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CUSTOMER DETAILS COMPROMISED AFTER SNAP-ON HACK

Tool and equipment supplier Snap-on has been admitted to having it’s sales website hacked and UK customer data compromised.

Names and email addresses of registered customers were taken from the buy1.snapon site. Credit card or other payment details remain secure as these are processed by a secure third party and are not on Snap-on’s database.

The firm learnt of the breach with the assistance of a cybersecurity company and immediately informed the FBI. Affected customers then received a letter from the company explaining the situation.

Countries affected by the incident include the UK as well as New Zealand, Australia and Canada. Although the company is U.S based, the online platform has not been used domestically since 2013.

At Snap-on, we understand the importance of our customer’s information and we are working continually to strengthen our security systems and protect our customers’ data” the company said in a statement after confirming the facts of the breach.  At the time of writing, the affected site remains offline.

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ASA RAP FOR CAR DATA CHECK COMPANY

The Advertising Standards Authority has upheld two complaints against Cazana, a vehicle data checking company. Both complainants alleged that the firm didn’t sell checks for the advertised price, and one believed that a claim that the company offered ‘UK’s most comprehensive car check’ was misleading and couldn’t be substantiated.

In response Cazana said that a “car check” typically referred to provenance checks against standard database content from the DVLA, DVSA, police and insurers. Cazana maintained that, in addition to those checks, theirs were the only checks that showed the previous sales history and images of vehicles and a retail valuation sourced from the details of vehicles that were currently for sale.

 

However, the advertising body didn’t agree. The ASA considered consumers would interpret the claim to mean that the vehicle check undertaken by Cazana covered more aspects of the vehicle and its history and provided more information than checks undertaken by other providers. It said: “To substantiate the claim, we expected Cazana to hold information that compared Cazana’s checks with those provided by their competitors and which showed that Cazana’s checks covered more aspects and provided more information. Because Cazana did not hold that information, we concluded that the claim was misleading”.

The ASA also agreed with the complainants on the issue of pricing. “We understood from one complainant, however, that the check advertised for £1.79 in ad (b) did not include the finance check that the ad referred to, and from the second complainant that the “Total” or “Complete” checks offered for £3.99 in ads (a) and (c) respectively did not provide a number of additional checks that were included in the “gold check” offered by Cazana for £9.99″ said the ASA in its adjudication. “Because the advertised checks were not available for the prices shown in the ads, we concluded that the ads were misleading”.

The ads must not appear again in the current form. The ASA also told Cazana not to make claims about the extent of their checks in comparison with those of their competitors unless they held adequate evidence, and to ensure that, if ads suggested that a check was available at a particular price, that was the correct price for that check.

 

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BOSAL CALLS IN THE ADMINISTRATORS

Preston-based emissions parts manufacturer Bosal has called in the administrators.

Julien Irving and Andrew Poxon of Leonard Curtis Business Rescue and Recovery will attempt to find a buyer for the firm, properly called Bosal Automotive and Industrial Components (BAIC) ltd. 

In January this year Bosal sold off its aftermarket tow bar and automotive carrier and protection system businesses to TowerBrook Capital Partners as part of a restructuring programme that the company had called ‘Grow-Fix-Divest’. At the time, the company boasted of a ‘sound financial position’ and said it was going to use the (undisclosed) proceeds to clear all senior debt and to invest in the exhaust division.

However, a notice in the London Gazette confirmed that administrators had been appointed on June 5th.

The company previously went into administration in 2013. At the time it blamed competition from Eastern Europe and long-lasting stainless steel reducing the frequency of exhaust replacements. It also blamed its own former employees, who took it to court over redundancy payments. The company later bought itself out of administration.

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REINVENTING THE WHEEL

Promotional article on behalf of Euro Car Parts

 

 

Helen Robinson, Marketing Director at Euro Car Parts, explains how the independent aftermarket can tap into additional revenue streams through its new Intelligent Repair Programme.

 

A recent survey by RAC Insurance* found that two-thirds of UK motorists have suffered damage to their vehicles in small car park scrapes, with scuffed alloy wheels one of the most common results.

 

For independent workshops, this sort of repair work is an excellent profit opportunity. The ability to restore scuffed and kerbed wheels to pre-collision condition is a unique selling point that helps customers stay on the right side of Personal Contract Purchases (PCP), and return their vehicles in good condition. By offering this as a remote, portable service, technicians can carry out repairs wherever the customer happens to be, making the process even more convenient for motorists.

 

Euro Car Parts recently launched our new Intelligent Repair Programme for repairers and bodyshops, enabling technicians to complete minor body repairs in rapid time. Since then, the number of small businesses carrying out intelligent repair work across the UK has grown; a demand largely driven by rising insurance excesses. Customers involved in a minor scrape are now looking to the independent aftermarket to carry out small repairs and managing the cost themselves, rather than paying a sizeable insurance excess.

 

Bringing together the vast stock range and availability of Euro Car Parts and LKQ Coatings, along with the specialist service and support provided by our Workshop Solutions team, our Intelligent Repair Programme helps workshops respond to this demand. The programme allows repairers to access the latest equipment for wheel refurbishment, windscreen and interior repair, cosmetic paint and paint-less dent work, in addition to both static and mobile spray booths. IMI-accredited training is also provided.

 

We also work closely with repairers to install additional intelligent repair equipment on site at the workshop, to upsell minor repairs as part of a routine service. Our Workshop Solutions team assesses an existing premises, installs wheel preparation units, aquablast machines and powder coating tools, in addition to training technicians in this specialist area, bringing the machinery and skill of the bodyshop into independent workshops.

 

Not only does our Intelligent Repair Programme help repairers offer additional work, it also provides existing bodyshops with an effective way of reducing key-to-key times.

 

Euro Car Parts’ Intelligent Repair Programme is just another way that we are helping independent repairers to satisfy the ever-changing needs of customers. With experience throughout the aftermarket, and both parts and support instantly available, we’re helping independent repair booths pop up all around the country, making accident repair accessible to a whole new audience.

 

For more information about Euro Car Parts’ Intelligent Repair Programme, visit https://omnipart.eurocarparts.com/

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DIGRAPH ACQUIRES EUROPART OLDBURY

The Oldbury branch of German truck factor and garage equipment supplier Europart has been acquired by rival factor Digraph. Terms of the deal have not been disclosed, though the existing team will remain and the business will be renamed and rebranded in the Digraph style.

Sukhbir Kapoor, Chief Executive Officer at Digraph, commented: “Europart has a strong national presence as well as a traditional, local customer base. The acquisition enables us to provide customers nationwide with an even quicker, more efficient response from our branches as we continue to build on Digraph’s reputation for exemplary service. We are planning further investments and additions to our branch network as we continue to shake up the commercial vehicle sector.”

Europart has no previous connection with the similarly-named Euro Car Parts, although Digraph received significant investment from Sukhpal Singh Ahluwalia, founder and Executive Chairman of Euro Car Parts in September 2017.

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MARATHON TO DISTRIBUTE WAI COMPONENTS

Independent distributor Marathon Warehouse Distribution has signed a deal with component manufacturer WAI Global to stock and deliver its range which includes starters, alternators and window regulators among other items.  

Marathon offers a  same-day service, which can reach around 85 percent of the UK’s population.

WAI customer stock orders will continue to be supplied through the company’s Bognor Regis warehouse on a next day delivery service, but with the implementation of the same day service, the plan is to bring WAI closer to the motor factor and ensure immediate access to ‘grey tail’ products.

Colin Fisher and Richard Welland

Richard Welland, WAI Global UK Managing Director, said: “There’s no denying the UK automotive aftermarket is changing at an alarming rate. In the past few years, we have worked to bring the WAI brand closer to motor factors and garages, meeting their demand for an almost instant parts supply.

Colin Fisher, Marathon Warehouse Distribution Sales and Marketing Director, said: “The ambition of WAI matches our own and we’re delighted to be stocking the widest range of WAI products and supplying the brand to motor factors on a frequent same day basis. We’re an independent national warehouse distributor and our logistics platform has to be able to offer motor factor customers a full range of high quality products both quickly and efficiently.”

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PEOPLE NEWS: SUKHBIR KAPOOR APPOINTED CEO OF DIGRAPH

CV factor Digraph, has announced the appointment of Sukhbir Kapoor as Chief Executive Officer.

Kapoor brings with him a wealth of industry experience. He helped expand the Euro Car Parts network to over 300 branches, having held several senior management positions within product and marketing, logistics, supply chain and branch operations.  Prior to moving to the UK, Sukhbir’s career started at Gabriel, ArvinMeritor and latterly Federal Mogul Corporation based in India, Singapore and the USA.

Chairman of Digraph, Sukhpal Singh Ahluwalia, said: “Sukhbir is a key appointment in the future growth of Digraph. As a business, Digraph is renowned for its outstanding customer service and willingness to go the extra mile for customers. We are working hard to maintain this ethos while growing the business through existing industry connections and resource.

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ECOBAT TO EXHIBIT AT AUTOMECHANIKA B’HAM

PROMO ARTICLE ON BEHALF OF ECOBAT TECHNOLOGIES

There is a lot more to the ECOBAT group than meets the eye. Besides being Europe’s largest specialist battery distributor, it is also the world’s largest producer of lead and lead alloys, supplying battery manufacturers all over the world. As a result, more than 50 million batteries are produced containing its lead and alloys annually.

This specialism means that ECOBAT Technologies is also a global leader in metallurgical processes and R&D for battery plate construction enhancements, continually developing the use of alloys to improve battery performance, such as:

  • Cranking and Capacity
  • Cycle life
  • Charge acceptance
  • Reduced gassing
  • Operation in extreme temperature environments
  • Reduced corrosion

This commitment has led to many of the key technology advances and product patents, but the company also works with leading battery manufacturers, adding its expertise to their own.

In 2009 the group began investing in battery distribution, and today the division – ECOBAT Battery Technologies (EBT) –  supplies more than 2.5 million batteries to OEM and aftermarket customers, many of which will inevitably contain its advanced lead and alloys, ensuring optimum performance and product longevity. EBT is not simply a specialist battery supplier, it is part of a manufacturing and technology group with a battery specialist division.

In the UK, EBT is active in virtually all battery markets, with wide sector coverage and comprehensive product ranges with leading brands such as VARTA®, Lucas and Numax. The quality of the products, combined with a nationwide distribution network, focussed customer support and high stock availability, are all contributory factors to the success of the company.

To demonstrate all things EFB/AGM and encourage technicians to look to the future and benefit from the changing world of batteries, EBT is teaming up with long-term partner VARTA for this year’s Automechanika Birmingham.

As it has done previously, the company will also be using one of the event’s technical presentations – to be delivered from the Technical Training Hub in the show’s ‘Garage Quarter’ – to give technicians a glimpse of the future by addressing the realities of the growth in lithium battery technology and the responsibilities faced by workshops as the global trend for electric vehicles continues.

At the same time, current technology must not be overlooked as the market transitions from traditional to hybrid vehicles, which puts greater demands on the vehicle’s battery management system and requires vehicle specific repair solutions.

Technicians are at the front line, not only when it comes to diagnosing problems and making the repair, but also in educating motorists who are largely unfamiliar with this new technology. EBT will therefore be challenging them with the question: are they equipped for an electric future?

Back on its stand (H81), alongside the market-leading VARTA range, EBT will be displaying the formidable Lucas portfolio, as well as its very own Numax offering, to demonstrate the depth and breadth of products in its substantial armoury.

“Automechanika again provides us with the ideal occasion to connect with our customers and end-users, to help them gain a clear understanding of the challenges – and accompanying opportunities – that the latest technical developments present,” explains the company’s Sales Director, Paul Payne.

“Start/stop equipped vehicles, the continuing trend towards fully electric alternatives, environmental responsibilities and the wider opportunities outside of the traditional automotive sector are all points of interest that many visitors will want to discuss and for which EBT has many compelling solutions. We therefore look forward to welcoming visitors to both the technical presentation and our stand, to demonstrate how we can travel the road together and look forward with confidence to a bright future.”

For further details, please contact ECOBAT Battery Technologies on: 01743 218500 or visit: www.ecobat.tech

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NGK BECOMES SHAREHOLDER OF TECALLIANCE

Ignition giant NGK Spark Plug has become a shareholder of aftermarket data firm TecAlliance.

TecAlliance’s portfolio includes international vehicle and product data, repair and maintenance information, the TecDoc catalogue, data management and analytics as well as consultancy services n.

Damien Germès, Senior Vice President EMEA at NGK Spark Plug in Europe confirmed: “To become a shareholder of TecAlliance is a strategic decision and investment. We fully understand how essential it is for aftermarket distributors and workshops to have high-quality, instant data in a fast-changing market where digital solutions are becoming of vital importance. This investment is another demonstration of our commitment to continuously serving and supporting the independent aftermarket”.

“We are pleased to welcome as a new shareholder such an important player from the field of vehicle electronics”, emphasised Jürgen Buchert, Managing Director of TecAlliance. “This is another step towards our continuous goal to optimise and deepen the quality of our data and tailor-made solutions for a digital automotive aftermarket.”

 

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AUTOELECTRO AND CAAR SIGN DEAL

A supply deal has been struck between Autoelectro and accessory parts retailer CAAR.

The partnership will see the latter take advantage of Autoelectro’s extensive portfolio of remanufactured starter motors and alternators including its surcharge-free non-exchange (NEX) units. In addition, the former will be rolling out its recently-launched Active Inventory Management System (AIMS) to CAAR’s supplier base; allowing them to maximise their chances of returning old core as well as keeping close tabs on any outstanding surcharges owed,  following the company’s new pricing strategy.

Tony Bhogal, Managing Director of Autoelectro commented: “Having held discussions with senior staff at CAAR, we have agreed a competitive package for its members, to ensure they and their workshop customers receive the best value-for-money but premium quality product available”, he continued: “CAAR members will have access to the best range and availability of rotating electrics, along with a free next working-day AM delivery.”

Adding to his sentiment, CAAR MD David Owen said: “We are delighted to welcome Autoelectro on-board as an approved CAAR supplier, and the appointment has been warmly welcomed by CAAR members, many of whom were already using them for their rotating electrics.”

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