£30,000 in prizes: Top Technician and Top Garage

Published:  25 March, 2021

If you want to be in with a chance of winning up to £30,000 in prizes via Top Technician and Top Garage, then you need to enter now, as the clock is ticking.


Lucas Oil warns on E10 petrol plans

Published:  24 March, 2021

Lucas Oil has warned that many cars will require some extra protection following confirmation of government plans to make E10 petrol the standard 95-octane grade by September 2021.


Fine for Cats & Pipes following DVSA investigation

Published:  23 March, 2021

Cats & Pipes has been slapped with a £6,000 fine after DVSA’s Market Surveillance Unit found it had supplied a single DPF that did not bear the correct Type Approval markings.


Virtual ESAB welding training and info event to take place

Published:  23 March, 2021

Later this month, ESAB is holding a virtual event that will showcase a broad line-up of the industry’s new welding and cutting systems, filler metals and related technologies.


Car scrapping up by a third

Published:  22 March, 2021

Older cars have been leaving the road at an alarming rate last year, with new figures suggesting that a third more cars were scrapped in 2020 compared with the year before. 


No fooling: TechMan to team up with E3 Technical from 1 April

Published:  19 March, 2021

TechMan has entered into a new partnership with E3 Technical. Through the new collaboration, from 1 April, existing and new TechMan users will gain access to E3’s database of service schedules, repair times, drawings, procedures, capacities, wiring diagrams fault code diagnosis, and more.


British Motor Show announces Car Robot Competition

Published:  19 March, 2021

The British Motor Show has launched The Car Robot Competition. Through the contest, show attendees will create their own battle-bots using old car parts, ahead of the show. They will then bring them to the show in August to fight head-to-head in a dedicated arena, which will form a central part of the Show’s Crazee Car Corner.


Plug-in Car Grant cut by a sixth

Published:  18 March, 2021

The Plug-in Car, Van and Truck Grant, which incentives buyers to opt for EVs, has been cut by a sixth, a move which has been characterized as counter-productive by the automotive sector given the 2030 goal to end the sale of new petrol and diesel cars government has set itself.


White-knuckle Spring predicted for garages as MOTs shift into late Summer and beyond

Published:  18 March, 2021

Very few MOTs are expected to be taking place in April and May this year as a result of 2020’s MOT Exemption, but the situation is expected to normalise by the summer, new figures suggest.

A Freedom of Information (FOI) request to the DVSA by BookMyGarage.com, show MOT test numbers dropped by 79% last April and 61% in May. Although the MOT Exemption was in place until the end of July, test numbers were down by just 16% in June, 4% in July, and by August had surpassed 2019 by 9%.

MOTs tend to lead to service bookings for workshops according to BookMyGarage, where its booking data suggests 70% of motorists book both together. Karen Rotberg, Co-Founder of BookMyGarage.com commented: “Overall, the news is more positive than originally feared. We recognise that April and May will be difficult months for the industry but importantly we know MOT numbers will have recovered by the summer. “It’s also worth remembering that 2021 will not be an exact reflection of 2020. MOT due dates are determined by factors beyond when the last MOT took place, such as when used cars get sold with a fresh MOT and by three-year-old cars which will be having their first MOT this year and were therefore immune to last year’s extension.”


Post-lockdown safety checks could mitigate MOT demand drop says LKQ Euro Car Parts

Published:  17 March, 2021

Garages should be offering safety checks for customers to make sure vehicles are safe as lockdown eases, a move that will also bridge the gap created by the MOT Exemption LKQ Euro Car Parts has suggested.


Brembo joins OESAA

Published:  16 March, 2021

Brembo is the latest automotive parts-maker to become a member of the Original Equipment Suppliers Aftermarket Association (OESAA).


End of an era at Schaeffler as MD retires

Published:  16 March, 2021

A changing of the guard is taking place at Schaeffler, as Nigel Morgan, Managing Director of Schaeffler’s Automotive Aftermarket division in the UK, retires after more than 40 years with the company. In his wake, stepping up to the newly created position of Country Manager UK & Ireland will be Mark Dolloway, who joined Schaeffler from SKF in 2012. Mark will, in turn, be replaced as Sales Director by Matt Selby who originally joined Schaeffler in 2007.


TPS to sponsor British Rally Champion’s hat-trick title bid in new Volkswagen car

Published:  16 March, 2021

TPS has signed up to sponsor current British Rally Champion Matt Edwards as he bids for a hat-trick of titles in a new Volkswagen rally car.


MOT connectivity: Emissions testing equipment roll-out delayed

Published:  12 March, 2021

The mandatory introduction of connected emissions testing equipment for some MOT stations is being delayed by DVSA as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.


Motul says “We ‘Car Care’ a lot”

Published:  11 March, 2021

Motul is broadening its product portfolio in the UK automotive sector with the launch of its new Car Care series of products.

The care range features eleven cleaning products, including a glass cleaner, tyre puncture spray, scratch remover, car shampoo, express shine, insect remover, wheel rim cleaner, plastics cleaner, leather cleaner, upholstery cleaner, odour neutraliser, jumbo sponge wash mitt and rim brush, as well as microfibre cloths for the bodywork, glass, and plastic components.


Blast from the past courtesy of Banner

Published:  11 March, 2021

Banner has produced 20 retro 1950s promotional plaques that will be made available to customers of the battery company. 


Brexit/COVID-19 issues fade as “clear signs of confidence” grow says AS-PL

Published:  11 March, 2021

Import snarl-ups caused by a combination of cross-border COVID-19 restrictions and the end of the Brexit transition period have eased as far as AS-PL is concerned, and the company is looking forward to normalised trading further into 2021 and beyond.


DVSA urges motorists to make it SAFE

Published:  10 March, 2021


With schools now open again as lockdown is gradually eased, the DVSA has launched a campaign to urge motorists to make sure they are SAFE in their vehicle by doing four basic pre-drive checks:
• Service or health check if needed
• Air in tyres
• Fill up screenwash
• Examine lights and tyre tread


Breakout for Ben raises £159k on the road to £1million

Published:  09 March, 2021

Ben’s 10-day virtual active challenge, Breakout for Ben, has raised just under £159,000. With the Breakout total included, just under £737,000 has now been raised to help address Ben’s £1million fundraising shortfall following its rallying cry last year asking for urgent support.


Simply the best: DENSO launches spark plug/oxygen sensor promotion

Published:  09 March, 2021

Workshops can request a decorative ‘Best service in town’ retro wall plate featuring DENSO’s renowned Iridium and Nickel TT spark plugs, when they purchase spark plugs and O2 sensors from participating distributors


ADAS: IRR going live on 31 March

Published:  09 March, 2021

Hella Gutmann Solutions welcomes Thatcham’s Insurance Industry Requirements for ADAS calibration following vehicle repair



“Reasons to be cheerful?” Garage market continues to react to Budget 2021

Published:  04 March, 2021

The automotive sector has continued to give its views on the potential impact of the March 2021 budget.


Honda Monkey motorcycle hot item in NGK March parts promotion

Published:  04 March, 2021

Members of NGK’s BoxClever independent garage loyalty scheme have been quick to try and win a fantastic Honda Monkey motorcycle, worth almost £3,800, in a special month-long parts promotion.


February car sales: Weakest since 1959 as lockdown #3 bites

Published:  04 March, 2021

The impact of lockdown, with showrooms remaining shut since 5 January meant new car sales saw their weakest February since 1959 last month, according to the latest figures from the SMMT. The market was down 35.5% with 28,282 fewer vehicles sold compared with 2020. In total, 51,312 new cars were registered during the month, which is traditionally one of the weakest during the year for new car sales.


LKQ Euro Car Parts adds engine oil to MPM product range

Published:  03 March, 2021


LKQ Euro Car Parts has enhanced its product offering for independent garages with the addition of MPM Engine Oil to its range. Customers gain exclusive access to MPM Engine Oil, a move that follows the rollout of MPM Gear Oil across LKQ Euro Car Parts’ branch network at the end of last year.


MOT demand unclear for peak months of March and September survey suggests

Published:  02 March, 2021

73% of garages are expecting MOT volumes in March and September to be equal or lower than the during the same periods last year, according to a survey performed by The Motor Ombudsman, suggesting that the long-term impact of the MOT Exemption may be less than expected.


Auto Service Finance rebrands as Bumper, as FT rates it one of Europe’s 100 fastest growing companies

Published:  02 March, 2021

Bumper, previously known as Auto Service Finance, has been rated by the Financial Times as one of the top 100 fastest growing companies in Europe.


Eurorepar launches Service Plan

Published:  02 March, 2021

Eurorepar Car Service (ERCS) has launched a new Service Plan payment option that allows customers to spread the cost of their next two services and MOTs using direct debit payments. The ERCS Service Plan also incentivises garages by offering £20 for every plan sold.

According to Nick Taylor, Head of Network and Business Development for Eurorepar Car Service, with traditional payment and its Drive Now Pay Later scheme, the new Plan completes the company’s ‘three ways to pay’ strategy: “The launch of a Eurorepar Car Service Plan is another prime example of the customer-centric approach at the heart of the network. Customers of ERCS now have three ways to pay, and this flexibility will help drive footfall to our garages and improve customer retention. We encourage all centres to take full advantage of this new business tool and look forward to seeing the positive impact it has on our members’ profitability and customer satisfaction”.

To support use of the system, ERCS’ Service Plan partner, EMaC, will be hosting online training to ensure that ERCS centres get the most out of the initiative.


CV Show 2021 shifts dates again

Published:  01 March, 2021

The CV Show has shifted its dates again, following the government’s recent announcement of a roadmap out of lockdown, and will now be held Tuesday 31 August – Thursday 2 September 2021.


MOT connectivity rollout: Revived three-month window closes on some testing stations

Published:  01 March, 2021

From today (Monday 1 March) MOT stations that changed ownership in December face being prevented from testing by DVSA if they have not installed the required connected equipment at their site.


Motul becomes Top Technician/Top Garage sponsor

Published:  01 March, 2021

Motul has added its support to Top Technician and Top Garage, becoming a sponsor for 2021.


British Motor Show competition winners announced

Published:  01 March, 2021

The winners of the British Motor Show 2021 competition, which appeared in the December/January issue of Aftermarket, have been announced.


UK car production: Weakest January since 2009

Published:  26 February, 2021



UK car production dropped 27.3% in January to 86,052 units, according to the latest figures from the SMMT. The 32,262 fall made this the worst January for car-making in Britain since 2009, and a 17th consecutive month of decline. The ongoing effects of the pandemic, global supply chain issues, extended shutdowns and the end of the Brexit transition period all impacted on output.


LKQ Euro Car Parts SMR e-campaign launched

Published:  26 February, 2021

LKQ Euro Car Parts has launched a new e-marketing campaign targeted at garages that is designed to encourage and support their efforts to enhance their service, maintenance and repair (SMR) offering.


E10 to hit petrol forecourts in September

Published:  25 February, 2021

E10 fuel, which includes higher ethanol content than current grades, will be introduced at UK filling stations from September 2021, so garages may expect to see some issues around the impact of the new fuel for older vehicles using it going forward.


Shell launches carbon neutral lubricants

Published:  25 February, 2021

Shell has launched a wide range of carbon neutral lubricants that intend to offset the annual emissions of more than 200 million litres of advanced synthetic lubricants, compensating around 700,000 tonnes of carbon dioxide equivalent emissions per year, akin to taking around 340,000 cars off the road for one year.


UK Automotive looks to ex-military to upskill industry towards electrification

Published:  25 February, 2021

The SMMT has signed an Armed Forces Covenant, pledging its commitment to advocate for recruitment and retention of ex-military personnel across the automotive industry. 55 SMMT member businesses already working towards this end, with interest rising as companies look to secure staff.


Schaeffler flips the switch on electric motor mass production

Published:  25 February, 2021

EV ascendency took another step forward recently as Schaeffler started mass production of a wide range of electric motors, ranging from single components through to complete drive systems.


Brexit delays “short term” says BM Catalysts

Published:  25 February, 2021

BM Catalysts is looking to reassure its customers that any supply problems encountered as a result of Brexit will be “short term.”


The show will go on: British Motor Show confirms flying start in August

Published:  25 February, 2021

The show will go on is the message from the organisers of The British Motor Show, who have confirmed that the event is definitely on, following government plans to ease lockdown completely by 21 June.


Road to recovery: Apprenticeship support crucial says IMI

Published:  25 February, 2021


Support for apprenticeships will be crucial as the automotive sector ramps up to help the country emerge from the Coronavirus pandemic according to the IMI.


DENSO launches hat and gloves offer

Published:  24 February, 2021

DENSO is a world leader in diesel technology and was the first original equipment (OE) manufacturer of ceramic glow plugs in 1991 and pioneered the common rail system in 1995. This expertise continues to allow the company to help vehicle manufacturers around the world to create increasingly responsive, efficient and reliable vehicles.


Sector continues to hail “tremendously welcome news” on lockdown easing as Scottish car dealers edge ahead

Published:  23 February, 2021


UK automotive continued to react to the new roadmap out of lockdown, with Scottish car-dealers finding themselves slightly ahead of the reopening curve.


Car dealerships set to reopen in April

Published:  23 February, 2021


Car dealerships are likely to remain closed until April at the earliest, it was revealed yesterday (Monday 22 February).


Small gains key to garage growth says TechMan

Published:  22 February, 2021


Small gains from greater garage efficiency can result in noticeable improvements to bottom line figures, according to GMS provider TechMan.


Motul joins OESSA

Published:  22 February, 2021

Motul has become the first lubricants company to be inducted into the Original Equipment Suppliers Aftermarket Association (OESAA), as it moves to position itself as a go-to brand for the UK aftermarket


Ford plugs in for all-EV future

Published:  19 February, 2021

Ford is the latest carmaker to announce its intention to go all-in on EVs, and has said that mid-2026, 100% of its passenger vehicle range in Europe will be zero-emissions capable, all-electric or plug-in hybrid, moving to all-electric by 2030.


IAAF’s Wendy Williamson to retire

Published:  19 February, 2021

IAAF Chief Executive Wendy Williamson has announced she will be retiring in August. In the seven years she has been in the role, Wendy led the IAAF through a number of changes, and also lobbied against extending the MOT frequency and new scrappage scheme proposals. She worked hard on behalf of the sector on type approval, Block Exemption and cyber security, both in the UK and throughout Europe.


LIQUI MOLY UK sales up 117% in pandemic as profits halved by investment spend

Published:  19 February, 2021

An aggressive pandemic advertising push by LIQUI MOLY in 2020 helped the company to push sales up by 7.1%, with its UK operation seeing a whopping 117% increase. However, this was set against a backdrop of overall  revenue dropping by 50% to €25m as a result of ongoing investment.



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