Volvo Car UK has issued a warning to owners of its cars to only use its technicians and parts, claiming it’s the only way to ensure the correct operation of its advanced driver assistance systems. Could this be the start of a slippery slope which would see manufacturers using ADAS as an excuse to scaremonger owners back to the main dealers?
Autonomous technology and vehicle connectivity is putting owners of new vehicles at risk of hacking and the majority of drivers of unaware about how vulnerable their car is, researchers have warned. Share your thoughts on vehicle security in the comments below.
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The DVSA has outlined plans to update the MOT Testing Service to reduce the number of vehicles registered incorrectly during the MOT. The agency has also issued advice to put the record straight on malfunction indicator lamp failures for vehicles that have passed the tail pipe emissions test.
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Much of the government’s focus has been on the reduction of emissions from vehicle exhausts but the government’s Clean Air Strategy 2019 report claims friction during driving also generates fine particles from brakes, tyres and the road surface. The report claims that the proportion of total emissions from non-exhaust sources has increased bec…[Read more]
Mike Ruff, GW editor started the topic Dacia making plans to launch "shockingly affordable" electric car in the forum General independent garage chat 1 week, 5 days ago
Dacia, which currently sells the cheapest new car available in the UK, is to apply its budget philosophy to fully electric vehicles, it’s been reported. I’d love to know your thoughts on a budget electrified and autonomous Dacia!
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The latest petition to call for industry licencing is still a long way off target despite poll findings which found that almost 90 per cent of those working in the automotive retail sector agreeing that some form of licence to practise is needed. Join the debate and let us know your thoughts on licencing.
The Independent Garage Association (IGA) has warned it’s members of a reoccurring tyre scam which has most recently hit Manchester.
Find details of the scam and how to avoid being a target here…
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Euro Car Parts has confirmed that Andy Hamilton has been appointed CEO of the ECP Group, replacing Martin Gray.
Sukhpal Singh Ahluwalia has also resigned from his positions as a director of LKQ Corporation and as executive chairman of its Euro Car Parts (ECP) subsidiary in the UK. Sukhpal founded a company forty years ago that eventually became…[Read more]
The DVSA is to work with Department for Transport “to determine how the MOT system can be adjusted to cover outstanding safety recalls”, it has emerged.
An online recall checker tool was launched by the DVSA in February 2018 but an estimated one in 13 cars in the UK is still subject to an outstanding recall. To address the problem the agency has…[Read more]
Mike Ruff, GW editor started the topic Volvo's upcoming driver-facing cameras raises serious concerns in the forum General independent garage chat 2 weeks, 5 days ago
Volvo is developing in-car cameras to monitor driver behaviour and biometrics, it has been revealed. The carmaker claims the smart cameras will bring a host of benefits to owners in the same way that modern mobile phones and wearable tech monitor your health. While Volvo say the footage will be anonymised and not shared, critics have raised…[Read more]
Mike Ruff, GW editor started the topic Range Rover Sport tops list of most unreliable cars in the forum General independent garage chat 1 month ago
New data has revealed the least reliable vehicles on the roads in Britain, with the Range Rover Sport dubbed the most unreliable.
Least reliable cars:
1. Range Rover Sport 2010
2. Vauxhall Zafira 2008
3. Vauxhall Insignia 2011
4. Peugeot 207 2008
5. Vauxhall Astra 2009
6. Mercedes C-class 2009
7. MINI Cooper 2007
8. Seat Ibiza 2008
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A shocking 99 per cent of part worn tyre retailers to be selling illegal and dangerous tyres, investigations by TyreSafe have revealed.
In total, 18 investigations were carried out across England and Scotland involving 68 part worn traders, all bar one of whom were supplying tyres which contravened the legislation governing their sale. The…[Read more]
Mike Ruff, GW editor started the topic Independent forced to close after second raid by thieves in the forum General independent garage chat 1 month ago
The owner of Carl’s Car & Commercial in Lancashire has said he’s been forced to close after being raided by crooks for the second time. Carl Trezise said thugs had got into the garage through a bathroom window before stealing tools, totalling an estimated value of more than £30,000.
Mike Ruff, GW editor started the topic Highways England chief raises safety concerns about in-car touchscreens in the forum General independent garage chat 1 month ago
Highways England chief executive has questioned the safety of in-car touchscreens. Speaking at an event in London last week, Jim O’Sullivan said “we don’t like them from a safety perspective,” citing “small, fiddly buttons” as a specific concern.
What are your thoughts on new touch screen infotainment systems?
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Vehicle repairs and MOTs have been dubbed as the most-hated aspect of owning a vehicle, according to research. The findings reveal that almost half (47 per cent) of drivers claim their number one bugbear is putting a car through the MOT test, while one in three (32 per cent) said repairs are their biggest gripe.
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Mike Ruff, GW editor started the topic Average MOT repair bill is over £325, new research suggests in the forum General independent garage chat 1 month, 2 weeks ago
The average cost of putting a car right after a failed MOT is £326.85 and 46 per cent of drivers admit to have struggled to cover the repair bill, new research has found.
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Start-stop technology is increasingly being used to tackle emissions and to promote more environmentally friendly vehicles but it can also have a detrimental effect on inferior engine and vibration control components, Corteco has warned.
By 2022, it is expected that start-stop systems will be fitted as standard on more than 82 per cent of…[Read more]
Misconceptions of electric vehicles (EVs) are stopping UK motorists from making the switch, according to a new study.
Research conducted by Select Car Leasing across a sample of 1,200 UK motorists, concluded that many people aren’t considering electric vehicles due to misconceptions that “simply aren’t true”.
The Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) has backed Theresa May’s withdrawal agreement, warning that a ‘no-deal’ Brexit will be a catastrophic blow to the British automotive industry. However, it’s widely expected that MPs will reject the withdrawal agreement. We want to know what you think so do share your comments on this one.…[Read more]
An RAC opinion panel survey of 2,061 motorists found that 62 per cent claimed to see other cars and vans driving in dull overcast conditions without any rear lights on, while they noted these vehicles did have lights on at the front.
While all new vehicles have to have daytime running lights at the front, it is not a requirement to fit them at…[Read more]