WIN with LIQUI MOLY

Published:  23 October, 2018

With around 4,000 items, LIQUI MOLY offers a global, uniquely broad range of automotive chemicals: Motor oils and additives, greases and pastes, sprays and car care, glues and sealants. Founded in 1957, LIQUI MOLY develops and produces exclusively in Germany. There it is the undisputed market leader for additives and is repeatedly voted the best oil brand. The company sells its products in more than 120 countries.

LIQUI MOLY offer the right oil for every vehicle on the road. For modern cars oil is like a fluid spare part which needs to pit precisely to the engine. Using the wrong oil is like installing a wrong spare part. The online oil guide at liqui-moly.com tells exactly which oils are suited for a specific vehicle.

To brighten up the daily work in the garage, LIQUI MOLY published two calendars: a girls calendar and a motorsports calendar. The readers of Aftermarket have the chance to win 10 calendars. The winners can decide which calendar they prefer. To be in with a chance of winning, just answer the question below:

When was LIQUI MOLY founded?

A: in 1957

B: in 1990

C: in 2010

Winner will be chosen at random from the correct answers when the competition closes on 23 November  2018, and the winner will be notified by 30 November. The editor’s decision is final.  No cash alternative offered.

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