Wednesday, November 14Serving the aftermarket

Author: Auto Repair Focus

Study finds false accusations against technicians rising

Study finds false accusations against technicians rising

News
A new study has found that over three quarters of UK-based mechanics have been falsely accused of lying by customers in a bid to rip them off. What’s more, of these participants, one in twelve (8%) have had a customer become aggressive and threatening. Mechanics are skilled workmen and yet they are not treated with respect, a new survey has found, with three quarters admitting they have been accused of lying. What’s more, 1 in 10 mechanics have had a customer withhold payment before. The team at www.Fixter.co.uk carried out the study in a bid to find out more about Britons attitudes towards the automotive industry. For the purpose of the study, 701 UK-based adults aged 18 or over were quizzed, all of whom revealed that they currently work as a mechanic full-time. Initially all
Schaeffler shutting UK plants over Brexit worries

Schaeffler shutting UK plants over Brexit worries

News
Schaeffler, a supplier of transmission components, bearings, belts and other drivetrain products, is to shut two of its UK manufacturing plants as part of a ‘reorganisation’ of its UK business. This is part of its ‘Agenda 4 plus One’ programme examining strategic and economic competitiveness and long-term sustainability of all Schaeffler locations worldwide. In a statement, the company says it will retain a meaningful presence in the UK but will reduce its overall footprint and relocate some production to other facilities outside the country. It is estimated that the plans will take around two years to implement. The global footprint analysis focused on how best to structure the business in the UK based on various factors including economic conditions, supply and demand, and the
IMI launches ADAS Accreditation

IMI launches ADAS Accreditation

IMI, News
Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS) has contributed to a 38% reduction in accidents, with around 10% of the UK’s car parc featuring some form of windscreen mounted technology. These statistics from Euro NCAP also suggest that 40% of UK vehicles could feature ADAS by 2020. While this technology is certified at manufacture, the Institute of the Motor Industry (IMI) believes there is room for improvement to ensure that all automotive technicians understand the systems, so that ADAS is properly calibrated after servicing and is safe for use on the road. The body has therefore launched a new IMI ADAS Accreditation to help ensure technicians have the expertise to work with ADAS features in vehicles, protecting the safety of drivers when this technology is activated. The accred
UK registrations drop slightly in October

UK registrations drop slightly in October

News, SMMT
The UK’s new car market declined again in October as the market shows some signs of recovery following the introduction of WLTP. According to the latest figures released by the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT), registrations in October fell by 2.9% with 153,599 vehicles sold. With various carmakers still struggling with model shortages due to the new emissions test regime, the figures suggest the spike in August and decline in September are helping to balance the market out. Declines were seen in both private and fleet sectors, with registrations down 1% and 5.2% respectively. Meanwhile, continuing uncertainty over government policy on diesel saw demand fall by a further 21.3%. Registrations of petrol cars rose 7.1%, while the market for alternatively fuelled veh
Budget 2018 – the aftermarket reacts

Budget 2018 – the aftermarket reacts

Charity, IGA, News
The UK budget, delivered on Monday, brought some good news for small businesses, with new business relief rates. The Chancellor confirmed that the new plans aimed at small retailers, could know a third off bills, with 90% of businesses benefitting from proposals. To qualify as a small retailer, business premises must have a rateable value of £51,000 or less. “We are delighted the Chancellor is considering small businesses who are the lifeblood of the UK economy,” Stuart James, IGA Director comments. “This will help garage owners by allowing them to reallocate their budget in a difficult market environment, at a time when the aftermarket is evolving and an increase in investment in tools and equipment is absolutely essential.” With savings of around £8,000 each year possible unt
Bosch announces sponsorship of Formula E

Bosch announces sponsorship of Formula E

Electric Vehicles, News
Bosch has announced it is to sponsor the Formula E championship, as the racing series enters its most pivotal season yet. The ABB FIA Formula E championship will see a host of changes this year, not least the introduction of new battery technology that means drivers will no longer have to switch cars mid-race. The cars themselves have new aerodynamic packages as the series aims to expand the development of electric vehicle technology. It is for this reason that Bosch has announced its sponsorship. The partnership with the race series covers a wide-ranging advertising collaboration at the race tracks, online, and on TV. “It’s with great pleasure that we welcome Bosch to the ABB FIA Formula E Championship as our official partner,” says Alejandro Agag, Founder & CEO of Formula E
ELTA ups the heat

ELTA ups the heat

Cooling, Products
As interest in its PRO brands continues to gather momentum, ELTA Automotive Ltd is keeping its sights firmly on the future and further expanding the range to encompass more of the products that workshops need on a daily basis. Dovetailing into its VXPRO vehicle sensor and control range, comes a heater resistor/controller programme that is naturally manufactured to matching original equipment standards and comes with a market leading, five-year, no quibble guarantee. Consisting of heater blower motor resistors, motor speed controllers and radiator cooling fan pre-resistors, these new additions include 138 part numbers, covering no fewer than 170,000 applications for more than 4.6 million vehicles. Alongside individual components, the range features resistor repair kits, which are availa...
Hybrid and electric cars will become the new normal- but there is no normal

Hybrid and electric cars will become the new normal- but there is no normal

Electric Vehicles, Hybrid Vehicles, Technical
Peter Melville of HEVRA explains how hybrid and electric vehicles differ under the bodywork... It's fair to say we've seen some changes in the motor trade in the few decades. The 1980s consigned points and condensers to the history books, shortly followed by carburettors with Euro 1 regulations back in 1993. We've seen the development of airbags, ABS and ESP systems, high pressure fuel systems, multiplex networks such as CAN, and plastic replacing metal for all sorts of components. More recently, we've seen more exhaust gas aftertreatment systems, such as NOx catalysts on some petrol cars, and diesels now sporting both a particulate filter and an SCR catalyst. And there's an ever-increasing number of driver assistance systems, such as adaptive cruise control, self-parking, lane chang...
Grease cartridge expansion at Exol

Grease cartridge expansion at Exol

Oils and Lubes, Products
Exol Lubricants has introduced four new 500g grease cartridges to its extensive range of grease products, designed to allow complete use of lubricating grease without leakage. The new screwfit grease cartridges, suitable for use with SR and similar grease guns, cover a wide range of applications, and include Lithium XL Complex HD 2.5, Libra Moly XL EP2, Lithium XL Complex and Libra XL EP2. Lithium XL Complex HD 2.5 is a modern high-performance product suitable for both industrial and automotive applications. The grease can be used in various types of bearing applications including heavy load conditions and wet environments. Libra Moly XL EP2 offers good mechanical stability, load carrying capacity and corrosion protection, making it suitable for heavily loaded bearings as well...