Mood music

Fast fit poll reveals best tunes to connect with customers
Published:  26 July, 2010

MOTORISTS have voted Lenny Kravitz's Are You Gonna Go My Way as the best driving anthem of all time.

Glass master

Hunt for UK's best windscreen fitter down to final 6
Published:  26 July, 2010

THE SEARCH for the country's best windscreen fitter has entered its final stage.

Reman option

ACtronics offers ABS sensor reman service
Published:  26 July, 2010

ELECTRONICS company ACtronics has launched an ABS sensor remanufacturing service.

Floored by fab tile system

PVC Flooring system from TilePlans
Published:  23 July, 2010

Workshop floors have a tough time of it, being exposed to oils and chemicals and the hectic life of a busy workshop but this flooring system from TilePlans steps up to the challenge.

Injector some life into parts

Piezo and common rail injectors from Bosch
Published:  22 July, 2010

The Bosch eXchange programme provides a cost-effective alternative to new parts without comprising quality or guarantees and now includes new Piezo injector and common rail injectors. A total of 15 Piezo injectors for the likes of Audi, BMW and Peugeot can be found.

Charity trek

Comline boss plans charity cycle to Automechanika exhibition
Published:  22 July, 2010

PARTS company boss Malcolm Rosher is cycling to the Automechanika exhibition in Germany to raise money for industry charity BEN.

On course for air con skills

F-Gas training from Texa
Published:  21 July, 2010

For those of you who know your way around the air con system, Texa's one-day IMI award level 3 'automotive refrigerant handling course' will ensure you meet the refrigerant-handling legislation that has just come into force.

Bosch award

Bosch recognises ECP support with Sales Excellence award
Published:  21 July, 2010

Euro Car Parts has won a Bosch competition to reward its best distributors.

Mmmmm! Nice wheels!

Dezent RG Rim from Alcar
Published:  20 July, 2010

Dezent's new RG Rim available from Alcar has a classic Y-spoke design and features a glossy black detail against a lacquered face that the company thinks will look at home on a wide range of 4 and 5 stud Jap, Euro and tuner cars.

Code success

Motor Codes subscribers dominate Motor Trader Awards
Published:  20 July, 2010

MOTOR Codes is claiming further success in its bid to attract members after success at the annual Motor Trader Awards.

Aftermarket No.1

Aftermarket is No.1, proves independent research
Published:  20 July, 2010

INDEPENDENT research has proved Aftermarket magazine is the best-read title in the sector.

Efficient Eco tyre rolls on

GT Radial rolls on with Champiro comfort tyre
Published:  19 July, 2010

Tyre company GT Radial has launched the Champiro Eco tyre, in a bid to give drivers an added option for fuel-efficient motoring. The tyre uses what the company calls Nanotek Silica technology to produce low rolling resistance.

Oil deal

Unipart completes deal to supply Mobil 1 engine oil
Published:  19 July, 2010

UNIPART has signed a distribution agreement with oil company Mobil to supply its Mobil 1 brand of engine oil.

MOT threat

GEA warns of renewed threat of 4-2-2 testing
Published:  19 July, 2010

THE THREAT OF 4-2-2 MOT testing has returned, the Garage Equipment Association (GEA) has warned.

Gates drive over OAPs!

Gates adds OAPs to product range
Published:  16 July, 2010

Belts and drive systems company Gates is stocking its shelves with OAPs to help mechanics deliver reliable repairs to accessory belt drives (to avoid any confusion, that means a choice of DriveAlign Overrunning Alternator Pulleys - aka OAPs - and not an army of geriatric workers!).

Client kind? Join the club!

A club for customer-friendly independents
Published:  16 July, 2010

If you are a customer-focused independent garage owner then read on to see how service and repair network Autosafe has improved its range of member benefits in an attempt to get you on board.

Hawk pads put a stop to Type-R

Hawk HPS brake pads from Cambridge Motorsport
Published:  16 July, 2010

rong>Cambridge Motorsport Parts has released a braking upgrade for the Honda Civic Type-R. The Hawk HPS (High Performance Steel) pads are intended for fast road use and aim to give impressive stopping power with great resistance to brake fade.

Yuasa chance to win passes

Win VIP hospitality race tickets from Yuasa
Published:  16 July, 2010

If you sell or install Yuasa batteries, you could win VIP pit lane passes and enjoy hospitality with Yuasa and Team Honda Racing at the finale of the Dunlop British Touring Car Championship at Brands Hatch on Sunday 10th October.

Race to Titan your belt

Titan Race range from Fuchs Lubricants
Published:  16 July, 2010

rong>Track day enthusiasts and professional motorsport drivers may be interested to learn that the Silkolene Powersport brand of products which has been manufactured in the UK for years, has been taken on by Fuchs Lubricants and re-branded as the Titan Race range.

Franchise form

Unipart secures approval for Express Factors franchisee strength
Published:  15 July, 2010

UNIPART has become a member of the British Franchise Association (BFA) to demonstrate the strength of its Express Factors programme.

Test data

Government releases details of all MOT test stations for first time
Published:  15 July, 2010

THE CONTACT details of all MOT test stations have been published on the internet as part of government plans to make information more accessible to the public.

Tech tips

Frank Massey teams up with Autologic to share diagnostic tips
Published:  14 July, 2010

TECHNICAL expert Frank Massey has joined forces with diagnostic tool manufacturer Autologic.

Alarm call

Thatcham launches accreditation scheme for security installers
Published:  14 July, 2010

THE INSURANCE industry has launched an accreditation scheme for car alarm and security system installers.

MOT birthday

Failure rate figures reach all-time high as repair spending plummets
Published:  14 July, 2010

THE MOT test is celebrating its 50th birthday with the announcement that failure rates have risen to a record 37%.

Like watching paint dry

Revo Light paint drying system from Tri-Sphere
Published:  09 July, 2010

rong>The Revo Light from Tri-Sphere, the entry-level model of the Revo 180, is a short-wave infrared paint drying system that is super energy-efficient. It uses no gas and because sensors guide the drying process, significant savings are also made on electricity.

"Simple" bleeding brake tool

Brake bleeder from Laser Tools
Published:  09 July, 2010

rong>For once, Aftermarket has found a product that even the manufacturer admits is not at the forefront of technology. Sometimes the simple things in life are the best and that’s what Laser Tools will be hoping for its latest brake bleeder.

I've started so I'll refinish

Farecla launches refinish product catalogue
Published:  09 July, 2010

Refinishing and consumables firm Farecla has published its latest catalogue, detailing its full product range together with additions from the Colad and Hamach brands.

Time to get with the program

Take part in key opportunity
Published:  09 July, 2010

Vehicle key programming specialists Hickleys, are holding evening events around the UK during August telling you everything you need to know about key programming, in order to add another string to your bow.

Smooth transition tape

Make masking easier with 3M's new trio
Published:  09 July, 2010

Three new items designed to make repair jobs quicker, easier and more cost-effective join the body shop range from 3M.

Code claim

Motor Codes claims 93% support from drivers
Published:  09 July, 2010

MOTOR Codes has claimed 93% of drivers would recommend one of its member garages to family and friends.

Fleet fixes

Disappearance of spare tyres adds to list of fleet repair problems
Published:  08 July, 2010

AVOIDABLE faults on fleet cars cause 15,000 days of downtime per year, according to RAC data.

New man

Martin Brown joins RMI as head of marketing
Published:  07 July, 2010

Martin Brown has been appointed head of marketing at the Retail Motor Industry Federation (RMI).

Quality support

Colchester workshop boss Michael Shaikly voices support for BSI Kitemark scheme
Published:  05 July, 2010

COLCHESTER-based independent garage Shaikly Motor Company is urging other workshops to apply for the BSI Kitemark for Garage Services.

Lighten up with blue bulb

Osram delivers Xenarc Cool Blue bulb option
Published:  02 July, 2010

Lighting specialist Osram has unveiled its latest bulb in the form of the Xenarc Cool Blue Intense. The company hopes it will provide intensive illumination with cool design.

Like putty in your hand

Frank predicts putty approval trend
Published:  02 July, 2010

Spies Hecker has developed the Raderal Special Putty Set 2011 designed to cover welds, gaps and rivets on steel substrates.

Kit is the whole package

Febi pushes ProKit all-in-one repair solution
Published:  02 July, 2010

Parts firm Febi has upgraded its offer to workshops with the ProKit package - an all-in-one product packaging option designed to make repairs easier.

Tool to take advantage

Vantage PRO from Snap-on Tools
Published:  02 July, 2010

The family of hand-held diagnostic tools celebrates a new addition to its brood in the form of the Vantage PRO enhanced component test meter and scope.

Jack it all in with Sealey

Trolley Jacks from Sealey
Published:  02 July, 2010

rong>If it’s incredibly low minimum access you require from your trolley jack then take a look at the new line of Viking trolley jacks from Sealey.

Campaign victory

Right To Repair campaign disbands after claiming victory
Published:  02 July, 2010

THE RIGHT To Repair campaign (R2RC) has disbanded after claiming victory in its mission to create a fairer and freer aftermarket industry.

Tool time

Snap-on boss urges garages to get the best from pricing
Published:  01 July, 2010

SNAP-ON Tools' new boss says the company's sales are up 11% on the same time last year.

Brake support

Euro Car Parts unveils Pagid fleet offering brake repair support
Published:  30 June, 2010

EURO Car Parts (ECP) has launched a fleet of vehicles to provide specialist brake-related advice and support to its customers.

Young talent

18-year-old Sussex technician claims top spot in Skillauto contest
Published:  29 June, 2010


Braking boss

Former Bosal man Rob Sweetnam takes over at TMD Friction
Published:  28 June, 2010

BRAKING firm TMD Friction has appointed Rob Sweetnam as Managing Director of its UK division.

Software update release

Software version 36 from Texa
Published:  25 June, 2010

Texa has just released version 36 of its IDC3 software for cars, which includes new wiring diagrams for various marques including Audi, BMW, Fiat, Ford, Peugeot, Seat, Volkswagen and VW.

ECP brings you to a halt

Pagid brake calipers from Euro Car Parts
Published:  25 June, 2010

rong>A comprehensive range of remanufactured Pagid brake calipers featuring brand new pistons and sliders are now supplied by Euro Car Parts. 

Compliant cats out of the bag

Fuel Parts maintains aggressive cat policy
Published:  25 June, 2010

As part of an aggressive expansion policy, Fuel Parts UK claims it is the only company offering a fully-approved Euro 4-compliant range of catalytic converters. The latest additions to its range include cats for the Fiat Bravo and Scudo from 2007 onwards together with the Volkswagen Eos from 2006 onwards.

Easier mountain your bike

Compact cycle carrier from Bosal
Published:  25 June, 2010

A few months ago, Aftermarket reported on the booming market for towbar installation work. Now, towbar manufacturer Bosal has come up with another potential aftermarket sales opportunity with its Compact bicycle carrier. The company claims there has been an explosion (not literally we hope, Ed) in the leisure cycling market. That means more people looking for ways to strap mountain bikes to their cars without breaking the law.

So let's get this straight

Ayce Systems offers alloy straightening solution
Published:  25 June, 2010

It looks like a horrible torture device but the latest product to roll out of Ayce Systems' headquarters is an alloy wheel-straightening machine. The number of scuffed and damaged alloys on the roads shows that wheels take a pounding on a daily basis (not helped by some people's inability to park without hitting the kerb). This product aims to correct the most severe cases of damage.

Budget reaction

Pinewood boss Neville Briggs says dealers will shoulder burden of VAT rise
Published:  23 June, 2010

NEVILLE Briggs, managing director of dealer management system provider Pinewood, says the planned hike in VAT will affect both business and consumer confidence.

Budget support

Forum of Private Business says 20% VAT budget may benefit small businesses
Published:  22 June, 2010

VAT will rise from 17.5% to 20% in January, chancellor George Osborne has announced as part of a huge package of tax increases and spending cuts.


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