Ben: New online support programmes for younger people

Published:  27 September, 2021

Ben has unveiled a new range of programmes targeted at younger people in the sector on its digital mental health and wellbeing platform SilverCloud.

Fuel shortages to spark EV surge?

Published:  27 September, 2021

The current fuel shortages being caused by panic-buying across the UK have been cited as a reason for 19% of motorists spoken to for a new survey being more likely to buy an electric car next time.

Top Technician 2021 finalists announced

Published:  16 September, 2021

The finalists for Top Technician 2021, who will be returning to In Town Automotive on Saturday 9 October, are as follows:

Motul: Full throttle at Goodwood Revival

Published:  15 September, 2021

Motul is turning its attention to the Goodwood Motor Circuit and its Revival meeting at the weekend, where the company has signed a major multi-year partnership.

How low can you go?

Published:  14 September, 2021

Garages that are not set up to service lowered cars could be missing out on a major potential income stream, with interest in lowered car alignment racing ahead across the sector according to Absolute Alignment.

Raw material costs rises mean higher prices warns BM Catalysts

Published:  14 September, 2021

Global steel shortages, increasing aluminised and stainless steel prices and in rising commodity costs, are causing pipe price volatility BM Catalysts has warned.

Venture time with NGK

Published:  14 September, 2021

NGK is continuing to plan for the future, with three Venture Labs based in Tokyo, Silicon Valley and Ratingen in Germany working on a range of projects, with many having real-world applications within the automotive sphere.

New BorgWarner/Delphi Technologies Aftermarket EV offering

Published:  14 September, 2021

Delphi Technologies Aftermarket, through BorgWarner, has launched a new offering for EVs that will enable independent garages to obtain a range of replacement parts, including combined inverter and DC/ DC converters, traction power inverter modules, and onboard chargers.

Bridgestone partners on new EV charging network

Published:  14 September, 2021

Bridgestone and electric vehicle charging provider EVBox have teamed up on a project to put in 3,500 new charging ports across Bridgestone’s European retail and service network over the next five years. The network, which will include both normal and fast-charging stations will launch in France and Italy, before expanding across to the UK, Germany, Poland and Spain, as well as other European countries.

£6,500 raised for charity by TRICO and A1

Published:  08 September, 2021

TRICO and A1 were able to raise £6,576 for charity Speed Of Sight during the summer through a pledge to donate £1 from every sale via A1 Motor Stores.

Automechanika launches UK Garage and Bodyshop Event for 2022

Published:  08 September, 2021

The organisers of Automechanika Birmingham have announced a two-day live event taking place next June; The UK Garage and Bodyshop Event. Taking place on 8-9 June 2022 at the NEC Birmingham, the event will provide the opportunity to get up close with suppliers, as well as access to three training hubs and three feature areas.

“Aftermarket for the future” theme for IAAF 2021 Virtual Conference

Published:  07 September, 2021

Aftermarket for the Future will be the theme of the IAAF Virtual Conference 2021, taking place on Thursday 2 December.

New car sales: Weakest August since 2013

Published:  06 September, 2021

The global semiconductor shortage resulting from the pandemic has been contraining new car production volume, and has been cited a main reason behind new car sales for August being 22% down on 2020, making it the weakest August for new car sales since 2013.

Autoinform Live: OESAA and GROUPAUTO announce AutoCare initiative

Published:  27 August, 2021

The Original Equipment Suppliers Aftermarket Association (OESAA) has teamed up with GROUPAUTO for the upcoming Autoinform Live event.

MOT test numbers up by 45% in Q2

Published:  26 August, 2021

Join Ben’s Fantasy Football League and win £1,000

Published:  25 August, 2021

Ben has launched its own league as part of the Fantasy Premier League for the 2021-22 football season, and is encouraging automotive industry people to take part to be in with a chance to win over £1,000 in cash prizes.

Peak A/C season: Nissens supports garages

Published:  24 August, 2021

WAI hosts Euro 2020 competition for customers and staff

Published:  23 August, 2021

To celebrate Euro 2020, WAIglobal UK launched a competition where customers signed up to a special WAI Euro 2020 app where they could predict match scores for the chance to win prizes, including AirPods, a wireless Qi Charger, wireless headphones, a Bluetooth Speaker and a Smartwatch.

Study: Mass EV adoption won’t come in time for 2030

Published:  20 August, 2021

Mass adoption of electric vehicles is unlikely to happen by 2030, with the fact that EVs with a real-world range of around 300 miles will not be available at the mainstream-friendly £21,620 price-point until at least that date being a major stumbling block, according to a new report by GoCompare.

Ben’s ILC The Climb postponed as participants tackle National 3 Peaks

Published:  19 August, 2021

Ben’s Industry Leader Challenge (ILC) fundraiser, The Climb, has been postponed to February 2022 at the earliest due to Tanzania remaining on the travel red list. However, those due to take part will instead undertake the National 3 Peaks Challenge, tackling the three highest peaks in Scotland, England and Wales, from 31 October to 3 November.

IMI at the British Motor Show

Published:  19 August, 2021

The IMI is taking a lead role at the 2021 British Motor, through its sponsorship of the IMI Technology Theatre, as well as supporting the Automotive Careers Expo.  Key features on the IMI stand will include, the IMI Careers Hub, the IMI Professional Register, IMI TechSafe, VOCANTO e-learning and the Lucas Nuelle Car-Train training unit.

In the year 2025, 20% of cars will be electrified

Published:  18 August, 2021

Electrified vehicles could make up 25% of UK vehicles by 2025, according to GiPA UK.

MOT wave about to hit

Published:  18 August, 2021

6,952,454 MOTs are set to expire across England, Scotland and Wales during September and October, according to the latest figures released by the DVSA. This 1.3 million increase represents a 22% rise on pre-pandemic levels.9.58 million drivers opted to take advantage of the 2020 MOT exemption and time-shifted their Spring/Summer tests into the Autumn, which has altered the pattern of testing through the year going forward.

IAAF continues to highlight in-vehicle data access rights

Published:  18 August, 2021

Access to in-vehicle data by independent garages would be severely threatened if the VM-backed Extended Vehicle (ExVe) model becomes the standard, the IAAF and its European partners including FIGIEFA are continuing to warn the EU and the UK government.

Top Technician 2021 semi-finalists announced

Published:  17 August, 2021

The semi-finalists for Top Technician 2021 have been named.
The following mechanics will be competing in the semi-final, which is being held at In Town Automotive in Northampton on Saturday 4 September:

E10 intro prompts fuel additives boom

Published:  16 August, 2021

E10 petrol standard replaces E5 or 95 octane grade petrol at the pump from 1 September, and garages, motor factors and consumers have been racing to prepare for the switch.

Garage staffing to see improvement following double-jab close contact rule changes?

Published:  16 August, 2021

Garages should see staff shortages due to self-isolation requirements start to lessen from today, due to COVID-19 rule changes that include those who have received two doses of as vaccine no longer being required to self-isolate if they have been identified as having been in close contact with someone who has tested positive.

Summer/Autumn 21: Seize every opportunity garages told

Published:  12 August, 2021

Garages need to prepare for the growing busy period in the second half of 2021 to make sure they can take advantage of the opportunities, and not be overwhelmed by the workload, GiPA’s Q2 report has suggested.

Older cars dominate Q2 used car sales

Published:  10 August, 2021

Independent garages could soon see a boom, as used car sales increased by a massive 108.6% in the second quarter of 2021 according to the latest figures from the SMMT, with older cars making up the vast majority. In fact, only 12.7% of all used cars sold during the three-month period were under three years old, the lowest on record.

HGS/Pro-Align ADAS/wheel alignment team-up announced

Published:  09 August, 2021

Hella Gutmann Solutions (HGS) has teamed up with Pro-Align to provide a combined solution for wheel alignment and ADAS camera and radar calibration.

New car sales: Weakest July since 1998

Published:  05 August, 2021

The combined onslaught of the pingdemic and the ongoing worldwide semiconductor shortage managed to push new car sales down by 29.5% compared with 2020, making it the weakest July since 1998, according to the latest figures from the SMMT.

Ben switches on Big Breakfast to focus on mental health

Published:  03 August, 2021

Ben is to undertake its first ever Big Breakfast fundraiser in October. The event runs for a week, starting on Monday 4 October and ending on World Mental Health Day on Sunday 10 October.

August Furlough changes

Published:  02 August, 2021

Garages and all other businesses still using the furlough scheme have since yesterday (Sunday 1 August) been required to make larger contributions towards paying their staff.

MOT “to take over 10 years” to return to pre-2020 pattern

Published:  27 July, 2021

A MOT surge in the Autumn will be a fact of life for at least a decade, according to a new analysis of the relevant data performed by Continental Tyres.

EVs and hybrids surge in popularity over last 12 months

Published:  27 July, 2021

11% of drivers planning to change their car expect its replacement to be fully electric, up from 8% in 2020 according to new research. When including hybrids, the research from Kwik Fit shows that the number looking for a low emission vehicle next time rises to 37%, a up from from 33% a year ago.

LKQ Euro Car Parts calls on government to act on Block Exemption monopoly threat to independent garages

Published:  23 July, 2021

LKQ Euro Car Parts has called on the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) to urgently clarify its plans for what will replace the EU’s Motor Vehicle Block Exemptions (MVBER), which expire in 2023. While the European Commission is consulting industry within the EU, LKQ Euro Car Parts says the CMA is yet to properly engage with the issue in the UK.

Ping-demic highlights pre-existing skills shortage in automotive sector

Published:  22 July, 2021

With 618,903 people in England and Wales instructed to self-isolate in just one week up to 14 July, the automotive sector will not be immune from the impact the NHS COVID-19 app is having on the wider society.

Garage staffing to be decimated by NHS app pings?

Published:  16 July, 2021

Staffing levels in garages over the summer could hit critically low levels, with the number of people being instructed to self-isolate through the NHS COVID-19 app rising rapidly.

VARTA: ‘Joining OESAA was a no-brainer!’

Published:  16 July, 2021

VARTA has said that the inevitable positive outcome of joining the Original Equipment Suppliers Aftermarket Association (OESAA) in 2019 made the decision “a no-brainer.”

Top Technician semi-finalist is EV world champ

Published:  14 July, 2021

One of the semi-finalists in this year’s Top Technician competition has been named as Kia’s world champion EV technician, winning the Gold Medal in the Kia EV Skill World Cup 2021, beating rivals from 14 other countries while also hopefully putting him in good stead for this year’s TT diagnostic smackdown.

75% of all exhibitors to be live at Automechanika Frankfurt Digital Plus

Published:  08 July, 2021

75% of the 200 companies exhibiting at this year’s Automechanika Frankfurt Digital Plus will have physical stands at the showground, the organisers have revealed.

Win 12-month GMS subscription with TechMan

Published:  07 July, 2021

TechMan is giving away a free 12-month subscription of its garage management system as part of a prize package worth more than £1,200.

European aftermarket first for Banner

Published:  06 July, 2021

Banner has introduced a new 50 Ah Running Bull AGM, a starter battery compatible with models including as the Suzuki Swift/Splash, Vauxhall Adam, Hyundai Kona and Kia Stonic. Meanwhile, in what is a European aftermarket first for Banner, the Running Bull AGM 55001 part number is currently installed in the BWM i8 as a back-up.

Commenting on the development, Banner Batteries Country Manager Lee Quinney said: “The importance of AGM and EFB battery technology continues to gain momentum in the UK aftermarket and we are confident that the new Running Bull part number will help consolidate Banner’s position within what is an increasingly important sector. The new-to-range AGM not only exemplifies Banner’s standing as a complete solutions provider, it once again reflects Banner’s prominent reputation within the OE arena.”

In addition, Banner is continuing to promote its VRM battery application guide, available from

New car sales up, but pandemic and semiconductor shortage still impacting

Published:  05 July, 2021

New car sales were up 28% in June, with 186,128 sold during the month according to the latest figures from the SMMT, although the ongoing impact of the pandemic is still being felt, as well as the the global semiconductor shortage which is limiting supply.

Saturday/Sunday drivers: Pandemic makes motorists Weekenders research suggests

Published:  02 July, 2021

Garages should see overall work levels settle towards pre-pandemic levels as new research shows weekend traffic levels above pre-Coronavirus levels, while weekday traffic remains lightly below where it was previously.

Nissan investment to boost EVs in UK?

Published:  02 July, 2021

The EV market in the UK got a major boost this week, with Nissan’s revealing it will build its new EV at its plant in Sunderland, with a battery plant in the plan too.

Furlough terms change for employers

Published:  01 July, 2021

Garages and all other businesses still accessing the furlough scheme to pay staff are required to begin contributing from today (Thursday 1 July).

LCV growth: Don’t miss out on the van-demic opportunity says LKQ Euro Car Parts

Published:  30 June, 2021

The pandemic has helped turn van servicing, maintenance and repairs into a serious growth area, and garages should not pass up on the opportunity, according to LKQ Euro Car Parts

Recycler processes millionth tyre

Published:  30 June, 2021

North-West recyclers BIG ATOM recently processed its one millionth tyre in just three years in its first step towards a fully sustainable operation.

IAAF Annual Conference continues virtual format in 2021

Published:  29 June, 2021

The IAAF Annual Conference will be virtual again this year, the industry and country continues to recover from the COVID-19 pandemic, with the Federation’s Annual Dinner currently set to return in December 2022.


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