The Independent Garage Association (IGA) has published its latest report into consumer facing websites that provide work to independent garages. The number of online portals that offer consumers the change to ‘compare’ quotes when servicing or repairs are required have grown in recent years, copying a trend seen in the insurance and utilities markets. The 2019 Garage Work Provider Reportbuilds on the detail established in the 2018 report and features significantly more feedback and testimonials from independent garages. It investigates the wide variety of business models, fees and terms and conditions that consumer work provision websites use, and the comparisons within the report will prove to be invaluable for any independent garage considering whether to work with any of
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
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
A new media report has suggested the UK ban on internal combustion engines being sold from 2040 onwards may also include many current hybrid and plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (PHEVs). British magazine Autocar has suggested that the UK Government plan ‘Road to Zero’, which is set to be unveiled imminently, would ban all diesel and petrol vehicles in 2040 as part of a £2.7 billion (€3.1 billion) strategy designed to cut air pollution in the country. When announced in June last year, it was unclear whether any other vehicles other than electric would be part of the ban. The magazine states that now, as part of the Road to Zero plan, all current hybrids, such as the popular Toyota Prius, would also be banned from sale. The rules would state that for a car to be sold as new in the
UK vehicle and engine manufacturing fell in the UK during March 2018, as the automotive market suffers from falling sales and the effect of Brexit. Engine production dipped by 3.7% according to figures from the SMMT, as demand from UK car plants fell for a second month. Exports provided a resbite to domestic market challenges, with engines leaving the country up by 4.8% in March, and 12.1% year-to-date. So far, more than 780,000 engines have been built in Britain this year. However, Car production declined in March, with demand falling 13.3% year on year, according to figures. A total of 147,471 cars were built in British factories as the domestic market continued to slow, with demand falling 17.7% in the month. Exports also declined, down 11.9% due to fluctuations in demand i...
The UK Optician Society (UKOS) is to move into the UK automotive aftermarket, announcing the development of prescription windscreens for drivers who need to wear glasses behind the wheel. The opticians conducted research amongst its customers and found that those who only need eyewear for distance did not like wearing it just for driving, causing a risk for other motorists. Keen to take a stand on safety, the body engaged the help of the Automotive Product Research Institute of London to develop a solution that would make these motorists happy while improving their vision of the road ahead. Their solution is the Fully Optical OverLay, which is applied to a windscreen prior to fitting to a vehicle. Drivers will need a full new front glass panel which can be fitted by any window fi