Tyre time

Tyre retailer enters servicing market thanks to Unipart deal
Published:  26 October, 2009

TYRE RETAILER Blackcircles.com has joined forces with Unipart to launch an online vehicle servicing scheme.

Learn to tighten your belt

Belt training from Gates
Published:  23 October, 2009

The manufacturer will explain the causes of premature belt failure and how to avoid them. The courses will be hosted by motor factors around the country and include advice on tension settings and the latest fitting techniques.

FAI's belt-er of a timing kit

All-makes belts from FAI
Published:  22 October, 2009

Now installed in a new HQ after burning down in January 2008, FAI has more than 400 timing belt kits on offer to cope with the rise in demand for all-in-one belt replacement solutions.

Get armed with puller set

Wiper arm puller set from Laser Tools
Published:  21 October, 2009

This set is suitable for a wide range of applications and a variety of cars, in particular models from Audi, Volkswagen, BMW, Mercedes and BMW. It also works on Vauxhall, Ford and Peugeot vehicles.

Show time

Big name companies confirm their places at Workshop 2010 vehicle repair exhibition
Published:  21 October, 2009

SOME of the best companies in vehicle diagnostics - including Crypton, Texa, Launch UK, Autodiagnos and V-Tech UK - will be showcasing their latest products and information at the Workshop 2010 exhibition next year.

Universal exhaust fittings

Veco exhaust fittings from Universal Automotive
Published:  20 October, 2009

Exhaust fittings join the Veco brand at Kidderminster-based distributor Universal Automotive.

Maverick deal

Autoparts become suppliers of the DEC Superscan II tool in Scotland
Published:  20 October, 2009

New job

John Ball joins RMIF as first ever MOT chairman to represent test stations
Published:  20 October, 2009

JOHN Ball has been appointed to the new job of MOT chairman at the Retail Motor Industry Federation (RMIF).

Bosch HQ acquires ATA

ATA assessments from Bosch
Published:  19 October, 2009

The growth of ATA is set to continue after Bosch gained approval to carry out ATA assessments at its headquarters in Denham.

Battery plan

French battery charging giant GYS gets set for launch into the UK market
Published:  19 October, 2009

FRENCH battery charger and welding company GYS is gearing up to take on the UK market.

Handy kit for repair jobs

R2nano tool kit from Facom
Published:  16 October, 2009

Only slightly larger than a mobile phone, this set is for people who don't like to be caught without their repair kit to hand.

Tech software

Vivid Automotive outlines plans for UK launch of technical software to rival Autodata
Published:  16 October, 2009

DUTCH software company Vivid Automotive is planning to rival Autodata with the planned launch of its technical data packages into the UK market.

Snap up limited edition tool

Special edition Solus Pro from Snap-on
Published:  15 October, 2009

A limited edition version of the Solus Pro has been built to celebrate the 5,000th sale of the diagnostic tool.

Optimal launch

Parts firm Optimal is set to launch new products in the UK for the first time
Published:  15 October, 2009

Parts firm Optimal is preparing to launch its suspension, bearings, shock absorber and brake pad products into the UK for the first time.

Engine re-build package

Torco engine break-in kit from Nimbus Motorsport
Published:  14 October, 2009

To help with engine re-builds, this pack contains every lubricant and additive you'll need.

French software

Autologic launches French diagnostic software at Equip Auto in Paris
Published:  14 October, 2009

AUTOLOGIC has officially launched its French diagnostic software package at the Equip Auto exhibition in Paris.

Speedy scanner finds fault

Launch C Reader V from RW Motortec
Published:  13 October, 2009

It takes Usain Bolt less than 10s to run the 100m - and according to RW Motortec, it takes the "lightning fast" C Reader V less than 10s to scan through a vehicle's entire electronic system too.

MOT change

Smaller workshops will now be able to upgrade to ATL or one-man testing
Published:  13 October, 2009

VOSA has revised its MOT requirements, meaning many small workshops will be able to upgrade their testing facilities to ATL or one-person test lanes.

Bigger better oil bottle

Carlube Vision from Tetrosyl
Published:  12 October, 2009

A new 5-litre 'Vision' bottle is out now. It will contain only Carlube synthetic and mineral oil ranges to differentiate them from competitor brands.

Delphi training

A new series of Delphi training courses announced
Published:  12 October, 2009

DELPHI has launched a series of new courses from its Warwick training headquarters.

Joint decision adds parts

Surcharge-free CV Joints from Remy Automotive
Published:  09 October, 2009

Remy's transmission programme now has an additional 779 driveshafts and 289 CV Joints, bringing the total to over 3,000 part numbers covering 95% of the UK car parc.

Brake test

Honeywell puts its Bendix brake pads to the test to show superior performance
Published:  09 October, 2009

PARTS company Honeywell has attempted to prove the superiority of its Bendix brake pads in a live demonstration at the Boxberg test track in Germany.

Heading north

Somerset-based expert James Dillon heads north with new training base in Doncaster
Published:  09 October, 2009

SYSTEMS expert James Dillon is heading north to offer training courses from Doncaster.

Surfacer is in its primer

3:1 primer surfacer from Standox
Published:  08 October, 2009

The new epoxy primer surfacer is for use on sanded-through areas and to cover bare metal or substrates underneath.

Scrap update

RMIF claims success for scrappage scheme as new car registrations continue to rise
Published:  08 October, 2009

SALES of new cars have risen for the third month in a row, according to the Retail Motor Industry Federation (RMIF).

Fluid skills Comma long way

Oils, coolants and fluids training from Comma
Published:  07 October, 2009

Name a liquid in a car and there's a good chance Comma has a training module specially designed for it.

Wrench reaches hard parts

Hand impact wrench from Frost
Published:  06 October, 2009

rong>Designed to remove stubborn bolts in hard-to-reach areas in the engine compartment, this tool is set with the standard short level at 90degrees.

Tax trap

Exhaust firm Double S attacks proposals for "tax on manufacturing"
Published:  06 October, 2009

EXHAUST firm Double S Exhausts has hit out at claims that type-approval rules should be introduced for the UK exhaust market.

Blades save on waste

Beam blades from Astra Automotive
Published:  05 October, 2009

During the 1990s, saying the words 'dot com' got investors so excited every website owner in town seemed to be worth millions.

Independent issue

Vauxhall issues clarification on vehicle warranties after ADF challenges "misleading" claims
Published:  05 October, 2009

VAUXHALL has clarified statements implying drivers' warranties may be at risk if they use independent garages following intervention by the Automotive Distribution Federation (ADF).

Time for a chain change?

Timing chain kits from FPS
Published:  02 October, 2009

The full range includes around 200 kits covering more than 800 applications. Vehicles covered include the Vauxhall Astra, Vectra and Signum as well as the Nissan Micra, Almera and Primera, giving you an easier solution to chain replacement.

ATL/OPTL install support

Installation package from Gemco
Published:  01 October, 2009

A significant improvement in productivity is said to result from upgrading an existing MOT bay to a one person test lane or automated test lane.

Kart capers

Unipart continues support for industry charity BEN with more kart championship success
Published:  01 October, 2009

UNIPART has continued its fundraising for industry charity BEN by winning through to the finals of its annual karting championship.

Scrap views

Extension to car scrappage scheme is "complete madness" claims car parts firm boss
Published:  01 October, 2009

CAR PARTS Direct boss Mark Cornwall has hit out at the government's extension of the car scrappage scheme, claiming it is a "hair brain" and unnecessary move.

Talk about great timing

Timing belt seal kits from Corteco
Published:  30 September, 2009

rong>49 kits covering more than 900 engines have been designed to make it easier to change all seals when replacing the timing belt.

CAN courses

Warwick Control announces new dates to get latest CAN bus knowledge
Published:  30 September, 2009

THE COMPLEXITIES of CAN bus technology will be made easier to understand in a fresh round of training courses from Warwick Control.

Delphi at your service

Service Centre modules from Delphi
Published:  29 September, 2009

rong>Another three workshop concepts designed to build on the success of Delphi’s Diesel Point scheme will be the focus of the company’s stand at Equip Auto.

Scrap surprise

Lord Mandelson grants surprise extension to car scrappage scheme
Published:  29 September, 2009

THE GOVERNMENT has extended the vehicle scrappage scheme.

Dragon manages dealers

DMS service calendar from Dragon 2000
Published:  28 September, 2009

No, it's not a fantasy role playing game for overgrown nerds. Dragon 2000 is the company behind a range of dealer management systems designed to help franchise and independent businesses maximise their efficiency.

Plan ahead

Get ready for surge in battery problems, advises charger company CTEK
Published:  28 September, 2009

BATTERY charger company CTEK is urging garages to take advantage of the upcoming winter weather.

Narva say Narva again

Narva lighting from Randstad
Published:  25 September, 2009

rong>stributor Randstad hopes to make these German bulbs a familiar name with garages across the UK this summer.

Double bid

Top Technician winner Richard Perriman aims for unprecedented double victory
Published:  25 September, 2009

RICHARD Perriman will defend his Top Technician title by competing in the 2010 competition to find the UK's best vehicle repairer.

Charity thanks

Aftermarket's generous readers and advertisers help it scoop BEN Trade Journal of the Year award
Published:  25 September, 2009

AFTERMARKET has scooped the BEN Trade Journal of the Year charity award - thanks to the support of its dedicated readers and advertisers.

Torque is (kinda) cheap

Focus ST sports exhaust from Scorpion
Published:  24 September, 2009

rong>A 63mm diameter exhaust system has been developed as early examples of the Ford’s hot hatch escape the manufacturer’s warranty.

Business gain

Rate of business failure falls as dealers regain financial stability
Published:  24 September, 2009

BUSINESS insolvencies in the automotive sector fell by 18% during August, compared to the same month in 2008.

Sockets pull the plug

Spark plug socket set from Laser Tools
Published:  23 September, 2009

A 6-piece spark and glow plug set is out now.

Helmet for weld domination

ADF welding helmet from ESAB
Published:  22 September, 2009

If you want a welding helmet that doubles as a great fancy-dress costume then look no further.

Cool diagnostic control

VDC compressor control system from Texa
Published:  21 September, 2009

Designed to help diagnose vehicles with electronically-controlled variable displacement compressors, the VDC interface connects to Texa's air con stations where it lets users control the signal sent to the compressor for diagnostic and testing purposes.

BER reaction

Aftermarket consortium welcomes "encouraging" EU news for industry rules
Published:  21 September, 2009

THE INDEPENDENT aftermarket says it is "encouraged" by the European Union's latest activity on Block Exemption Regulations (BER).

MOT boost

Kwik-Fit says online booking holds key to 48% increase in MOT business
Published:  21 September, 2009

KWIK-FIT claims it has carried out 48% more MOTs in 2009 compared to the same period last year.


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