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ANDREW PAGE AND ECP TRAINING PROGRAMMES MERGE

ANDREW PAGE AND ECP TRAINING PROGRAMMES MERGE

Euro Car Parts has brought together its Euro Academy training offer with Andrew Page’s Autoeducation programme. Bosses plan to keep the Autoeducation brand, with a new prospectus covering a wider selection of courses.

The extended programme will continue to deliver IMI-accredited training for technicians and include a dedicated technical phone helpline and online diagnostics database with a reference library of previous faults.

Courses available will include foundational electrics, oscilloscopes  and CAN BUS systems. There is also full MOT course coverage, from Level 3 accreditation to MOT Tester and Managerial Training. Autoeducation’s offering now also includes Euro Academy’s ADAS training course, delivered in partnership with Hella.

Helen Robinson, Marketing Director at Euro Car Parts, commented: “Since we acquired Andrew Page, we have been committed to ensuring that this trusted brand continues to thrive in the independent aftermarket. Recognising how popular and successful its Autoeducation programme is, we have boosted the portfolio significantly by merging it with Euro Academy. It is our intention to invest in our training offering to ensure the independent sector is well positioned to work on all types of vehicle.”

Euro Car Parts acquired the Andrew Page factor chain when the latter went into administration in 2016.

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ENGINE OIL REMOVED FROM SALE FOLLOWING INVESTIGATION

ENGINE OIL REMOVED FROM SALE FOLLOWING INVESTIGATION

Granville Oil and Chemicals has removed 5W30 Hypalube Evo from sale, following an investigation by VLS (Verification of Lubricant Specifications).

A complaint was received in November 2017 concerning the ability of the product to meet its own technical specifications and the claims it made regarding OEM specifications. In particular, it was alleged that the product did not meet its own stated NOACK volatility measure and that its claims for OEM specifications of VW 504.00/507.00, PSA B71 2290 and GM LL–A/B–025 were unfeasible as no additive package was available at the time to meet those requirements.

Test showed that the product failed to m

Oil has been withdrawn

eet the stated NOACK volatility measure. The VLS technical panel also raised questions about the claims relating to PSA B71 2290 and GM LL-A/B-025.

Granville Oil & Chemicals Ltd ‘cooperated fully’ with the investigation and undertook its own internal investigation, with the result that the product was discontinued effective 30th June 2018.

Thanking Granville for its cooperation in the investigation, David Wright, Secretary of VLS and Chairman of UKLA added: “This case is a perfect example of VLS performing its vital role to maintain standards in the industry and ensure an open and transparent market. Customers must be able to have confidence that the products they purchase really can deliver what is claimed.”

 

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DVSA BOSS: WHAT WE’VE LEARNT FROM MOT CHANGES

DVSA BOSS: WHAT WE’VE LEARNT FROM MOT CHANGES

In a blog post, Neil Barlow, DVSA’s Head of MOT Policy has reflected on the changes to the test, implemented in May.

Writing for authorised examiners, he noted: “Before 20 May, the training environment we set up to help you get used to the changes was used by over 12,000 testers. Your feedback showed that most of you found this useful, so we’ll look at providing a similar training environment again for any large changes in the future.”

Barlow observed that testers were taking longer to record defects, though this was ‘hardly surprising’ given the new structure. He also noted that the wording, which had been criticised by a number of testers for being technically or grammatically ambiguous, was being updated.

On a slightly different subject, Barlow wrote how the Agency was reviewing the ‘risk rating’ for testing centres. This will look at a number of factors and the station will be logged under a ‘traffic light’ scheme accordingly. “We’ll do some calculations based around testers and this will be pulled together to form an overall score for the garage. We’re working hard to make sure that this information is clear and open to those that need it” concluded Barlow.

Mixed responses for 4-1-1 proposition

Read Barlow’s full blog post here

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MOTORCARE MOTOR FACTORS ACQUIRED BY GROUPAUTO PARENT

MOTORCARE MOTOR FACTORS ACQUIRED BY GROUPAUTO PARENT

Abergavenny-based Motorcare Motor Factors has been taken over by AAG, parent of the GroupAuto buying group.

The Motorcare chain comprises of six branches in Wales and the West of England. A branch in Brecon was opened as recently as April of this year.

Motorcare Discount (as it was originally known) was founded in 1984 in Abergavenny by Allen Bailey as an accessory and parts retail store, catering mainly for DIYers. In common with many parts shops it started doing an increasing amount of trade work, and it moved to an industrial unit in the mid-1990s.

Further branches followed from 2010 onwards, and the family-run chain picked up several GroupAuto member awards, including Member of the Year for the large factor, light vehicle category in 2017 (pictured)

Bob Ackroyd Managing Director GROUPAUTO, Justin Bailey and Simon Bailey of Motorcare Motor Factors.

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HELLA SELLS DISTRIBUTORS TO MEKONOMEN

HELLA SELLS DISTRIBUTORS TO MEKONOMEN

Hella GmbH is selling its Danish and Polish parts distributors, FTZ Autodele & Verktoj  (FTZ) and Inter-Team s.p to the Swedish wholesaler, Mekonomen AB. A corresponding agreement has been signed by both companies. Terms of the deal amount to €395 million on a cash- and debt-free basis. In addition, a consideration equivalent to profits generated from November 30, 2017 to completion of the transaction will be paid to Hella. The sale is subject to approval  and is expected to close in Q3 2018. Financial advice was provided by Jefferies,

“With Mekonomen, a renowned wholesaler will take over our activities in Denmark and Poland, which will strategically develop the business,” explains Dr Werner Benade, Hella GmbH Managing Director. “We will systematically focus the Aftermarket segment on the independent spare parts business and innovative workshop equipment. As part of this, we are accelerating the interaction between the divisions and opening up digital business models.”

Pehr Oscarson, President and CEO of Mekonomen, adds: “Through the acquisition of FTZ and Inter-Team, we strengthen our position as a leading automotive spare-parts distributor in the Nordic region and take the step into Europe. The acquisition is in line with our strategy of playing a central role in the ongoing consolidation in Europe. These are two well-run companies that will continue to develop within the framework of existing corporate structures and brands as standalone companies in the Group.”

FTZ and Inter-Team employ a total of around 2,500 people. The two wholesalers achieved total sales of around €480 million in the 2016/2017 financial year. This corresponds to about seven percent of HELLA’s group consolidated sales.

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SPARTAN OPENS ADDITIONAL BRANCHES

SPARTAN OPENS ADDITIONAL BRANCHES

South Wales-based Spartan Motor Factors has opened two new branches in Blackwood and Swansea.

The Blackwood branch measures 4000 sq ft, has five  drivers and three counter staff while the Swansea branch is 5,500 sq ft, and has two counter staff and three drivers.

These opening are in addition to  a branch in Pontypridd in April and a cooling division specialising in air conditioning and radiator repairs in Abercarn that opened in May.

Director Lee Gratton said: “This takes the total number of branches to 10 with the head office still based in Cardiff. We are actively looking to expand the Spartan network further into England through either acquisitions or branch openings if the right individuals approach us , we have depots in Avonmouth and Weston Super Mare at present”.

New Spartan in Swansea

 

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PEOPLE NEWS: JIM MAZZA JOINS PDP BUYING GROUP

PEOPLE NEWS: JIM MAZZA JOINS PDP BUYING GROUP

Buying group Parts Distribution Partnership has announced that Jim Mazza will be joining the Group’s management team with immediate effect. Working with the members, he will assist in every aspect of the groups development.

Jim Mazza will be best known to CAT readers as the former Managing Director of AAG’s trading groups in the UK. Prior to that, he enjoyed a successful career at plumbing and builder’s merchant Wolseley UK.

PDP Chair, Alastair Whatmore commented: “With consolidation in the market showing little signs of slowing down, we recognise the need to change, to grow and to develop a group that is well positioned to take advantage of the opportunities that undoubtedly exist for independent motor factors and suppliers. Jim has an impressive track record in the automotive aftermarket and brings to our group a wealth of experience and buying group knowledge which will undoubtedly help us achieve our objectives”.

Jim Mazza added: “A decision to join the PDP team was not taken lightly and having spent some time looking at what the PDP does and its hopes and aspirations, I came away convinced that the group presents exciting prospects to grow and develop initially for the benefit of the existing membership, but ultimately for those motor factors looking for safe harbour in turbulent times”.

“PDP is undoubtedly a platform to build on, and I am looking forward with relish to working with the group, its members and its supplier partners and helping PDP achieve its ambitions”.

 

 

 

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CUSTOMER DETAILS COMPROMISED AFTER SNAP-ON HACK

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

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

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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