Scrap update

RMIF claims success for scrappage scheme as new car registrations continue to rise
Published:  08 October, 2009

SALES of new cars have risen for the third month in a row, according to the Retail Motor Industry Federation (RMIF).

Fluid skills Comma long way

Oils, coolants and fluids training from Comma
Published:  07 October, 2009

Name a liquid in a car and there's a good chance Comma has a training module specially designed for it.

Wrench reaches hard parts

Hand impact wrench from Frost
Published:  06 October, 2009

rong>Designed to remove stubborn bolts in hard-to-reach areas in the engine compartment, this tool is set with the standard short level at 90degrees.

Tax trap

Exhaust firm Double S attacks proposals for "tax on manufacturing"
Published:  06 October, 2009

EXHAUST firm Double S Exhausts has hit out at claims that type-approval rules should be introduced for the UK exhaust market.

Blades save on waste

Beam blades from Astra Automotive
Published:  05 October, 2009

During the 1990s, saying the words 'dot com' got investors so excited every website owner in town seemed to be worth millions.

Independent issue

Vauxhall issues clarification on vehicle warranties after ADF challenges "misleading" claims
Published:  05 October, 2009

VAUXHALL has clarified statements implying drivers' warranties may be at risk if they use independent garages following intervention by the Automotive Distribution Federation (ADF).

Time for a chain change?

Timing chain kits from FPS
Published:  02 October, 2009

The full range includes around 200 kits covering more than 800 applications. Vehicles covered include the Vauxhall Astra, Vectra and Signum as well as the Nissan Micra, Almera and Primera, giving you an easier solution to chain replacement.

ATL/OPTL install support

Installation package from Gemco
Published:  01 October, 2009

A significant improvement in productivity is said to result from upgrading an existing MOT bay to a one person test lane or automated test lane.

Kart capers

Unipart continues support for industry charity BEN with more kart championship success
Published:  01 October, 2009

UNIPART has continued its fundraising for industry charity BEN by winning through to the finals of its annual karting championship.

Scrap views

Extension to car scrappage scheme is "complete madness" claims car parts firm boss
Published:  01 October, 2009

CAR PARTS Direct boss Mark Cornwall has hit out at the government's extension of the car scrappage scheme, claiming it is a "hair brain" and unnecessary move.

Talk about great timing

Timing belt seal kits from Corteco
Published:  30 September, 2009

rong>49 kits covering more than 900 engines have been designed to make it easier to change all seals when replacing the timing belt.

CAN courses

Warwick Control announces new dates to get latest CAN bus knowledge
Published:  30 September, 2009

THE COMPLEXITIES of CAN bus technology will be made easier to understand in a fresh round of training courses from Warwick Control.

Delphi at your service

Service Centre modules from Delphi
Published:  29 September, 2009

rong>Another three workshop concepts designed to build on the success of Delphi’s Diesel Point scheme will be the focus of the company’s stand at Equip Auto.

Scrap surprise

Lord Mandelson grants surprise extension to car scrappage scheme
Published:  29 September, 2009

THE GOVERNMENT has extended the vehicle scrappage scheme.

Dragon manages dealers

DMS service calendar from Dragon 2000
Published:  28 September, 2009

No, it's not a fantasy role playing game for overgrown nerds. Dragon 2000 is the company behind a range of dealer management systems designed to help franchise and independent businesses maximise their efficiency.

Plan ahead

Get ready for surge in battery problems, advises charger company CTEK
Published:  28 September, 2009

BATTERY charger company CTEK is urging garages to take advantage of the upcoming winter weather.

Narva say Narva again

Narva lighting from Randstad
Published:  25 September, 2009

rong>stributor Randstad hopes to make these German bulbs a familiar name with garages across the UK this summer.

Double bid

Top Technician winner Richard Perriman aims for unprecedented double victory
Published:  25 September, 2009

RICHARD Perriman will defend his Top Technician title by competing in the 2010 competition to find the UK's best vehicle repairer.

Charity thanks

Aftermarket's generous readers and advertisers help it scoop BEN Trade Journal of the Year award
Published:  25 September, 2009

AFTERMARKET has scooped the BEN Trade Journal of the Year charity award - thanks to the support of its dedicated readers and advertisers.

Torque is (kinda) cheap

Focus ST sports exhaust from Scorpion
Published:  24 September, 2009

rong>A 63mm diameter exhaust system has been developed as early examples of the Ford’s hot hatch escape the manufacturer’s warranty.

Business gain

Rate of business failure falls as dealers regain financial stability
Published:  24 September, 2009

BUSINESS insolvencies in the automotive sector fell by 18% during August, compared to the same month in 2008.

Sockets pull the plug

Spark plug socket set from Laser Tools
Published:  23 September, 2009

A 6-piece spark and glow plug set is out now.

Helmet for weld domination

ADF welding helmet from ESAB
Published:  22 September, 2009

If you want a welding helmet that doubles as a great fancy-dress costume then look no further.

Cool diagnostic control

VDC compressor control system from Texa
Published:  21 September, 2009

Designed to help diagnose vehicles with electronically-controlled variable displacement compressors, the VDC interface connects to Texa's air con stations where it lets users control the signal sent to the compressor for diagnostic and testing purposes.

BER reaction

Aftermarket consortium welcomes "encouraging" EU news for industry rules
Published:  21 September, 2009

THE INDEPENDENT aftermarket says it is "encouraged" by the European Union's latest activity on Block Exemption Regulations (BER).

MOT boost

Kwik-Fit says online booking holds key to 48% increase in MOT business
Published:  21 September, 2009

KWIK-FIT claims it has carried out 48% more MOTs in 2009 compared to the same period last year.

Addition to ignition range

Ignition coil sets from Blue Print
Published:  18 September, 2009

rong>The Japanese, Korean and US car parts firm has added these integrated coil sets for the Kia C’eed to its range.

Exhaust rules

Klarius appeals for type-approval quality standards to be introduced for exhaust systems
Published:  18 September, 2009

THREE of the biggest exhaust manufacturers want European type-approval legislation introduced for exhausts systems.

A sign of a good garage

MOT signage from Butts of Bawtry
Published:  17 September, 2009

The kit supplier has a selection of all-weather signs to promote your garage's MOT services.

Car contest

Find out how you could win a £26,395 Ford Focus by buying a spark plug
Published:  17 September, 2009

A CAR worth £26,395 is going up for grabs as part of Unipart and NGK's latest RallyMatch competition.

Mac makes tool buying easier

Mac card from Mac Tools
Published:  16 September, 2009

Stocking up on essential tools could now be easier with the introduction of the Mac Card.

ATA extra

Chester exhaust firm CES becomes latest location to offer ATA assessments
Published:  16 September, 2009

EXHAUST distributor CES has become an approved ATA assessment centre.

Mail service delivers

Imail reminder service from UK Mail
Published:  15 September, 2009

If your customers want real, physical reminders through the post, this software combines A5 post cards with the latest computer designs for a professional look.

Scrap appeal

Dealer association "bitterly disappointed" at imminent end of car scrappage scheme
Published:  15 September, 2009

THE NFDA (National Franchised Dealers Association) is "bitterly disappointed" the government has rejected calls for an extension to the car scrappage scheme.

Clutch support

Valeo relaunch its clutch-based programme of technical and marketing support
Published:  15 September, 2009

GARAGES will be able to take advantage of technical and marketing support by signing up to Valeo's relaunched Clutch expert concept in November.

MOT helper saves time

E-Roadworthy MOT assistant from Tecalemit
Published:  14 September, 2009

rong>This hand-held unit saves you the bother of having to manually re-enter testing details into the VOSA computer.

Swift STARS starter

STARS starter - alternator from Valeo
Published:  11 September, 2009

There's not a lot you can do with 350 milliseconds on your hands - even if your name is Boris Becker and you're stuck in a broom cupboard with an amorous supermodel.

Yellow savings

ATA offers garages extra publicity through Yellow Pages listing scheme
Published:  11 September, 2009

THE ATA scheme has struck a deal with the Yellow Pages to give added promotion to accredited technicians and their garages.

All set for stud removal

Stud removal set from Sealey
Published:  10 September, 2009

rong>This 9-piece set helps remove manifold studs when cleaning gaskets.

TV slogan

Good Garage Scheme reveals TV advertising campaign slogan
Published:  10 September, 2009

THE GOOD Garage Scheme will use the slogan 'It's like having a friend in the know' to promote its workshops to motorists during its forthcoming TV advertising campaign.

Hybrid training

Trainer James Dillon offers hybrid repair courses to help forward-thinking garages
Published:  10 September, 2009

VEHICLE systems expert James Dillon will run courses on servicing hybrid vehicles from January onwards.

Quite a catch for vans

Lock kits from Locks4Vans
Published:  09 September, 2009

rong>Keep thieving blighters out of your van and customers’ work vehicles by fitting a vehicle-specific lock.

Price freeze

Good Garage Scheme announces membership fee price freeze
Published:  09 September, 2009

THE GOOD Garage Scheme (GGS) has frozen its membership fees until December next year.

MOT cue keeps clients

Online marketing software from Clictoc
Published:  08 September, 2009

Aimed largely at MOT test stations, this software package lets you email and text customers when their next MOT is due.

We've taken a shine to it

The Ultimate Car Polish from Mer
Published:  07 September, 2009

Aftermarket thinks that if a car polish company really wants to stand out from the crowd it needs to be brave enough to claim NOT to be the best.

Survey time

Dealer survey shows relations between franchisees and VMs are strengthening
Published:  07 September, 2009

RELATIONSHIPS between dealers and VMs are improving as a result of the credit crunch, according to the latest National Franchised Dealers Association (NFDA) survey.

Sofima so good for filters

Sofima filters from Fuel Parts
Published:  04 September, 2009

rong>Fuel Parts began distributing the UFI’s Sofima brand of filters in June and now that a number of UK stockists are on board, the company is looking to increase its UK-wide distribution.

Hybrid growth

Bosch says half of all new vehicles will be micro-hybrids within three years
Published:  04 September, 2009

HALF of all new cars in Europe will be fitted with stop-start systems by 2012, according to Bosch.

Young talent

Technicians fly to Canada to compete against the best young workshop staff from across the globe
Published:  04 September, 2009

A TRIO of young technicians has flown to Canada to take on the best talent from around the world.

Petition power

R2RC urges garages to sign e-petition as deadline for European feedback draws closer
Published:  04 September, 2009

THE RIGHT To Repair Campaign (R2RC) is urging workshop staff to sign its online petition as the deadline for registering views on aftermarket laws draws closer.


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