The DVSA is looking to work with the Department for Transport (DfT) in order to align the MOT with recall data in an effort to improve road safety. The process would lead to a further ‘toughening up’ of MOT rules and would allow testers to check whether a vehicle has been through an important safety recall, should one have been issued, before issuing a certificate. Vehicle manufacturers regularly issue safety recalls for their cars, and while it is illegal for dealers to sell anything with outstanding work required, there is no legal requirement for owners to get dangerous faults fixed. The DVSA launched an online checking tool in February last year, yet estimates that one in 13 cars in the UK is subject to an outstanding recall. The two departments are n
Repairers can now access a complete range of diesel particulate filter (DPF) specialist cleaning equipment through Euro Car Parts due to a new deal with Carbon Clean. The Carbon Clean DCS-16 DPF cleaning system is designed to enable independent repairers to carry out DPF cleaning themselves, without sending the filter away for specialist maintenance. It allows repairers to remove the DPF, perform an internal wash using a detergent-based cleaning agent and flush out harmful ash left over from passive regeneration. And while the Carbon Clean range offers repairers the opportunity to instantly clean DPFs in the workshop, Euro Car Parts is keen to stress that the DPF filter itself is not always at fault, because it may have been blocked due to other components failing within the eng...
Lumileds has announced Andy Savva, The Garage Inspector, as the Philips Automotive Lighting Brand Ambassador for the UK and Ireland. Andy has been involved in the automotive industry for over 32 years having owned and managed some of the most successful independent garages in the UK. As an automotive aftermarket business expert, he has helped many garage owners take their businesses to the next level, and he has also helped many industry-leading Original Equipment parts suppliers and distributors understand how garage owners think and what they want from their suppliers. “I have always endorsed the use of OE parts, therefore I am pleased to be working with Lumileds and Ph
Phil Curry muses on the last twelve months, and what 2019 might hold for the automotive aftermarket, key challenges and how garages may deal with them and profit.
Absolute Alignment has announced over 20 Absolute Alignment Approved Motorsport Centres across the UK – workshops dedicated to providing the best in race car servicing and set-up. All Absolute Alignment Approved Motorsport Centres are equipped with the company’s high-end 3D, digital and Bluetooth wheel alignment equipment, which the Farnborough-based outfit showcases via domestic and international motorsport, and is demonstrating at Autosport International at the NEC in Birmingham (10-13 January). Chris Dear, Absolute Alignment’s Technical Director, said, "These centres bring the benefits of a pro team to both hobby racers and track day drivers. Our relationships with professional motorsport have shown us that our four-wheel alignment equipment wins both in the
Overclaiming what a product can do causes consumer confusion and creates unfairness in a marketplace. With this in mind, VLS, the Verification of Lubricant Specifications, has announced the outcome of cases VLS010152 and VLS010156: complaints against two different Vetech 5W30 Multi-Fleet oils, marketed by GSF Car Parts Ltd. The first case related to the Vetech SSL PRO Universal Performance Multi-Fleet ILSAC Standard Service Oil and alleged inconsistencies in the Technical Data Sheet, including that the product claimed to be produced from Group 2 and Group 3 base stocks, that the formulation was suitable for applications requiring VW 504/507, VW 502/505, MB 229.51, WSS-M2C913-A,B,C and Dexos 2 and that there were no additive formulations capable of achieving all of these specificati...
FlexFuel Energy Development is unveiling its newest emission control product at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas this week. The Hy-Carbon Connect, which will be available within the next twelve months, offers a fuel-efficient and non-labour-intensive solution to carbon build-ups in vehicles, providing consumers with a unique tool to lower their carbon footprint. FFED is unveiling the product at Stand 830 within CES's Smart Cities Pavilion. Internal combustion engines produce carbon deposits (soot) in cylinders, pistons, and valves within the engine as a result of regular operation. This build-up of carbon over time can decrease fuel efficiency and engine performance, as well as cause difficulties when starting vehicles. The Hy-Carbon Connect conducts a p...
The UK’s new car market dropped by 6.8% in 2018 as CO2 levels in the country rose for the second year in succession. According to the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT), a total of 2,367,147 units were sold in the full twelve months. In December, the market fell by 5.5% compared to the same period in 2017. This capped a turbulent year of model changes, regulatory upheaval and continued anti-diesel policies, adding to ongoing declines in consumer and business confidence. The drop in diesel sales did not help, with December marking the 21st consecutive month of decline for the market. In 2018, diesel fell 29.6% to record a market share of just 31.7%. In December, the fuel fell 26.3%. This is despite new emissions tests showing diesels deliver in the real w
Following on from Euro Car Part's announcement that Martin Gray has left his role of CEO, LKQ has confirmed that Sukhpal Singh Ahluwalia has left the board of the factor's parent company. Singh held a Director's role at LKQ, and was Executive Chairman of Euro Car Parts. His resignation is effective today (2 January). Sukhpal founded a company forty years ago that eventually became Euro Car Parts, and sold the business to LKQ in late 2011, staying on as CEO until 2014 when he became Executive Chairman. Over the past several years Sukhpal and his three sons have developed a substantial property business in the United Kingdom, where more recently he has focused most of his time and energy. Dominick Zarcone, President and Chief Executive Officer of LKQ Corporation, stated, “Sukhp
Euro Car Parts has announced that Andy Hamilton has been appointed CEO of the ECP Group, effective immediately, as the company confirmed that Martin Gray has left to pursue other interests. Hamilton joined Euro Car Parts in 2010 and held several different roles within the company, the last of which was Chief Operating Officer. During that period ECP saw unprecedented growth as the branch network increased from 89 to over 220 locations. In 2016, Andy was asked to assume a position with LKQ Europe and most recently held the title Chief Commercial Officer, where he was responsible for several key pan-European projects related to digital strategy, revenue optimization, category and product management, data analytics, pricing and garage customer concepts. Prior to ECP, Andy he