Mike Ruff, GW editor replied to the topic Boston is first to get DVSA 'connected approval' for emissions equipment in the forum General independent garage chat 1 month, 4 weeks ago
As we understand it, the DVSA is currently working with manufacturers such as Boston to develop diesel smoke meters, exhaust gas analysers and decelerometers that connect to the MOT testing service. The rule for new connected roller brake testers came into force from 1 October and the DVSA has suggested that rule will be extended to…[Read more]
Mike Ruff, GW editor replied to the topic Main dealer forgets to secure axle after replacing engine on customer's car in the forum General independent garage chat 5 months, 1 week ago
Hi Eddie, thanks for your comment – I appreciate your concern. Wherever possible we check facts before publishing and in cases where facts cannot be substantiated we’ll make this clear in the article. In this case, we were only able to report on the story based on the original media coverage in The Sun. Now that we’re aware of the technicalities…[Read more]
Mike Ruff, GW editor replied to the topic Get your PicoScope questions answered by Pico Automotive here in the forum General independent garage chat 8 months, 1 week ago
In the first Q&A of the series, Pico Automotive discusses PicoScope options for independent garages.
Question: Which model scope are mechanical shops using and how many channels is recommended?
Halfords Autocentres has been fined £28,000, ordered to pay costs of £11,700.97 and a victim surcharge of £170 after its Stratford-upon-Avon workshop was found to have carried out an unsatisfactory car service.
[See the full post at: Halfords Autocentres ordered to pay £40k following trading standards sting]
Mike Ruff, GW editor replied to the topic DIY car repairs on the rise but drivers end up paying £170 to fix their mistakes, study shows in the forum General independent garage chat 8 months, 3 weeks ago
Interesting one this: 30 per cent or owners say they don’t attempt any repairs themselves because they ‘don’t trust’ themselves to do the work, 24 per cent ‘have a friend’ who does it for them cheaper than garages charge and 21 per cent ‘want it done properly the first time’.
Let us know if you have you had to correct a customer’s bodg…[Read more]
Two devastated mechanics say that their livelihoods are at threat after thieves broke into their workshop and stole their entire tool collections. The total cost of damage and theft is thought to be around £100,000. Read the full story here and let us know if you’ve had a similar experience.
A former mechanic who promised to carry out work which he never did has pleaded guilty to two charges of fraud.
[See the full post at: Mechanic pleads guilty to fraud after charging customers for work he didn’t do]
A Kwik Fit battery blunder has left a driving instructor out of pocket and a without car after it fitted the wrong battery to her start-stop equipped car on two occasions. It was only when she took her car elsewhere that a mechanic told her the fast fit had fitted the wrong type of battery.
Vehicles equipped with start-stop systems require an…[Read more]
Mike Ruff, GW editor started the topic Charity worker fuming after donated van fails its MOT in the forum General independent garage chat 9 months, 4 weeks ago
A charity worker has been left fuming after a donated van failed its MOT.
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Mike Ruff, GW editor started the topic Industry licensing debate gets reignited but who's listening? in the forum General independent garage chat 10 months ago
A petition which called for the introduction of a licence to practice as vehicle mechanic prompted much debate in the GW forum in recent weeks and while 78 per cent agreed with some form of government regulation others fear additional costs and policing problems.
[See the full post at: Industry licensing debate gets reignited but who’s listening?]
Mike Ruff, GW editor started the topic Making Tax Digital: Here's what garage owners need to know in the forum General independent garage chat 10 months ago
The Independent Garage Association has advised its members on changes to the way businesses submit VAT returns to meet Making Tax Digital for VAT legislation, which comes into effect from 1st April 2019.
Are you fully up to speed with Making Tax Digital? It’s a topic we’ll be returning to so feel free to post any questions here and we’ll do our…[Read more]
The cost of owning an electric vehicle in the UK will equal that of a petrol or diesel vehicle by 2022, a new report claims.
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Mike Ruff, GW editor started the topic Get your PicoScope questions answered by Pico Automotive here in the forum General independent garage chat 10 months, 2 weeks ago
Pico Automotive has partnered with Garage Wire to answer your PicoScope questions in a new and exclusive GW Views series of question and answer features.
GW readers have the opportunity to get their PicoScope questions answered by Pico Automotive by leaving their questions below or by emailing them to me direct via…[Read more]
GW columnist, Andy Parsons talks licensing and suggests why the latest petition to introduce regulation is falling short of its goals in his latest column…
[See the full post at: Opinion: We need a single united campaign to improve industry reputation]
Industry author, lecturer and GW columnist Graham Stoakes suggests gradual regulation is “more manageable and affordable” in his latest column…
[See the full post at: Opinion: Why blanket industry licensing isn’t the answer]
Over 30,000 UK Volvos are affected by a global recall over concerns of a potential fuel leak. The recall relates to diesel-engined 2015 to 2016 model year examples of the V40, V40CC, S60, S60CC, V60, V60CC, XC60, V70, XC70, S80 and XC90. In affected cars, a faulty fuel line could develop cracks, allowing fuel to leak into the engine bay.
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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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