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Ben launches new campaign to support those struggling with loneliness

Ben launches new campaign to support those struggling with loneliness

Charity, News
This ‘Blue Monday’ which is said to be the most depressing day of the year, Ben has launched its new campaign to support people who are struggling with loneliness. Research shows that a quarter of British people feel at their loneliest in January, however loneliness is often or always a concern for over 9 million people in the UK[1] all year-round. Ben’s own helpline sees an influx in people reaching out for help due to loneliness during January and the winter months. The charity is also highlighting that no-one who works, or has worked in the automotive industry, is alone – Ben is always here for them and their family dependents. In light of this, Ben has launched new resources on its website to support people during the loneliest time of the year.Ra
Outstanding recalls could be added to MOT

Outstanding recalls could be added to MOT

MOT, News, Uncategorized
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
Andy Savva announced as Brand Ambassador for Philips Automotive Lighting

Andy Savva announced as Brand Ambassador for Philips Automotive Lighting

Lighting, News
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
Absolute Alignment announces approved motorsport centres

Absolute Alignment announces approved motorsport centres

News, Wheel and body Alignment
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
Misleading packaging still causing issues for lubricants

Misleading packaging still causing issues for lubricants

News, Oils and Lubes
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...
Diesel is biggest casualty in poor 2018 car sales

Diesel is biggest casualty in poor 2018 car sales

News, SMMT
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
Sukhpal Singh confirms LKQ exit

Sukhpal Singh confirms LKQ exit

News
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
Andy Hamilton appointed CEO of Euro Car Parts

Andy Hamilton appointed CEO of Euro Car Parts

News
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
Management walkout as Euro Car Parts looks to axe jobs

Management walkout as Euro Car Parts looks to axe jobs

News, Uncategorized
Euro Car Parts could be about to wield the axe on thousands of jobs, in a move that has seen top management quit the company in protest. According to Sky News, which itself is quoting an unknown source, founder Sukhpal Singh Ahluwalia, together with CEO Martin Gray and chief operating officer Steve Horne, have left the business as news of the job cuts came to light. Singh joined the board of owners LKQ in 2014 amid rumours he was setting up a rival factor business. Sky says that ECP executives have locked horns with their counterparts at US-based LKQ over what the source described as a “swingeing cost-cutting programme.” This is aimed at saving the business millions of pounds annually and comes following a fall of 40% in LKQ’s share price in the last year. ECP expanded at a p
Drivers spending hundreds to achieve MOT pass

Drivers spending hundreds to achieve MOT pass

MOT, News
MOT failures are costing British drivers hundreds of pounds to fix – and get their cars back on the road. Motorists in the UK say they pay an average of £272 to correct faults that have been discovered on their cars during an MOT. With the price of an MOT capped at £54.85, this means motorists whose cars fail the first time round are hit in the pocket for an extra £326.85 A survey for the Good Garage Scheme - www.goodgaragescheme.com- shows British drivers are clueless when it comes to making sure their cars are roadworthy. Government figures show 30% of all MOT fails relate to lightbulbs, 10% relate to tyres and 8.5% relate to the driver’s view of the road, including issues with mirrors, wipers and washers. But over a quarter (27%) of drivers have no idea how to test th