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NEWS: RAC AND EURO CAR PARTS MERGE GARAGE SCHEMES

NEWS: RAC AND EURO CAR PARTS MERGE GARAGE SCHEMES

RAC and ECP shake on network deal

A deal has been signed between the RAC and Euro Car Parts in order to merge the RAC Approved Garage network with ECP’s Autofirst.

The new entity will be known as ‘RAC Approved Garages powered by Autofirst Network’ . As the combined number in both networks is in excess of 500 branches, RAC auto first can claim to be the UK’s largest garage network.

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As part of the network, each garage will be jointly branded, carrying the prominent RAC and Autofirst Network branding. The partnership, which aims to ensure customers are only ever a few miles from an RAC Approved Garage, will offer consumers all the benefits of a local garage, combined with a national warranty.

By subscribing, garages will also be offered repairs referred to them by RAC patrols from breakdowns through the company’s Accredited Repairer scheme. 

RAC Chief Executive Dave Hobday said: “We know from market research that customers really value the friendly, local and reliable service provided by independent garages and have a very high level of trust in the RAC so this is the perfect recipe for garages looking to stand out from the crowd in a busy marketplace.”

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Andy Hamilton, Euro Car Parts Chief Executive, added: ““We believe the brands are an excellent fit and have the potential to become a first choice for consumers wanting the trust of big brands but with local service and convenience”.

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CAT AWARDS 2019: WINNERS ANNOUNCED

The winners of the CAT Awards 2019 are as follows:

 

Motor Factor of the Year: Autoparts UK

 

Factor Team of the Year: Butlers Automotive

 

CAT Awards 2019 winners have been announced

Garage Chain of the Year: Halfords Autocentres

 

Independent Garage of the Year: Scotlands Ash Garage

 

Retailer of the Year: Wilco

 

Supplier of the Year: Banner Batteries

 

Outstanding Achievement: Dave Garrett of the Garage Equipment Association

 

 

 

 

 

 

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DATA PROTECTION LAWS: DON”T GET A MASSIVE FINE

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FPS OPENS LAUNCESTON HUB

Alliance Automotive-owned wholesaler FPS Distribution has opened an new regional distribution centre in Launceston, Cornwall. Todd Hollyoake has been appointed Branch Manager. Hollyoake worked for the Birmingham branch for many years so is well versed in company standards.

He will be joined by Iain Lockett who has been appointed Assistant Branch Manager. Locket brings over 15 years of experience in the motor trade and an array of skills to help in the daily running of the branch and dealing with customer enquiries.

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IAAF CONFERENCE: WILLIAMSON’S WARNINGS ON  BREXIT AND ACCESS TO INFORMATION

IAAF CONFERENCE: WILLIAMSON’S WARNINGS ON BREXIT AND ACCESS TO INFORMATION

The Chief Executive of the IAAF has opened the annual conference with warnings on a number of industry topics including the EU negotiations and VMs infringing on independent garage’s  right to repair.

On the subject of Brexit she warned: “If the deal is rejected the we will all be entering into the unknown”

Speaking about access to information, Williamson noted that several vehicle manufacturers have already deleted the OBD port, despite being obliged to keep it. She emphasised how keeping ‘three priorities’ on direct access to data as a live issue in the European Parliament by working with other trade organisations such as FIGEFA.

She noted that ‘many traditional parts won’t exist in the future’, adding that new entrant to the market such as Dyson and the rise of Chinese brands will be a significant challenge for the VMs. She concluded: “We will adapt and find new ways to find and service the vehicles of tomorrow”.

The conference continues.

 

Williamson opens 2018 conference

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PROMO: CORTECO EXPLODES THE GUIDE BUSHES ‘MYTH’

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Clutch input shaft sleeves (guide/ bushes) and seals: essential, but are they really only available through dealerships? Corteco explodes the myth.

The first call for any replacement part is the local motor factor, but when it comes to a part such as a clutch input shaft sleeve (guide/ bush) and seal, most UK garages turn to dealerships.

Essential in clutch changes for many German, Italian and French-built cars, dealerships hold a virtual monopoly on aftermarket sales throughout the UK. But the fact is, they are not an OE supply only item.

Garages only think they are.

 

New direction

Split-open view of a guide bush

Until quite recently, for example, that’s precisely what they thought up at Almark Garage in Wirksworth, Derbyshire:

“We always sourced them through the dealers. It just seemed like the place to get them because it was associated more with the OE gearbox than the clutch,” says proprietor Mark Swift.

“Our problem was that once you’ve got the vehicle up on the ramp and the gearbox off, you couldn’t hang around all day. Sometimes service from the dealers leaves a lot to be desired, so it meant that we didn’t always replace them, even though we know they can be a source of problems with the clutch.”

Almark is fitting more, now, because the availability has improved.

“It was only when the motor factor came along about three months ago and pointed out that they now had them in stock that we switched over. They are not expensive to buy, but even so, they are half the dealership price. I have to say that the service they provide means we are now fitting more than we ever did,” he adds.

 

Guide/ bush function

When not in operation, the clutch release bearing withdraws and comes to rest on the shaft sleeve. The shaft sleeve can become pitted through wear and tear. A worn release bearing can catch on it, leading to misalignment problems that can cause the clutch to slip.

This accelerates clutch wear.

Inside the shaft sleeve is a rubber seal. This is designed to protect the clutch from ingress by gearbox oil. If the seal fails there are problems ahead. Seal failure is often related to debris generated by clutch wear.

 

Contaminants

Clutch ‘dust’ accumulates in the gearbox. If the dust accumulates on the shaft and on the sealing lip, the seal can be compromised. It can damage the seal and reduce operational life. A worn or damaged seal allows the oil to leak into the clutch housing. If this contaminates the friction plate, premature failure of the clutch is inevitable.

This leads to excessive slippage. Any excessive slip between the clutch and flywheel causes overheating. Soaring clutch temperatures increase the potential for failure.

Installation errors

After removing the clutch, the clutch input shaft sleeve (guide/bush) and seal is sometimes ignored or not considered for replacement. Three alternative views are:

  1. a) It is part of the gearbox, rather than the clutch
  2. b) It looks ok, so let’s save the customer money
  3. b) They are difficult to replace so are best left alone

Each of these constitutes an error of judgement that can expose the garage to an expensive rectification procedure and damage its reputation.

Best practice

Corteco, one of the world’s largest manufacturer’s of clutch input shaft sleeves (guide/ bush) and seals, says that although these components are highly reliable performers, they must be replaced when changing the clutch.

It adds that because so many garages have always sourced their replacement from dealerships, many motor factors are unaware of the demand.

Given that labour is the major cost of the clutch change and that the clutch input shaft sleeve (guide/bush) and seal is not an expensive part, garages would be inclined to change more of them if the parts were available. A campaign to raise awareness about aftermarket availability is under way.

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GL MOTOR FACTORS ACQUIRED BY AAG

GL MOTOR FACTORS ACQUIRED BY AAG

Bolton-based GL Motor Factors, a single branch factor and retail shop, has been acquired by AAG.

The firm was an existing member of GROUPAUTO for years and won Factor of the Year in the coveted light vehicle category at the buying group’s award ceremony in Liverpool last month.

GL Motor Factors was incorporated in 2002 and had Mohammed Akhtar and various members of the Fazal family as Directors.  

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IRELAND’S J&S AUTOMOTIVE ACQUIRES ORIGO AUTOPARTS

IRELAND’S J&S AUTOMOTIVE ACQUIRES ORIGO AUTOPARTS

Ken Tannam, Origo and Alan Gaynor, J&S shake on the deal

Ireland-based parts supplier J&S Automotive has acquired at the autoparts division of tool supplier Origo.

Origo is part of the SISK group of companies and is known as a key supplier of Bosch branded product throughout Ireland.

Terms of the deal have not been announced, but the deal is described by J&S as an ‘important strategic step’.

J&S Automotive MD Alan Gaynor said: “By adding Origo Automotive to J&S Automotive,  we look forward to delivering an even better range of automotive parts and services.

 

 

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DCS LEATHERHEAD BECOMES LATEST AAG ACQUISITION

DCS LEATHERHEAD BECOMES LATEST AAG ACQUISITION

Leatherhead-based Discount Car Spares has been acquired by AAG, parent company of the GroupAuto buying group.

The factor was established in 1989 and has two branches. John and Gary Syrett and Robert Herman were Directors.

DCS was an existing GroupAuto member and participated in group promotions, such as the AutoCare network. Last year the factor presented customer Shirley Garage with a prize for becoming the 600th member of the scheme.

The news follows last week’s announcement that AAG had acquired nine-branch Lloyds Motor Factors 

 

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TENNECO ACQUIRES OHLINS FOR $160m

TENNECO ACQUIRES OHLINS FOR $160m

Kenth Ohlin and Brian Kessler

Tenneco has signed a definitive agreement to acquire Ohlins Racing A.B. Total consideration for the deal, which is set to close in the first quarter of 2019 subject to shareholder approval, is approximately $160 million.

Ohlins is a Swedish premium suspension manufacturer, known for its high-end hardware often used in motorsport applications as well as in the consumer automotive market.

The deal further enhances Tenneco’s primary identity as a manufacturer and marketer of ride performance systems, as well as clean air solutions in the automotive industry. It comes amid a year of large acquisitions of high-profile brands for Tenneco – most notably its acquisition of US manufacturer Federal-Mogul on October 1st.

“I am delighted to welcome the Ohlins team as an important part of our new Aftermarket and Ride Performance company,” said Brian Kesseler, co-CEO of Tenneco. “Ohlins’ technology team will allow us to rapidly grow our product offerings for current and future customers, as well as help us win a larger share of business in developing mobility markets.”

Meanwhile, Ohlins founder Kenth Ohlin, who will continue in partnership with Tenneco to employ his technological vision, said: “We are excited to continue to deliver innovative technologies that can accelerate growth with the full strength and resources of Tenneco behind us.”

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