Trade growth

RMIF to boost membership by 1,000 through acquisition of Motor Vehicle Repairers Association
Published:  02 June, 2009

THE Retail Motor Industry Federation (RMIF) is set to purchase the Motor Vehicle Repairers Association (MVRA).


Cool connector locator

CD3 air con module from Autodata
Published:  01 June, 2009

rong>This module puts additional repair information at your fingertips to take advantage of the growing market for air con service and repair work.


Reader writes

Garage boss Vernon Taylor says MP Gareth Taylor has got it wrong. Read his views and respond with your own thoughts!
Published:  01 June, 2009

FOLLOWING publication of MP Gareth Thomas's open letter to service and repair workshops last week, website reader Vernon Taylor from Vernon Taylor Motor Engineer in Grantham, Lincolnshire, has been in touch.


For the latest BMW bikes

Varta LF AGM batteries from Johnson Controls
Published:  29 May, 2009

rong>The company says its battery range now covers 98% cover of the UK’s two-wheeled market, including both sports and commuting bikes.


Code call

MP admits "disappointment" at lack of independent garage support for Motor Codes scheme in open letter to all repairers
Published:  29 May, 2009

GOVERNMENT consumer minister Gareth Thomas has written an open letter to all car servicing businesses, calling on them to support the Motor Industry Service and Repair Code.


Focus on popular vehicles

Ford Focus II alternators from Remy Automotive
Published:  28 May, 2009

The remanufacturing company has unveiled new alternators for the Focus II and C-Max along with the Volvo S40 plus 1.6 and 2.0 diesel versions of the Mazda 3.


Reman focus

ReMaTec remanufacturing exhibition ready for upturn in business thanks to economic downturn
Published:  28 May, 2009

ORGANISERS of the ReMaTec exhibition in Amsterdam claim the global recession has created a surge in the demand for remanufactured goods.


Improved testing option

Diesel Engine Compression Tester from Laser Tools
Published:  27 May, 2009

rong>Laser says that following the introduction of its common rail flow meter kit, it realised its diesel engine compression tester was lacking the latest dummy diesel injectors and glow plugs.


Lucky number

Why technician Chris Wileman's number was up when he took on CAN Bus training with Snap-on
Published:  27 May, 2009

CHRIS Wileman has become the 15,000th technician to attend one of Snap-on Diagnostic's TechEd seminars.


Safety alert

Jack Sealey issues recall of selected fan heaters following discovery of possible fire risk
Published:  27 May, 2009

TOOLS and accessories firm Jack Sealey has issued a recall of selected fan heaters after a batch was found to pose a potential fire risk.


Increased driver comfort

Gates Torsional Vibration Dampers from FPS
Published:  26 May, 2009

rong>Distributor FPS now offers a full range of Gates DriveAlign dampers (also known as TVDs) thanks to its status as the sole distributor for Gates products in the UK.


footie triumph

Why Aftermarket football fans are celebrating, and how Euro Car Parts helped out!
Published:  26 May, 2009

THE WEEKEND was a wonderful/terrible time for many, depending on which side of the footballing fence you sit on.


Open shop

Euro Car Parts opens Ipswich store to plug gap in its workshop coverage
Published:  26 May, 2009

EURO Car Parts (ECP) has opened its latest branch in Ipswich with a 15-strong team of staff.


Show time

Published:  26 May, 2009

FOR THOSE who already knew the Italians could turn out an intriguing glass of wine and a stylishly figure-hugging frock, Autopromotec was a reminder that the country is a real force in technical innovation too.


A unique leather look

Roadster car mats from Unique Products
Published:  22 May, 2009

rong>As customers’ cars get older, they’ll want to spend more money keeping them looking younger (it seems to work in the cosmetics industry!). That’s the thinking from Unique Products behind its latest accessory range.


RMI advice

Workshops who manage their time and labour can thrive during the recession
Published:  22 May, 2009

GARAGES who work efficiently and invest in training and equipment will be able to increase their business, as car owners look for value for money, says the RMI's Independent Garage Association (IGA).


The latest diagnostic answers

Data system from Hella
Published:  21 May, 2009

rong>A technical database (Hella DDS 100) has been combined with a diagnostic interface, giving information and diagnostics for more than 45 vehicle makes and around 33,500 models.


Denso launch

Denso to launch brand new cooling range in June
Published:  21 May, 2009

DENSO will launch a selection of new products into the UK market for the first time this June.


Take care of turbo chargers

Titan GT1 SAE 5W-40 motor oil from Fuchs Lubricants
Published:  20 May, 2009

This oil was specially developed for vehicles with exhaust after treatment products and turbochargers.


Euro drive

Aftermarket travels to Autopromotec show in Italy to see latest aftermarket technology
Published:  20 May, 2009

THE AUTOPROMOTEC exhibition has officially opened in Italy, promising visitors a look-in on the latest technological developments within the aftermarket sector.


Data deal

Autodata launches plan to supply Suzuki dealers with all-makes repair data
Published:  20 May, 2009

AUTODATA has brokered an alliance with Suzuki main dealers to help them tackle all-makes service and repair work.


Automatic charging option

WATTMATIC 100 battery charger from GYS
Published:  19 May, 2009

These bright 6/12V batter chargers will go down well with anyone looking for a yellow colour scheme in their garage!


Bugatti bonus

Don't have the cash to buy a Bugatti Veyron? Just buy some spark plugs instead, says NGK!
Published:  19 May, 2009

THE GOOD news for wholesalers of NGK spark plugs is that they could win a Bugatti Veyron worth more than £1.2 million thanks to the company's latest Milesmore sales incentive promotion.


Just the job for refinishing

Refinishing products from Farecla
Published:  18 May, 2009

rong>The surface finishing company is attempting to get ahead of its competitors with the claim that its products contain 25% more abrasives per litre than other leading brands.


Race ace

Nottingham tyre fitter enjoys taste of the fast lane after working at the British Touring Car Champtionship
Published:  18 May, 2009

A NOTTINGHAM tyre fitter swapped the forecourt for the fast lane after being chosen to switch tyres for racing stars Matt Neal and Jason Plato.


Scooter seal of approval

Navigator TXB diagnostic module from Texa
Published:  15 May, 2009

rong>Texa recently signed an agreement with the Piaggio Group meaning all Piaggio, Vespa, Aprilia, Moto Guzzi and Gilera workshops around the world will begin using the Navigator TXB diagnostic tool.


For automatic efficiency

ACS 600 and 650 service units from Bosch
Published:  14 May, 2009

These fully-automated service units mean there's no need for manual shut-off valves, something Bosch says can prevent user errors and ensure work is safer and more effective.


Online help

Body shop firm ClaimWatch moves into garage sector with online marketing package
Published:  14 May, 2009

BODY shop firm ClaimWatch is moving into the workshop sector with a marketing package for garages and MOT test stations.


Oil award

Shell Helix scoops lubricant innovation award from Institute of Transport Management
Published:  14 May, 2009

SHELL Helix motor oils has scooped the title of Best Automotive Lube Range for 2009 from the Institute of Transport Management (ITM)


Hybrid help

Bosch training manager to share know-how on dealing with hybrids at GEA Aftermarket Technical Workshop
Published:  14 May, 2009

JEREMY Clarkson might hate them but like it or not, hybrids vehicles are here to stay.


Job chance

Former Snap-on man Terry Smith reveals job chance for techs with a passion for teaching
Published:  14 May, 2009

WELL-known aftermarket figure Terry Smith has parted company with Snap-on Diagnostics to join the Open Road project in Norfolk.


Garage growth

Bosch bids to grow Car Service network and create national alternative to franchised dealers
Published:  14 May, 2009

BOSCH is spending a "very high six digit" sum on plans to expand its Car Service network beyond the 450 mark.


Suspension jobs made easier

Universal C Clamp from Sykes-Pickavant
Published:  13 May, 2009

This clamp is designed for the recently-launched 878/879 series of press-and-pull sleeve kits for suspension bush removal and installation


Smarties have the answer!

Smart car wheels from Rimstock
Published:  12 May, 2009

rong>The new Smartie wheel from Rimstock’s Team Dynamics brand, coincides with a growing trend for smaller, more cost efficient cars.


Approved VW solution

Xstream G40 advanced OAT antifreeze and coolant from Comma
Published:  11 May, 2009

This coolant was originally developed to address the needs of large-engined vehicles, such as the V8 Audi, V10 Bentley and VW Touareg.


Speed up wheel alignment

STR200 wheel aligner from Supertracker
Published:  08 May, 2009

Supertracker has a comprehensive range of equipment, from a basic aligner to a fully-computerised unit with printing and customer database features.


Prize draw

Final three in Top Technician 2009 receive ATA bonus courtesy of the IMI
Published:  08 May, 2009

MAKING it to the finals of Top Technician 2009 has already brought added extras for the three highest scorers.


CAN training

Last places on Warwick Control's in-vehicle networking technical course still available
Published:  08 May, 2009

A HANDFUL of places are still available on Warwick Control's in-vehicle network training course on May 27th.


Gearing up

ZF prepares for launch of reman gearbox range for latest BMW, Jaguar and Land Rover vehicles
Published:  08 May, 2009

TRANSMISSION specialist ZF Great Britain is set to launch a remanufactured gearbox service for some of the latest high-end vehicles.


Top job

Kaz gets set to take charge as new boss at spark plug giant NGK
Published:  08 May, 2009

SPARK plug firm NGK has announced the appointment of a new managing director.


Meet refrigerant regulations

Koolkare Blizzard QTech recycling centre from Snap-on Diagnostics
Published:  07 May, 2009

This automatic single-pass system removes air and moisture from the vehicle air con system while also checking for leaks


VOSA news

VOSA puts its commitments to MOT test stations in writing for first time with Service Level Agreement
Published:  07 May, 2009

VOSA has formally acknowledged its obligations to MOT test stations for the first time.


A touch of Italian style

Tonino Lamborghini Li-Ion screwdriver from Silverline Tools
Published:  06 May, 2009

rong>This elegant-looking tool comes with an LED work light built in so you’ll be able to keep a close eye on anything you’re working on, even in the darkest of spaces.


Petrol and diesel diagnostics

Compression testers from Facom
Published:  05 May, 2009

rong>Two new compression tester sets for petrol and diesel engines are out now, to eliminate the inaccuracy and hassle involved when using simple gauge-type compression testers.


Smart diagram selection

Electronics Smart Assistant from Vivid Automotive
Published:  04 May, 2009

rong>This electronic data module aims to help independents diagnose and repair vehicles fast.


Easier to use robust power

Lightweight ratchet from Laser
Published:  01 May, 2009

rong>Out now is a robust ratchet with rubber grip and lock-on function which now offers 72 mechanisms for a smoother action.


BEN Award

Aftermarket presented with BEN charity award at GEA dinner
Published:  01 May, 2009

BEN chief executive David Main presented AFTERMARKET magazine's editor Tom Mallens with an award at the Garage Equipment Associations Annual Dinner on April 29th in recognition of valuable contributions made to the automotive charity BEN.


110-piece problem solver

Tap and die set from Tool Connection
Published:  30 April, 2009

rong>This comprehensive tool kit is made from tough alloy steel with split dies for precision threading jobs.


Tech Finals

12 technicians take on the final challenge for Top Technician 2009 in Warwick
Published:  30 April, 2009

TWELVE of the UK's top repairers fought for the title of Top Technician at the impressive Jaguar Land Rover Academy in Warwick on April 29th.


Idlers and tensioners extension

DriveAlign tensioners and idlers from Gates
Published:  29 April, 2009

rong>The timing belts specialist has made 67 additions to its tensioners and idlers range, which now covers 1,286 applications across 41 vehicle manufacturers.



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