Motul teams up with Silverstone Classic

Published:  20 April, 2021

Motul has entered into a new multi-year partnership as Official Lubricant Partner with Silverstone Classic.


MOT connectivity: Emissions analysers rollout to begin

Published:  19 April, 2021

The roll-out of connected MOT equipment by DVSA is continuing, with emissions analysers the latest equipment type requiring connectivity going forward. From 1 May, anyone buying an exhaust gas analyser or diesel smoke meter will need to make sure it is a model that can connect to the MOT testing service. This applies to garages replacing equipment, Authorised Examiners taking over another site and any new garage receiving approval to carry out MOTs.


MOT connectivity: Emissions analysers rollout begins

Published:  19 April, 2021

The roll-out of connected MOT equipment by DVSA is continuing, with emissions analysers the latest equipment type requiring connectivity going forward. From 1 May, anyone buying an exhaust gas analyser or diesel smoke meter will need to make sure it is a model that can connect to the MOT testing service. This applies to garages replacing equipment, Authorised Examiners taking over another site and any new garage receiving approval to carry out MOTs.


3,000 and counting: TechMan hits new heights on training programme

Published:  19 April, 2021

More than 3,000 vehicle technicians, service advisors and garage owners have now undertaken TechMan’s training and support programme, which is taken by businesses following the implementation of its garage management system.


Autoinform Live 2021 to take place in November

Published:  13 April, 2021

Autoinform Live 2021 is now on course to take place on Saturday 6 November and Sunday 7 November at the GTG Training Academy in Wolverhampton, OESAA has annnounced


Ticket sales boom for The British Motor Show as lockdown eases

Published:  13 April, 2021

Organisers of the British Motor Show say they have seen seen a massive increase in ticket sales as lockdown continues to ease and families start planning their summer activities


Fil Filter is newest member of OESAA

Published:  13 April, 2021

FIL Filter has joined the Original Equipment Suppliers Aftermarket Association (OESAA).


Drivers seeking payment flexibility from garages post-lockdown, research suggests

Published:  09 April, 2021

Research suggests that drivers will be looking for garages to offer greater flexibility in how they pay for servicing and repairs post-lockdown.


12 April lockdown easing: NFDA and SMMT publish updated safe restart guidance

Published:  12 April, 2021

With the reopening of non-essential retail permitted from today (Monday 12 April), the franchised dealer sector has swung its showroom doors back open across much of the UK. To help businesses welcome customers back new updated sector-specific guidance has been published by the NFDA and the SMMT.


Motul becomes official lubricants partner for British F4

Published:  09 April, 2021

Motul has been named as the official lubricants partner to the F4 British Championship certified by FIA – powered by Ford EcoBoost. The agreement, which sees Motul join the series’ technical team of Neil Brown Engineering and Ford Performance, will see the brand’s high-performance 300V oil used across all race engines during the 2021 season.


ZF Aftermarket celebrates Global Remanufacturing Day 2021

Published:  08 April, 2021

Today (Thursday 8 April) is Global Remanufacturing Day 2021, and ZF Aftermarket is celebrating by looking to highlights its reman output. Under its portfolio which includes Sachs and TRW, ZF Aftermarket remanufactures a wide range of components from transmissions and clutches, through to parts for braking, steering and axle systems, for cars, commercial vehicles and motorcycles.


LKQ Euro Car Parts launch new Stop/Start battery range

Published:  08 April, 2021

LKQ Euro Car Parts has launched a new range of batteries, with a view to helping independent garages service vehicles with Stop/Start systems and high energy requirements.The ERA range features five enhanced flooded batteries (EFB) and five absorbed glass mat batteries (AGM), which, combined, cover 95% of the UK’s Stop/Start market.


MOT for £10 from GoCompare and WhoCanFixMyCar launched

Published:  07 April, 2021

Competition in the MOT market continues to ramp up, with GoCompare customers who purchase car insurance between now and 15 June being given the opportunity to book a MOT test for just £10 through WhoCanFixMyCar.com.


Level-up: in-game E-sports launch for TPS/Yuasa real-life Matt Edwards British Rally livery

Published:  07 April, 2021

TPS and Yuasa have unveiled the new livery for British Rally Champion Matt Edwards’ 2021 title challenger via a first-of-its-kind motorsport launch inside a computer game and launched a corresponding E-Sports rally championship.


Long serving NGK sales rep to retire

Published:  06 April, 2021

NGK Spark Plugs (UK) Sales Representative Steve Padbury is retiring after more than thirty years with the company.


Motul becomes official Castle Coombe lubricant partner

Published:  06 April, 2021

Motul has become the Official Lubricant Brand of both the Castle Combe Race Circuit and the Castle Combe Racing Club. Meanwhile, the deal also sees Motul takes over title sponsorship of one of Castle Combe’s most popular race series - the Hot Hatch Challenge - which kicks off today (Monday 5 April).


Step it up: Car sales increase as showroom reopening nears

Published:  06 April, 2021

New car sales were up 11.5% in March with 283,964 units registered, the first increase since August, but the wider picture shows that registrations are still 36.9% below March average of 450,189 seen between 2010 and 2019 according to the latest figures from the SMMT.

Growth came almost entirely via fleets, where there was a 28.7% increase in registrations. Retail consumer demand remained low, falling by 4.1% compared to March 2020.

Battery electric vehicles (BEVs) and plug-in hybrid vehicles (PHEVs) took a combined market share of 13.9%, up from 7.3% last year, with available models increasing from 72 to 116. Registrations of BEVs increased by 88.2% to 22,003 units, while PHEVs rose by 152.2% to 17,330. Hybrid electric vehicles (HEVs) also rose 42% to reach 21,599 registrations.


Top Technician and Top Garage: Put down that egg and enter now!

Published:  01 April, 2021

Will you be using the long Easter weekend to enter Top Technician and Top Garage? You should, as by waiting a bit longer for that chocolate egg, you could end up winning £30,000 in prizes!


Pothole damage costs rise as average mileage falls

Published:  01 April, 2021

While average mileage for most drivers has been down by 42% over the last year, according to new research the cost from pothole damage actually rose over the same period, reaching £1.267 billion compared to £1.249bn for the year to March 2020.


63% of car owners delay servicing and repair work because of COVID-19 concerns

Published:  31 March, 2021

Lockdown restrictions have prompted 63% of car owners to delay servicing and repair work over the last few months, even though 86% admitted they know dealer workshops and garages are open for business, according to research by Bumper.


2021 Tyre Industry Awards “will definitely go ahead” says NTDA CEO

Published:  30 March, 2021

With the vaccine roll-out progressing, more industry events are coming back on-stream, with the 2021 Tyre Industry Awards now open for entry to all NTDA and TRA members.


Exemption made drivers more aware of MOT, survey suggests

Published:  30 March, 2021

Despite 9.58 million MOTs being time-shifted from Spring to Autumn last year, an unexpected positive result of the Exemption has been that 89% of drivers surveyed in a YouGov poll commissioned by The Motor Ombudsman said that they actually knew the expiry date of their vehicle’s annual certificate.


Philips becomes Top Technician and Top Garage sponsor

Published:  29 March, 2021

Philips has been confirmed as the sixth and final main sponsor for Top Technician and Top Garage 2021.


Kwik Fit discounts MOTs to £19.71 to commemorate 50th anniversary in April

Published:  29 March, 2021

With MOT numbers down as a result of 2020’s Exemption shifting tests into the Autumn and Winter, the MOT market is about to become much more competitive with Kwik-Fit offering tests right through April at the knock-down price of £19.71.


New IGA Chairman named

Published:  26 March, 2021

Rob Collison has been named as the new IGA Chairman, succeeding Colin Parlett, who recently stepped down after many years in the role.


Cats & Pipes hits back at DVSA over DPF fine

Published:  26 March, 2021


Cats & Pipes has hit back at DVSA, following the conclusion of a case that saw the North Wales-based company slapped with a £6,000 fine, plus £4,000 costs and a statutory surcharge of £170 over a single DPF which failed to meet labelling standards.


£30,000 in prizes: Top Technician and Top Garage

Published:  25 March, 2021

If you want to be in with a chance of winning up to £30,000 in prizes via Top Technician and Top Garage, then you need to enter now, as the clock is ticking.


Lucas Oil warns on E10 petrol plans

Published:  24 March, 2021

Lucas Oil has warned that many cars will require some extra protection following confirmation of government plans to make E10 petrol the standard 95-octane grade by September 2021.


Virtual ESAB welding training and info event to take place

Published:  23 March, 2021

Later this month, ESAB is holding a virtual event that will showcase a broad line-up of the industry’s new welding and cutting systems, filler metals and related technologies.


Fine for Cats & Pipes following DVSA investigation

Published:  23 March, 2021

Cats & Pipes has been slapped with a £6,000 fine after DVSA’s Market Surveillance Unit found it had supplied a single DPF that did not bear the correct Type Approval markings.


Car scrapping up by a third

Published:  22 March, 2021

Older cars have been leaving the road at an alarming rate last year, with new figures suggesting that a third more cars were scrapped in 2020 compared with the year before. 


British Motor Show announces Car Robot Competition

Published:  19 March, 2021

The British Motor Show has launched The Car Robot Competition. Through the contest, show attendees will create their own battle-bots using old car parts, ahead of the show. They will then bring them to the show in August to fight head-to-head in a dedicated arena, which will form a central part of the Show’s Crazee Car Corner.


No fooling: TechMan to team up with E3 Technical from 1 April

Published:  19 March, 2021

TechMan has entered into a new partnership with E3 Technical. Through the new collaboration, from 1 April, existing and new TechMan users will gain access to E3’s database of service schedules, repair times, drawings, procedures, capacities, wiring diagrams fault code diagnosis, and more.


White-knuckle Spring predicted for garages as MOTs shift into late Summer and beyond

Published:  18 March, 2021

Very few MOTs are expected to be taking place in April and May this year as a result of 2020’s MOT Exemption, but the situation is expected to normalise by the summer, new figures suggest.

A Freedom of Information (FOI) request to the DVSA by BookMyGarage.com, show MOT test numbers dropped by 79% last April and 61% in May. Although the MOT Exemption was in place until the end of July, test numbers were down by just 16% in June, 4% in July, and by August had surpassed 2019 by 9%.

MOTs tend to lead to service bookings for workshops according to BookMyGarage, where its booking data suggests 70% of motorists book both together. Karen Rotberg, Co-Founder of BookMyGarage.com commented: “Overall, the news is more positive than originally feared. We recognise that April and May will be difficult months for the industry but importantly we know MOT numbers will have recovered by the summer. “It’s also worth remembering that 2021 will not be an exact reflection of 2020. MOT due dates are determined by factors beyond when the last MOT took place, such as when used cars get sold with a fresh MOT and by three-year-old cars which will be having their first MOT this year and were therefore immune to last year’s extension.”


Plug-in Car Grant cut by a sixth

Published:  18 March, 2021

The Plug-in Car, Van and Truck Grant, which incentives buyers to opt for EVs, has been cut by a sixth, a move which has been characterized as counter-productive by the automotive sector given the 2030 goal to end the sale of new petrol and diesel cars government has set itself.


Post-lockdown safety checks could mitigate MOT demand drop says LKQ Euro Car Parts

Published:  17 March, 2021

Garages should be offering safety checks for customers to make sure vehicles are safe as lockdown eases, a move that will also bridge the gap created by the MOT Exemption LKQ Euro Car Parts has suggested.


TPS to sponsor British Rally Champion’s hat-trick title bid in new Volkswagen car

Published:  16 March, 2021

TPS has signed up to sponsor current British Rally Champion Matt Edwards as he bids for a hat-trick of titles in a new Volkswagen rally car.


End of an era at Schaeffler as MD retires

Published:  16 March, 2021

A changing of the guard is taking place at Schaeffler, as Nigel Morgan, Managing Director of Schaeffler’s Automotive Aftermarket division in the UK, retires after more than 40 years with the company. In his wake, stepping up to the newly created position of Country Manager UK & Ireland will be Mark Dolloway, who joined Schaeffler from SKF in 2012. Mark will, in turn, be replaced as Sales Director by Matt Selby who originally joined Schaeffler in 2007.


Brembo joins OESAA

Published:  16 March, 2021

Brembo is the latest automotive parts-maker to become a member of the Original Equipment Suppliers Aftermarket Association (OESAA).


MOT connectivity: Emissions testing equipment roll-out delayed

Published:  12 March, 2021

The mandatory introduction of connected emissions testing equipment for some MOT stations is being delayed by DVSA as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.


Brexit/COVID-19 issues fade as “clear signs of confidence” grow says AS-PL

Published:  11 March, 2021

Import snarl-ups caused by a combination of cross-border COVID-19 restrictions and the end of the Brexit transition period have eased as far as AS-PL is concerned, and the company is looking forward to normalised trading further into 2021 and beyond.


Blast from the past courtesy of Banner

Published:  11 March, 2021

Banner has produced 20 retro 1950s promotional plaques that will be made available to customers of the battery company. 


Motul says “We ‘Car Care’ a lot”

Published:  11 March, 2021

Motul is broadening its product portfolio in the UK automotive sector with the launch of its new Car Care series of products.

The care range features eleven cleaning products, including a glass cleaner, tyre puncture spray, scratch remover, car shampoo, express shine, insect remover, wheel rim cleaner, plastics cleaner, leather cleaner, upholstery cleaner, odour neutraliser, jumbo sponge wash mitt and rim brush, as well as microfibre cloths for the bodywork, glass, and plastic components.


DVSA urges motorists to make it SAFE

Published:  10 March, 2021


With schools now open again as lockdown is gradually eased, the DVSA has launched a campaign to urge motorists to make sure they are SAFE in their vehicle by doing four basic pre-drive checks:
• Service or health check if needed
• Air in tyres
• Fill up screenwash
• Examine lights and tyre tread


ADAS: IRR going live on 31 March

Published:  09 March, 2021

Hella Gutmann Solutions welcomes Thatcham’s Insurance Industry Requirements for ADAS calibration following vehicle repair


Simply the best: DENSO launches spark plug/oxygen sensor promotion

Published:  09 March, 2021

Workshops can request a decorative ‘Best service in town’ retro wall plate featuring DENSO’s renowned Iridium and Nickel TT spark plugs, when they purchase spark plugs and O2 sensors from participating distributors


Breakout for Ben raises £159k on the road to £1million

Published:  09 March, 2021

Ben’s 10-day virtual active challenge, Breakout for Ben, has raised just under £159,000. With the Breakout total included, just under £737,000 has now been raised to help address Ben’s £1million fundraising shortfall following its rallying cry last year asking for urgent support.



February car sales: Weakest since 1959 as lockdown #3 bites

Published:  04 March, 2021

The impact of lockdown, with showrooms remaining shut since 5 January meant new car sales saw their weakest February since 1959 last month, according to the latest figures from the SMMT. The market was down 35.5% with 28,282 fewer vehicles sold compared with 2020. In total, 51,312 new cars were registered during the month, which is traditionally one of the weakest during the year for new car sales.


Honda Monkey motorcycle hot item in NGK March parts promotion

Published:  04 March, 2021

Members of NGK’s BoxClever independent garage loyalty scheme have been quick to try and win a fantastic Honda Monkey motorcycle, worth almost £3,800, in a special month-long parts promotion.



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