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What Car? research highlights ADAS effect in repair bills

What Car? research highlights ADAS effect in repair bills

Autonomous, News
Innovative Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS) fitted into the latest vehicles are important safety aids, but they are adding significantly to the cost of car repair bills, according to industry expert, What Car?. ADAS technologies use cameras and radar sensors to help to mitigate the risk of a collision and improve driver safety. They include automatic emergency braking (AEB), lane keeping assistance, blind spot warning systems and speed limiting devices. The sensors behind these systems prove expensive to replace and are often housed in vulnerable areas of the car, such as behind bumpers and windscreens. That means they are causing a steep increase in the cost of replacing these traditionally cheaper parts, sometimes by as much as 123%. According to the Association
Havoline announces third brand ambassador

Havoline announces third brand ambassador

News, Oils and Lubes
As it looks to establish itself further in the UK and European market, Chevron has enlisted triathlete Rachel Klamer as its third brand ambassador for the company’s Havoline brand. Klamer is one of the world’s leading female triathletes, competing on the global stage with a number of high-profile wins to her name. Rachel’s international appeal, supported by her strong work ethic, communicates the Havoline brand appeal to new audiences through digital channels. Rachel joins fellow triathlete Richard Murray and professional racing driver Freddie Hunt to complete the trio of Havoline brand ambassadors for 2018. South African Richard Murray, is one of the world’s leading professional triathletes, competing across the globe in the ITU World Triathlon Series. He recently got his 2018 s
Automechanika Birmingham to tackle major aftermarket issues

Automechanika Birmingham to tackle major aftermarket issues

Automechanika Birmingham, Automechanika Birmingham news, Events, News
Automechanika Birmingham will tackle all the major issues affecting businesses in the automotive aftermarket, according to Event Director Simon Albert. The event, which takes place from 5 to 7 June at Birmingham NEC is specifically geared towards meeting the needs of end users including garages, bodyshops, tyre fitters, motor factors, retailers and franchised dealerships, not just in terms of highlighting new products, but with advice and support on running an automotive business, both now and in the future. With an exhibitor base set to be the most proactive yet, visitors will also benefit from the event’s thriving seminar programme with issues such as GDPR and MOT changes set to dominate. Simon Albert, Event Director of Automechanika Birmingham, comments: “With changes affec
Ben reveals biggest money worries for automotive workers

Ben reveals biggest money worries for automotive workers

Charity, News
Ben, the not-for-profit organisation that partners with the automotive industry to provide support for life to its people and their family dependents, reveals the main financial worries for people who work, or have previously worked, in the automotive industry. In 2017, 42% of people Ben supported had money problems, with ‘low income’ accounting for 52% of this. Other key financial concerns were around debt and money management. Mental health issues were the second biggest concern for people last year, accounting for 31%. In addition, 17% of individuals who contacted Ben were worried about their physical health and 10% had social health concerns such as relationship breakdowns, isolation and loneliness. NEW financial tools available now! In response, Ben has launched two new online
Used car sales drop but remain strong as diesel demand rises

Used car sales drop but remain strong as diesel demand rises

News, SMMT
The UK’s used vehicle market saw a drop in sales during 2017, although the market remained strong compared to the country’s new registration figures. During the year, used car sales fell by just 1.1%, with more than 8.1 million vehicles changing hands, according to the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT). Despite a 5.1% fall in the market in the fourth quarter, annual transactions were at their second highest level, following the record set in 2016. The country’s new car market dropped in 2017, sales falling by 5.7% compared to the previous year. This has been driven by a collapse in the diesel market, due to demonisation in the media and increased vehicle excise duty (VED) rates being implemented by the country’s government. The new diesel market share dropped by 1
The Parts Alliance adds design protection to Vetch DPF cleaner

The Parts Alliance adds design protection to Vetch DPF cleaner

Diesel, News
The Parts Alliance says the Vetech DPF Professional Cleaner launched in 2015 by GSF Car Parts has proved so successful that they will be enforcing recently acquired design protection rights to help garages avoid ‘inferior copy products’, after successfully patenting the product. Diesel Particulate Filters (DPFs) are a leading technology to reduce emissions of fine particles – named diesel particulates – contained in exhaust fumes. Unfortunately, as garages know, but most motorists don’t, the DPF filters themselves are prone to getting congested with this material. The soot-like particulates are produced in high volumes when engines are cold. DPF ‘regeneration’ cycles, designed to clear the DPF by burning off accumulated soot deposits, rely on prolonged higher engine temperatures
Euro Car Parts announces first-to-market ADAS training course

Euro Car Parts announces first-to-market ADAS training course

News, Vehicle Electronics
  Euro Car Parts has announced a first-to-market ADAS training course as part of its Euro Academy offering. Working in partnership with diagnostics specialist Hella, the one-day course aims to help repairers understand how to accurately service and calibrate camera and radar-based Advanced Driver Assist Systems. The intermediate course is the only one of its kind to be accredited by the IMI Quality Assurance Programme. ADAS systems have been fitted to vehicles since the early 1990s. Since 2016, new vehicles require a minimum of two ADAS systems installed to qualify for a five-star NCAP Safety Rating. These consist of Autonomous Emergency Braking (AEB) and Lane Departure Warning, both of which are covered by the Euro Academy course. Bill Stimson, technical sales directo...
IAAF hails ‘grass roots insight’ in type approval OBD vote

IAAF hails ‘grass roots insight’ in type approval OBD vote

IAAF, News
The European Parliament’s IMCO committee have approved several key amendments to Vehicle Type-Approval legislation proposals, which include the aftermarket maintaining in-vehicle data access via the OBD port. The approval follows ongoing campaigning from within the industry and also government quarters both at home and abroad, which has collectively championed the rights of the aftermarket in the fight to keep access open to the OBD port. West Midlands MEP Daniel Dalton visited an independent garage in Birmingham in 2016, along with IAAF’s Chief Executive Wendy Williamson, GEA’s Dave Garrett, IGA’s Stuart James, FIGEIFA’s Sylvia Gotzen and Neil Pattemore. Here, Dalton gained insight first hand on how crucial it was that aftermarket access to in-vehicle data remains possible. D
Kwik Fit quotes for air con repair despite vehicle not having system

Kwik Fit quotes for air con repair despite vehicle not having system

News
Garage chain Kwik Fit has made national news once again, after charging a student for repairs to her vehicle’s air conditioning system, despite it not being fitted to the car. Stevie Stowell was told her Citroen C1 would need £685 worth of repairs following a diagnostics check. According to the garage, a noise when the engine was running was caused by the air conditioning system. However, following the large quote, the student’s father suggested she take the car to another garage for a second opinion. Upon realising the vehicle did not have air conditioning, the garage diagnosed and fixed a water pump bearing, with the full cost of repair at £450. The student had already paid Kwik Fit a £50 fee for the diagnostic work which returned the wrong results. However, the company has sinc
Ten Andrew Page stores close as part of CMA ruling

Ten Andrew Page stores close as part of CMA ruling

Factors, News
Following a ruling from the UK Competitions and Mergers Authority (CMA), LKQ has closed 10 Andrew Page stores with immediate effect. The US company, owner of Euro Car Parts, purchased Andrew Page and its 102 branches in October 2016. However the acquisition caught the eye of the UK authorities, which was concerned that the company would own a monopoly in the industry. Preliminary findings, published in September last year, revealed that customers could lose out in ten areas by limiting competition. A statement released by the chair of the CMA enquiry, Alasdair Smith, at the time said: “Andrew Page was in administration and would have closed down if a purchaser had not been found. The only two other purchasers would have bought a much smaller number of depots. We think that in mos