ATA training

Delphi offers fast-fit ATA assessment option
Published:  30 August, 2010

DELPHI has become one of the first training companies to offer fast-fit ATA assessments.

Comma to make a stand

Bulk oil tanks on way out, says Comma
Published:  27 August, 2010

The days of the bulk oil storage tank are numbered, according to oils and lubes company Comma. The firm says the most profitable way ahead is to meet market requirements by holding a greater number of manufacturer - and engine-specific oils in smaller, more manageable containers.

Rover round with Xpart

MG Rover cars maintain parc presence says XPart
Published:  27 August, 2010

Despite the factory closing down in 2005, the number of MG Rover cars on the road has only fallen by 3%, according to the latest figures.

Unique lift raises the bar

Boston claims 6-tonne lift is Europe's most advanced
Published:  27 August, 2010

Boston has launched its B461 4-post lift onto the market with the bold claim that it's Europe's most advanced. The company says the 6-tonne unit offers several unique features. It comes in 6.1 and 5.75 metre platforms of 630mm width.

Latest lube spec. is vital

Technicians miss importance of oil specifications, warns boss
Published:  27 August, 2010

Millers Oils account manager Dave Mott says many technicians may still be missing a trick when it comes to the latest lubricants. "It is unfortunately still the case that many in the trade don't yet fully appreciate the necessity for using very specific products when it comes to servicing later model vehicles," he said. "Most new cars produced from around 2002 now require full-synthetic low SAPS (Sulphated Ash, Phosphorous and Sulphur) oils to run efficiently, and the damage of using older, less sophisticated products can be costly."

Brake drum kit addition

Pre-mounted drum kits from Global Braking Systems
Published:  27 August, 2010

A complete range of Cifam pre-mounted brake drum kits have been added to Global Braking Systems' hydraulics programme, with over 175 references in stock.

Cash prize

Valeo offers £1,000 reward for caring mechanics
Published:  26 August, 2010

VALEO has launched a contest to reward mechanics who go the extra mile to help their customers.

Hollow victory

Bosch seeks improvement following 'victory' in Which? mystery shopping investigation
Published:  26 August, 2010

BOSCH says it will not celebrate its Car Service network being ranked as the top-performing garage scheme in a Which? mystery shopping investigation until it has “eliminated all errors from it’s service delivery”.

Garage deal

Euro Car Parts signs workshop scheme agreement with Bosch
Published:  25 August, 2010

EURO Car Parts has signed a deal with Bosch to run the AutoCrew workshop scheme in the UK, Aftermarket understands.

Mystery response

Good Garage Scheme plans mystery shopper checks following Which? verdict
Published:  24 August, 2010

THE GOOD Garage Scheme (GGS) plans to introduce a mystery shopper check to its members following a damming verdict of garage standards in a Which? investigation.

Code criticism

Which? says workshop schemes are "failing to deliver in practice"
Published:  23 August, 2010

CONSUMER organisation Which? has slammed workshop schemes for "failing to deliver in practice" following its investigation into garage standards.

Damning verdict

Consumer magazine Which? slams "shocking levels of incompetence" in garages
Published:  23 August, 2010

A WHICH? report has found "shocking levels of incompetence" in garages across the country following a mystery shopping investigation.

Disc refurb is the answer

Pro-Cut highlights benefits of refurbishment
Published:  20 August, 2010

Anything that involves chucking less stuff in the bin is all the rage these days. So the chance to refurbish brake discs rather than simply replacing them is very much in fashion.

Changes filter through

Reisse warns on dangers of oil filter neglect
Published:  20 August, 2010

rong>Filter company Reisse is urging mechanics not to neglect regular oil filter changes. The firm is stressing the importance of regular filter changes at the same time as standard oil changes.

ECP offers sales booster

Free display stands from Euro Car Parts
Published:  20 August, 2010

Euro Car Parts says that it offers consistent availability of the best brands at the most competitive prices and to help its customers increase sales, it provides more than 1,500 free display stands and 1,000 battery booster packs against specified volume purchases. It distributes premium OE brands such as Exide and Bosch and also stocks the LION brand.

Bigger better brochure

Diagnostics brochure from Alba Diagnostics
Published:  20 August, 2010

rong>Two new versions of Alba’s popular brake fluid tester, a lower priced unit that switches off at 200 deg C and the ALB1200 tester which includes a printer, are included in its new diagnostics brochure.

Luxury? Standox deliver

Standox gets Aston Martin seal of approval
Published:  20 August, 2010

Aston Martin has appointed Standox as a preferred supplier of paint refinish materials and services to its body repair programme.

Tyre month

Published:  20 August, 2010

GARAGES can receive free point-of-sale material for October's tyre safety month from charity TyreSafe.

Shock chance

Camberley Auto Factors finds three-quarters of cars need shock swap
Published:  19 August, 2010

A TOTAL of 75% of cars tested at a Camberley Auto Factors (CAF) open day needed replacement shock absorbers.

State reassurance

MP says rules to protect aftermarket will be enforced
Published:  17 August, 2010

MP MARK Prisk has assured the trade that clauses within Block Exemption Regulations (BER) protecting the aftermarket will be enforced.

Quality assurance

GSF issues denial of counterfeit parts rumours
Published:  17 August, 2010

GSF Car Parts has issued an official denial of rumours it has sold counterfeit braking products.

People news

Snap-on Tools names Phil Nassau as UK sales manager
Published:  16 August, 2010

PHIL Nassau has been appointed national sales manager by Snap-on Tools.

Winning brake promo.

TRW drives on with disc brake expansion
Published:  13 August, 2010

TRW was just one of the companies celebrating the World Cup with a football-themed promotion running throughout the competition. Participating TRW distributors gave away flags, caps and novelty goodies as part of the promotion for its braking range.

Batteries make a stand

New retail concept from Exide
Published:  13 August, 2010

rong>A new retail concept from Exide based on a good, better and best sales approach aims to empower consumers to select between Classic, Excell and Premium options and boost gross margins up to 70%.

Snap-py software download

10.2 software from Snap-on
Published:  13 August, 2010

The new 10.2 software download is now available for its group of hand-held diagnostic tools, containing 73% more information that the 8.2 version back in 2008.

Tools for tricky oil jobs

Oil seal tools from Laser
Published:  13 August, 2010

Those of you who have replaced an oil seal on the crankshaft of a Volkswagen or Audi engine will know it can be a tad tricky as the flywheel-end oil seal is integral with the housing and engine speed sensor, so the whole assembly needs replacing.

Remy pulls out all the stops

Remy enhances brake caliper choice
Published:  13 August, 2010

Parts remanufacturer Remy has announced the addition of 288 new part references to its brake caliper range, increasing the overall range to 3,300 part numbers.

Parts warning

Volkswagen urges garages to check for counterfeit pads
Published:  13 August, 2010

VOLKSWAGEN has issued a warning about dangerous counterfeit brake pads.

Recruitment drive

The AA has more than 200 technician vacancies to fill
Published:  13 August, 2010

THE AA is now recruiting for roadside patrol and specialist technicians and has more than 200 vacancies across the UK. The positions have arisen from a new range of 'Assist' services provided by the organisation.

Parts push

Euro Car Parts expands distribution network with Tamworth parts centre
Published:  10 August, 2010

Euro Car Parts has officially opened its National Distribution Centre (NDC) with a family day out for garage customers.

IAAF pledge

Published:  09 August, 2010

THE IAAF trade association says it will monitor Vauxhall's promise of lifetime car warranties for possible infringements of Block Exemption Regulations (BER).

Speak up

Published:  09 August, 2010

A EUROPEAN survey is giving testers the chance to oppose a reduction in the frequency of MOTs.

'Scot a lot to offer, this tool

RW Motortec brings Autobook to Scotland
Published:  06 August, 2010

The latest Launch tool is available now from Stirling-based diagnostic firm RW Motortec. As explained in the last issue of Aftermarket, the Autobook tool is a slimmed-down, easy to use version of the standard Launch X431 unit.

Brake with tradition trade in

£50 trade-in from Bowmonk
Published:  06 August, 2010

Trade in your old Tapley or Bowmonk mechanical decelerometer and Bowmonk will give you £50 towards a new BrakeCheck electronic brake meter, approved for all classes of vehicles including I and II.

Diesel plug range increase

NGK expands glow plug choice
Published:  06 August, 2010

A choice of three OE glow plugs have been launched into the aftermarket by NGK.

For a 'mix and matt' finish

Special matt additive from Standox
Published:  06 August, 2010

If you've experienced problems when making repairs to matt or silk paint finishes then you are not alone and the new 2K special matt additive from Standox could signal the end of your worries.

Like a breath of fresh air

Liqui Moly air con treatment banishes bad odour
Published:  06 August, 2010

rong>The Klima Fresh treatment from Liqui Moly is another of the numerous air con treatments on the market.

Diagnostic deal

Launch UK completes deal with Launch X-431 in diagnostic shake-up
Published:  06 August, 2010

LAUNCH UK has combined with Launch X-431 in a major change for the diagnostic market.

Tyre deal

Protyre fast-fit chain pledges Motor Codes support
Published:  05 August, 2010

MICHELDEVER Tyre and Auto Services has signed-up its network of Protyre fast-fit branches to the Motor Industry Code of Practice for Service and Repair.

Service offer

Vauxhall attempts to win back repair customers
Published:  05 August, 2010

VAUXHALL has launched the MasterFit Service Club in a bid to tempt drivers back into its dealer network.

Parts deal

Remy secures steering rack deal with PDP
Published:  04 August, 2010

PARTS remanufacturer Remy Automotive has been appointed an approved supplier of steering pumps and racks to the Premier Distribution Partnership (PDP) buying group.

Prize time

Published:  03 August, 2010

MOBILE repairer Andy Rose has won a £250 prize as part of the Dickies UK Worker of the Year contest.

Tech laws

Brochure simplifies service and repair laws
Published:  02 August, 2010

A BROCHURE explaining the new framework of rules governing the aftermarket has been published by the Right To Repair Campaign (R2RC).

Charge ahead with Manbat

How to boost profit and retain reputation
Published:  30 July, 2010

Manbat says that far too often, when a battery needs to be replaced during a repair people tend to source the cheapest like-for-like replacement in order to maximise profit. We're sure Aftermarket readers are aware of the implications but in case you need to be reminded of the consequences...

Aligner two about Boss kit

A890 wheel aligner from Autoboss
Published:  30 July, 2010

Autoboss reckons it has can provide fast, easy and stress-free wheel alignment with its new remote control wheel aligner.

Sparky cat. glows with the flow

Latest ignition technology from NGK
Published:  30 July, 2010

NGKs full range of spark plugs and diesel glow plugs for both passenger cars and LCVs can be found in the 2010 NGK catalogue.

Extra air parts filter through

Denso enhances cabin air filters choice
Published:  30 July, 2010

Denso has expanded its choice of Cabin Air Filters (CAFs) in a bid to meet peak demand over the summer months. The company added a number of new Toyota and Lexus CAFs last year. Now, it has boosted the choice with 37 references covering an extra 80 applications.

BHP increase for BMW

Superchips taps into BMW power
Published:  30 July, 2010

The latest performance enhancement from Superchips is a dealer-fit ECU remap which supposedly increases performance on the 135i model by 49 bhp.

Talented techs

Two months to go until search for the UK's Top Technician 2011 begins
Published:  29 July, 2010

THE COUNTDOWN has begun to Top Technician 2011, the annual competition which recognises and rewards the best fault finders across the UK. The competition's technical partner Automotive Technician Accreditation (or ATA to its friends), is now finalising the first stage theory test, which will be available to take online from September 27th.

Charity climb

Mount Kilimanjaro climb in aid of industry charity BEN
Published:  28 July, 2010

SARAH Sillars, executive chair of the IMI, has now raised an impressive £26,000 in sponsorship money in aid of industry charity BEN - Motor and Allied Trades Benevolent Fund, eight weeks before she climbs the demanding Mount Kilimanjaro alongside her daughter Rachael.


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