Movers and shakers

Changing faces at ECP, Wood Auto and Sovereign
Published:  19 November, 2010

TWO INDUSTRY appointments have been announced this week. Euro Car Parts (ECP) has appointed former Halfords divisional manager Andy Hamilton, pictured here, as its operations director.


Kitemark boost

Garage flies Kitemark, gains new business
Published:  19 November, 2010

A BODY repair shop has secured new business since gaining the Kitemark over three years ago when it was the first bodyshop in Lancashire and 12th in the UK to hold the mark.


New techs in skills comp

Young techs to represent the country at WorldSkills
Published:  18 November, 2010

SIX NEWLY-qualified technicians have been selected to represent the UK in an international tournament.


V-belt kits for French cars

Belt kits from ContiTech
Published:  12 November, 2010

rong>ContiTech has expanded its range of kits with V-ribbed belts and torsional vibration dampers (TVD) and includes popular vehicle models of French manufacturers, including the Citroen C5, Peugeot 307 and 607, as well as the Renault Mégane.


Brake reset tool available

Gunson reset tool
Published:  12 November, 2010

rong>An electronic park-brake reset tool specifically designed for Audi A4, A6 and A8, Q7 and Passatt models from 2006 to 2009 is now available from Gunson.


Reman stock for stopping

New stock for Brakeworld
Published:  12 November, 2010

rong>Leeds-based firm Brakeworld now carries a comprehensive range of re-manufactured callipers sourced from NK in Denmark. NK is one of Europe's largest remanufacturers of callipers, offering a comprehensive range for European, Japanese and Korean cars and light commercial vans.


More clutches to take away

ACDelco commits to clutch expansion
Published:  12 November, 2010

rong>ACDelco has set itself the target to expand the number of clutch references it holds on a monthly basis until the end of the year and a further 16 clutch kits join its programme this month. Its range now stands at over 900 references, compared to 754 at the beginning of the year.


Don't beat around the bush

Bush removal tool for VAG group cars
Published:  12 November, 2010

rong>The latest addition to the Auto Service Tools range of suspension bush removal/installation tools has been released covering applications on control arm bushes on Volkswagen Group vehicles.


Red tape woes

Garage owners dubious over Coalition's ability to cut red tape
Published:  11 November, 2010

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Cash grants

IMI urges workshops to take advantage of available cash grants
Published:  10 November, 2010

The WOMEN and Work scheme is operated through the IMI and gives £400 to businesses that invest in their female staff.


Technical advisor needed

Help independent garages gain access to technical information
Published:  09 November, 2010

The EGEA (European Garage Equipment Association) and FIGIEFA (the International Federation of Wholesalers of Automotive Replacement Parts) are looking to recruit a technical advisor to support its lobbying activities in Brussels; which aims to safeguard a legislative environment in the EU that provides fair competition in the automotive aftermarket.


Keeping us in suspension

Range update from Delphi
Published:  05 November, 2010

rong>Delphi’s steering and suspension range has been increased by 380 new part numbers since its last catalogue and can be found in the 2010/2011 version.


Optimal component range

European distributor has the UK market in its sights
Published:  05 November, 2010

rong>European component distributor, Optimal is set to enter the UK aftermarket from a new central warehousing facility in the West Midlands.


Tool kit is a SAC-sy option

SAC tool kit from Sykes Pickavant
Published:  05 November, 2010

rong>A self-adjusting clutch (SAC) tool kit from Sykes Pickavant has been developed for mounting and dis-mounting SAC assemblies to the flywheel.


Autoboss game, set and 'Mach'

The Mach VCI from SPX
Published:  05 November, 2010

rong>In an effort to market new kit to independent garages, diagnostic tool distributor Autoboss UK is due to bring out a new interface.


Stand out from the crowd

Sakura hi-visibility products
Published:  05 November, 2010

rong>A range of Sakura hi-visibility products are now ready for winter stocking and are available from Saxon, who also distribute car care and valet products.


Dickies winner

Three techs in 'Worker of the Year' finals
Published:  05 November, 2010

A TRIO of technicians reached the grand final of a competition held to find the 'Worker of the Year'.


Remover tool really takes off

Sealey wheel-nut cap remover
Published:  29 October, 2010

rong>This little device will remove Sealey plastic wheel nut caps fitted to Audi, Seat, Skoda, VW and Vauxhall vehicles.


Scooby pressure pump

Oil's well for high pressure pump
Published:  29 October, 2010

rong>High performance engines require additional oil pressure because of the increased demand placed upon various components within the engine.


Parts packaging update

New designs for National
Published:  29 October, 2010

rong>Clutch and parts manufacturer National Auto Parts has redesigned its product cartons and website to make the products easier to find and the site speedier to navigate.


Cobra springs into action

Cobra springs for cube
Published:  29 October, 2010

rong>Suspension manufacturer Cobra has released a spring upgrade kit for the latest version of the quirky Nissan cube.


Top bloke, top topics, top tech

Dillon's Technical Bulletin service
Published:  29 October, 2010

rong>Aftermarket technical writer, technical trainer, workshop owner, Top Technician supporter and all round fab west-country bloke James Dillon is running some one-day training courses at his new training facility in Bridgwater next month.


Code War

Motor Codes hits out at RMI 'Trust My Garage' scheme
Published:  28 October, 2010

GARAGE scheme Motor Codes has hit out at the decision by the Retail Motor Industry (RMI) to launch a rival garage organisation.


Motor trade insolvencies drop slightly

Minor drop in garages closing, but still a bleak period according to research
Published:  27 October, 2010

/>Despite this, data released by credit company Experian shows that September and October saw a slight drop in garages failing compared with the same period the previous y


Come on - pulley the other one

Facom offers alternator pulley removal solution
Published:  22 October, 2010

An alternator pulley removal kit is the latest addition to Facom's range of workshop tools. It aims to save time and eliminate common pulley removal problems. During changing operations, the sockets used to dismantle the pulley often break because the torque required is very high. In order to combat this, Facom has opted for heat treatment on the bits in its kit to boost their strength and reduce the risk of breakage.


New range to meet demands

Yuasa reveals AGM battery range to meet stop-start demands
Published:  22 October, 2010

The battery boys and girls at Yuasa have unveiled new range of AGM (absorbent glass mat) batteries for use in the latest stop-start vehicles and if you're one of those slightly obsessive individuals who like long lists of electrical specifications you're in for a treat: The new Yuasa AGM range features four models offering 60, 70, 80 and 92 ampere-hour capacities at 20-hour rate. Cold cranking performance of the batteries is 680, 760, 800 and 850A with reserve capacity of 100, 120, 140 and 160 minutes respectively. The 70 and 92Ah models are available immediately with the 60 and 80Ah cells due for release in spring 2011.


New tyres tread carefully

Vintage Tyres caters for Alfa, Lotus and more
Published:  22 October, 2010

Vintage Tyres has rolled out three new models. The Avon Turbospeed covers Daimler and Jaguar cars while the Vredestein Classic is a popular fitment for MGB, BMW, Rover P6 and Alfa Romeo vehicles


Switch on to parts catalogue

Fuel Parts UK lists sensor and switch expansion in catalogue move
Published:  22 October, 2010

If you like to sit at home and collect automotive parts catalogues, your collection is about to get one bigger (you should probably also try and get out once in a while too, Ed).


Unipart's starter for ten

Unipart promises "significant improvements" following rotating electrics expansion
Published:  22 October, 2010

Unipart has boosted its choice of rotating electrics by more than 25%. Mike Parsons, Unipart's general manager for product marketing, said customers could expect to see "significant improvements in availability" following the move that adds 2,000 part numbers to the company's choice of units. Suggested selling prices have also been added to all starter motors and alternators in a bid to help garages maximise profits from each sale.


'Present vehicles for MoT at the right time' - Transport Minister

Man from the Ministry speaks of impending changes to the MoT
Published:  22 October, 2010

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RMI to launch own garage code

Just what the industry needs? Another garage code, this time from the RMI to be rolled out
Published:  22 October, 2010


Spending review

Coalition Spending Review announces funding boost for garages
Published:  22 October, 2010

THE COALITION Spending Review on October 20th announced the biggest set of government cuts since the Second World War but surprisingly it was not all doom and gloom as adult apprenticeships were given a substantial boost.


Lasting Classic cover

Chicago Pneumatic extends warranty cover on Classic tools
Published:  15 October, 2010

rong>Chicago Pneumatic (CP) has doubled the warranty period on its Classic range of tools to two years.


Clever unit takes it all in

Filtoo extraction unit sucks up fumes so you don't have to
Published:  15 October, 2010

No, it's not a trendy eco-toilet for hippy festival-heads, the Filtoo is an exhaust extraction unit from Flextraction. Built by Teka in Germany, it sucks up fumes, dust and gases found in welding, bonding, gluing, brazing, soldering, laser welding and restoration applications.


Pipe down over corrosion

XPart finds coolant pipe corrosion fix for MGF and TF
Published:  15 October, 2010

MG Rover parts specialist XPart has introduced an improved version of the coolant pipes for the MGF and TF cars to help prevent corrosion.


Support SMART repairs

3M aims to support SMART repairers with dedicated support programme
Published:  15 October, 2010

Technology firm 3M has boosted its offering to anyone in the SMART (that's Small to Medium Area Repair Technology, in case you'd forgotten) or LAR (Local Area Repair) businesses.


Wheely good alignment

EGS provides 3D wheel alignment demo option
Published:  15 October, 2010

Euro Garage Solutions (aka EGS, the garage equipment division of Euro Car Pats) has taken on two alignment specialists to give demonstrations of its wheel alignment kit to prospective customers.


In the orange and black

Halfords pushing ahead with Nationwide rebranding
Published:  14 October, 2010

/>The report suggested that new customers had been putting off ‘purchases’ – presumably repairs – that they had deemed to be non essenti


OEM parts and servicing 'price match' from Co-op

Used car chain offers 'customer charter' for aftersales, following research.
Published:  14 October, 2010

/>As part of the new service the firm, previously known as Sunwin Motors and now as the Co-operative Motor Group will carry out a full vehicle safety inspection as standard under its ‘Duty of Care' pled


Garage equipment suppliers enjoy two bites of the cherry

CV Show to return next year to the NEC, alongside workshop and garage equipment
Published:  12 October, 2010

WITH the return of the CV Show


Dust unit has a lot to offer

Nederman offers techs free grinder option
Published:  08 October, 2010

Exhaust extraction company Nederman is offering a free sander/grinder to anyone that buys one of its P160I portable dust extraction units.


Make a spectacle of yourself

Anti-fog welding glasses add to eye protection options from Weldability-SIF
Published:  08 October, 2010

Panther Spectacles and Resolution Goggles might sound like the crime-busting gadgets of a high-tech superhero but the more boring reality is that they're the latest eye protectors from Weldability-SIF.


A belt-er of a warranty deal

Goodyear forges on with belt failure warranty offer
Published:  08 October, 2010

Goodyear is forging ahead with its Fit & Relax warranty policy on belts. Valid for 30,000 miles or 2 years, the warranty means that should any Goodyear belt suffer what it calls an "honest and fair" failure within the period, Goodyear will pay to repair the engine, including parts and labour.


The ART of exhaust filters

Eminox gives glimpse of low-temperature DPF system
Published:  08 October, 2010

Exhaust specialists at Eminox have given a glimpse of an Active Regeneration Trap (ART) filter system. If that doesn't mean much to you, the system is basically a DPF system for low temperature applications.


Wiper way safety fears

Wood Auto boss highlights importance of wiper accessories
Published:  08 October, 2010

Wood Auto is highlighting the safety and revenue opportunities that effective wiper sales can bring.


Cars failing MOT on lights now 15% - report

Research suggests that motorists are performing basic checks less frequently
Published:  08 October, 2010

ONE in 15 vehicles is missing one or more brake lights increasing the risk of an accident for other road users.


Breath of fresh air

Parts maker to stop smoking with next generation of fuel systems
Published:  08 October, 2010

Several new technologies to clean up engines have been showcased by OEM and aftermarket supplier Delphi at a trade show this week.


With Fuel Parts it's in the bag

Fuel Parts bags up ignition range in bid to cut trial-and-error fitting
Published:  01 October, 2010

Emission systems firm Fuel Parts UK has introduced a new bagging system in a bid to encourage proper fault diagnosis, rather than trial-and-error fitment.


Testing kit from Trade Group

MOTs at the touch of a button
Published:  01 October, 2010

The Trademaster T5000 series of brake testers from the Trade Group promises to deliver 'significant operational benefits' to any MOT station.


Help with the daily grind

Sykes-Pickavant cleans away grot with wheel grinders
Published:  01 October, 2010

Tool company Sykes-Pickavant has created a series of wheel hub and wheel stud grinders to help you remove corrosion.



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