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.


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.


"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).


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:


24 Top Techs to be announced

First stage assessment now being marked
Published:  25 February, 2014

The first stage online test for Top Techncian 2014 is now closed and judges are now in the process of marking the assessments in order to find the highest-scoring 24.


'Access to information' under review

Trade bodies put pressure on European Commission
Published:  02 August, 2013

ACCESS to technical information for Euro V onwards vehicles should become easier in the future thanks to a meeting recently held in Europe.


4-2-2: Frequency change scrapped

Trade claim victory as annual testing retained
Published:  01 February, 2012

The Key proposals announced by the Transport Minister are to:


4-2-2: MOT campaign confusion

Insurance body 'not aware' of MOT campaign figures
Published:  13 January, 2012

INSURANCE body ABI is 'unaware' of an insurance premium rise of 5% cited in an MOT campaign report


4-2-2: Review delay continues

No start to the MOT review causes stagnation, says expert
Published:  03 January, 2012

NO START date has been set for the MOT review, despite having been announced some eighteen months previously.


New edition of Top Technician

Published:  21 December, 2011

Read Top Technician online here


ASA slam 'End of life Vehicles' advert

Watchdog rule scrapyard broke guidelines
Published:  21 December, 2011

THE Advertising Standards Authority has ruled against a scrapyard that called itself 'End of Life breakers' ruling that using the name in the first line of an advert, the company could easily be confused with an official government body.


Dealer doldrums

Raise your game or perish - message from expert to franchise dealers
Published:  20 December, 2011

FRANCHISED dealerships will have to rethink their approach to aftersales in 2012, according to an industry expert.


Renault to slash franchise network

Third of dealerships to close in 2012 while model range cut by half
Published:  19 December, 2011

MORE than a third of Renault dealerships are to shut their doors in the New Year as the car maker battens down the hatches for what it describes as a 'transition' year.


Aircon & more

This month's Valeo Q&A
Published:  15 December, 2011

The technical team at Valeo look at some common winter queries


New Unipart branches

Unipart buys up five Rapid Car Parts branches in South East
Published:  14 December, 2011

FIVE Rapid Car Parts branches in Watford, Norwich, Lowestoft, Great Yarmouth and Cheshunt are now in the hands of Unipart Automotive after the company went into administration on December 6, following a period of 'difficult trading conditions'.


Motor Codes suspends warranty support

Customer protection in question
Published:  13 December, 2011

IT'S A CASE of back to the drawing board for Motor Codes as the scenario of a vehicle retailer going into administration has highlighted problems in regards to how it protects customers.


SMPE buys Fuel Parts UK

New owner to 'maintain and develop' logistics
Published:  12 December, 2011

ENGINE control manufacturer Standard Motor Products Europe Ltd (SMPE), has announced that it has acquired all of the capital stock of Fuelparts UK Ltd for an undisclosed sum.


Ashford garage scoops top gong

D&D Autos win Garage of the Year at IAAF Awards
Published:  09 December, 2011

GARAGE owners Derek and Matthew Pestridge of D&D Autos in Ashford, Kent collected an award for Garage of the Year at the IAAF awards.


Spratt calls for solid reman standards

IAAF chair looks for clearer definitions of what constitutes 'remanufactured'
Published:  09 December, 2011

BRIAN Spratt, chief of the IAAF, has called for the industry to introduce production standards for remanufactured parts.


Breaking News: TMD taken over

Pagid and Textar maker bought by Nisshinbo Brake
Published:  06 December, 2011

BRAKE product manufacturer TMD Friction has been acquired by  Nisshinbo Holdings Incorporated, a Japanese aftermarket group listed on the Tokyo Stock Exchange for an undisclosed amount.


Chinese cars coming

Geely plans launch of 'upper medium' Emgrand in UK
Published:  06 December, 2011

GOT a thing for cheap Chinese cars? If so, then you'll be pleased to know that the Geely brand is heading to the UK soon.


Why code injectors?

Darren Batterbee gets to grips with a non-running Mondeo
Published:  02 December, 2011

A 2003 Mondeo found its way to us having already been to two different garages. The car was hard to start from cold and it was smoking, though when it did start, it ran without hesitation. The first garage replaced the knock sensor and the second garage had re-coded number 4 injector by using CYL 4 on the scan tool. When this didn't work it was replaced. CYL 4 was again chosen on the scan tool to recode the injector and once again, it failed.


4-2-2: Minister to check evidence

New Transport Minister promises to check evidence before changing MOT frequency
Published:  02 December, 2011

TRANSPORT Secretary Justine Greening has promised to check all evidence before deciding on proposals to change the MOT test laws while pledging "to get rid of unnecessary red tape" surrounding regulations.


Consumer advice

Magazine advises readers to source parts outside the franchise network, but urges caution
Published:  01 December, 2011


James Dillon

How to be sure before you buy parts
Published:  30 November, 2011


Worn out

Trading standards find illegal part worn tyres in sting
Published:  30 November, 2011

NOTTINGHAMSHIRE Trading Standards mounted an operation last week on part-worn tyre dealers, following a number of complaints from the public.


Clocking brothers sentenced

Gang found guilty of fraud following investigation
Published:  28 November, 2011

FOUR brothers have been sentenced for 'clocking' used cars and supplying them with false service history.


White van report

New paper underlines need to improve efficiency
Published:  25 November, 2011

ACCORDING to a white paper commissioned by Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles UK, van fleet operators can do more to control and cut costs to ensure survival.


Trade welcomes Motor Codes OFT approval

Regulator gives industry watchdog the thumbs up
Published:  23 November, 2011

MOTOR Codes has received full OFT approval for its Service and Repair Code, meaning that subscribing garages can now display the OFT logo alongside the Motor Codes tick, to further reassure motorists.


Used cars get most OFT complaints

More complaints still made about used car transactions than any other purchase says report
Published:  22 November, 2011

A RECENT report from the OFT showed used cars were the number one topic of complaint by members of the public.


Factor of three

CES, Page and ECP each open new branches
Published:  18 November, 2011

All three of the UK's largest motor factors opened new locations in October.


Tyre dump man jailed

Man locked up for illegally dumping more than 1m tyres
Published:  18 November, 2011

A man who illegally dumped more than a million used tyres across England was jailed on last week for a total of 15 months. The case against him was brought by the Environment Agency.


ATA Survey

Institution asks for help with research
Published:  16 November, 2011

Are you a member of the IMI? If so, you might know that the institution recently held a number of research seminars to find out what skills and knowledge technicians should demonstrate to become ATA accredited.


4-2-2: Chancellor 'shares our concerns'

2007 letter reveals George Osbourne as supporter of 3-1-1
Published:  11 November, 2011

A letter has emerged from the Chancellor, George Osbourne, expressing his dismay at the 'road safety and environmental costs' of reducing the frequency of the MOT test.


500 jobs created at ECP

Giant motor factor to expand by 20 branches next year
Published:  11 November, 2011

Sukhpal Singh, boss of component supplier Euro Car Parts has confirmed that the chain's expansion drive will continue through 2012 with the opening of 20 new branches.


Recruitment drive

Jaguar Land-Rover to create 1,000 jobs
Published:  10 November, 2011

Solihull-based Jaguar Land-Rover (JLR) has announced that it is to expand production facilities in the West Midlands, creating around 1,000 new jobs in the process.


Burner row heats up

RMI and GEA issue stern words about the proposed waste oil burner ban
Published:  07 November, 2011

The row about small waste oil burners (SWOB) rumbles on with both the Garage Equipment Association and the RMI wading in.


'No MOT' for pre-1960

Minister tells IAAF of plan to scrap MOT for pre-1960 cars
Published:  04 November, 2011

Recent discussions between IAAF and roads minister Mike Penning were confirmed this week when proposals to exempt classic cars and motorbikes from the MoT test were published for consultation.


Registrations up

New car sales increase, but note of caution sounded
Published:  04 November, 2011

October's new car market rose 2.6% on last year. This is considered by the industry to be 'positive result', given the uncertain economic climate.


Accident damage increase

Sharp rise in crashes following clock change says firm
Published:  04 November, 2011

The week in which the clocks go back really does see an increase in accidents - at least according to car rental firm Enterprise.


Flood dries up parts

Thai floods put Honda Swindon on three-day week
Published:  03 November, 2011

Workers at Honda's Swindon plant have been put on a three-day week due to a lack of supply of parts.



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