IAAF update

IAAF spells out bid to attract garage members
Published:  12 January, 2010

GARAGES will be asked to pay £10 per month to join the recently-formed Independent Automotive Aftermarket Federation (IAAF).

Advice time

Female drivers would rather visit doctor than garage, says FOXY Lady
Published:  11 January, 2010

DESPITE frequently being responsible for maintaining and servicing family cars, the majority of female drivers would rather go to the doctor than their local garage, according to a survey by insurance firm Shelia's Wheels.

Top prize

Published:  11 January, 2010

TOP TECHNICIAN 2010 sponsor Delphi has unveiled £2,600 worth of prizes for the winner of the national repair skills contest.

Economical bulk filter pack

UFI Filter Kits from Universal Automotive
Published:  08 January, 2010

rong>These kits provide technicians with all routine service items necessary to replace every filter on a vehicle.

ADF change

ADF becomes IAAF in bid to represent independent garage and distribution sectors
Published:  08 January, 2010

THE AUTOMOTIVE Distribution Federation (ADF) has re-launched and re-branded itself in a bid to represent both the distribution and workshop sectors of the independent aftermarket.

Electrical support tool

Diagnostic and battery support tool from GYS
Published:  07 January, 2010

This will support the electrical system on cars, large commercial vehicles and buses during diagnostic work; it is also a battery charger and de-sulphation tool. It can be used on 6V, 12V and 24V systems on any voltage from 110V to 240V.

Stepping down

Independent Garage Association boss Jonas Zambakides unexpectedly quits
Published:  07 January, 2010

Jonas Zambakides has stepped down as chairman of the Independent Garage Association (IGA) - one of the many associations under the Retail Motor Industry Federation (RMI) umbrella.

Clever test tool is the key

Mach VCI from SPX
Published:  06 January, 2010

The picture shows Aftermarket business writer Neil Pattemore checking out one of the latest diagnostic tools that's fully compatible with Euro 5 legislation, thanks to a so-called 'pass-thru' connector.

Torque win

How toilet rolls and door stops helped reader Steve Reynolds win
Published:  06 January, 2010

A TOILET roll holder, door stop and TV controller are just some of the wacky things Aftermarket's excellent readers would do with a torque wrench, according to our latest competition.

Easier diesel diagnosis

Common rail test kit from Hickleys
Published:  05 January, 2010

If you want to get into the lucrative market of diesel diagnostics then this could be the piece of kit for you. This set enables you to carry out on-vehicle testing on all makes, it helps you find faulty components and confirm diagnostic fault codes.

Mobile move

IMI launches iPhone application to track down ATA techs
Published:  05 January, 2010

THE IMI is attempting to win business for ATA-registered technicians thanks to owners of trendy iPhone mobiles.

Diagnostic big mac machine

Mega Macs 42 diagnostic tool from Hella Gutmann Solutions
Published:  04 January, 2010

The Hella/Gutmann Solutions partnership (HGS) is gearing up to boost the profile of its latest diagnostic tools in the UK.

Big win

Garage owner Alison Wiltshire wins £27-grand prize thanks to Unipart and NGK
Published:  04 January, 2010

A GARAGE owner from Aylesbury has picked up a new Ford Focus RS worth £27,344 after winning the RallyMatch competition run by Unipart and NGK.

A wheely good warranty

Parts and labour warranty from Snap-on Equipment
Published:  22 December, 2009

rong>The company has introduced a 24-month parts and labour warranty on all wheel alignment and garage equipment kit under the Hofmann and John Bean brands.

Treatment gives a boost

Power Ecomax fuel treatment from Millers Oils
Published:  21 December, 2009

rong>Millers Oils recently put its petrol and diesel fuel treatments to the test at the Millbrook proving ground in Bedfordshire and, unsurprisingly, it’s reported some impressive gains in both power and economy performance.

Cooler oil kit is optimum

Oil sandwich plate kit from Optimum Balance
Published:  18 December, 2009

A universal oil sandwich plate kit for oil cooler systems can be used with most spin-on oil filter housings.

Turbo time

Bosch set to launch replacement turbo range thanks to joint venture with Mahle
Published:  18 December, 2009

BOSCH is set to launch into the turbo market thanks to a joint venture with Mahle.

Steer towards extra parts

Chassis components from Delphi
Published:  17 December, 2009

rong>Delphi’s manufacturing plants must have been very busy lately as the company has massively expanded its selection of steering products.

Web training

Delphi plans to bring web seminars to workshops for easier and cheaper training
Published:  17 December, 2009

DELPHI is hoping to change the way technical training is delivered with the start of a series of 'webinar' courses in 2010.

Armed with wiper adaptor

4-in-1 multi-clip from Bosch
Published:  16 December, 2009

rong>The 4-in-1 Aerotwin Multi-Clip adapter covers four important flat-blade wiper arms used by vehicle manufacturers.

Court case

Leeds man jailed for selling pirated Autodata technical CDs
Published:  16 December, 2009

A LEEDS man has been handed a 15-month jail term for dealing in pirated Autodata technical info.

File set is a right diamond

Diamond needle file set from Frost
Published:  15 December, 2009

From glass and ceramics to tough hardened steel, these files will help you give a smooth finish on almost any surface. The 140mm long files come in flat, round, half-round, square and triangular versions.

Ghost town

Franchise dealer 'ghost towns' creating unique opportunities for independents, says Network Automotive
Published:  15 December, 2009

THE CLOSURE of large numbers of franchise dealers has created a series of dealer 'ghost towns' that independent garages can profit from, says motor industry consultancy Network Automotive.

Look who's torque-ing now

Torque wrench from Draper Tools
Published:  14 December, 2009

When it comes to long and impressive-sounding quality standards, ISO 6789-1992-12-01 is definitely hard to beat.

Lift danger

How to avoid the rise in fatal 2-post lift accidents with GEA advice
Published:  14 December, 2009

THE GARAGE Equipment Association (GEA) has urged garages not to become victims of the rise in sometimes fatal 2-post lift accidents.

A degree of temp testing

MT 250 digital thermometer from Nimbus Motorsport
Published:  11 December, 2009

A budget version of the MT Pro unit, this handy device lets you measure everything from tyre temperatures (even while they're still rolling), alternators (while the drive belt is running), exhaust manifolds and more.

Hybrid future

Exide launches Micro-hybrid battery range to cater for growth of stop-start systems
Published:  11 December, 2009

BATTERY manufacturer Exide attempted to put itself at the forefront of the greener motoring market with the launch of two aftermarket batteries for micro-hybrid vehicles yesterday (Thursday 11th December).

Further filter factors

Filters from Sogefi Filtration
Published:  10 December, 2009

More than 47 new parts have been launched by the filter company across its Fram, Coopers Fiaam and Crosland brands. 15 of the parts are for the Fram brand, including 10 air filter, 3 oil filters and 2 cabin filters.

Job alert

Tecno Diagnostics seeks technicians for new career in diagnostic sales
Published:  10 December, 2009

THE UK importer of the Socio range of diagnostic tools is on the look out for technicians seeking a new career challenge.

Remy rack up the parts

Steering pumps and racks from Remy Automotive
Published:  09 December, 2009

More than 215 steering part numbers have been added to the company's range, increasing the overall offer to 2,000 part numbers.

Belting up

Gates steamlines training to get more belt fixes out to garages
Published:  09 December, 2009

BELTS and hoses company Gates is streamlining its training programme to get more knowledge on preventing belt failure out to garages.

Cooling, caps and connectors

Radiator caps from Gates
Published:  08 December, 2009

A selection of 48 extra radiator caps is part of Gates' latest expansion of its cooling systems range.

Lift deal

Tecalemit secures distribution deal for Cascos and Finkeiner lift brands after Maywood collapse
Published:  08 December, 2009

TECALEMIT Garage Equipment has become a distributor for the Cascos and Finkbeiner workshop lift brands.

Control in an idle world

Idle control motor from Webcon
Published:  07 December, 2009

This universal-fit ECU idle control system is aimed at DIY engine management fitters that are, apparently, becoming more popular with car enthusiasts.

Publicity time

Motor Codes confirms consumer publicity campaign will start in 2010
Published:  07 December, 2009

MOTOR Codes boss Chris Mason has confirmed 2010 will see the start of a consumer publicity campaign.

Oust injectors with ease

Slide hammer injector remover from Sealey
Published:  04 December, 2009

Diesel injectors can be awkward buggers, so Sealey has introduced a selection of service tools to help you get replacement injectors fitted with a minimum of bother.

Charity cash

Unipart shows its generosity with £9,300 donation to industry charity BEN
Published:  04 December, 2009

UNIPART's garage equipment division has shown its generosity by raising £9,300 for BEN, the charity that cares for anyone in the automotive industry that has fallen on hard times.

Refresh your radiator

Radiators from Denso
Published:  03 December, 2009

rong>The parts company has 400 new cooling radiator references on offer thanks to a major expansion of its cooling system parts.

Get to grips with clutches

Blue Print clutch kits from ADL
Published:  02 December, 2009

Asian and American car parts specialist Blue Print has significantly expanded its choice of clutch kits, to help you get faster solutions to your servicing needs.

Reach out for lengthy charger

Multi XS 25000 Extended battery charger from CTEK
Published:  01 December, 2009

With 6-metre long cables, this gangly battery charger means be used anywhere around the workshop with ease.

MOT code

Government urged to make Service and Repair Code mandatory for MOT testing stations
Published:  01 December, 2009

SUBSCRIPTION to the Motor Industry Code of Practice for Service and Repair should be mandatory for all MOT testing stations, parliament has been told.

Coolants Comma long way

Xstream G40 coolant from Comma
Published:  30 November, 2009

Coolants are heading down the same application-specific route as lubricants according to Comma.

Stability stats

Figures for automotive insolvencies drop to lowest rate since October 2008
Published:  30 November, 2009

THE RATE of business insolvencies in the automotive industry dropped by 53% between October 2008 and October 2009, according to the latest figures from data provider Experian.

Expansion plans

Parts firm Andrew Page seeks new staff to support expansion plans in Leicester and Coventry
Published:  30 November, 2009

PARTS distributor Andrew Page plans to open branches in Leicester and Coventry during 2010, the company has confirmed.

Training time

Latest training venues for refrigerant handling, steering and engine management revealed
Published:  30 November, 2009

TRAINING alliance Exponentia has a full line-up of courses ready for 2010, to give technicians around the country the latest knowledge.

Lift helps reach new heights

Trailerlift from Trailer-Lift UK
Published:  27 November, 2009

This integrated lift and trailer does exactly what it says on the tin and could prove particularly useful for mobile mechanics and for garages offering breakdown and recovery services.

Ticket time

Free passes to Workshop 2010 exhibition of latest vehicle repair kit available now
Published:  27 November, 2009

FREE tickets to the Workshop 2010 exhibition and Commercial Vehicle Operator Show are available now.

From Snap-on with love

Aston Martin tool box from Snap-on
Published:  26 November, 2009

What's the betting James Bond has one of these in his garage?

Glazing over

Windscreen academy launches bid to up-skill glass replacement sector
Published:  26 November, 2009

A NATIONAL academy has launched to develop skills with the automotive glazing sector.

Makes a welder difference

Fan Proton IQ+ welder from Tri-Sphere
Published:  25 November, 2009

This resistance-welding machine claims to be capable of welding any on-board non-alloy metal.


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