Automechanika Birminmgham – Garage of the Year 2018 now open for entries

Independent garages from across the UK are being urged to enter Automechanika Birmingham’s renowned ‘Garage of the Year’ awards which is now open for entries, celebrating the unsung heroes of the aftermarket.

Sponsored by the Independent Garage Association and run in partnership with Garage Wire, the competition is open to all garage businesses up and down the country.

Entrants may enter more than one category, explaining why their garage deserves to win the much-coveted prize, with the chance to walk away with £1000.
The six categories are:

  • Best Small Garage
  • Best Large Garage
  • Best Community Initiative award
  • ‘Auto-mechanik’ of the Year
  • Technology Innovation Award
  • Business Innovation Award

Garages can enter by visiting: http://garagewire.co.uk/garage-year-2018/, but must do so before the deadline of 30 April.

Winners from each category will be announced at a special evening dinner to be held in the Director’s Lounge, Aston Villa Football Club on 5 June. All garages shortlisted will receive two free tickets to attend the dinner, sponsored by Elta, EDT, AA Garage Guide, Autologic and The Parts Alliance, with its braking brand Bendix sponsoring drinks.

Finalists will get to find out who has been crowned overall Garage of the Year winner at the event itself on 6 June.

Simon Albert, Managing Director of Automechanika Birmingham, said: “These awards present garages from all over the UK with the unique opportunity of recognising the hard work and contribution they give to the automotive industry. They are often the unsung heroes, and it’s a fantastic way to celebrate and champion the diversity of UK garage businesses.

“We strongly encourage all garages to get involved to be in with the chance of picking up £1000 at the event.”

The competition forms part of a larger offering for garages at the 2018 exhibition. The organisers have introduced a dedicated Garage Quarter featuring suppliers of tools and workshop equipment, services and innovative products as well as a Garage Social area.

Garage visitors will also benefit from limited free parking at the NEC and free breakfast upon arrival, based on first come first served. Visitors looking to sign up can register for their free ticket here: https://www.automechanika birmingham.com/welcome/get-your-free-ticket

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

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 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 director at Euro Car Parts, commented: “ADAS has significant implications for independent repairers and it is essential that technicians are equipped to service these systems safely. By offering this one-day course, accredited by the IMI, we are delivering on our pledge to help independent repairers work on every type of vehicle.”

Euro Car Parts has also announced a new two-day course on the operation, maintenance, repair and adjustment of six and seven speed DSG dual clutch gearboxes. The course aims to help repairers gain an understanding of the practices required to successfully carry out diagnosis, maintenance and repair of DSG gearboxes and associated controls.

For more information on the Euro Academy CLICK HERE.

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Autosupplies scrubs up for charity

Autosupplies is sponsoring Performance Health’s charity car wash in aid of John Eastwood Hospice on Friday 4 August, with the Chesterfield distributor supplying all materials needed for the day.

An exterior wash will cost customers £5 per car with all money going to charity.

Based in Sutton-in-Ashfield, John Eastwood Hospice provides services for patients with advanced cancer and other conditions requiring specialist palliative care such as Motor Neurone Disease.

The John Eastwood Hospice Trust recruits, trains and organises a team of volunteers to support and supplement the professional care staff in the hospice and community to develop the environment and existing facilities used by the patients at the hospice.

Autosupplies managing director, David Clarke, said: “We’re great believers in the importance of fundraising and what better way than to stick to what we know by supplying car wash essentials and help to sponsor a great cause. The day is sure to be great fun and we urge the local community to book their cars in now to avoid queueing on the day.”

Now employing more than 90 members of staff and managing a fleet of more than 50 delivery vehicles, the motor factor is one of the most prominent businesses in the Chesterfield area.

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Vehicle Safety Recalls – April 2017

These are the vehicles, parts or accessories recalled by manufacturers for a safety reason during April 2017.

You can check for vehicle, part or accessory recalls or find out more about vehicle recalls and faults by CLICKING HERE.

DVSA ref no Make and model Issue
R/2017/017 Honda: Accord, Accord Tourer, Civic Hybrid, CR-V, Jazz and Legend Airbag may fail to deploy correctly
R/2017/019 Chrysler: Dodge Journey and Grand Voyager Airbag may malfunction
R/2017/042 Jeep: Wrangler Airbag circuit may be compromised
R/2017/046 Fiat: 500X Loss of drive
R/2017/056 Jeep: Cherokee and Renegade Transaxle wiring has been incorrectly fitted
R/2017/075 Toyota: Mirai Electric fuel cell system may stop running
R/2017/076 Suzuki: Grand Vitara Driver may be unable to change/select gear
R/2017/079 VW: Golf, Tiguan, Touran, Scirroco, Passat, Up!, Transporter and Crafter Airbag/belt tensioners may not trigger in event of an accident
R/2017/081 Mercedes-Benz: ML Front suspension arm may not be tightened correctly
R/2017/084 Mercedes-Benz: E-Class Steering column switch module may become inoperative
R/2017/085 Fiat: Ducato Camshaft may fail
R/2017/092 Mercedes-Benz: Atego Earthing lug on engine mounting bolt may break
R/2017/094 Hino: 300 Series (Euro 5) Wiring harness may be damaged
R/2017/095 Hino: 300 Series Fuel filter/accumulator may crack
R/2017/099 Jeep: Renegade Side window airbags may fail to deploy
R/2017/101 Nissan: Cabstar Incorrect body width could restrict rear visabiity
R/2017/102 Porsche: 911 and 718 Incorrect detonators fitted to front passenger airbags
R/2017/106 BMW: Drivers airbag inflator fitted as replacement on 3,5 and X5 vehicles Drivers airbag may deploy incorrectly
R/2017/111 Vauxhall: Adam and Corsa D Handbrake may disengage
R/2017/112 Porsche: Macan Front passenger airbags may be deactivated
R/2017/113 Bentley: Bentayga Diesel Steering power assistance may be lost
R/2017/114 BMW: 1-Series, X1, Z4 and 3-Series Plug in contact cable may malfunction
R/2017/116 Mercedes-Benz Bus: Citaro Faulty spline on universal joint of steering spindle
R/2017/117 Renault: Megane IV Child lock may deactivate
R/2017/120 Peugeot: 208 Spoiler may detach
R/2017/122 Renault: Megane IV Clutch may not engage fully
R/2017/124 Mercedes-Benz: GLA, ML, GLC, CLA, SLK, C-Class, E-Class, CL, CLS and S-Class Faulty control unit may cause vehicle to perform outside specification
R/2017/128 Mercedes-Benz: Atego Axle bracket may detach
R/2017/137 Volvo Bus: B5TL and B8R Exhaust emission criteria is not met
RCOMP/2017/003 Mann & Hummel: WK 939/14 x Filter may leak
RM/2017/004 Honda Motorcycles: GI 1800A Goldwing Airbag may fail to deploy correctly
RM/2017/012 Piaggio: MP3 Yourbon 300 Rear brake hose may be incorrectly routed
RM/2017/013 Yamaha: MT09/A, MT09TRA * XSR900 Handlebar mountings may detach
RSPV/2017/004 Polaris: Sportsman Touring (850 SP and XP 1000) Side panel may contact exhaust

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Fly-tipping crisis deepens

Government statistics indicate that the number of fly-tipping incidents has gone up. How could this affect your business?

Figures published by the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) reveal that the number of fly-tipping cases has increased 4% on the previous year. In 2015/16 councils across England reported 936,090 cases and the clean-up bill came in at just under £50 million.

A third of all incidents consisted of material which would fill a small van. Plus, much of the waste was deemed hazardous – many loads included asbestos-containing materials.

It is not only the councils’ problem; many others are having to pay out significant amounts to clear material dumped on their land. Farmers in particular are being hit hard. Because their land is often out of sight, it’s a prime target for waste criminals.

The Environment Agency (EA) has made catching fly-tippers a priority. In 2015/16 it dealt with 125 major fly-tipping cases. These included six incidents of dumped asbestos and eleven large-scale tyre dumps. However, the EA is the first to admit that it’s still playing catch-up with the waste criminals.

With waste disposal costs increasing it might be tempting to accept a “deal” from someone to get rid of your waste, but they will almost certainly be disposing of your waste material illegally. This could result in you facing criminal charges.

Companies are advised not to make their premises an easy target. All businesses should make sure that all gates are locked at night, waste containers are secured, CCTV cameras, etc. are visible.

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A fresh new look for EuroFlo!

EuroFlo is powering up its brand and concept. The current branding served them well and has been marketed extensively, as will the new branding, but EuroFlo now feels it is now time for a new look of their continued evolution. The mission was to retain the core elements of the existing branding, while at the same time linking it to the factory in Portugal and to the product in a fresh modern way symbolising the plans and developments for the future.

The key design change in the new EuroFlo branding is the new style red F which links to their Portuguese Fabriscape factory. This element will also appear in the stamping of their product in the future.

The colours were carefully chosen for the new brand so as to create versions that work well on both blue and white backgrounds, as shown below. The Blue and White both link to the existing EuroFlo branding while the new featured red is taken from the flag of Portugal, the home of their ISO 9001 TUV Certified manufacturing facility.

EuroFlo will be using up existing stocks of marketing materials, but from this point on all new marketing will carry the new branding, with the website to be updated very shortly. The new branding will be featured on product labels for exhausts, catalysts and DPFs on all new production over the coming weeks. The EuroFlo Fittings packaging will evolve to the new brand in time based on stocks levels.

The new look exhaust label has also been redesigned to accommodate barcoding, a new feature for EuroFlo Exhausts, Catalysts and DPFs, this being a request from stockist feedback.

For more information please visit www.EuroFlo.co.uk or www.mwd.uk.com

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Vehicle Safety Recalls: January 2017

These are the vehicles, parts or accessories recalled by manufacturers for a safety reason during January 2017.

You can check for vehicle, part or accessory recalls or find out more about vehicle recalls and faults by CLICKING HERE.

DVSA ref no Make and model Issue
R/2016/236 Toyota: Corolla Driver’s side airbag inflator may rupture
R/2016/244 Ford: Transit Connect/ Tourneo Connect Panoramic roof glass may detach
R/2016/263 Chevrolet UK: Captiva Possibility of fire
R/2016/264 Vauxhall: Antara Possibility of fire
R/2016/267 Vauxhall: Meriva B Seat belt may not function correctly
R/2016/272 VW: Tiguan (5N) Front seat backrest may collapse in a collision
R/2016/274 Vauxhall: Meriva B & Astra K Front passenger airbag may not deploy as intended
R/2016/283 SsangYong: Rodius & Turismo Shock absorber may fail, causing front wheel to rub on wheel arch
R/2016/288 Jeep: Cherokee Seat may not perform correctly in a collision
R/2016/289 Land Rover: Discovery Sport, Range Rover Evoque with 2 ltr diesel vehicles with automatic transmission Electrical short circuit
R/2016/295 Toyota: Lexus – NX200T & NX300H Parking brake may not activate correctly
R/2016/306 Mercedes-Benz: Sprinter Trailer hitch may detach
R/2016/308 Volvo Bus: B5LH 7900 Engine hatch may show closed in error enabling engine to be started
R/2016/309 Rolls Royce: Dawn Front mounted side airbag may fail to deploy in a collision
R/2017/005 Volvo Bus: B5LH Engine may overheat
R/2017/006 MAN Bus: P20, P21 & P22 Maintenance flap may open unintentionally
R/2017/007 Fiat: Talento Incorrect load capacity listed for interior hooks
R/2017/023 Wrightbus: Streetvibe, Streetlite & Streetdeck Parking brake can be released before full air pressure is achieved
RCOMP/2017/001 Scorpion Automotive Ltd: Datatool S4 Red/Triumph Accessory alarm/immobiliser Alarm/immobiliser may malfunction
RM/2016/036 Honda Motorcycles: CBR300RA 2015 – 2016 MY Engine may stop/stall and fail to re-start
RM/2016/047 Suzuki Motorcycles: DL650A/XA L2-L6 (Motorcycle) and LT-A750X-XP L6-L7 (ATV) Engine may stall and/or fail to restart

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DVSA MOT announcement released in error

The Department for Transport yesterday issued an announcement that they had opened the consultation seeking views on whether the age a vehicle gets its first MOT should be increased from 3 to 4 years.  However, the DfT has confirmed that this announcement was made in error and should have described proposals to allow learner drivers to have lessons on motorways.

The IAAF does intend to make a formal submission should a consultation be opened on the subject of MOT frequency and will advise its membership accordingly.

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Sponsor Link: The Parts Alliance

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As the leading business group in the aftermarket, The Parts Alliance is committed to up-skilling and driving productivity in the industry through its products and services The group, which consists of the leading motor factors in the UK and Ireland, offers national strength while providing a dedication and focus on a local service to workshops and fitting stations.

The Parts Alliance specialises in the national and local supply of O.E. manufacturer branded products and support services, including training programmes, electronic cataloguing, workshop IT systems and customer services.

The Parts Alliance prides itself on promoting the aftermarket at every level through forming professional, strategic partnerships with its customers and suppliers.

For further details, including a list of The Parts Alliance members, visit www.thepartsalliance.com/.

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