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Digital news and features for independent garages.


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Digital news and features for independent garages.




Understanding the power of garage workshop data

With knowledge, comes power. And with garage data, comes informed business decisions. Today's GW Podcast explores the power of workshop data. We welcome on Tim Benson of Oldfield’s Garage in Herefordshire who transformed his family business by analysing data. We also hear from Alex Lindley, director of Garage Hive and managing director of Nottinghamshire-based Lindleys Autocentres to find out about Garage Industry Trends - an exciting new platform which uses aggregated data from opted-in...


#7 Augmented reality in the workshop

There's been some exciting developments coming from Comline this year, most notably a new virtual reality concept. Comline Augmented Reality offers 3D visuals of its range of steering and suspension components, giving technicians a unique view of replacement parts. Mobile users can go fully AR and augment the part into their environment allowing for direct product comparison and a hugely engaging digital experience. Join us as we speak to Comline's general manager for marketing and...


GW Podcast special: No more doom and gloom

Wolverhampton recently hosted AutoInform Live 2021, the industry’s hands-on training event organised by the Original Equipment Suppliers Aftermarket Association, OESAA. The two-day weekend event saw garage owners and technicians from across the UK gather for the very latest technical know-how and business advise from OE manufacturers and industry experts. Join us as we wander around the event speaking to the technical trainers, OESAA representatives, garage owners and technicians,...


#6 How Servicesure is supporting independent garages

Welcome to a new series on the Garage Wire podcast! We’ve got some brilliant guests lined up over the course of the series during which there’ll be lots of electric vehicle chat, details of new and exciting automotive technologies, including how augmented reality could help technicians identify the correct replacement parts and quite a bit more. Today though, we’re talking Servicesure, a national network of independent garages established by The Parts Alliance and who better to get us...


#5 Vehicle electrification and what it means for independent garages

With mainstream vehicle manufactures increasingly turning to electric, we're finding out how much of an opportunity electric vehicles present for independent garages in today's GW Podcast. Ben Stockton, founder of digital training provider, Our Virtual Academy joins us to share his thoughts on risk versus reward when it comes to hybrid, pure electric and hydrogen vehicles and he explains how workshops can get up-to-speed on everything they need to know before working on one. We also meet...


#4 Switchable water pumps and double clutch systems

This week we’ve got renowned REPXPERT, Alistair Mason joining us as special guest to talk all things LuK, INA and FAG. Alistair shares his latest research on switchable water pumps and double clutch systems, including the latest DQ500 direct shift gearbox. We also find out more about the tremendous work the REPXPERTs have been doing to support independent garages through the COVID-19 crisis. Before that though, imagine working hard to build your first garage business only for a global...


#3 Preparing your garage for a spike in MOT demand

With DVSA data forecasting a huge spike in testing demand following a return to mandatory testing on 1 August, we’ve got Autotech Recruit’s Gavin White joining us as special guest to share his expertise on garage recruitment with essential tips on what you can do to manage your workshop in what’s going to be a busy few months ahead. We also discuss the challenge of finding the right people for the job, industry licencing and training. GW contributor, Andy Parsons of Shortfield Garage in...


#2 What garages should be doing now to prepare for the looming recession

This week The Garage Inspector, Andy Savva joins us to share his thoughts on the sector’s current state of play and we welcome Garage Wire contributor, Aaron Philips of Jackson & Phillips Automotive Services in Bedfordshire onto the Garage Wire Podcast. . . . . . . . . . . Music: Cantina Blues - Take the Lead by Kevin MacLeod is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution license ( Source:...


#1 How the IGA is leading calls to end the six-month MOT exemption

Welcome to a newly refreshed Garage Wire podcast. Every couple of weeks we'll be joined by Garage Wire columnists and special guests to discuss the latest industry news and what it means for independent garage owners. In this first episode we speak to Garage Wire columnist Barry Parker of BTE Automotive in East Hampshire about how the COVID-19 pandemic has affected his business and Stuart James, chief executive of the Independent Garage Association joins us as our special guest. . . . . . ....


GW Podcast special: Exclusive access at TMD Friction headquarters in Germany

TMD Friction’s Textar brand was launched into the UK’s automotive aftermarket in 2017 and covers 99.9 per cent of UK car parc. To find more about the brand, GW visits the TMD Friction headquarters in Germany, home to the research and development of Textar. The GW Podcast starts in the lab where Silvia Hofmaa of TMD Friction explains the first steps of new friction material development.


GW Podcast special: Everything you need to know about brake pad quality

In this GW podcast special, garages are being warned to ensure that the brake pads that they are fitting are indeed what they think they are fitting. Regulation 90 (R90) specifies the design, construction and performance requirements for brake friction material and should guarantee that replacement pads will provide equivalent performance when compared to the original. However, Ian Featherstone of global OE manufacturer, TMD Friction, told GW that technicians should be vigilant to ensure the...


GW Podcast special: ZF clutch course offers something for everyone

Whether you’re an apprentice or a technician with 40 years’ worth of experience, you’ll gain a valuable insight into the latest clutch technology and will appreciate exactly why careful fitment is essential if you want to avoid unnecessary down time and future job rectification work. That’s the views of the delegates who had just completed the IMI ZF clutch test paper and whom I had joined during the classroom theory and workshop practical demonstrations. The course opens with an...


GW Podcast special: How garages can profit with key programming

Copying or programming vehicle keys and remotes can provide a lucrative extra income for independent garages. Key programming specialists, Hickleys are hosting presentations across the country to highlight the benefits that come with this niche service. The presentations, which will continue to be held throughout the year, include live demonstrations on a variety of vehicles and an overview of the Key programming tools available, as well as the huge range of keys and remotes available...


GW Podcast special: AutoInform Live 2015 review

More than 220 delegates from across the UK gathered at the GTG Training Academy in Wolverhampton recently for the return of AutoInform Live. The weekend event offered hands-on diagnostics and showcased the latest products, technology and equipment available in the aftermarket. Organised by the Original Equipment Suppliers Association (OESAA), the two day event proved hugely popular among independent garages with a number of courses selling out in the weeks leading up to the weekend.


GW Podcast special: REMSA brake pad factory visit

Garage Wire joins UK motor factors and independent garages on a facility tour of REMSA, manufacturer of brake friction components for Apec Braking. Apec brake components are manufactured to match OE quality and are marketed for the aftermarket. The Bristol-based braking supplier has more than 300 delivery points throughout the UK. During the trip, we're treated to a rare ‘behind-the-scenes’ glimpse at two REMSA factories in Spain, covering everything from research and development to...


GW Podcast special: Rema Tip Top training investment

REMA Tip Top has officially opened its brand new training facility at its Leeds head office. Attending the opening, Garage Wire reports on why the company has made the investment and how independent garages can benefit from it. The new facility will offers comprehensive, industry specific training for the repair of tyre injuries on passenger car to agricultural vehicles and operative skills on its range of CORGHI garage equipment. Tyre repair techniques are instructed and carried out in...