Here comes the SUN: Snap-on offer set to support MOT sector as extension ends

Published:  10 July, 2020

 Snap-on are offering MOT testing stations the opportunity to sidestep a looming calibration crisis and fast-track themselves back to full readiness when the MOT extension ends via a fully calibrated SUN DGA5000 emissions analyser.


Push it: Free USB smart button from Yuasa

Published:  09 July, 2020

Yuasa are giving workshops nationwide a free USB smart button that connects users to the company’s battery lookup site.


Not on the list: Ben Ball joins 2020 cancelled events

Published:  10 July, 2020

The Ben Ball is the latest industry bash to be cancelled in the wake of COVID-19. The annual pre-yuletide event won’t be taking place this year for the first time since World War II, contributing to a potential income shortfall of £1m for Ben this year.


Fraudster fugitive garage owner jailed

Published:  09 July, 2020

A bogus Sussex garage owner who was also a serial fraudster targeting women via dating websites and then conning them out of thousands of pounds, has been jailed for 10 years. 


No scrappage, but Chancellor unveils £1,000 bonus to bring back furloughed staff

Published:  08 July, 2020

Garages will not be facing the prospect of a vehicle scrappage scheme, but Chancellor of the Exchequer Rishi Sunak has announced a £1,000 bonus for every employee brought back to work from furlough.



Subs holiday for RAC/Autofirst member garages

Published:  08 July, 2020

All garages in the RAC Approved Garages network, powered by Autofirst, have been granted a membership subscription payment holiday and are also being provided with a new COVID-19 code of conduct that provides guidelines on safe working.


MOT decision leaves 1 in 10 at ‘dangerous defects’ risk

Published:  08 July, 2020

The government is being accused of taking “a serious safety risk” by allowing millions of motorists to keep their cars on the road until January 2021 without a current MOT.


92% of automotive businesses open

Published:  07 July, 2020

92% of automotive businesses were open by the second half of June, with 19% of those actually reporting an increase in turnover according to an analysis of new Office of National Statistics (ONS) data by the IMI.



UK new car market down a third

Published:  06 July, 2020

New car sales in June showed an improvement on recent months as dealerships in England opened up, but the longer shutdown of the franchised sector in Wales and Scotland still meant sales were 34.9% lower than last year.



By dawn’s early light: Post-Independence Day boom encouraging garages to bring back furloughed staff?

Published:  02 July, 2020

Are furloughed mechanics about to see dawn's early light for the first time April? With pubs, restaurants and many attractions able to open from Saturday (4 July), garages with staff on furlough may be looking to bring them back part-time, which is now possible.


Snap-on: Massive centennial giveaway

Published:  02 July, 2020

 Snap-on has hit the century mark this year, and to celebrate this milestone, the company is giving away an incredible £100,000 of free ATL aftercare support and emissions analysers for 100 lucky customers.


Are you Britain’s Biggest Car Brain?

Published:  02 July, 2020


Bounty hunters? Government trails apprenticeship support

Published:  02 July, 2020

The Prime Minister has continued to suggest that much greater support for apprenticeships is on the cards, with the offer of an “Opportunity Guarantee” made in his speech on the economy yesterday (Tuesday 1 July), although specifics are still thin on the ground.


9.2m cars not roadworthy?

Published:  01 July, 2020

While MOTs may be returning to normal from 1 August, new research has suggested that 9.2m cars may not be roadworthy, some with dangerous faults, and 29% of drivers know they have a problem.


Ezi-Methods marks 2m download milestone

Published:  01 July, 2020

Subscription based online repair methods resource Ezi-Methods has reached the milestone of 2 million repair method downloads.


Industry continues to welcome looming MOT extension cancellation

Published:  30 June, 2020

Organisations across the sector have continued to welcome the end of the MOT extension return of normal testing from 1 August.


Mandatory MOT testing reintroduced from 1 August

Published:  29 June, 2020

Mandatory MOT testing is to be reintroduced from 1 August 2020 as COVID-19 restrictions are slowly lifted, Roads Minister Baroness Vere has announced today (Monday 29 June).


Andy Savva and friends to star in Castrol webinar

Published:  29 June, 2020

Aftermarket Magazine regular contributors Andy Savva, A.K.A The Garage Inspector and Carmaster’s Rebecca Pullan are among the industry names taking part in a COVID-19 business recovery webinar being held by Castrol next week.


Autotech Recruit drops recruitment fees on permanent positions

Published:  29 June, 2020

Autotech Recruit is waiving its recruitment fees on permanent positions for the next three months with a view to helping the aftermarket return to full strength. 


LIQUI MOLY partner with MB Motorsport for debut BTCC campaign

Published:  29 June, 2020

LIQUI MOLY has partnered with the new MB Motorsport accelerated by Blue Square team ahead of their first season in the British Touring Car Championship.


Automechanika Birmingham launches series of industry-led webinars

Published:  29 June, 2020

The impact of the COVID-19 pandemic will be among the vital topics discussed via a series of live free-to-attend webinars being launched by Messe Frankfurt UK, organisers of Automechanika Birmingham.


Put a coin in the meter: EV charging costs worldwide revealed

Published:  29 June, 2020

 The cost of charging an electric vehicle in the UK at present puts the country just within the top 10 most expensive places worldwide, but is still cheaper than most European and other developed nations.


Government to scratch Scrappage idea?

Published:  26 June, 2020

 While the likelihood of a scrappage scheme to help boost Britain’s COVID-19 impacted carmakers may be fading as government insiders believe it would mainly help overseas manufacturers, the aftermarket is still campaigning against the introduction of such a stimulus programme.


Lowest May for car production since 1946

Published:  26 June, 2020

You would have to go back to 1946 to find a May where UK car production was as low as in 2020, according to the latest figures released today (Friday 26 June) by the SMMT.


LKQ ECP parent sees continuous COVID-19 recovery

Published:  25 June, 2020

 LKQ Corporation, parent company of LKQ Euro Car Parts, says it has come through the COVID-19 crisis ahead of its own expectations.


The time is now: MOT extension needs to end says IGA

Published:  25 June, 2020

The IGA is urging the government to immediately end the six-month MOT extension, following the Prime Minister’s announcement this week that further social distancing measures will be relaxed from Saturday 4 July.
 
IGA Chief Executive Stuart James said: “Now is the time to end the extension. People are being encouraged to use their cars to go shopping and go on days out to boost the economy, rather than use public transport. However, the MOT extension has been in place since March and we now have a situation where there are approximately 1.6 million unroadworthy cars in use on our roads.
 
“The IGA has supported the government’s measures all the way through this pandemic and applauds the progress that has been made in controlling the spread of COVID-19. However, now that non-essential shops, leisure facilities and tourist destinations are reopening, it is not safe for cars to remain unchecked.
 
“Garages are not “close proximity” venues. They have been allowed to remain open throughout the whole pandemic and are following official safe working guidelines, so the MOT exemption should be removed as soon as feasibly possible.”
 
Stuart added: “Ending the MOT extension is another positive step forward in the UK’s economic revival and will deploy people back into the workplace whilst underpinning road safety as traffic levels increase.”


Fight the fakes: OSRAM expands Trust Programme

Published:  24 June, 2020

OSRAM has expanded its Trust Programme to aid in the fight against counterfeit parts in the aftermarket.


Media studies: UFI Filters making masks

Published:  24 June, 2020

UFI Filters is using its new filter media for making masks and PPE to help in the fight against COVID-19 in the aftermarket and beyond.


Halfway house? 50% of garages operating well below capacity

Published:  23 June, 2020

Over 50% of garages in the UK are still running at half their usual capacity, a survey has revealed.



COVID-19: One in six jobs under threat without post-furlough support

Published:  23 June, 2020

 One in six jobs in the overall UK automotive sector is at risk of redundancy, a new survey from the SMMT has revealed, and the organisation is calling for a dedicated restart support package to safeguard jobs when the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme winds up at the end of October.


MOT extension about to be terminated?

Published:  22 June, 2020

Is the six-month MOT extension about to be terminated? The decision by the DVSA to end a parallel arrangement for HGVs early next month has raised expectations for an imminent announcement, and statistics have shown over two million drivers have till sought MOTs despite the testing holiday.


Alert level drops as traffic levels rise: Garages get ready

Published:  19 June, 2020

 Garages should look for the number of vehicles coming through the door to increase over the coming weeks, as the government reduces the UK Coronavirus alert level from 4 to 3, denoting that transmission of the disease is no longer viewed as being high.


Too close for comfort? LKQ Euro Car Parts to close 27 Andrew Page branches

Published:  18 June, 2020

Following the announcement yesterday (Wednesday 17 June) of the full merger of Andrew Page into the newly branded LKQ Euro Car Parts chain, bringing the company’s 103-year story to a close, it has emerged that 27 Andrew Page branches will be closing their doors.


IAAF goes virtual to keep industry connected

Published:  17 June, 2020

The IAAF is taking its Industry Briefing Sessions online and is inviting members to attend ‘Industry Briefing Bitesize’ via Zoom.
Topics covered will include how IAAF is building a consensus against an overall scrappage scheme, championing the aftermarket in a post-Brexit era and, working with FIGIEFA on the Block Exemption renewal.


Autoglass opens new centre in Reading and returns to full service across UK

Published:  17 June, 2020

Autoglass has opened a new centre located within Reading’s main industrial and retail area.


Yuasa warns workshops might be fitting wrong batteries to vehicles

Published:  17 June, 2020

Yuasa are highlighting the risks of using general battery lookup systems to find replacement vehicle batteries. The battery brand, manufactured by GS Yuasa, are recommending workshops refer to their online trade lookup tool, fit.yuasa.com 


ECP and Andrew Page rebrand as ‘LKQ Euro Car Parts’

Published:  17 June, 2020

Andrew Page is no more. The Euro Car Parts and Andrew Page businesses are to rebrand as ‘LKQ Euro Car Parts’,  with recently-merged Andrew Page and ECP branches among the first to be getting new LKQ Euro Car Parts fascia.


Top Garage 2020: “Photo” finish?

Published:  17 June, 2020

 Top Garage 2020 is continuing  to roll, with those businesses still in the running now on for a photo finish at the finals, which are set to take place on Saturday 17 October.


Type Approval consultation: The clock is ticking

Published:  16 June, 2020

 Future access to vehicle data via OBD is one of the  overall vehicle Type Approval rules from September up for discussion, following the release of a consultation document by the Department for Transport (DfT).


Customers to remain confident with unemployment rate stable?

Published:  16 June, 2020

Garages looking for some good news might find solace in the fact that the UK unemployment rate remained unchanged through the few months of lockdown, which would hopefully mean the mass of the overall customer base will on average still be able to spend money on necessary servicing and repairs.


Dacia top of the MOT plops

Published:  15 June, 2020

The car most likely to fail its first MOT is the Dacia Sandero, according to statistics.


Retail reopening in England: Increased traffic for garages?

Published:  15 June, 2020

 Traffic levels are expected to rise significantly from today (Monday 15 June), as the opening of non-essential shops heralds a further unlocking of COVID-19 restrictions, and garages could see demand increase as a result.



Garages count cost of 20.4% April economic contraction

Published:  12 June, 2020

Garages can now see the scale of the economic challenge ahead, with figures being released today (Friday 12 June) that show the UK economy shrank by 20.4% in April, which was the first full month of lockdown following the imposition of COVID-19 measures.


It’s coming home: Comline kicks off social media competition

Published:  12 June, 2020

Comline has today (Friday 12 June) kicked off a social media competition designed to fill the void left by the postponement of EURO 2020 over the next four weeks.


Tragic monoxide death reinforces DIY dangers

Published:  11 June, 2020

 The potential dangers inherent in some DIY car repairs were laid bare recently at an inquest into the death of an aspiring amateur mechanic who died of carbon monoxide poisoning in his own car.



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