The UK Government has decided against changing the first MOT date of new vehicles to four years after sale, following the outcome of a public consultation. Announced in the Budget of 2015, the move would have seen the current first MOT date of three years after registration pushed back by a further year. The announcement caused consternation within the aftermarket, with motoring bodies the RMI, GEA and IAAF amongst others reforming the Automotive Aftermarket Liaison Group (AALG) and launching the proMOTe campaign. The government has now published its response, in which it states that following comments from the sector and public, it will be abandoning its plans and instead keep the status quo. According to the document, a clear majority of responses favoured no change from the...
Managing Editor Phil Curry, and Advertising Manager Lee Johnson, discuss the state of the UK diesel market, whether the government is doing the right thing by penalising diesel drivers and how this could lead to opportunities for independent garages. Plus the latest aftermarket news.
Bradford-based Autoelectro has unveiled its latest group of part numbers, following extensive research and analysis of the UK car parc. Among the latest new-to-range parts is a starter motor (part number AEX1279) for two classic Jaguar applications: XJ 6.0 V12 (1994-1997) and XJS 5.3 V12 (1981-1993). Also included in this bulletin is a starter motor reference (part number AEX1278) for two newer Ford applications: Transit 2.2 TDCi FWD (2011-on) and Transit Custom 2.2 TDCi (2011-on). For the alternator market, three part numbers have been introduced. Part number AEK3819 encompasses the Toyota Yaris 1.33 (2012-on) and Auris 1.33 (2011-on), while the company now stocks a product (part number AEK3883) for the Fiat Sedici 2.0 D (2009-2012) and Suzuki SX4 2.0 DDiS (2010-2014) as wel
The Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) will introduce a new MOT inspection manual to back-up changes in the test to be introduced in May 2018. The new draft manual covers class 3, 4, 5 and 7 vehicles and must be used by garages from 20 May 2018. A new manual for class 1 and 2 vehicles is currently being put together by the agency but is not yet ready for release. The new manual highlights a number of changes that garages need to be aware of. New defect categorisations include dangerous, major and minor defects, the latter of which must be identified and recorded, with the vehicle owner being advised to repair. The exact method of inspection will only be recorded where there’s a specific need, for example, brake performance testing or emissions. The DVSA advises test
The UK new car market declined in 2017, with annual registrations falling for the first time in six years, according to new figures published by the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT). Sales in December fell by 14.4%, marking the ninth consecutive month of decline in the country. Over the 12 months, 2,540,617 units were registered, a fall of 5.7% compared to a record year in 2016. However, despite the decline, which was also down on 2015’s figures, the total is still the third highest in a decade. While sales of petrol vehicles rose over the year, with a 2.7% increase, this was not enough to offset a drastic drop in the sale of diesel vehicles, which ended 2017 down by 17.1%. The SMMT attributes this collapse to the anti-diesel rhetoric passed onto the public by me
The latest revisions to European Type Approval legislation includes crucial provisions on the OBD connector and access to RMI, signifying a huge step forward for the aftermarket regarding access to in-vehicle data. Both the IAAF and FIGIEFA have welcomed the news, after the EU Council's main preparatory body, COREPER, recognised the need for the independent automotive aftermarket to maintain access to diagnostic and RMI-related data. It also clarified that access will be granted whilst the vehicle is in motion. This is essential to perform diagnostic, repair and maintenance services, at least until a solution is found for telematics access to the ‘connected car’. However, whilst it has been clarified that the OBD port shall remain open whilst the vehicle is in motion, some vehicl
Absolute Alignment has introduced the Shoot and Go extension pack for the Bluetooth Pro or Bluetooth 3D wheel aligner. This speeds up car recognition and reduces errors. Either photograph the car with your tablet or type in the registration number manually, and our sophisticated system will find the full specifications from a huge international database. Shoot & Go links your aligner to the DVLA database via the internet, This then interacts with the database stored in the Bluetooth Pro to display the vehicle specification in seconds, giving the information you need to carry out alignment quickly and without error. For more information, visit www.absolutealignment.co.uk or call the team on 01252 758413
The latest new-to-range (NTR) update from First Line contains bearings for a number of vehicles such as, front wheel bearing kits for Alfa Romeo Guilia, Stelvio (FBK1495), as well as the rear wheel bearing kit for the Jaguar XK 2006 (FBK1407). The company provides complete kit solutions, rather than single bearings. These wheel bearing kits include all the necessary components, which may not always be included in the original equipment (OE) or competitor equivalent. The bearings come pre-lubricated and, where applicable, also include an additional grease sachet. For more information, call the sales team on: 01869 248484 or visit: www.firstlineltd.com
Exol Lubricants has launched dexos2 approved Optima LSGM 5W-30, a new generation fully synthetic multi-grade engine oil, helping to reduce fuel consumption while ensuring maximum engine protection. Covering a wide variety of passenger cars and vans fitted with petrol and diesel engines, Optima LSGM 5W-30 is formulated from premium hydrocracked synthetic base stocks, the very latest detergent-dispersant additive package and shear stable polymers. The reduced levels of SAPS (sulphated ash, phosphorus and sulphur) in Optima LSGM 5W-30 ensures compatibility with after treatment systems, such as particulate filters and catalytic converters, and its frictional characteristics promote a reduction in fuel consumption. You can find out more at www.exol-lubricants.com or follow the comp