MOT upgrade

Government announces financial package to improve HGV testing
Published:  07 July, 2008

GOVERNMENT minister Jim Fitzpatrick has announced a £64 million package to improve VOSA's bus and lorry testing services.

Easy storage solution

Oil dispenser stand from Comma
Published:  04 July, 2008

/>Stands can be bolted together to maximise floor space and the oil packs themselves are exempt from storage regulations applying to barrels, to make life easier for worksh

Free valeting giveaways

Cartec wheel cleaner from Kestrel
Published:  03 July, 2008

/>The bucket comes with a free synthetic chamois leather, micro-fibre cloth, Vikan wheel cleaning brush and jumbo spo

VOSA victory

Published:  03 July, 2008

STAFF at VOSA are celebrating after the government abandoned plans to privatise a range of the agency's frontline functions.

Earning power

Technicians could earn thousands of pounds extra, claims education firm
Published:  03 July, 2008

TECHNICIANS could be missing out on thousands of pounds of extra income, according to education provider Protocol National.

Impulse buy profit chance

Wheel trim kits from Ring Automotive
Published:  02 July, 2008

/>These wheel trims are a quick and easy way for drivers to give their vehicles a fresh new l

Cooling skill

ATA for air con ready to help techs comply with DEFRA legislation
Published:  02 July, 2008

ATA accreditation for air con is now available for technicians after a successful pilot programme by the IMI.

Added sales venture

Aluminium roof rack from AluRack
Published:  01 July, 2008

/>It is designed to be easy to fit and no drilling is needed to connect it to a vehi

ATA success

Paul West becomes 9,000th technician to earn ATA standard
Published:  01 July, 2008

Paul West has become the 9,000th technician to receive his ATA accreditation from the IMI.

Multi purpose tyres

MA-Z4S Victra tyre from Maxxis
Published:  30 June, 2008

/>The Victra comes with an aggressive V-shaped design and a specially formulated tread compound for improved grip and handl

Parts push

ADL unveils American parts range to help independents profit
Published:  30 June, 2008

PARTS company ADL is one week away from launching a range of components for the growing number of US vehicles on the country’s roads.

Shine on alloy, steel or chrome

Wheel Clean Kits from Turtle Wax
Published:  27 June, 2008

/>They are designed to remove brake dust, traffic film, grease, oil and tar with a minimum of eff

New home

LSUK's Bristol branch finds new home in TV's Holby City
Published:  27 June, 2008

A BRANCH of parts supplier LSUK has relocated to a unique new building after a fire destroyed its regular home.

Just ask

Valeo adopts new distribution approach to help source unusual parts
Published:  27 June, 2008

PARTS manufacturer Valeo has unveiled a new distribution ethos it hopes will help garages source unusual parts faster than ever before.

Stable control of gas flow

Saffire 300 regulator for MIG welding from Murex
Published:  26 June, 2008

/>To help improve control and accuracy, it features a two-stage diaphragm. The first of these is stainless steel and gives full control of cylinder press

Top talent

Young techs earn royal approval from Prince Michael at the IMI
Published:  26 June, 2008

TEN of the best young technicians in the country have been congratulated by HRH Prince Michael of Kent at the IMI Awards Outstanding Achievers ceremony.

Piracy fight

Autodata takes piracy battle online in bid to catch chat room crooks
Published:  26 June, 2008

AUTODATA has stepped up its battle against the piracy of technical data by taking its fight online.

Oil opportunity

Comma's National Oil Check Day aims to boost top-up chances
Published:  26 June, 2008

OILS and lubes company Comma is launching a National Oil Check Day to drive more oil sales business into independent workshops.

Latest BMW coverage

Water-cooled alternators available from GSF
Published:  25 June, 2008

/>The company stocks a range of rotating electrics components from OE suppliers, including Bosch, Valeo, Remy and I

Dartford dispute

Increase in Dartford crossing fees planned for autumn
Published:  25 June, 2008

THE IMPENDING increase of the Dartford crossing toll fee announced by the Department of Transport has angered the public and trade bodies alike.

Extensive air con coverage

Air con replacement parts from Delphi
Published:  24 June, 2008

/>The range covers 1600 part numbers for air con, covering more than 95% of the European car p

Latest VM timing belt data

Timing Belts manual from Autodata
Published:  23 June, 2008

/>This latest edition covers all the revisions, which Autodata says will help independents stay as up-to-date as franchised operat

Provide a touch of style

Arnage wheel from Team Dynamics
Published:  20 June, 2008

/>The City wheel, shown here, has a five-spoke design and is dual-drilled behind the cap helping to reduce weight and broaden the stock prof

Quality call

Website launched to help boost MISRC ahead of consumer launch
Published:  20 June, 2008

A WEBSITE allowing garages to sign-up to the pioneering Motor Industry Service and Repair Code (MISRC) has been launched.

Help dismantle bearings

Mechanical pullers from Timken
Published:  19 June, 2008

/>All are designed to give technicians help in working on gears, shaft components, bearings and slee

Pleasingly cherry fragrance

High Shine Car Wash from Turtle Wax
Published:  18 June, 2008

/>The Car Wash shampoo and High Gloss Car Wax are both clearly designed with the female market in mind with their cosmetic appeara

MOT time

VOSA figures reveal state of first-time test market
Published:  18 June, 2008

VOSA statistics have revealed first-time MOT failure rates in the UK are higher than in other European countries.

Night-time safety on vans

Spot lamp mounting from Concept Mouldings
Published:  17 June, 2008

/>So, to add yet more safety to light vans, the company has developed a version of its Endura Frontal Protection System with extra headlamp mounting poi

Move news

Parts firm FPS resigns membership of European trading alliance ATR
Published:  17 June, 2008

PARTS distributor FPS has resigned its membership of the pan-European trading alliance ATR, just weeks after fellow UK company Euro Car Parts joined.

Keeps bolts tight and safe

Blocky locking wheel bolts from Saxon
Published:  16 June, 2008

/>The bolts are designed to play an important role in car safety and security and will be sold alongside Saxon’s existing range of premium Stoplock locking wheel bo

Brake future

ESP ruling highlights need for brake technology training, says Bosch
Published:  16 June, 2008

THE ESP (Electronic Stability Programme) braking system is expected to be fitted on all new cars made from 2012 onwards, following recommendations from the EU.

Top tips

Expert Tony reveals old-fashioned solution to diagnostic trouble
Published:  16 June, 2008

TRAINER Tony Kitchen has revealed a unique tip for boosting technician's diagnostic skills.

Steering solutions in one

XL Steering pumps and racks from FPS
Published:  13 June, 2008

/>This includes steering rack components for the Ford Transit Connect, Ford Focus II and Vauxhall Astra V. The Volvo S60 and S80 along with the Kia Picanto are also cove

Repair progress

R2RC's Jim Mazza reveals plans for public launch of repair campaign
Published:  13 June, 2008

THE RIGHT To Repair Campaign is preparing to spread its message to the public at the British International Motor Show on July 23rd.

Lift lifts almost anything

The Globaljig Dakota from Tri-Sphere
Published:  12 June, 2008

/>Powered by a 2Kw electric motor it has a total lifting height of 1400mm and can lift up to three tonnes in weig

Maverick man

Diagnostic firm unveils latest training partnership for workshops
Published:  12 June, 2008

DIAGNOSTIC tool supplier Maverick Technology is expanding with a range of training and technical support services for workshops.

Advanced spring knowledge

Technical brochure from Lesjofors
Published:  11 June, 2008

/>It also covers more complex issues such as spring geometric parameters, load, deflection, rebound length and more to help give technicians the most up-to-date knowledge and help them with repair wor

Energy advice

Business forum offers help on reducing energy costs
Published:  11 June, 2008

THE FORUM of Private Business (FPB) has released a series of hints and tips for smaller firms hoping to save on energy costs.

Improved coverage less stock

Champion Flo-Max oil filters from Federal Mogul
Published:  10 June, 2008

/>The compact design is designed to reduce stock levels in workshops and keep shelves cl

Business talk

Former RMIF boss calls for higher workshop rates at GEA Aftermarket Technical Workshop
Published:  10 June, 2008

FORMER RMIF president Colin Parlett has called on workshops to be "brave" in raising their labour rates.

Going live

IMI set to promote ATA symbol to motoring public
Published:  10 June, 2008

A CAMPAIGN to raise awareness of the ATA symbol among the motoring public on July 23rd, the IMI has revealed.

Winning smile

Delighted Mark Banks scoops coveted title of Top Technician 2008
Published:  10 June, 2008

MASTER repairer Mark Banks of Holmer Green Service Centre in High Wycombe has been revealed as the UK's Top Technician 2008.

Extra power in VAG cars

Dbilas throttle bodies from Regal Autosport
Published:  09 June, 2008

/>They are designed to add up to 24bhp to vehicles such as the Mk3 Golf Gti 16v and Mk2 Golf

One-stop timing tool shop

Gates Professional timing tool kits from GP Automotive
Published:  06 June, 2008

/>The company says this will help workshops access the information and products they need to offer a professional OE-equivalent service more eas

Garage award

Garage scoops award for fostering apprentice talent
Published:  06 June, 2008

A Staffordshire garage has won a major business award for its work fostering the technical talent of the future.

Adaptable multi-grip pliers

181 multi-grip pliers from Facom
Published:  05 June, 2008

/>The pliers aim to give technicians a better grip, helping them use higher loads with a reduced risk of slipping during tighten

MOT mishap

Thousands of testing stations sent incorrect results
Published:  05 June, 2008

A BASELINE risk assessment on all 19,000 UK Vehicle Testing Stations (VTS) undertaken by VOSA recently should have provided each VTS with a risk category and score.

High pressure sealing

Payen gaskets from Federal Mogul
Published:  04 June, 2008

/>The company is actively promoting the Payen brand in the UK for the first time this y

Cash thanks

Workshop man rewards those who saved him from horror crash
Published:  04 June, 2008

A WORKSHOP owner who was almost killed in a motorcycle race is to donate 10% of his company's earnings to the medical teams that saved his life.

Benefits of bulk buying

Universal boot kit from SKF
Published:  03 June, 2008

/>The boots are designed to be mounted on all types of cars thanks to a special mix of rubber that helps technicians fit them around the joint without having to remove the drivesh


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