Scrap appeal

Dealer association "bitterly disappointed" at imminent end of car scrappage scheme
Published:  15 September, 2009

THE NFDA (National Franchised Dealers Association) is "bitterly disappointed" the government has rejected calls for an extension to the car scrappage scheme.

Clutch support

Valeo relaunch its clutch-based programme of technical and marketing support
Published:  15 September, 2009

GARAGES will be able to take advantage of technical and marketing support by signing up to Valeo's relaunched Clutch expert concept in November.

MOT helper saves time

E-Roadworthy MOT assistant from Tecalemit
Published:  14 September, 2009

rong>This hand-held unit saves you the bother of having to manually re-enter testing details into the VOSA computer.

Swift STARS starter

STARS starter - alternator from Valeo
Published:  11 September, 2009

There's not a lot you can do with 350 milliseconds on your hands - even if your name is Boris Becker and you're stuck in a broom cupboard with an amorous supermodel.

Yellow savings

ATA offers garages extra publicity through Yellow Pages listing scheme
Published:  11 September, 2009

THE ATA scheme has struck a deal with the Yellow Pages to give added promotion to accredited technicians and their garages.

All set for stud removal

Stud removal set from Sealey
Published:  10 September, 2009

rong>This 9-piece set helps remove manifold studs when cleaning gaskets.

TV slogan

Good Garage Scheme reveals TV advertising campaign slogan
Published:  10 September, 2009

THE GOOD Garage Scheme will use the slogan 'It's like having a friend in the know' to promote its workshops to motorists during its forthcoming TV advertising campaign.

Hybrid training

Trainer James Dillon offers hybrid repair courses to help forward-thinking garages
Published:  10 September, 2009

VEHICLE systems expert James Dillon will run courses on servicing hybrid vehicles from January onwards.

Quite a catch for vans

Lock kits from Locks4Vans
Published:  09 September, 2009

rong>Keep thieving blighters out of your van and customers’ work vehicles by fitting a vehicle-specific lock.

Price freeze

Good Garage Scheme announces membership fee price freeze
Published:  09 September, 2009

THE GOOD Garage Scheme (GGS) has frozen its membership fees until December next year.

MOT cue keeps clients

Online marketing software from Clictoc
Published:  08 September, 2009

Aimed largely at MOT test stations, this software package lets you email and text customers when their next MOT is due.

We've taken a shine to it

The Ultimate Car Polish from Mer
Published:  07 September, 2009

Aftermarket thinks that if a car polish company really wants to stand out from the crowd it needs to be brave enough to claim NOT to be the best.

Survey time

Dealer survey shows relations between franchisees and VMs are strengthening
Published:  07 September, 2009

RELATIONSHIPS between dealers and VMs are improving as a result of the credit crunch, according to the latest National Franchised Dealers Association (NFDA) survey.

Sofima so good for filters

Sofima filters from Fuel Parts
Published:  04 September, 2009

rong>Fuel Parts began distributing the UFI’s Sofima brand of filters in June and now that a number of UK stockists are on board, the company is looking to increase its UK-wide distribution.

Hybrid growth

Bosch says half of all new vehicles will be micro-hybrids within three years
Published:  04 September, 2009

HALF of all new cars in Europe will be fitted with stop-start systems by 2012, according to Bosch.

Young talent

Technicians fly to Canada to compete against the best young workshop staff from across the globe
Published:  04 September, 2009

A TRIO of young technicians has flown to Canada to take on the best talent from around the world.

Petition power

R2RC urges garages to sign e-petition as deadline for European feedback draws closer
Published:  04 September, 2009

THE RIGHT To Repair Campaign (R2RC) is urging workshop staff to sign its online petition as the deadline for registering views on aftermarket laws draws closer.

Fleet chance

Autosafe claims 530% rise in fleet business and says now is the time for independents to cash in
Published:  04 September, 2009

REPAIR network Autosafe says independents are poised to capture more fleet servicing work after increasing its fleet business by 530% in the last year.

Battery booster in charge

Battery chargers from Facom
Published:  03 September, 2009

According to Facom, 80% of vehicle problems can be traced back to dodgy batteries. Its latest range of three smart chargers is designed to help you deal with this.

Brake range joins line-up

Pagid braking parts from Euro Car Parts
Published:  02 September, 2009

ECP has added this all-makes range to its line-up. It includes 1,200 pads and discs, 250 brake drums and 500 brake shoes that cover 99% of the UK car parc, including the new Ford Ka and Fiesta plus the latest Vauxhall Insignia.

Scheme update

Motor Industry Code says it will not go head-to-head with Good Garage Scheme in TV battle
Published:  02 September, 2009

THE MOTOR Industry Code of Practice for Service and Repair says it will not attempt to emulate the Good Garage Scheme's (GGS) forthcoming TV advertising campaign.

New bay support team

Local technical support from The Trade Group
Published:  01 September, 2009

Planning a new MOT or ATL bay or just updating one can be difficult and that is why The Trade Group places an emphasis on technical support.

Drum kits take some beating

Ferodo MaxiKits from Federal Mogul
Published:  28 August, 2009

If you're the kind of technician that doesn't like taking two bottles into the shower when just one will do (top marks for anyone who remembers those 1990s shampoo ads), these pre-assembled drum brake kits could be the answer.

Race time

Are you a speed demon? Unipart wants to hear from you, as it hits the track in support of industry charity BEN
Published:  28 August, 2009

THE AFTERMARKET'S best - and worst - drivers will put their skills to the test in support of industry charity BEN this September.

Cool protection for VW's

MAINTAIN FRICOFIN DP anti-freeze coolant from Fuchs Lubricants
Published:  27 August, 2009

The anti-freeze offers protection against frost, rust and overheating in all Volkswagen engines in both cars and heavy-duty applications.

Web answers

How to build a website that costs next to nothing without any computer experience!
Published:  27 August, 2009

DIAGNOSTIC specialist David Hirst says garages worried about promoting their business online have nothing to fear.

Get rigid rust relegated

Restore rust remover from Frost
Published:  26 August, 2009

Frost says this water-based, non-acidic and biodegradable concentrate removes rust without attacking plastics, rubbers and non-ferrous metals.

Job search

RMIF recruitment service pledges not to headhunt in mission to fill automotive job vacancies
Published:  26 August, 2009

TRAINING organisation Remit has launched a recruitment division to help find staff for motoring businesses.

Generous storage can

Stainless steel jerrycans from Double S Exhausts
Published:  25 August, 2009

For the debonair petrol-head who likes to look good while storing hazardous fuels, these jerrycans are the latest in fashion accessories.

Tech info

Independent access to VM security data looks increasingly likely, says GEA boss
Published:  25 August, 2009

GARAGES are increasingly likely to gain access to VM security information, according to the chief executive of the Garage Equipment Association (GEA).

A right royal upgrade

Vectra brake upgrade from Regal
Published:  24 August, 2009

rong>If you’re looking for more power from an Astra or Corsa VXR, then up-rating the brakes is a logical follow-up.

Survey time

Find out garages' investment plans and what they fear is the biggest threat to their business
Published:  24 August, 2009

INDEPENDENT garages fear the burden of legislation will harm their businesses, according to a survey by the Retail Motor Industry Federation (RMIF).

LED lights the way ahead

Daytime running lights from Wipac
Published:  21 August, 2009

The company has a range of retro-fit LED sets to help give customers a vehicle upgrade.

Marvellous motor mat sets

Car mat sets from Randstad
Published:  20 August, 2009

The distributor is continuing to expand its product range with these four-piece sets which come in a variety of styles and materials.

Telly time

Good Garage Scheme announces start of ITV advertising campaign to attract drivers
Published:  20 August, 2009

THE GOOD Garage Scheme is turning to TV advertising to raise its profile among motorists.

Booth is more than all-white

GL4WB spray booth from GEG
Published:  19 August, 2009

rong>This booth aims to help body shops cope with the numerous differences between finishing in water-based and cellulose paint.

Code update

Independent Garage Association boss signs up Porsche workshop to Motor Industry Code of Practice
Published:  19 August, 2009

THE CHAIRMAN of the Independent Garage Association (IGA) is attempting to lead by example after renewing his workshop’s subscription to the Motor Industry Code of Practice for Service and Repair.

Tougher tests

Demands of new vehicle technology mean ATA assessments will toughen-up
Published:  19 August, 2009

ATA assessments are set to become tougher following the latest review of the scheme by staff at the Institute of the Motor Industry (IMI).

Get prepared with discs

Abrasive discs from 3M
Published:  18 August, 2009

rong>The 1000 grade foam abrasive disc is designed for preparing panels for base coating and for keying alloy wheels and bumpers.

Oil alert

Havoline text message service for motorists reveals correct top-up engine oils
Published:  18 August, 2009

A TEXT message service to help drivers choose the right oil for their car has been launched by lubricants company Chevron.

Diesel technical training

Common rail diesel training from Automotive Diagnostic Solutions
Published:  17 August, 2009

If you want the latest hints and tips on repairing diesel cars, Frank Massey has a wide selection of options.

ATA advance

Published:  17 August, 2009

THE ATA scheme is set to grow faster than ever following an agreement with City & Guilds to extend the number of assessment centres.

Car care range cleans up

Armor All car care products from A1 Motor Stores
Published:  14 August, 2009

A1 has become a stockist for the Armor All range - known throughout the US as one of the country's biggest car care brands.

Scope deal

Pico develops custom Maserati version of its oscilloscope kit (model Alexina Graham not included)
Published:  14 August, 2009

PICO Technology has secured a deal to supply its oscilloscopes to Maserati's entire global dealer network.

Raising the bar for diesel

2,000 bar diesel system from Denso
Published:  13 August, 2009

Following the company's launch of a 1,800 bar common rail system in 1995, an improved 2,000 bar system is due for release shortly, alongside the aftermarket range of nozzles and pump components.

Bosch boost

Bosch wins approval to run ATA assessments for diagnostic, master and air con technicians
Published:  13 August, 2009

BOSCH has been approved by the Institute of the Motor Industry (IMI) to deliver ATA assessments.

Tyre chance

Tyre retailer looks to recruit 400 extra independent garages into its fitting network
Published:  13 August, 2009

THE ONLINE tyre retailer is aiming to recruit 400 extra garages into its national network of fitting centres.

Top tool sets for techs

Tool sets from Facom
Published:  12 August, 2009

Two small, portable tool sets should interest mobile technicians.

Peoples champ

Alastair Peoples becomes permanent CEO of VOSA as part of three-year improvement programme
Published:  12 August, 2009

ALASTAIR Peoples has been named as VOSA's permanent chief executive officer (CEO).

Charged up battery range

Numax batteries from Manbat
Published:  11 August, 2009

According to Manbat, Numax is the fastest growing battery brand in the UK thanks to its value for money and relationship with OEM supplier JCI (VARTA).


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