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British firm launches classic Mini electrification kit

No modifications required and optional EV upgrades include 12 kWhr battery pack, motor controller, onboard charger and DC-DC converter A complete electrification kit which will...

The Parts Alliance Committed To Supporting Garages Throughout National Lockdown

With England entering a period of new restrictions on 5th November, The Parts Alliance have confirmed that all their branches will remain open throughout the...

Simon Graeme Auto Service Centre named Servicesure Autocentre of the Year

Servicesure Autocentre of the Year Awards delivered directly to workshops in absence of traditional ceremony National garage chain Servicesure has crowned Harrogate garage Simon Graeme...

Yuasa powers Josh Brookes and Ducati to British Superbikes championship victory

Two victories at Brands Hatch secures the title and gives Yuasa its first as a BSB sponsor Yuasa is celebrating with Josh Brookes and the...

GS Yuasa batteries installed in ground-breaking Portsmouth Port EV charging station

240 Yuasa ENL batteries and lithium-ion energy storage cabinet set to power electric vehicles GS Yuasa has completed the installation of lead acid and lithium-ion...

Opinion: A black hole is set to follow autumn’s increased MOT demand

GW columnist Andy Parsons considers his options as MOT demand nears its peak I read with some despair the article on Garage Wire about the impending flood...

MOT demand pushing testing volumes up to 60% higher than normal levels

MOTs to reach new seasonal peak in October and November despite one million vehicle owners bringing their test forward last month The number of MOTs...

Mechanic left with 45% burns following garage fire and two hour wait for ambulance

Classic car specialist became engulfed in flames while working on a car A self-employed classic car mechanic has suffered 45 per cent burns after his...

GS Yuasa launches “revolutionary” multi-functional battery and electrical system tester

Latest development promises to revolutionise battery and electrical system tests GS Yuasa has launched a new state-of-the-art multi-functional battery and electrical system analyser. The new GYT250...

Vauxhall launches “all makes fixed price” servicing and repairs across dealer network

Dealer workshops introduce pricing menu in bid to attract new custom Vauxhall has launched a new ‘all makes approved service’, offering fixed-price servicing across its...

COVID-19 guidance for automotive aftermarket updated to meet new requirements

Document amended in line with new government guidance on use of face coverings COVID-19 guidance for the automotive aftermarket sector has been updated to include the...

Worst ever ‘new plate’ September for new car registrations

Overall demand down by 4.4 per cent but buyers of battery electric and plug-in hybrid cars on the rise The UK new car market declined...

Less than a quarter of new cars still have a manual handbrake, research finds

Dacia is now the only mainstream manufacturer to offer standard mechanical handbrakes across its range Traditional mechanical handbrakes are continuing to die out as car...

Infotainment system failure rife, survey finds

Voice recognition, connectivity and touchscreens reported to be common problem areas A new survey has found that one third of drivers have experienced infotainment system...

Yuasa celebrates ten years in BTCC with special livery and exclusive competition

Special livery and exclusive competition launch at Thruxton Yuasa is celebrating its tenth-year anniversary in the British Touring Car Championship (BTCC) and has launched a...

UK car parc is “older than ever” despite push towards electric vehicles

Cars aged 13 or over have tripled in volume in past 25 years Britain’s car parc is older than ever before despite the efforts of...

Morning rush hour back to ‘normal’, stats show

RAC patrols called out to more rush-hour breakdowns than expected following return to school The morning rush hour, a phenomenon last seen nearly six months...

Shropshire garage takes on Aston Martin Bulldog restoration

Concept car broke records in 1979 reaching 192mph but Aston Martin claimed it was capable of 237mph A one-off Aston Martin supercar concept is undergoing...

UK’s first EV charging station to open

First of 100 planned electric forecourts to open in November A new electric vehicle (EV) forecourt in Braintree, Essex promises to make charging as simple...

Somerset garage victim of high value raid

Group of four men and a woman took a Land Rover, tools, computers and diagnostic equipment. A garage business in Somerset has been targeted by...

Counterfeit parts on the rise, IAAF warns in new government report

Garages remain liable for any parts they fit and advised against sourcing parts online The Independent Automotive Aftermarket Federation (IAAF) has warned that the coronavirus...

Volvo recalls 30,000 XC60 models over fears windscreen wiper arm could become loose

Issue affects SPA platform models produced between 2017 and 2020. Volvo is recalling 30,000 UK in an urgent safety recall due to a windscreen wiper...

Thief jailed for stripping VW Golf GTI while parked on dealership forecourt

Man caught after leaving blood and fingerprints during raid at VW Inchcape dealership in Swindon A thief has been jailed for 20 months for his...

Volvo launches UK subscription car service

Monthly subscription covers vehicle cost, servicing, maintenance and repairs plus tyres, MOTs and 24/7 roadside assistance Volvo Cars has this week unveiled its new Care by...

Aftermarket recalls and market surveillance to be covered in next IAAF online meeting

DVSA guest to feature in Zoom meeting and latest IAAF activities to be discussed The Independent Automotive Aftermarket Federation (IAAF) is to discuss aftermarket recalls...

Scammers targeting garages with fraudulent government calls

Fraudsters known to be using Government Legal Department (GLD) general enquiry number Scammers are attempting to take money from garage businesses under the guise of...

New legislation ensures UK aftermarket gets continued data access via OBD port

Vehicle manufacturers obliged to keep OBD port open for repair and maintenance information New Type Approval legislation, scheduled to be introduced in Europe from September...

DVSA staff to wear ‘bodycams’ during garage visits

New cameras introduced in a bid to reduce physical and verbal assaults during site visits and roadside checks The DVSA is to roll out body-worn...

BMW to recall plug-in hybrid vehicles over short-circuit fears

Owners told not to charge plug-in cars for the time being and only run combustion engine BMW is set to issue a recall notice plug-in...

Consultation launched into advanced lane-keeping systems for semi-autonomous cars

Innovative new 'automated lane keeping systems' expected to be rolled out in UK from spring 2021 A consultation on how innovative new autonomous technology can be used...