“There’s never been a better time to be in the independent garage sector”, according to REPXPERT brand ambassador, Andy Savva who speaks candidly about his new role in a wide-ranging interview.
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The Local Government Association (LGA) is calling for a ban on mileage correction services and devices.
The LGA, which represents 370 councils in England and Wales, is urging people to check a vehicle’s history thoroughly before buying it to avoid becoming a victim of fraud.
A proposed EU ban on companies providing mileage correction services w…[Read more]
Video footage of a BMW main dealer technician attempting to disconnect a front-facing dashcam from a customer’s car has emerged online. The technician can be seen fiddling with the dashcam before what’s likely to be a routine test drive.
However, while adjusting the rear-view mirror to gain better access to the camera he spots a second, int…[Read more]
Mike Ruff, GW editor replied to the topic The "alarming discoveries" made by UK MOT testers on a daily basis in the forum General independent garage chat 2 days ago
Hi Andrew, thanks for your comment and I can appreciate where you’re coming from. The coverage was based on press release material from Prestige Motor Warehouse and as no personal details were revealed, we thought it was a light-hearted piece worth covering – it certainly sparked some interesting comments on the GW Facebook page.
Mike Ruff, GW editor replied to the topic Tecalemit laser alignment machine calibration problem in the forum General independent garage chat 2 days, 1 hour ago
Hi Matt, it might be worth contacting the Garage Equipment Association for their advice? You can contact them on 01327 312616.
Mike Ruff, GW editor replied to the topic Landmark jail sentence for car technician who stole customer data in the forum General independent garage chat 5 days, 5 hours ago
He was sentenced to six months in prison at at London’s Wood Green Crown Court after pleading guilty.
Confusion remains about the use of small waste oil burners (SWOBs), according to the Independent Garage Association which has been helping its members understand current regulations as the colder months arrive.
The trade body has reported a rise in the number of calls from members unsure about the legalities of using a SWOB in their…[Read more]
Mike Ruff, GW editor started the topic Landmark jail sentence for car technician who stole customer data in the forum General independent garage chat 5 days, 8 hours ago
A body repair technician has been sentenced to jail for stealing customers’ personal data from his former employer, marking the first case prosecuted by the UK’s privacy watchdog to get a jail term.
Mustafa Kasim used a former co-workers’ login details to access the workshop’s computer system and steal accident information including the nam…[Read more]
The DVSA has this week rolled-out its new MOT risk rating system which aims to improve MOT quality and catch more fraudsters.
Garages will now be awarded either a red, amber or green rating based on analysis of tester data and the results of an improved site assessment.
The new site assessment focuses on compliance and the test itself, with DVSA…[Read more]
Mike Ruff, GW editor started the topic The "alarming discoveries" made by UK MOT testers on a daily basis in the forum General independent garage chat 1 week, 1 day ago
MOT testers have exposed some of the shocking things they have found while undertaking the annual test.
New research, which was undertaken by Prestige Motor Warehouse at 22 different MOT stations across 12 counties in England, highlighted a number of alarming items including sawn-off shotguns, rifles, hand guns and class A drugs.
All of these…[Read more]
Diesel cars could still have a place in achieving air quality targets, according to new data.
The research found that the majority of the latest diesel cars were achieving emissions targets that will not be legally binding until 2020.
New data from the European Automobile Manufacturers’ Association (ACEA) found that 270 new diesel models i…[Read more]
The DVSA last night (8 November) won the Digital category of the prestigious Civil Service Awards 2018 for its suite of MOT digital services.
The services were launched as a key part of an MOT transformation project, which the agency says aims to make a “real difference in getting dangerous vehicles off the roads”.
Do believe the latest DVSA awa…[Read more]
Mike Ruff, GW editor started the topic Roadside technician safety raised in House of Commons debate in the forum General independent garage chat 2 weeks, 1 day ago
Concerns for the safety of roadside recovery workers have this week been raised in the House of Commons during a debate on Road Safety.
Tracey Crouch, Conservative MP for Chatham and Aylesford Commons raised the issue after meeting Sam Cockerill, whose partner was killed instantly in September 2017 when a HGV strayed on to the hard shoulder of…[Read more]
Mike Ruff, GW editor started the topic Clean air zone could put Bath garages out of business, owners say in the forum General independent garage chat 2 weeks, 1 day ago
arage owners in Bath are taking a stand against clean air zone proposals over fears the scheme could put them out of business.
Alan Moxham, Ken Wheeler, Paul Firth, Roy Flavell and Angus Sheppard say that the Bath and North East Somerset council plans, which could see some vehicles charged £9 to enter the city, would seriously impact upon both…[Read more]
Vauxhall is recalling a further 47,000 Zafira ‘B’ models over fears faulty heating systems could cause a fire.
The second-generation Zafira, which was built between 2005 and 2014, was originally recalled in 2015 over a similar issue.
Some 235,000 cars were called back in two separate actions, with Vauxhall originally considering only models wit…[Read more]
Business rates are to be cut by a third for companies with a rateable value of £51,000 or less, Chancellor Philip Hammond announced in yesterday’s Autumn Budget.
The Chancellor confirmed that its new business rates relief, targeted at small retailers, could knock a third off their bills and that 90 per cent of them would benefit from the pr…[Read more]
BMW is recalling 268,000 cars in the UK amid fears they could pose a potential fire hazard.
The recall specifies that the exhaust gas recirculation cooler can in some cases leak glycol liquid.
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West Way Nissan in Birmingham has said it’s “not in a position to comment” after it failed to inform the owner of a Nissan X-Trail that their car had been stolen.
The owner, who wrote to the Guardian to seek advice, was referred to the main dealer by their local independent after it diagnosed a turbo failure on the four-year-old vehicle which…[Read more]
A landlord is preparing for a legal battle over the closure of two second-hand car dealerships in Dundee.
Car salesman, Charles Sandeman closed two of his garages without warning or explanation, according to the Dundee Evening Times.
Landlord Jim Boyle claims the dealer left owing thousands of pounds for rent.
Mike Ruff, GW editor started the topic Half of UK motorists can’t identify a roundabout sign, study finds in the forum General independent garage chat 3 weeks, 1 day ago
The road knowledge of UK motorists is so poor that half can’t even identify a roundabout sign, according to research by the UK’s largest independent road safety charity, IAM RoadSmart.
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