If Santa Claus was a car mechanic: Autotech Recruit launch children’s Christmas card competition

Published:  11 November, 2020

Autotech Recruit is inviting budding artists to enter a design for its Christmas card competition, which is being run as part of the company’s 10th anniversary celebrations during December.



Used car market bounces back in Q3

Published:  10 November, 2020


Coronavirus causing used car warranty surge?

Published:  10 November, 2020

COVID-19 could be the cause of motorists opting for longer and more comprehensive levels of warranty cover for second-hand cars, a study has suggested.


Independent garages offer best value for money, IGA study finds

Published:  09 November, 2020


Independent garages are offering motorists outstanding value for money, unrivalled by any other sector in the aftermarket, a new study by the IGA has found.


Record-breaking bookings for MOTs and services as showroom doors close

Published:  09 November, 2020

The first three days of last week (2-4 November) were record-breakers for MOT and service bookings, according BookMyGarage.com.


Business as usual during new lockdown says NGK

Published:  06 November, 2020


Garages are being reassured by NGK that it will continue to be ‘business as usual’ throughout the new month-long lockdown that started in England yesterday (Thursday 5 November ) and set to end on 2 December.


GS Yuasa installs innovative EV charging station in Portsmouth port

Published:  06 November, 2020

Portsmouth International Port now has the capability to fast-charge electric vehicles in the daytime using power supplied overnight, thanks to GS Yuasa.


Furlough to continue into 2021, with more support for self-employed

Published:  05 November, 2020

Chancellor of the Exchequer Rishi Sunak has today (Thursday 5 November) announced that the Furlough is being extended until the end of March 2021, with support for the self-employed also beefed-up.


Castrol launches National Mechanics’ Month

Published:  05 November, 2020

Castrol has launched National Mechanics’ Month, through which Castrol is inviting motorists to nominate their favourite local mechanic or garage.


Firebreak douses demand in Wales as overall car sales fell in October

Published:  05 November, 2020

New car sales were down again in October, with registrations falling 1.6% year-on-year according to the latest figures published today (Thursday 5 November) by the SMMT. There were 140,945 new registrations last month, making it the weakest October since 2011 and 10.1% lower than the average recorded over the last decade.


Automechanika rolls Energy 4 Mobility talks series into 2021

Published:  04 November, 2020

 The new Energy 4 Mobility expert talk series launched by the organisers of Automechanika Frankfurt is set to roll into the new year, with the next event in the series scheduled to take place in March.


German car brands dominate online used car market

Published:  04 November, 2020

Motorists in the second half of 2020 are seeking German cars online in increasing numbers, which is also being reflected in used car sales, new research suggests.


IGA supports government on deciding against new MOT exemption

Published:  03 November, 2020

 The IGA has expressed approval over government’s choice in allowing garages to remain open during the England lockdown due to begin on Thursday (5 November), as well as backing the decision not to bring  in a further MOT exemption.


TRICO launches £20k giveaway

Published:  03 November, 2020

TRICO has an early Christmas present for some lucky people and businesses in the sector. Kicking off from next Monday (9 November) and running until Christmas Eve, the company is runninga giveaway through its distributors, with £20,000 worth of prizes up for grabs.   There are more than 1,000 prizes available, including gift vouchers, Christmas hampers, hotel breaks, football shirts and TRICO stock packs, with a top prize of a £2,000 technology bundle among the £20,000 worth of prizes to be given away this November and December.


NGK BoxClever: Extra prize points on glow plugs during November

Published:  03 November, 2020

Members of NGK’s BoxClever independent garage loyalty scheme will receive 50 prize points for each purchase instead of the normal 20 points when they stock up with glow plugs during November.


Motorist EV prejudice holding back growth survey suggests

Published:  03 November, 2020

Motorists are holding back from buying an EV as a result of views based on actually outdated facts, a survey has suggested.


Harrogate-based garage named Servicesure Autocentre of the Year

Published:  03 November, 2020

Servicesure has named Harrogate-based Simon Graeme Auto Service Centre the Autocentre of the Year in its 2020 annual awards.


No new MOT exemption garages reassured

Published:  03 November, 2020

Garages have continued to be reassured about the ongoing status of the MOT, with a new exemption firmly off the table according to DVSA, as England slides back into lockdown from Thursday (5 November).



NGK refreshes Part Finder

Published:  02 November, 2020

NGK has refreshed its online Part Finder facility, making it even more user-friendly for its customers.


Top Garage 2021 opens

Published:  30 October, 2020

Top Garage 2021 is open to enter from Sunday (1 November). If you want to see if you are the best garage, then you need to take part.


Furlough goes as Job Support Scheme starts

Published:  30 October, 2020

The furlough is set to end from tomorrow (Saturday 31 October), with the scheme being replaced by the Job Support Scheme from Sunday (1 November) for those businesses still seeking support.


September UK car production lowest since 1995 as COVID-19 and Brexit uncertainty bite

Published:  29 October, 2020

UK car production fell by 5% in September, which was the worst performance for the month since 1995 according to the latest figures from the SMMT.


LKQ Euro Car Parts extends Liftmaster and Milwaukee partnerships

Published:  29 October, 2020

LKQ Euro Car Parts has extended its partnerships with Liftmaster and Milwaukee with a view to help the independent aftermarket recover from the coronavirus lockdown and prepare for the future.


NSK app to combat counterfeit bearings

Published:  28 October, 2020

NSK is fighting back against the manufacture of counterfeit bearings with a new app, which complements an existing app released by the company.


IGA shortlisted for COVID-19 award

Published:  27 October, 2020

The IGA has been shortlisted for the new COVID Champion Award at the 2021 Learning Awards, for the support they have given to garages throughout the COVID-19 pandemic.


OBD: MAHLE to provide access to Mercedes-Benz vehicles

Published:  27 October, 2020

MAHLE and Daimler AG have agreed terms on access to the encoded OBD diagnostic ports of Mercedes-Benz vehicles.


Young drivers increasingly dipping into the Tank of Mum and Dad, survey finds

Published:  26 October, 2020

63% of drivers aged 17-24 needed financial help from parents to keep their cars on the road in the last 12 months, up from 49% in the previous-pre-pandemic year, a survey from comparethemarket.com has found.


ZF pair pedal 300 miles for Cancer Research

Published:  26 October, 2020

Two members of staff from ZF recently tackled 300 miles of cycling in September in aid of Cancer Research UK.


Job Support Scheme recalculated prior to roll-out

Published:  23 October, 2020

 The Job Support Scheme, which is set to succeed the furlough on 1 November, has been amended before it has been unrolled.


High road or low road? Scottish cars top MOT failure poll

Published:  23 October, 2020

Cars in Scotland are the least likely in the UK to pass their MOT, with cars in Devon coming a close second, while cars in a number of London boroughs are achieving the highest pass rates,  new  research has revealed.


No deal would drain EV future says SMMT

Published:  22 October, 2020

The prospect of an EV future for garages could be killed off by a no deal Brexit, as the resulting trade tariffs would all-but negate the UK’s plug-in car grant, the SMMT has warned.



LIQUI MOLY and Edd China team up for video series

Published:  21 October, 2020

 LIQUI MOLY has teamed up with Edd China for a series of  weekly YouTube videos that provide tips on extending the life of a vehicle.



Automechanika Birmingham moves to June 2022

Published:  20 October, 2020


We didn’t start the fire: Garages in Wales remain open despite COVID-19 firebreak

Published:  20 October, 2020

 Garages will be able to continue to operate in Wales despite the new firebreak lockdown being enforced from Friday (23 October), although car use is likely to reduce significantly which could reduce levels of trade for workshops in the short-term.


MOT demand drives 82% increase in Motor Ombudsman Garage Finder searches

Published:  20 October, 2020

The Motor Ombudsman’s Garage Finder recorded an 82% rise in searches in the third quarter of 2020 when compared to the preceding three-month period, with MOT demand being a major driver of interest.


It’s over: PM tells UK to prepare for No Deal

Published:  16 October, 2020

The likelihood of a no-deal Brexit on 1 January 2021, which would have an impact on car parts imports from Europe, rose significantly today (Friday 16 October), following Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s statement on the outcome of trade talks with the EU.


Better than ever: New webinar from Andy Savva and VARTA

Published:  16 October, 2020

The Garage Inspector Andy Savva and VARTA have teamed up for a new webinar, where the importance of the battery within the car is highlighted.


Final 2020 Industry Briefing Bitesize session announced

Published:  15 October, 2020

 The next Industry Briefing Bitesize session from the IAAF will take place virtually on Thursday 29 October, with Adrian Botham, founder and MD at Servispart Consulting, as guest speaker.


UK unemployment running at highest rate in three years, redundancies highest since 2009

Published:  13 October, 2020

While garages continue to be busy as a result of the MOT backlog created by the exemption, they could see more and more customers forced to tighten their belts, as the UK unemployment rate rises to its highest level in three years, and redundancies rose to their highest level in more than a decade.


Did you EVA? Dealer scheme to drive up EV uptake reopens

Published:  13 October, 2020

While many independent garages are still working on their EV capabilities, car dealers that are able to work on EVs are again receiving the Electric Vehicle Approved (EVA) accreditation.



Trick or treat? Eurorepar Halloween promotion launched

Published:  12 October, 2020

Eurorepar is running a Halloween-themed offer of £99 service for customers of its network until the end of November. 


Pop-up Motor Show launches

Published:  12 October, 2020

The British Motor Show is launching a series of portable ‘Pop-Up’ motor shows in the run-up to the big event in 2021, with the first launching next Friday in Hampshire.


Furlough can you go…local?

Published:  09 October, 2020

Businesses that have been ordered to shut as part of Coronavirus-preventative measures will see two-thirds of their wages for staff paid by the government in a targeted successor to the Furlough, Chancellor of the Exchequer Rishi Sunak has announced.


Virtual IAAF conference to boast Sunday Times speaker and new awards programme

Published:  09 October, 2020

The IAAF Annual Conference is taking place in a Coronavirus-compliant virtual fashion on Thursday 3 December, with Sunday Times Economics Editor David Smith as keynote speaker, and a new Pride of the Aftermarket’ awards.


IMI rolls out employability resources

Published:  08 October, 2020

The IMI is launching a series of online resources to help those in the industry facing unemployment to be in a good position to look for a new job, under the banner of IMI Employability Week.



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