Brexit bill could cost motor sector £42.7 billion says SMMT

Published:  27 November, 2019

New figures from the SMMT show that if the UK faced trade tariffs following Brexit, the result would decimate UK car manufacturing, with 1.5 million vehicles lost by 2024 at a cost of £42.7 billion.

Bosch to buy Unipart garage programmes

Published:  27 November, 2019

Bosch is buying Unipart Group’s workshop programmes in the UK, for an undisclosed price.

The Motor Ombudsman plugs in new EV Garage Finder feature

Published:  27 November, 2019

The Motor Ombudsman has launched a new search facility on its Garage Finder to allow drivers to easily find and identify accredited businesses that service and repair electric vehicles.

HELLA 2020 calendar giveaway

Published:  27 November, 2019

 HELLA has released the 2020 edition of its workshop calendar, which features images of a variety of garages around the globe.

Klarius wins award

Published:  21 November, 2019

 Klarius was recently presented with a manufacturing excellence award from the Northern Automotive Alliance (NAA).

It’s “Like” that – Comline Facebook following hits 10,000

Published:  21 November, 2019

Comline recently welcomed the 10,000th follower to its Facebook page, part of the brand’s overall social media community growth, which has increased by 700% over the last nine months.

Vehicle data: Manifesto calls for action

Published:  15 November, 2019

A coalition of European trade federations representing groups including independent garages, parts distributors and component and equipment suppliers has published a manifesto urging the European Commission to legislate to assure fair remote access to in-vehicle date and functional resources.

Limited spaces still available for first REPXPERT Academy LIVE event

Published:  08 November, 2019

The first REPEXPERT Academy LIVE training day is set to take place on Saturday 16 November at Lincoln College. Spaces are still available, but techs are urged to book now to avoid disappointment. Doors open at 9.30am, and the day runs until 4pm.

Deck the halls: TRICO and MAFCO Autobar Cash in for Christmas

Published:  07 November, 2019

TRICO and MAFCO Autobar have teamed up for their annual Cash in for Christmas campaign.  

MOT connectivity: Decelerometers next

Published:  07 November, 2019

Decelerometers are the next equipment type that will need to be able to connect directly to the MOT testing service when being replaced.

In Town Automotive apprentice wins award

Published:  07 November, 2019

 Northampton-based independent garage In Town Automotive has seen one of its young techs named as Apprentice of the Year at the SME Northamptonshire Business Awards.

Top Garage 2020 launches

Published:  01 November, 2019

Top Garage 2020 begins its run today (Friday 1 November). Following last year’s amazing competition, thousands of businesses are expected to take part. Those who go through the various rounds will face a number of online tasks, which culminate in a live final on Saturday 20 June 2020.

New MOT manager security checks to be introduced

Published:  25 October, 2019

The DVSA is aiming to make security checks for MOT garage owners and managers simpler via DBS checks. From 1 November, anyone applying to be an authorised examiner (AE) or authorised examiner designated manager (AEDM) will need to have a basic DBS check. This verifies identity and checks for unspent convictions.

NGK’s MO70 Dragmower sets new record

Published:  25 October, 2019

NGK’s MO70 Dragmower has made a sensational track debut at Santa Pod Raceway – recording a top speed of 115.53mph.

ZF win Irish award

Published:  25 October, 2019

ZF Aftermarket has been named Automotive Aftermarket Parts Manufacturer of the Year at the Irish Auto Trade Awards for the second year in a row.

Comline named as A1 Component Supplier of the Year 2019

Published:  25 October, 2019

Comline named as A1 Component Supplier of the Year 2019 Comline has been named 'Component Supplier of the Year’ by A1 Motor Stores, the third time they have won the title.  The latest award, which was presented at A1’s gala evening in Newcastle, completes a hat trick for the brand who have previously secured title in 2016 and 2017.

Thatcham launches IMI-accredited ADAS course

Published:  25 October, 2019

Thatcham Research has today (Friday 25 October) launched IMI-accredited ADAS calibration training, designed to close what it classifies as an emerging skills gap. Since the publication of its ‘Managing vehicle repairs involving ADAS’ document in May, Thatcham Research has been engaged in industry consultation with industry associations and bodies, including the IMI, SMMT, BVRLA, NBRA and IGA.

Brexit deal “vital” says RMI Chairman

Published:  11 October, 2019

“It is vital that the government agrees a Brexit deal with the EU. If it cannot, then prices will rise as a result of the import tariffs that will be paid on vehicles and parts. It is in everyone’s interests that a future trade deal between the UK and EU removes these tariffs,” said RMI Chairman Peter Johnson, speaking at this year’s RMI  Annual Dinner in London last night (10 October 2019).

Ben launches Critical response service

Published:  04 October, 2019

Ben has launched a Critical response service with a view to support employers and their employees during times of crisis.

NGK’s MO70 Dragmower set for Santa Pod

Published:  04 October, 2019

NGK and British drag racing champion Andy Robinson are keeping their fingers crossed for fine weather for the first official track debut of NGK’s Racing Lawnmower MO70 today (Friday 4 October 2019) at Santa Pod Raceway.

Rules for connected MOT equipment change

Published:  03 October, 2019

MOT testing stations buying a roller brake tester must now make sure it is a model that can connect to the MOT testing service, the DVSA has reminded garages.

Top Technician 2020 launches

Published:  01 October, 2019

Top Technician 2020 is launching today (Tuesday 1 October 2019). Those who wish to enter to test their skills in the competition should go to and then select “enter here”.

Bring it on: ECP launches Ben partnership with national challenge

Published:  27 September, 2019

Euro Car Parts has announced the launch of a year-long partnership with automotive industry charity Ben, through a massive national relay challenge covering 2,500km across the country in just five days.

TechMan is Top Technician/Top Garage 2020 sponsor

Published:  23 September, 2019

TechMan has joined the top-draw names that are aligning with Top Technician and Top Garage 2020 as it becomes a headline sponsor for the competitions.

VARTA becomes Top Technician/Top Garage 2020 sponsor

Published:  16 September, 2019

VARTA is the latest high-profile name to become a sponsor of Top Technician and Top Garage 2020.

Snap-on sign up as Top Technician/Top Garage 2020 sponsor

Published:  05 September, 2019

Snap-on has signed up with Top Technician and Top Garage 2020, becoming the first sponsor put its full support behind the two competitions for 2020.

Hella Gutmann Solutions partners with

Published:  05 September, 2019

Hella Gutmann Solutions (HGS) and online car repair marketplace have teamed up to provide motorists with a pointer for diagnostic solutions.

New ADAS seminar from Snap-on

Published:  04 September, 2019

Snap-on is offering a new seminar about ADAS. The event is accredited by the Institute of the Motor Industry (IMI) and gives attendees an overview of ADAS and how the various systems must now be considered part of their everyday work.

Lumileds/The Garage Inspector team up for Philips lighting videos

Published:  22 August, 2019

Lumileds has launched a new series of videos, presented by its brand ambassador, Andy Savva, a.k.a The Garage Inspector, to highlight the Philips automotive and workshop lighting offering, explain how technicians can stay safe and profitable in the workplace, as well as offer more safety and comfort to their customers.
Throughout the five-part series, recently premiered on its YouTube channel – Philips Automotive Lighting Europe – Andy offers technical and business advice, such as how upselling and upgrading headlight bulbs can be a healthy revenue stream, as well as explain how technicians should always change headlight bulbs in pairs and offer a free headlight check to motorists.
In addition, Andy shows how Lumileds is keeping technicians safe and productive in the workshop with its range of Philips professional workshop lamps.
Lumileds Business Development Manager Automotive – UK and Ireland, Richard Armstrong, said: “These videos are going to prove useful for both technicians and our distributors, as they provide in-depth information about what Philips can offer, not just in terms of using our products in the workplace, such as professional workshop lamps, but also selling our range of headlight bulbs to end-users.
“We’re grateful to Andy, someone who is at the top of his profession and well-qualified to explain the quality of our products, for collaborating with us to launch these videos – someone that technicians around the UK and Ireland will know well. His experience has proved invaluable to us, and we look forward to working with him in future projects.”
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Primalec: Airco Seal Pro now made in the UK

Published:  21 August, 2019

Primalec has announced its refrigerant sealants range is now being produced in the UK. The on-shoring process for Airco Seal Pro, the micro leak repair system for air conditioning refrigerants, is now complete. The company says this will  lead to a shorter and more reliable supply chain.

DENSO Club campaign launches

Published:  21 August, 2019

DENSO is rewarding its distributors by creating the DENSO Club, an initiative that offers customers the opportunity to win trips to either DENSO’s global headquarters in Japan or diesel factory in Budapest.  

Autoelectro MD leads car show judging panel

Published:  21 August, 2019

Autoelectro Managing Director Tony Bhogal as said he was “honoured” to lead the judging panel in the 2020 Bradford Classic Car Show on Saturday 17August.

Prepare for glory: Textar goes Spartan

Published:  19 August, 2019

Textar has expanded its distribution network across South Wales with the addition of new stockist Spartan Motor Factors.

From Russia with Comline

Published:  19 August, 2019

Comline will be flying the flag in Moscow in later this month, when they appeared at MIMS Automechanika Russia, the country’s largest automotive expo.

Roller brake testers - MOT connectivity keeps on rolling

Published:  12 August, 2019

MOT connectivity continues to roll out, with more equipment needing to be able of linking to the MOT testing service going forward, the DVSA is reminding garages.

TRICO and MAFCO Autobar ‘perfect summer’ promotion

Published:  06 August, 2019

TRICO has joined forces with MAFCO Autobar in a summer giveaway for buyers of TRICO wiper blades.

Exact Fit - TRICO launches new display

Published:  26 July, 2019

TRICO has unveiled its new planogram design with signage, which allows retailers to display its entire Exact Fit range to customers – using just a single two-metre bay.   The Exact Fit programme is a comprehensive range of direct fit, OE replacement blades, with almost 150 references giving 99% front and rear wiper coverage.

JLM Academy launches with DPF Doctor founder Darren Darling at the helm

Published:  22 July, 2019

The JLM Academy officially opened its doors on Saturday (20 July). The brainchild of Darren Darling, founder of The DPF Doctor Network, the new Academy is fielding a top-drawer roster of industry trainers, including Darren and Andy Savva, a.k.a The Garage Inspector.

Bristol MOT tester prosecuted for layby “tests”

Published:  19 July, 2019

A Bristol MOT tester has been prosecuted after he carried out illegitimate MOTs in a Somerset layby.

Autoglass launches ADAS 'Over The Air'

Published:  12 July, 2019

Autoglass has launched the Over The Air calibration solution which adds to its existing ADAS proposition. The combination makes what the company calls the Total Calibration Solution for ADAS diagnostics, coding and calibration.

Ben Impact Report highlights 29% caseload increase

Published:  12 July, 2019

Industry charity Ben saw a 29% year-on-year increase in the number of cases managed by its support services team, according to the organisation’s annual Impact Report for 2018-19, which was published this week.

DVSA publishes new ‘Manage your MOT centre’ guide

Published:  08 July, 2019

The DVSA has published new, clearer guidance on how they want to see MOT stations run that puts all relevant information in one place.

Customer wins Porsche in The Parts Alliance’s promotion

Published:  08 July, 2019

The Parts Alliance concluded their latest promotion by revealing the winner of an incredible prize - A brand new Porsche 911 Carrera worth almost £100,000.

Garage sees advert banned for being "sexist"

Published:  25 June, 2019

A Leeds-based garage has seen an advert it placed in a magazine banned by the Advertising Standards Agency (ASA) due to its perceived sexist content.

When the rain comes down: Record TRICO annual sales

Published:  25 June, 2019

Sales of TRICO wiper blades have surged year-on-year at Autoparts UK, with the brand’s Exact Fit and Flex range going up 65% during the period.

Here comes the flood: The Parts Alliance open evening attracts 250

Published:  25 June, 2019

he unprecedented rain and flooding that lashed much of Britain recently did not deter keen garage owners in the midlands from attending an open evening at The Parts Alliance’s new Midpoint Distribution Centre in mid-June, during the worst of the weather. A total of 250 attendees including 25 key suppliers made it for the event

Brexit deal must be next PM’s top priority urges automotive sector

Published:  25 June, 2019

A favourable Brexit deal is absolutely vital for the UK automotive sector, and securing one should be the top priority for the UK’s next Prime Minister, the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) said today (Tuesday 25 June) at the industry’s annual International Automotive Summit.

Top Garage 2019 winners revealed

Published:  22 June, 2019

The following businesses have been named as the winners of Top Garage 2019.  

Top Technician 19 winner named: Neil Currie

Published:  22 June, 2019

The winner and runner up for Top Technician 2019 have been announced. Neil Currie from Robertson Gemini in Dumfries & Galloway is 2019’s champion Meanwhile, Declan Robinson, who works at Philips Volkswagen in Lisburn, Northern Ireland was runner up.  


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