Euro Car Parts has announced a first-to-market ADAS training course as part of its Euro Academy offering. Working in partnership with diagnostics specialist Hella, the one-day course aims to help repairers understand how to accurately service and calibrate camera and radar-based Advanced Driver Assist Systems. The intermediate course is the only one of its kind to be accredited by the IMI Quality Assurance Programme. ADAS systems have been fitted to vehicles since the early 1990s. Since 2016, new vehicles require a minimum of two ADAS systems installed to qualify for a five-star NCAP Safety Rating. These consist of Autonomous Emergency Braking (AEB) and Lane Departure Warning, both of which are covered by the Euro Academy course. Bill Stimson, technical sales directo...
The European Parliament’s IMCO committee have approved several key amendments to Vehicle Type-Approval legislation proposals, which include the aftermarket maintaining in-vehicle data access via the OBD port. The approval follows ongoing campaigning from within the industry and also government quarters both at home and abroad, which has collectively championed the rights of the aftermarket in the fight to keep access open to the OBD port. West Midlands MEP Daniel Dalton visited an independent garage in Birmingham in 2016, along with IAAF’s Chief Executive Wendy Williamson, GEA’s Dave Garrett, IGA’s Stuart James, FIGEIFA’s Sylvia Gotzen and Neil Pattemore. Here, Dalton gained insight first hand on how crucial it was that aftermarket access to in-vehicle data remains possible. D
Garage chain Kwik Fit has made national news once again, after charging a student for repairs to her vehicle’s air conditioning system, despite it not being fitted to the car. Stevie Stowell was told her Citroen C1 would need £685 worth of repairs following a diagnostics check. According to the garage, a noise when the engine was running was caused by the air conditioning system. However, following the large quote, the student’s father suggested she take the car to another garage for a second opinion. Upon realising the vehicle did not have air conditioning, the garage diagnosed and fixed a water pump bearing, with the full cost of repair at £450. The student had already paid Kwik Fit a £50 fee for the diagnostic work which returned the wrong results. However, the company has sinc
Comline has strengthened its brake pad and hub assembly kit portfolios with a raft of new-to-range references. These new additions bring Comline’s brake pad range to 917 part numbers, while there are now 225 hub assembly kit references available alongside an equally comprehensive range of wheel bearing kits. Among the new additions added to the brake pad roster are two references for BMW and Mini models. Part numbers CBP02318 (front) and CBP2319 (rear) can be fitted to the BMW 2-Series (2013-on), i3 (2013-on), X1 (2014-on), as well as the Mini Countryman (2016-on) and Clubman (2014-on). Within the hub assembly range, the latest product release is a rear hub assembly, CHA236, for the Opel/Vauxhall Astra (2011-on) and Zafira (2011-2012). Also featured are two notable rear hub a
Following a ruling from the UK Competitions and Mergers Authority (CMA), LKQ has closed 10 Andrew Page stores with immediate effect. The US company, owner of Euro Car Parts, purchased Andrew Page and its 102 branches in October 2016. However the acquisition caught the eye of the UK authorities, which was concerned that the company would own a monopoly in the industry. Preliminary findings, published in September last year, revealed that customers could lose out in ten areas by limiting competition. A statement released by the chair of the CMA enquiry, Alasdair Smith, at the time said: “Andrew Page was in administration and would have closed down if a purchaser had not been found. The only two other purchasers would have bought a much smaller number of depots. We think that in mos
Mafco, a distributor of Trico products, has launched a promotion comprising a free TRICO Winter Survival Kit with every wiper blade purchase over £100. The TRICO Kit includes a travel mug, thermal gloves, hat, tea and treats, plus a chance of winning an Amazon Echo if you are lucky enough to find a golden ticket in your Winter Kit! Mafco has been a supplier of TRICO wiper blades for a number of years and in its latest promotion, demonstrates its determination to regularly reward valued customers. TRICO offers customers a variety of blades made from the finest quality natural rubber and high strength steel, for maximum performance. TRICO Exact Fit is the complete premium programme that gives the customers original factory quality. Containing beam, hybrid, conventional and re
UK new car registrations declined for the first month of 2018, as the year gets off to a shaky start following the first annual drop in figures for six years during 2017. The figures released by the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) reveal that in January, 163,615 vehicles were driven off the country’s forecourts, a fall of 5.3% compared with the same month last year. This represents the 10th consecutive month of decline in the country’s market. Demand fell across all sectors of the industry, with business registrations down 29.7%, fleet purchases falling 1.8% and private sales dropping 9.5%. Meanwhile, continuing trends seen towards the end of the year, the SUV market was the only vehicle segment to register growth, with demand up 6.6% and a market share of 20.2%
The Independent Garage Association (IGA) has been made aware of a new advertising scam that is targeting independent workshops. Members have notified the industry body about phone calls received, claiming to be from a local newspaper, asking if they would like to place a low cost advert (around £25) as an offer in conjunction with the RMI. Callers apparently know a lot about the business they are targeting, including staff names and other trade associations they belong to. In addition, the scam is only contacting garages that have already placed newspaper adverts. The caller is encouraging businesses to secure their advertising place by paying for it over the phone but attempts to take a large amount, in some cases up to £5,000, from the account. The banks have been able to bl
For independent garages, training is a vital tool in future proofing your business. But what is the best method, that will benefit both business, and technician? Phil Curry and Lee Johnson discuss the options in Episode 2 of The Tune Up...
The UK has seen investment in its automotive industry halve since the country voted to leave the European Union, new figures reveal. As the process continues, there are still no answers as to how the country will trade with Europe. Any deal that does not offer free trade routes would see World Trade Organisation (WTO) tariffs introduced, which could mean a 10% charge on every product that enters and exits the country. During 2017, investment in the UK industry fell by 33.7%, according to new figures released by the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT). This equates to £1.1 billion (€1.25 billion) put into the country’s various vehicle manufacturing plants and development centres, down from £1.7 billion (€1.9 billion) in 2016, and £2.5 billion (€2.85 billion) in 2015.