New edition of Top Technician

Published:  21 December, 2011

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ASA slam 'End of life Vehicles' advert

Watchdog rule scrapyard broke guidelines
Published:  21 December, 2011

THE Advertising Standards Authority has ruled against a scrapyard that called itself 'End of Life breakers' ruling that using the name in the first line of an advert, the company could easily be confused with an official government body.

Dealer doldrums

Raise your game or perish - message from expert to franchise dealers
Published:  20 December, 2011

FRANCHISED dealerships will have to rethink their approach to aftersales in 2012, according to an industry expert.

Renault to slash franchise network

Third of dealerships to close in 2012 while model range cut by half
Published:  19 December, 2011

MORE than a third of Renault dealerships are to shut their doors in the New Year as the car maker battens down the hatches for what it describes as a 'transition' year.

Aircon & more

This month's Valeo Q&A
Published:  15 December, 2011

The technical team at Valeo look at some common winter queries

New Unipart branches

Unipart buys up five Rapid Car Parts branches in South East
Published:  14 December, 2011

FIVE Rapid Car Parts branches in Watford, Norwich, Lowestoft, Great Yarmouth and Cheshunt are now in the hands of Unipart Automotive after the company went into administration on December 6, following a period of 'difficult trading conditions'.

Motor Codes suspends warranty support

Customer protection in question
Published:  13 December, 2011

IT'S A CASE of back to the drawing board for Motor Codes as the scenario of a vehicle retailer going into administration has highlighted problems in regards to how it protects customers.

SMPE buys Fuel Parts UK

New owner to 'maintain and develop' logistics
Published:  12 December, 2011

ENGINE control manufacturer Standard Motor Products Europe Ltd (SMPE), has announced that it has acquired all of the capital stock of Fuelparts UK Ltd for an undisclosed sum.

Ashford garage scoops top gong

D&D Autos win Garage of the Year at IAAF Awards
Published:  09 December, 2011

GARAGE owners Derek and Matthew Pestridge of D&D Autos in Ashford, Kent collected an award for Garage of the Year at the IAAF awards.

Spratt calls for solid reman standards

IAAF chair looks for clearer definitions of what constitutes 'remanufactured'
Published:  09 December, 2011

BRIAN Spratt, chief of the IAAF, has called for the industry to introduce production standards for remanufactured parts.

Breaking News: TMD taken over

Pagid and Textar maker bought by Nisshinbo Brake
Published:  06 December, 2011

BRAKE product manufacturer TMD Friction has been acquired by  Nisshinbo Holdings Incorporated, a Japanese aftermarket group listed on the Tokyo Stock Exchange for an undisclosed amount.

Chinese cars coming

Geely plans launch of 'upper medium' Emgrand in UK
Published:  06 December, 2011

GOT a thing for cheap Chinese cars? If so, then you'll be pleased to know that the Geely brand is heading to the UK soon.

Why code injectors?

Darren Batterbee gets to grips with a non-running Mondeo
Published:  02 December, 2011

A 2003 Mondeo found its way to us having already been to two different garages. The car was hard to start from cold and it was smoking, though when it did start, it ran without hesitation. The first garage replaced the knock sensor and the second garage had re-coded number 4 injector by using CYL 4 on the scan tool. When this didn't work it was replaced. CYL 4 was again chosen on the scan tool to recode the injector and once again, it failed.

4-2-2: Minister to check evidence

New Transport Minister promises to check evidence before changing MOT frequency
Published:  02 December, 2011

TRANSPORT Secretary Justine Greening has promised to check all evidence before deciding on proposals to change the MOT test laws while pledging "to get rid of unnecessary red tape" surrounding regulations.

Consumer advice

Magazine advises readers to source parts outside the franchise network, but urges caution
Published:  01 December, 2011

James Dillon

How to be sure before you buy parts
Published:  30 November, 2011

Worn out

Trading standards find illegal part worn tyres in sting
Published:  30 November, 2011

NOTTINGHAMSHIRE Trading Standards mounted an operation last week on part-worn tyre dealers, following a number of complaints from the public.

Clocking brothers sentenced

Gang found guilty of fraud following investigation
Published:  28 November, 2011

FOUR brothers have been sentenced for 'clocking' used cars and supplying them with false service history.

White van report

New paper underlines need to improve efficiency
Published:  25 November, 2011

ACCORDING to a white paper commissioned by Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles UK, van fleet operators can do more to control and cut costs to ensure survival.

Trade welcomes Motor Codes OFT approval

Regulator gives industry watchdog the thumbs up
Published:  23 November, 2011

MOTOR Codes has received full OFT approval for its Service and Repair Code, meaning that subscribing garages can now display the OFT logo alongside the Motor Codes tick, to further reassure motorists.

Used cars get most OFT complaints

More complaints still made about used car transactions than any other purchase says report
Published:  22 November, 2011

A RECENT report from the OFT showed used cars were the number one topic of complaint by members of the public.

Factor of three

CES, Page and ECP each open new branches
Published:  18 November, 2011

All three of the UK's largest motor factors opened new locations in October.

Tyre dump man jailed

Man locked up for illegally dumping more than 1m tyres
Published:  18 November, 2011

A man who illegally dumped more than a million used tyres across England was jailed on last week for a total of 15 months. The case against him was brought by the Environment Agency.

ATA Survey

Institution asks for help with research
Published:  16 November, 2011

Are you a member of the IMI? If so, you might know that the institution recently held a number of research seminars to find out what skills and knowledge technicians should demonstrate to become ATA accredited.

4-2-2: Chancellor 'shares our concerns'

2007 letter reveals George Osbourne as supporter of 3-1-1
Published:  11 November, 2011

A letter has emerged from the Chancellor, George Osbourne, expressing his dismay at the 'road safety and environmental costs' of reducing the frequency of the MOT test.

500 jobs created at ECP

Giant motor factor to expand by 20 branches next year
Published:  11 November, 2011

Sukhpal Singh, boss of component supplier Euro Car Parts has confirmed that the chain's expansion drive will continue through 2012 with the opening of 20 new branches.

Recruitment drive

Jaguar Land-Rover to create 1,000 jobs
Published:  10 November, 2011

Solihull-based Jaguar Land-Rover (JLR) has announced that it is to expand production facilities in the West Midlands, creating around 1,000 new jobs in the process.

Burner row heats up

RMI and GEA issue stern words about the proposed waste oil burner ban
Published:  07 November, 2011

The row about small waste oil burners (SWOB) rumbles on with both the Garage Equipment Association and the RMI wading in.

'No MOT' for pre-1960

Minister tells IAAF of plan to scrap MOT for pre-1960 cars
Published:  04 November, 2011

Recent discussions between IAAF and roads minister Mike Penning were confirmed this week when proposals to exempt classic cars and motorbikes from the MoT test were published for consultation.

Registrations up

New car sales increase, but note of caution sounded
Published:  04 November, 2011

October's new car market rose 2.6% on last year. This is considered by the industry to be 'positive result', given the uncertain economic climate.

Accident damage increase

Sharp rise in crashes following clock change says firm
Published:  04 November, 2011

The week in which the clocks go back really does see an increase in accidents - at least according to car rental firm Enterprise.

Flood dries up parts

Thai floods put Honda Swindon on three-day week
Published:  03 November, 2011

Workers at Honda's Swindon plant have been put on a three-day week due to a lack of supply of parts.

4-2-2: Charity backs 'proMOTe' campaign

Safety body backs industry action to prevent frequency change
Published:  28 October, 2011

Road charity Brake is joining forces with other organisations to defend the annual MOT test in the face of a government review that could reduce the frequency.

Refinish awards

Paint competition awards prize
Published:  26 October, 2011

Nat Lo Raso of Sinemaster is the winner of this year's third annual technical trainer of the year awards run by Iris, a distributor of auto paint. The final, which took place on 19 October at Newberry House Academy, MKPE's training facility in Milton Keynes, tested the four finalists' skills with a 'typical' bodyshop day.

G-wiz gong

EV wins belated 'innovation' award
Published:  24 October, 2011

THE designer of the G-wiz has been presented an award for innovation - eight years after the EV was first made.

4-2-2: Trade 'in a vacuum'

Industry boss urges minister to begin MOT review
Published:  21 October, 2011

Scare Stories

Consumer press runs apocalyptic MOT story
Published:  20 October, 2011

THE revisions to the MOT test that are to be introduced in January have drawn criticism from a popular motoring magazine.

RMI lobbies over fuel hike

Trade body warns over 'serious consequences' of stealth tax
Published:  20 October, 2011

THE RMI has lobbied the Government today about what it sees as 'the serious consequences of the proposed Duty increases' at the next budget. In a letter to the Chancellor of the Exchequer, Brian Madderson, RMI Petrol Chairman details concerns for the independent petrol retailing industry ahead of the Autumn Statement. Although the previous Government's "escalator" will be replaced by a "fair fuel stabiliser", the precise mechanics of this new scheme have yet to be announced.

Motor Codes adverts

Garages are invited to put banner ads on regulator's website
Published:  20 October, 2011

INDUSTRY watchdog Motor Codes is set to allow independent workshops to advertise on the customer facing area of its site.

Motor Codes adverts

Garages will be able to advertise on regulator's customer site
Published:  19 October, 2011

INDUSTRY watchdog Motor Codes is set to allow independent workshops to advertise on the customer facing area of its site.

Show numbers 'up'

EquipAuto claiming good visitor numbers, despite transport chaos
Published:  14 October, 2011

Aftermarket trade show EquipAuto has entered its fourth day - and organisers suggest that there have been a record number of visitors so far.

School leavers 'see inside' motor trade

Motor trade opens manufacturing plants to students
Published:  14 October, 2011

The automotive industry is pioneering government's 'See Inside Manufacturing' initiative, will deliver a national programme of activities throughout October to inspire the next generation of budding engineers. The idea is that young people across the UK will get a 'behind the scenes' glimpse of what it's like to work in the nation's motor trade.

Bangers 4 BEN blog

Our old banger reaches Equip auto
Published:  12 October, 2011

style="text-align: left;">The Alfa made it over the top of the Swiss Alps, the 'A-team' Espace didn't due to a cooling system fault.

World Skills win

Three technicians awarded medals at the O2 Arena
Published:  10 October, 2011

The world's largest international skills competition took place in London last week and concluded at a closing ceremony at the O2 Arena

Bangers 4 BEN blog

Aftermarket reaches Maranello
Published:  10 October, 2011

"We've arrived in Maranello following a drive though Mont Blanc.

Mitsubishi joins Motor Codes

VM signs dealers to industry watchdog
Published:  07 October, 2011

Vehicle Manufacturer Mitsubishi Motors UK has signed up all of it's UK dealerships to self-appointed industry watchdog Motor Codes.

Breaking News: ECP sold in £225m deal

US bodyshop supplier acquires Euro Car Parts
Published:  04 October, 2011

Component supplier Euro Car Parts has been sold to a US bodyshop supplier in a deal worth £225m

Unipart Automotive sale complete

Ink dries on deal to sell 50.1% of firm to H2 Equity Partners
Published:  03 October, 2011

Unipart Group and H2 Equity Partners have announced the completion of their deal for H2 to acquire a controlling stake in Unipart Automotive, one of the UK's largest independent suppliers of car parts, workshop consumables and garage equipment.

What colour used car?

Survey reveals that some customers buy cars in colours with an eye on depreciation
Published:  03 October, 2011

Nearly 60% of motorists are driving cars in colours they don't like according to a recent survey by an auction company. Black was clearly the preferred colour with 31% of men and 30% of women respondents claiming it to be their favourite colour but interestingly only 14% of men and 12% of women actually drove a black car.

Speed increase concerns

Safety fears over planned speed limit increase
Published:  30 September, 2011

Transport Minister Philip Hammond plans to increase the national speed limit to 80mph. He was quoted on Radio 4's Today programme saying: "When the speed limit was introduced, my family had an Anglia and the speedometer only went up to 70. Today's cars are capable of much greater speeds"


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