Keep mirrors safe

Mirror Mate wing mirror defence system
Published:  15 June, 2009

rong>If your customers are fed up with people accidentally driving past and ripping off their wing mirrors, this unusual gadget could help. If nothing else, it will certainly catch people’s eye.

Survey time

RMIF plans survey of Independent Garage Association members to assess state of the trade
Published:  15 June, 2009

The Retail Motor Industry Federation (RMIF) is planning a comprehensive assessment of the state of the trade with a survey of all Independent Garage Association members.

Name swap

Published:  15 June, 2009 has formally changed its name to Autologic Diagnostics, with immediate effect.

Lube line bridges Gulf

Gulf lubricants from Triple P
Published:  12 June, 2009

rong>Triple P – the performance division of Universal Automotive – has become a distributor for the Gulf range of lubes, with a selection of oils that cater for the many grades and viscosities across the UK vehicle parc.

Charity trek

Technician David Massey completes gruelling 7 day walk across England
Published:  12 June, 2009

TECHNICIAN David Massey has completed a grueling 200 mile trek across England and raised £3,000 for cardiac research in the process.

A good deal for diagnostics

Easycheck scan tool from TRW
Published:  11 June, 2009

rong>The tool covers 13 VMs with OEBD functionality across each of the marques and, seven months after it was launched, TRW says demand for the scan unit is high across Europe.

Show time

Commercial Vehicle Operator Show to showcase latest repair and maintenance innovations in 2010
Published:  11 June, 2009

THE COMMERCIAL Vehicle Show Partnership has announced the launch of the Commercial Vehicle Operator Show, to be held from 13th to 15th April next year.

Star search

If you've tried everything else to solve your business problems, maybe it's time to turn to a psychic!
Published:  11 June, 2009

AFTERMARKET likes to leave no stone unturned in its search for the latest and freshest ways to keep your business thriving.

Reader writes

John Tullet joins the great Motor Industry Code of Practice debate - find out why he says signing up now is vital!
Published:  11 June, 2009

HARDLY a moment goes by in the aftermarket without a discussion (or a full-blown argument!) about the Motor Industry Code Service and Repair Code (MISRC) raising its oily head.

Help with ABS systems

Drain twin pressure and vacuum brake bleeder from Sykes-Pickavant
Published:  10 June, 2009

rong>This brake bleeder can deal with all types of brake servicing work, including ABS systems with stability and traction control functions.

Top spot

Richard Perriman scoops Top Technician 2009 title and £10,500 worth of prizes!
Published:  10 June, 2009

RICHARD Perriman has won the title of Top Technician 2009, after winning through three rounds of tough technical tests in the annual search for the UK's best vehicle repairer.

Test tool gets an update

The new Multi-Tester Pro from Autodiagnos
Published:  09 June, 2009

rong>This tool aims to take off where the previous Multi-Tester Pro (MTP) leaves off, offering multi-brand diagnostics on a wide range of vehicles.

Versatile vacuum testing

Vacuum pump from Gunson
Published:  08 June, 2009

rong>This kit comes complete with vacuum testing and one-man brake bleed functions.

Wipe out garage grime

Big Wipes from Sycamore
Published:  05 June, 2009

rong>If you’re fed up of getting grotty in the workshop, these disposable wipes are a simple way to keep everything from your hands to your tools clean.

Training time

New firm joins air con training market as deadline for mandatory qualifications nears
Published:  05 June, 2009

TECHNICIANS looking to boost their air con skills before the deadline for gaining mandatory qualifications could take advantage of a new training consultancy.

Striking silver selection

Automotive oils from Millers Oils
Published:  04 June, 2009

As part of plans to consolidate its position during 2009, Millers Oils has unveiled new-look silver packaging to replace its traditional black design

Scope skills

Which company is bringing the latest oscilloscope skills to a town near you? Take a look to find out
Published:  04 June, 2009

PICO Technology is hitting the road for its latest round of oscilloscope training courses.

Help for hardy hoses

Laser Automotive hose remover from Tool Connection
Published:  03 June, 2009

This is one of the tools from the 'does what it says on the tin' school of product names.

Advice time

What are the pitfalls of saving cash during the recession? Peter Cox from Motaquip explains how garages could cut-back too much!
Published:  03 June, 2009

PARTS supplier Motaquip is urging garage owners not to cut costs at the expense of securing a prosperous future.

A 'wheely' reliable option

Wheel Master equipment from Ranger Products
Published:  02 June, 2009

rong>The company claims its selection of tyre changers and wheel balancers offer a “robust and reliable” option for garages, complete with a team of installation and aftersales demonstration engineers.

Plug search

Why more Italian glow plugs are on their way to the UK - and how distributors could benefit
Published:  02 June, 2009

A FORMER shareholder in the firm Glow Plugs Direct is on the lookout for new UK distributors.

Trade growth

RMIF to boost membership by 1,000 through acquisition of Motor Vehicle Repairers Association
Published:  02 June, 2009

THE Retail Motor Industry Federation (RMIF) is set to purchase the Motor Vehicle Repairers Association (MVRA).

Cool connector locator

CD3 air con module from Autodata
Published:  01 June, 2009

rong>This module puts additional repair information at your fingertips to take advantage of the growing market for air con service and repair work.

Reader writes

Garage boss Vernon Taylor says MP Gareth Taylor has got it wrong. Read his views and respond with your own thoughts!
Published:  01 June, 2009

FOLLOWING publication of MP Gareth Thomas's open letter to service and repair workshops last week, website reader Vernon Taylor from Vernon Taylor Motor Engineer in Grantham, Lincolnshire, has been in touch.

For the latest BMW bikes

Varta LF AGM batteries from Johnson Controls
Published:  29 May, 2009

rong>The company says its battery range now covers 98% cover of the UK’s two-wheeled market, including both sports and commuting bikes.

Code call

MP admits "disappointment" at lack of independent garage support for Motor Codes scheme in open letter to all repairers
Published:  29 May, 2009

GOVERNMENT consumer minister Gareth Thomas has written an open letter to all car servicing businesses, calling on them to support the Motor Industry Service and Repair Code.

Focus on popular vehicles

Ford Focus II alternators from Remy Automotive
Published:  28 May, 2009

The remanufacturing company has unveiled new alternators for the Focus II and C-Max along with the Volvo S40 plus 1.6 and 2.0 diesel versions of the Mazda 3.

Reman focus

ReMaTec remanufacturing exhibition ready for upturn in business thanks to economic downturn
Published:  28 May, 2009

ORGANISERS of the ReMaTec exhibition in Amsterdam claim the global recession has created a surge in the demand for remanufactured goods.

Improved testing option

Diesel Engine Compression Tester from Laser Tools
Published:  27 May, 2009

rong>Laser says that following the introduction of its common rail flow meter kit, it realised its diesel engine compression tester was lacking the latest dummy diesel injectors and glow plugs.

Lucky number

Why technician Chris Wileman's number was up when he took on CAN Bus training with Snap-on
Published:  27 May, 2009

CHRIS Wileman has become the 15,000th technician to attend one of Snap-on Diagnostic's TechEd seminars.

Safety alert

Jack Sealey issues recall of selected fan heaters following discovery of possible fire risk
Published:  27 May, 2009

TOOLS and accessories firm Jack Sealey has issued a recall of selected fan heaters after a batch was found to pose a potential fire risk.

Increased driver comfort

Gates Torsional Vibration Dampers from FPS
Published:  26 May, 2009

rong>Distributor FPS now offers a full range of Gates DriveAlign dampers (also known as TVDs) thanks to its status as the sole distributor for Gates products in the UK.

footie triumph

Why Aftermarket football fans are celebrating, and how Euro Car Parts helped out!
Published:  26 May, 2009

THE WEEKEND was a wonderful/terrible time for many, depending on which side of the footballing fence you sit on.

Open shop

Euro Car Parts opens Ipswich store to plug gap in its workshop coverage
Published:  26 May, 2009

EURO Car Parts (ECP) has opened its latest branch in Ipswich with a 15-strong team of staff.

Show time

Published:  26 May, 2009

FOR THOSE who already knew the Italians could turn out an intriguing glass of wine and a stylishly figure-hugging frock, Autopromotec was a reminder that the country is a real force in technical innovation too.

A unique leather look

Roadster car mats from Unique Products
Published:  22 May, 2009

rong>As customers’ cars get older, they’ll want to spend more money keeping them looking younger (it seems to work in the cosmetics industry!). That’s the thinking from Unique Products behind its latest accessory range.

RMI advice

Workshops who manage their time and labour can thrive during the recession
Published:  22 May, 2009

GARAGES who work efficiently and invest in training and equipment will be able to increase their business, as car owners look for value for money, says the RMI's Independent Garage Association (IGA).

The latest diagnostic answers

Data system from Hella
Published:  21 May, 2009

rong>A technical database (Hella DDS 100) has been combined with a diagnostic interface, giving information and diagnostics for more than 45 vehicle makes and around 33,500 models.

Denso launch

Denso to launch brand new cooling range in June
Published:  21 May, 2009

DENSO will launch a selection of new products into the UK market for the first time this June.

Take care of turbo chargers

Titan GT1 SAE 5W-40 motor oil from Fuchs Lubricants
Published:  20 May, 2009

This oil was specially developed for vehicles with exhaust after treatment products and turbochargers.

Euro drive

Aftermarket travels to Autopromotec show in Italy to see latest aftermarket technology
Published:  20 May, 2009

THE AUTOPROMOTEC exhibition has officially opened in Italy, promising visitors a look-in on the latest technological developments within the aftermarket sector.

Data deal

Autodata launches plan to supply Suzuki dealers with all-makes repair data
Published:  20 May, 2009

AUTODATA has brokered an alliance with Suzuki main dealers to help them tackle all-makes service and repair work.

Automatic charging option

WATTMATIC 100 battery charger from GYS
Published:  19 May, 2009

These bright 6/12V batter chargers will go down well with anyone looking for a yellow colour scheme in their garage!

Bugatti bonus

Don't have the cash to buy a Bugatti Veyron? Just buy some spark plugs instead, says NGK!
Published:  19 May, 2009

THE GOOD news for wholesalers of NGK spark plugs is that they could win a Bugatti Veyron worth more than £1.2 million thanks to the company's latest Milesmore sales incentive promotion.

Just the job for refinishing

Refinishing products from Farecla
Published:  18 May, 2009

rong>The surface finishing company is attempting to get ahead of its competitors with the claim that its products contain 25% more abrasives per litre than other leading brands.

Race ace

Nottingham tyre fitter enjoys taste of the fast lane after working at the British Touring Car Champtionship
Published:  18 May, 2009

A NOTTINGHAM tyre fitter swapped the forecourt for the fast lane after being chosen to switch tyres for racing stars Matt Neal and Jason Plato.

Scooter seal of approval

Navigator TXB diagnostic module from Texa
Published:  15 May, 2009

rong>Texa recently signed an agreement with the Piaggio Group meaning all Piaggio, Vespa, Aprilia, Moto Guzzi and Gilera workshops around the world will begin using the Navigator TXB diagnostic tool.

For automatic efficiency

ACS 600 and 650 service units from Bosch
Published:  14 May, 2009

These fully-automated service units mean there's no need for manual shut-off valves, something Bosch says can prevent user errors and ensure work is safer and more effective.

Online help

Body shop firm ClaimWatch moves into garage sector with online marketing package
Published:  14 May, 2009

BODY shop firm ClaimWatch is moving into the workshop sector with a marketing package for garages and MOT test stations.

Oil award

Shell Helix scoops lubricant innovation award from Institute of Transport Management
Published:  14 May, 2009

SHELL Helix motor oils has scooped the title of Best Automotive Lube Range for 2009 from the Institute of Transport Management (ITM)


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