Used car market 'challenging'

Difficult times ahead, say industry chiefs
Published:  06 September, 2011

The car auction industry expects market conditions to remain 'challenging' in the coming weeks.  Data from members of the National Association of Motor Auctions (NAMA) confirm that every year volumes start to increase from around the second or third week in September and peak in the first half of October just as consumer demand traditionally weakens. However the group has suggested that this year the situation is likely to be made worse as demand may be affected by the pressure on consumer disposable income.


Bodyshop plea

RMI assoc. calls for 'write off' rules to be tightened up
Published:  01 September, 2011

The UK's network of bodyshops have appealed for the laws surrounding the aquisition of vehicles that have been written off to be tightened up.


Workshop website

Workshops bid for new business
Published:  30 August, 2011

A WEBSITE has been launched where garages can bid online for work


MOT under fire

Another consumer magazine report reveals 'disparities'
Published:  26 August, 2011

Consumer magazine What Car?'s MOT mystery shoppers have uncovered what it describes as 'alarming disparities' between testing centres up and down the country, with several missing potentially dangerous faults.


4-2-2: RMI adds to What Car? findings

Trade body sees annual testing as 'imperative' in light of investigation
Published:  25 August, 2011

A director of the RMI has added his comments on the findings of a 'mystery shop' exercise by a consumer magazine.


MOT fiddle

Man sentenced after VOSA found him guilty of issuing fake certificates
Published:  24 August, 2011


4-2-2: Firm has 'fleet dilemma'

MOT changes to cause 'risk management' woes according to firm
Published:  23 August, 2011

Proposals to change the current MOT regime being considered by the Government could create a 'risk management dilemma for fleets' according to a contract hire and consultancy firm.


BEN hits 'Tarka Trail'

Pull the otter one! Charity on riverside fund raising ride
Published:  22 August, 2011

Join BEN the automotive industry charity on Saturday 17 September 2011 as they cycle the route of the Tarka Trail.  This follows the travels of Tarka the Otter in Henry Williamson's famous book written in 1927.


Hot air

Trade bodies wade into waste oil heater row
Published:  19 August, 2011

Following the announcement that the department for food and rural affairs (DEFRA) are to review the way that small waste oil burning heaters (SWOBs) are classified, motoring bodies have lined up to slam the practice which will effectively render the heaters obsolete.


NGK signs deal with UAN

Buying group to use Jap firm as sole plug supplier
Published:  18 August, 2011

Automotive buying group, United Aftermarket Network Ltd (UAN) has appointed NGK Spark Plugs (UK) as the sole supplier of spark and glow plugs.


1link deal for Autoglass

Vehicle glass supplier eyes fleet work
Published:  17 August, 2011

Replacement vehicle glass company Autoglass has signed up to fleet booking service 1link.


EquipAuto return

Paris show comes back in October
Published:  17 August, 2011

France's largest aftermarket trade show is back between October 11-15 and show organisers promise it to be bigger than ever - despite having a tighter schedule than in previous years.


Welding in the classroom

Welding supplies firm supports local college
Published:  17 August, 2011

Welding supplies firm Weldability-Sif has joined a local initiave to teach young people key skills - in this case, welding.


4-2-2: HiQ joins campaign

Hard franchise network to compose 'chamber of horrors'
Published:  11 August, 2011

The HiQ fast fit network has slammed the Government over controversial plans to relax its laws on MOT testing, declaring: "The pockets of motorists will be hit harder than ever."


Mileage advert 'degrading'

ASA rapps 'mileage correction' firm over gratuitous billboard
Published:  10 August, 2011

Consumer watchdog, the Advertising Standards Authority have found that a so-called 'mileage correction' firm has produced a billboard advert considered to be degrading to women.


Bandvulc blaze

Published:  10 August, 2011

A blaze tore through a tyre plant on Friday.


Top young techs

Five young technicians from across the UK emerge as among the best in their respective trades
Published:  05 August, 2011

FIVE young technicians from across the UK have emerged as among the best in their respective trades, winning gold medals in the national automotive skills competition, SkillAuto


Senna sale

Ayrton Senna's McLaren goes under the hammer
Published:  05 August, 2011

A HUGE Airfix sculpture of Ayrton Senna's McLaren MP4/6, from his last season as World Champion, goes under the auctioneer's hammer at the Nurburgring sale in Germany on August 13.


Changing Suits

People moving in the industry this month
Published:  29 July, 2011

Nick Thomas has recently joined Denso, where he picks up the mantle of European Product Manager. Thomas previously worked at Ferrari's Piston Services and more recently was a manager at First Line.


MOT test certificates 'to change'

New-look VT20 may include previous mileage readings
Published:  29 July, 2011

MOT test certificates are set to change according to transport minister Mike Penning.


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Published:  24 July, 2011

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Tech centre opens in Shoreham

Ribbon cut at 'green' supercar engine plant
Published:  20 July, 2011

A 'high performance' assembly facility has been opened at the Shoreham Technical Centre,  by local Member of Parliament Tim Loughton. The owners say that the brand-new facility provides a 'near clean room production environment' in which each and every process is carried out with a ‘no faults forward’ culture.


Manchester says 'yes' to employment scheme

New scheme to raise awareness of modern apprenticeships
Published:  15 July, 2011

A new scheme has been launched in the North West of England to combat a 'lack of awareness' surrounding modern apprenticeships.


How we roll

Tyre chiefs pleased at industry green progress
Published:  15 July, 2011

The UK tyre industry has been praised for meeting tough targets at a recent industry event.


Project Alfa gets underway

We've bought a dead Alfa for a BEN charity run... but just what have we bought?
Published:  12 July, 2011

For those of you that haven't heard, we have decided to take part in a charity run down to Modena in Italy. The jaunt, entitled Bangers4BEN will see a number of teams from across the motor industry drive in cars they have picked up for around £200 and raising money on the way.


£20m deal for UK aftermarket firms

Contract signed between Parts Alliance and Kwik-Fit good for two years
Published:  08 July, 2011

The Parts Alliance has been awarded a two year supply contract for all braking products to the Kwik-Fit network in a deal worth more than £20m.


'Virtually standard' common rail at Nurburgring

Diesel car triumphs at 'green hell' German track
Published:  08 July, 2011

A virtually standard Delphi diesel fuel injection system powered the class-winning Peugeot RCZ at the recent Nürburgring 24 Hours race. Competing in a field of 201 vehicles the RCZ 2.0 litre HDi diesel coupé displayed consistent speed and reliability to dominate its class.


CV Show back for 2012

CV and Workshop show to return to the NEC next April
Published:  08 July, 2011

Following the success of the CV and Workshop Show earlier this year, the organisers have confirmed that the event will run again from the 24 to 26 of April 2012.


Report examines ATA value

New study looks at the worth of ATA training
Published:  06 July, 2011

A report has been published that assesses the impact of the IMI's skills accreditation programme, known as Automotive Technician Accreditation (ATA). The research covered accreditation programmes for a number of disciplines, from parts advisors to light vehicle technicians and customer service advisors.


Young tech joins Team UK

Honda tech to represent UK at WorldSkills contest
Published:  01 July, 2011

Newly-qualified technician, John Couldridge, has secured a much-coveted place on Team UK at WorldSkills London 2011 where he will compete within the 'Automobile Technology' skills category against contemporaries from more than 50 other countries/regions in what is the largest global skills competition in the world.


Manbat moves down the road

New logistics plant for battery distributor
Published:  01 July, 2011

After 13 years at Grange Business Park, Manbat - the UK's largest battery distributor - has relocated its Shrewsbury HQ 500 yards further along Lancaster Road and into a substantially larger site, which provides the room that the company needs as it continues to expand.


RAC sold in £1bn deal

Recovery firm aquired by Carlyle Group
Published:  24 June, 2011

Motoring organisation, RAC is set to be sold to a private equity group in a deal worth around £1bn.


Access to information breakthrough

Victory in struggle to make VMs hand over part info in electronically readable form
Published:  24 June, 2011

The independent motor industry has heralded a major breakthrough, as new EU legislation is set to increase both the amount of information that vehicle manufacturers will have to hand over - as well as improving the way in which it is supplied.


First MOT failure

Suspension causes bulk of expensive insurance repairs at first MOT according to report
Published:  23 June, 2011

Suspension component failures are the mechanical 'three-year glitch' most likely to cause a car to fail its first MOT, according to an insurance company.


SkillAuto names 2011 finalists

UK's best young repairers revealed
Published:  21 June, 2011


Changing suits at Denso

New man takes over as president for Europe at the giant firm
Published:  16 June, 2011

There's a new suit at one of the OE manufacturers. Mr. Yoshikazu Makino takes over the position of president and CEO of Denso International  in Europe, effective June 22, 2011. Mr. Makino replaces Mr. Shigehiro Nishimura, who is going to be in charge of the Asia Pacific region.


Comline around the clock

PArts supply firm switch to 24hr operation
Published:  08 June, 2011

PARTS supplier Comline, has announced that the addition of an overnight third shift, which changes its warehouse into a 24 hour operation, has resulted in a 'monumental increase in productivity', outweighing the extra hours; which enables the business to manage a surge in UK and export sales.


IMI concerned over skills gap

Industry body expresses fears following report
Published:  01 June, 2011

Industry body IMI has expressed concern over the vacancies caused by the skills shortage in the motor trade compared with the wider economy.


4-2-2: 'Red Tape' website deluged with comments

A government website has been filled with comments on the MOT frequency proposals
Published:  01 June, 2011

The 'red tape challenge' site was set up in the last week of May, following the Department for Transport's strategy to reduce unnecessary legislation from the statute books


FER react to rogue workshop

Federation of Engine Remanufacturers furious, but powerless, over engine rebuild plant allegations
Published:  31 May, 2011

THE Federation of Engine Remanufacturers has commended the actions of the Metropolitan Police after its officers raided a West London engine repair business in Southall last Thursday, but has admitted that it was powerless to act on complaints, as the business in question had never been a member.


Diagnostic support

Diesel tools from Delphi
Published:  27 May, 2011

As Delphi gains more OE common rail contracts, the company is turning its expertise to its aftermarket products as the vehicles come out of warranty. Recently, its Multec diesel common rail system was chosen for the DW10C engine, a shared platform for Citroen, Fiat, Ford and Peugeot diesel vehicles. A number of replacement items are available including a high pressure pump, injectors and an electronic control unit.


4-2-2: Italian official favours annual testing

Country moots annual and more strict tests
Published:  25 May, 2011

A proposal for switching away from 4-2-2 and adopting annual testing has been mooted by a trade official in Italy


DfT pledge to 'cut red tape'

Penning wants suggestions for reducing legislation
Published:  23 May, 2011

The Department for Transport is to hold a 'Red Tape Challenge'


Trade warned over insurance rules

Rules of motor insurance are changing - don't be caught out
Published:  23 May, 2011

The Government is warning the public and the motor trade alike that all vehicles must be insured or covered by a SORN declaration - regardless of whether the car is on the road, or even in one piece


Average pothole damage bill £335

Steering and suspension component market increasing as roads
Published:  23 May, 2011

Britain's worst roads have been named and shamed on a website set up by an insurance company


Impact back

Published:  23 March, 2011

A bodyshop in Birmingham has reopened eight months after being completely gutted by fire.


Black news

Published:  23 March, 2011

A specialist tyre maker has been left fuming following press criticism of one of its products.


Garage art

Motor montage shows trade 'behind the scenes'
Published:  16 March, 2011

/>The Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) teamed up with both professional and student photographers to put together this unique gallery of images to challenge existing perceptions of the industry with a range of modern photographic pictures that depict the full scope and scale of the sector and portray the advanced technologies and skills within it. The resulting pictures create an iconic series of images that depict the industry in all its for


Technical advisor needed

Help independent garages gain access to technical information
Published:  16 March, 2011

The EGEA (European Garage Equipment Association) and FIGIEFA are looking to recruit a technical advisor to support its lobbying activities in Brussels; which aims to safeguard a legislative environment in the EU that provides fair competition in the automotive aftermarket.


Code War

Motor Codes hits out at RMI 'Trust My Garage' scheme
Published:  16 March, 2011

/>The RMI’s initiative is to be called Trust My Garage. Speaking at a gala dinner hosted by the RMI on the 21st October, Paul Williams, chairman of the organisation, said that there will inevitably be conflict with existing schemes: “The RMI is supportive of the Motor Codes initiative and give [Motor Codes director] Chris Mason and his people all the support we can.



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