Lockdown pushes down used car sales in Q1

Published:  11 May, 2021

Prevailing lockdown conditions during the first part of the year helped push the used car market down by 8.9% during the first quarter of 2021, the latest figures from the SMMT have revealed.


ACEA launch new 2021 sequences for light-duty vehicles

Published:  11 May, 2021

The European Automobile Manufacturers' Association (ACEA) has published the 2021 ACEA light-duty oil sequences. The ACEA sequences identify relevant performance standards for lubricants specifically tailored to the European market. Lubricants marketers have been blending to ACEA sequences produced in 2016, but after work began in 2018, the new automotive engine oil sequences for light-duty vehicles have now been released.
According to ACEA, the new sequences have been published in order to address engine developments that are being driven by a combination of regulatory and performance needs, complemented by necessary test maintenance requirements.


Colin Parlett steps down from RMI Board

Published:  07 May, 2021

Long-term independent garage sector champion Colin Parlett has stepped down from the RMI Board after more than 30 years.


MOT demand: NGK says “be prepared”

Published:  06 May, 2021

With DVSA figures indicating that 1.86m cars are on the road without a valid MOT certificate resulting from the MOT exemption, NGK is urging garages to be prepared for the worst when these vehicles do eventually get sent in for their test, with emissions issues likely to loom large.


Borg Automotive acquires SBS Automotive

Published:  06 May, 2021

Borg Automotive, which is part of the Danish industrial conglomerate Schouw & Co, has bought SBS Automotive. The addition of SBS Automotive is part of an ongoing growth strategy which began last year with the acquisition of the Spanish turbo remanufacturer Turbo Motor Inyección (TMI).


Automechanika Frankfurt shifts to 2022

Published:  05 May, 2021

Automechanika Frankfurt in its full form has been offically postponed to 2022 due to ongoing international travel Coronavirus restrictions. In its place, Automechanika Frankfurt Digital Plus will take place largely online between 14-16 September, with a smaller presence on the trade fair grounds in Germany.


Ben launches Move4Ben

Published:  05 May, 2021

Ben is launching an exciting new active challenge, Move4Ben, starting on 1 June and running through until 30 June. To take part, participants set a personal challenge in terms of distance and exercise type and commit to raising £100, enough to pay for two mental health counselling sessions.


April showrooms reopening sees new car sales leap 30-fold

Published:  05 May, 2021

The reopening of new car showrooms in April led to a massive jump in car sales during the month compared with the same period in 2020, although overall volumes were still 12.9% lower than the 10 year average.141,583 new cars were sold during the month, according to the latest figures from the SMMT, released today (Wednesday 5 May). This was 30 times more than were sold during April 2020 at the start of the first lockdown, when just 4,321 cars were registered.


GBG adds Autonoe engine oils

Published:  30 April, 2021

Garage Buying Group (GBG) has introduced Autonoe engine oils, the second major product launch in as many weeks.


IAAF appoints Mark Field as Chief Executive

Published:  30 April, 2021

The IAAF has appointed Mark Field as its new Chief Executive, succeeding Wendy Williamson who is retiring later this year.


Branded Mobile Mechanic: New programme from Castrol

Published:  30 April, 2021

Castrol has launched a new Branded Mobile Mechanic programme. In addition to Castrol-branded workwear and vehicle decals, independent mobile mechanics joining the programme will be offered digital marketing support, online training and access to lubricants.


Ben Ball back for 2021

Published:  30 April, 2021

Ben Ball is roaring back for 2021 and will be held at the Roundhouse in Camden on Wednesday 8 December, following a break in 2020 due to COVID-19.


Goodwood VIP tickets up for grabs via LKQ Euro Car Parts Shell promo

Published:  29 April, 2021

25 pairs of Goodwood Festival of Speed VIP tickets are up for grabs through an online promotion being run by LKQ Euro Car Parts on its range of Shell oil.


Money beats planet on EV switch says CTEK survey

Published:  28 April, 2021

Financial considerations may be taking over from environmental concerns as the main incentive for buying an electric vehicle, with charging also shifting away from the home, a new poll suggests.


Government paves way for self-driving cars on UK roads

Published:  28 April, 2021

Self-driving vehicles on British have come a step closer with the Department for Transport announcing today (28 April 2021) that vehicles fitted with Automated Lane Keeping Systems (ALKS) will be allowed on UK roads later this year.


Drivetrain trouble top cause of disputes says survey

Published:  27 April, 2021

Drivetrain faults caused the majority of service and repair disputes submitted by consumers to The Motor Ombudsman’s Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) service during the first quarter of 2021.


Spring has sprung: New Snap-on software update

Published:  27 April, 2021

Snap-on has issued a new software release for its range of diagnostic platforms just in time for Spring. The release offers new coverage and features, as well as exclusive expert information enhancements.


New anti-MOT fraud guidance published by DVSA

Published:  26 April, 2021

New guidance on how to report a MOT tester or garage suspected of fraud has been published by DVSA.


Garage Buying Group launches with new website

Published:  23 April, 2021

A new e-commerce trade website for garages has launched. The initial focus for Garage Buying Group will be on selling Harp International’s range of refrigerants during summer, with what would usually be members-only lower prices until the end of June for all customers.


New normal on the way: WAI Electric Atomiser launched

Published:  23 April, 2021

As the UK heads out of lockdown, WAI UK is looking to help businesses open safely through the use of its new Steri-7 Electric Atomiser. The tool can sanitise vehicles, and can also be used in offices, and atomises sanitising liquid into a fine spray to prevent the soaking of surfaces and provide even distribution.


MOT exemption: 1.86 million cars now have expired MOTs

Published:  22 April, 2021

1.86 million cars may be on the roads illegally as a result of owners ignoring the fact that the MOT Exemption relating to their car has expired, and that they need a test urgently.


TechMan playing key role in First Stop expansion

Published:  22 April, 2021

A dedicated version of TechMan’s GMS system is being offered to members of the First Stop fast-fit network, and will be part of the network’s plan to grow to 220 UK centres by 2024.


MOT connectivity: Snap-on unveils new Sun emissions analyser

Published:  21 April, 2021

With the DVSA’s MOT connectivity roll-out back on from 1 May as emissions analysers become the latest product group required to be connectable going forward, equipment providers will be keen to make sure garages have plenty of choice when they need to upgrade.


IMI warns on garage income threat and looming MOT Annual Training deadline

Published:  21 April, 2021

The MOT Annual Training deadline is just nine days away, and the IMI is warning that if more techs don’t get it done before 30 April, then garages that are already suffering because the Exemption shifted Spring tests into the Autumn could end up shut out of the system by DVSA, resulting in income dropping even further.


Motul teams up with Silverstone Classic

Published:  20 April, 2021

Motul has entered into a new multi-year partnership as Official Lubricant Partner with Silverstone Classic.


MOT connectivity: Emissions analysers rollout to begin

Published:  19 April, 2021

The roll-out of connected MOT equipment by DVSA is continuing, with emissions analysers the latest equipment type requiring connectivity going forward. From 1 May, anyone buying an exhaust gas analyser or diesel smoke meter will need to make sure it is a model that can connect to the MOT testing service. This applies to garages replacing equipment, Authorised Examiners taking over another site and any new garage receiving approval to carry out MOTs.


MOT connectivity: Emissions analysers rollout begins

Published:  19 April, 2021

The roll-out of connected MOT equipment by DVSA is continuing, with emissions analysers the latest equipment type requiring connectivity going forward. From 1 May, anyone buying an exhaust gas analyser or diesel smoke meter will need to make sure it is a model that can connect to the MOT testing service. This applies to garages replacing equipment, Authorised Examiners taking over another site and any new garage receiving approval to carry out MOTs.


3,000 and counting: TechMan hits new heights on training programme

Published:  19 April, 2021

More than 3,000 vehicle technicians, service advisors and garage owners have now undertaken TechMan’s training and support programme, which is taken by businesses following the implementation of its garage management system.


Ticket sales boom for The British Motor Show as lockdown eases

Published:  13 April, 2021

Organisers of the British Motor Show say they have seen seen a massive increase in ticket sales as lockdown continues to ease and families start planning their summer activities


Autoinform Live 2021 to take place in November

Published:  13 April, 2021

Autoinform Live 2021 is now on course to take place on Saturday 6 November and Sunday 7 November at the GTG Training Academy in Wolverhampton, OESAA has annnounced


Fil Filter is newest member of OESAA

Published:  13 April, 2021

FIL Filter has joined the Original Equipment Suppliers Aftermarket Association (OESAA).


12 April lockdown easing: NFDA and SMMT publish updated safe restart guidance

Published:  12 April, 2021

With the reopening of non-essential retail permitted from today (Monday 12 April), the franchised dealer sector has swung its showroom doors back open across much of the UK. To help businesses welcome customers back new updated sector-specific guidance has been published by the NFDA and the SMMT.


Motul becomes official lubricants partner for British F4

Published:  09 April, 2021

Motul has been named as the official lubricants partner to the F4 British Championship certified by FIA – powered by Ford EcoBoost. The agreement, which sees Motul join the series’ technical team of Neil Brown Engineering and Ford Performance, will see the brand’s high-performance 300V oil used across all race engines during the 2021 season.


Drivers seeking payment flexibility from garages post-lockdown, research suggests

Published:  09 April, 2021

Research suggests that drivers will be looking for garages to offer greater flexibility in how they pay for servicing and repairs post-lockdown.


ZF Aftermarket celebrates Global Remanufacturing Day 2021

Published:  08 April, 2021

Today (Thursday 8 April) is Global Remanufacturing Day 2021, and ZF Aftermarket is celebrating by looking to highlights its reman output. Under its portfolio which includes Sachs and TRW, ZF Aftermarket remanufactures a wide range of components from transmissions and clutches, through to parts for braking, steering and axle systems, for cars, commercial vehicles and motorcycles.


LKQ Euro Car Parts launch new Stop/Start battery range

Published:  08 April, 2021

LKQ Euro Car Parts has launched a new range of batteries, with a view to helping independent garages service vehicles with Stop/Start systems and high energy requirements.The ERA range features five enhanced flooded batteries (EFB) and five absorbed glass mat batteries (AGM), which, combined, cover 95% of the UK’s Stop/Start market.


MOT for £10 from GoCompare and WhoCanFixMyCar launched

Published:  07 April, 2021

Competition in the MOT market continues to ramp up, with GoCompare customers who purchase car insurance between now and 15 June being given the opportunity to book a MOT test for just £10 through WhoCanFixMyCar.com.


Level-up: in-game E-sports launch for TPS/Yuasa real-life Matt Edwards British Rally livery

Published:  07 April, 2021

TPS and Yuasa have unveiled the new livery for British Rally Champion Matt Edwards’ 2021 title challenger via a first-of-its-kind motorsport launch inside a computer game and launched a corresponding E-Sports rally championship.


Long serving NGK sales rep to retire

Published:  06 April, 2021

NGK Spark Plugs (UK) Sales Representative Steve Padbury is retiring after more than thirty years with the company.


Motul becomes official Castle Coombe lubricant partner

Published:  06 April, 2021

Motul has become the Official Lubricant Brand of both the Castle Combe Race Circuit and the Castle Combe Racing Club. Meanwhile, the deal also sees Motul takes over title sponsorship of one of Castle Combe’s most popular race series - the Hot Hatch Challenge - which kicks off today (Monday 5 April).


Step it up: Car sales increase as showroom reopening nears

Published:  06 April, 2021

New car sales were up 11.5% in March with 283,964 units registered, the first increase since August, but the wider picture shows that registrations are still 36.9% below March average of 450,189 seen between 2010 and 2019 according to the latest figures from the SMMT.

Growth came almost entirely via fleets, where there was a 28.7% increase in registrations. Retail consumer demand remained low, falling by 4.1% compared to March 2020.

Battery electric vehicles (BEVs) and plug-in hybrid vehicles (PHEVs) took a combined market share of 13.9%, up from 7.3% last year, with available models increasing from 72 to 116. Registrations of BEVs increased by 88.2% to 22,003 units, while PHEVs rose by 152.2% to 17,330. Hybrid electric vehicles (HEVs) also rose 42% to reach 21,599 registrations.


Top Technician and Top Garage: Put down that egg and enter now!

Published:  01 April, 2021

Will you be using the long Easter weekend to enter Top Technician and Top Garage? You should, as by waiting a bit longer for that chocolate egg, you could end up winning £30,000 in prizes!


Pothole damage costs rise as average mileage falls

Published:  01 April, 2021

While average mileage for most drivers has been down by 42% over the last year, according to new research the cost from pothole damage actually rose over the same period, reaching £1.267 billion compared to £1.249bn for the year to March 2020.


63% of car owners delay servicing and repair work because of COVID-19 concerns

Published:  31 March, 2021

Lockdown restrictions have prompted 63% of car owners to delay servicing and repair work over the last few months, even though 86% admitted they know dealer workshops and garages are open for business, according to research by Bumper.


2021 Tyre Industry Awards “will definitely go ahead” says NTDA CEO

Published:  30 March, 2021

With the vaccine roll-out progressing, more industry events are coming back on-stream, with the 2021 Tyre Industry Awards now open for entry to all NTDA and TRA members.


Exemption made drivers more aware of MOT, survey suggests

Published:  30 March, 2021

Despite 9.58 million MOTs being time-shifted from Spring to Autumn last year, an unexpected positive result of the Exemption has been that 89% of drivers surveyed in a YouGov poll commissioned by The Motor Ombudsman said that they actually knew the expiry date of their vehicle’s annual certificate.


Philips becomes Top Technician and Top Garage sponsor

Published:  29 March, 2021

Philips has been confirmed as the sixth and final main sponsor for Top Technician and Top Garage 2021.


Kwik Fit discounts MOTs to £19.71 to commemorate 50th anniversary in April

Published:  29 March, 2021

With MOT numbers down as a result of 2020’s Exemption shifting tests into the Autumn and Winter, the MOT market is about to become much more competitive with Kwik-Fit offering tests right through April at the knock-down price of £19.71.


New IGA Chairman named

Published:  26 March, 2021

Rob Collison has been named as the new IGA Chairman, succeeding Colin Parlett, who recently stepped down after many years in the role.


Cats & Pipes hits back at DVSA over DPF fine

Published:  26 March, 2021


Cats & Pipes has hit back at DVSA, following the conclusion of a case that saw the North Wales-based company slapped with a £6,000 fine, plus £4,000 costs and a statutory surcharge of £170 over a single DPF which failed to meet labelling standards.



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