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.

Fleet chance

Autosafe claims 530% rise in fleet business and says now is the time for independents to cash in
Published:  04 September, 2009

REPAIR network Autosafe says independents are poised to capture more fleet servicing work after increasing its fleet business by 530% in the last year.

Battery booster in charge

Battery chargers from Facom
Published:  03 September, 2009

According to Facom, 80% of vehicle problems can be traced back to dodgy batteries. Its latest range of three smart chargers is designed to help you deal with this.

Brake range joins line-up

Pagid braking parts from Euro Car Parts
Published:  02 September, 2009

ECP has added this all-makes range to its line-up. It includes 1,200 pads and discs, 250 brake drums and 500 brake shoes that cover 99% of the UK car parc, including the new Ford Ka and Fiesta plus the latest Vauxhall Insignia.

Scheme update

Motor Industry Code says it will not go head-to-head with Good Garage Scheme in TV battle
Published:  02 September, 2009

THE MOTOR Industry Code of Practice for Service and Repair says it will not attempt to emulate the Good Garage Scheme's (GGS) forthcoming TV advertising campaign.

New bay support team

Local technical support from The Trade Group
Published:  01 September, 2009

Planning a new MOT or ATL bay or just updating one can be difficult and that is why The Trade Group places an emphasis on technical support.

Drum kits take some beating

Ferodo MaxiKits from Federal Mogul
Published:  28 August, 2009

If you're the kind of technician that doesn't like taking two bottles into the shower when just one will do (top marks for anyone who remembers those 1990s shampoo ads), these pre-assembled drum brake kits could be the answer.

Race time

Are you a speed demon? Unipart wants to hear from you, as it hits the track in support of industry charity BEN
Published:  28 August, 2009

THE AFTERMARKET'S best - and worst - drivers will put their skills to the test in support of industry charity BEN this September.

Cool protection for VW's

MAINTAIN FRICOFIN DP anti-freeze coolant from Fuchs Lubricants
Published:  27 August, 2009

The anti-freeze offers protection against frost, rust and overheating in all Volkswagen engines in both cars and heavy-duty applications.

Web answers

How to build a website that costs next to nothing without any computer experience!
Published:  27 August, 2009

DIAGNOSTIC specialist David Hirst says garages worried about promoting their business online have nothing to fear.

Get rigid rust relegated

Restore rust remover from Frost
Published:  26 August, 2009

Frost says this water-based, non-acidic and biodegradable concentrate removes rust without attacking plastics, rubbers and non-ferrous metals.

Job search

RMIF recruitment service pledges not to headhunt in mission to fill automotive job vacancies
Published:  26 August, 2009

TRAINING organisation Remit has launched a recruitment division to help find staff for motoring businesses.

Generous storage can

Stainless steel jerrycans from Double S Exhausts
Published:  25 August, 2009

For the debonair petrol-head who likes to look good while storing hazardous fuels, these jerrycans are the latest in fashion accessories.

Tech info

Independent access to VM security data looks increasingly likely, says GEA boss
Published:  25 August, 2009

GARAGES are increasingly likely to gain access to VM security information, according to the chief executive of the Garage Equipment Association (GEA).

A right royal upgrade

Vectra brake upgrade from Regal
Published:  24 August, 2009

rong>If you’re looking for more power from an Astra or Corsa VXR, then up-rating the brakes is a logical follow-up.


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