Cars failing MOT on lights now 15% - report

Research suggests that motorists are performing basic checks less frequently
Published:  08 October, 2010

ONE in 15 vehicles is missing one or more brake lights increasing the risk of an accident for other road users.


Breath of fresh air

Parts maker to stop smoking with next generation of fuel systems
Published:  08 October, 2010

Several new technologies to clean up engines have been showcased by OEM and aftermarket supplier Delphi at a trade show this week.


With Fuel Parts it's in the bag

Fuel Parts bags up ignition range in bid to cut trial-and-error fitting
Published:  01 October, 2010

Emission systems firm Fuel Parts UK has introduced a new bagging system in a bid to encourage proper fault diagnosis, rather than trial-and-error fitment.


Testing kit from Trade Group

MOTs at the touch of a button
Published:  01 October, 2010

The Trademaster T5000 series of brake testers from the Trade Group promises to deliver 'significant operational benefits' to any MOT station.


Help with the daily grind

Sykes-Pickavant cleans away grot with wheel grinders
Published:  01 October, 2010

Tool company Sykes-Pickavant has created a series of wheel hub and wheel stud grinders to help you remove corrosion.


Clever chargers power up

Yuasa gives battery chargers an intelligence boost
Published:  01 October, 2010

A collection of supposedly intelligent battery chargers has been rolled out of the factory by battery firm Yuasa.


Workshop benches and kit

Industrial workstation from Sealey
Published:  01 October, 2010

A range of heavy gauge steel cabinets, workbenches and accessories are available which feature an evenly distributed load capacity of 1,000kg and self-locking mechanisms to prevent accidental opening.


Taking stock at ECP

Motor parts distributor buys automatic warehouse system
Published:  30 September, 2010


Change of suits for HiQ

New man heads up service network
Published:  30 September, 2010

/>Tye joined the Goodyear Dunlop, parent company of HiQ in 2006 when the company began the process of relaunching the HiQ brand, including its service standards and franchise mo


Oh it's Thorite for some!

Compressors and pneumatic systems from Thorite
Published:  24 September, 2010

rong>A large range of portable and stationary compressors and pneumatic systems are presented by Thorite in its new free brochure, said to be ideal for garages, bodyshops and tyre fitting workshops.


A belt kit out of the Blue

Blue Print secures first with Mitsubishi timing belt kit
Published:  24 September, 2010

Parts firm Blue Print has launched what it claims is the aftermarket's first seven-piece timing belt kit for the Mitsubishi L200 2.5 Di-D from 2006 onwards.


Sensor change poster

NGK lends hand in driver investment challenge
Published:  24 September, 2010

Trying to persuade customers to spend their cash on new parts that (to them) don't seem necessary is never easy. To help when it comes to lambda sensors, NGK has produced a poster and leaflet aimed at convincing motorists that paying for fresh sensors is the smart thing to do.


Steer towards FAI

Ford wishbones join FAI steering range
Published:  24 September, 2010

Manufacturer and distributor FAI Automotive has published a catalogue supplement detailing the latest additions to its steering and suspension range.


Wood have a lightbulb moment

Wood Auto aims to shine with Osram range
Published:  24 September, 2010

Components company Wood Auto is drawing attention to its choice of bulbs. It offers an own-brand option together with a premium range of Osram bulbs and a choice of work lamps. Bulbs are available in 6, 12, 24 and 48 volt variants and in general and halogen varieties.


Impact back

Workshop rises from the ashes after £1.5m refit
Published:  24 September, 2010

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Black News

Drift tyre firm smoking after 'misleading' test re-reporting
Published:  23 September, 2010

/>Taiwan-based Maxxis produce a range of rubber for both bikes and cars, but it is best known for marketing a street legal ‘drift’ tyre. The product gave mixed results in a recent head-to-head test published in weekly magazine Auto Express. However it has been how other sections of the media have re-reported the test that have angered managers in the compa


TecDoc cat can benefit classics

TecDoc highlights classic car credentials
Published:  17 September, 2010

Electronic parts cataloguing system TecDoc is traditionally associated with parts suppliers and distributors. However, over the last few months UK boss Shaun Greasley has been on a mission to highlight the benefits he believes it could bring to workshops and even classic car enthusiasts.


Light the way for DRL

Unipart highlights need for DRL crash repair replacement option
Published:  17 September, 2010

With the imminent start of legislation making them compulsory on new vehicles, Daylight Running Lights (DRL) are set to shape the future of lighting.


ECP lights keep on running

ECP offers Philips LED daytime running lights
Published:  17 September, 2010

If you want to pretend your car is a flashy new Audi, you can now get hold of Philips LED Daytime Running Lights (DRLs) from Euro Car Parts.


Boom for ignition range

Blue Print adds Toyota Rav 4 ignition option
Published:  17 September, 2010

rong>As part of its on-going expansion, parts firm Blue Print has added ignition coils for the Toyota Rav 4 – together with glow plugs for the Mitsubishi Colt and Smart Forfour.


Tech pledge for test lanes

GE-Tech asserts European quality credentials
Published:  17 September, 2010

MOT equipment company GE-Tech is highlighting its European-made credentials in a bid to win new customers.


Parlett lands Euro workshop job

RMI man Colin Parlett to represent independent garages across Europe
Published:  17 September, 2010

GARAGE owner Colin Parlett has been appointed Chairman of the Independent Repairers Division at CECRA, the European Council for Motor Trades and Repairs.


Unipart urges Motor Codes support

Unipart asks Car Care Centres to join Motor Codes following industry criticism
Published:  16 September, 2010

UNIPART is urging its 1,000 Car Care Centres to sign up to Motor Codes, following the Which? mystery shopping investigation into garage standards.


Industry show attracts record numbers

Automechanika exhibition claims record opening figures
Published:  14 September, 2010

THE INDUSTRY'S largest trade show, Automechanika, has opened the doors this morning to thousands of industry visitors.


Factor growth

Unipart extends garage reach with growth of franchised factor programme
Published:  13 September, 2010

UNIPART is continuing efforts to expand its Express Factors franchise programme with the enrolment of its latest branch - Express Factors Scarborough.


People news

Former Delphi man Kevin Kelly takes over diagnostic sales at Bosch
Published:  13 September, 2010

KEVIN Kelly has been appointed diagnostic sales director at Bosch.


Wood show air con launch

Wood Auto debuts air con compressors, Hall 3.0, stand G78
Published:  10 September, 2010

Auto-electrical firm Wood Auto will debut its range of air con compressors at the show along with Rita Millo, the company's recently-recruited European sales manager (although unlike the compressors, she won't be kept in a glass cabinet - we assume, Ed).


NGK plugs technical triumph

NGK prepares to highlight OE success, Hall 3.0, stand B51
Published:  10 September, 2010

With what it describers as "important news" from both the OE and aftermarket sectors, NGK will have a strong presence at the Automechanika show.


Show who's in charge

Not just a simple charger, Hall 8.0, stand F27
Published:  10 September, 2010

One of the many tools that will be at Automechanika is a new 12V battery charger with constant output mode. It provides a constant 10A power source to maintain a battery charge during 'key on/engine off' diagnostics, when fault code reading and ECU re-programming for instance.


Filter factors line up

Hengst lines up engine and filter selection, Hall 6.0, stand A84
Published:  10 September, 2010

Filter systems and engine parts firm Hengst will unveil a choice of new parts for the Vauxhall Insignia in Frankfurt.


Sealey good gadgets

Sealey tools up for catalogue launch, Hall 9.0, stand F04
Published:  10 September, 2010

rong>Tools company Sealey will give customers a glimpse of its latest catalogue at Automechanika.


Hemp panels headline show

Published:  09 September, 2010

/>The Kestrel is one of five electric vehicles being developed by Project Eve, an automotive industry collaboration founded by Motive and Toronto Electric, an Ontario material handling and electric motor company, to boost the production of electric vehicles and electric vehicle components in Can


Keep an eye on aligners

Hunter equipment to demonstrate the latest software, Hall 8 stand B44
Published:  03 September, 2010

The Hunter brand of wheel alignment and garage equipment will be on display in Frankfurt this September, including its premium HawkEye Imaging Aligner range with featured sections of BMW, Mercedes, Porsche and VW group aligners.


Unipart offers a wise buy

Unipart offers MOT equipment deals with Megawisebuys brochure
Published:  03 September, 2010

A free Omiscan 2 diagnostic tool is just one of the special offers packed into the latest edition of Megawisebuys - Unipart's tools and equipment brochure.


Snap up cool air con kit

Snap-on Diagnostics pins hopes on Blizzard air con success, Hall 8.0, stand A96
Published:  03 September, 2010

The Snap-on Diagnostics stand will be dominated by the Sun KoolKare air con recycling centres. There are two models in the range - the Blizzard and Blizzard PRO - and the company hopes the latest versions will attract interest from the growing air con market.


Stand up for parts links

Denso focuses on links between OE and aftermarket parts, Hall 3.0, stand E61
Published:  03 September, 2010

According to parts company Denso's publicity machine, it will focus on OE strength, aftermarket excellence and what it calls "visionary technologies" at Automechanika (we're fairly sure this doesn't mean a range of workshop spectacles are on the cards, Ed).


Show is launch pad for calipers

Remy set for brake caliper catalogue launch, Hall 3.0, stand B21
Published:  03 September, 2010

Remanufacturing firm Remy will use the Automechanika exhibition to launch its 2011 European brake caliper catalogue.


Testing times

Safety group raises MOT concerns
Published:  02 September, 2010

A road safety organisation has joined the growing band of voices urging the government to leave the MOT frequency as it is


Drills Launched

An established brand is set to be introduced to the UK aftermarket
Published:  01 September, 2010

/>The company has formed a distribution agreement with MAC Tools’ mobile distribution serv


Auto scratch

A new promotion for technicians has been launched
Published:  01 September, 2010

/>The company has prizes including LCD TVs, sat navs, Sony PS3s, Ipod Touches and Amazon vouchers up for gr


ATA training

Delphi offers fast-fit ATA assessment option
Published:  30 August, 2010

DELPHI has become one of the first training companies to offer fast-fit ATA assessments.


Comma to make a stand

Bulk oil tanks on way out, says Comma
Published:  27 August, 2010

The days of the bulk oil storage tank are numbered, according to oils and lubes company Comma. The firm says the most profitable way ahead is to meet market requirements by holding a greater number of manufacturer - and engine-specific oils in smaller, more manageable containers.


Rover round with Xpart

MG Rover cars maintain parc presence says XPart
Published:  27 August, 2010

Despite the factory closing down in 2005, the number of MG Rover cars on the road has only fallen by 3%, according to the latest figures.


Unique lift raises the bar

Boston claims 6-tonne lift is Europe's most advanced
Published:  27 August, 2010

Boston has launched its B461 4-post lift onto the market with the bold claim that it's Europe's most advanced. The company says the 6-tonne unit offers several unique features. It comes in 6.1 and 5.75 metre platforms of 630mm width.


Latest lube spec. is vital

Technicians miss importance of oil specifications, warns boss
Published:  27 August, 2010

Millers Oils account manager Dave Mott says many technicians may still be missing a trick when it comes to the latest lubricants. "It is unfortunately still the case that many in the trade don't yet fully appreciate the necessity for using very specific products when it comes to servicing later model vehicles," he said. "Most new cars produced from around 2002 now require full-synthetic low SAPS (Sulphated Ash, Phosphorous and Sulphur) oils to run efficiently, and the damage of using older, less sophisticated products can be costly."


Brake drum kit addition

Pre-mounted drum kits from Global Braking Systems
Published:  27 August, 2010

A complete range of Cifam pre-mounted brake drum kits have been added to Global Braking Systems' hydraulics programme, with over 175 references in stock.


Cash prize

Valeo offers £1,000 reward for caring mechanics
Published:  26 August, 2010

VALEO has launched a contest to reward mechanics who go the extra mile to help their customers.


Hollow victory

Bosch seeks improvement following 'victory' in Which? mystery shopping investigation
Published:  26 August, 2010

BOSCH says it will not celebrate its Car Service network being ranked as the top-performing garage scheme in a Which? mystery shopping investigation until it has “eliminated all errors from it’s service delivery”.


Garage deal

Euro Car Parts signs workshop scheme agreement with Bosch
Published:  25 August, 2010

EURO Car Parts has signed a deal with Bosch to run the AutoCrew workshop scheme in the UK, Aftermarket understands.


Mystery response

Good Garage Scheme plans mystery shopper checks following Which? verdict
Published:  24 August, 2010

THE GOOD Garage Scheme (GGS) plans to introduce a mystery shopper check to its members following a damming verdict of garage standards in a Which? investigation.



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