35% increase in demand for reman engines from Ivor Searle

Published:  26 April, 2022

Ivor Searle has reported its most successful 12-month trading performance since the company was founded in 1946, as demand for its remanufactured engines surged by 35% over the last year.

Excitement builds as REPXPERT Academy returns

Published:  25 April, 2022

Schaeffler is reporting huge demand for its first REPXPERT Academy live training event, taking place at the Bridgend College STEAM campus in Pencoed on Saturday 21 May.

Motul continues is partnership with Top Technician/Top Garage in 2022

Published:  14 April, 2022

Motul has renewed its support for Top Technician and Top Garage, for 2022 as one of its presenting sponsor partners.

Investment philosophy reaps dividends for North Yorkshire garage

Published:  13 April, 2022

An independent garage in North Yorkshire is reaping the rewards of its investment philosophy as it emerges from the unprecedented challenges of the last two years.

DVSA to work with IAAF as illegal brake parts revealed

Published:  08 April, 2022

Three out of eight aftermarket brake pads tested by the DVSA’s Market Surveillance Unit failed to meet UNECE R90 performance requirements, and the government body says it will work with the IAAF to address the problem.

DVSA was testing the compliance of both OEM and aftermarket braking components. Additional investigation exposed that approval documents for the three failed parts were bogus, and that the component and associated packaging were incorrect as they showed an approval number that was not relevant to that application.

UK Garage and Bodyshop Event: Speakers revealed

Published:  08 April, 2022

The line-up of trainers and guest speakers set to appear at the UK Garage and Bodyshop Event, taking place 8-9 June at the NEC Birmingham has been announced, with even more names set to be revealed over the next few weeks.

Charge up your EV stock, used car dealers urged

Published:  07 April, 2022

Businesses that sell used cars are being advised to have EVs making up 10% of their stock, ahead of demand which is expected to surge.

Car servicing to take a hit due to cost of living crisis?

Published:  06 April, 2022

Motorists could be looking to save money in the face of the cost of living crisis by cutting back on essential vehicle maintenance and repairs, an online Opinion Matters poll of more than 2,000 UK car owners commissioned by The Motor Ombudsman has shown.

Weakest March for new car sales since 1998, but EVs way up

Published:  05 April, 2022

Despite battery electric vehicles making up 16.1% of all new car sales in March, the most recorded in a single month, overall sales were actually down 14.3%, making it the worst March since 1998, prior to the advent of two-plate changes per year, according to the latest figures from the SMMT.

Cost of living crisis makes finance initiatives the way to go says ERCS

Published:  04 April, 2022

With the cost of living crisis hitting households across the country, Eurorepar Car Service (ERCS) has suggested that offering a wider variety of payment options will enable garages to help their customers manage the cost of servicing and repairs.

Last year, the network launched the ERCS Payment Plan, adding to its Drive Now Pay Later initiative and offering customers ‘three ways to pay’. According to Nick Taylor, Head of Network & Business Development for Eurorepar Car Service, these payment options could offer a much-needed lifeline for to motorists: “We are always looking at ways to improve our network for the benefit of our members and their customers. When we launched the ERCS Service Plan, the aim was to do just that – offering motorists a flexible, affordable way to manage their repair bills, and giving our members another means of revenue growth.”

NGK-backed Charlie Martin joins BTCC team

Published:  04 April, 2022

NGK-sponsored racing driver Charlie Martin has joined the ROKiT MB Motorsport team as its Official Development Driver for the 2022 Kwik Fit British Touring Car Championship.

LIQUI MOLY tie-up with TCR UK

Published:  31 March, 2022

LIQUI MOLY is becoming a main sponsor of the UK Touring Car Championship, in a deal that will run through to the end of 2024.

AS-PL España opens

Published:  31 March, 2022

AS-PL has opened its third international arm; AS-PL España, based in Valencia, following AS-PL UK’s 2017 opening in London, and AS-PL Italia in Moncalieri, which was established in 2019.

IAAF council formed for 2022

Published:  31 March, 2022

The IAAF has formed its new look council including distributors, suppliers, buying groups, service providers and garages, with Hayley Pells appointed to head up the new-look IAAF Garage Section.

Motul teams up with new classic car TV show

Published:  31 March, 2022

Motul has becomes lubricant partner of new vehicle restoration TV series Paddock Speedshop.

Waeco joins OESAA

Published:  30 March, 2022

Waeco has joined the Original Equipment Suppliers Aftermarket Association (OESAA)

Monthly used car market research launched

Published:  30 March, 2022

The used car market, and prevailing consumer and dealer views are to be the subject of monthly research from Startline Motor Finance, starting in mid April.

Bristol garage gears up for growth after “busiest year ever”

Published:  29 March, 2022

Westerleigh Car Centre in Bristol is set to increase staffing levels as it gears up to manage workload in what has been “its busiest year ever.”

NGK suspends business operations in Russia and Belarus

Published:  29 March, 2022

NGK has announced it has suspended its commercial operations in Russia and Belarus until further notice. In a letter to customers, NGK Spark Plugs (UK) Ltd Managing Director Marko Wowczyna said that the company’s decision was made in light of the current moral, legal and practical complexity associated with operating its business in the countries.

Marathon/First Line Borg & Beck distribution team-up

Published:  29 March, 2022

Marathon Warehouse Distribution has agreed a strategic partnership with First Line, through which garages will get same day access to the company’s Borg & Beck products across the UK.

VW springs service plan offer for the new season

Published:  28 March, 2022

The ongoing trend that has seen vehicle manufacturers look to lock older vehicles into its franchised networks that might otherwise be looked after by the independent sector is continuing, with Volkswagen Financial Services UK (VWFS) announcing several Service Plan discounts of up to 25% for customers who drive an eligible VW, ŠKODA or SEAT.

Castrol launches new campaign

Published:  28 March, 2022

Castrol has launched a ‘Castrol EDGE Recommended by Experts’ marketing campaign and is offering garages in its branded network the chance to win a range of free promotional materials.

REPXPERT Academy Live returns in May

Published:  22 March, 2022

REPXPERT Academy Live is coming back on Saturday 21 May, and is being held at the brand-new location of The SREAM Academy at Bridgend College’s recently opened Pencoed campus.

IMI publishes Diversity Task Force Report

Published:  22 March, 2022

The IMI has published the final Report from its Diversity Task Force, which cited the lack of diverse role models in the automotive sector as a key problem, and has set out five steps that could change the situation in the industry.

Ukraine: Automotive sector reacts as supply chain issues expected

Published:  22 March, 2022

The war in Ukraine has continued to impact on the automotive sector since the country was invaded by Russia at the end of February, but the full effect on supply chains resulting from disruption caused by the conflict has yet to be felt.

TechMan returns as Top Technician/Top Garage 2022 sponsor

Published:  22 March, 2022

TechMan has returned as a sponsor for Top Technician and Top Garage in 2022.

WAI videos show off durability of EV cable range

Published:  11 March, 2022

WAI has been looking to showcase its electric vehicle charging extension cables recently via a series of YouTube videos.

Stoking the fires of industry: BM Catalysts opens new UK plant

Published:  11 March, 2022

BM Catalysts has opened a third UK production plant in Stoke.

New ADAS super centre for National Windscreens

Published:  08 March, 2022

During April, National Windscreens will be throwing the doors open on its first ADAS super centre, in Slough, which will provide a calibration and fitting hub for the south of England.

IMI-accredited EV scheme launched by Servicesure

Published:  07 March, 2022

Servicesure, the garage scheme run by GSF Car Parts, has launched a new add-on EV scheme to for its network of 548 member garages.

G-Wiz back on the road thanks to Car Throttle/GS Yuasa

Published:  07 March, 2022

In an example of how what might constitute a classic car can change over time, A REVA G-Wiz EV that has been off the road for more than a decade has been overhauled via a team-up between GS Yuasa and YouTube channel Car Throttle.

Top Garage 2022 opens

Published:  07 March, 2022

Top Garage is back for 2022 with even more innovations, including the all-new Service Advisor of the Year award.

New car sales up in February, but action needed on EV infrastructure and VAT situation

Published:  04 March, 2022

New car sales shot up 15% in February, with 58,994 cars rolling out of showrooms, according to figures from the SMMT. However, despite the increase, sales for the month were still 25.9% below pre-pandemic levels.

Surge in MOT test bookings with 40% of testers yet to take Annual Training

Published:  04 March, 2022

40% of MOT testers have yet to take their Annual Assessment with the 31 March deadline just three weeks away, in a period where MOT bookings are surging, the IMI has warned.

Motorists accelerate towards EVs

Published:  02 March, 2022

Motorists accelerate towards EVs
67% of motorists are looking to switch from petrol and diesel cars to EVs, according to a new survey, and they will not be looking to keep an internal combustion engine car on standby either.

EV chargers grow into 2022

Published:  02 March, 2022

Scotland is the UK country with the most EV chargers in the UK, leaving England and Wales tailing behind, and according to a new study.

LIQUI MOLY and Ernst Prost appeal for help for Ukraine

Published:  02 March, 2022

LIQUI MOLY and outgoing Managing Director Ernst Prost are organising aid deliveries to Ukraine with the help of business partners around the world, and are calling for donations.

Most common expensive part replacements identified

Published:  02 March, 2022

With the cost of living crisis biting into household budgets, motorists will be worrying if they have a car problem. With this in mind, LeaseCar.Uk has identified the car parts most likely to need replacing, which the organisation also identified as costing more once labour is factored in.

Body repair part back order supply issues bite

Published:  02 March, 2022

A surge in the number of parts now on backorder from OEM vehicle manufacturers is expected to lead to an increase in the number of vehicles being written off, Synetiq has warned, and the company has set up a team to support bodyshops with parts supply issues as a result.

LIQUI MOLY opens UK subsidiary

Published:  02 March, 2022

LIQUI MOLY has opened a British subsidiary; LIQUI MOLY UK, with the new operation set to create new jobs too.

Arnold Clark Autoparts announces Supplier of the Year

Published:  01 March, 2022

Arnold Clark Autoparts has named First Line as the winner of its Supplier of the Year award, with TMD Friction coming a close second in the runner-up spot.

One from the heart: Gift cards ideal option says Machine Mart

Published:  01 March, 2022

While Valentine’s Day is behind us, there are a score of special days ahead that necessitate gift-buying, and with this in mind, Machine Mart is reminding those looking for present option for Mothering Sunday or perhaps Easter that its Machine Mart gift cards and-e vouchers could work for them

Listen, learn and support: Schaeffler to kick-off 2022 workshop tour

Published:  28 February, 2022

Schaeffler is set to undertake a series of workshop visits across the UK during 2022, with the intention of gaining insight into how businesses see the sector at present, as well as their views on possible future trends.

Steve Scott, SimplyDiag founder named as JLM Brand Ambassador

Published:  28 February, 2022

JLM Lubricants has named Steve Scott AAE MIMI, Founder and Director of the SimplyDiag Network as its latest global brand ambassador.

Increased EV output highlight of disappointing January UK car production

Published:  25 February, 2022

Overall UK car production was down 20.1% to 68,790 units in January, according to figures from the SMMT, making it the the weakest January since 2009, even worse than January 2021. However, one bright spot was that battery electric vehicle (BEV) production rose 37.6% to 6,326 units. Including plug-in hybrids and hybrids, electrified vehicles represented 27.4% of the total, up from 25.4% in 2021.

Which? urges EV charging overhaul

Published:  24 February, 2022

A report from Which? has called for a massive overhaul of the UK’s electric vehicle charging infrastructure, with research from the organisation showing that only 13% of drivers are using public charging facilities.

Full year and Q4 growth for LKQ Europe

Published:  24 February, 2022

LKQ Corporation, the parent company of LKQ Europe, recently reported fourth quarter and full year 2021 results, with full year revenue growth of 10.4% to $6.1 billion, with earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation, and amortization (EBITDA) margin at 10.2%. Fourth quarter growth was 4.4% up at $1.5 billion. The segment EBITDA margin for the fourth quarter was 8.9%.

UK Garage and Bodyshop Event: FREE tickets now available

Published:  23 February, 2022

Registration has opened for the inaugural UK Garage and Bodyshop Event, taking place at Birmingham’s NEC from 8-9 June.

EV dealer accreditation scheme hits 300 members and launches aftersales programme

Published:  23 February, 2022

The government- backed Electric Vehicle Approved (EVA) accreditation scheme, run by the NFDA for its franchised dealer membership, has reached 300 approved dealers and has launched a new Aftersales Pilot Group, focused on repairers only, to run alongside.

Milton Keynes #1 for automotive business start-ups

Published:  23 February, 2022

Forget concrete cows and roundabouts; Milton Keynes is the best place in the UK to start an automotive business, according to a new study.


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