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WATERLOO ACQUIRED BY PARTS ALLIANCE

WATERLOO ACQUIRED BY PARTS ALLIANCE

Waterloo Motor Factors has been acquired by private equity-backed business group The Parts Alliance. The East-Riding based business has branches in Hull, Beverley and Bridlington and was founded in 1928 by James Henry Munday.

It becomes a wholly-owned business within the HgCapital-owned Parts Alliance Group but will continue to trade under its own name. David Brooks, founder of SAS Autoparts will take over day-to-day running of the firm.

Current MD Jim Munday said: “As a three-generation family business, building long term relationships and providing quality local service are in our DNA. We look forward to working with (PA CEO) Peter Sephton and the rest of the management team to accelerate our growth in what are very exciting times for our trade.”

Peter Sephton said: “I’m delighted Jim Munday has agreed to work with us to facilitate the integration into The Parts Alliance and the transition of leadership to David Brooks, founder of SAS Autoparts, as we seek to extend our branch footprint and optimise our distribution and reach into the region”.

“Jim will continue to advise us on development projects and we are delighted to have Jim and his colleagues at Waterloo as part of our Group.”

The factor was previously a member of the IFA buying group. The change of ownership will see a number of different brands filling the stockroom.

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Pagid launch ‘Ready for Anything’ promotion

Friction brand Pagid have sent us details of in interesting customer-facing promotion . Details are as follows:

Pagid, the UK’s biggest-selling braking brand, has announced the launch of its new winter promotion and safety campaign – ‘Ready for Anything’. The campaign covers a range of winter motoring safety advice, while the new promotion offers a chance to win spectacular once-in-a-lifetime prizes.

Visitors to the dedicated Pagid winter website at pagidwinter.com will find winter driving techniques, cold weather car check info, and some very useful winter motoring videos. In addition, Pagid is giving away a VIP trip for two to the original Ice Hotel in Sweden. Winners will enjoy three-nights of arctic fun with a stay in the magical Ice Hotel itself, a Northern Lights discovery trip and a sled-dog adventure.

The promotion, which can be entered by purchasing Pagid products throughout December 2016 and January 2017, also has runner-up prizes comprising Pagid-branded North Face jackets and special Pagid ‘Ready for Anything’ winter kits – packed full of seasonal motoring essentials.

Keeping customers safe this winter

Driving in winter conditions brings its own unique set of challenges. Be it excess water, dirt, gravel, leaves, ice or even snow, the upshot is that the slippery roads bring safety to the fore.

For garages, it can also provide opportunities to boost business. Demand for winter tyres has increased in recent years, but there are other areas of a car that need checking to stay safe in the hardy, winter conditions. Testing the coolant levels and the quality of antifreeze can be crucial in the winter months, and this could be an opportunity to offer a free check of the coolant, or even a full car winter inspection.

Offering free (or low cost) checks reassures customers, increases potential loyalty, and gets people into the garage.

Two other elements often overlooked are the clarity of headlights and the air conditioning. Garages should always ensure headlights are polished to their former and less hazardous glory, and with air con, blowers that are not operating properly will suck in cold humid air from the outside and will not clear windows quickly enough. A recharged air con system will demist windows faster with warm, dry air, so this area is worth a thorough check.

More obviously, brakes are a serious safety element that can have serious consequences during inclement conditions. For example, brake wear should be even across each axle to avoid potential wayward moments during emergencies; especially if the grip levels differ on each side, which can be common during this time of year.

Ready for Anything

Sadie Jonas, Business Development Manager at Pagid said,

“We hope that Pagid’s ‘Ready for Anything’ campaign will raise awareness for keeping drivers safe as the temperatures plummet. In icy conditions, stopping distances can be ten times longer than they are in dry conditions, so brakes operating at optimum performance are obviously crucial; but so too are many other factors, including tyres, lights, coolants and even air-con systems. Our dedicated winter site covers all this advice, and we’re delighted to offer some ice-cool prizes, including that very special trip to the Arctic Circle to stay in the Ice Hotel”.

‘Ready for Anything’ will also be promoted on Pagid’s successful social media sites including Facebook, YouTube, Twitter and Instagram. To enter the promotion, trade customers just need to make a Pagid purchase from Euro Car Parts between 1st December 2016 and 31st January 2017, and then register online at pagidwinter.com Customers need to retain their invoice to register the purchase on the website (and to claim prizes).

Pagid’s range of braking products is available exclusively through Euro Car Parts. Customers can find their local branch by entering their postcode on the Pagid website pagid.com/distribution  

For more details, videos, advice, prize information and terms & conditions, customers can visit the dedicated Pagid ‘Ready for Anything’ website, or ask their Euro Car Parts sales advisor.

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WINTER WEATHER – CAN YOU STAY SAFE?

PROMOTIONAL ARTICLE ON BEHALF OF PAGID

 

Raining again?

There’s a fairly good chance of rain for many of our journeys in the UK, and as you know, our tyres have far less grip when the roads are wet. The minimum recommended tread depth for wet weather driving is 3mm – which is nearly double the legal minimum depth of 1.6mm. Most drivers don’t check for this, but we all should, as stopping distances more than double in the wet.

The road safety charity Brake recommends that drivers leave four seconds between their vehicle and the vehicle in front in wet weather. However, 22% of drivers say that they don’t usually count a gap behind the vehicle in front. Do you?

Remember also that the rain and the spray thrown up from other vehicles reduce visibility too.

Snow joke!

In 2014, figures from the Department for Transport (DfT) show that 29 people were killed and 2,274 injured (251 seriously) in reported road accidents on Great Britain’s roads when there was snow or ice on the road surface.

Do you drive in the snow? In the Direct Line & Brake Reports survey, only 10% of respondents said they avoided driving in the snow. We all know it’s more difficult to stop in such weather, but did you realise that stopping distances can be ten times greater? Less than a quarter of drivers surveyed knew this.

If you’ve ever experienced your brakes locking up on snow or ice, you know how powerless you become. Try and not slam on the brakes, but instead apply them more slowly so the wheels are still turning and the tyre on the tread can help you control the stop.

Two-thirds of drivers (66%) already think that most drivers travel too close to the vehicle in front in poor weather, so always keep stopping distances in mind.

True grit

You may rely on the fact that roads are gritted in such weather, but this is not always the case. To grit or not to grit is up to the local highway authority, and with increased financial pressures on resources, it’s estimated that only 40% of roads are gritted. This of course, means that most aren’t.

So, whether you think the road has been treated or not, it’s so important to drive slowly, keep well back from the vehicle in-front, and be extra vigilant at junctions, lights and on hills.

The Highway Code states that drivers should not drive in icy or snowy conditions unless the journey is essential, and it’s hard to argue with this.

Pea Soup

Firstly, it’s far better to avoid driving in fog unless your journey is absolutely necessary. It’s certainly one of the most dangerous weather conditions and most accidents are caused by driving too fast.  Be sure that you know how to switch your fog lights on before you set off (and that they are working okay), however do not turn them unless the fog is thick. The Highway Code says that you should only use your fog lamps when the visibility drops below 100m. Or if you can’t see the tail lights of the car in front of you.

It goes without saying that you must leave a long gap between you and the vehicle in front, and as fog is the main cause of vehicle pile ups, be extra vigilant.

A stitch in time

On those wintry days, it’s crucial to ensure that everything on the vehicle is in full working order – encountering fog without proper working lights, or ice when your tyres are well below the limit, could be fatal for both you and other road users.

It doesn’t take long to make a few simple checks to ensure you’re safe as you can be. Check every week and certainly before long journeys.

Good brakes save lives

Firstly, brakes are vital, so ensure that yours are up to scratch by applying them gently while driving very slowly in a quiet, safe place. Do this on flat ground and try and see if they feel different in any way, for example, if they are harder to push, take longer to ‘bite’, or create noise when in use. Brakes shouldn’t squeal or grind, so if they are, visit a trusted mechanic for checking.

Get a grip

With tyres, it goes without saying that they shouldn’t be showing signs of wear such as bulges, cracks or buckles, and it pays to use a gauge to check the air pressure is correct. When did you last check your tyre’s air pressure?

The clear advantage

It’s always amazing to see so many drivers setting off on frosty or snowy mornings with most of the windows still far from clear. Some motorists just clear a small section of the windscreen and leave everything else.

Almost a quarter of drivers that responded to the Brake survey said that they have driven without clear windows or mirrors, with younger drivers being the worst culprits.

Obviously, we all need to be aware of what is approaching from the side and the rear, and not just ahead. Clear all windows and wing mirrors before setting off to reduce your risk.  Faulty vents and air con systems can also contribute to windows steaming up from the inside, so investigate these if you have a mystifying mist problem.

Lights and lubes

Last, but not least, make sure your oil, coolant and water levels are correct and your lights and indicators are all in working order. Do you know where to check each?

Sadie Jonas, Business Development Manager at Pagid said,

“We want drivers to be aware of how they can protect themselves and other road users in the harsh conditions of winter. It’s rare to see drivers leaving a stopping distance of ten times that of normal in snow and ice for example, but statistics prove that this is what is required to stop in time. Other factors, such as lights, air-con and brake checks are often overlooked too, so we hope Pagid’s winter campaign will make the UK’s roads safer”.

 

Find out more about staying safe on the roads in winter http://pagid.com/winter/

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IAAF CONFERENCE: WILLIAMSON URGES CHANGE

IAAF CONFERENCE: WILLIAMSON URGES CHANGE

IAAF Chief Exec Wendy Williamson has opened the annual conference under the title ‘How to Survive and Thrive Post Brexit’.

“As an ardent remainer, I spent weeks being shocked about the result of the referendum” said Williamson. “However, as the people in the corridors of power are fond of saying: ‘Brexit means Brexit’ and we must respect the decision and get on with it”.

Her introduction included a warning about the speed that VMs are developing fully autonomous cars and trucks. “Last year, I said that the greatest threat was the connected car… Well, now I think I may have been wrong” Williamson said, before showing short promotional films from Ford and Volvo Trucks, adding that these new developments are not nieche high-value vehicles, but they are from mainstream manufacturers, and that the aftermarket must adapt accordingly.

The conference is in progress at the time of writing, with presentations from Frost and Sullivan and Boswell Aftermarket underway.

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ASA DELETES DPF REMOVAL ADVERT

ASA DELETES DPF REMOVAL ADVERT

Advert watchdog, the ASA has banned a web page offering DPF removal services.

The webpage, on the website of Somerset-based Avon Tuning, offered DPF removal services, Under the heading “Will removing the DPF result in an MOT failure?” text stated “… the only MOT regulation regarding the DPF is a simple visual inspection, as long as the DPF still appears to be fitted – the vehicle will pass the MOT visual inspection. Therefore we only remove the internal core, leaving the outer casing in place. The vehicle will appear to have a DPF fitted and will appear unmodified”.

A complaint was lodged to the regulator by Friends of the Earth as the organisation understood it to be illegal to drive on a public road with the DPF removed, challenged whether the advert was illegal by ommiting this information.

In response, Avon Tuning said that the ad made clear through the qualification “*Our DPF Removal service is sold for off-road use only” that the service wasn’t for road-going vehicles. The company did not believe that this could mislead consumers into thinking that it was legal to drive without a DPF on a public road.

However, the ASA did not agree. “We considered that it was material information that the advertised procedure would make a vehicle illegal to use on public roads and therefore the ad needed to make that information immediately clear to consumers” read a statement from the watchdog. “As such, because that information was omitted from the ad and it instead suggested that vehicles which had their DPF removed could be used on public roads, we concluded that the ad was misleading.

The ASA banned the ad in the original form. After the ruling went live, the tuning company added a longer disclaimer stating that the service would likely render the vehicle illegal on a public road and removed details about the MOT visual inspection. However, all the details of the deletion service offered remain on the page.

 

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FPS AND NISSENS COMPETITION WINNER REVEALED

Paul Stewart is the winner pictured far right

Paul Stewart is the winner (pictured far right)

Paul Stewart of Kingswood Autopart Ltd has been crowned the winner of the latest competition organised by engine cooling parts manufacturer Nissens and FPS Distribution.

The awards ceremony took place at Stewart’s Bristol-based motor factor where Nissens UK General Manager Duncan Rainbird and FPS Marketing Campaign Manager Sarah Matthews, handed over a life-size cheque to the victor. “When I was told that I won the competition I didn’t believe it at first”, said Stewart. “It’s a great prize to win. I am a motor racing fan and not many people get the opportunity to go to NASCAR” he added: “It’s a good competition to be put on through the motor trade and I’m really happy Kingswood Autopart won it”. Stewart’s first place prizes include a trip for two to Orlando Florida with £500 spending money, car hire and tickets to the NASCAR Daytona 500 Racing.

Rainbird said the competition partnership with FPS, has seen a ‘positive’ increase in sales from its engine cooling range during October and November, where entrants would receive a ticket for every £100 spent on Nissens engine cooling and air con parts before entering the prize draw. “Looking at the figures we’ve seen on FPS sales during these months we’re both up year-on-year in what is usually a quiet time in terms of engine, engine cooling and climate products that we offer”, Rainbird elaborated: I think one of the things we are keen to promote is the association that we have got together. People now associate FPS with Nissens and likewise with FPS, and the service capabilities for what they can offer”.

FPS Distribution’s Sarah Matthews added: “It’s been a good opportunity to work with Nissens, get to know them and help promote the brand”. Matthews is now in the process of sending out the second prize to its 80 winners who will each receive £25 worth of Love2Shop vouchers to spend at a number of high street retailers up and down the country.

Before drawing the ceremony to a close, Rainbird gave some final words to Stewart. “I hope Paul has an enjoyable time with his wife in Florida and escapes some of this English winter. Have a great time”.

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ARNOTT AWARDED TÜV CERTIFICATION

PROMOTIONAL ARTICLE ON BEHALF OF ARNOTT EUROPE

 

A lot has changed since the start of Arnott Europe in 2014. Besides our constantly expanding customer base and our periodically new product releases, Arnott, a leader in air suspension replacement products, has been awarded TÜV Rheinland Product Safety and Quality Certification for its air suspension products designed for automobiles and motorcycles! With Arnott’s addition of a European HQ in 2014, the company wanted to assure customers and partners in Europe that its products offered the highest safety and quality standards.

In the past two years, we have listened closely to what this market and its customers were asking. One of the things that was mentioned was the need for some kind of quality check or certification. We decided to strive for the highest goal; TÜV certification.

TÜV Rheinland Product Safety and Quality Certification marks show that a manufacturer’s products have met safety requirements and quality standards. TÜV Product Safety and Quality Certification marks assured customers that they are buying a safe product that has been investigated for particular safety requirements by an accredited third party and are supported by regular surveillance audits.

Over the past months, Arnott’s factory has undergone an extensive TÜV audit to confirm that the company fulfills the requirements of international road traffic regulations related to its Quality Management System and Production Process.

We are proud to announce that we have been certified for the manufacturing of air suspension products for passenger cars, the manufacturing of coilover conversion kits for passenger cars and the manufacture of air suspension kits for motorcycles. We see this achievement as an exciting first step and we are looking forward to further extend our certification.

And that’s not all!

Arnott also started its own Air Spring assembly lines in the Netherlands!

Air Suspension Compressors were already being assembled as a true ‘plug and play’ solution in Europe but in September 2016, we have also started the assembly of Air Springs. Currently we are already assembling over 30 unique SKU’s in the Netherlands.

The corporation between the European & American offices made it happen. Our technical team visited Arnott’s US plant for extensive training. Together with the help and supervision from our American colleagues, we began producing the BMW GT 5-series Air Spring. This A-2780, is the 1st Air Spring where we can proudly mention: Made in the EU.

Our roller-coaster ride continues, and we are looking forward to what the future holds!

 

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IAM ROADSMART LAUNCH BITE-SIZE DRIVING COURSES

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Following on from the charity’s 60th anniversary, IAM RoadSmart has begun phase two of its business strategy by launching a range of bite size safety sessions for drivers in the B2B and B2C sector.

A total of six one-to-one courses are available to motorists, fleet managers and their employees of all ages (17-85+); lasting up to two hours to help them develop skills in a particular area of concern, while in the comfort of their own vehicle. The new modules include: Driving on Motorways, Rural Roads, Urban Roads as well as Vehicle Management, Overtaking and Confined Space Manoeuvring.

Sarah Sillars, CEO of IAM RoadSmart said: “We are trying to make sure we stay true to our charitable aims but actually modernising ourselves to become more engaged with a much greater number of people”, she continued: ‘We have changed the messaging by coming up with a different style and approach, which is to become a friend and supporter of the driver but helping them to enjoy riding, build more confidence and by default, reduce the numbers of killed and seriously injured on our roads”.

After carrying out a survey with 7,000 drivers that weren’t actively part of its 92,000 plus membership, most respondents said that training for business drivers was important with online delivery being the preferred choice of development for consumers as well as training that didn’t take employers and staff away from the workplace for more than two hours.

“We know targeted training, which integrates with existing driver risk management programmes is vital when making decisions on how to improve the skills of your drivers and deliver ROI for the business as well as helping to fulfil obligations to comply with the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974”, said IAM RoadSmart’s Commercial Director Leslie Upham. “We are looking to help fleet managers and drivers by moving into this space of being a business partner rather than a supplier right at the beginning”.

With 34,000 business drivers using the charity’s services last year, the firm believes these advanced courses will prove a valuable asset to employers and staff, while seeing an increase in uptake of its services going into the new year.

The driving modules will be available to the trade and general motorists in early 2017.

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HELLA RE-ENERGISES ITS BATTERY PROGRAMME

PROMOTION ARTICLE ON BEHALF OF HELLA 

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As one of Europe’s leading original equipment (OE) manufacturers and system suppliers for the passenger car, commercial vehicle (CV) and agricultural industries, HELLA also offers a huge range of aftermarket products that naturally reflect the quality implicit in a major OE manufacturer.

Battery related issues remain the root cause of most vehicle breakdowns with battery performance reduced by as much as 35% as temperatures hit freezing. Therefore, batteries are a particularly important product across all sectors, so as would be expected, the HELLA range is designed around quality.

To ensure its entire range remains at the very top of division when it comes to performance and durability, HELLA has recently reviewed, updated and expanded its range to provide the most appropriate solution for the varying needs of drivers.

The renewed car, light commercial vehicle (LCV) and CV battery ranges are included in HELLA’s latest Power Promotion, which runs until the end of the year and means the more batteries that a wholesaler orders, the greater their rebate.

As well as high quality products supplied by a reputable OE manufacturer, another major benefit for wholesalers distributing HELLA batteries is the no minimum order quantity stipulation and with next day delivery, factors only need to order what they need, when they need it.

The re-energised battery range consists of four models: Classic, Premium, Supreme and AGM, to cater for every conceivable application, from passenger car and LCV to heavy duty and agricultural.

The Classic range is designed for smaller capacity engines and older vehicles, providing a cost effective solution for these applications because of its reliability and maintenance free convenience.

For general purpose applications, HELLA has designed the Premium range for all classes of vehicles. It is one of the top selling models in the range and offers matching OE performance and a long service life, which is why the range proves so popular.

With the Supreme, HELLA provides a higher than OE specification solution for vehicles with extremely high energy consuming demands. Particularly ideal for diesel engines and vehicles with a large number of electronic devices and energy sapping additions, its robust design and optimised performance ensures reliability and a long service life.

The HELLA AGM range is ideal for the growing number of vehicles featuring stop-start functionality, as it is designed to cater for this technology due to its excellent cyclic capacity as well as providing up to 50% more starting power.

For more information about the OE quality products available from HELLA or for BEHR HELLA SERVICE, please call the sales team on: 01295 662400 or email: hella.sales@hella.com

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‘DONT SCREW IT UP!’ SMMT PRESIDENT SENDS BREXIT MESSAGE TO GOVERNMENT

‘DONT SCREW IT UP!’ SMMT PRESIDENT SENDS BREXIT MESSAGE TO GOVERNMENT

gareth-jones_headshot_smmt-presidentGareth Jones, outgoing President of SMMT sent a clear message to government in a speech. “This Government has, commendably, put Industrial Strategy at the heart of business and the Department of Business.  It does so as it faces its toughest challenge – leaving the EU,”  he told delegates at the organisation’s centenary dinner.

“So, as it considers how to shape our future outside Europe and how to continue to grow the economy, our message is this: The United Kingdom is recognised the world over for its automotive strength. Don’t screw it up! “

Jones also discussed apprenticeships, mentioning that Sir William Lyons, Henry Royce and Henry Ford as well as SMMT founder Frederick Simms had all started their careers as one, and this was also the way that he, Jones, had started in the industry. “We need to capture the imaginations, the hearts, the minds of our young people before they leave school. To show them and their teachers that the business on their doorstep could just be the opportunity of a lifetime” he said.

“So I am clear on this: becoming an apprentice is not a second-class option. It never has been. Apprentices are innovators. And quality apprenticeships are crucial to our industry’s future”.

Jones concluded by welcoming Toyota UK MD, Tony Walker to the two-year Presidency post.

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