£500,000 pledged to Ben following urgent rallying cry, as new Do It 4 Ben initiative is launched

Published:  02 December, 2020

Following an urgent plea for support made by Ben via an open letter to motor industry leaders, the charity has received pledges worth around £500,000. Meanwhile, Do It 4 Ben, a new way to get involved, has also been launched.


KCS launches e-commerce division

Published:  02 December, 2020

MAM Software parent Kerridge Commercial Systems (KCS) has launched an e-commerce division.


LKQ Euro Car Parts customers donate £10k to Ben

Published:  01 December, 2020

LKQ Euro Car Parts branch customers have collectively donated more than £10,000 to its long-standing charity partner Ben, by each adding 25p to their total when they check out.


Nissens to acquire part of AVA Cooling

Published:  01 December, 2020

Nissens is set to buy-up a portion of AVA Cooling from Enterex International Limited Group as part of an overall ongoing plan to grow its engine cooling, A/C and emissions product coverage.


IGA donates £20,000 to Ben

Published:  30 November, 2020

Ben has received a £20,000 funding boost from the IGA, following the charity’s urgent appeal for more support in the wake of COVID-19.


Time’s almost up for NGK BoxClever glow plug promo

Published:  30 November, 2020

NGK’s BoxClever glow plug promotion finishes today (Monday 30 November), and the company is reminding workshops they can still do a last-minute stock-up, so they can still benefit from the November-only deal.


Garages urged to “act now” for a fast start in 2021

Published:  30 November, 2020

Garages are being urged to “act now” and streamline their business processes for a fast start to the New Year.


VLS: New relationship with Bucks and Surrey Trading Standards

Published:  30 November, 2020

Oil trade body Verification of Lubricant Specifications (VLS) has entered into a Primary Authority partnership with Buckinghamshire and Surrey Trading Standards, through which it will provide tailored advice and guidance for VLS and its’ members.


TRICO announced as Speed Of Sight charity sponsor

Published:  27 November, 2020

TRICO has become headline sponsor for the charity Speed Of Sight.  


Servicesure extends warranty programme with Oilsure

Published:  26 November, 2020

Servicesure has a new oil warranty programme in partnership with Comma.


IMI 100 challenge goes that extra mile for BEN

Published:  25 November, 2020

The IMI 100 challenge, through which IMI employees and members of the wider automotive community rode bikes, ran and walked to raise funds for BEN, raised over £2,000 during October.


New BorgWarner kit adds to Delphi Technologies ADAS offering

Published:  24 November, 2020

BorgWarner has rolled out a new line of ADAS diagnostic tools.


OSRAM teams up with The Parts Alliance to offer helping hand

Published:  24 November, 2020

OSRAM has supplied the NEXUS N!UNITED initiative with 1,000 complimentary bottles of hand sanitizer via The Parts Alliance, to send out to their network of branches. From there, the bottles will then be distributed to Servicesure Autocentre members throughout the UK.


NGK hails “popular” NTK camshaft & crankshaft sensor range

Published:  23 November, 2020

 NGK says it has been very pleased by the industry’s response to the launch last year of its range of 200 UK-specific NTK camshaft and crankshaft sensors.


2030 ICE deadline: Sector continues to react

Published:  18 November, 2020

 The automotive sector has continued to react to the announcement of the deadline for the end of new petrol and diesel vehicle sales being moved up to 2030, with mixed views across the industry.


Petrol/diesel ban by 2030 confirmed

Published:  18 November, 2020

The government is bringing forward the ban on the sale of new petrol and diesel vehicles to 2030, the Prime Minister has confirmed.


Ben issues rallying cry as record demand collides with falling income

Published:  18 November, 2020

Ben is making an urgent appeal to automotive industry leaders as it faces a 50% increase in demand for services against a £1m income shortfall, following the cancellation of fundraising events including the Ben Ball. The crisis comes as COVID-19 continues to have an unprecedented impact on the health and wellbeing of the automotive workforce.


Business as usual for BM Catalysts

Published:  17 November, 2020

BM Catalysts is the latest aftermarket name to reassure its customers that normal service will continue through lockdown 2.0.


No wave of disruption this time say OESAA members via Andy Savva video

Published:  17 November, 2020

The Original Equipment Suppliers Aftermarket Association (OESAA) and its members are reassuring garages they are all very much open for business during the current lockdown via a video from OESAA spokesman Andy Savva a.k.a The Garage Inspector.


Absolute Alignment stocks up for Brexit

Published:  17 November, 2020

Absolute Alignment has recently doubled its storage space for stock, increased staffing levels, and is preparing for the Brexit deadline on 31 December by increasing the number of wheel aligners that will be readily available to customers in early 2021.


Garage-speak baffles most drivers, study finds

Published:  16 November, 2020


Petrol and diesel ban by 2030?

Published:  16 November, 2020

The government is poised to accelerate the ban on the sale of new petrol and diesel vehicles, it has been reported, with the Prime Minister expected to officially move the deadline to 2030 later this week.


Half of UK motorists putting off essential servicing

Published:  12 November, 2020

Under the shadow of COVID-19, 48% of drivers have put off essential servicing or car maintenance during 2020, a study has found.



Walk a mile in their shoes? HELLA UK challenge supports local hospice

Published:  11 November, 2020

A group of HELLA employees have walked the equivalent of going from Oxfordshire to Germany and back again, in order to support the Katherine House Hospice in Banbury.



If Santa Claus was a car mechanic: Autotech Recruit launch children’s Christmas card competition

Published:  11 November, 2020

Autotech Recruit is inviting budding artists to enter a design for its Christmas card competition, which is being run as part of the company’s 10th anniversary celebrations during December.


Used car market bounces back in Q3

Published:  10 November, 2020


Coronavirus causing used car warranty surge?

Published:  10 November, 2020

COVID-19 could be the cause of motorists opting for longer and more comprehensive levels of warranty cover for second-hand cars, a study has suggested.


Independent garages offer best value for money, IGA study finds

Published:  09 November, 2020


Independent garages are offering motorists outstanding value for money, unrivalled by any other sector in the aftermarket, a new study by the IGA has found.


Record-breaking bookings for MOTs and services as showroom doors close

Published:  09 November, 2020

The first three days of last week (2-4 November) were record-breakers for MOT and service bookings, according BookMyGarage.com.


Business as usual during new lockdown says NGK

Published:  06 November, 2020


Garages are being reassured by NGK that it will continue to be ‘business as usual’ throughout the new month-long lockdown that started in England yesterday (Thursday 5 November ) and set to end on 2 December.


GS Yuasa installs innovative EV charging station in Portsmouth port

Published:  06 November, 2020

Portsmouth International Port now has the capability to fast-charge electric vehicles in the daytime using power supplied overnight, thanks to GS Yuasa.


Castrol launches National Mechanics’ Month

Published:  05 November, 2020

Castrol has launched National Mechanics’ Month, through which Castrol is inviting motorists to nominate their favourite local mechanic or garage.


Furlough to continue into 2021, with more support for self-employed

Published:  05 November, 2020

Chancellor of the Exchequer Rishi Sunak has today (Thursday 5 November) announced that the Furlough is being extended until the end of March 2021, with support for the self-employed also beefed-up.


Firebreak douses demand in Wales as overall car sales fell in October

Published:  05 November, 2020

New car sales were down again in October, with registrations falling 1.6% year-on-year according to the latest figures published today (Thursday 5 November) by the SMMT. There were 140,945 new registrations last month, making it the weakest October since 2011 and 10.1% lower than the average recorded over the last decade.


German car brands dominate online used car market

Published:  04 November, 2020

Motorists in the second half of 2020 are seeking German cars online in increasing numbers, which is also being reflected in used car sales, new research suggests.


Automechanika rolls Energy 4 Mobility talks series into 2021

Published:  04 November, 2020

 The new Energy 4 Mobility expert talk series launched by the organisers of Automechanika Frankfurt is set to roll into the new year, with the next event in the series scheduled to take place in March.


IGA supports government on deciding against new MOT exemption

Published:  03 November, 2020

 The IGA has expressed approval over government’s choice in allowing garages to remain open during the England lockdown due to begin on Thursday (5 November), as well as backing the decision not to bring  in a further MOT exemption.


TRICO launches £20k giveaway

Published:  03 November, 2020

TRICO has an early Christmas present for some lucky people and businesses in the sector. Kicking off from next Monday (9 November) and running until Christmas Eve, the company is runninga giveaway through its distributors, with £20,000 worth of prizes up for grabs.   There are more than 1,000 prizes available, including gift vouchers, Christmas hampers, hotel breaks, football shirts and TRICO stock packs, with a top prize of a £2,000 technology bundle among the £20,000 worth of prizes to be given away this November and December.


NGK BoxClever: Extra prize points on glow plugs during November

Published:  03 November, 2020

Members of NGK’s BoxClever independent garage loyalty scheme will receive 50 prize points for each purchase instead of the normal 20 points when they stock up with glow plugs during November.


Motorist EV prejudice holding back growth survey suggests

Published:  03 November, 2020

Motorists are holding back from buying an EV as a result of views based on actually outdated facts, a survey has suggested.


Harrogate-based garage named Servicesure Autocentre of the Year

Published:  03 November, 2020

Servicesure has named Harrogate-based Simon Graeme Auto Service Centre the Autocentre of the Year in its 2020 annual awards.


No new MOT exemption garages reassured

Published:  03 November, 2020

Garages have continued to be reassured about the ongoing status of the MOT, with a new exemption firmly off the table according to DVSA, as England slides back into lockdown from Thursday (5 November).



NGK refreshes Part Finder

Published:  02 November, 2020

NGK has refreshed its online Part Finder facility, making it even more user-friendly for its customers.


Top Garage 2021 opens

Published:  30 October, 2020

Top Garage 2021 is open to enter from Sunday (1 November). If you want to see if you are the best garage, then you need to take part.


Furlough goes as Job Support Scheme starts

Published:  30 October, 2020

The furlough is set to end from tomorrow (Saturday 31 October), with the scheme being replaced by the Job Support Scheme from Sunday (1 November) for those businesses still seeking support.


September UK car production lowest since 1995 as COVID-19 and Brexit uncertainty bite

Published:  29 October, 2020

UK car production fell by 5% in September, which was the worst performance for the month since 1995 according to the latest figures from the SMMT.


LKQ Euro Car Parts extends Liftmaster and Milwaukee partnerships

Published:  29 October, 2020

LKQ Euro Car Parts has extended its partnerships with Liftmaster and Milwaukee with a view to help the independent aftermarket recover from the coronavirus lockdown and prepare for the future.



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