Bigger better brochure

Diagnostics brochure from Alba Diagnostics
Published:  20 August, 2010

rong>Two new versions of Alba’s popular brake fluid tester, a lower priced unit that switches off at 200 deg C and the ALB1200 tester which includes a printer, are included in its new diagnostics brochure.


Luxury? Standox deliver

Standox gets Aston Martin seal of approval
Published:  20 August, 2010

Aston Martin has appointed Standox as a preferred supplier of paint refinish materials and services to its body repair programme.


Tyre month

Published:  20 August, 2010

GARAGES can receive free point-of-sale material for October's tyre safety month from charity TyreSafe.


Shock chance

Camberley Auto Factors finds three-quarters of cars need shock swap
Published:  19 August, 2010

A TOTAL of 75% of cars tested at a Camberley Auto Factors (CAF) open day needed replacement shock absorbers.


State reassurance

MP says rules to protect aftermarket will be enforced
Published:  17 August, 2010

MP MARK Prisk has assured the trade that clauses within Block Exemption Regulations (BER) protecting the aftermarket will be enforced.


Quality assurance

GSF issues denial of counterfeit parts rumours
Published:  17 August, 2010

GSF Car Parts has issued an official denial of rumours it has sold counterfeit braking products.


People news

Snap-on Tools names Phil Nassau as UK sales manager
Published:  16 August, 2010

PHIL Nassau has been appointed national sales manager by Snap-on Tools.


Winning brake promo.

TRW drives on with disc brake expansion
Published:  13 August, 2010

TRW was just one of the companies celebrating the World Cup with a football-themed promotion running throughout the competition. Participating TRW distributors gave away flags, caps and novelty goodies as part of the promotion for its braking range.


Batteries make a stand

New retail concept from Exide
Published:  13 August, 2010

rong>A new retail concept from Exide based on a good, better and best sales approach aims to empower consumers to select between Classic, Excell and Premium options and boost gross margins up to 70%.


Snap-py software download

10.2 software from Snap-on
Published:  13 August, 2010

The new 10.2 software download is now available for its group of hand-held diagnostic tools, containing 73% more information that the 8.2 version back in 2008.


Tools for tricky oil jobs

Oil seal tools from Laser
Published:  13 August, 2010

Those of you who have replaced an oil seal on the crankshaft of a Volkswagen or Audi engine will know it can be a tad tricky as the flywheel-end oil seal is integral with the housing and engine speed sensor, so the whole assembly needs replacing.


Remy pulls out all the stops

Remy enhances brake caliper choice
Published:  13 August, 2010

Parts remanufacturer Remy has announced the addition of 288 new part references to its brake caliper range, increasing the overall range to 3,300 part numbers.


Parts warning

Volkswagen urges garages to check for counterfeit pads
Published:  13 August, 2010

VOLKSWAGEN has issued a warning about dangerous counterfeit brake pads.


Recruitment drive

The AA has more than 200 technician vacancies to fill
Published:  13 August, 2010

THE AA is now recruiting for roadside patrol and specialist technicians and has more than 200 vacancies across the UK. The positions have arisen from a new range of 'Assist' services provided by the organisation.


Parts push

Euro Car Parts expands distribution network with Tamworth parts centre
Published:  10 August, 2010

Euro Car Parts has officially opened its National Distribution Centre (NDC) with a family day out for garage customers.


IAAF pledge

Published:  09 August, 2010

THE IAAF trade association says it will monitor Vauxhall's promise of lifetime car warranties for possible infringements of Block Exemption Regulations (BER).


Speak up

Published:  09 August, 2010

A EUROPEAN survey is giving testers the chance to oppose a reduction in the frequency of MOTs.


'Scot a lot to offer, this tool

RW Motortec brings Autobook to Scotland
Published:  06 August, 2010

The latest Launch tool is available now from Stirling-based diagnostic firm RW Motortec. As explained in the last issue of Aftermarket, the Autobook tool is a slimmed-down, easy to use version of the standard Launch X431 unit.


Brake with tradition trade in

£50 trade-in from Bowmonk
Published:  06 August, 2010

Trade in your old Tapley or Bowmonk mechanical decelerometer and Bowmonk will give you £50 towards a new BrakeCheck electronic brake meter, approved for all classes of vehicles including I and II.


Diesel plug range increase

NGK expands glow plug choice
Published:  06 August, 2010

A choice of three OE glow plugs have been launched into the aftermarket by NGK.


For a 'mix and matt' finish

Special matt additive from Standox
Published:  06 August, 2010

If you've experienced problems when making repairs to matt or silk paint finishes then you are not alone and the new 2K special matt additive from Standox could signal the end of your worries.


Like a breath of fresh air

Liqui Moly air con treatment banishes bad odour
Published:  06 August, 2010

rong>The Klima Fresh treatment from Liqui Moly is another of the numerous air con treatments on the market.


Diagnostic deal

Launch UK completes deal with Launch X-431 in diagnostic shake-up
Published:  06 August, 2010

LAUNCH UK has combined with Launch X-431 in a major change for the diagnostic market.


Tyre deal

Protyre fast-fit chain pledges Motor Codes support
Published:  05 August, 2010

MICHELDEVER Tyre and Auto Services has signed-up its network of Protyre fast-fit branches to the Motor Industry Code of Practice for Service and Repair.


Service offer

Vauxhall attempts to win back repair customers
Published:  05 August, 2010

VAUXHALL has launched the MasterFit Service Club in a bid to tempt drivers back into its dealer network.


Parts deal

Remy secures steering rack deal with PDP
Published:  04 August, 2010

PARTS remanufacturer Remy Automotive has been appointed an approved supplier of steering pumps and racks to the Premier Distribution Partnership (PDP) buying group.


Prize time

Published:  03 August, 2010

MOBILE repairer Andy Rose has won a £250 prize as part of the Dickies UK Worker of the Year contest.


Tech laws

Brochure simplifies service and repair laws
Published:  02 August, 2010

A BROCHURE explaining the new framework of rules governing the aftermarket has been published by the Right To Repair Campaign (R2RC).


Charge ahead with Manbat

How to boost profit and retain reputation
Published:  30 July, 2010

Manbat says that far too often, when a battery needs to be replaced during a repair people tend to source the cheapest like-for-like replacement in order to maximise profit. We're sure Aftermarket readers are aware of the implications but in case you need to be reminded of the consequences...


Aligner two about Boss kit

A890 wheel aligner from Autoboss
Published:  30 July, 2010

Autoboss reckons it has can provide fast, easy and stress-free wheel alignment with its new remote control wheel aligner.


Sparky cat. glows with the flow

Latest ignition technology from NGK
Published:  30 July, 2010

NGKs full range of spark plugs and diesel glow plugs for both passenger cars and LCVs can be found in the 2010 NGK catalogue.


Extra air parts filter through

Denso enhances cabin air filters choice
Published:  30 July, 2010

Denso has expanded its choice of Cabin Air Filters (CAFs) in a bid to meet peak demand over the summer months. The company added a number of new Toyota and Lexus CAFs last year. Now, it has boosted the choice with 37 references covering an extra 80 applications.


BHP increase for BMW

Superchips taps into BMW power
Published:  30 July, 2010

The latest performance enhancement from Superchips is a dealer-fit ECU remap which supposedly increases performance on the 135i model by 49 bhp.


Talented techs

Two months to go until search for the UK's Top Technician 2011 begins
Published:  29 July, 2010

THE COUNTDOWN has begun to Top Technician 2011, the annual competition which recognises and rewards the best fault finders across the UK. The competition's technical partner Automotive Technician Accreditation (or ATA to its friends), is now finalising the first stage theory test, which will be available to take online from September 27th.


Charity climb

Mount Kilimanjaro climb in aid of industry charity BEN
Published:  28 July, 2010

SARAH Sillars, executive chair of the IMI, has now raised an impressive £26,000 in sponsorship money in aid of industry charity BEN - Motor and Allied Trades Benevolent Fund, eight weeks before she climbs the demanding Mount Kilimanjaro alongside her daughter Rachael.


Mood music

Fast fit poll reveals best tunes to connect with customers
Published:  26 July, 2010

MOTORISTS have voted Lenny Kravitz's Are You Gonna Go My Way as the best driving anthem of all time.


Glass master

Hunt for UK's best windscreen fitter down to final 6
Published:  26 July, 2010

THE SEARCH for the country's best windscreen fitter has entered its final stage.


Reman option

ACtronics offers ABS sensor reman service
Published:  26 July, 2010

ELECTRONICS company ACtronics has launched an ABS sensor remanufacturing service.


Floored by fab tile system

PVC Flooring system from TilePlans
Published:  23 July, 2010

Workshop floors have a tough time of it, being exposed to oils and chemicals and the hectic life of a busy workshop but this flooring system from TilePlans steps up to the challenge.


Injector some life into parts

Piezo and common rail injectors from Bosch
Published:  22 July, 2010

The Bosch eXchange programme provides a cost-effective alternative to new parts without comprising quality or guarantees and now includes new Piezo injector and common rail injectors. A total of 15 Piezo injectors for the likes of Audi, BMW and Peugeot can be found.


Charity trek

Comline boss plans charity cycle to Automechanika exhibition
Published:  22 July, 2010

PARTS company boss Malcolm Rosher is cycling to the Automechanika exhibition in Germany to raise money for industry charity BEN.


On course for air con skills

F-Gas training from Texa
Published:  21 July, 2010

For those of you who know your way around the air con system, Texa's one-day IMI award level 3 'automotive refrigerant handling course' will ensure you meet the refrigerant-handling legislation that has just come into force.


Bosch award

Bosch recognises ECP support with Sales Excellence award
Published:  21 July, 2010

Euro Car Parts has won a Bosch competition to reward its best distributors.


Mmmmm! Nice wheels!

Dezent RG Rim from Alcar
Published:  20 July, 2010

Dezent's new RG Rim available from Alcar has a classic Y-spoke design and features a glossy black detail against a lacquered face that the company thinks will look at home on a wide range of 4 and 5 stud Jap, Euro and tuner cars.


Code success

Motor Codes subscribers dominate Motor Trader Awards
Published:  20 July, 2010

MOTOR Codes is claiming further success in its bid to attract members after success at the annual Motor Trader Awards.


Aftermarket No.1

Aftermarket is No.1, proves independent research
Published:  20 July, 2010

INDEPENDENT research has proved Aftermarket magazine is the best-read title in the sector.


Efficient Eco tyre rolls on

GT Radial rolls on with Champiro comfort tyre
Published:  19 July, 2010

Tyre company GT Radial has launched the Champiro Eco tyre, in a bid to give drivers an added option for fuel-efficient motoring. The tyre uses what the company calls Nanotek Silica technology to produce low rolling resistance.


Oil deal

Unipart completes deal to supply Mobil 1 engine oil
Published:  19 July, 2010

UNIPART has signed a distribution agreement with oil company Mobil to supply its Mobil 1 brand of engine oil.


MOT threat

GEA warns of renewed threat of 4-2-2 testing
Published:  19 July, 2010

THE THREAT OF 4-2-2 MOT testing has returned, the Garage Equipment Association (GEA) has warned.


Gates drive over OAPs!

Gates adds OAPs to product range
Published:  16 July, 2010

Belts and drive systems company Gates is stocking its shelves with OAPs to help mechanics deliver reliable repairs to accessory belt drives (to avoid any confusion, that means a choice of DriveAlign Overrunning Alternator Pulleys - aka OAPs - and not an army of geriatric workers!).



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