Obituary: Bob Sockl

Published:  10 June, 2022

It is with great sadness that we announce the death of Aftermarket’s founder, Bob Sockl, aged 75, following a long illness.

The meaning of life? 42% of drivers look to go electric next time

Published:  06 June, 2022

42% of car owners said in a recent survey that increasing fuel costs mean that they are likely to opt for an EV when they next buy a car.

Eurorepar celebrates 20 years

Published:  06 June, 2022

Eurorepar, the range of multi-brand spare parts from Stellantis, is celebrating its 20th anniversary, and is marking the milestone with a series of worldwide events and special offers.

Until September, Eurorepar will be hosting a ‘One month, one product’ initiative, with special offers on a selected product line each month. Technicians can also pick up commemorative scratch cards from their local Distrigo hub, with prizes up for grabs including gift cards and a car.

Commenting on the celebrations, Mark Pickles, UK Parts and Service Director at Stellantis, said, “The Eurorepar range has gone from strength to strength over the last 20 years. Today, it sets the benchmark for multi-brand parts and is central to Stellantis’ 360 degree parts strategy. Members of the Eurorepar Car Service network and other customers in the motor trade are really starting to see the benefits of such a comprehensive, high-quality and cost-effective product range. Here’s to the next 20 years!”

May new car sales: Second weakest since 1992

Published:  06 June, 2022

Continuing supply issues helped to make May’s new car sales the second lowest since 1992, beaten only by May 2020, with a 20.6% drop compared with last year, according to the latest figures from the SMMT.

Get smart: EV drivers need to charge off-peak

Published:  31 May, 2022

46% of EV drivers are not using cheaper, off-peak charging, according to a recent survey, potentially negating the cost savings offered by electric vehicle technology.

Get yourself konnected- MAM Software parent runs Ireland conference

Published:  31 May, 2022

The parent company of MAM Software recently held a conference in Ireland to highlight its offerings for the automotive and other industries.

Ben announces new outreach campaign: Ben on the Road

Published:  30 May, 2022

Ben is set to take to the highways and byways of the UK with the launch of its new UK roadshow, Ben on the Road, which will visit small to medium-sized automotive businesses with a view to raise awareness of Ben’s health and wellbeing services

Everything’s gone green: British Motor Show pushes environmental envelope

Published:  26 May, 2022

Organisers of The British Motor Show 2022, taking place 18-21 August 2022 at Farnborough International have said that this year’s event will be the greenest of its type ever as a result of its new official fuels partnership with Coryton Advanced Fuels.

TOPDON supports Top Technician/Top Garage 2022

Published:  20 May, 2022

TOPDON is the latest high-profile industry name to put its weight behind Top Technician and Top Garage 2022 through becoming programme sponsor for the Top Technician and Top Garage Awards Evening, taking place on Saturday 1 October.

U.S experts fly in for oscilloscope training roadshow

Published:  20 May, 2022

A nationwide oscilloscope training tour organised by Ryan Colley from Elite Diagnostics, headlined by a pair of U.S superstar technical experts, will soon be a sell-out, and mechanics are being urged to sign up as soon as possible to avoid missing out.

UK Garage and Bodyshop Event to host Autogem’s TPMS Expert final

Published:  20 May, 2022

Following 1,000 entries, 12 finalists are set to take part in the grand final of Autogem’s first-ever TPMS Expert competition, being held at the UK Garage & Bodyshop Event at the NEC on 8 June. From this group, one large retailer and one small retailer will be crowned as Autogem’s TPMS Expert 2022 winners.

That’s a wrap: Fleet Factors vans get Mintex/Textar branding

Published:  20 May, 2022

Fleet Factors has had two of its delivery vans wrapped with Mintex and Textar branding by TMD Friction.

Process key to recruitment success?

Published:  17 May, 2022

Businesses experiencing staff shortages should take a hard look at their recruitment processes the Glen Callum Associates (GCA) Automotive Aftermarket Recruitment Survey 2022 has suggested, with 36% of those responding saying they would actively look to leave a job immediately if their joining experience was poor.

Double-time! NTK sensors BoxClever points bonanza

Published:  17 May, 2022

Members of NGK’s BoxClever loyalty scheme will be collecting double-points on every NTK Lambda, camshaft & crankshaft and MAF and MAP sensor purchase until the end of June, and will also be automatically entered into a free prize draw where the prize is 50,000 extra points.

Garage capitalises on customers looking for car services during TV ad breaks

Published:  17 May, 2022

An independent garage says it has successfully responded to the way in which customers now seem to look for vehicle services.

Stocking up: Arnold Clark Autoparts partners with racer

Published:  12 May, 2022

Arnold Clark Autoparts is sponsoring stock car racing driver Holly Glen as she makes a bid for the World Stock Car Championships.

Hero LKQ Euro Car Parts driver receives safety award

Published:  12 May, 2022

An LKQ Euro Car Parts delivery driver has received Trakm8’s Road Safety Hero Award, an initiative launched by the vehicle technology solutions provider and road safety charity Brake, after he rescued a couple from a submerged vehicle.

VLS welcomes 2022 ACEA Heavy-Duty Engine Oil sequences

Published:  11 May, 2022

The newly published 2022 edition of the ACEA Oil Sequences for Heavy-Duty Engines European market performance standards has been welcomed by UK independent trade body, the Verification of Lubricant Specifications (VLS).

UK used car market grows 5.1% in Q1 2022

Published:  10 May, 2022

The UK’s used car market increased 5.1% in the first quarter of 2022, according to the latest figures released today by the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT). 1,774,351 cars were sold during the period, 86,596 more than during the same period in 2021.
January saw a 17.7% increase, while February went up by 7.4%. However, in March sales fell by 6.8%, which reflected the strong March in 2021.Overall, used car sales are still 12.2% below the pre-pandemic of 2019.

EV-qualified techs not keeping pace with sales

Published:  10 May, 2022

A 4.5% increase in the number of techs qualified to work on EVs seen in 2021 does not keep pace with rising vehicle sales and the sector will not bridge the gap before 2030 unless training is massively ramped up via £15m boost in funding, the IMI has warned.

Ben fights loneliness for Mental Health Awareness Week

Published:  10 May, 2022

During Mental Health Awareness Week in the UK (9-15 May) Ben is looking to highlight the impact of loneliness, which is a leading causes of mental health issues, and the charity has launched a new ‘Space from Social Anxiety’ program on the SilverCloud platform.

New car sales drop due to ongoing supply constraints

Published:  05 May, 2022

New car sales were down 15.8% in April according to the latest figures from the SMMT, with the ongoing semiconductor shortage constraining deliveries and a 33.3% drop in large fleet registrations being cited as the main cause.

Cost of living crisis impacting on driver habits, survey finds

Published:  04 May, 2022

69% motorists have changed their motoring activities since the start of 2022 due to the cost of living crisis, a survey from Kwik Fit has revealed.

Priced off the road? Drivers wary about cost of EVs

Published:  04 May, 2022

47% of drivers that took part in a recent survey said they did not think an electric car was affordable for them, rising to 50% of over 55s, compared to 37% of under 34s.

Big rewards from small investment reaps dividends for Yorkshire garage

Published:  03 May, 2022

An independent VW, Audi, SEAT and Skoda specialist has revealed how it maintains its position as one of the busiest independent garages in Yorkshire.

The new power generation: Learner drivers keen on EVs poll reveals

Published:  03 May, 2022

42% of learner drivers would favour an EV or hybrid as their first car, a new YouGov survey commissioned by The Motor Ombudsman has revealed.

EV charging prices rise, but are still cheaper than petrol/diesel in real terms

Published:  29 April, 2022

EV drivers are experiening a higher increase in the cost of powering their vehicles, compared with those who use internal combustion engine vehicles, although in actual terms they are still paying less.

Petition set up to fight government biennial MOT proposals

Published:  29 April, 2022

Petition set up to fight government biennial MOT proposals
An online petition calling on the government to back-pedal on proposals to move the MOT to a biennial basis has already totted up 1,000 signatures in just over 24 hours and the total is climbing.

Rising costs and vehicle electrification make staff training a priority

Published:  29 April, 2022

MAHLE is warning garages that, as the vehicle parc electrifies, and ever-stricter legal frameworks evolve, they need to make ongoing staff training should be a major priority.

Motul joins classic car loan project

Published:  27 April, 2022

Motul has become the official lubricants partner for the UK’s Classic Car Loan Project.The scheme is designed to encourage the next cohort of classic car enthusiasts to become owners and users of the cars, by letting them borrow a classic for a year.

It’s all Greek to me: Survey unrolls EV range anxiety map of Europe

Published:  26 April, 2022

EV drivers in Greece experience the highest level of range anxiety in western Europe, according to new research.

The study by used the frequency of EV chargers on the growing Trans-European Transport Network (TEN-T) plus the cost of running diesel and electric vehicles to make their comparison. The TEN-T is a planned network of roads, railways, airports and water infrastructure in the European Union. The core network has a completion target of 2030.

Garage raises safety concerns over mooted biennial MOT testing in Northern Ireland

Published:  26 April, 2022

An Independent garage has voiced concerns over proposals to move to biennial MOT testing following a Call for Evidence by the Northern Ireland Executive.

15 times the choice, three times the range: EV progress since 2011

Published:  26 April, 2022

The SMMT used its annual Test Day driving event, held at Millbrook Proving Ground near Bedford, to highlight the progress made on EV availability and range over the last 10 years, during which time a 15-fold increase in choice of model has unfolded, with many of these cars having more than three times the range of vehicles from a decade ago.

Liverpool garage shares secret of its success

Published:  26 April, 2022

A Liverpool garage has been enjoying new levels of success recently with slots now booked up to six weeks ahead of time, when previously their ramps were filled three to four days in advance.

35% increase in demand for reman engines from Ivor Searle

Published:  26 April, 2022

Ivor Searle has reported its most successful 12-month trading performance since the company was founded in 1946, as demand for its remanufactured engines surged by 35% over the last year.

Excitement builds as REPXPERT Academy returns

Published:  25 April, 2022

Schaeffler is reporting huge demand for its first REPXPERT Academy live training event, taking place at the Bridgend College STEAM campus in Pencoed on Saturday 21 May.

Motul continues is partnership with Top Technician/Top Garage in 2022

Published:  14 April, 2022

Motul has renewed its support for Top Technician and Top Garage, for 2022 as one of its presenting sponsor partners.

Investment philosophy reaps dividends for North Yorkshire garage

Published:  13 April, 2022

An independent garage in North Yorkshire is reaping the rewards of its investment philosophy as it emerges from the unprecedented challenges of the last two years.

DVSA to work with IAAF as illegal brake parts revealed

Published:  08 April, 2022

Three out of eight aftermarket brake pads tested by the DVSA’s Market Surveillance Unit failed to meet UNECE R90 performance requirements, and the government body says it will work with the IAAF to address the problem.

DVSA was testing the compliance of both OEM and aftermarket braking components. Additional investigation exposed that approval documents for the three failed parts were bogus, and that the component and associated packaging were incorrect as they showed an approval number that was not relevant to that application.

UK Garage and Bodyshop Event: Speakers revealed

Published:  08 April, 2022

The line-up of trainers and guest speakers set to appear at the UK Garage and Bodyshop Event, taking place 8-9 June at the NEC Birmingham has been announced, with even more names set to be revealed over the next few weeks.

Charge up your EV stock, used car dealers urged

Published:  07 April, 2022

Businesses that sell used cars are being advised to have EVs making up 10% of their stock, ahead of demand which is expected to surge.

Car servicing to take a hit due to cost of living crisis?

Published:  06 April, 2022

Motorists could be looking to save money in the face of the cost of living crisis by cutting back on essential vehicle maintenance and repairs, an online Opinion Matters poll of more than 2,000 UK car owners commissioned by The Motor Ombudsman has shown.

Weakest March for new car sales since 1998, but EVs way up

Published:  05 April, 2022

Despite battery electric vehicles making up 16.1% of all new car sales in March, the most recorded in a single month, overall sales were actually down 14.3%, making it the worst March since 1998, prior to the advent of two-plate changes per year, according to the latest figures from the SMMT.

Cost of living crisis makes finance initiatives the way to go says ERCS

Published:  04 April, 2022

With the cost of living crisis hitting households across the country, Eurorepar Car Service (ERCS) has suggested that offering a wider variety of payment options will enable garages to help their customers manage the cost of servicing and repairs.

Last year, the network launched the ERCS Payment Plan, adding to its Drive Now Pay Later initiative and offering customers ‘three ways to pay’. According to Nick Taylor, Head of Network & Business Development for Eurorepar Car Service, these payment options could offer a much-needed lifeline for to motorists: “We are always looking at ways to improve our network for the benefit of our members and their customers. When we launched the ERCS Service Plan, the aim was to do just that – offering motorists a flexible, affordable way to manage their repair bills, and giving our members another means of revenue growth.”

NGK-backed Charlie Martin joins BTCC team

Published:  04 April, 2022

NGK-sponsored racing driver Charlie Martin has joined the ROKiT MB Motorsport team as its Official Development Driver for the 2022 Kwik Fit British Touring Car Championship.

LIQUI MOLY tie-up with TCR UK

Published:  31 March, 2022

LIQUI MOLY is becoming a main sponsor of the UK Touring Car Championship, in a deal that will run through to the end of 2024.

AS-PL España opens

Published:  31 March, 2022

AS-PL has opened its third international arm; AS-PL España, based in Valencia, following AS-PL UK’s 2017 opening in London, and AS-PL Italia in Moncalieri, which was established in 2019.

IAAF council formed for 2022

Published:  31 March, 2022

The IAAF has formed its new look council including distributors, suppliers, buying groups, service providers and garages, with Hayley Pells appointed to head up the new-look IAAF Garage Section.

Motul teams up with new classic car TV show

Published:  31 March, 2022

Motul has becomes lubricant partner of new vehicle restoration TV series Paddock Speedshop.

Waeco joins OESAA

Published:  30 March, 2022

Waeco has joined the Original Equipment Suppliers Aftermarket Association (OESAA)


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