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New car sales finally rise in April

New car sales finally rise in April

News, SMMT
The UK’s new car market recorded its first rise in 12 months during April as the country finally shook off its vehicle excise duty (VED) hangover. The market grew by 10.4% in April, with 167,911 new units registered, according to the latest figures from the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT). Demand was affected by a number of factors, including the timing of Easter, which resulted in two extra selling days during the month compared to last year, while the adverse weather during March pushed some deliveries into April as well. However, the biggest factor in the growth during the month is the poor performance of the same month last year. This was caused when the UK government changed VED rates, meaning all except zero-emission vehicles were required to pay a flat ra
Close ties between Schaeffler and The Garage Inspector

Close ties between Schaeffler and The Garage Inspector

News, Training
Schaeffler (UK) has described Andy Savva as the ‘perfect role model for any workshop owner’ after the original equipment manufacturer revealed that ‘The Garage Inspector’ will be working closer with its REPXPERT members. Andy supported the REPXPERT team at the recent Autoinform Live event in Glasgow by providing visitors with valuable advice on how to build their workshop brand and profile, while also offering tips and best practice techniques on how to make their business as profitable as it can be. REPXPERT users can now find free and exclusive clips on the REPXPERT portal, where The Garage Inspector can be seen sharing his top tips on how to grow a successful workshop business. Schaeffler technical services manager, Malcolm Short, said: “Andy is a figurehead within the in
Drivers becoming sentimental with their vehicles

Drivers becoming sentimental with their vehicles

News
New research from AA Cars has shown that Brits are keeping hold of their vehicles for longer even if they become unreliable, while many also show a more sentimental side. A fifth (20%) of UK drivers say they’ve given their car a name. Even though younger drivers aged 18-24 are more likely to christen their motors (47%), older motorists have gone a little misty-eyed too with 22% of 45-54 year olds having named their motors. The AA-Populus poll, which surveyed over 20,000 drivers, also found that a fifth (21%) of drivers count their motors as one of the most important things in their lives. A sizeable six in 10 (63%) also say they’d be lost without their car. UK drivers, particularly younger motorists, seem to have trouble letting go of their cars – over a quarter (26%) of 18-24
Bosch may have saved diesel with new technology

Bosch may have saved diesel with new technology

Diesel, News
Vehicle technology supplier Bosch believes it has made a breakthrough in diesel technology that will help manufacturers avoid driving bans in Europe. The new exhaust technology has been tested by the company and in real-world driving conditions (RDE) emits lower levels of nitrogen oxides (NOx) than is permitted by new regulations due to be adopted in 2020. Bosch engineers achieved the results by refining existing technologies, meaning no expensive additional components were needed. Since 2017, European legislation has required that new passenger car models tested according to an RDE-compliant mix of urban, extra-urban, and freeway cycles emit no more than 168 milligrams of NOx per kilometre. As of 2020, this limit will be cut to 120 milligrams. Bosch’s readings indicate that with
Terry Knox is new IAAF Vice President

Terry Knox is new IAAF Vice President

IAAF, News
The Independent Automotive Aftermarket Federation (IAAF) has appointed Terry Knox as its new Vice President, further adding to its wealth of industry expertise. Knox has been a Member of the IAAF Council since 2016, and is Managing Director of CD Group, a third-generation family business with previous Managing Directors, grandfather Stuart Knox and father Ken Knox. The company was established in 1963, with Knox joining in 1999 to help establish the company’s operations in Republic of Ireland. CD Group’s largest trading name, Component Distributors, is a warehouse distributor, supplying Motor Factors throughout Ireland.  Headquartered in Belfast, Northern Ireland, the company employs close to 200 people. Knox comments: “I had no concept of the depth of work undertaken by the IA
New warehouse aims to improve Liqui Moly deliveries

New warehouse aims to improve Liqui Moly deliveries

News, Oils and Lubes
German oil company Liqui Moly has significantly improved its delivery times by opening a warehouse of its own in Milton Keynes. Since the company’s production facilities are limited to its two sites in Germany, previous practice has been to cluster orders before transporting them across the channel. This was not just complicated but time-consuming, too. The new warehouse in Milton Keynes makes the entire process faster and more straightforward: instead of having to wait a fortnight, customers now receive their goods within one or two days. "It's important for us to ensure our customers don't have to wait long for their orders arrive," says Ibrahim Memis, who is responsible at Liqui Moly for trade in the UK. "We're now more flexible and can offer a much better delivery service,
UK engineering key to aftermarket success

UK engineering key to aftermarket success

News
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. 
Alignment checks should be an MOT essential for ADAS vehicles

Alignment checks should be an MOT essential for ADAS vehicles

MOT, News, Wheel and body Alignment
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
More independent garages signing up to The Motor Ombudsman

More independent garages signing up to The Motor Ombudsman

News
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
IGA publishes report into garage work providers

IGA publishes report into garage work providers

IGA, News
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