Be a calendar star with Hella Workshop Calendar Competition

Published:  13 October, 2017

HELLA is looking for workshops that have ‘something special’ to feature in the company’s 2019 “Experts At Work” calendar to celebrate the dedication and commitment that technicians make to the industry.


Formula Brembo announces Monza winners

Published:  09 October, 2017

Three lucky players of the Brembo promotion, Formula Brembo, won flights, accommodation and tickets to watch all the action at Monza in early September. Will Gibson, Jonathan Stafford and Stephen Feasey all won flights, accommodation and tickets to one of the most popular rounds of the world’s biggest motorsport race.


Hats at the ready! New tools available

Published:  06 October, 2017


GSF Car Parts to reintroduce Bendix to UK

Published:  04 October, 2017

The Parts Alliance, GSF’s parent company, has secured a long-term exclusive Western European distribution agreement to sell the Bendix brand of braking products. The company will initially focus on friction material products.


Independents take top spot in servicing satisafaction survey

Published:  29 September, 2017

Independent garages are ahead of franchised dealers when it comes to winning customer hearts and minds according to a new survey.
The What Car? Servicing Satisfaction Survey 2017 heard from 8,300 new car customers, and found independents beat franchised dealers when it comes to value for money across servicing work, with an average customer satisfaction score of 89.8% compared to 79.4%.
On newer cars, customers gave independents 84.1% for satisfaction and 91.4% for value. In comparison, franchised outlets, who serviced the majority of younger cars in the survey, attained a customer satisfaction score of 80.9%.
On customer experience, independents scored 94.2% on average for attitude and politeness of staff compared to 91.1% for franchised dealers. Franchised workshops also scored less for the quality of work, with 88.5% of customers satisfied compared to 92.7% of those who used independents.


40-year old classic vehicles exempted from MOT

Published:  29 September, 2017

From May next year, vehicles over 40 years old will no longer need to receive an MOT inspection.


Successful evening at The TRICO Stadium

Published:  28 September, 2017

Redditch United Football Club played host to a successful evening of networking, food and football, as sponsors TRICO and Comline invited dozens of guests to watch the home game against Slough Town on Tuesday night (26 September).


Don't touch that dial: Halfords Autocentres enter DAB conversion market

Published:  26 September, 2017

Halfords Autocentres are  entering the digital radio car conversion market via a new fitting service.


Ben4Business: new business package launched

Published:  22 September, 2017

Ben has launched a new package for businesses, called Ben4Business.


VLS receives landmark 50th product complaint

Published:  20 September, 2017

The Verification of Lubricant Specifications (VLS)  has opened a landmark 50th case after receiving a new product complaint on 6 September 2017. The complaint concerns an automotive engine oil and is currently being investigated by the Technical Review Panel, in accordance with VLS procedures.


Top Technician 2017 winner named – Karl Weaver

Published:  16 September, 2017


Garage wins game-changing makeover through Pagid Workshop Winners

Published:  05 September, 2017

Pagid has awarded a UK workshop a £10,000 upgrade, through its Workshop Winners campaign, which took place this summer.


Workshop Quarter at Automechanika Birmingham 2018

Published:  05 September, 2017

A dedicated Workshop Quarter will be among the enhancements to be found at Automechanika Birmingham 2018, taking place next June.


Automechanika Birmingham 2018: Build-up begins

Published:  04 September, 2017

Businesses in the sector are already looking towards Automechanika Birmingham 2018, as the organisers  begin announcing plans for the show from tomorrow (5 September).


The Parts Alliance announce new ‘Best of Brakes’ promotion

Published:  30 August, 2017

The Parts Alliance has teamed up with Delphi for the second time in 2017 to run their new ‘Best of Brakes’ promotion.


TRICO launches centenary video on YouTube

Published:  30 August, 2017

TRICO has launched a special video called ‘100 Years of TRICO’ to coincide with their centenary year, which it has uploaded onto its YouTube channel.    


Gold against the cold: Ring launches autumn-winter promotion

Published:  24 August, 2017

From September onwards, Ring will be hiding hundreds of golden tickets inside their H7 headlight bulb boxes, giving technicians the chance to win a selection of prizes, including workshop equipment, dash cameras and branded clothing.


TRICO launches own beer

Published:  24 August, 2017


Live and direct - Top Tech Live draws near

Published:  21 August, 2017

Top Technician 2017 has been another fantastic year for the competition, and with the finals behind us, all eyes are now turning towards Top Tech Live, taking place on Saturday 16 September at the Henry Ford Academy in Daventry.


Ben’s 'Hats on 4 Mental Health Day' fundraiser returns

Published:  18 August, 2017

This year's Hats on 4 Mental Health Day, organised by Ben is taking place on 13 October, during the week of World Mental Health Day.


First UK garage signs up with Euro Repar Car Service

Published:  11 October, 2017

Nicholson’s Stalham Engineering, based in Norfolk , has become the first British business to become a  Euro Repar Car Service Centre.


Mike Brewer becomes first Ben Celebrity Ambassador

Published:  15 August, 2017

Ben has announced that Mike Brewer has become its first ever Ben Celebrity Ambassador. Mike Brewer is renowned in the industry for his role as presenter of Wheeler Dealers, and he is also a journalist, producer, campaigner and motoring enthusiast.


Uni-Select completes acquisition of The Parts Alliance

Published:  08 August, 2017

The sale of The Parts Alliance to its new Canadian owner Uni-Select Inc. has been completed. Its new owner paid £205m to buy the group.


Top Technician 2017 winner to be announced at Top Tech Live

Published:  19 July, 2017

Top Technician 2017 reached the final last week, and all eyes now turn towards Top Tech Live, where the winner will be announced in September.


ECP Autofirst Network reaches milestone

Published:  19 July, 2017

ECP Autofirst network reaches milestone


Trico Twitter competition extended

Published:  18 July, 2017

Trico’s competition enabling garages and motor factors to win a power bank has been extended until the end of July.


Hybrid and electric power threatened by underinvestment warns IMI

Published:  12 July, 2017

More UK motorists than ever are choosing electric and hybrid vehicles but the trend could be threatened if infrastructure investment does not keep pace, the IMI has warned.


Roger Griggs hands over to Prashant Chopra

NTDA appoints first ever chairman from the aftermarket

Published:  26 June, 2017

The National Tyre Distributors Association (NTDA) has appointed the first ever national chairman to come from the aftermarket since the organisation’s inception in 1930.


UK spends more on car parts online than groceries

Published:  26 June, 2017

Last year, UK consumers bought a higher percentage of automotive parts, accessories and services online than they did cosmetics and groceries according to research commissioned by the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) from independent consultancy Frost & Sullivan.


NGK unveils Teng Tools kit cabinet competition

Published:  26 June, 2017

Members of NGK Spark Plugs (UK) Ltd’s BoxClever garage loyalty scheme could soon win a monster 1000-piece Teng Tools kit cabinet worth £10,000 thanks to a new three-month promotion starting on 1 July.


Right2Choose returns as ‘Your Car, Your Choice’

Published:  26 June, 2017

‘Your Car, Your Choice’ is the new rallying cry for the sector, as the Independent Automotive Aftermarket Federation (IAAF) relaunches Right2Choose for today’s world.


Here comes the sun

Published:  25 June, 2017

A Suffolk garage proprietor has gone totally over to solar power, just in time for summer. Mark Bradley, owner of Spot On Tuning in Denham is running his business entirely via solar panels. He used 240-volt arrays from his other business, a mobile solar power hire firm called Solar Decker he has run since 2007.


Pagid offers £10,000 workshop upgrade with ‘Workshop Winners’ promotion

Published:  12 June, 2017

Braking brand Pagid, part of TMD Friction, is to give a UK workshop a £10,000 upgrade via its Workshop Winners campaign, taking place this summer.


Parts Alliance bought by Canadian aftermarket distributor

Published:  05 June, 2017

The Parts Alliance Group has been acquired from its private equity owner HgCapital by Uni-Select Inc., a Canadian publicly listed, North American Automotive aftermarket distributor.  



Top Tech Finalists!

Published:  18 May, 2017

Top Technician 2017 finalists named


Industry Rich List 2017

Published:  08 May, 2017

Motor sector figures in Sunday Times Rich List 2017


TRICO YouTube videos assist technicians

Published:  27 April, 2017

TRICO has uploaded a number of step-by-step wiper blade fitting videos to their YouTube channel.


"No to 4-1-1 MOT" say motorists

76% of car owners reject the idea of a car’s first MOT taking place at four years
Published:  24 April, 2017

76% of car owners reject the idea of a car's first MOT taking place at four years old according to research published by the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT). The survey examined driver attitudes to the proposed 4-1-1 MOT being considered by the Department for Transport (DfT).


New fines for speeding introduced

Motorists who commit serious speeding offences face much higher fines from today
Published:  24 April, 2017

Motorists who commit serious speeding offences face much higher fines from today (24 April) following the introduction of new guidelines by the Sentencing Council.


Braking News...

...For Formula Brembo fans
Published:  20 April, 2017

Brembo has released an infographic outlining the challenges of braking at Shanghai as part of Formula Brembo, the new online game that challenges mechanicsÂ’ and techniciansÂ’ knowledge of F1.


Euro Repar Car Service launches UK network

Garage franchise is launching in the UK
Published:  13 April, 2017


UFI Filters enhances UK offering

UFI fires starting gun on big push into UK aftermarket
Published:  05 April, 2017


Automechanika Birmingham launches Garage of the Year Competition

New competition with a cash prize of £1,000
Published:  03 April, 2017


Servicesure Autocentres make the Wright choice

Sponsorship deal with UK number one and world number two darts player
Published:  28 March, 2017

Servicesure Autocentres, the garage programme of The Parts Alliance, is aiming to become a household name, and has taken its first throw via a sponsorship deal with UK number one and world number two darts player Peter "Snakebite" Wright.


HELLA and Hengst tie the knot

HELLA and Hengst form comprehensive OE filtration alliance
Published:  20 March, 2017


New editor for Aftermarket

Alex Wells has joined the publication as editor. The upcoming April edition will be his debut issue
Published:  07 March, 2017

Alex is a familiar face in the industry. Prior to joining Aftermarket he ran a number of magazines in the industry including Garage & Bodyshop Professional and Automotive Industry Magazine as well as BODY Magazine, covering the crash repair sector. He has been a regular contributor to a wide range of other sector titles over the years as well.


A1 Motorstores expands its network

Factor group adds Motorworld to its offering
Published:  18 November, 2016

A1 Motorstores has added Motorworld to its factor network, doubling the number of locations it offers.


Access to vehicle data survey

Parts suppliers and Wholesalers urged to take part
Published:  17 June, 2014

Research group Ricardo has been tasked by the European Commission to examine the use of vehicle manufacturer data by the aftermarket.


semi finals

24 Top Technicians

First round top scorers announced
Published:  14 March, 2014

Following completion of the initial Top Technician 2014 online test, the two dozen highest scoring entrants have been announced and will go forward to the quarter final stage of the competition. Hailing from as far apart as Orkney in Scotland and Truro in Cornwall, they will now face a stricter online test of their fault-fixing knowledge to determine which of them will be among the twelve technicians to attend the half day practical semi-finals at the Delphi training centre in Warwick on April 4. In alphabetical order, the quarter finalists are:



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