IMI launches dedicated COVID-19 hub

Published:  07 April, 2020

The IMI has created a dedicated COVID-19 online resource hub, where automotive industry professionals can find useful information about the outbreak and its impact that is pertinent to them.


Coronavirus: Klarius, Ring Carnation and Schaeffler all doing their bit

Published:  07 April, 2020

Businesses operating in the aftermarket are continuing to do their bit for the fight against COVID-19.


Coronavirus impacts on March new car sales

Published:  06 April, 2020

UK new car sales dropped by 44.4% in March, a month that saw widespread closure of showrooms due to Coronavirus lockdown measures.


Garages ‘more valued’ since start of Covid-19 crisis

Published:  06 April, 2020

Independent garages are now more valued by the general public than they were before the UK’s Coronavirus outbreak, according to a new survey.


Dayco component helping to save lives

Published:  06 April, 2020

Dayco is helping in the fight against Covid-19 by producing a vital component that helps convert a readily available snorkelling mask into a life-saving ventilator.


Access to Coronavirus business loans widened

Published:  03 April, 2020

Garages looking for support from government could now find it easier to access Coronavirus Business Interruption Loans, following an overhaul of the scheme.


Kalimex open for business despite COVID-19

Published:  03 April, 2020

Kalimex, the global distributors of K-Seal Permanent Coolant Leak Repair and the sole UK distributor of Quiksteel and JLM Lubricants’ products remains fully open for business, with stock of all key products ready for despatch.


Ivor Searle rolls on to fight COVID-19

Published:  03 April, 2020

With its output of engines, gearboxes and turbochargers classified by government as essential goods, Ivor Searle is working hard to make sure vital vehicles are able to stay on the roads despite Coronavirus.



Coronavirus testing solution: MOT stations?

Published:  02 April, 2020

Garages that are also MOT test centres could offer a practical solution for widespread Coronavirus testing, it has been suggested.


Coronavirus: MAHLE and Triumph to make face masks

Published:  01 April, 2020

MAHLE and underwear manufacturer Triumph have teamed up to make face masks.


18% of SMEs a month away from collapse says survey

Published:  01 April, 2020

 Almost a fifth of all UK SMEs, which would include many garages, could be just a month from collapse due to the impact of the anti-Coronavirus restrictions.


Coronavirus: More support for business owners urged

Published:  31 March, 2020

Company directors, including garage owners, could end up falling through the cracks of government Coronavirus support, the Institute of Directors (IoD) has warned.


Holiday rules relaxed due to Coronavirus

Published:  30 March, 2020

Garage staff who have not been able to take all of their statutory annual leave due to the Coronavirus outbreak will now be able to carry it over into the next two years, government has said.


IGA to government: Extend business rates relief to garages

Published:  30 March, 2020

The IGA is asking government to extend business rates relief to independent garages, as they work to keep the country’s cars on the road through the Coronavirus outbreak 


IAAF and IMI continue to offer Coronavirus advice and support

Published:  30 March, 2020

Automotive sector organisations continue to offer support to the garage sector, as the UK enters its second week of partial lockdown due to the Coronavirus outbreak.


Push it to the limit – Car dealer turned drug smuggler jailed

Published:  30 March, 2020

A Liverpool car dealer caught coming back into the UK with over £1m of cocaine hidden in his Subaru Impreza was sentenced to nine years in prison last month, after being unanimously found guilty by a jury at Canterbury Crown Court in less than an hour.


Garages gain additional lifeline as insolvency laws loosened

Published:  28 March, 2020

 Garages that are struggling as a result of the Coronavirus pandemic could be supported by temporary changes to the insolvency system.


Coronavirus: Aftermarket suppliers continue to declare ongoing support for sector

Published:  27 March, 2020

More aftermarket suppliers are confirming that they will continue to support their customers during the Coronavirus outbreak.


Chancellor announces self-employed Coronavirus support

Published:  26 March, 2020

Technicians and mechanics who are self-employed will soon have a level of support comparable with that offered to employees as a result of the Coronavirus outbreak.


TechMan: ‘business as usual’ during Coronavirus restrictions

Published:  26 March, 2020

TechMan is advising its customers that it will be continuing to provide services and support for its garage management system while Coronavirus restrictions are in place.


IGA raises MOT extension concerns

Published:  26 March, 2020

The IGA is raising concerns to the government about the impact of extending MOTs for six months, and instead proposes an initial six-week MOT extension period, which could then be reviewed on a weekly basis.


Independents see 80% MOT demand spike ahead of exemption period

Published:  26 March, 2020

Within hours of the six-month MOT exemption being announced yesterday by DfT, (25 March), garages saw an 80% rise in MOT bookings through online platform BookMyGarage.


Coronavirus support and advice from Ben

Published:  26 March, 2020

Ben is reaching out to those struggling in the midst of the Coronavirus outbreak, with a new statement on how the organisation can help, as well as new dedicated webpages for providing support during Covid-19.


Bosch develops rapid test for COVID-19

Published:  26 March, 2020

Automotive continues to play its part in the fight against Coronavirus, with Bosch announcing it has developed a rapid test for Covid-19 through its Healthcare Solutions subsidiary.


Customers to flock to independents as franchised dealers falter?

Published:  25 March, 2020

 Independent garages could end up bearing the brunt of any overflow repair demand from franchised dealer customers, as elements of the UK dealer networks shut both repair workshops and as well as their car showrooms.


DVSA announces MOT extensions due to Coronavirus

Published:  25 March, 2020

From Monday (30 March), DVSA has announced that MOT due dates for cars, motorcycles and light vans will be extended by six months, in order to help prevent the spread of coronavirus.


Coronavirus assessed by suppliers: ECP keeps doors open; others temporarily closing

Published:  25 March, 2020

 Aftermarket suppliers are continuing to look at the Coronavirus outbreak, and decide how best to support their customers while balancing responsibility for staff. Some are opting to remain open, while others are looking to temporarily close their doors.


Garage to remain open despite new restrictions

Published:  24 March, 2020

Garages are among the essential businesses that are being allowed to remain open, following the introduction of more stringent restrictions to help fight the Coronavirus pandemic.


Automotive sector to lift ventilator blues?

Published:  23 March, 2020

The automotive sector could soon be doing more than just fixing vehicles in the fight against Coronavirus, with companies gearing up to manufacture ventilators.


Self-employed mechanics to receive more Coronavirus support?

Published:  23 March, 2020

 Self-employed mechanics could see Coronavirus government support increase, with MPs looking to ramp up support for the self-employed.


Garages to lose staff to self-isolation now

Published:  23 March, 2020

Garages could lose some members of staff for at least three months from now, due to government advising those with serious health conditions to self-isolate as soon as possible.


Garage staff likely "key workers" - Children can attend school

Published:  20 March, 2020

 Garage staff are  likely to qualify as key workers whose children are still able to attend school from Monday (23 March), following the general closure of schools across the UK.


Government to pay wages Chancellor announces

Published:  20 March, 2020

Garages that find themselves struggling because of the impact of the Coronavirus outbreak have the opportunity to seek major government support in paying staff wages.


Top Technician and Top Garage 2020

Published:  20 March, 2020

Due to the ongoing Coronavirus outbreak, the semi-finals and finals for Top Technician and Top Garage 2020 are being delayed until later in the year. The Top Technician and Top Garage Awards Evening, which is held in the evening immediately following the finals for both competitions, will also be pushed back until 17 October 2020. 


UK automotive assesses ongoing Coronavirus impact

Published:  20 March, 2020

The UK automotive sector continues to monitor the potential for disruption, as the Coronavirus outbreak continues.


Government consults on E10 at the pump

Published:  05 March, 2020

Petrol with a higher bioethanol content could be sold in the UK from next year. The government is consulting on whether E10, which has 10% bioethanol content, should become the new standard grade of petrol. The E5 grade, containing 5% bioethanol, has a higher carbon content. The Department for Transport says the move could reduce transport CO2 emissions by 750,000 per year.


The Parts Alliance deliver ‘The Original Experience’

Published:  27 February, 2020

The Parts Alliance has launched ‘The Original Experience’. Throughout March and April, garage customers will receive ‘Original Experience’ scratch cards with each purchase of Delphi brake pads, MANN-FILTER cabin and oil filters, Comma 5 litre Performance Motor Oil and NGK spark plug sets.


Tetrosyl unveils BTCC team sponsorship

Published:  27 February, 2020

Tetrosyl has teamed up with Ciceley Motorsport, and has unveiled its plans for their 2020 Kwik Fit British Touring Car Championship campaign (BTCC).


£100,000 for BEN and 100,000 members in IMI centenary

Published:  26 February, 2020

As part of its 2020 centenary commemorations, the IMI is aiming to raise £100,000 for automotive industry support charity Ben, while also setting itself the goal of increasing its membership to 100,000 by the end of the 2020/2021 financial year. Current membership is 72,000.


VLS investigation prompts ATIEL process change

Published:  25 February, 2020

An investigation by the UK’s Verification of Lubricant Specifications (VLS) has led ATIEL, the representative body for manufacturers and marketers in the European lubricants industry, to change its quality management policy. Following the investigation. ATIEL member products are now included in compliance programmes for the first time.


MOT testers face suspension as training deadline nears

Published:  25 February, 2020

Almost half of MOT testers have yet to undertake their annual training, with the deadline only a few weeks away, the DVSA has warned.


Government aims for new 2035 petrol/diesel ban deadline

Published:  04 February, 2020

A ban on the sale of new petrol and diesel vehicles could come even sooner than expected, with government now saying it intends to bring the deadline forward to 2035 – or even earlier if possible.


The Parts Alliance partners with Petronas

Published:  27 January, 2020

The Parts Alliance has entered into partnership with Petronas Lubricants International (PLI) to supply its Syntium range of oil into the UK aftermarket.


On-street chargepoint funding gets government boost

Published:  27 January, 2020

Garages could see EV numbers grow following the announcement that government funding for the installation of chargepoints on residential streets will double to £10 million in 2021.


EVs hit the headlines

Published:  27 January, 2020

Electric cars and new vehicle tech continued to capture the worldwide imagination as 2020 began. Both were the focus of attention at the CES electronics show, held in Las Vegas last month. While Sony surprise-launched its own prototype car at the show, Mercedes-Benz unveiled the Vision AVTR (Advanced Vehicle Transformation), created in conjunction with the team behind the film AVATAR.


Snap-on launches new YouTube channel

Published:  24 January, 2020

Snap-on has launched a new UK YouTube channel. Videos featured on the channel include in-depth platform training modules as well as the Diagnostic Quick Tips series.


Ben increases mental health services provision

Published:  20 January, 2020

Ben is increasing and enhancing its range of digital services for automotive industry people seeking support with mental health and wellbeing issues including stress, anxiety and depression.


EVs and hybrid sales up amid falling overall 2019 car market

Published:  06 January, 2020

Motorists continued to hold onto their existing cars last year, with the latest figures showing that new car sales were down 2.4% in 2019. The high degree of political and economic uncertainty is being seen as the likeliest cause.


Euro Car Parts back as Top Technician/Top Garage 2020 sponsor

Published:  03 January, 2020

Euro Car Parts has returned to Top Technician and Top Garage, becoming a sponsor for the 2020 competitions. 



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