Garage Services offering from LKQ ECP to help independents diversify

Published:  02 September, 2020

LKQ Euro Car Parts is launching a new Garage Services programme with a view to helping independents increase their opportunity to generate revenue by offering a wider range of more lucrative servicing areas.

TRICO becomes First Brands Group

Published:  01 September, 2020

TRICO has announced its new name, First Brands Group, along with the addition of two new brands, Brake Parts Inc. (BPI) and Champion Laboratories (Champ Labs).  

DVSA reveals top 20 postcodes for MOT demand during autumn

Published:  01 September, 2020

Areas where demand for MOTs will be highest this autumn have been revealed by the DVSA. All but one postcode across the UK will see demand for tests rise by over 50% in October and November, as drivers given an MOT exemption look to get a test performed at the same time as those normally due MOTs during the period. 

Furlough: The 10% Solution

Published:  28 August, 2020

From Tuesday (1 September), garages that have taken advantage of the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme will  need to pay 10% of wages so so employees still receive 80% of their pay under furlough.

Automechanika to launch online push in September

Published:  27 August, 2020

Automechanika Frankfurt is set to deliver a deluge of digital content to the garage sector from September in place of the actual show, which is now taking place 14-18 September 2021, a year later than originally planned.

Automotive recruitment firm offers video interviews and profiling

Published:  26 August, 2020

Recorded candidate interviews and candidate profiling are among the new services automotive aftermarket recruitment specialist Glen Callum Associates (GCA) has launched  to help garages and other businesses in the automotive sector  with their recruitment processes.

NBRA calls for Furlough extension

Published:  25 August, 2020

 The National Body Repair Association (NBRA), has called on the government to extend the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS).

Warwickshire garage is 500th AA Prestige member

Published:  25 August, 2020

Warwickshire-based Cross Motor Engineering has become the 500th garage to sign up to garage network AA Prestige, which  has seen a 25% increase in membership over the past 18 months. The network intends to keep on growing too, and is aiming for 1,200 garages in the network by 2021.

Autotech Training doubles MOT Manager courses

Published:  24 August, 2020

Schaeffler releases REPEXPERT podcast

Published:  21 August, 2020

A new REPEXPERT podcast covering practical Health & Safety issues around garages getting back to work, as well as increasingly pertinent technical matters has been issued by Schaeffler.

IMI reports increased interest in automotive apprenticeships

Published:  20 August, 2020

 Ahead of GCSE results day, the Institute of the Motor Industry (IMI) reported a significant uplift in Careers Advisors asking for insight into the career opportunities in the automotive sector.

Surf’s up: Get on top of the digital wave and work deluge says Eurorepar

Published:  18 August, 2020

With the backlog of MOT and repair work now surging into garages, the PSA-backed Eurorepar Car Service (ERCS) network is urging garages to look at updating their digital presence so they can make the best of the opportunity in a changed business landscape.

COVID-19 self-employed support continues

Published:  17 August, 2020

Self-employed mechanics recently saw more COVID-19 funding heading their way.


Published:  12 August, 2020

VARTA have joined The Original Equipment Suppliers Aftermarket Association (OESAA) in the UK, joining the likes of Schaeffler, ZF, Denso and HELLA.

Used car sales nosedive in Q2

Published:  11 August, 2020

Even used car sales have not been immune to COVID-19, as new figures from the SMMT showed that sales in the  UK’s second-hand car market fell by by 48.9% in the second quarter of 2020.

Top Technician and Top Garage roll into 2021

Published:  07 August, 2020

Due to the ongoing impact of Coronavirus, the running of Top Technician and Top Garage 2020 is being extended until October 2021, and Aftermarket is using this opportunity to make the competitions bigger and better than ever.

When the Levy brakes: Apprenticeship funding to be hit by recruitment fall?

Published:  06 August, 2020

COVID-19 caused a 75% drop in overall apprentice recruitment across the automotive in June sector with take up in garages and dealerships seeing an even steeper 87% fall, and the IMI has warned this could mean that millions of pounds of Apprentice Levy funding disappears unused back into government coffers.

DVSA encouraging motorists to beat post-exemption rush and get MOT this summer

Published:  05 August, 2020

MOT demand during autumn expected to double following the return of normal testing last Saturday (1 August). To avoid a backlog at garages and take advantage of a summer lull at testing stations, the DVSA is encouraging motorists who took advantage of the MOT exemption to get their car tested as soon as possible.

Demand drives up car sales in July

Published:  05 August, 2020

The trend towards lower car sales resulting from COVID-19 lockdown restrictions seemed to go into reverse during July, with UK new car registations zooming up 11.3%, according to the latest figures from the SMMT.

It's back: Mandatory MOT testing reintroduced

Published:  03 August, 2020

Furlough: Employers now pay National Insurance and pension contributions

Published:  03 August, 2020

 Garages that have taken advantage of the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme now have to pay a small proportion of the cost of the furlough, with this share rising until the scheme winds up at the end of October.

Thatcham releases long-awaited ADAS repair requirements

Published:  31 July, 2020

 The long-awaited requirements for the safe repair of ADAS-equipped vehicles have been published today (Friday 31 July) by Thatcham Research.

Comline brake pad copper-free cred confirmed

Published:  28 July, 2020

Comline’s brake pads have received an Automotive Aftermarket Suppliers Association (AASA) ‘N’ rating, confirming that the brand’s pads contain less than 0.5% of copper by weight.The rating permits the brand to use the AASA LeafMark ‘N’ icon in promoting its range of all makes brake pads.The AASA LeafMark will be included on Comline promotional material in going forward.

LKQ Euro Car Parts launches cloud-based GMS

Published:  24 July, 2020

As part of its ongoing efforts to future-proof the independent aftermarket, LKQ Euro Car Parts has introduced a new, cloud-based version of its garage management software (GMS), CarSys.

New normal gets WAI helping hand as face mark rule comes into force

Published:  24 July, 2020

With the wearing of face masks mandatory in all retail shops from today (Friday 24 July), WAIglobal UK is offering three types of mask, including the KN95, which has a 95% particle filtration, is CE marked and is recommended to be used for up to 12 hours.

Study shows small business confidence bounce-back

Published:  23 July, 2020

With the end of the MOT extension in sight, and the easing of lockdown meaning more custom coming through the door, you would expect business confidence to rise in the aftermarket. Now, new figures have shown that the proportion of all UK small businesses predicting growth has almost doubled in just three months – from 14% to 27%.

Contactless: VIEWMECH and Payment Assist integration announced

Published:  23 July, 2020

Personalised customer video provider VIEWMECH, which is provided by LKQ Euro Car Parts, has announced a new integration with finance provider Payment Assist that will enable workshops to provide an entirely contact-free customer journey all the way through to payment.

6,000 automotive businesses on the brink, but vast majority demonstrating resilience

Published:  22 July, 2020

6,000 automotive businesses on the brink, but vast majority demonstrating resilience 6,000 automotive businesses could be at risk of closing within the next few weeks, according to the IMI’s analysis of the latest Office for National Statistics (ONS) data.

Ben launches F1 virtual challenge

Published:  21 July, 2020

Ben is launching its first ever series of virtual challenges, as part of Bring It On 4 Ben. The first to run this year, Formula Ben Silverstone VGP, starts on Sunday 2 August and is inspired by the Formula 1 British Grand Prix at Silverstone.

88% online traffic increase for lead generator during lockdown

Published:  20 July, 2020

 Independent garages were actively sought out by motorists left unsupported by the mass closure of franchised dealers during lockdown, with garage lead generator site seeing an 88% increase in traffic over the period.

Snap-on adds vehicle coverage guide to website

Published:  17 July, 2020

Snap-on has added an online vehicle coverage guide to its website that functions as a reference tool, allowing users to look up Snap-on software coverage.

Get back to work says government, as staycation trend identified as road safety concern

Published:  17 July, 2020

Government advice on working from home is shifting towards encouraging remote workers back into the office, and with public transport still being shunned and millions of Brits looking to holiday in the UK this summer, garages could see a massive surge in work to complement the expected increase resulting from the end of the MOT extension.

Faulty and unsafe cars for sale across South West

Published:  17 July, 2020

One in three used cars looked at as part of an investigation into second-hand car sales across the South West were faulty or unsafe, Trading Standards has found.

OESAA offering 3,000 free garage packs

Published:  17 July, 2020

The Original Equipment Suppliers Aftermarket Association (OESAA) is offering garages the chance to get one of  3,000 free ‘Back on Track’ packs of workshop essentials to UK independent garages, on a first-come, first-served basis.

Snap-on adds APOLLO-D8 to online tool matcher

Published:  13 July, 2020

Snap-on has added APOLLO-D8 to the tool matcher feature on its website, designed to help technicians find the right Intelligent Diagnostic tool to meet their needs.

IMI TechSafe Group grows

Published:  13 July, 2020

The IMI’s TechSafe Sector Advisory Group has expanded.

Coronavirus explored in next IAAF briefing

Published:  13 July, 2020

The ongoing effect of Coronavirus and the impact of the MOT extension will be among the topics discussed during the next IAAF Zoom-based ‘Industry Briefing Bitsize’ next week.

Here comes the SUN: Snap-on offer set to support MOT sector as extension ends

Published:  10 July, 2020

 Snap-on are offering MOT testing stations the opportunity to sidestep a looming calibration crisis and fast-track themselves back to full readiness when the MOT extension ends via a fully calibrated SUN DGA5000 emissions analyser.

Not on the list: Ben Ball joins 2020 cancelled events

Published:  10 July, 2020

The Ben Ball is the latest industry bash to be cancelled in the wake of COVID-19. The annual pre-yuletide event won’t be taking place this year for the first time since World War II, contributing to a potential income shortfall of £1m for Ben this year.

Push it: Free USB smart button from Yuasa

Published:  09 July, 2020

Yuasa are giving workshops nationwide a free USB smart button that connects users to the company’s battery lookup site.

Fraudster fugitive garage owner jailed

Published:  09 July, 2020

A bogus Sussex garage owner who was also a serial fraudster targeting women via dating websites and then conning them out of thousands of pounds, has been jailed for 10 years. 

No scrappage, but Chancellor unveils £1,000 bonus to bring back furloughed staff

Published:  08 July, 2020

Garages will not be facing the prospect of a vehicle scrappage scheme, but Chancellor of the Exchequer Rishi Sunak has announced a £1,000 bonus for every employee brought back to work from furlough.

Subs holiday for RAC/Autofirst member garages

Published:  08 July, 2020

All garages in the RAC Approved Garages network, powered by Autofirst, have been granted a membership subscription payment holiday and are also being provided with a new COVID-19 code of conduct that provides guidelines on safe working.


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