Screen firm shuts

Hopes shattered and 1,100 jobs on the line as Auto Windscreens goes into administration
Published:  21 February, 2011

BRITAIN'S second largest windscreen repair firm has gone into administration, putting around 1,100 jobs at risk.

Charger Rings the changes

SmartCharger battery chargers from Ring
Published:  17 February, 2011

SmartCharge battery chargers have a seven-stage charging cycle and have been designed to diagnose, recondition and service vehicle batteries.

Gates expand on belt drive

Belt drive parts increase from Gates
Published:  17 February, 2011

Gates has expanded the number of replacement parts available for the accessory belt drive system. The programme includes OE equivalent multi-ribbed belts, all necessary metal components, tools, routing diagrams and technical bulletins to guide technicians.

Changing Suits

Published:  17 February, 2011

Meanwhile, aftermarket supplier Fuel Parts has announced David Stubbs as a business development manager. Stubbs joins the firm from Wheely Autoparts, a motor factor in North Yorkshire.

Master tech century

More than 100 graduates from Suzuki GB
Published:  16 February, 2011

Spring Autojumble

Next Beaulieu Autojumble on 14-15 May
Published:  16 February, 2011

ARE YOU searching for a long-deleted part? Anyone trying to track down a rare bargain will be pleased to hear that the Beaulieu Spring Autojumble will take place on the 14th and 15th May. The event, now in its 18th year, was in its early days somewhat in the shadow of its older sibling, the International Autojumble.  However, in recent years it has gained its own identity and is just in time for the start of the classic show season.

Company's blades of glory

Expanded blades programme from Denso
Published:  10 February, 2011

rong>Over 1,500 applications are covered by only 118 wiper blade part references available from Denso. Products include standard, spoiler, curved and twin-screw options, covering more than 95% of the European car parc.

Little unit gets all pumped up

The Accura Cube from PCL
Published:  10 February, 2011

rong>The Accura Qube may be small but the tiny unit provides fast and accurate tyre inflation. The new inflator from PCL has three modes: standard inflate/deflate, tyreshop (which features overpressure) and nitrogen (top off and complete purge).

Exhaust deal

Chain to stock only Klarius brand pipes
Published:  07 February, 2011

FAST-FIT chain National Tyres and Autocare has chosen to stock exhausts from a sole supplier. A decision has been taken to solely fit products from UK-based firm Klarius.

Resolve poor fuel issues

Fuel analyser could prevent system damage
Published:  03 February, 2011

rong>Delphi says research shows more than 80% of fuel injection repairs are caused by fuel contamination or poor fuel quality and with biodiesels becoming more popular this figure is likely to rise as it is not regulated to the same standards as diesel.

Company helps you manage

Manage your workshop online
Published:  03 February, 2011

rong>The new web-based garage management programme developed by MAM Software has been chosen as the preferred choice by the Bosch Car Service network.

Snap-on are fully in charge

EECC500UK charger from Snap-on Tools
Published:  27 January, 2011

The latest battery charger to join Snap-on Tools is said to be the most advanced yet with 300 amp engine starting power and different charging cycles for each type of battery - standard, deep-cycle, AGM and gel cell.

Live life in the test lane

Upgrade to one person testing status
Published:  27 January, 2011

Recent additions to Tecalemit's range of garage equipment include a Class I and II adapter kit for the standard Class IV and VII roller brake testers and the option of headlamp beam testing which indicates a pass or fail on the integrated LCD screen.

Pushing dealers

Franchised sector attempts to 'dispel myths' over value
Published:  25 January, 2011


'NO MOT' for pre-war

Minister moots removing test requirements for ancient motors
Published:  24 January, 2011

THE REQUIREMENT to have an annual MOT test for pre-war cars may be scrapped following a meeting held between Lord Montagu of Beaulieu, Conservative MP for East Yorkshire Greg Knight, who is the Parliamentary group chairman, and Mike Penning, the transport minister.

Ready for electric

Survey suggests that public are ready to buy electric cars.
Published:  24 January, 2011

A NEW survey appears to show that the number of people considering buying a plug-in hybrid or battery electric car as their next vehicle purchase has risen from 9% to 53%, representing a five-fold increase since the same question was last asked in July 2010.

Fuel economy enhancer

Fuel treatments from Forte
Published:  21 January, 2011

rong>Three treatments available from Forte have been developed to help independent workshops keep their customers’ fuel systems and components clean. They aim to prevent contamination which can make oxygen sensors in petrol engine vehicles fail, resulting in misfiring, juddering and a loss of power.

Omitec at your service

OmiCheck service tool from Omitec
Published:  21 January, 2011

rong>This nifty piece of kit communicates with the on-board computer and once faults are identified and repaired, resets the warning light - an essential service tool for today's garage.

Bentley visit

Apprentice techs in Crewe are visited by Minister.
Published:  21 January, 2011

The company has a well-regarded apprentice scheme. At any given time, there are approximately 50 new techs following a three or four year training programme across several disciplines ranging from engineering, manufacturing, wood and leather craftsmanship, to logistics and sales and marketing. Bentley also has a long-established graduate trainee programme with 30 people taking part in a bespoke two-year course that equips them for future management positions. It also works with several UK leading universities so that current undergraduates benefit from industrial placements.

Supermarket tyres

Tesco 'rolls out' tyre e-tail venture
Published:  20 January, 2011

A deal has been signed between Tesco and online tyre retailer Blackcircles.

Energy array powers up

GS Batteries from FPS
Published:  14 January, 2011

rong>This new range of automotive batteries is available exclusively through FPS. GS Batteries cover 99% of the vehicle parc and include car, CV, marine and leisure applications.

Software gets things straight

Alignment upgrade from Pro-Align
Published:  14 January, 2011

rong>The Hunter WA series aligner console can now benefit from the latest WinAlign 11 operating software, helping to simplify alignment tasks further and reduce the time it takes to undertake complex wheel alignment work.

Febi buy Blue Print

Febi Bilstein have international ambitions for ADL group
Published:  12 January, 2011

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Vauxhall Statement

Lifetime warranty adverts 'not banned', car maker clarifies
Published:  11 January, 2011

Contrary to a number of media reports, the Vauxhall Lifetime Warranty advertising campaign has not been banned.

Parts freeze

Harsh winter has made some parts 283% more likely to fail, says report
Published:  07 January, 2011


Hard Winter

Employment law 'a barrier to job creation' for small businesses warns report
Published:  04 January, 2011

A SMALL business expert has written about the tough times predicted for owners of small to medium enterprises (SMEs) such as garages throughout 2011. These factors include increased costs and late payment.

Skill Auto deadline

New entries for this competition are welcomed until January 17th
Published:  03 January, 2011

THE Institute of the Motor Industry (IMI) has announced that the closing date for the SkillAuto competitions has now been extended to 17 January.

Gadget is top of the Snocks

A timely lighter and cheaper alternative to snow chains has hit the shelves.
Published:  22 December, 2010

THE REST of the country might grind to a halt at the first sign of a snowflake, but that simply isn't an option for the garage trade.

Diagnostic tool is a cracker

Cracking fault codes with the Cypher
Published:  21 December, 2010

rong>The Cypher is a PC-based diagnostic tool pitched at the experienced diagnostic technician; enabling you to work now and into the future.

Can I read it? Yes you scan!

ISCAN II from Automotive Garage Solutions
Published:  21 December, 2010

rong>This scanner is also J2534 pass-thru enabled and provides auto-search facilities for most makes, so there’s no need to enter VIN details or engine type.

Exhausted battery

RAC called out to 1,200 flat batteries in just one day
Published:  20 December, 2010

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Spratt tops IAAF

Change at the top confirmed for aftermarket federation
Published:  16 December, 2010

THE COUNCIL of the Independent Automotive Aftermarket Federation (IAAF)

Suspension range expands

FAI range continues to grow
Published:  15 December, 2010

rong>In Spring 2010, 250 steering and suspension part numbers joined FAI Automotive’s steering and suspension programme and were listed in a supplement to its catalogue, adding more than 1,000 new applications.

HSE Warning

The Health and Safety executive issues a warning to garage owners following two fatal accidents
Published:  14 December, 2010

THE HEALTH and safety executive has issued a bulletin to garage owners warning about the risks of cutting up old containers oil drums.

Code standards

Trading standards chief exec to oversee industry code
Published:  13 December, 2010

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Thatcham boss

New suits at Thatcham and Chevrolet
Published:  10 December, 2010

THE MOTOR insurance repair research centre Thatcham, has named Peter Shaw as its next Chief Executive. Coming from the energy sector, Shaw will join the organisation in April next year and succeeds Peter Roberts who has led the insurer funded Centre since 2001.

Diesel range

Lucas Diesel launches reman range through FAI
Published:  10 December, 2010

January 2011 sees the launch of what Lucas Diesel claim to be "the first true off the shelf" range of remanufactured diesel injection products, distributed through FAI Automotive.

Repair business

Garages must become more 'business-centric' says IAAF
Published:  10 December, 2010

AN INDUSTRY figure was warned that garages must modernise if they are to compete with franchised dealers for years to come.

ECP expands

Three new branches added in as many weeks
Published:  08 December, 2010

EURO CAR PARTS (ECP) has opened new branches in Bristol, Liverpool and Peterborough.

Blown away by Laser Kit

Suck and blow with Laser Tools
Published:  07 December, 2010

rong>An Air Gun Sucker/Blower Kit with a standard airline and an air pressure of 90psi is available from Laser Tools.

Going spare over Mini gear

Gear assembly from Mini Spares
Published:  07 December, 2010

rong>Anyone who has a classic Mini turn up in their workshop with one of the frequent gearbox problems will be pleased to know that the first and second gear complete inner assembly for all four-speed synchromesh gearboxes is once again available from Huddersfield-based Mini Spares.

Double retest fee

IAAF calls for the cost of MoT retests to be increased
Published:  03 December, 2010

MIKE Owen, head of the garage section in the IAAF, told a conference that he believes that making the price of a retest double that of the initial MoT inspection, would both improve public safety and improve government revenues, making the threat of bi-annual tests less likely.

Cool Comma coolant

VW approval for Comma
Published:  29 November, 2010

rong>A VW-approved antifreeze and coolant is the most recent addition to Comma’s Xstream range containing Glysantin from BASF. 

Tester is tops for diagnostics

Component testing from Bosch
Published:  29 November, 2010

rong>The new FSA 500 Mobile Tester and FSA and Hybrid Tester from Bosch are said to provide fast and accurate troubleshooting and the latter aids professional diagnosis of electronic and hybrid drives.

Garage competition back for 2011

Published:  26 November, 2010

Organisers of the annual Golden Garages competition have launched the 2011 contest that last year attracted thousands of motorists to vote for the best service and repair garage in the country.

HGV tests get positive reaction

Published:  24 November, 2010

Security info unlocked

Block exemption security certificates to be issued by industry body
Published:  24 November, 2010

CAR manufacturers will have to provide security technical information to mechanics nationwide, regardless of their brand affiliation, the EU has ruled.

Hardy Brake Gray paint

Brake fluid-resistant paints
Published:  19 November, 2010

rong>Brake Gray is a heavy-duty brake fluid-resistant paint, containing pure stainless steel pigment in an ultra durable epoxy ester resin. Phew.

Kit makes the welder difference

Automatic wire feed
Published:  19 November, 2010

rong>If you’re after a MIG/MAG welder that offers a simple set-up then look no further than the Synergic single phase 13/23-V from GYS. Select the welding mode, wire thickness and metal type, set the current and you’re ready to go - the best wire speed is automatically chosen.

DEi get stuck into glue

Sticky heat from DEi
Published:  19 November, 2010

rong>The glue barons at Design and Engineering Inc have come up with a handy solution to sticky situations.


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