74% of garages hit by MOT exemption slump

Published:  14 June, 2021

The ongoing impact of 2020’s MOT exemption had been laid bare in a survey that found that 74% of garages saw their business decrease in April 2021.

LKQ Euro Car Parts: Focus on Summer

Published:  11 June, 2021

LKQ Euro Car Parts has outlined the five key areas of vehicle health that garages should be focusing on this Summer:.

Sector PR agency Chicane scoops industry award

Published:  11 June, 2021

Automotive public relations and marketing agency Chicane has won an industry award.

Watch: Book in a customer in less than a minute via TechMan GMS

Published:  10 June, 2021

TechMan has a released a new video to demonstrate how its GMS enables garages to book in customers in less than a minute.

Garage Buying Group signs up 100th member

Published:  10 June, 2021

The 100th garage has signed up to Garage Buying Group (GBG) seven weeks after launching.

Automechanika Birmingham shifts to 2023

Published:  08 June, 2021

Automechanika Birmingham is moving its next show to June 2023, with an interim specialist national garage and bodyshop event scheduled for 2022.

EV-qualified workforce levels “should ring alarm bells” – IMI

Published:  07 June, 2021

Just 6.5% of the automotive sector workforce was EV-qualified at the end of 2020 according to analysis by the IMI, despite the growing popularity of electric vehicles.

Driving up in popularity: 75% prefer staycations

Published:  07 June, 2021

75% of motorists said their attitude and interest in the idea of a staycation has increased due to COVID-19, according to new research.

Fleet demand drives May new car sales

Published:  04 June, 2021

New car sales in May were up 674.1% on the same month in 2020, but were 14.7% down on May 2019’s total and 13.2% down on the 10-year average, the latest figures from the SMMT show.

Temperature and state-of-charge management key to EV battery life

Published:  04 June, 2021

Parking up an EV that is on a 70%-80% state of charge, (SoC) causes the greatest damage to the Lithium-ion (Li-ion) and temperature plays a vital role as well, according to new research.

Study: EV driver average mileage higher than ICE motorists

Published:  03 June, 2021

EV drivers are travelling 370 miles further per year than internal combustion engine (ICE) motorists according to a new research from Nissan, ahead of World Environment Day on Saturday (5 June).

LKQ Euro Car Parts 'Fit It For Me' delivers 21,000 new jobs to independent garages in first year

Published:  03 June, 2021

LKQ Euro Car Parts Fit It For Me programme, which enables garages to capture work from consumers intent on buying their own parts, has sent over 21,000 jobs into garages since launching during 2020.

Half term deadline for Motul competition

Published:  02 June, 2021

Motul, Witham Motorsport and Great British Sportscars are keeping open the entry deadline for the livery design competition of the Motul-Edition GBS Zero throughout half term week, in order to give families the chance to submit designs for the exciting hand-built sports car.

Motul UK Country Manager Callum Goodland commented: “We been impressed by the standard of entries that we have received, so far for the livery competition, with some good creative thinking evident. However, we really want to encourage families with kids still at school, to enter the competition, so we hope that, by keeping the competition open during half term week, it will give people the chance to spend a few hours having a crack at putting a design together.”

The competition is split into two age categories - over and under 16 years old. The overall winner will see their design used on the prototype Motul-Edition GBS Zero, but each category winner will receive a host of Motul goodies and, together with their families, will get to go behind-the-scenes with Motul as the company’s guests at the reveal of the car during The Classic at Silverstone, which takes place 30 July – 1 August.

Eurorepar backs petition calling for motor trade support

Published:  01 June, 2021

A petition calling for greater support for the motor trade from government is seeing growing support, with Eurorepar Car Service now throwing its weight behind it.

The campaign is calling on government to act decisively with a package of financial support that could prevent garages badly affected by the pandemic from going out of business.

The Motor Ombudsman’s new in-house mediation service: “Encouraging” reaction

Published:  01 June, 2021

The Motor Ombudsman says it has received a positive response to its new in-house mediation service, which has been running since beginning of April.

Top Technician and Top Garage 2021: Round one closes

Published:  01 June, 2021

Round one for Top Technician and Top Garage 2021 have both now closed. Those who entered both competitions for 2021, and make it through, will pass through to the second rounds.

Mega! Still time to win points through NGK BoxClever promotion

Published:  27 May, 2021

There are just a few days left for members of NGK’s UK BoxClever loyalty scheme to win tens of thousands of extra points in the company’s latest promotion.

IMI members can join Eurorepar at a discount

Published:  27 May, 2021

IMI members are now able to join the Eurorepar Car Service network at a discounted rate. Using a special code, IMI members can get their first three months of Eurorepar Car Service network membership free.

Darren Pengelly, Head of Marketing & Commercial Actions at Eurorepar Car Service, said: “The Eurorepar Car Service network is dedicated to professionalising the motor trade and raising standards. Working with the IMI, an organisation that shares these objectives, will help us to develop and grow even more garage businesses across the UK. We look forward to welcoming IMI members into our network”.

Julian Jack, Membership Manager at the IMI, added: “We’re delighted to be working with Eurorepar Car Service. With our like-minded goals there are real advantages in this partnership for aftermarket practitioners. The importance of training and personal development has never been greater, and the IMI provides a wealth of resources to help individuals future-proof their careers. We’re also delighted to give IMI members access to the Eurorepar Car Service network to tap into the business growth opportunities it offers.”

IMI members who would like to find out more about and claim their discount code should contact hello@theimi.org.uk.

Similarly, Eurorepar Car Service members should email info-uk@eurorepar.com to find out how to redeem their code for IMI membership.

Regional adoption of EVs

EV adoption rockets in South West and North West

Published:  27 May, 2021

The North West and South West of England adopted EVs faster than any other UK regions in 2020 with an 293% and 237% increases respectively, new figures show.

My precious! Rising metal prices prompt catalytic converter thefts

Published:  26 May, 2021

The sharp increase in the value of rhodium, platinum and palladium is behind a rising wave of catalytic converter thefts, with hybrids particularly targeted, and garages should be extra vigilant if they have vehicles stored overnight on-site.

Classic car sector to fight back against draconian EU and environmental rules

Published:  26 May, 2021

Complex EU import rules and environmental concerns could put the classic car scene at risk of disappearing along with 113,000 specialist small businesses and supply chain jobs across the UK, a new trade association for the sector has warned.

Delphi Technologies joins OESAA

Published:  25 May, 2021

Delphi Technologies is the latest original equipment manufacturer to join the Original Equipment Suppliers Aftermarket Association (OESAA).

580,000 one-to-three-year-old cars on the road with “dangerous fault”

Published:  25 May, 2021

Around 580,000 cars aged three years or less would likely fail a MOT test due to potentially dangerous faults, a new analysis of DVSA data has suggested.

LKQ Europe opens Innovation and Service Centre

Published:  25 May, 2021

LKQ Europe is opening a new Innovation and Service Centre in Katowice, Poland.

Commenting on the new facility, LKQ Europe CEO Arnd Franz said: “The establishment of the Innovation and Service Centre in Katowice will boost LKQ Europe`s innovation and digitalisation strategy. The city offers an outstanding infrastructure and international talent, and I am delighted that LKQ will be part of its success story. We are seeking the most qualified people and offering them an international working atmosphere and a unique business experience to support our customers across Europe, today and in the future.”

Andy Hamilton, CEO of LKQ Euro Car Parts in the UK and Republic of Ireland, added: “Digitalisation is key to the continued competitiveness of the independent aftermarket, and as its leading supplier – not just of parts, but of solutions, equipment and training – it’s our responsibility to drive this agenda forward, right along the value chain.”

Ofgem to spend £300m on EV infrastructure

Published:  24 May, 2021

UK energy regulator Ofgem has announced that will spend £300 million on infrastructure for electric vehicles and other low carbon projects, including 1,800 new ultra-rapid charge points at 39 motorway service areas, with another 1,750 in towns and cities.

Snap-on introduces APOLLO-D9

Published:  21 May, 2021

Snap-on has introduced its new APOLLO-D9 diagnostic tool.

DVSA issues updated MOT Testing Guide

Published:  21 May, 2021

The DVSA has released an update to the MOT testing guide, which explains how the scheme is run, lays out the rules for Authorised Examiners and Testers, and details the facilities and equipment a Testing Station needs.

UK cars older than ever as van numbers surge

Published:  21 May, 2021

Vehicle numbers on UK roads fell for the first time since 2009 during 2020 as the pandemic put a stranglehold on sales according to the latest motorparc data released by the SMMT. However, independent garages may welcome the fact that the average car is now more venerable than ever at 8.4 years old, putting the majority squarely in the sights of the aftermarket.

Green at heart: EAG shows off environmental cred

Published:  21 May, 2021

Excel Automotive Group (EAG) is proudly showing off its environmental credentials by revealing the steps it has taken to reduce its impact on the world.

GBG going large with Bartec and Champion

Published:  20 May, 2021

Garage Buying Group (GBG) has added a number of new product groups to its growing range, including Bartec Auto ID’s core range of TPMS sensor solutions, and Champion air compressors.

Prepare for A/C deluge says LKQ Euro Car Parts

Published:  20 May, 2021

A/C demand is set to spike in the weeks ahead, and following months of lockdown and under-use, LKQ Euro Car Parts says air conditioning is the next forgotten problem for garages to deal with, but is also an opportunity.

Ben announces Industry Leader Challenge: The Climb to take place October/November

Published:  19 May, 2021

Ben’s 2021 Industry Leader Challenge (ILC) fundraiser The Climb takes place 30 October – 8 November and will see a number of automotive industry company leaders climb Mount Kilimanjaro in order to raise £300,000. The charity says this year’s ILC is the biggest yet.

Zero emission by 2035 “huge challenge” for government says committee

Published:  19 May, 2021

Getting all new cars to be zero emission from 2035 will be a “huge challenge,” with consumer buy-in and matching charging infrastructure the biggest obstacles, a House of Commons committee has said.

Drive My Career gets Supercharged on mental health

Published:  14 May, 2021

A virtual event intended to support apprentice mental health is taking place next month.

Ben health and wellbeing survey: Take part

Published:  13 May, 2021

Ben has launched its fourth Annual Industry Survey 2021. Ben is urging those who work, or have worked, in the automotive industry, to take part in its survey which asks a range of health and wellbeing questions. Ben is also asking automotive industry employers to share the survey link with employees to encourage their people to take part.

Sales surge continues for LIQUI MOLY

Published:  13 May, 2021

Additives providers have been among the select business types that have seen some positive outcomes from the pandemic. Sitting at €60m, Liqui Moly sales were 60% higher in April than they were in the same month in 2020, and they were even 26% higher than in April 2019. "We have started this year with great momentum and we will continue to maintain this momentum," said. Managing Director Ernst Prost.

Open letter from the IMI: Missing link in upskilling automotive sector?

Published:  13 May, 2021

Following the outlining of the government’s Lifetime Skills Guarantee in the Queens Speech earlier this week, IMI CEO Steve Nash, has issued an open letter highlighting ongoing inconsistences around training, apprenticeships in the automotive sector.

NGK sets up venture capital fund

Published:  12 May, 2021

NGK has set up a $100m corporate venture capital fund based in Silicon Valley, with a view to accelerate the creation of new non-internal combustion engine businesses.

April MOT bookings 160% up year-on-year

Published:  12 May, 2021

MOT bookings were up 160% in April compared with 2020 via BookMyGarage.com Meanwhile, overall bookings via the site, covering MOTs as well as servicing and repairs were up 130%.

Karen Rotberg, Co-Founder of BookMyGarage.com, commented “April was a real concern for garages, with four-in-five MOTs no longer due to take place as a result of the extension. With 70% of our customers booking their service at the same time as their MOT, this also caused a big drop in accompanying service and repair work.

ACEA launch new 2021 sequences for light-duty vehicles

Published:  11 May, 2021

The European Automobile Manufacturers' Association (ACEA) has published the 2021 ACEA light-duty oil sequences. The ACEA sequences identify relevant performance standards for lubricants specifically tailored to the European market. Lubricants marketers have been blending to ACEA sequences produced in 2016, but after work began in 2018, the new automotive engine oil sequences for light-duty vehicles have now been released.
According to ACEA, the new sequences have been published in order to address engine developments that are being driven by a combination of regulatory and performance needs, complemented by necessary test maintenance requirements.

Lockdown pushes down used car sales in Q1

Published:  11 May, 2021

Prevailing lockdown conditions during the first part of the year helped push the used car market down by 8.9% during the first quarter of 2021, the latest figures from the SMMT have revealed.

Colin Parlett steps down from RMI Board

Published:  07 May, 2021

Long-term independent garage sector champion Colin Parlett has stepped down from the RMI Board after more than 30 years.

MOT demand: NGK says “be prepared”

Published:  06 May, 2021

With DVSA figures indicating that 1.86m cars are on the road without a valid MOT certificate resulting from the MOT exemption, NGK is urging garages to be prepared for the worst when these vehicles do eventually get sent in for their test, with emissions issues likely to loom large.

Borg Automotive acquires SBS Automotive

Published:  06 May, 2021

Borg Automotive, which is part of the Danish industrial conglomerate Schouw & Co, has bought SBS Automotive. The addition of SBS Automotive is part of an ongoing growth strategy which began last year with the acquisition of the Spanish turbo remanufacturer Turbo Motor Inyección (TMI).

Automechanika Frankfurt shifts to 2022

Published:  05 May, 2021

Automechanika Frankfurt in its full form has been offically postponed to 2022 due to ongoing international travel Coronavirus restrictions. In its place, Automechanika Frankfurt Digital Plus will take place largely online between 14-16 September, with a smaller presence on the trade fair grounds in Germany.

Ben launches Move4Ben

Published:  05 May, 2021

Ben is launching an exciting new active challenge, Move4Ben, starting on 1 June and running through until 30 June. To take part, participants set a personal challenge in terms of distance and exercise type and commit to raising £100, enough to pay for two mental health counselling sessions.

April showrooms reopening sees new car sales leap 30-fold

Published:  05 May, 2021

The reopening of new car showrooms in April led to a massive jump in car sales during the month compared with the same period in 2020, although overall volumes were still 12.9% lower than the 10 year average.141,583 new cars were sold during the month, according to the latest figures from the SMMT, released today (Wednesday 5 May). This was 30 times more than were sold during April 2020 at the start of the first lockdown, when just 4,321 cars were registered.

GBG adds Autonoe engine oils

Published:  30 April, 2021

Garage Buying Group (GBG) has introduced Autonoe engine oils, the second major product launch in as many weeks.

IAAF appoints Mark Field as Chief Executive

Published:  30 April, 2021

The IAAF has appointed Mark Field as its new Chief Executive, succeeding Wendy Williamson who is retiring later this year.

Branded Mobile Mechanic: New programme from Castrol

Published:  30 April, 2021

Castrol has launched a new Branded Mobile Mechanic programme. In addition to Castrol-branded workwear and vehicle decals, independent mobile mechanics joining the programme will be offered digital marketing support, online training and access to lubricants.


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