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Motorists still unaware of rules around vehicle warranties

Motorists still unaware of rules around vehicle warranties

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Almost half of Britain’s car owners (44%) believe that getting their car serviced by an independent garage will invalidate their warranty, despite a change in the law nearly 15 years ago that prevents this from being the case. The statistic was uncovered by nationwide servicing and repair chain Halfords Autocentres, which surveyed over 22,000 motorists via the Halfords Autocentres Roadworthiness Quiz, which tests drivers’ knowledge of car maintenance and motoring laws. Motorists legally have the right to choose where their vehicle is serviced and repaired without invalidating their warranty as they are protected under the EU Motor Vehicle Block Exemption Regulation 461/2010. This means owners have a greater choice of where to have their car repaired and can consider non-fra
Many MOT failures could be avoided by simple checks

Many MOT failures could be avoided by simple checks

MOT, News
As many as one third of the UK’s MoT failures could be avoided if drivers made the simplest and most basic checks to their car, according to Government figures obtained by consumer champion HonestJohn.co.uk. The motoring website analysed millions of MoT records from the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) and found that, out of the 7.3 million MoT failures that were recorded in 2017, 2.5 million could have been avoided* if drivers had checked their lights, brakes, tyres, suspension and windscreen before the test. The number one cause of MoT failure in the UK is incorrect headlamp aim, with 976,569 failures. In second place is poor brake performance (921,534 failures) while broken registration plate lamps account for 912,246 failures. Faulty side lights and insufficie
Haynes Manual creator John Haynes passes away

Haynes Manual creator John Haynes passes away

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John Haynes, the entrepreneur and creator of the Haynes Manual, founder of the Haynes Publishing Group PLC and the Haynes International Motor Museum passed away peacefully, surrounded by family, on the evening of Friday 8th February, aged 80, after a short illness. After leaving school John joined the Royal Air Force (RAF) to do his National Service, where he made many lifelong friends.  During his time in the RAF his role in logistics taught him business management skills, while enabling him to pursue his passion for motor racing and publishing in his spare time.  He successfully developed and competitively raced several race cars, including his Elva Courier, which is on display in the Haynes International Motor Museum.    In 1965, John was posted to A...
Industry experts meet to discuss EV Professional Standard

Industry experts meet to discuss EV Professional Standard

Electric Vehicles, IMI, News
The IMI’s new Electrical Vehicle Advisory Group conducted its first meeting following its formation to agree appropriate Professional Standards for those working on electric and hybrid vehicles. Following a poll of IMI Members where 98% called for regulation of technicians, the IMI has been leading the efforts to secure minimum training standards for technicians working at different levels on electric and hybrid vehicles, from basic maintenance to full diagnostic and repair. The IMI’s lobbying of the UK Government led to the Department for Transport (DfT) committing in its ‘Road to Zero’ strategy published July 2018 to work with the IMI. In the publication the DfT confirmed it would be ‘reviewing whether current regulations are sufficient to protect mechanics working on electric
New car sales suffer modest drop in January

New car sales suffer modest drop in January

News, SMMT
The UK’s new car market has started the year with a decline, with diesel sales, in particular, taking the volume into negative territory. Sales in January were down by 1.6% compared to the same month last year according to the latest SMMT figures. A total of 161,013 new cars were registered for use on UK roads, with trends in fuel choice seen last year continuing into the first month of 2019. Following a decline in December, private demand increased by 2.9%, with 71,378 new cars registered in the month. However, demand from business and fleet buyers fell by 33.5% and 3.4% respectively.  Petrol demand grew in the month, by 7.3%, but the demise of the diesel market shows no sign of abating in 2019 with a contraction of 20.3% in January. This is the 22nd consecutive mo
Osram acquires Ring Automotive

Osram acquires Ring Automotive

Lighting, News
Lighting specialist Osram has acquired Ring Automotive in a move designed to improve the prospects of both businesses in the UK aftermarket. “With the acquisition of Ring Automotive, we are further expanding our aftermarket portfolio and can at the same time use stable distribution channels in the United Kingdom,” says Hans-Hans-Joachim Schwabe, CEO Osram Automotive. With 160 employees, Ring Automotive achieved annual sales of around £40 million in 2017. By acquiring Ring Automotive, Osram is investing in the future: the British company has an established, valuable brand and a well-placed sales model in the automotive aftermarket sector. In addition, Ring's product portfolio goes far beyond classic automotive lighting and complements Osram’s product range. Ring, for example, is
Trico returns to Britcar with Tockwith Motorsports

Trico returns to Britcar with Tockwith Motorsports

Motorsport, News, Wipers
Wiper blade and system manufacturer Trico has announced that it will resume its chief sponsorship of Britcar Dunlop Endurance Championship winning constructor, Tockwith Motorsports (TMS), for the 2019 season. The company will return to the endurance series after a highly-successful 2018 season, where the Trico-liveried Ginetta G50 competed in seven rounds. The ‘Trico car’ was moved from circuit-to-circuit inside its own transporter, wrapped in Trico livery, while it was also utilised by TMS to transport its various other race cars to events throughout the UK and Europe when Britcar rounds weren’t being hosted. Trico also used the transporter and car to great effect at various automotive exhibitions throughout 20
M-Sport returns to WRC with NGK

M-Sport returns to WRC with NGK

Ignition, Motorsport, News
The NGK-sponsored M-Sport Ford World Rally Team is preparing for the first round of the season… the famous the Rallye Monte-Carlo which starts on January 24. Ignition specialist NGK Spark Plugs (UK) Ltd is a partner of the team, whose EcoBoost-powered WRC Ford Fiestas are fitted with NGK spark plugs and NTK Lambda sensors. Teemu Suninen is returning to the team for a third season and will contest all events with a top-specification world rally car for the first time in his career. The young Finn will be joined by a new co-driver in the form of fellow Finn Marko Salminen. The 24-year-old said he was looking forward to the first event of the 2019 season but expected it to be challenging. “I’m excited about the new season,“ Teemu added. “The first day of the season is probabl
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