Coronavirus assessed by suppliers: ECP keeps doors open; others temporarily closing

Published:  25 March, 2020

 Aftermarket suppliers are continuing to look at the Coronavirus outbreak, and decide how best to support their customers while balancing responsibility for staff. Some are opting to remain open, while others are looking to temporarily close their doors.

DVSA announces MOT extensions due to Coronavirus

Published:  25 March, 2020

From Monday (30 March), DVSA has announced that MOT due dates for cars, motorcycles and light vans will be extended by six months, in order to help prevent the spread of coronavirus.

Garage to remain open despite new restrictions

Published:  24 March, 2020

Garages are among the essential businesses that are being allowed to remain open, following the introduction of more stringent restrictions to help fight the Coronavirus pandemic.

Automotive sector to lift ventilator blues?

Published:  23 March, 2020

The automotive sector could soon be doing more than just fixing vehicles in the fight against Coronavirus, with companies gearing up to manufacture ventilators.

Self-employed mechanics to receive more Coronavirus support?

Published:  23 March, 2020

 Self-employed mechanics could see Coronavirus government support increase, with MPs looking to ramp up support for the self-employed.

Garages to lose staff to self-isolation now

Published:  23 March, 2020

Garages could lose some members of staff for at least three months from now, due to government advising those with serious health conditions to self-isolate as soon as possible.

Garage staff likely "key workers" - Children can attend school

Published:  20 March, 2020

 Garage staff are  likely to qualify as key workers whose children are still able to attend school from Monday (23 March), following the general closure of schools across the UK.

Government to pay wages Chancellor announces

Published:  20 March, 2020

Garages that find themselves struggling because of the impact of the Coronavirus outbreak have the opportunity to seek major government support in paying staff wages.

Top Technician and Top Garage 2020

Published:  20 March, 2020

Due to the ongoing Coronavirus outbreak, the semi-finals and finals for Top Technician and Top Garage 2020 are being delayed until later in the year. The Top Technician and Top Garage Awards Evening, which is held in the evening immediately following the finals for both competitions, will also be pushed back until 17 October 2020. 

UK automotive assesses ongoing Coronavirus impact

Published:  20 March, 2020

The UK automotive sector continues to monitor the potential for disruption, as the Coronavirus outbreak continues.

Government consults on E10 at the pump

Published:  05 March, 2020

Petrol with a higher bioethanol content could be sold in the UK from next year. The government is consulting on whether E10, which has 10% bioethanol content, should become the new standard grade of petrol. The E5 grade, containing 5% bioethanol, has a higher carbon content. The Department for Transport says the move could reduce transport CO2 emissions by 750,000 per year.

The Parts Alliance deliver ‘The Original Experience’

Published:  27 February, 2020

The Parts Alliance has launched ‘The Original Experience’. Throughout March and April, garage customers will receive ‘Original Experience’ scratch cards with each purchase of Delphi brake pads, MANN-FILTER cabin and oil filters, Comma 5 litre Performance Motor Oil and NGK spark plug sets.

Tetrosyl unveils BTCC team sponsorship

Published:  27 February, 2020

Tetrosyl has teamed up with Ciceley Motorsport, and has unveiled its plans for their 2020 Kwik Fit British Touring Car Championship campaign (BTCC).

£100,000 for BEN and 100,000 members in IMI centenary

Published:  26 February, 2020

As part of its 2020 centenary commemorations, the IMI is aiming to raise £100,000 for automotive industry support charity Ben, while also setting itself the goal of increasing its membership to 100,000 by the end of the 2020/2021 financial year. Current membership is 72,000.

VLS investigation prompts ATIEL process change

Published:  25 February, 2020

An investigation by the UK’s Verification of Lubricant Specifications (VLS) has led ATIEL, the representative body for manufacturers and marketers in the European lubricants industry, to change its quality management policy. Following the investigation. ATIEL member products are now included in compliance programmes for the first time.

MOT testers face suspension as training deadline nears

Published:  25 February, 2020

Almost half of MOT testers have yet to undertake their annual training, with the deadline only a few weeks away, the DVSA has warned.

Government aims for new 2035 petrol/diesel ban deadline

Published:  04 February, 2020

A ban on the sale of new petrol and diesel vehicles could come even sooner than expected, with government now saying it intends to bring the deadline forward to 2035 – or even earlier if possible.

The Parts Alliance partners with Petronas

Published:  27 January, 2020

The Parts Alliance has entered into partnership with Petronas Lubricants International (PLI) to supply its Syntium range of oil into the UK aftermarket.

EVs hit the headlines

Published:  27 January, 2020

Electric cars and new vehicle tech continued to capture the worldwide imagination as 2020 began. Both were the focus of attention at the CES electronics show, held in Las Vegas last month. While Sony surprise-launched its own prototype car at the show, Mercedes-Benz unveiled the Vision AVTR (Advanced Vehicle Transformation), created in conjunction with the team behind the film AVATAR.

On-street chargepoint funding gets government boost

Published:  27 January, 2020

Garages could see EV numbers grow following the announcement that government funding for the installation of chargepoints on residential streets will double to £10 million in 2021.

Snap-on launches new YouTube channel

Published:  24 January, 2020

Snap-on has launched a new UK YouTube channel. Videos featured on the channel include in-depth platform training modules as well as the Diagnostic Quick Tips series.

Ben increases mental health services provision

Published:  20 January, 2020

Ben is increasing and enhancing its range of digital services for automotive industry people seeking support with mental health and wellbeing issues including stress, anxiety and depression.

EVs and hybrid sales up amid falling overall 2019 car market

Published:  06 January, 2020

Motorists continued to hold onto their existing cars last year, with the latest figures showing that new car sales were down 2.4% in 2019. The high degree of political and economic uncertainty is being seen as the likeliest cause.

Euro Car Parts back as Top Technician/Top Garage 2020 sponsor

Published:  03 January, 2020

Euro Car Parts has returned to Top Technician and Top Garage, becoming a sponsor for the 2020 competitions. 

Ben Ball raises £87,000

Published:  16 December, 2019

2019’s Ben Ball, held at the Roundhouse, helped raise over £87,000 for Ben last week.

TMD Friction launches anti-counterfeit seal

Published:  04 December, 2019

Textar has launched a new anti-counterfeit safety seal for its packaging.

Klarius case canned by Judge

Published:  04 December, 2019

 A court case where directors from Klarius were due to standing trial for selling non-type-approved emissions products was thrown out by the Judge at Manchester Crown Court yesterday (Tuesday 3 December).

Ben’s Industry Survey launches

Published:  03 December, 2019

Ben has launched its latest Industry Survey to ask the automotive community about the biggest health and wellbeing challenges they face.The survey takes less than 10 minutes to complete and is confidential and anonymous.

British Motor Show returns in 2020

Published:  03 December, 2019

The British Motor Show is returning in 2020, with an all-new venue and organising committee. Based at Farnborough International, Hampshire, the show sees the return of a national British Motor Show that will include all the traditional elements, but also a number of new, live and interactive features.

Unigloves launches enhanced website

Published:  02 December, 2019

Unigloves has launched an enhanced version of its website. features information on its range of nitrile, latex and hybrid disposable gloves. Updates include 360° spin images, product comparison feature and where to buy, in addition to product-specific technical and performance data. The new site also allows users to request free samples, find out about its glove audit service and access resources such as an industrial glove glossary.

Delphi Technologies helps hospice

Published:  29 November, 2019

The aftermarket team at Delphi Technologies has been busy raising money for Myton Hospice in Warwick, a charity dedicated to helping terminally ill people and their families. This year the company donated more than £4,000 thanks to a combination of monthly contributions from staff salaries and dedicated company events, such as afternoon teas.

IGA publishes ADAS guide

Published:  29 November, 2019

 The IGA has produced an all-round ADAS guide for its membership.

DENSO rocks Black Friday bargains

Published:  29 November, 2019

 Garages can take advantage of significant Black Friday discounts today (29 November) with Denso, as the manufacturer has cut prices on six websites.

Brexit bill could cost motor sector £42.7 billion says SMMT

Published:  27 November, 2019

New figures from the SMMT show that if the UK faced trade tariffs following Brexit, the result would decimate UK car manufacturing, with 1.5 million vehicles lost by 2024 at a cost of £42.7 billion.

Bosch to buy Unipart garage programmes

Published:  27 November, 2019

Bosch is buying Unipart Group’s workshop programmes in the UK, for an undisclosed price.

The Motor Ombudsman plugs in new EV Garage Finder feature

Published:  27 November, 2019

The Motor Ombudsman has launched a new search facility on its Garage Finder to allow drivers to easily find and identify accredited businesses that service and repair electric vehicles.

HELLA 2020 calendar giveaway

Published:  27 November, 2019

 HELLA has released the 2020 edition of its workshop calendar, which features images of a variety of garages around the globe.

Klarius wins award

Published:  21 November, 2019

 Klarius was recently presented with a manufacturing excellence award from the Northern Automotive Alliance (NAA).

It’s “Like” that – Comline Facebook following hits 10,000

Published:  21 November, 2019

Comline recently welcomed the 10,000th follower to its Facebook page, part of the brand’s overall social media community growth, which has increased by 700% over the last nine months.

Vehicle data: Manifesto calls for action

Published:  15 November, 2019

A coalition of European trade federations representing groups including independent garages, parts distributors and component and equipment suppliers has published a manifesto urging the European Commission to legislate to assure fair remote access to in-vehicle date and functional resources.

Limited spaces still available for first REPXPERT Academy LIVE event

Published:  08 November, 2019

The first REPEXPERT Academy LIVE training day is set to take place on Saturday 16 November at Lincoln College. Spaces are still available, but techs are urged to book now to avoid disappointment. Doors open at 9.30am, and the day runs until 4pm.

Deck the halls: TRICO and MAFCO Autobar Cash in for Christmas

Published:  07 November, 2019

TRICO and MAFCO Autobar have teamed up for their annual Cash in for Christmas campaign.  

MOT connectivity: Decelerometers next

Published:  07 November, 2019

Decelerometers are the next equipment type that will need to be able to connect directly to the MOT testing service when being replaced.

In Town Automotive apprentice wins award

Published:  07 November, 2019

 Northampton-based independent garage In Town Automotive has seen one of its young techs named as Apprentice of the Year at the SME Northamptonshire Business Awards.

Top Garage 2020 launches

Published:  01 November, 2019

Top Garage 2020 begins its run today (Friday 1 November). Following last year’s amazing competition, thousands of businesses are expected to take part. Those who go through the various rounds will face a number of online tasks, which culminate in a live final on Saturday 20 June 2020.

New MOT manager security checks to be introduced

Published:  25 October, 2019

The DVSA is aiming to make security checks for MOT garage owners and managers simpler via DBS checks. From 1 November, anyone applying to be an authorised examiner (AE) or authorised examiner designated manager (AEDM) will need to have a basic DBS check. This verifies identity and checks for unspent convictions.

NGK’s MO70 Dragmower sets new record

Published:  25 October, 2019

NGK’s MO70 Dragmower has made a sensational track debut at Santa Pod Raceway – recording a top speed of 115.53mph.

ZF win Irish award

Published:  25 October, 2019

ZF Aftermarket has been named Automotive Aftermarket Parts Manufacturer of the Year at the Irish Auto Trade Awards for the second year in a row.

Comline named as A1 Component Supplier of the Year 2019

Published:  25 October, 2019

Comline named as A1 Component Supplier of the Year 2019 Comline has been named 'Component Supplier of the Year’ by A1 Motor Stores, the third time they have won the title.  The latest award, which was presented at A1’s gala evening in Newcastle, completes a hat trick for the brand who have previously secured title in 2016 and 2017.


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