MOT/servicing bookings up 80%

Published:  15 January, 2021

Demand for MOTs and services was seen to increase by 80% in some quarters last week following the announcement of a third national lockdown, with franchised dealers looking to capitalise on the aftermarket opportunity to offset the closure of showrooms.
According, the price comparison site saw an 80% increase in MOT and service bookings compared to the same period in pre-pandemic 2020. MOT-only bookings were up by more than 50%, while 58% scheduled a full service alongside their MOT.

Get more in February with NGK glow plugs

Published:  15 January, 2021

NGK’s BoxClever glow plug offer is coming back in February, with members of its loyalty scheme again receiving a special 50 prize points for each glow purchase instead of the usual 20 points.

EAG reaffirms opening in Lockdown 3.0

Published:  15 January, 2021

Excel Automotive Group (EAG) is the latest supplier to confirm that it will remain open during the UK’s current lockdown.
As motor factors and workshops are staying open during the UK’s third lockdown, so will EAG to ensure its customers have access to its premium quality and cost effective ranges.
EAG Managing Director Adrian Lamb, said: “This is our third lockdown in the UK due to COVID-19 and most workshops have continued to operate the entire way through, so we have as well. Despite everything that’s happening, people still need to use their vehicles and if they break, they need them to be fixed promptly, safely and effectively.”
He added: “To further assist our customers, we’ve done a lot of work to our website and ordering system so they can order – or through TecCom. If they are not already connected, they should contact us to set up these facilities, it only takes a few minutes.

State of the Aftermarket explored in new industry report

Published:  14 January, 2021

A brand-new industry report has been published by Messe Frankfurt UK, organisers of Automechanika Birmingham.

“Business as usual” says SMP Europe

Published:  14 January, 2021

SMP Europe says it is business as usual despite the latest lockdown, and the company is continuing to operate as normal following the latest lockdown, with a number of new developments planned in 2021 as well.

IGA COVID-19 Garage Guide launched

Published:  14 January, 2021

The IGA has released the Garage Guide to Working During COVID-19, to help independent garages through the latest lockdown and beyond.

ADAS: Drivers shouldn’t need to “hazard” a guess warns charity

Published:  13 January, 2021

The workings of ADAS systems are not just a challenge for those in the garage sector, with a warning being issued over the lack of awareness among drivers requiring an extensive training offering to prevent systems becoming a hazard.

Grab life by the balls: GS Yuasa and OddBalls launch testicular cancer awareness campaign

Published:  13 January, 2021

GS Yuasa has donated £5,000 to cancer charity OddBalls, and is launching limited edition GS and Yuasa OddBalls bobble hats to help raise awareness of testicular cancer.

Breakout for Ben - road to £1 million

Published:  12 January, 2021

Ben has announced the launch of its new active virtual challenge for the whole industry; Breakout for Ben - road to £1 million.

IMI to run Brexit webinar on employment law questions

Published:  12 January, 2021

The IMI is running a post-Brexit webinar this Thursday (14 January) looking at what the new arrangements means for automotive sector businesses, with particular focus on recruitment.

VLS sends engine oil case to Trading Standards

Published:  12 January, 2021

The Verification of Lubricant Specifications (VLS) has sent a case relating to a Longlife 5w30 oil to Trading Standards, following an investigation.

No MOT exemption this time – Make sure your customers know that warns TechMan

Published:  12 January, 2021

TechMan is urging garages to make sure they customers know there’s no MOT exemption this time, and that they must make sure that they seek an MOT for their car if it is due.

LKQ Euro Car Parts CEO highlights “demand for servicing and repair” in Lockdown 3.0

Published:  11 January, 2021

In an email sent to customers of LKQ Euro Car Parts last week, CEO Andy Hamilton confirmed that the business will remain open and operational throughout the current lockdown – as it has done previously – and explained why garages should do the same.
“During this lockdown, motorists will still be able to complete their MOTs and with a further 1.1m MOTs still outstanding from the 2020 extension, this will create work opportunities for garages. We are also facing an extended cold snap, which coupled with more vehicles being sat idle for longer, will see greater demand for servicing and repair, offering further potential revenue sources over the coming months,” he said.
The letter ended with a note of thanks to garages for their continued support, and recognition of the aftermarket’s efforts to keep the UK moving throughout the coronavirus pandemic.
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Snap-on launches new Diagnostics website

Published:  08 January, 2021

Snap-on has launched a new diagnostics website.  Handy features include a tool matcher, product compare and an online vehicle coverage guide. There is also a resource centre for training information and access to FAQs, quick start guides, manuals, how-to videos and more 

REPEXPERT team offers Tea-Break Training

Published:  07 January, 2021

Bite-size training short enough to take in during a teabreak is being offered by Schaeffler’s REPXPERT team from next week.

2020 was worst year for car sales since 1992

Published:  06 January, 2021

New car sales in 2020 fell 29.4% to a level not seen since 1992 according to the latest figures from the SMMT, with the total for December down 10.9%. In total, the industry experienced a £20.4 billion turnover loss.

Morris Lubricants launch new Racing Ambassador video series

Published:  04 January, 2021

Morris Lubricants Racing ambassadors Guy Martin, Lydia Walmsley and Dave Jenkins have joined forces for the first time in a six-part series of exclusive video interviews.

An offer they can’t refuse: DON expands with Spartan Motor Factors

Published:  24 December, 2020

Brake brand DON, part of TMD Friction ,has expanded its distribution network with the addition of Wales and south-west England-based Spartan Motor Factors as its newest stockist.

Stranger things: Funny finds and peculiar excuses revealed in garage survey

Published:  23 December, 2020

 A mankini, false teeth and a mannequin are among the strangest things garage customers have left in their cars according a new survey, which also identified the most dubious excuses given by customers for faults, including bad advice from YouTube videos.  

ADAS: Drivers admit to switching off systems

Published:  22 December, 2020

41% of UK fleet drivers may be routinely switching off ADAS in their vehicles, new research has suggested.

Lockdown-built bodyshop opens doors

Published:  21 December, 2020

A brand-new Thetford bodyshop built during the COVID-19 national lockdown has opened after a six-month fit-out.

What does the OilFox say? New Castrol collaboration to help with lubricant stocking

Published:  17 December, 2020

Castrol has teamed up with tank remote monitoring provider OilFox to offer garages an automated monitoring and stock replenishment service.

Industry welcomes ongoing UK-EU trade talks but keeps options open

Published:  15 December, 2020

The extension of UK/EU talks for a post-Brexit trade deal beyond the deadline at the weekend was seen as positive across the industry, but companies in the sector have continued to prepare for a number of eventualities.

The British Motor Show: Expanded plans for 2021

Published:  14 December, 2020

The organisers of The British Motor Show have confirmed an expanded show, including three driving experiences as the approval of a COVID-19 vaccine means the brakes are well and truly off for the show, due to take place from 19-22 August 2021 at at Farnborough International.

HELLA presents new film

Published:  11 December, 2020

HELLA has produced a new film to highlight what it does for independent garages, including free services such as HELLA TECH WORLD.

Garages “prioritising diagnostics” says LKQ ECP campaign analysis

Published:  10 December, 2020

Keeping up to date with the latest diagnostic tools and methods has been identified as a key concern for independent garages, according to LKQ Euro Car Parts’ analysis of the response to its recent Garage Services campaign.

Gates rebrands EMD as E-Start

Published:  10 December, 2020

Gates has rebranded its hybrid parts brand as E-Start, and will also be using the occasion to launch Micro-V Belts and Micro-V Belt Kits into the market.

MOT Annual Training deadline rolls back to 30 April

Published:  09 December, 2020

The deadline for MOT testers to complete their required Annual Training for the 2020/21 period has been extended, DVSA has confirmed.

Virtual world no one predicted: IAAF conference 2020

Published:  08 December, 2020

 The first-ever virtual IAAF conference took place last week, and took an in-depth look at the opportunities and threats for the aftermarket in a post-Coronavirus and post-Brexit world. The IAAF’s new Pride of the Aftermarket awards was also held as part of the event, with a number of notable sector names bagging gongs.

Bridgestone aims to be flexible friend

Published:  08 December, 2020

Bridgestone has promised to work more closely with its customers going forward to help businesses make the most of the opportunities available as they exit any local COVD-10 tier restrictions.

MOT Class 7 testing shortage an opportunity says LKQ ECP

Published:  08 December, 2020

 Garages with the capability to provide MOT Class 7 tests, as well as the capacity given the ongoing MOT surge resulting from the exemption earlier in the year, are being urged to help van drivers and delivery fleets get tests where possible due to an ongoing dearth of available slots.  

2030: Skills shortage “biggest challenge” says IMI

Published:  07 December, 2020

The IMI has published an open letter in order to highlight the growing skills gap in the sector that is set to be exacerbated by the 2030 deadline for ending the sale of new EVs and hybrids.

New car sales drop in November as renewed restrictions bite

Published:  07 December, 2020

New car sales dropped by 27.4% in November as renewed COVID-19 lockdown restrictions during the month meant that franchised dealer showrooms were shut down, although the impact on sales was less severe than during the Spring.

TPS parts donation ideal Christmas gift for food bank

Published:  03 December, 2020

TPS has brought Christmas cheer to the Mid-Cheshire Food Bank, by helping to keep the charity’s only delivery van on the road through the donation of a new exhaust system.

The Garage Inspector: Business training incorporated into college course

Published:  02 December, 2020

In a first for automotive training, Lincoln College is to begin incorporating The Garage Inspector business courses from Andy Savva into its automotive training programme, in order to help bring through the next generation of garage owners.

£500,000 pledged to Ben following urgent rallying cry, as new Do It 4 Ben initiative is launched

Published:  02 December, 2020

Following an urgent plea for support made by Ben via an open letter to motor industry leaders, the charity has received pledges worth around £500,000. Meanwhile, Do It 4 Ben, a new way to get involved, has also been launched.

KCS launches e-commerce division

Published:  02 December, 2020

MAM Software parent Kerridge Commercial Systems (KCS) has launched an e-commerce division.

LKQ Euro Car Parts customers donate £10k to Ben

Published:  01 December, 2020

LKQ Euro Car Parts branch customers have collectively donated more than £10,000 to its long-standing charity partner Ben, by each adding 25p to their total when they check out.

Nissens to acquire part of AVA Cooling

Published:  01 December, 2020

Nissens is set to buy-up a portion of AVA Cooling from Enterex International Limited Group as part of an overall ongoing plan to grow its engine cooling, A/C and emissions product coverage.

IGA donates £20,000 to Ben

Published:  30 November, 2020

Ben has received a £20,000 funding boost from the IGA, following the charity’s urgent appeal for more support in the wake of COVID-19.

Time’s almost up for NGK BoxClever glow plug promo

Published:  30 November, 2020

NGK’s BoxClever glow plug promotion finishes today (Monday 30 November), and the company is reminding workshops they can still do a last-minute stock-up, so they can still benefit from the November-only deal.

Garages urged to “act now” for a fast start in 2021

Published:  30 November, 2020

Garages are being urged to “act now” and streamline their business processes for a fast start to the New Year.

VLS: New relationship with Bucks and Surrey Trading Standards

Published:  30 November, 2020

Oil trade body Verification of Lubricant Specifications (VLS) has entered into a Primary Authority partnership with Buckinghamshire and Surrey Trading Standards, through which it will provide tailored advice and guidance for VLS and its’ members.

TRICO announced as Speed Of Sight charity sponsor

Published:  27 November, 2020

TRICO has become headline sponsor for the charity Speed Of Sight.  

Servicesure extends warranty programme with Oilsure

Published:  26 November, 2020

Servicesure has a new oil warranty programme in partnership with Comma.

IMI 100 challenge goes that extra mile for BEN

Published:  25 November, 2020

The IMI 100 challenge, through which IMI employees and members of the wider automotive community rode bikes, ran and walked to raise funds for BEN, raised over £2,000 during October.

New BorgWarner kit adds to Delphi Technologies ADAS offering

Published:  24 November, 2020

BorgWarner has rolled out a new line of ADAS diagnostic tools.


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