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Automechanika Birmingham is searching for its ‘Garage of the Year’

Automechanika Birmingham is searching for its ‘Garage of the Year’

Automechanika Birmingham, Automechanika Birmingham news, News
Automechanika Birmingham is once again calling on independent garages across the UK to enter its ‘Garage of the Year’ award. The competition is open to all garages across the United Kingdom, with entrants explaining the reasons why they should win the award and walk away with £1,000. This year, there are six categories for garages to enter, recognising the diversity of UK businesses. The winner of each category will be announced at an evening dinner to be held at The Director’s Club, Aston Villa FC on 5 June, which all category finalists will be invited to attend free of charge. The overall Garage of the Year winner will then be announced at the show on 6 June from these six category winners. Last year’s first-ever ‘Garage of the Year’ award was won by local garage MotorServ-U
Helping out, whatever the weather

Helping out, whatever the weather

Features
During the severe weather that gripped the UK last week, some garages took the decision to close their doors. But while some spent time with their families, or took advantage of downtime to do a bit more training, for Kris Sheridan, driving around in the snow was much more useful. With a 4x4 on his driveway, Kris, owner of Intelligent Autoelectrics, offered to ferry those who work with elderly and vulnerable people to the places they needed to be, in an example of community spirit that swept the nation during the ‘Beast from the East’. “We took the decision to close the garage due to the location of where my Staff live,” Kris said. “Not only that, our garage is on a road that didn't have any attention from the council so was pretty treacherous! I couldn't risk staff or customers
SMMT reveals 11th month of sales decline as diesel market hit hard

SMMT reveals 11th month of sales decline as diesel market hit hard

News, SMMT
The UK new car market has suffered another monthly decline, with diesel sales hit hard during February. According to new figures released today by the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT), last month saw the country’s registrations dip by 2.8% compared to February 2017. While the start to the year has been disappointing, figures for the first three months of last year were higher than normal, due to new vehicle excise duty (VED) rules being implemented in April 2017. February is traditionally a quiet month, as buyers prepare to spend on new plate vehicles introduced in March. In January, new car sales were down 5.3%. Therefore a 2.8% drop is an improvement, although the current year is still 5.1% down over the first two months. Overall, 80,805 units were sold. Dem
Episode 3 – Matters of Testing

Episode 3 – Matters of Testing

MOT, Podcast
While the 'Beast from the East' hasn't stopped us recording, a cold certainly did a fortnight ago! The entire team has suffered and it is impossible to record without a voice. But we are back! This episode focuses on the MOT, changes that are coming up and the benefits of the 3-1-1 system which, thankfully, is to remain in place. Phil Curry and Lee Johnson present, with all the latest aftermarket news too.
F1 offer with NGK

F1 offer with NGK

Ignition, Products
Ignition specialist NGK is urging members of its BoxClever independent garage loyalty scheme to act fast for a chance to win a fantastic VIP trip to the British Formula One Grand Prix. The ignition specialist is giving away two VIP tickets, including full hospitality, for the iconic F1 race at Silverstone on Sunday, July 8, and already many members have rushed to take part. The F1 experience will be won by a Boxclever member who is selected in a prize draw at the end of the company’s latest promotion which runs until the end of March 2018. The draw is open to all BoxClever members who following the purchase of NGK components are encouraged to collect the single boxes that the products come supplied in and return them in exchange for prize points. Every time a member banks boxe
March expected to be the busiest month ever for MOTs

March expected to be the busiest month ever for MOTs

MOT, News
New analysis released by Kwik Fit reveals that this coming month is set to break MOT records. March 2018 will see the largest number of MOTs carried out in any single month since the introduction of twice-yearly registrations in 1999. This peak comes because the new month sees cars, which were newly registered in March 2015, requiring their first MOT. 492,774 new cars were registered three years ago, the largest monthly figure since August 1998 (the last year before the switch from one to two new registration plates per annum). As a result, this month will see the biggest monthly increase in three-year-old cars in almost two decades. It is not only the growth in three-year-old cars which is going to cause increased demand for MOT appointments this month. Kwik Fit’s analysis of 22
UK Automotive calls for realistic policies to tackle rising CO2

UK Automotive calls for realistic policies to tackle rising CO2

Diesel, Electric Vehicles, Hybrid Vehicles, News, SMMT
The UK automotive industry has called for realistic policies from the UK Government to support the transition to a low carbon future, with a warning that the anti-diesel agenda and slow take-up of electric vehicles could mean industry misses its next round of CO2 targets in 2021, with negative consequences for the UK’s own climate change goals. The move came as a new report published by the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) confirmed that the fleet average CO2 of newly registered cars rose for the first time on record in 2017 – despite vehicles becoming ever more efficient. The SMMT New Car CO2 Report 2018: Driving the transition to a low carbon future reveals that carbon tailpipe emissions rose for the first time in two decades last year, by 0.8% to 121.0g/km. Th
Win with Comma Performance Motor Oil

Win with Comma Performance Motor Oil

Oils and Lubes, Products
For two months Comma Oil is giving all independent UK workshops the chance to bag thousands of pounds worth of prizes by simply using products from its OE approved Performance Motor Oil range. One card is provided with every 5-litre pack and four with every 20-litre PMO pack ordered. Participants scratch off a panel to reveal a promotional code found that can then be entered on the ‘Scratch To Win’ site for the chance to win instant prizes. There are over 10,000 winning scratchcards with prizes ranging between £5 and £500 in Love2Shop vouchers. Alongside voucher wins, participating workshops will also be automatically entered into a prize draw for a chance to win two pairs of PalmerSport day driving experiences. Comma’s Performance Motor Oil (PMO) range provides over 99% co
Prepare for the new MOT with Euro Car Parts

Prepare for the new MOT with Euro Car Parts

MOT, Products
  Euro Car Parts is advising MOT stations to invest in new emissions analysers, to ensure they comply with changing legislation. Investment in a new machine now will enable repairers to reap the rewards when the latest emissions standards are introduced in May 2018. The requirement will take effect from 20th May 2018 and, while many MOT stations can update their existing analysers to meet EURO 6 requirements, it won’t necessarily put them in the best position. The cost of an upgrade could instead be put towards a new analyser, with a peace of mind warranty and service plan. To help repairers meet the latest requirements and invest in their business, Euro Car Parts is offering a five-year peace of mind package on emissions analysers from Premier Diagnostics, Crypton, Bosch
What Car? research highlights ADAS effect in repair bills

What Car? research highlights ADAS effect in repair bills

Autonomous, News
Innovative Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS) fitted into the latest vehicles are important safety aids, but they are adding significantly to the cost of car repair bills, according to industry expert, What Car?. ADAS technologies use cameras and radar sensors to help to mitigate the risk of a collision and improve driver safety. They include automatic emergency braking (AEB), lane keeping assistance, blind spot warning systems and speed limiting devices. The sensors behind these systems prove expensive to replace and are often housed in vulnerable areas of the car, such as behind bumpers and windscreens. That means they are causing a steep increase in the cost of replacing these traditionally cheaper parts, sometimes by as much as 123%. According to the Association