Tour blog 9

It's been a long day in Birmingham for Aftermarket On Tour, find out where our BEN fundraising trip has been
Published:  29 October, 2008

Wednesday 29th October . . .


Tour blog 8

Believe it or not, this is a workshop! Find out more about Aftermarket On Tour's progress
Published:  29 October, 2008

Wednesday 29th October . . .


Historic brand power

Borg & Beck clutches from First Line
Published:  28 October, 2008

/>The company has three-in-one and four-in-one kits for the range that covers passenger cars and light commercial vehicles. Components include clutches for everything from regular marques to less well-known makes such as Yugo, Ssangyong and Daci


Tour blog 7

We're now 23 garages into our tour of Britain's workshops having whizzed through High Wycombe
Published:  28 October, 2008

Tuesday 28th October . . .


Tour blog 6

Aftermarket hits Bristol to find out what's what in the South West as part of BEN charity trip
Published:  28 October, 2008

Tuesday 28th October . . .


VOSA approved MOT tool

Combination exhaust emissions tester from Actia Muller
Published:  27 October, 2008

/>Packaged in a mobile storage cabinet it comes with a 19” flat screen, PC and laser printer. It can be used in conjunction with other Actia Muller test equipment, including shock absorber and wheel alignment kit. It is also fully compatible with Actia’s Multi-di@g diagnostic units – helping to form the basis of a multi-function testing uni


Tour blog 3

Our BEN charity challenge sets off through the garages of Cornwall
Published:  27 October, 2008

Monday 27th October . . .


Tour blog 4

Tom and Simon finally find their way to the seventh garage of Aftermarket On Tour
Published:  27 October, 2008

Monday 27th October . . .


Tour blog 5

Aftermarket On Tour comes to the end of its first day on the road
Published:  27 October, 2008

Monday 27th October ...


Tour blog 2

Aftermarket On Tour lands in Land's End for start of BEN charity challenge!
Published:  26 October, 2008

Sunday October 26th 5:17pm


Tour blog 1

Aftermarket sets off from its HQ in Kent to raise money for BEN. Find out how Tom and Simon are doing so far
Published:  25 October, 2008

Saturday 25th October - 19:51


Beam blade revolution

Neoform blades from Trico
Published:  24 October, 2008

/>The ever-expanding range is available for a large number of cars that were originally fitted with conventional wipers, as well as for newer models where they are a direct replaceme


On tour!

Aftermarket's fundraising tour of Britain's workshops set to start
Published:  24 October, 2008

AFTERMARKET editor Tom Mallens and new media salesman Simon Gardner are all set to hit the road in support of automotive charity BEN.


Quick exhaust testing

Oliver 6500 diesel smokemeter from Autocal
Published:  23 October, 2008

/>The printer can be customised to include the user’s name, address and work details as well as the results of the FAS (partial flow free acceleration) test itself. It comes with a stainless steel testing pro


Kit support

Premier Diagnostics named as company behind Protech Automotive support deal
Published:  23 October, 2008

EQUIPMENT supplier Premier Diagnostics has been revealed as the firm behind the rescue package for garages affected by the closure of Protech Automotive earlier this month.


BEN latest

Pioneering accountant set for top job in leading industry charity forward
Published:  22 October, 2008

INDUSTRY charity BEN has announced that David Main has been appointed as its new chief executive.


Body boost

Tech Bill Richmond gains milestone body repair sector ATA award
Published:  22 October, 2008

BILL RICHMOND has become the 2,000th technician in the body repair sector to gain the Automotive Technician Accreditation (ATA) standard from the IMI.


Tech success

Technical Workshop seminar keeps garages in the know with latest diagnostic info
Published:  22 October, 2008

MORE than 130 technicians and garage managers got the latest diagnostic knowledge from leading experts Dave Garratt, Frank Massey and James Dillon this week.


Money- back guarantee

BendPak two-post lifts from Ranger Products
Published:  21 October, 2008

/>The company says its MOT consultants will be able to advise garages on a range of issues, including the latest VOSA legislation


Easier engine assembly

CP7735 impact wrench from Chicago Pneumatic
Published:  20 October, 2008

/>Other features include an ergonomic trigger designed to offer forward and reverse torque at the touch of a button. It also comes with a handle exhaust and 360 degree air inlet swivel to prevent troublesome hose kink


Brake tester renovation

REGRIT brake tester renovation kit from Formulas That Work
Published:  17 October, 2008

/>It cures in 12 hours so workshop downtime can be kept to a minimum. It can even be reduced to zero if it is left to cure overnight. The coating is designed to last for several years and each kit is suitable for one standard tester comprising four rollers


Top training

Former Top Tech winner Clive Atthowe chosen for South African adventure
Published:  17 October, 2008

FORMER Top Technician winner Clive Atthowe has been hand-picked for an exclusive training course on the other side of the world.


Car sales

Can you sell your customers' cars if they don't pay? We explain the rules
Published:  17 October, 2008

A FREE guide to keeping customers cars if they do not pay their repair bills is now available online.


High quality wiping

All-seasons wipers from Michelin
Published:  16 October, 2008

/>The blades’ profile is also built to combat leaves, dust and insects. A synthetic rubber is used for durability and given a water-repellent coating to stop it sticking to the screen on especially hot or cold days. Michelin says this speeds up the dispersal of wa


For a taste of US power

Borla performance CAT-back exhausts from USAutomotive
Published:  15 October, 2008

/>Marques covered by the new European range include, Audi, Seat, Volkswagen, Ford, Lexus and Chevrolet. The exhausts are EU type-approved and comply with regulations for noise, back pressure and engine performa


Safety first

Tyre Safe chairman Rob Beddis explains the importance of correct pressures
Published:  15 October, 2008

Drivers are cutting short the life of their tyres, endangering their safety and adding to the cost of motoring if they do not check tyre pressures, according to TyreSafe.


Tyre change

Tyre retailer teams up with Unipart in bid to boost independent sector
Published:  15 October, 2008

TYRE retailer Blackcircles.com has appointed Unipart Automotive as its preferred parts supplier.


Service fix

New company formed to help garages hit by closure of Protech Automotive
Published:  15 October, 2008

WORKSHOPS unable to get equipment calibrated or serviced following the closure of Protech Automotive can call on a new company for help.


Get to grips with belts

Timing belts from Vauxhall Trade Club
Published:  14 October, 2008

/>All the components needed to complete a full repair are included in the kits to help you get a perfect fit first time. Because they are genuine OE parts, they help independent repairers offer customers an assurance of premium quality and peace of min


Enhance diagnostic tools

Global Pro version 84 software updates from Automotive Garage Equipment Supplies
Published:  13 October, 2008

/>Global Pro says it made “significant investment” in resources and technology last year and hopes users will now benefit from enhanced product support and functions designed to help workshops and technicians tackle the latest diagnostic difficultie


Green powerful lifting

Envirolift from Stertil Koni
Published:  10 October, 2008

/>The lifting column is made from 98% recycled material and the unit as a whole runs on deep-cycle, 100% recyclable batteries that can be recharged via a single-phase power supply. What’s more, the batteries are automatically recharged as the lift lowers in a bid to keep overall energy consumption to a mini


Fraud warning

Small businesses must be extra-wary of credit card fraud risk, says FPB
Published:  10 October, 2008

WORKSHOP businesses must comply with credit card security standards or pay the price of fraud, a business lobby group has warned.


A tailored screen wiper fix

Vehicle-specific beam blades from Wipac
Published:  09 October, 2008

/>Wipac also offers a range of auxiliary lights and lights for 4x4 and classic cars as well as work lamps and auto electrical components. A full marketing and technical package is provided through personal sales contacts, marketing literature, help and advi


Economy call

New RMIF boss spells out importance of automotive industry to UK economy
Published:  09 October, 2008

THE NEW chairman of the Retail Motor Industry Federation (RMIF), says the government must recognise the importance of the automotive sector to the national economy.


Popular vehicles covered

Diesel Particulate Filters from BM Catalysts
Published:  08 October, 2008

/>Also available now is an extensive range of maniverters for marques including BMW, Mitsubishi, Nissan, Alfa Romeo and mor


ECP latest

Due diligence would not have saved LSUK from closure, says ECP
Published:  08 October, 2008

EURO CAR Parts did not follow due diligence procedures during its takeover of LSUK - but says this would not have helped it save the company from closure.


Belt up stretch fit jobs

SFT001 installation tool from Gates
Published:  07 October, 2008

/>Also out now is the SFT003 tool, designed for more compact engine layouts. All Stretch Fit belts now come with instructions on how the tools should be used to fit t


Get your teeth into any job

Grip wrenches from Sykes Pickavant
Published:  06 October, 2008

/>The Omnium grips are a special multi-purpose design, combining straight, curved and convex jaw profiles. They aim to offer a secure grip on almost any kind of object, including large, small, flat and round surfa


MOT crash

Published:  06 October, 2008

AROUND 900 garages are facing temporary shut-down of their equipment following the closure of LSUK by Euro Car Parts (ECP) it has emerged today (Monday 6th October).


LSUK closes

Euro Car Parts fails to save parts supplier LSUK from closure after takeover
Published:  05 October, 2008

EURO CAR Parts has closed LSUK just days after it bought the nationwide parts supplier, claiming it had saved 600 jobs in the process.


OE quality ignition parts

All-makes ignition parts from Bosch
Published:  03 October, 2008

/>The company says ignition coils have, in particular, gone through big design changes with the increasing use of plastic as a construction material making them more resilient to vibration and h


Garage help

IGA's new boss announces support service plans to secure workshop futures
Published:  03 October, 2008

GARAGE manager Jonas Zambakides has officially taken over as chairman of the Independent Garage Association (IGA) - and announced plans for a comprehensive package of support to help workshop businesses


Accurate emissions testing

700 series Gas and Smoke Emissions Analyser from Crypton
Published:  02 October, 2008

/>The unit has been designed to offer a range of luxurious features as standard. These include a sturdy, custom-built cabinet, a Dell PC, printer and tilting 19” flat screen moni


Diagnostic deal

Hella and Gutmann Messtechnik team up to find new diagnostic solutions for workshops
Published:  02 October, 2008

AUTOMOTIVE supplier Hella has entered a joint venture with diagnostic specialist Gutmann Messtechnik to develop new solutions to garage's technical problems.


Easy airbag removal

Airbag removal tool kit from Laser
Published:  01 October, 2008

/>Laser says it will also remove the steering wheel airbag from the VW Passat, Jetta, Golf and new Beetle models built between 1999 and 2


New boss

Paul Williams promises new development at RMIF after taking over as chairman
Published:  01 October, 2008

VERTU Motors boss Paul Williams takes over as chairman of the Retail Motor Industry Federation (RMIF) today (Wednesday 1st October).


Fast and firm sealing

Silicone Liquid Gasket can from ThreeBond
Published:  30 September, 2008

/>It is designed to help anyone with flanges to seal against water or oil in gearboxes or other engine syst


Takeover news

Euro Car Parts expands with takeover of all 53 LSUK branches
Published:  30 September, 2008

EURO CAR Parts (ECP) has expanded its business with the takeover of parts supplier and technical services company LSUK.


Diagnostic wiring diagrams

Version 31 IDC3 software from Texa
Published:  29 September, 2008

/>Texa says there are now 437 extra wiring diagrams available for cars from these and other manufacturers, including SMART, Suzuki and Vo


Align time

Wheel alignment survey reveals revenue opportunities "ready for the taking"
Published:  29 September, 2008

MORE than 90% of cars suffer from some form of wheel misalignment, according to figures released by Pro-Align.



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