MOT wave about to hit

Published:  18 August, 2021

6,952,454 MOTs are set to expire across England, Scotland and Wales during September and October, according to the latest figures released by the DVSA. This 1.3 million increase represents a 22% rise on pre-pandemic levels.9.58 million drivers opted to take advantage of the 2020 MOT exemption and time-shifted their Spring/Summer tests into the Autumn, which has altered the pattern of testing through the year going forward.


Top Technician 2021 semi-finalists announced

Published:  17 August, 2021

The semi-finalists for Top Technician 2021 have been named.
The following mechanics will be competing in the semi-final, which is being held at In Town Automotive in Northampton on Saturday 4 September:


E10 intro prompts fuel additives boom

Published:  16 August, 2021

E10 petrol standard replaces E5 or 95 octane grade petrol at the pump from 1 September, and garages, motor factors and consumers have been racing to prepare for the switch.


Garage staffing to see improvement following double-jab close contact rule changes?

Published:  16 August, 2021

Garages should see staff shortages due to self-isolation requirements start to lessen from today, due to COVID-19 rule changes that include those who have received two doses of as vaccine no longer being required to self-isolate if they have been identified as having been in close contact with someone who has tested positive.


Summer/Autumn 21: Seize every opportunity garages told

Published:  12 August, 2021

Garages need to prepare for the growing busy period in the second half of 2021 to make sure they can take advantage of the opportunities, and not be overwhelmed by the workload, GiPA’s Q2 report has suggested.


Older cars dominate Q2 used car sales

Published:  10 August, 2021

Independent garages could soon see a boom, as used car sales increased by a massive 108.6% in the second quarter of 2021 according to the latest figures from the SMMT, with older cars making up the vast majority. In fact, only 12.7% of all used cars sold during the three-month period were under three years old, the lowest on record.


HGS/Pro-Align ADAS/wheel alignment team-up announced

Published:  09 August, 2021

Hella Gutmann Solutions (HGS) has teamed up with Pro-Align to provide a combined solution for wheel alignment and ADAS camera and radar calibration.


New car sales: Weakest July since 1998

Published:  05 August, 2021

The combined onslaught of the pingdemic and the ongoing worldwide semiconductor shortage managed to push new car sales down by 29.5% compared with 2020, making it the weakest July since 1998, according to the latest figures from the SMMT.


Ben switches on Big Breakfast to focus on mental health

Published:  03 August, 2021

Ben is to undertake its first ever Big Breakfast fundraiser in October. The event runs for a week, starting on Monday 4 October and ending on World Mental Health Day on Sunday 10 October.


August Furlough changes

Published:  02 August, 2021

Garages and all other businesses still using the furlough scheme have since yesterday (Sunday 1 August) been required to make larger contributions towards paying their staff.


MOT “to take over 10 years” to return to pre-2020 pattern

Published:  27 July, 2021

A MOT surge in the Autumn will be a fact of life for at least a decade, according to a new analysis of the relevant data performed by Continental Tyres.


EVs and hybrids surge in popularity over last 12 months

Published:  27 July, 2021

11% of drivers planning to change their car expect its replacement to be fully electric, up from 8% in 2020 according to new research. When including hybrids, the research from Kwik Fit shows that the number looking for a low emission vehicle next time rises to 37%, a up from from 33% a year ago.


LKQ Euro Car Parts calls on government to act on Block Exemption monopoly threat to independent garages

Published:  23 July, 2021


LKQ Euro Car Parts has called on the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) to urgently clarify its plans for what will replace the EU’s Motor Vehicle Block Exemptions (MVBER), which expire in 2023. While the European Commission is consulting industry within the EU, LKQ Euro Car Parts says the CMA is yet to properly engage with the issue in the UK.


Ping-demic highlights pre-existing skills shortage in automotive sector

Published:  22 July, 2021

With 618,903 people in England and Wales instructed to self-isolate in just one week up to 14 July, the automotive sector will not be immune from the impact the NHS COVID-19 app is having on the wider society.


Garage staffing to be decimated by NHS app pings?

Published:  16 July, 2021

Staffing levels in garages over the summer could hit critically low levels, with the number of people being instructed to self-isolate through the NHS COVID-19 app rising rapidly.


VARTA: ‘Joining OESAA was a no-brainer!’

Published:  16 July, 2021

VARTA has said that the inevitable positive outcome of joining the Original Equipment Suppliers Aftermarket Association (OESAA) in 2019 made the decision “a no-brainer.”


Top Technician semi-finalist is EV world champ

Published:  14 July, 2021

One of the semi-finalists in this year’s Top Technician competition has been named as Kia’s world champion EV technician, winning the Gold Medal in the Kia EV Skill World Cup 2021, beating rivals from 14 other countries while also hopefully putting him in good stead for this year’s TT diagnostic smackdown.


75% of all exhibitors to be live at Automechanika Frankfurt Digital Plus

Published:  08 July, 2021

75% of the 200 companies exhibiting at this year’s Automechanika Frankfurt Digital Plus will have physical stands at the showground, the organisers have revealed.


Win 12-month GMS subscription with TechMan

Published:  07 July, 2021

TechMan is giving away a free 12-month subscription of its garage management system as part of a prize package worth more than £1,200.


European aftermarket first for Banner

Published:  06 July, 2021

Banner has introduced a new 50 Ah Running Bull AGM, a starter battery compatible with models including as the Suzuki Swift/Splash, Vauxhall Adam, Hyundai Kona and Kia Stonic. Meanwhile, in what is a European aftermarket first for Banner, the Running Bull AGM 55001 part number is currently installed in the BWM i8 as a back-up.

Commenting on the development, Banner Batteries Country Manager Lee Quinney said: “The importance of AGM and EFB battery technology continues to gain momentum in the UK aftermarket and we are confident that the new Running Bull part number will help consolidate Banner’s position within what is an increasingly important sector. The new-to-range AGM not only exemplifies Banner’s standing as a complete solutions provider, it once again reflects Banner’s prominent reputation within the OE arena.”

In addition, Banner is continuing to promote its VRM battery application guide, available from www.bannerbatteryfinder.co.uk


New car sales up, but pandemic and semiconductor shortage still impacting

Published:  05 July, 2021

New car sales were up 28% in June, with 186,128 sold during the month according to the latest figures from the SMMT, although the ongoing impact of the pandemic is still being felt, as well as the the global semiconductor shortage which is limiting supply.


Saturday/Sunday drivers: Pandemic makes motorists Weekenders research suggests

Published:  02 July, 2021

Garages should see overall work levels settle towards pre-pandemic levels as new research shows weekend traffic levels above pre-Coronavirus levels, while weekday traffic remains lightly below where it was previously.


Nissan investment to boost EVs in UK?

Published:  02 July, 2021

The EV market in the UK got a major boost this week, with Nissan’s revealing it will build its new EV at its plant in Sunderland, with a battery plant in the plan too.


Furlough terms change for employers

Published:  01 July, 2021

Garages and all other businesses still accessing the furlough scheme to pay staff are required to begin contributing from today (Thursday 1 July).


LCV growth: Don’t miss out on the van-demic opportunity says LKQ Euro Car Parts

Published:  30 June, 2021

The pandemic has helped turn van servicing, maintenance and repairs into a serious growth area, and garages should not pass up on the opportunity, according to LKQ Euro Car Parts


Recycler processes millionth tyre

Published:  30 June, 2021

North-West recyclers BIG ATOM recently processed its one millionth tyre in just three years in its first step towards a fully sustainable operation.


IAAF Annual Conference continues virtual format in 2021

Published:  29 June, 2021

The IAAF Annual Conference will be virtual again this year, the industry and country continues to recover from the COVID-19 pandemic, with the Federation’s Annual Dinner currently set to return in December 2022.


46% would consider an EV in the next five years

Published:  29 June, 2021


46% of those, who do not currently own a EV or hybrid would consider buying one in the next five years, a survey has suggested.


Plugging the skills gap: IGA offers subsidised EV training

Published:  28 June, 2021

The IGA is offering subsidised Hybrid/EV Level 3 training to its members with a view to helping address the shortage of EV-trained technicians in the sector.


The measure of a car or van: IAAF campaigns on access to data

Published:  25 June, 2021

The IAAF has teamed up with a pan-continental coalition representing the automotive aftermarket in Europe, including FIGIEFA, which is calling on the EU to accept a proposal for a Secure On-board Telematics Platform (S-OTP), allowing access for independent service providers when legislating on access to in-vehicle data.


Automotive career scheme appoints first Ambassador

Published:  25 June, 2021

Samantha Anscombe, a Parts Advisor at Sytner and one of the winners at the Autocar’s Great Women Rising Stars awards has become the first Ambassador for Drive My Career, the employment initiative developed by the NFDA to help dealers attract and retain candidates.
Samantha started as an apprentice with Sytner in 2017 and won Mercedes-Benz’s apprentice of the year in 2020. She has also just started a university degree course in psychology and counselling.

Commenting on her new Ambassador role, Samantha said: “I am beyond grateful for the opportunity Drive My Career has offered me. Being an Ambassador of something I am so passionate about is very exciting, I cannot wait to learn more about how the other side of this industry works and I look forward to starting to collaborate with the team”.


Car production still slowed by pandemic supply shortages

Published:  25 June, 2021

The Coronavirus pandemic is still impacting on UK car production, with overall numbers still down compared to 2019 as component shortages persist. Despite this, May saw the number of cars rolling out off the line shoot right up, with EVs and hybrids making up more of the total.


TechMan unveils MOT Data Refresh function

Published:  25 June, 2021

Data Refresh, a new service which ensures customer information is up-to-date, has been added to the TechMan garage management system


LKQ Euro Car Parts expands Starline

Published:  24 June, 2021

LKQ Euro Car Parts has by taken its Starline brand into electrics and wiper blades.
The expansion means there is now a wide range of Starline electrical components – as the HAAS range is effectively re-branded – including ignition coils, EGR valves and engine sensors, for most of the UK car parc. Meanwhile, they can also choose from Starline’s new range of flat and universal wiper blades.


LIQUI MOLY gives away exclusive tickets to MotoGP

Published:  24 June, 2021

There are still a few days left to enter Liqui Moly’s MotoGP ticket giveaway, which closes on Wednesday 30 June.


Increase in new driver cars as test pass rate hits record high?

Published:  24 June, 2021

Could garages could soon see a spike in families looking for servicing and repairs on older cars bought for new drivers?


So solid crew: NGK announces fuel cells initiative

Published:  24 June, 2021

NGK Spark Plugs has committed to the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDG), and as part of that, is working on a solid oxide fuel cells (SOFC) initiative.


Tyres not left behind

Published:  24 June, 2021

Motorists may be more aware of their tyres than you might think, according to a new survey that found 77% would personally check or have someone else in their household check their cars tyres before using it to go on holiday.


BM Catalysts joins Parliamentary road air quality commission

Published:  21 June, 2021

BM Catalysts has become am affiliated member of the Westminster Commission for Road Air Quality (WCRAQ), set-up to improve air quality in the UK.


TRICO and A1 to donate £1 of every set of wiper blades sold to charity

Published:  17 June, 2021

TRICO is to donate £1 of every wiper blade sale through A1 Motor Stores to a charity that hosts driving days for disabled people. Speed Of Sight is based in Bolton and run by blind race car driver and multiple World Record holder, Mike Newman and his co-founder, John Galloway. TRICO is the headline sponsor for the charity, which hosts driving experiences for children and adults with disabilities


NGK BoxClever going mobile

Published:  17 June, 2021

NGK has launched a new mobile App for its BoxClever loyalty scheme enabling users to check their points balance, browse the gift range, redeem points and win prizes.


Snap-on updates tool matcher

Published:  17 June, 2021

Snap-on has updated the Fast-Track Intelligent Diagnostics tool matcher feature on its website with the addition of the new APOLLO-D integrated diagnostics system.


Nemesis distribution appointment reinforces burgeoning Motul UK growth

Published:  15 June, 2021

Motul has added Worcester-based Nemesis as its newest distributor.


Bestselling marketing author supports DPF Doctor Network

Published:  15 June, 2021

In a collaboration supported by Kalimex, bestselling marketing author Dee Blick is working with Darren Darling, founder of The DPF Doctor Network, to provide marketing knowhow to his members.


Lumileds football competition launches: It’s All About Quality

Published:  15 June, 2021

With a Summer of European International Football ahead of us, Lumileds - who are licensed to manufacture and market Philips Automotive Lighting products - are launching a football skills competition where the best entries will win Tournament Footballs.


74% of garages hit by MOT exemption slump

Published:  14 June, 2021

The ongoing impact of 2020’s MOT exemption had been laid bare in a survey that found that 74% of garages saw their business decrease in April 2021.


LKQ Euro Car Parts: Focus on Summer

Published:  11 June, 2021

LKQ Euro Car Parts has outlined the five key areas of vehicle health that garages should be focusing on this Summer:.


Sector PR agency Chicane scoops industry award

Published:  11 June, 2021

Automotive public relations and marketing agency Chicane has won an industry award.


Watch: Book in a customer in less than a minute via TechMan GMS

Published:  10 June, 2021

TechMan has a released a new video to demonstrate how its GMS enables garages to book in customers in less than a minute.


Garage Buying Group signs up 100th member

Published:  10 June, 2021

The 100th garage has signed up to Garage Buying Group (GBG) seven weeks after launching.



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