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.


Scrap go-ahead

Chancellor Alistair Darling gives go-ahead to £2,000 car scrappage scheme
Published:  22 April, 2009

THE LONG-talked-about car scrappage scheme will get the go-ahead, the government has announced.


The power of six tools in one

The UNIProbe oscilloscope from Texa
Published:  21 April, 2009

rong>This tool combines a scope, battery probe, Tnet electrical tester and signal generator together with a multi-meter and pressure tester!


Changing rooms

What's "dirty", "unhelpful" and "confusing" according to workshop boss Phil Godfrey? Click here to find out!
Published:  21 April, 2009

MOTORISTS in Banbury will notice a sporty flavour to fast fit services after one workshop received a £60,000 refurbishment.


Tool news

Snap-on Tools gives a glimpse of its new top-of-the-range VERUS diagnostic unit
Published:  21 April, 2009

SNAP-ON Tools has unveiled its new top-of-the-range diagnostic unit - the Snap-on VERUS.


Speedier system testing

The 'Hugo' signal detector from Darwen Diesels
Published:  20 April, 2009

rong>Darwen has broken with convention and given this system tester a slightly posh sounding boy’s name!


Radio show

Bosch begins radio sponsorship to raise consumer awareness of Car Service network
Published:  20 April, 2009

SPORT fans tuning in to hear the latest scores are set to hear the benefits of the Bosch Car Service network too, following a national sponsorship deal.


Shop for lifts in comfort

5TC, 240E and 250E workshop lifts from GEG
Published:  17 April, 2009

rong>The Garage Equipment Group (GEG) has added three new lifts to its range of workshop kit.


Protect against corrosion

EP Primer Surfacer 4500 from Spies Hecker
Published:  17 April, 2009

rong>This epoxy surfacer offers high levels of corrosion protection and is designed for use on factory-produced primers that can be sensitive.


Charity change

Automotive charity BEN announces £1 million cost cutting plan to ride out downturn in donations
Published:  16 April, 2009

INDUSTRY charity BEN is cutting costs in a bid to ride out a period of falling donations and increasing demands for help.


Electric idea

Government unveils plans for £5,000 incentives for drivers switching to low-carbon vehicles
Published:  16 April, 2009

DRIVERS will be given up to £5,000 in government subsidies to persuade them to by hybrid or electric cars.


Good feedback

Chichester workshop celebrates customer feedback record with Good Garage Scheme
Published:  16 April, 2009

STAFF at Chichester garage Motorforce have been celebrating after becoming the first member of the Good Garage Scheme to receive 1,000 customer feedback forms.


New look

Snap-on Diagnostics fits engineer vehicles with trackers to boost customer service
Published:  16 April, 2009

SNAP-ON Diagnostics has introduced a fleet of new service engineer vehicles to comply with its latest, safety policies.


Scrap plan

Scrappage schemes condemned as un-environmentally friendly by green transport group
Published:  16 April, 2009

VEHICLE scrappage schemes have been condemned as a motor industry bail out masquerading as a green initiative.


Robust way to test circuits

300 series Smart Multimeter from Omitec
Published:  15 April, 2009

rong>This is the larger of Omitec’s range of multi-meters. It offers a more rugged construction together with a 10M ohm impedance value.


Air con fault detector

Tracerline Cobra 4 borescope from Auto Climate
Published:  14 April, 2009

rong>This multi-purpose detection tool uses two high-intensity LEDs to help you pinpoint leaks and other faults in air con and engine systems. It is designed to get into small spaces thanks to a slim 4mm, 90cm shaft.


For motor sport quality

BMC Automotive Air Filters from Euro Car Parts
Published:  13 April, 2009

rong>Euro Car Parts (ECP) has been appointed sole UK distributor for this brand of air filters used by renowned motor sport teams such as McLaren-Mercedes, Williams, Sauber BMW and Toyota.


Support staff boosted

Autologic technical support from Diagnos.co.uk
Published:  09 April, 2009

rong>The makers of the Autologic diagnostic system have boosted their technical staff to 16 following a surge in demand for independent repairs on the latest vehicles.


Cheaper oil check option

Oilcheck from Parker Hannifin
Published:  09 April, 2009

rong>This portable device aims to give users an early warning of critical oil contamination levels that could potentially cause engine failure.


Diesel deal

Injection test firm Hartridge announces scrappage scheme to help workshops tackle new technology
Published:  09 April, 2009

DIESEL fuel injection test firm Hartridge has launched a scrappage scheme for its equipment.


Crime alert

Police appeal for information following violent raid on home of Tony Wilson, chairman of exhaust company Klarius
Published:  09 April, 2009

/>A group of men armed with baseball bats and knives entered Tony Wilson’s house near Northwich, Cheshire, at 10pm on Monday (6th April) through a back d


Ticket saving

Aftermarket's Easter gift to all Top Technicians, past and present
Published:  09 April, 2009

AFTERMARKET has decided to reward all former Top Technicians for their efforts with a discounted ticket to the next GEA Aftermarket Technical Workshop on Tuesday 9th June at the Hilton Watford.


Simpler sensor checks

ContiSys OBD hand-held scan tool from Continental
Published:  08 April, 2009

rong>This scan tool can be used to check and adjust settings on essential systems from air bags through to air con units. It can even tackle suspension controls, service gauges and electronic parking brakes.


Code boost

MISRC code of practice boosted with pledge of support from Lloyds TSB Autolease
Published:  08 April, 2009

LLOYDS TSB Autolease has confirmed it is including the Motor Industry Code of Practice for Service and Repair (MISRC) in its 2009 supplier agreements.


Lighter sanding option

Orbital sander from Snap-on Tools
Published:  07 April, 2009

rong>The latest PSF4312 sander aims to give optimum comfort combined with lightweight performance.


Brush up on brake technology

Brake training from Bosch
Published:  06 April, 2009

To support its range of OE-quality braking components, Bosch offers a range of training courses and programmes to get people up to speed with the latest braking technology.


Service focus

Dealer retention of used car servicing work "very low" according to specialist warranty firm
Published:  06 April, 2009

RETENTION of used car servicing work at dealers is at an average level of just 20%, according to latest figures from The Warranty Group.


Plug in and play diagnostics

CReader V automatic trouble code reader from Launch X-431
Published:  03 April, 2009

This handy unit has a simple four-key operation for ease of use when reading and clearing fault codes.


Simple sanding solution

Lesonal 2K High Build Filler from AkzoNobel
Published:  02 April, 2009

rong>This filler is suitable for a wide range of jobs and is designed to be easily applied with good ‘sandability’.


Cash pledge

PDP buying group pledges £20,000 to Right To Repair Campaign to support aftermarket future
Published:  02 April, 2009

THE PREMIER Distribution Partnership (PDP) buying group has donated £20,000 to the Right To Repair Campaign (R2RC).


Factor-friendly option

Coil springs range from FAI Automotive
Published:  01 April, 2009

rong>The company is set to release 50 new applications to its range within the coming months.



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