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.

Thatcham launches IMI-accredited ADAS course

Published:  25 October, 2019

Thatcham Research has today (Friday 25 October) launched IMI-accredited ADAS calibration training, designed to close what it classifies as an emerging skills gap. Since the publication of its ‘Managing vehicle repairs involving ADAS’ document in May, Thatcham Research has been engaged in industry consultation with industry associations and bodies, including the IMI, SMMT, BVRLA, NBRA and IGA.

Brexit deal “vital” says RMI Chairman

Published:  11 October, 2019

“It is vital that the government agrees a Brexit deal with the EU. If it cannot, then prices will rise as a result of the import tariffs that will be paid on vehicles and parts. It is in everyone’s interests that a future trade deal between the UK and EU removes these tariffs,” said RMI Chairman Peter Johnson, speaking at this year’s RMI  Annual Dinner in London last night (10 October 2019).

Ben launches Critical response service

Published:  04 October, 2019

Ben has launched a Critical response service with a view to support employers and their employees during times of crisis.

NGK’s MO70 Dragmower set for Santa Pod

Published:  04 October, 2019

NGK and British drag racing champion Andy Robinson are keeping their fingers crossed for fine weather for the first official track debut of NGK’s Racing Lawnmower MO70 today (Friday 4 October 2019) at Santa Pod Raceway.

Rules for connected MOT equipment change

Published:  03 October, 2019

MOT testing stations buying a roller brake tester must now make sure it is a model that can connect to the MOT testing service, the DVSA has reminded garages.

Top Technician 2020 launches

Published:  01 October, 2019

Top Technician 2020 is launching today (Tuesday 1 October 2019). Those who wish to enter to test their skills in the competition should go to and then select “enter here”.

Bring it on: ECP launches Ben partnership with national challenge

Published:  27 September, 2019

Euro Car Parts has announced the launch of a year-long partnership with automotive industry charity Ben, through a massive national relay challenge covering 2,500km across the country in just five days.

TechMan is Top Technician/Top Garage 2020 sponsor

Published:  23 September, 2019

TechMan has joined the top-draw names that are aligning with Top Technician and Top Garage 2020 as it becomes a headline sponsor for the competitions.

VARTA becomes Top Technician/Top Garage 2020 sponsor

Published:  16 September, 2019

VARTA is the latest high-profile name to become a sponsor of Top Technician and Top Garage 2020.

Snap-on sign up as Top Technician/Top Garage 2020 sponsor

Published:  05 September, 2019

Snap-on has signed up with Top Technician and Top Garage 2020, becoming the first sponsor put its full support behind the two competitions for 2020.

Hella Gutmann Solutions partners with

Published:  05 September, 2019

Hella Gutmann Solutions (HGS) and online car repair marketplace have teamed up to provide motorists with a pointer for diagnostic solutions.

New ADAS seminar from Snap-on

Published:  04 September, 2019

Snap-on is offering a new seminar about ADAS. The event is accredited by the Institute of the Motor Industry (IMI) and gives attendees an overview of ADAS and how the various systems must now be considered part of their everyday work.

Lumileds/The Garage Inspector team up for Philips lighting videos

Published:  22 August, 2019

Lumileds has launched a new series of videos, presented by its brand ambassador, Andy Savva, a.k.a The Garage Inspector, to highlight the Philips automotive and workshop lighting offering, explain how technicians can stay safe and profitable in the workplace, as well as offer more safety and comfort to their customers.
Throughout the five-part series, recently premiered on its YouTube channel – Philips Automotive Lighting Europe – Andy offers technical and business advice, such as how upselling and upgrading headlight bulbs can be a healthy revenue stream, as well as explain how technicians should always change headlight bulbs in pairs and offer a free headlight check to motorists.
In addition, Andy shows how Lumileds is keeping technicians safe and productive in the workshop with its range of Philips professional workshop lamps.
Lumileds Business Development Manager Automotive – UK and Ireland, Richard Armstrong, said: “These videos are going to prove useful for both technicians and our distributors, as they provide in-depth information about what Philips can offer, not just in terms of using our products in the workplace, such as professional workshop lamps, but also selling our range of headlight bulbs to end-users.
“We’re grateful to Andy, someone who is at the top of his profession and well-qualified to explain the quality of our products, for collaborating with us to launch these videos – someone that technicians around the UK and Ireland will know well. His experience has proved invaluable to us, and we look forward to working with him in future projects.”
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Primalec: Airco Seal Pro now made in the UK

Published:  21 August, 2019

Primalec has announced its refrigerant sealants range is now being produced in the UK. The on-shoring process for Airco Seal Pro, the micro leak repair system for air conditioning refrigerants, is now complete. The company says this will  lead to a shorter and more reliable supply chain.

DENSO Club campaign launches

Published:  21 August, 2019

DENSO is rewarding its distributors by creating the DENSO Club, an initiative that offers customers the opportunity to win trips to either DENSO’s global headquarters in Japan or diesel factory in Budapest.  

Autoelectro MD leads car show judging panel

Published:  21 August, 2019

Autoelectro Managing Director Tony Bhogal as said he was “honoured” to lead the judging panel in the 2020 Bradford Classic Car Show on Saturday 17August.

Prepare for glory: Textar goes Spartan

Published:  19 August, 2019

Textar has expanded its distribution network across South Wales with the addition of new stockist Spartan Motor Factors.

From Russia with Comline

Published:  19 August, 2019

Comline will be flying the flag in Moscow in later this month, when they appeared at MIMS Automechanika Russia, the country’s largest automotive expo.

Roller brake testers - MOT connectivity keeps on rolling

Published:  12 August, 2019

MOT connectivity continues to roll out, with more equipment needing to be able of linking to the MOT testing service going forward, the DVSA is reminding garages.

TRICO and MAFCO Autobar ‘perfect summer’ promotion

Published:  06 August, 2019

TRICO has joined forces with MAFCO Autobar in a summer giveaway for buyers of TRICO wiper blades.

Exact Fit - TRICO launches new display

Published:  26 July, 2019

TRICO has unveiled its new planogram design with signage, which allows retailers to display its entire Exact Fit range to customers – using just a single two-metre bay.   The Exact Fit programme is a comprehensive range of direct fit, OE replacement blades, with almost 150 references giving 99% front and rear wiper coverage.

JLM Academy launches with DPF Doctor founder Darren Darling at the helm

Published:  22 July, 2019

The JLM Academy officially opened its doors on Saturday (20 July). The brainchild of Darren Darling, founder of The DPF Doctor Network, the new Academy is fielding a top-drawer roster of industry trainers, including Darren and Andy Savva, a.k.a The Garage Inspector.

Bristol MOT tester prosecuted for layby “tests”

Published:  19 July, 2019

A Bristol MOT tester has been prosecuted after he carried out illegitimate MOTs in a Somerset layby.

Autoglass launches ADAS 'Over The Air'

Published:  12 July, 2019

Autoglass has launched the Over The Air calibration solution which adds to its existing ADAS proposition. The combination makes what the company calls the Total Calibration Solution for ADAS diagnostics, coding and calibration.

Ben Impact Report highlights 29% caseload increase

Published:  12 July, 2019

Industry charity Ben saw a 29% year-on-year increase in the number of cases managed by its support services team, according to the organisation’s annual Impact Report for 2018-19, which was published this week.

DVSA publishes new ‘Manage your MOT centre’ guide

Published:  08 July, 2019

The DVSA has published new, clearer guidance on how they want to see MOT stations run that puts all relevant information in one place.

Customer wins Porsche in The Parts Alliance’s promotion

Published:  08 July, 2019

The Parts Alliance concluded their latest promotion by revealing the winner of an incredible prize - A brand new Porsche 911 Carrera worth almost £100,000.

Garage sees advert banned for being "sexist"

Published:  25 June, 2019

A Leeds-based garage has seen an advert it placed in a magazine banned by the Advertising Standards Agency (ASA) due to its perceived sexist content.

When the rain comes down: Record TRICO annual sales

Published:  25 June, 2019

Sales of TRICO wiper blades have surged year-on-year at Autoparts UK, with the brand’s Exact Fit and Flex range going up 65% during the period.

Here comes the flood: The Parts Alliance open evening attracts 250

Published:  25 June, 2019

he unprecedented rain and flooding that lashed much of Britain recently did not deter keen garage owners in the midlands from attending an open evening at The Parts Alliance’s new Midpoint Distribution Centre in mid-June, during the worst of the weather. A total of 250 attendees including 25 key suppliers made it for the event

Brexit deal must be next PM’s top priority urges automotive sector

Published:  25 June, 2019

A favourable Brexit deal is absolutely vital for the UK automotive sector, and securing one should be the top priority for the UK’s next Prime Minister, the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) said today (Tuesday 25 June) at the industry’s annual International Automotive Summit.

Top Garage 2019 winners revealed

Published:  22 June, 2019

The following businesses have been named as the winners of Top Garage 2019.  

Top Technician 19 winner named: Neil Currie

Published:  22 June, 2019

The winner and runner up for Top Technician 2019 have been announced. Neil Currie from Robertson Gemini in Dumfries & Galloway is 2019’s champion Meanwhile, Declan Robinson, who works at Philips Volkswagen in Lisburn, Northern Ireland was runner up.  

Hickleys: Key programming presentations

Published:  12 June, 2019

Hickleys are running a series of key programming presentations that will show the opportunities available in key programming. The evening sessions are being held around the country in June.

Excelr8 joins Draper Tools at Automechanika

Published:  31 May, 2019

Draper Tools will be bringing in a special guest at their stand at Automechanika Birmingham 2019, as the company be joined by British Touring Car Championship race team Excelr8 Motorsport

Top Garage 2019 finalists announced

Published:  30 May, 2019

The finalists for Top Garage have been named. The following businesses will compete to become winner within their own group, as well as for the overall championship for the year.  

Your Car – Your Choice awareness widens

Published:  22 May, 2019

The IAAF’s Your Car - Your Choice pilot project in Chesterfield has taken another step forward following the first ever garage awareness day.More than 100 people attended the event, held at Bilstein Group, Markham Vale as garages were able to find out more about their rights under Block Exemption Regulations (BER) and hear presentations from automotive aftermarket suppliers supporting their right to service and repair vehicles within the warranty period.

Free MOT certificate copy service launched

Published:  17 May, 2019

MOT centres are less likely to need to provide replacement copies of lost MOT certificates for customers going forward, thanks to a new online service that has been launched. It is estimated that businesses made £6 million per year as a result of providing MOT certificate replacement copies

Automechanika Birmingham: Guy Martin to open Big UK Garage Event

Published:  17 May, 2019

Morris Lubricants brand ambassador, television personality and mechanic Guy Martin will open the Automechanika Birmingham Big UK Garage Event on Tuesday 4 June.

“Be primed for digital revolution” says IAAF

Published:  07 May, 2019

Wendy Williamson, Chief Executive of the Independent Automotive Aftermarket Federation (IAAF) will be taking to the stage of the Aftermarket Seminar Theatre at Automechanika Birmingham next month in order to discuss the challenges faced by the aftermarket in the digital era.

Lord Coe speaks at Aftermarket Power Network: Automechanika Birmingham

Published:  03 May, 2019

Automechanika Birmingham has announced that Lord Sebastian Coe will be addressing the Aftermarket Power Network, premiering at Automechanika Birmingham on Tuesday 4th June, in Hall 20, NEC.

Second hand car dealer fined £53k

Published:  02 May, 2019

A second-hand car dealer based in West Yorkshire has been ordered to pay £53,567 for misleading consumers. The fines were handed down at Leeds Magistrates Court after the company entered guilty pleas relating to six breaches of the Consumer Protection from Unfair Trading Regulations. 

IGA publishes 2019 Garage Work Provider Report

Published:  02 May, 2019

The Independent Garage Association (IGA) has published its latest report into consumer facing websites that provide work to independent garages.

Osram completes acquisition of Ring

Published:  02 May, 2019

Following approval being granted by the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) in the UK for the takeover of Ring Automotive by Osram, a partnership between the two companies has officially started.


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