Project Alfa gets underway

We've bought a dead Alfa for a BEN charity run... but just what have we bought?
Published:  12 July, 2011

For those of you that haven't heard, we have decided to take part in a charity run down to Modena in Italy. The jaunt, entitled Bangers4BEN will see a number of teams from across the motor industry drive in cars they have picked up for around £200 and raising money on the way.

£20m deal for UK aftermarket firms

Contract signed between Parts Alliance and Kwik-Fit good for two years
Published:  08 July, 2011

The Parts Alliance has been awarded a two year supply contract for all braking products to the Kwik-Fit network in a deal worth more than £20m.

'Virtually standard' common rail at Nurburgring

Diesel car triumphs at 'green hell' German track
Published:  08 July, 2011

A virtually standard Delphi diesel fuel injection system powered the class-winning Peugeot RCZ at the recent Nürburgring 24 Hours race. Competing in a field of 201 vehicles the RCZ 2.0 litre HDi diesel coupé displayed consistent speed and reliability to dominate its class.

CV Show back for 2012

CV and Workshop show to return to the NEC next April
Published:  08 July, 2011

Following the success of the CV and Workshop Show earlier this year, the organisers have confirmed that the event will run again from the 24 to 26 of April 2012.

Report examines ATA value

New study looks at the worth of ATA training
Published:  06 July, 2011

A report has been published that assesses the impact of the IMI's skills accreditation programme, known as Automotive Technician Accreditation (ATA). The research covered accreditation programmes for a number of disciplines, from parts advisors to light vehicle technicians and customer service advisors.

Young tech joins Team UK

Honda tech to represent UK at WorldSkills contest
Published:  01 July, 2011

Newly-qualified technician, John Couldridge, has secured a much-coveted place on Team UK at WorldSkills London 2011 where he will compete within the 'Automobile Technology' skills category against contemporaries from more than 50 other countries/regions in what is the largest global skills competition in the world.

Manbat moves down the road

New logistics plant for battery distributor
Published:  01 July, 2011

After 13 years at Grange Business Park, Manbat - the UK's largest battery distributor - has relocated its Shrewsbury HQ 500 yards further along Lancaster Road and into a substantially larger site, which provides the room that the company needs as it continues to expand.

RAC sold in £1bn deal

Recovery firm aquired by Carlyle Group
Published:  24 June, 2011

Motoring organisation, RAC is set to be sold to a private equity group in a deal worth around £1bn.

Access to information breakthrough

Victory in struggle to make VMs hand over part info in electronically readable form
Published:  24 June, 2011

The independent motor industry has heralded a major breakthrough, as new EU legislation is set to increase both the amount of information that vehicle manufacturers will have to hand over - as well as improving the way in which it is supplied.

First MOT failure

Suspension causes bulk of expensive insurance repairs at first MOT according to report
Published:  23 June, 2011

Suspension component failures are the mechanical 'three-year glitch' most likely to cause a car to fail its first MOT, according to an insurance company.

SkillAuto names 2011 finalists

UK's best young repairers revealed
Published:  21 June, 2011

Changing suits at Denso

New man takes over as president for Europe at the giant firm
Published:  16 June, 2011

There's a new suit at one of the OE manufacturers. Mr. Yoshikazu Makino takes over the position of president and CEO of Denso International  in Europe, effective June 22, 2011. Mr. Makino replaces Mr. Shigehiro Nishimura, who is going to be in charge of the Asia Pacific region.

Comline around the clock

PArts supply firm switch to 24hr operation
Published:  08 June, 2011

PARTS supplier Comline, has announced that the addition of an overnight third shift, which changes its warehouse into a 24 hour operation, has resulted in a 'monumental increase in productivity', outweighing the extra hours; which enables the business to manage a surge in UK and export sales.

IMI concerned over skills gap

Industry body expresses fears following report
Published:  01 June, 2011

Industry body IMI has expressed concern over the vacancies caused by the skills shortage in the motor trade compared with the wider economy.

4-2-2: 'Red Tape' website deluged with comments

A government website has been filled with comments on the MOT frequency proposals
Published:  01 June, 2011

The 'red tape challenge' site was set up in the last week of May, following the Department for Transport's strategy to reduce unnecessary legislation from the statute books

FER react to rogue workshop

Federation of Engine Remanufacturers furious, but powerless, over engine rebuild plant allegations
Published:  31 May, 2011

THE Federation of Engine Remanufacturers has commended the actions of the Metropolitan Police after its officers raided a West London engine repair business in Southall last Thursday, but has admitted that it was powerless to act on complaints, as the business in question had never been a member.

Diagnostic support

Diesel tools from Delphi
Published:  27 May, 2011

As Delphi gains more OE common rail contracts, the company is turning its expertise to its aftermarket products as the vehicles come out of warranty. Recently, its Multec diesel common rail system was chosen for the DW10C engine, a shared platform for Citroen, Fiat, Ford and Peugeot diesel vehicles. A number of replacement items are available including a high pressure pump, injectors and an electronic control unit.

4-2-2: Italian official favours annual testing

Country moots annual and more strict tests
Published:  25 May, 2011

A proposal for switching away from 4-2-2 and adopting annual testing has been mooted by a trade official in Italy

DfT pledge to 'cut red tape'

Penning wants suggestions for reducing legislation
Published:  23 May, 2011

The Department for Transport is to hold a 'Red Tape Challenge'

Trade warned over insurance rules

Rules of motor insurance are changing - don't be caught out
Published:  23 May, 2011

The Government is warning the public and the motor trade alike that all vehicles must be insured or covered by a SORN declaration - regardless of whether the car is on the road, or even in one piece

Average pothole damage bill £335

Steering and suspension component market increasing as roads
Published:  23 May, 2011

Britain's worst roads have been named and shamed on a website set up by an insurance company

Impact back

Published:  23 March, 2011

A bodyshop in Birmingham has reopened eight months after being completely gutted by fire.

Black news

Published:  23 March, 2011

A specialist tyre maker has been left fuming following press criticism of one of its products.

Garage art

Motor montage shows trade 'behind the scenes'
Published:  16 March, 2011

/>The Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) teamed up with both professional and student photographers to put together this unique gallery of images to challenge existing perceptions of the industry with a range of modern photographic pictures that depict the full scope and scale of the sector and portray the advanced technologies and skills within it. The resulting pictures create an iconic series of images that depict the industry in all its for

Technical advisor needed

Help independent garages gain access to technical information
Published:  16 March, 2011

The EGEA (European Garage Equipment Association) and FIGIEFA are looking to recruit a technical advisor to support its lobbying activities in Brussels; which aims to safeguard a legislative environment in the EU that provides fair competition in the automotive aftermarket.

Code War

Motor Codes hits out at RMI 'Trust My Garage' scheme
Published:  16 March, 2011

/>The RMI’s initiative is to be called Trust My Garage. Speaking at a gala dinner hosted by the RMI on the 21st October, Paul Williams, chairman of the organisation, said that there will inevitably be conflict with existing schemes: “The RMI is supportive of the Motor Codes initiative and give [Motor Codes director] Chris Mason and his people all the support we can.

RMI to launch own garage code

Just what the industry needs? Another garage code, this time from the RMI to be rolled out
Published:  16 March, 2011

FOLLOWING the glut of workshop schemes being started or rebranded in recent years, the Retail Motor Industry (RMI) has announced its intention to start a garage code of its own.

Impact back

Workshop rises from the ashes after £1.5m refit
Published:  16 March, 2011


BEN Award

Aftermarket presented with BEN charity award
Published:  16 March, 2011

AFTERMARKET editor Tom Mallens was presented with a certificate of appreciation from automotive charity BEN at the Garage Equipment Association's annual dinner at the Birmingham Metropole on April 29th.


Aftermarket's Easter gift to all Top Technicians
Published:  16 March, 2011

IMI warning

Failure to comply with new air con rules will result in penalties
Published:  16 March, 2011

THE IMI is urging workshops to check they comply with air con service regulations after European rules were updated.

Mercedes rapped by ASA

Advertising Standards Authority upholds complaint against Merc parts ad on grounds of 'truthfulness'.
Published:  16 March, 2011

AN aftermarket firm has made a complaint about an advertisement in a trade magazine.

Vauxhall statement

Published:  16 March, 2011

SMMT Budget

Motor industry body sends list of points to government
Published:  11 March, 2011

The society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders had urged the government to consider the pressures on car dealerships and workshops in the forthcoming budget

Spark an interest in TT plugs

Twin tip plugs use no iridium
Published:  10 March, 2011

rong>A new line of twin-tip spark plugs has recently been launched by parts firm Denso.

'Torque the torque' with ease

Increase accuracy and save time
Published:  10 March, 2011

rong>A new ¼” TechAngle torque and angle wrench is available from Snap-on Tools, designed to save techs time while also increasing accuracy.

Parts heist

Reward offered following 'up to £1m' theft of ECP stock
Published:  07 March, 2011

Component supplier Euro Car Parts is offering a reward for information after a substantial number of car parts have been stolen from its National Distribution Centre in Tamworth, Staffordshire

AutoCrew now live

German garage concept hits UK
Published:  03 March, 2011

An independent 'garage concept' has gone live following a six-month trial

Kwik Fit sold

Fast-fit chain sold to Japanese investment firm
Published:  03 March, 2011

Employees at fast-fit firm Kwik Fit are set to see a new name on their payslip following the sale of the company from PAI Partners to Japanese investment firm Itochu

Sales neglected

Marginal parts not being followed up by garages, according to firm.
Published:  02 March, 2011

Ian Simpson, a marketing man at Warranty Direct, explained: "The thinking behind 'amber' sales is simple. Most competent dealers look at wear parts such as tyres and brakes during routine servicing and rank them on a red, amber and green scale. Green parts are fine, red need replacing now and amber have a little wear left. All of these are flagged up to the customer and most will OK the replacement of the red parts and wait on the amber.

College opens

Blackburn motor vehicle college to hold open day
Published:  02 March, 2011

A college in the North West is hosting a technical evening to mark the launch of its newly re-furbished Motor Vehicle centre

ASA rapps Mercedes

Advertising watchdog tells Mercedes Benz to remove a parts ad on 'truthfulness' grounds.
Published:  23 February, 2011

AN aftermarket firm has made a complaint about an advertisement in a trade magazine.

50 favourite garages

Garage scheme's quest to find UK's most popular garage continues.
Published:  23 February, 2011


Screen firm shuts

Hopes shattered and 1,100 jobs on the line as Auto Windscreens goes into administration
Published:  21 February, 2011

BRITAIN'S second largest windscreen repair firm has gone into administration, putting around 1,100 jobs at risk.

Charger Rings the changes

SmartCharger battery chargers from Ring
Published:  17 February, 2011

SmartCharge battery chargers have a seven-stage charging cycle and have been designed to diagnose, recondition and service vehicle batteries.

Gates expand on belt drive

Belt drive parts increase from Gates
Published:  17 February, 2011

Gates has expanded the number of replacement parts available for the accessory belt drive system. The programme includes OE equivalent multi-ribbed belts, all necessary metal components, tools, routing diagrams and technical bulletins to guide technicians.

Changing Suits

Published:  17 February, 2011

Meanwhile, aftermarket supplier Fuel Parts has announced David Stubbs as a business development manager. Stubbs joins the firm from Wheely Autoparts, a motor factor in North Yorkshire.

Master tech century

More than 100 graduates from Suzuki GB
Published:  16 February, 2011

Spring Autojumble

Next Beaulieu Autojumble on 14-15 May
Published:  16 February, 2011

ARE YOU searching for a long-deleted part? Anyone trying to track down a rare bargain will be pleased to hear that the Beaulieu Spring Autojumble will take place on the 14th and 15th May. The event, now in its 18th year, was in its early days somewhat in the shadow of its older sibling, the International Autojumble.  However, in recent years it has gained its own identity and is just in time for the start of the classic show season.

Company's blades of glory

Expanded blades programme from Denso
Published:  10 February, 2011

rong>Over 1,500 applications are covered by only 118 wiper blade part references available from Denso. Products include standard, spoiler, curved and twin-screw options, covering more than 95% of the European car parc.


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