Motorist EV prejudice holding back growth survey suggests

Published:  03 November, 2020

Motorists are holding back from buying an EV as a result of views based on actually outdated facts, a survey has suggested.

Harrogate-based garage named Servicesure Autocentre of the Year

Published:  03 November, 2020

Servicesure has named Harrogate-based Simon Graeme Auto Service Centre the Autocentre of the Year in its 2020 annual awards.

No new MOT exemption garages reassured

Published:  03 November, 2020

Garages have continued to be reassured about the ongoing status of the MOT, with a new exemption firmly off the table according to DVSA, as England slides back into lockdown from Thursday (5 November).

NGK refreshes Part Finder

Published:  02 November, 2020

NGK has refreshed its online Part Finder facility, making it even more user-friendly for its customers.

Top Garage 2021 opens

Published:  30 October, 2020

Top Garage 2021 is open to enter from Sunday (1 November). If you want to see if you are the best garage, then you need to take part.

Furlough goes as Job Support Scheme starts

Published:  30 October, 2020

The furlough is set to end from tomorrow (Saturday 31 October), with the scheme being replaced by the Job Support Scheme from Sunday (1 November) for those businesses still seeking support.

September UK car production lowest since 1995 as COVID-19 and Brexit uncertainty bite

Published:  29 October, 2020

UK car production fell by 5% in September, which was the worst performance for the month since 1995 according to the latest figures from the SMMT.

LKQ Euro Car Parts extends Liftmaster and Milwaukee partnerships

Published:  29 October, 2020

LKQ Euro Car Parts has extended its partnerships with Liftmaster and Milwaukee with a view to help the independent aftermarket recover from the coronavirus lockdown and prepare for the future.

NSK app to combat counterfeit bearings

Published:  28 October, 2020

NSK is fighting back against the manufacture of counterfeit bearings with a new app, which complements an existing app released by the company.

IGA shortlisted for COVID-19 award

Published:  27 October, 2020

The IGA has been shortlisted for the new COVID Champion Award at the 2021 Learning Awards, for the support they have given to garages throughout the COVID-19 pandemic.

OBD: MAHLE to provide access to Mercedes-Benz vehicles

Published:  27 October, 2020

MAHLE and Daimler AG have agreed terms on access to the encoded OBD diagnostic ports of Mercedes-Benz vehicles.

Young drivers increasingly dipping into the Tank of Mum and Dad, survey finds

Published:  26 October, 2020

63% of drivers aged 17-24 needed financial help from parents to keep their cars on the road in the last 12 months, up from 49% in the previous-pre-pandemic year, a survey from has found.

ZF pair pedal 300 miles for Cancer Research

Published:  26 October, 2020

Two members of staff from ZF recently tackled 300 miles of cycling in September in aid of Cancer Research UK.

Job Support Scheme recalculated prior to roll-out

Published:  23 October, 2020

 The Job Support Scheme, which is set to succeed the furlough on 1 November, has been amended before it has been unrolled.

High road or low road? Scottish cars top MOT failure poll

Published:  23 October, 2020

Cars in Scotland are the least likely in the UK to pass their MOT, with cars in Devon coming a close second, while cars in a number of London boroughs are achieving the highest pass rates,  new  research has revealed.

No deal would drain EV future says SMMT

Published:  22 October, 2020

The prospect of an EV future for garages could be killed off by a no deal Brexit, as the resulting trade tariffs would all-but negate the UK’s plug-in car grant, the SMMT has warned.

LIQUI MOLY and Edd China team up for video series

Published:  21 October, 2020

 LIQUI MOLY has teamed up with Edd China for a series of  weekly YouTube videos that provide tips on extending the life of a vehicle.

Automechanika Birmingham moves to June 2022

Published:  20 October, 2020

We didn’t start the fire: Garages in Wales remain open despite COVID-19 firebreak

Published:  20 October, 2020

 Garages will be able to continue to operate in Wales despite the new firebreak lockdown being enforced from Friday (23 October), although car use is likely to reduce significantly which could reduce levels of trade for workshops in the short-term.

MOT demand drives 82% increase in Motor Ombudsman Garage Finder searches

Published:  20 October, 2020

The Motor Ombudsman’s Garage Finder recorded an 82% rise in searches in the third quarter of 2020 when compared to the preceding three-month period, with MOT demand being a major driver of interest.

It’s over: PM tells UK to prepare for No Deal

Published:  16 October, 2020

The likelihood of a no-deal Brexit on 1 January 2021, which would have an impact on car parts imports from Europe, rose significantly today (Friday 16 October), following Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s statement on the outcome of trade talks with the EU.

Better than ever: New webinar from Andy Savva and VARTA

Published:  16 October, 2020

The Garage Inspector Andy Savva and VARTA have teamed up for a new webinar, where the importance of the battery within the car is highlighted.

Final 2020 Industry Briefing Bitesize session announced

Published:  15 October, 2020

 The next Industry Briefing Bitesize session from the IAAF will take place virtually on Thursday 29 October, with Adrian Botham, founder and MD at Servispart Consulting, as guest speaker.

UK unemployment running at highest rate in three years, redundancies highest since 2009

Published:  13 October, 2020

While garages continue to be busy as a result of the MOT backlog created by the exemption, they could see more and more customers forced to tighten their belts, as the UK unemployment rate rises to its highest level in three years, and redundancies rose to their highest level in more than a decade.

Did you EVA? Dealer scheme to drive up EV uptake reopens

Published:  13 October, 2020

While many independent garages are still working on their EV capabilities, car dealers that are able to work on EVs are again receiving the Electric Vehicle Approved (EVA) accreditation.

Trick or treat? Eurorepar Halloween promotion launched

Published:  12 October, 2020

Eurorepar is running a Halloween-themed offer of £99 service for customers of its network until the end of November. 

Pop-up Motor Show launches

Published:  12 October, 2020

The British Motor Show is launching a series of portable ‘Pop-Up’ motor shows in the run-up to the big event in 2021, with the first launching next Friday in Hampshire.

Furlough can you go…local?

Published:  09 October, 2020

Businesses that have been ordered to shut as part of Coronavirus-preventative measures will see two-thirds of their wages for staff paid by the government in a targeted successor to the Furlough, Chancellor of the Exchequer Rishi Sunak has announced.

Virtual IAAF conference to boast Sunday Times speaker and new awards programme

Published:  09 October, 2020

The IAAF Annual Conference is taking place in a Coronavirus-compliant virtual fashion on Thursday 3 December, with Sunday Times Economics Editor David Smith as keynote speaker, and a new Pride of the Aftermarket’ awards.

IMI rolls out employability resources

Published:  08 October, 2020

The IMI is launching a series of online resources to help those in the industry facing unemployment to be in a good position to look for a new job, under the banner of IMI Employability Week.

Forward to the rear: Schaeffler partners with Bosch for rear wheel steering

Published:  08 October, 2020

Schaeffler is teaming up with Robert Bosch Automotive Steering to expand its intelligent rear wheel steering (iRWS) portfolio.

Banner takes the biscuit with ‘Snack Attack’

Published:  07 October, 2020

Banner Batteries is encouraging  customers to enjoy a well-deserved break with its 2020 ‘Snack Attack’ winter sales promotion, through which the company is serving up a Banner Batteries branded mug, coffee and snack in the form of the one of the nation’s favourites – a McVitie’s Club biscuit.

State pension age rises to 66

Published:  06 October, 2020

Some mechanics may find themselves working for a little longer before they can retire, as the UK state pension age rises to 66.

NGK employee completes charity marathon

Published:  06 October, 2020

NGK employee Stuart Bayne has succesfully completed the Virgin Money London Marathon, finishing the 26-2-mile coure in just over five hours.

Three days of Brembo

Published:  05 October, 2020

Brembo Days, a virtual window into the world of the brake parts maker, is open for three days from tomorrow (Tuesday 6 October).

New car sales: Lowest dual plate September since 1999

Published:  05 October, 2020

Ongoing uncertainty resulting from the pandemic helped push the new car market down 4.4% last month, according to figures published today (Monday 5 October) by the SMMT, in what was the weakest September since the dual number plate system in 1999.

Peel slowly and see: Osram lights up Autumn with promotion

Published:  02 October, 2020

 Hundreds of prizes are up for grabs via a new ‘Peel and Win’ consumer promotion from OSRAM, with garage customers having the chance to win a luxury spa weekend for two and an iPad Pro.

NGK employee in marathon charity run

Published:  02 October, 2020

 Fund-raising NGK employee Stuart Bayne is once again competing in the Virgin Money London Marathon to raise money for charity, although this time he will be running outside of the capital.

Furlough: The 20% Solution

Published:  01 October, 2020

BookMyGarage/JustPark partnership to generate extra 1,900 garage bookings a month

Published:  01 October, 2020

Price comparison site BookMyGarage and parking space finder JustPark have teamed up offer JustPark’s five million users access to BookMyGarage’s garage comparison data. The partnership is expected to yield an additional 1,900 extra garage bookings a month.

TMD Friction launches workshop platform: GaraShield

Published:  30 September, 2020

TMD Friction has launched GaraShield, a new software platform designed to help garages document their work.

Total buys London’s largest EV charging network

Published:  30 September, 2020

 Total has bought London’s largest electric vehicle charge points network.

More mechanics to be trained via radical further education shake-up?

Published:  29 September, 2020

A radical shake-up of the adult education system in England being promised by the Prime Minister could result in a wider pool of talent being able to train as mechanics for the garage sector post-Coronavirus.

Safe Harbour Scheme seeks to secure automotive supply chain

Published:  29 September, 2020

The SMMT has today (Tuesday 29 September) launched a new scheme that allows multiple parts companies to come together to support critical suppliers without falling foul of anti-competition rules, which is a first for the UK sector,

New Textar cardboard packaging cuts out 40 tonnes of plastic waste

Published:  29 September, 2020

TMD Friction has developed new corrugated cardboard packaging for its Textar passenger car brake discs, which will save 40 tonnes of plastic each year. The cardboard will replace the plastic film to separate passenger car discs so it will not stick to the brake disc coating.

SMMT to support apprenticeships via new COVID-19 salary support scheme

Published:  28 September, 2020

The SMMT Charitable Trust Fund (SCTF) has today (Monday 28 September) launched the SMMT Apprentice Support Programme, a £100,000 investment designed to help safeguard the jobs of apprentices currently employed by small and medium-sized businesses within the UK automotive industry, but whose positions are at risk of redundancy due to COVID-19 related business pressures.


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