Don't touch that dial: Halfords Autocentres enter DAB conversion market

Published:  26 September, 2017

Halfords Autocentres are  entering the digital radio car conversion market via a new fitting service.

Ben4Business: new business package launched

Published:  22 September, 2017

Ben has launched a new package for businesses, called Ben4Business.

VLS receives landmark 50th product complaint

Published:  20 September, 2017

The Verification of Lubricant Specifications (VLS)  has opened a landmark 50th case after receiving a new product complaint on 6 September 2017. The complaint concerns an automotive engine oil and is currently being investigated by the Technical Review Panel, in accordance with VLS procedures.

Top Technician 2017 winner named – Karl Weaver

Published:  16 September, 2017

Workshop Quarter at Automechanika Birmingham 2018

Published:  05 September, 2017

A dedicated Workshop Quarter will be among the enhancements to be found at Automechanika Birmingham 2018, taking place next June.

Garage wins game-changing makeover through Pagid Workshop Winners

Published:  05 September, 2017

Pagid has awarded a UK workshop a £10,000 upgrade, through its Workshop Winners campaign, which took place this summer.

Automechanika Birmingham 2018: Build-up begins

Published:  04 September, 2017

Businesses in the sector are already looking towards Automechanika Birmingham 2018, as the organisers  begin announcing plans for the show from tomorrow (5 September).

TRICO launches centenary video on YouTube

Published:  30 August, 2017

TRICO has launched a special video called ‘100 Years of TRICO’ to coincide with their centenary year, which it has uploaded onto its YouTube channel.    

The Parts Alliance announce new ‘Best of Brakes’ promotion

Published:  30 August, 2017

The Parts Alliance has teamed up with Delphi for the second time in 2017 to run their new ‘Best of Brakes’ promotion.

TRICO launches own beer

Published:  24 August, 2017

Gold against the cold: Ring launches autumn-winter promotion

Published:  24 August, 2017

From September onwards, Ring will be hiding hundreds of golden tickets inside their H7 headlight bulb boxes, giving technicians the chance to win a selection of prizes, including workshop equipment, dash cameras and branded clothing.

Live and direct - Top Tech Live draws near

Published:  21 August, 2017

Top Technician 2017 has been another fantastic year for the competition, and with the finals behind us, all eyes are now turning towards Top Tech Live, taking place on Saturday 16 September at the Henry Ford Academy in Daventry.

Ben’s 'Hats on 4 Mental Health Day' fundraiser returns

Published:  18 August, 2017

This year's Hats on 4 Mental Health Day, organised by Ben is taking place on 13 October, during the week of World Mental Health Day.

Mike Brewer becomes first Ben Celebrity Ambassador

Published:  15 August, 2017

Ben has announced that Mike Brewer has become its first ever Ben Celebrity Ambassador. Mike Brewer is renowned in the industry for his role as presenter of Wheeler Dealers, and he is also a journalist, producer, campaigner and motoring enthusiast.

Uni-Select completes acquisition of The Parts Alliance

Published:  08 August, 2017

The sale of The Parts Alliance to its new Canadian owner Uni-Select Inc. has been completed. Its new owner paid £205m to buy the group.

ECP Autofirst Network reaches milestone

Published:  19 July, 2017

ECP Autofirst network reaches milestone

Top Technician 2017 winner to be announced at Top Tech Live

Published:  19 July, 2017

Top Technician 2017 reached the final last week, and all eyes now turn towards Top Tech Live, where the winner will be announced in September.

Trico Twitter competition extended

Published:  18 July, 2017

Trico’s competition enabling garages and motor factors to win a power bank has been extended until the end of July.

Hybrid and electric power threatened by underinvestment warns IMI

Published:  12 July, 2017

More UK motorists than ever are choosing electric and hybrid vehicles but the trend could be threatened if infrastructure investment does not keep pace, the IMI has warned.

Right2Choose returns as ‘Your Car, Your Choice’

Published:  26 June, 2017

‘Your Car, Your Choice’ is the new rallying cry for the sector, as the Independent Automotive Aftermarket Federation (IAAF) relaunches Right2Choose for today’s world.

NGK unveils Teng Tools kit cabinet competition

Published:  26 June, 2017

Members of NGK Spark Plugs (UK) Ltd’s BoxClever garage loyalty scheme could soon win a monster 1000-piece Teng Tools kit cabinet worth £10,000 thanks to a new three-month promotion starting on 1 July.

UK spends more on car parts online than groceries

Published:  26 June, 2017

Last year, UK consumers bought a higher percentage of automotive parts, accessories and services online than they did cosmetics and groceries according to research commissioned by the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) from independent consultancy Frost & Sullivan.

Roger Griggs hands over to Prashant Chopra

NTDA appoints first ever chairman from the aftermarket

Published:  26 June, 2017

The National Tyre Distributors Association (NTDA) has appointed the first ever national chairman to come from the aftermarket since the organisation’s inception in 1930.

Here comes the sun

Published:  25 June, 2017

A Suffolk garage proprietor has gone totally over to solar power, just in time for summer. Mark Bradley, owner of Spot On Tuning in Denham is running his business entirely via solar panels. He used 240-volt arrays from his other business, a mobile solar power hire firm called Solar Decker he has run since 2007.

Pagid offers £10,000 workshop upgrade with ‘Workshop Winners’ promotion

Published:  12 June, 2017

Braking brand Pagid, part of TMD Friction, is to give a UK workshop a £10,000 upgrade via its Workshop Winners campaign, taking place this summer.

Parts Alliance bought by Canadian aftermarket distributor

Published:  05 June, 2017

The Parts Alliance Group has been acquired from its private equity owner HgCapital by Uni-Select Inc., a Canadian publicly listed, North American Automotive aftermarket distributor.  

Top Tech Finalists!

Published:  18 May, 2017

Top Technician 2017 finalists named

Industry Rich List 2017

Published:  08 May, 2017

Motor sector figures in Sunday Times Rich List 2017

TRICO YouTube videos assist technicians

Published:  27 April, 2017

TRICO has uploaded a number of step-by-step wiper blade fitting videos to their YouTube channel.

New fines for speeding introduced

Motorists who commit serious speeding offences face much higher fines from today
Published:  24 April, 2017

Motorists who commit serious speeding offences face much higher fines from today (24 April) following the introduction of new guidelines by the Sentencing Council.

"No to 4-1-1 MOT" say motorists

76% of car owners reject the idea of a car’s first MOT taking place at four years
Published:  24 April, 2017

76% of car owners reject the idea of a car's first MOT taking place at four years old according to research published by the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT). The survey examined driver attitudes to the proposed 4-1-1 MOT being considered by the Department for Transport (DfT).

Braking News...

...For Formula Brembo fans
Published:  20 April, 2017

Brembo has released an infographic outlining the challenges of braking at Shanghai as part of Formula Brembo, the new online game that challenges mechanicsÂ’ and techniciansÂ’ knowledge of F1.

Euro Repar Car Service launches UK network

Garage franchise is launching in the UK
Published:  13 April, 2017

UFI Filters enhances UK offering

UFI fires starting gun on big push into UK aftermarket
Published:  05 April, 2017

Automechanika Birmingham launches Garage of the Year Competition

New competition with a cash prize of £1,000
Published:  03 April, 2017

Servicesure Autocentres make the Wright choice

Sponsorship deal with UK number one and world number two darts player
Published:  28 March, 2017

Servicesure Autocentres, the garage programme of The Parts Alliance, is aiming to become a household name, and has taken its first throw via a sponsorship deal with UK number one and world number two darts player Peter "Snakebite" Wright.

HELLA and Hengst tie the knot

HELLA and Hengst form comprehensive OE filtration alliance
Published:  20 March, 2017

New editor for Aftermarket

Alex Wells has joined the publication as editor. The upcoming April edition will be his debut issue
Published:  07 March, 2017

Alex is a familiar face in the industry. Prior to joining Aftermarket he ran a number of magazines in the industry including Garage & Bodyshop Professional and Automotive Industry Magazine as well as BODY Magazine, covering the crash repair sector. He has been a regular contributor to a wide range of other sector titles over the years as well.

A1 Motorstores expands its network

Factor group adds Motorworld to its offering
Published:  18 November, 2016

A1 Motorstores has added Motorworld to its factor network, doubling the number of locations it offers.

Access to vehicle data survey

Parts suppliers and Wholesalers urged to take part
Published:  17 June, 2014

Research group Ricardo has been tasked by the European Commission to examine the use of vehicle manufacturer data by the aftermarket.

semi finals

24 Top Technicians

First round top scorers announced
Published:  14 March, 2014

Following completion of the initial Top Technician 2014 online test, the two dozen highest scoring entrants have been announced and will go forward to the quarter final stage of the competition. Hailing from as far apart as Orkney in Scotland and Truro in Cornwall, they will now face a stricter online test of their fault-fixing knowledge to determine which of them will be among the twelve technicians to attend the half day practical semi-finals at the Delphi training centre in Warwick on April 4. In alphabetical order, the quarter finalists are:

24 Top Techs to be announced

First stage assessment now being marked
Published:  25 February, 2014

The first stage online test for Top Techncian 2014 is now closed and judges are now in the process of marking the assessments in order to find the highest-scoring 24.

'Access to information' under review

Trade bodies put pressure on European Commission
Published:  02 August, 2013

ACCESS to technical information for Euro V onwards vehicles should become easier in the future thanks to a meeting recently held in Europe.

4-2-2: Frequency change scrapped

Trade claim victory as annual testing retained
Published:  01 February, 2012

The Key proposals announced by the Transport Minister are to:

4-2-2: MOT campaign confusion

Insurance body 'not aware' of MOT campaign figures
Published:  13 January, 2012

INSURANCE body ABI is 'unaware' of an insurance premium rise of 5% cited in an MOT campaign report

New edition of Top Technician

Published:  21 December, 2011

Read Top Technician online here

ASA slam 'End of life Vehicles' advert

Watchdog rule scrapyard broke guidelines
Published:  21 December, 2011

THE Advertising Standards Authority has ruled against a scrapyard that called itself 'End of Life breakers' ruling that using the name in the first line of an advert, the company could easily be confused with an official government body.

Dealer doldrums

Raise your game or perish - message from expert to franchise dealers
Published:  20 December, 2011

FRANCHISED dealerships will have to rethink their approach to aftersales in 2012, according to an industry expert.

Renault to slash franchise network

Third of dealerships to close in 2012 while model range cut by half
Published:  19 December, 2011

MORE than a third of Renault dealerships are to shut their doors in the New Year as the car maker battens down the hatches for what it describes as a 'transition' year.


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