Frost tester gets plugged

Auto Current Tester from Frost
Published:  10 June, 2010

It looks like a calorie counter or pedometer but the Auto Current Tester from Frost is actually the latest gadget for making electrical checks on cars in your workshop.

Game for weld domination

GYS scoops award for welding game
Published:  10 June, 2010

Aftermarket couldn't resist the unusualness of the latest news from welding and battery charging company GYS. The company's online website game Master of Welding has been awarded the 2010 Prix Coup de Coeur marketing trophy. The award was presented at the French e-marketing awards for the best innovations in the field of digital marketing.

Tyre dumping

Workshops face fines or worse if they fail to recycle tyres correctly
Published:  10 June, 2010

THE TYRE Recovery Association (TRA) has issued a warning to garages and tyre dealers following the prosecution of nine people who were fined nearly £75,000 for the illegal dumping of tyres.

Block Exemption

New Block Exemption rules for the independent aftermarket
Published:  10 June, 2010

IMPROVED access to technical information needed for repairs is one way the European Commission hopes the new Block Exemption rules will increase competition in the independent aftermarket.

Repair fair

German trade fair Automechanika celebrates its 21st birthday by adding a new Hall
Published:  10 June, 2010

THE MASSIVE German aftermarket exhibition turns 21 this year and to celebrate, it has brought body repair and paintwork segments together in a brand new hall.

Bhp boost - torque to me!

Unichip offers power boost on Nissan 350Z
Published:  09 June, 2010

rong>Tuning firm Unichip Europe has unveiled a U-connect Unichip ECU for the Nissan 350Z. The plug-and-play device aims to boost power by 20 bhp and raise peak output from 264 to 284 bhp.

You know it makes sensor

Lambda sensors from Bosch
Published:  08 June, 2010

With an eye on engine management, Bosch is reminding garages about the good margins to be made on lambda sensor replacement.

Diagnostic change

Neil Pattemore examines the impact of Euro 5 legislation on access to technical information
Published:  08 June, 2010

AUTOMOTIVE business expert Neil Pattemore says the latest EU legislation will change the way garages access technical information. Here, he takes a look at the impact of Euro 5:

Triplewax works valet well!

Triplewax cooks up fresh car shampoo formula
Published:  07 June, 2010

Triplewax Car Shampoo has been revised and improved with a new formula. The company claims the result is a richer cleansing agent that offers "outstanding results" against modern day pollutants.

Fleet chance

RMI claims more than half of fleet work will go to independents
Published:  07 June, 2010

A survey released recently showed that independent garages have an increasingly important role to play in servicing feet cars.

Wheely one-of-a-kind

Unique MAK Wheel from Yokohama
Published:  04 June, 2010

The Unique seen here, is the latest addition to the Italian-made MAK Wheels range, distributed in the UK by Yokohama HPT.

Bumpers, bars and bonnets

Classi Mini parts from Xpart
Published:  04 June, 2010

Parts firm XPart is launching a range of front and rear bumpers and bonnet bars for the classic Mini with what it claims is a more superior finish than ever.

Cool cat. parts are a breeze

2010 cooling catalogue from Gates
Published:  04 June, 2010

rong>The 2010 cooling catalogue from Gates includes everything from hoses to cooling accessories and provides for passengers cars to light commercials.

Tuning upgrade Discovery

Power upgrade option for Land Rover Discovery TDV6 from Superchips
Published:  04 June, 2010

Electronic tuning firm Superchips has released a so-called 'plug-and-go' remap for the popular 2.7 litre Land Rover Discovery TDV6.

Shock alert

Steering firm TRW says shock check should become standard service item
Published:  04 June, 2010

STEERING and suspension firm TRW is lobbying the EU to reclassify shock absorbers as safety critical parts.

Scrap deal

Euro Car Parts offers air con service unit scrappage deal
Published:  03 June, 2010

EURO Car Parts is offering special deals on old air con units and the chance of free F-gas training.

Lift safety

Garage Equipment Association boss highlights hidden dangers of lifts
Published:  01 June, 2010

Dave Garratt, chief executive of the Garage Equipment Association (GEA), has spoken out with potentially life-saving advice on the correct operation of lifts in the workshop.

Plug award

NGK wins UAN buying group Supplier of the Year award
Published:  31 May, 2010

NGK SPARK Plugs has won the Supplier of the Year award in the single product category from the United Aftermarket Network (UAN) buying group.

Good fit

Andy Fountain wins first round of hunt for UK's best windscreen fitter
Published:  31 May, 2010

WINDSCREEN fitter Andy Fountain has won the first round of a competition to find the UK's best automotive glazing fitter.

Paint app. covers everything

Standox goes mobile with smart phone info
Published:  28 May, 2010

The full range of body shop and refinish information available on the website can now be accessed via mobile smart phone.

Wrench tool makes an impact

Micro cordless impact wrench from Snap-on Tools
Published:  28 May, 2010

A micro cordless impact wrench is the latest product to join the Snap-on Tools range of tools, tool storage and diagnostic kit. The 3/8" wrench provides 600in.lbs of torque, with 95lbs bolt breakaway torque, great for getting into restricted access areas. This makes it ideal for working under the dash or when removing interior components.

Sleek alignment lift

Hunter RX40 scissor lift from Pro-Align
Published:  28 May, 2010

Pro-Align are very proud to introduce what they call the 'King of all premium wheel alignment lifts'. The Hunter RX40 scissor lift promises increased productivity, saved labour costs and greater throughput due to a slick and streamlined wheel alignment process.

Simpler fault finder Launch

Auto Book from Launch UK
Published:  28 May, 2010

As mentioned in the news section of last month's Aftermarket, diagnostic firm Launch UK is stocking the Auto Book tool in a bid to attract business from workshops that want to venture into diagnostics without getting bogged down in the most advanced and complicated fault-finding techniques.

Tapley diagnostics go Global

Global Pro Tool-100 from Tapley Instrumentation
Published:  28 May, 2010

If you are after fast diagnostics coupled with an easy to use programme, consider the Global Pro Tool-100 from Tapley Instrumentation that can be used on both petrol and diesel engines.

BEN support

Unipart raises money for automotive charity BEN
Published:  26 May, 2010

UNIPART has raised more than £6,200 for the automotive industry charity BEN at its annual awards ceremony, the Unipart Way Awards.

Cool training

Published:  26 May, 2010

TEXA is the latest company to join the rush on air con training ahead of the start of F-gas regulations.

Parts news

Cat firm BM Catalysts signs up to TecDoc parts catalog
Published:  26 May, 2010

CATALYTIC converter manufacturer BM Catalysts has joined the TecDoc CATALOG electronic parts system.

Lift advice

Garage Equipment Association to publish lift safety guide
Published:  25 May, 2010

THE GARAGE Equipment Association (GEA) is preparing to publish a guide to lifting equipment as part of its on-going crack down on workshop safety.

Scope skills

Pico Technology announces latest dates for oscilloscope training
Published:  24 May, 2010

PICO Technology has announced more training dates to help repairers get the latest knowledge of scope-based fault-finding.

Hose the daddy? Top clip pack

Hose clip workshop pack from Jubilee
Published:  21 May, 2010

The hose clip company has created a workshop pack which, as the name makes fairly obvious, is a collection of hose clips designed specially for workshops.

Bugs & tar get wiped out

Cleaning wipes from Tetrosyl
Published:  21 May, 2010

Three new CarPlan packet wipes join the existing range of car care products, designed for 'on-the-go, no fuss cleaning'.

New FAI box is a belt-er

Timing belt kits from FAI Automotive
Published:  21 May, 2010

Distributor FAI Automotive has attempted to revitalise its image with new packaging for its timing belt kits, sold under the FAI Auto Parts brand.

Bumper brake bulletin

Caliper update catalogue from Brake Engineering
Published:  21 May, 2010

The latest 2010 brake caliper catalogue is out now from Brake Engineering and, according to the company, it contains the widest range of calipers in the UK aftermarket.

On your bike with plugs

Motorbike spark plugs from NGK
Published:  21 May, 2010

Motorbike spark plugs are increasingly replicating their high-temperature cousins fitted to passenger cars, says NGK. The company says there is an on-going trend towards "hotter, automotive-style plugs" as the drive to reduce emissions hits motorbikes too. Hotter plugs can also enhance idle stability.

Open time

RMI plans development evenings to help garages get to grips with business
Published:  21 May, 2010

The RMI is offering a series of open evenings, specifically designed to help tackle the business development, and technical requirements, of independent garages.

F-gas solution

Auto Freeze system offers alternative to F-gas accreditation
Published:  21 May, 2010

ACCESSORIES company Mountney has signed a distribution deal for the Auto Freeze system - an air con device that gets round F-gas regulations.

Bean brand

Published:  20 May, 2010

EURO Car Parts has become an official distributor of Snap-on Equipment's John Bean range of garage equipment.

Injector checks

ASNU begins campaign for injector checks in VM service schedules
Published:  20 May, 2010

INJECTOR diagnostics firm ASNU has begun a three-year campaign aimed at getting VMs to include checks on injector efficiency in their standard service schedules.

Sale denial

Euro Car Parts denies £250 million sale claim
Published:  17 May, 2010

EURO Car Parts has denied a story that it is for sale at a price of £250 million.

Lube for fuel efficiency

Low viscosity oil from ACDelco
Published:  14 May, 2010

A next generation, low viscosity synthetic engine oil for use in both petrol and diesel passenger cars joins ACDelco's existing range of synthetic, mineral and transmission gear oils.

Armed with wiper puller

Wiper arm puller from Laser Tools
Published:  14 May, 2010

This wiper arm puller has been designed to make your life that bit easier when faced with a wiper arm that won't budge.

Poster pump warning

Steering poster from Remy Automotive
Published:  14 May, 2010

This poster, available to workshops and factors, has been designed to remind technicians of the need to replace the steering rack and pump together. It can also be used to demonstrate to customers how to avoid unnecessary costs in the future.

Get equipped with SIP

Spring promotion from SIP
Published:  14 May, 2010

Deals on over 300 products can be found in the SIP Spring Promotion that runs until June 30th.

One stop part shop TecDoc

Improved search tool from TecDoc
Published:  14 May, 2010

The parts identification system has been updated to make it easier and quicker to find the right replacement part.

Apprentice agency

S&B Academy set to launch ATA apprentice hire agency to help cut costs
Published:  14 May, 2010

S&B AUTOMOTIVE Academy has launched an apprentice agency scheme to help garages hire staff at limited cost.

Code checklist

Top Tech winner Stuart White backs Motor Codes' driver checklist scheme
Published:  14 May, 2010

MOTOR Codes is targeting motorists with a checklist it claims will help them decide if their garage is a quality outfit or a "rusty rip-off".

Battery move

Former Hella man Andy Morgan joins Varta to oversee battery sales
Published:  13 May, 2010

ANDY Morgan has been appointed national sales manager for Varta batteries, the UK subsidiary of Johnson Controls.

Show time

Automechanika boss claims financial crisis will not affect September exhibition
Published:  13 May, 2010

THE BOSS of the Automechanika aftermarket exhibition expects the show to match 2008 visitor and exhibitor figures despite the global financial crisis.

Parts arrival

German firm Optimal set for entry into UK parts market
Published:  11 May, 2010

PARTS distributor Optimal has completed preparations to enter the UK aftermarket with a warehousing facility in the UK and logistics centre in Germany.

Wakey wakey, valves!

TPMS valve tool from TRW
Published:  07 May, 2010

A valve activation tool joins the TRW easycheck service range of tools, in preparation of all new cars to market from 2012 having Tyre Pressure Monitoring Systems (TPMS's) fitted as standard.


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