Data boost

Find out why Autodata customer Peter is smiling
Published:  05 February, 2008

PETER Cruickshanks has won a year's free Autodata subscription for being the company's longest serving subscriber.


Warming up workshops

Draper space heaters available from Maccess
Published:  04 February, 2008

/>The AO3256 model is a top of the range space heater for very large areas, including warehou


Image change

IMI hopes reward scheme will challenge "Phil Mitchell" image
Published:  04 February, 2008

THE IMI has launched a scheme to reward companies and people who contribute to boosting skill levels in the industry.


Make wheels sparkle

Valeting kit from Autoglym
Published:  01 February, 2008

/>It comes in a handy plastic bag and consists of a range of tried and tested Autoglym produ


Back to black mix toner

MIX 362 jet black mixing toner from Standox
Published:  31 January, 2008

/>It will be used in all future formulations as part of the Standohyd range. It is available from the end of January in one-litre pack sizes.


Expansion plans

Parts company DENSO announces new products and plans for 2008
Published:  31 January, 2008

PARTS company DENSO is planning a series of major expansions to its product ranges over the coming months, the company has announced.


Top training

Training firm TechnoQuest launched to help workshops tackle air con systems
Published:  31 January, 2008

AN AIR con training company has been launched by expert Garry Phillips MIMI to help workshops get to grips with the latest barrage of European legislation.


Precise control airbrush

DAGR automotive airbrush from DeVilbiss
Published:  30 January, 2008

/>The airbrush can be used for most automotive paints and finishes with what the company says is “excellent control and hairline detailR


Race opening

Autoglym unveils new distribution centre to help customers
Published:  30 January, 2008

CAR CARE company Autoglym has officially opened a £4 million warehouse and distribution centre in Letchworth to help more customers benefit from its products.


Diesel support

Autodata reveals plans for diesel repair guide system
Published:  30 January, 2008

AUTODATA is planning to launch a diesel version of its Guided Diagnostics system to help technicians deal with troublesome repairs, Aftermarket can reveal.


Safe and practical clamping

Ratcheting hose clamp pliers from Sykes-Pickavant
Published:  29 January, 2008

/>The company’s ratcheting pliers have swivel jaws for parallel clamping with improved g


Brake fluid testing made easy

Brake fluid tester from Sealey
Published:  28 January, 2008

/>It works on DOT 3, 4 and 5.1 specification fluids, giving you a simple solution to most testing j


Glamour girl

NGK beauty Cassie hits the road to reveal BoxClever plans
Published:  28 January, 2008

GLAMOROUS NGK girl Cassie has been on the road promoting the company's latest products and plans.


Easy and fast route planning

TravelPilot Lucca sat nav system from Blaupunkt
Published:  25 January, 2008

/>The colour-coded menus are easy to use and the device comes with the latest software to give faster route calculations than ever before, either in the UK or throughout Eur


Show success

Workshop 2008 exhibition offers technicians a boost after sell out
Published:  25 January, 2008

WORKSHOP 2008, the service repair and maintenance event within the upcoming Commercial Vehicle Show, has sold out, meaning vehicle technicians will be able to get advice, information and products from scores of companies in one easy visit.


Parts warning

Valeo warns that pirated components pose danger to motorists
Published:  25 January, 2008

VALEO has announced it is stepping up its campaign against pirated components by warning that they post a serious danger to motorists.


Add some style and luxury

The Wolf alloy wheel from Wolfrace
Published:  24 January, 2008

/>The broad, sculpted spokes taper toward the centre where a locking centre cap is badged with the stylish Wolfrace l


Payback claim

RMIF calls on VOSA to reimburse workshops for shelved link scheme
Published:  24 January, 2008

/>VOSA has dropped plans for an electronic link between petrol exhaust gas analysers (EGAs) and the computerized MOT system after it was shelved for not being reliable or cost-effect


Computer prize

VOSA scoops second award for its electronic MOT system
Published:  24 January, 2008

VOSA has won a second award and glowing praise from the Prime Minister for its computerisation of the MOT system.


Managers liable

New laws hold managers liable for death of employees, warns FPB
Published:  24 January, 2008

WORKSHOPS and garages need to start preparing for April 6 when the Corporate Manslaughter Act becomes law, the Forum of Private Business (FPB) is warning.


Winter safety backup

Metro Emergency Bulb Kit from Saxon
Published:  23 January, 2008

/>This kit helps drivers fix the problem fast and avoid the serious consequences of being caught in an illegal


IMI warning

Failure to comply with new air con rules could result in penalties
Published:  23 January, 2008

THE IMI is urging workshops to check they comply with air con service regulations after European rules were updated.


Rid workspace of fumes

Clean Go portable filter unit from Quickduct
Published:  22 January, 2008

/>Polluted air is recycled back into the working area, completely free of polluta


Skills search

Search is on to find the country's best young mechanics
Published:  22 January, 2008

ORGANISERS of this year's WorldSkills UK competition are looking for workshops with a star technician in their ranks.


Flood alert

Norwich Union issues advice to help workshops deal with impending floods
Published:  22 January, 2008

THE ENVIRONMENT Agency has issued hundreds of flood warnings, saying workshops and small businesses around the country are at risk following severe weather.


Clutch range re-styled

Clutches from Quinton Hazell
Published:  21 January, 2008

/>It is increasing its range and has re-styled its packaging with pizza-style boxes to give better protection to the components ins


Accurate specialist tuning

MSR 1000 single roller Dynamometer from MAHA
Published:  18 January, 2008

/>With only one point of contact between tyre and roller, the system reduces tyre damage during testing and also wheel s


Training dates

V-Tech UK announces courses to help garages prosper
Published:  18 January, 2008

DIAGNOSTIC firm V-Tech UK has announced a comprehensive series of training courses for the coming year.


Optical fault finding

Invictalux endoscope from Primalec
Published:  17 January, 2008

/>The endoscope has a high 7,400 pixel resolution to give technicians a clear view of probl


Campaign boost

Garages set for more campaign info after UAN pledges repair support
Published:  17 January, 2008

THE RIGHT To Repair Campaign has gained more support with the backing of the United Aftermarket Network (UAN) buying group.


Diagnostic deal

XPArt deal offers garages slice of lucrative MINI market
Published:  17 January, 2008

XPART'S AutoService network of garages has chosen to use the Autologic diagnostic tool in all 240 of its branches.


Tax time

Garages will benefit by submitting returns early says forum
Published:  17 January, 2008

SMALL businesses should submit self-assessment tax returns as soon as possible to avoid disruption, the Forum of Private Business (FPB) is warning.


Plugs aid fast engine starts

Instant heating glow plugs from Denso
Published:  16 January, 2008

/>The latest DG-190 plug can be used on 13 separate 2.0 litre Volkswagen applications, including the Golf V, EOS, Touran, Passat and Je


Injector removal made easy

Injector pullers from Klann Tools
Published:  15 January, 2008

/>The injector pullers are just some of the latest products set to be unveiled by Klann Tools during the month ahead


Simon shines

Prime Minister congratulates award-winning technician
Published:  15 January, 2008

YOUNG panel technician Simon Noble has been congratulated by Prime Minister Gordon Brown for scooping a medal at a global skills contest.


Durable hands-free lighting

Multi-position LED lamp from Ring Automotive
Published:  14 January, 2008

/>It is powered by 15 high intensity LEDs and has a precision reflector to direct light exactly where you need it. It can run for up to five hours before recharging.


Top techs

Last chance for technicians to prove they are the best
Published:  12 January, 2008

A SNAP-on SOLUS scanner worth thousands of pounds and a PalmerSport driving experience from Comma are now up for grabs to the winner of Top Technician 2008.


Powerful tightening wrench

Cordless Impact Wrench from Chicago Pneumatic
Published:  11 January, 2008

/>The Electrocharge motor produces 575Nm of torque in a tool that weighs 2.9


Body training

Thatcham announces plans for Warwickshire training centre
Published:  11 January, 2008

THATCHAM has announced plans to open a vehicle damage assessment training centre.


Business move

Diagnostic firm Launch X-431 Ltd joins Garage Equipment Association
Published:  11 January, 2008

LAUNCH X-431 Ltd has become one of the few diagnostic companies to be accepted as a member of the Garage Equipment Association.


Kitemark plan

BSI man aims to treble number of garages with Kitemark
Published:  11 January, 2008

THE MAN charged with convincing garages to sign-up to the BSI Kitemark says he wants to treble the number of garages achieving the standard this year.


Rotating electrics guarantee

Rotating electrics from Fuel Parts UK
Published:  10 January, 2008

/>The all-makes program consists of more than 250 part numbers, giving 85% coverage of the vehicle p


Brake bleeding made easy

DF.21 brake bleeder from Facom
Published:  09 January, 2008

/>It automatically adjusts and stabilises the recommended bleed pressure to make the mechanics’ job as easy as possi


Google power

Texa unveils new way forward in hunt for technical info
Published:  09 January, 2008

DIAGNOSTICS firm Texa has unveiled a tool it hopes will revolutionise technicians' search for technical information.


Spring loaded pit lifting

NENAB 10-tonne pit jack from Beissbarth
Published:  08 January, 2008

/>It can be tailor-made for any pit combination and width so the lifting saddle is exactly level with the workshop fl


Bank bonus

Published:  08 January, 2008

SMALL businesses can gain more than ever by shopping around between banks for the best financial deal, says the Forum of Private Business (FPB).


Swinging two-post lift

KH32 two-post lift from Maywood
Published:  07 January, 2008

/>It comes with a baseframe to make it suitable for almost any workshop floor, provided the underlying concrete is in good condit


Speed demon

Prizes on offer in Autogem games console racing contest
Published:  07 January, 2008

CAR CONSUMABLES company Autogem is looking for hotshot car racers with Playstation 3s.


Keep your valuables safe

Eurograde compact safe from Securikey
Published:  04 January, 2008

/>The company says it has taken the lightweight technology from previous models and added key features to ensure they offer the best possible protectio


ATA milestone

Technician Irfan achieves 7,000th ATA
Published:  04 January, 2008

A NORTH London technician has become the 7,000th mechanic in the country to reach the highly-prized ATA standard.



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