footie triumph

Why Aftermarket football fans are celebrating, and how Euro Car Parts helped out!
Published:  26 May, 2009

THE WEEKEND was a wonderful/terrible time for many, depending on which side of the footballing fence you sit on.


Open shop

Euro Car Parts opens Ipswich store to plug gap in its workshop coverage
Published:  26 May, 2009

EURO Car Parts (ECP) has opened its latest branch in Ipswich with a 15-strong team of staff.


Show time

Published:  26 May, 2009

FOR THOSE who already knew the Italians could turn out an intriguing glass of wine and a stylishly figure-hugging frock, Autopromotec was a reminder that the country is a real force in technical innovation too.


A unique leather look

Roadster car mats from Unique Products
Published:  22 May, 2009

rong>As customers’ cars get older, they’ll want to spend more money keeping them looking younger (it seems to work in the cosmetics industry!). That’s the thinking from Unique Products behind its latest accessory range.


RMI advice

Workshops who manage their time and labour can thrive during the recession
Published:  22 May, 2009

GARAGES who work efficiently and invest in training and equipment will be able to increase their business, as car owners look for value for money, says the RMI's Independent Garage Association (IGA).


The latest diagnostic answers

Data system from Hella
Published:  21 May, 2009

rong>A technical database (Hella DDS 100) has been combined with a diagnostic interface, giving information and diagnostics for more than 45 vehicle makes and around 33,500 models.


Denso launch

Denso to launch brand new cooling range in June
Published:  21 May, 2009

DENSO will launch a selection of new products into the UK market for the first time this June.


Take care of turbo chargers

Titan GT1 SAE 5W-40 motor oil from Fuchs Lubricants
Published:  20 May, 2009

This oil was specially developed for vehicles with exhaust after treatment products and turbochargers.


Euro drive

Aftermarket travels to Autopromotec show in Italy to see latest aftermarket technology
Published:  20 May, 2009

THE AUTOPROMOTEC exhibition has officially opened in Italy, promising visitors a look-in on the latest technological developments within the aftermarket sector.


Data deal

Autodata launches plan to supply Suzuki dealers with all-makes repair data
Published:  20 May, 2009

AUTODATA has brokered an alliance with Suzuki main dealers to help them tackle all-makes service and repair work.


Automatic charging option

WATTMATIC 100 battery charger from GYS
Published:  19 May, 2009

These bright 6/12V batter chargers will go down well with anyone looking for a yellow colour scheme in their garage!


Bugatti bonus

Don't have the cash to buy a Bugatti Veyron? Just buy some spark plugs instead, says NGK!
Published:  19 May, 2009

THE GOOD news for wholesalers of NGK spark plugs is that they could win a Bugatti Veyron worth more than £1.2 million thanks to the company's latest Milesmore sales incentive promotion.


Just the job for refinishing

Refinishing products from Farecla
Published:  18 May, 2009

rong>The surface finishing company is attempting to get ahead of its competitors with the claim that its products contain 25% more abrasives per litre than other leading brands.


Race ace

Nottingham tyre fitter enjoys taste of the fast lane after working at the British Touring Car Champtionship
Published:  18 May, 2009

A NOTTINGHAM tyre fitter swapped the forecourt for the fast lane after being chosen to switch tyres for racing stars Matt Neal and Jason Plato.


Scooter seal of approval

Navigator TXB diagnostic module from Texa
Published:  15 May, 2009

rong>Texa recently signed an agreement with the Piaggio Group meaning all Piaggio, Vespa, Aprilia, Moto Guzzi and Gilera workshops around the world will begin using the Navigator TXB diagnostic tool.


For automatic efficiency

ACS 600 and 650 service units from Bosch
Published:  14 May, 2009

These fully-automated service units mean there's no need for manual shut-off valves, something Bosch says can prevent user errors and ensure work is safer and more effective.


Online help

Body shop firm ClaimWatch moves into garage sector with online marketing package
Published:  14 May, 2009

BODY shop firm ClaimWatch is moving into the workshop sector with a marketing package for garages and MOT test stations.


Oil award

Shell Helix scoops lubricant innovation award from Institute of Transport Management
Published:  14 May, 2009

SHELL Helix motor oils has scooped the title of Best Automotive Lube Range for 2009 from the Institute of Transport Management (ITM)


Hybrid help

Bosch training manager to share know-how on dealing with hybrids at GEA Aftermarket Technical Workshop
Published:  14 May, 2009

JEREMY Clarkson might hate them but like it or not, hybrids vehicles are here to stay.


Job chance

Former Snap-on man Terry Smith reveals job chance for techs with a passion for teaching
Published:  14 May, 2009

WELL-known aftermarket figure Terry Smith has parted company with Snap-on Diagnostics to join the Open Road project in Norfolk.


Garage growth

Bosch bids to grow Car Service network and create national alternative to franchised dealers
Published:  14 May, 2009

BOSCH is spending a "very high six digit" sum on plans to expand its Car Service network beyond the 450 mark.


Suspension jobs made easier

Universal C Clamp from Sykes-Pickavant
Published:  13 May, 2009

This clamp is designed for the recently-launched 878/879 series of press-and-pull sleeve kits for suspension bush removal and installation


Smarties have the answer!

Smart car wheels from Rimstock
Published:  12 May, 2009

rong>The new Smartie wheel from Rimstock’s Team Dynamics brand, coincides with a growing trend for smaller, more cost efficient cars.


Approved VW solution

Xstream G40 advanced OAT antifreeze and coolant from Comma
Published:  11 May, 2009

This coolant was originally developed to address the needs of large-engined vehicles, such as the V8 Audi, V10 Bentley and VW Touareg.


Speed up wheel alignment

STR200 wheel aligner from Supertracker
Published:  08 May, 2009

Supertracker has a comprehensive range of equipment, from a basic aligner to a fully-computerised unit with printing and customer database features.


Prize draw

Final three in Top Technician 2009 receive ATA bonus courtesy of the IMI
Published:  08 May, 2009

MAKING it to the finals of Top Technician 2009 has already brought added extras for the three highest scorers.


CAN training

Last places on Warwick Control's in-vehicle networking technical course still available
Published:  08 May, 2009

A HANDFUL of places are still available on Warwick Control's in-vehicle network training course on May 27th.


Gearing up

ZF prepares for launch of reman gearbox range for latest BMW, Jaguar and Land Rover vehicles
Published:  08 May, 2009

TRANSMISSION specialist ZF Great Britain is set to launch a remanufactured gearbox service for some of the latest high-end vehicles.


Top job

Kaz gets set to take charge as new boss at spark plug giant NGK
Published:  08 May, 2009

SPARK plug firm NGK has announced the appointment of a new managing director.


Meet refrigerant regulations

Koolkare Blizzard QTech recycling centre from Snap-on Diagnostics
Published:  07 May, 2009

This automatic single-pass system removes air and moisture from the vehicle air con system while also checking for leaks


VOSA news

VOSA puts its commitments to MOT test stations in writing for first time with Service Level Agreement
Published:  07 May, 2009

VOSA has formally acknowledged its obligations to MOT test stations for the first time.


A touch of Italian style

Tonino Lamborghini Li-Ion screwdriver from Silverline Tools
Published:  06 May, 2009

rong>This elegant-looking tool comes with an LED work light built in so you’ll be able to keep a close eye on anything you’re working on, even in the darkest of spaces.


Petrol and diesel diagnostics

Compression testers from Facom
Published:  05 May, 2009

rong>Two new compression tester sets for petrol and diesel engines are out now, to eliminate the inaccuracy and hassle involved when using simple gauge-type compression testers.


Smart diagram selection

Electronics Smart Assistant from Vivid Automotive
Published:  04 May, 2009

rong>This electronic data module aims to help independents diagnose and repair vehicles fast.


Easier to use robust power

Lightweight ratchet from Laser
Published:  01 May, 2009

rong>Out now is a robust ratchet with rubber grip and lock-on function which now offers 72 mechanisms for a smoother action.


BEN Award

Aftermarket presented with BEN charity award at GEA dinner
Published:  01 May, 2009

BEN chief executive David Main presented AFTERMARKET magazine's editor Tom Mallens with an award at the Garage Equipment Associations Annual Dinner on April 29th in recognition of valuable contributions made to the automotive charity BEN.


110-piece problem solver

Tap and die set from Tool Connection
Published:  30 April, 2009

rong>This comprehensive tool kit is made from tough alloy steel with split dies for precision threading jobs.


Tech Finals

12 technicians take on the final challenge for Top Technician 2009 in Warwick
Published:  30 April, 2009

TWELVE of the UK's top repairers fought for the title of Top Technician at the impressive Jaguar Land Rover Academy in Warwick on April 29th.


Idlers and tensioners extension

DriveAlign tensioners and idlers from Gates
Published:  29 April, 2009

rong>The timing belts specialist has made 67 additions to its tensioners and idlers range, which now covers 1,286 applications across 41 vehicle manufacturers.


Code update

Firm behind Motor Industry Code of Practice for Service and Repair takes control of new car quality scheme
Published:  29 April, 2009

MOTOR Codes - the firm behind the MISRC code of practice for service and repair workshops - has become a bigger player in the regulation of the motor trade.


Parts plus

ACDelco boss Lee Quinney hails "great news" as parts firm avoids General Motors sell off
Published:  29 April, 2009

GENERAL Motors is to retain its ACDelco independent aftermarket business.


Wireless workshop option

PC Max diagnostic tool from Autoboss
Published:  28 April, 2009

rong>This tool is a wireless PC-based version of the company’s V30 diagnostic unit.


Sales target

Texa targets south of England for gas analysis sales with appointment of new technical sales manager
Published:  28 April, 2009

DIAGNOSTIC firm Texa has appointed Tim Snelgar as its latest technical sales engineer.


For the latest car coverage

BMW software updates from Eclipse
Published:  27 April, 2009

Latest updates for the company's Testpod and Testpod Pro diagnostic tools include comprehensive information on new BMW models.


TFSI training

Frank Massey reveals latest technical conference dates and plans for FSI and TFSI engine training
Published:  27 April, 2009

FRANK Massey is planning another two-day technical conference and a series of training courses in FSI and TFSI engine systems.


For efficient air delivery

SX screw compressors from HPC Compressed Air Systems
Published:  24 April, 2009

rong>The company has completely revamped its SX range of rotary screw compressors to give quieter, more efficient and more compact air delivery.


Job change

V-Tech UK takes on Federal Mogul's former sales manager to run its diagnostics, equipment and training divisions
Published:  24 April, 2009

FEDERAL Mogul's former UK sales manager Gary Sheriff has joined diagnostics and workshop equipment firm V-Tech UK in the same role.


Toughness and strength

Titanium Wrap exhaust wrap from Agriemach
Published:  23 April, 2009

rong>A cooler air intake and, therefore, reduced under-bonnet temperatures are said to result from using this latest Titanium Wrap product on exhausts.


Make money out of thin air!

Trademaster T9100 air conditioning machine from The Trade Group
Published:  22 April, 2009

rong>As air con systems become virtually standard on new cars, the business benefits of offering air con servicing are growing too.


Scrap views

Find out what the industry's leading trade associations think of the car scrappage scheme
Published:  22 April, 2009

WHATEVER your opinion, car scrappage schemes are now with the aftermarket until at least March next year.



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