What does the OilFox say? New Castrol collaboration to help with lubricant stocking

Published:  17 December, 2020

Castrol has teamed up with tank remote monitoring provider OilFox to offer garages an automated monitoring and stock replenishment service.

Industry welcomes ongoing UK-EU trade talks but keeps options open

Published:  15 December, 2020

The extension of UK/EU talks for a post-Brexit trade deal beyond the deadline at the weekend was seen as positive across the industry, but companies in the sector have continued to prepare for a number of eventualities.

The British Motor Show: Expanded plans for 2021

Published:  14 December, 2020

The organisers of The British Motor Show have confirmed an expanded show, including three driving experiences as the approval of a COVID-19 vaccine means the brakes are well and truly off for the show, due to take place from 19-22 August 2021 at at Farnborough International.

HELLA presents new film

Published:  11 December, 2020

HELLA has produced a new film to highlight what it does for independent garages, including free services such as HELLA TECH WORLD.

Garages “prioritising diagnostics” says LKQ ECP campaign analysis

Published:  10 December, 2020

Keeping up to date with the latest diagnostic tools and methods has been identified as a key concern for independent garages, according to LKQ Euro Car Parts’ analysis of the response to its recent Garage Services campaign.

Gates rebrands EMD as E-Start

Published:  10 December, 2020

Gates has rebranded its hybrid parts brand as E-Start, and will also be using the occasion to launch Micro-V Belts and Micro-V Belt Kits into the market.

MOT Annual Training deadline rolls back to 30 April

Published:  09 December, 2020

The deadline for MOT testers to complete their required Annual Training for the 2020/21 period has been extended, DVSA has confirmed.

Virtual world no one predicted: IAAF conference 2020

Published:  08 December, 2020

 The first-ever virtual IAAF conference took place last week, and took an in-depth look at the opportunities and threats for the aftermarket in a post-Coronavirus and post-Brexit world. The IAAF’s new Pride of the Aftermarket awards was also held as part of the event, with a number of notable sector names bagging gongs.

Bridgestone aims to be flexible friend

Published:  08 December, 2020

Bridgestone has promised to work more closely with its customers going forward to help businesses make the most of the opportunities available as they exit any local COVD-10 tier restrictions.

MOT Class 7 testing shortage an opportunity says LKQ ECP

Published:  08 December, 2020

 Garages with the capability to provide MOT Class 7 tests, as well as the capacity given the ongoing MOT surge resulting from the exemption earlier in the year, are being urged to help van drivers and delivery fleets get tests where possible due to an ongoing dearth of available slots.  

2030: Skills shortage “biggest challenge” says IMI

Published:  07 December, 2020

The IMI has published an open letter in order to highlight the growing skills gap in the sector that is set to be exacerbated by the 2030 deadline for ending the sale of new EVs and hybrids.

New car sales drop in November as renewed restrictions bite

Published:  07 December, 2020

New car sales dropped by 27.4% in November as renewed COVID-19 lockdown restrictions during the month meant that franchised dealer showrooms were shut down, although the impact on sales was less severe than during the Spring.

TPS parts donation ideal Christmas gift for food bank

Published:  03 December, 2020

TPS has brought Christmas cheer to the Mid-Cheshire Food Bank, by helping to keep the charity’s only delivery van on the road through the donation of a new exhaust system.

The Garage Inspector: Business training incorporated into college course

Published:  02 December, 2020

In a first for automotive training, Lincoln College is to begin incorporating The Garage Inspector business courses from Andy Savva into its automotive training programme, in order to help bring through the next generation of garage owners.

£500,000 pledged to Ben following urgent rallying cry, as new Do It 4 Ben initiative is launched

Published:  02 December, 2020

Following an urgent plea for support made by Ben via an open letter to motor industry leaders, the charity has received pledges worth around £500,000. Meanwhile, Do It 4 Ben, a new way to get involved, has also been launched.

KCS launches e-commerce division

Published:  02 December, 2020

MAM Software parent Kerridge Commercial Systems (KCS) has launched an e-commerce division.

LKQ Euro Car Parts customers donate £10k to Ben

Published:  01 December, 2020

LKQ Euro Car Parts branch customers have collectively donated more than £10,000 to its long-standing charity partner Ben, by each adding 25p to their total when they check out.

Nissens to acquire part of AVA Cooling

Published:  01 December, 2020

Nissens is set to buy-up a portion of AVA Cooling from Enterex International Limited Group as part of an overall ongoing plan to grow its engine cooling, A/C and emissions product coverage.

IGA donates £20,000 to Ben

Published:  30 November, 2020

Ben has received a £20,000 funding boost from the IGA, following the charity’s urgent appeal for more support in the wake of COVID-19.

Time’s almost up for NGK BoxClever glow plug promo

Published:  30 November, 2020

NGK’s BoxClever glow plug promotion finishes today (Monday 30 November), and the company is reminding workshops they can still do a last-minute stock-up, so they can still benefit from the November-only deal.

Garages urged to “act now” for a fast start in 2021

Published:  30 November, 2020

Garages are being urged to “act now” and streamline their business processes for a fast start to the New Year.

VLS: New relationship with Bucks and Surrey Trading Standards

Published:  30 November, 2020

Oil trade body Verification of Lubricant Specifications (VLS) has entered into a Primary Authority partnership with Buckinghamshire and Surrey Trading Standards, through which it will provide tailored advice and guidance for VLS and its’ members.

TRICO announced as Speed Of Sight charity sponsor

Published:  27 November, 2020

TRICO has become headline sponsor for the charity Speed Of Sight.  

Servicesure extends warranty programme with Oilsure

Published:  26 November, 2020

Servicesure has a new oil warranty programme in partnership with Comma.

IMI 100 challenge goes that extra mile for BEN

Published:  25 November, 2020

The IMI 100 challenge, through which IMI employees and members of the wider automotive community rode bikes, ran and walked to raise funds for BEN, raised over £2,000 during October.

New BorgWarner kit adds to Delphi Technologies ADAS offering

Published:  24 November, 2020

BorgWarner has rolled out a new line of ADAS diagnostic tools.

OSRAM teams up with The Parts Alliance to offer helping hand

Published:  24 November, 2020

OSRAM has supplied the NEXUS N!UNITED initiative with 1,000 complimentary bottles of hand sanitizer via The Parts Alliance, to send out to their network of branches. From there, the bottles will then be distributed to Servicesure Autocentre members throughout the UK.

NGK hails “popular” NTK camshaft & crankshaft sensor range

Published:  23 November, 2020

 NGK says it has been very pleased by the industry’s response to the launch last year of its range of 200 UK-specific NTK camshaft and crankshaft sensors.

2030 ICE deadline: Sector continues to react

Published:  18 November, 2020

 The automotive sector has continued to react to the announcement of the deadline for the end of new petrol and diesel vehicle sales being moved up to 2030, with mixed views across the industry.

Petrol/diesel ban by 2030 confirmed

Published:  18 November, 2020

The government is bringing forward the ban on the sale of new petrol and diesel vehicles to 2030, the Prime Minister has confirmed.

Ben issues rallying cry as record demand collides with falling income

Published:  18 November, 2020

Ben is making an urgent appeal to automotive industry leaders as it faces a 50% increase in demand for services against a £1m income shortfall, following the cancellation of fundraising events including the Ben Ball. The crisis comes as COVID-19 continues to have an unprecedented impact on the health and wellbeing of the automotive workforce.

Business as usual for BM Catalysts

Published:  17 November, 2020

BM Catalysts is the latest aftermarket name to reassure its customers that normal service will continue through lockdown 2.0.

No wave of disruption this time say OESAA members via Andy Savva video

Published:  17 November, 2020

The Original Equipment Suppliers Aftermarket Association (OESAA) and its members are reassuring garages they are all very much open for business during the current lockdown via a video from OESAA spokesman Andy Savva a.k.a The Garage Inspector.

Absolute Alignment stocks up for Brexit

Published:  17 November, 2020

Absolute Alignment has recently doubled its storage space for stock, increased staffing levels, and is preparing for the Brexit deadline on 31 December by increasing the number of wheel aligners that will be readily available to customers in early 2021.

Petrol and diesel ban by 2030?

Published:  16 November, 2020

The government is poised to accelerate the ban on the sale of new petrol and diesel vehicles, it has been reported, with the Prime Minister expected to officially move the deadline to 2030 later this week.

Garage-speak baffles most drivers, study finds

Published:  16 November, 2020

Half of UK motorists putting off essential servicing

Published:  12 November, 2020

Under the shadow of COVID-19, 48% of drivers have put off essential servicing or car maintenance during 2020, a study has found.

Walk a mile in their shoes? HELLA UK challenge supports local hospice

Published:  11 November, 2020

A group of HELLA employees have walked the equivalent of going from Oxfordshire to Germany and back again, in order to support the Katherine House Hospice in Banbury.

If Santa Claus was a car mechanic: Autotech Recruit launch children’s Christmas card competition

Published:  11 November, 2020

Autotech Recruit is inviting budding artists to enter a design for its Christmas card competition, which is being run as part of the company’s 10th anniversary celebrations during December.

Used car market bounces back in Q3

Published:  10 November, 2020

Coronavirus causing used car warranty surge?

Published:  10 November, 2020

COVID-19 could be the cause of motorists opting for longer and more comprehensive levels of warranty cover for second-hand cars, a study has suggested.

Independent garages offer best value for money, IGA study finds

Published:  09 November, 2020

Independent garages are offering motorists outstanding value for money, unrivalled by any other sector in the aftermarket, a new study by the IGA has found.

Record-breaking bookings for MOTs and services as showroom doors close

Published:  09 November, 2020

The first three days of last week (2-4 November) were record-breakers for MOT and service bookings, according BookMyGarage.com.

Business as usual during new lockdown says NGK

Published:  06 November, 2020

Garages are being reassured by NGK that it will continue to be ‘business as usual’ throughout the new month-long lockdown that started in England yesterday (Thursday 5 November ) and set to end on 2 December.

GS Yuasa installs innovative EV charging station in Portsmouth port

Published:  06 November, 2020

Portsmouth International Port now has the capability to fast-charge electric vehicles in the daytime using power supplied overnight, thanks to GS Yuasa.

Furlough to continue into 2021, with more support for self-employed

Published:  05 November, 2020

Chancellor of the Exchequer Rishi Sunak has today (Thursday 5 November) announced that the Furlough is being extended until the end of March 2021, with support for the self-employed also beefed-up.

Castrol launches National Mechanics’ Month

Published:  05 November, 2020

Castrol has launched National Mechanics’ Month, through which Castrol is inviting motorists to nominate their favourite local mechanic or garage.

Firebreak douses demand in Wales as overall car sales fell in October

Published:  05 November, 2020

New car sales were down again in October, with registrations falling 1.6% year-on-year according to the latest figures published today (Thursday 5 November) by the SMMT. There were 140,945 new registrations last month, making it the weakest October since 2011 and 10.1% lower than the average recorded over the last decade.


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