Car help

The 'black box' from Unipart could save your life
Published:  21 May, 2008

NEO-TRAC from Unipart is a 'black box' that will automatically alert police if a car is involved in a serious accident or is stolen. It pinpoints the exact position of the vehicle using satellite tracking, linked with computerised mapping. So, even if a motorist ends up upside-down, unconscious in a ditch, the system takes over and alerts the police.

Doctor doctor

Is it about time your business was serviced?
Published:  21 May, 2008

NEW TECHNOLOGY. Upcoming legislation. Business help. Future of MOT. Training. You can stop hunting for the answers now, and join us at the GEA Aftermarket Technical Workshop on June 9, to get all the answers you need in just one business day.

MOT success

MOT fee rise delivers testing results with new stations and time-saving systems, says VOSA
Published:  21 May, 2008

VOSA OPENS a state of the art test station at Merebank Road, Avonmouth, Bristol today, in a prime position by the motorway network. Some 80% of customers are now based within a three-mile radius. Continuous testing is provided from 7.00am to 5.00pm.

Innovative bending solution

Gates Unicoil hose tool from GP Automotive
Published:  20 May, 2008

/>GP Automotive says the deal will make the tool more easily available to garages than ever bef

Hand held tuning workshop

LM-2 air/fuel meter and data-logger from Graham Goode
Published:  19 May, 2008

/>It combines an air/fuel meter with a 32-channel data-logger and powerful softw

One brand for same- day fix

NAP new and reman clutches from FPS
Published:  16 May, 2008

/>The units replace its Ferodo branded clutch programme. The new package will allow FPS to offer both new and remanufactured clutches on a same-day delivery ba

BER tips

ADF revises guide to servicing in line with latest BER rules
Published:  16 May, 2008

WITH the future of Block Exemption Regulations (BER) in the balance, The Automotive Distribution Federation (ADF) has called on the industry not to stop repairing customers' cars during their warranty period.

Asbestos alert

Warning for garage managers after HSE crackdown
Published:  16 May, 2008

WORKSHOP managers without a formal approach to asbestos management are taking unnecessary risks, following a Health and Safety Executive (HSE) crackdown.

Test check

GEA president explains plans for installation engineer assessments
Published:  16 May, 2008

The Garage Equipment Association's newly-elected president has formally announced details of plans for a network of GEA-accredited lift engineers.

Parts plus

Euro Car Parts reveals expansion plans to get better deal for workshops
Published:  16 May, 2008

EURO Car Parts has joined an exclusive international buying and marketing group it says will help it offer workshops bigger savings on a wider range of parts.

Separate ways

UKPA parts company with Andrew Page in high-profile distribution change
Published:  16 May, 2008

PARTS distributor Andrew Page has parted company with the UK Parts Alliance (UKPA) buying group that it helped to form nine years ago.

Stylish look for Vauxhall

Euro Tuner rear lights from Essex Racing
Published:  15 May, 2008

/>The units are direct replacements for the originals and come with wiring harnesses and connect

Hands-free car solution

YADA mobile phone holder from Winplus Europe
Published:  14 May, 2008

/>The kit comes with a number of auto-connect features to make installation and setup fast and hassle-f

Parts range increased

Chassis components from TRW
Published:  13 May, 2008

/>The range now includes 337 extra part numbers, including nine brake servos, 17 brake discs, 19 brake hoses and 13 new brake p

Complete care package

Farecla Smart car care range from Autogem
Published:  12 May, 2008

/>The range could prove a hit with customers. It includes everything from advanced nano-technology alloy wheel cleaner and colour restorer to Hi-Gloss wax and polishing clot

Quick glowing plugs

YE12 glow plug from NGK
Published:  09 May, 2008

/>Also out now is the YE14 which uses the company’s unique SRM technology to provide performance on VAG 2.0 litre diesel engine mod

Employer news

Code proposal offers support to workshop managers during staff disputes
Published:  09 May, 2008

A DRAFT code of practice aimed at simplifying employee discipline and grievance procedures has been welcomed by the Forum of Private Business (FPB).

VOSA changes

Departure of MOT boss Alan Wilson paves way for new leadership
Published:  09 May, 2008

VOSA has shaken-up its MOT scheme by reorganising the men in charge of testing across the UK.

Parts warning

Counterfeit wheel bearings pose threat to UK market, warns Motaquip
Published:  09 May, 2008

A FLOOD of counterfeit wheel bearings are pouring into the UK and posing a threat to motorists, parts supplier Motaquip has warned.

Efficient testing option

Shock absorber tester from JHM Butt
Published:  08 May, 2008

/>It does not need any electrical supply and is controlled by a 32-bit processor and fitted with an LCD display to provide clear resu

Help with alternator repairs

Alternator tool set from Laser Tools
Published:  07 May, 2008

/>The kit comes with an M10 spline in ½” D fittings for Bosch alternators with free-wheel pulleys along with H10, H8, T50 and T40 sockets. M10 and M8 fittings are also include

MOT demand

Industry execs issue government ultimatum on future of 4-2-2 tests
Published:  07 May, 2008

INDUSTRY executives have demanded the government launches a consultation on the future of MOTs now - or abandons its 4-2-2 proposals altogether.

Repair latest

Valeo says rise of latest exhaust system means extra work for garages
Published:  07 May, 2008

THE RISE of Exhaust Gas Recirculation (EGR) systems could mean added repair chances for garages, according to Valeo Service.

Fast oil filter removal

Oil filter wrench from Gates
Published:  06 May, 2008

/>It can be used on cars, commercial vehicles and even coach and bus applicati

For hard- to-reach faults

Videoscope investigation tool from Serenco
Published:  05 May, 2008

/>The 900mm-long shaft contains a powerful white LED light to illuminate even the darkest ar

Shine plenty of light

Fog lamp from Valeo
Published:  02 May, 2008

/>A high intensity beam reaches up to 60m and ventilation design features prevent water proble

BER latest

Leaked EU report gives "serious wake up call" to independent aftermarket, says IGA boss
Published:  02 May, 2008

A LEAKED copy of the long-awaited EU report on Block Exemption (BER) renewal has given a "serious wake up call" to the independent sector, the head of the Independent Garage Association (IGA) has warned.

Reman rise

TRW boss highlights reman profit opportunities for garages
Published:  02 May, 2008

CONSUMERS want eco-friendly products and the aftermarket has a "real opportunity" to benefit from supplying them, according to a senior boss at parts company TRW.

Diagnostic help in one kit

DDS 100 and 200 diagnostic system from Hella
Published:  01 May, 2008

/>The DDS 200 is a mobile, wireless tool for user-friendly diagnostics, including OBD, OBDII and EOBD connectivity. It can also be used for service light resetting and fault code deletio

Skills move

IMI takes over SkillAuto in continued drive to improve industry image
Published:  01 May, 2008

THE IMI has taken over technical skills contest group SkillAuto, to help develop the young technical talent of the future.

Complete parts manual

Annual trade book from Vauxhall
Published:  30 April, 2008

/>More than 360 part numbers join the range of over 3,000 parts for both Vauxhall cars and vans. New items include air conditioning compressors, condensers and turbocharg

Problem detection made easy

Ultrasonic probe from Primalec
Published:  29 April, 2008

/>Faulty insulation on electrical circuits and small leakages of gas or air also emit ultrasonic sound that can be detected by this produc

Parts push

Ford aims to help independents with re-launched parts service
Published:  29 April, 2008

ONE of the largest Ford dealer groups in the UK has re-launched its parts business for the 55 dealerships and 6,500 independent workshops it serves.

Safety alert

Garages urged to check lift safety after HSE reveals rise of arm locking problem
Published:  29 April, 2008

THE HEALTH and Safety Executive (HSE) has issued a warning about serious safety problems with some two-post lifts.

Quality brake prices

Rossini brake disc refund guarantee from Car Parts Direct
Published:  28 April, 2008

/>The discs are designed to improve stopping power by up to 40% on original discs that cannot cope with long periods of extreme driv

One stop drive belt repairs

Gates Professional tools range from FPS
Published:  25 April, 2008

/>FPS can offer customers laser alignment devices, the Gates Sonic Tension Tester and both universal and engine specific tools for synchronous and accessory belt drive syst

Smart sporty wheels

Wheel designs from Rimstock
Published:  24 April, 2008

/>The outer wheel of the Pro Race 1.2 S features a wide coloured rim, available in red, yellow or blue. The wheel has a classic 12 spoke deign and is supplied in matt black or gloss white in sizes 14” x 7 to 20” x

Friends' tributes

Colleagues pay tribute to much-loved product expert John Padbury
Published:  24 April, 2008

FRIENDS and colleagues have paid tribute to popular aftermarket figure John Padbury, who died suddenly last Friday.

Rickshaw race

Technician Mike embarks on epic rally across India in charity bid
Published:  24 April, 2008

TECHNICIAN MIKE Hemingway is set to put his maintenance skills to the ultimate test by riding a rickshaw across the Indian sub-continent.

Rule rumours

ADF chief reassures garages over Block Exemption fears
Published:  24 April, 2008

GARAGES should not necessarily worry about rumours that Block Exemption (BER) laws will not be renewed, the chief executive of the Automotive Distribution Federation has announced.

Lighting up

Hella launches LED headlight designed not to need aftermarket replacement
Published:  24 April, 2008

LIGHTING specialist Hella unveiled what it believes is the future of headlight technology this week.

Rich reward

Independent technician Richard scoops 8,000th ATA accreditation
Published:  24 April, 2008

RICHARD Cleaver has become the 8,000th technician to achieve ATA accreditation.

Lubricant fills market gap

Gear oil from Comma
Published:  23 April, 2008

/>An A4 supplement is available for its Workshop Application Guide, recommending all car and LCV applications for Comma AS

Banish nasty odours fast

Air con tool from Autoclimate
Published:  22 April, 2008

/>The process is designed to eliminate bad odours in around 20 minutes, without drenching the car in over-powering sme

Expert advice

Technical Workshop set to give garages latest knowledge for success
Published:  22 April, 2008

Five technical and business experts are lined up to advise workshop managers and senior technicians involved in MOT, service & repair at the GEA Aftermarket Technical Workshop on June 9th.

Total protection helmet

TL Predator welding helmet from Jackson Products
Published:  21 April, 2008

/>It is built from a robust shell that the company claims is “almost indestructible” to offer optimum head and face protect

Glowing ratchet wrenches

Cranked Handle Ratchet Wrenches from Sealey
Published:  18 April, 2008

/>What makes them special is a built-in LED that helps illuminate the work area, something that could prove useful for jobs in dark or secluded engine compartme

Workshop blog

Editor Tom Mallens reflects on three days at Workshop 2008
Published:  18 April, 2008

AFTER four days of frantic activity it's finally over and, in a strange way, I miss it already.

Lift plans

Garage Equipment Association plans scheme for registered lift engineers
Published:  18 April, 2008

A NETWORK of registered lift engineers could be introduced by the Garage Equipment Association, the organisation's new president has announced.

Fleet service

LSUK launches 'intensive care' scheme to help fleet workshop businesses
Published:  18 April, 2008

LSUK HAS begun an 'intensive care' repair and servicing initiative to shake-up the fleet workshop sector.


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