Snap-on’s Hofmann Brand Promotes “Affordable” Wheel Alignment Machine
Hofmann, a brand within Snap-on Equipment, says that its geolite 3D wheel alignment machine makes the process “accessible to more workshops”, with a price tag of £7,995 (excluding VAT). The company says the geolite has the facility to take accurate alignment readings to OEM specification in under three-minutes from vehicle set-up, with global passenger car data for vehicles up to 25-years old.
Field research provided by Snap-on Equipment, in line with statements made by other garage equipment manufacturers, appears to show that wheel alignment presents an opportunity for garages to increase income. Carrying out four alignment procedures per day, Snap-on states, can generate additional net income of £32,910 per annum, based on a five and a half day week, direct costs of £15 per hour and a charge of £50 for each alignment procedure. The company also points out that accurate wheel alignment also diagnoses chassis problems due to kerbing and pothole damage. This in turn provides another potential revenue stream, with the problems often requiring replacement steering or suspension components.
With the geolite, continues Snap-on, the alignment procedure is simplified through a screen-driven process that guides the technician with clear chassis adjustment instructions via easily understood colour graphics. The machine also offers a 24-month parts and labour warranty, installation and user training provided as standard. Snap-on Equipment also offers up to £2,000 for garages’ existing machine, including laser-based equipment, through a ‘new for old’ campaign on selected Hofmann wheel aligners, including the new geolite.