has signed up all of it's UK dealerships to self-appointed industry watchdog Motor Codes.


Breaking News: ECP sold in £225m deal

US bodyshop supplier acquires Euro Car Parts
Published:  04 October, 2011

Component supplier Euro Car Parts has been sold to a US bodyshop supplier in a deal worth £225m


Unipart Automotive sale complete

Ink dries on deal to sell 50.1% of firm to H2 Equity Partners
Published:  03 October, 2011

Unipart Group and H2 Equity Partners have announced the completion of their deal for H2 to acquire a controlling stake in Unipart Automotive, one of the UK's largest independent suppliers of car parts, workshop consumables and garage equipment.


What colour used car?

Survey reveals that some customers buy cars in colours with an eye on depreciation
Published:  03 October, 2011

Nearly 60% of motorists are driving cars in colours they don't like according to a recent survey by an auction company. Black was clearly the preferred colour with 31% of men and 30% of women respondents claiming it to be their favourite colour but interestingly only 14% of men and 12% of women actually drove a black car.


Speed increase concerns

Safety fears over planned speed limit increase
Published:  30 September, 2011

Transport Minister Philip Hammond plans to increase the national speed limit to 80mph. He was quoted on Radio 4's Today programme saying: "When the speed limit was introduced, my family had an Anglia and the speedometer only went up to 70. Today's cars are capable of much greater speeds"


Innovation prize nominations

OE firms vie for prize to be awarded at EquipAuto
Published:  29 September, 2011

A prize to reward the most innovative new product or service will be given out at this year's EquipAuto show.


TT12 kicks off

Search for UK's Top Technician is on
Published:  27 September, 2011

THIS YEAR there's even more reason to enter the annual contest to find the best workshop technician


Electric car sales flat

Little interest in battery vehicles, despite subsidies
Published:  26 September, 2011

NEW RESEARCH shows that despite a variety of subsidy programmes, electric vehicle sales across Europe continue to flatline


Double celebration for independent garage

Corsham garage gets special prize just at it reaches it's 30th year in business
Published:  23 September, 2011

Independent garage S&K Autos, has just celebrated 30 years in business - just as it discovered it was consumer site, Which?'s, most recommended garage. As a result, garage owner, Ade King, was recently interviewed by the consumer title for its feature providing top tips on DIY car maintenance.


Happy Birthday Robert Bosch

Company founder hits milestone birthday... but won't be able to enjoy it
Published:  23 September, 2011

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Mutton dressed as lamb

£2.9 million makeover
Published:  21 September, 2011

One of the cheapest production cars in the world has been given a £2.9 million makeover


Jaguar Land-Rover to expand engine plant

£355m deal at Frankfurt secures Midlands jobs
Published:  20 September, 2011

Following a 'successful' Frankfurt International Motor Show and recent discussions between Jaguar Land Rover (JLR) and UK Government ministers, the firm has confirmed a £355 million investment in a new facility to manufacture all-new, advanced technology, low-emission engines in the UK.


Unipart Automotive sold

Equity firm takes controlling share, with plans to expand range
Published:  14 September, 2011

The controlling share of component giant Unipart Automotive been sold to private equity group H2 Equity Partners in a deal for an undisclosed sum. Unipart Group, headed by John Neill, will retain 49.9%


Training offers

ATA discount
Published:  14 September, 2011

Thatcham's Automotive Academy is offering technicians who have an NVQ the opportunity to upgrade to Automotive Technician Accreditation at a 25% discount.


Demonstration model

Environmental body hits VW franchised dealers across UK
Published:  13 September, 2011

Environmental group Greenpeace held protests at various VW dealerships in Europe over the weekend, including six in the UK.


Smoke meter 'scrappage'

Firm extends trade-in offer on anylisers
Published:  12 September, 2011

Diagnostic and MOT equipment maker Crypton has announced that it will be extending it's 'scrappage' scheme for gas analysers and smoke machines.


Scrap and Donate for BEN

Charity partners with web portal to make money from scrap
Published:  09 September, 2011

Motor industry charity BEN has teamed up with an organisation named Cartakeback and launched 'scrap and donate' - a plan where car owners can dispose of unwanted vehicles and donate money to the charity at the same time.


Denso's Euro seminar

OE giant to hold corporate seminar in The Hague on Sept. 23rd
Published:  07 September, 2011

Component firm Denso are to hold a European aftermarket seminar, and interested parties are being urged to book their place now as the high demand for attendance has meant that there is now only a limited number of places left.  Taking place on the 23rd September 2011 in the Hague's Louwman Museum - which is a large collection of vintage cars, worth a visit in itself -the seminar will give attendees an insight into Denso's corporate aftermarket future.



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