National Auto Parts has responded to the government’s call to make 2018 the “Year of Engineering” by claiming that high quality skilled engineers are essential to securing a prosperous future for the UK automotive aftermarket. The Government’s #ThisIsEngineering campaign to tackle the critical shortfall of engineering talent launched in January. Findings from a EngineeringUK report show that there is an annual demand for at least 124,000 engineers and technicians with core engineering skills, and an additional 79,000 roles that require engineering knowledge and skills alongside other skill sets. Clutch and brake specialist National Auto Parts is leading the charge in the aftermarket with the recruitment of five apprentices currently working at various levels within the business.
Absolute Alignment, suppliers of OEM-approved Bluetooth and 3D wheel alignment equipment, champions Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS) best practice – recommending that four-wheel alignment checks should now be part of the standard MOT for any ADAS-equipped vehicle. Advanced Driver Assistance Systems have been around for some time now – including lane change warnings, adaptive cruise control, autonomous braking and brake control. ADAS sensors rely on correct rear thrust angle, hence four-wheel alignment is now an even more important factor in road safety as a millimetric misalignment can result in ADAS errors. The public impression has traditionally been ‘the steering took a knock so the tracking should be checked’ but with ADAS it goes deeper than that. If any part of a vehicle
The Motor Ombudsman has seen the volume of independent garages renewing or applying for first-time accreditation to one of its CTSI-approved Codes of Practice more than double throughout the first quarter of 2018 compared to the same period in 2017. The notable 107% increase during the first three months of this year comes as a greater number of businesses recognise being signed up to The Motor Ombudsman as providing added credibility in the marketplace and all-important peace of mind for customers that they are operating to the highest level of service and workmanship. Furthermore, garages benefit from being able to display trusted Motor Ombudsman branding, as well as unlimited access to the organisation’s alternative dispute resolution (ADR) service and Information Line. Mos
The Independent Garage Association (IGA) has published a study of consumer facing websites that provide work to independent garages for a fee. The 2018 Garage Work Provider Report investigates the wide variety of business modelsand contractual terms and conditions that consumer work provider websites use. The comparisons within the report will guide independent garages in their decision-making process as to whether they choose to work with any of these types of businesses. It was produced following a number of requests for more information after one consumer work provider website was featured on the BBC program Watchdog in July 2017. Stuart James, IGA Director comments “Independent garages excel at forming lasting relationships with their customers and provide unbeatable value
The dire state of British roads has led to some 85% of drivers fearing for the safety of themselves and other road users, according to new research from AA Cars. The AA-Populus poll, which surveyed over 21,000 drivers, found that 92% are concerned about potential damage to their vehicle as a result of poor road conditions. In fact, this very problem has led to more than half (52%) of drivers or almost 17 million motorists, experiencing vehicle damage in recent years. Besides safety and financial considerations, Brits are also worried about the impact the roads have on their day-to-day lives, with three quarters (75%) of drivers becoming increasingly concerned about higher levels of traffic leading to longer journey times. The dismal state of British roads means that 4.6 million dri
New research released by breakdown cover provider Green Flag reveals that up to 21 million cars on the roads are faulty and an “ignore the problem” issue is racking up bills in British households. Drivers are spending an average of £574 per year - a national average of £21.5 billion - on car repairs; and 47% of these repairs could have been cheaper if the issue had been addressed sooner, the research reveals. According to those surveyed, drivers have an inbuilt “fault filter” – where they stop noticing their car’s issue, thus delaying repair. A third (33%) of drivers say they’ve become de-sensitised to their car’s fault, no longer noticing the issue, while a fifth of drivers (21%) state that even though they still notice their car’s faults, they are no longer annoyed by
Powertrain and aftermarket company Federal Mogul has been sold to US company Tenneco, a manufacturer of catalytic converters, diesel particulate filters and shock absorbers. Federal Mogul is being acquired from Icahn Enterprises for a figure around $5.4 billion (£3.8 billion) and will be split into two separate companies. Currently, the business operates as one unit with two business divisions, Federal Mogul Powertrain and Federal Mogul Motorparts, the latter focusing on the aftermarket. Tenneco plans to divide the business completely, creating two individual publicly-traded companies. The acquisition is expected to close in the second half of 2018, subject to regulatory and shareholder approvals and other customary closing conditions, with the separation occurring in the second
The UK new car market is continuing to suffer, with a dramatic drop in diesel sales leading to a twelfth consecutive month of decline. New figures released by the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) show that sales figures in March 2018 dropped by 15.7% compared to the same month last year. However, March 2017 was the biggest month on record for new car sales, as buyers seized the chance to purchase vehicles before new Vehicle Excise Duty (VED) rates came into force. The SMMT states that despite this large drop, March 2018 still represents the fourth biggest since registration tracking began. As new 18 plate vehicles came to dealer forecourts, 474,069 units were sold, compared to 562,337 during 2017. That was the last month of sales growth in the country, representi...
The Motor Ombudsman, the automotive dispute resolution provider, is pleased to announce that it has upgraded its online consumer reviews tool on its Garage Finder. The refreshed design and layout makes it easier and quicker for any customer to express their opinions and evaluate a Motor Ombudsman-accredited franchised dealer or independent garage following a vehicle purchase or service. Using the “Rate” button on a garage’s profile, a customer can select the relevant Code of Practice survey, namely Vehicle Sales, after buying a new or used car, or Service and Repair after having any work carried out on their vehicle. They are then able to score different aspects of their experience of the business based on a one to ten star rating. These include the booking process, the quality of w
Wheel alignment firm Absolute Alignment has announced two new motorsport partnerships, and will be represented in the Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship (BTCC) and the British GT Championship. Absolute Alignment’s 2018 racing calendar features a total of five motorsport disciplines, and more than 40 race meetings, taking the Farnborough-based outfit to no less than 19 race tracks all across the country, into Europe and the USA. New for this season, the company has become an Official Technical Partner to Power Maxed TAG Racing in the BTCC, and will be supporting Academy Motorsport’s Aston Martin V8 Vantage GT4 entries in British GT. This is in addition to Absolute Alignment’s existing partnerships with Welch Motorsport in the highly-competitive Porsche Carrera Cup, and