Tyre dealers could save £1000s in payment processing fees
Tyre dealers stand to save thousands of pounds a year by shopping around when selecting payment processing providers. For a long time tyre retailers did business with cash, cheque and invoices. The next generation brought with it credit and debit card processing, something that has become the norm in garages. Now, a new generation of payment processing providers are offering to streamline the critical payment part of any business while also significantly reducing the associated fees.
TPMS manufacturer Hamaton has extended the initial software subscription customers receive when they purchase a new ATEQ VT56 tool to three years from one. Users will, therefore, have access to regular software updates for two extra years at no extra cost.
Hankook Tyre UK secures headline sponsorship of 2021 BBC Top Gear EV Awards
Hankook will act as main sponsor of the 2021 BBC Top Gear Global Electric Vehicle Awards, which recognise the best EVs across 12 different award categories, including EV of the Year, Best Hatchback, SUV, Estate, and Hypercar. This arrangement builds upon other EV-related engagements, such as Hankook Tire’s upcoming tyre supply to the ABB FIA Formula E World Championship, the world’s first and only all-electric street racing Formula series.
Automechanika Birmingham has been moved to June 2023, maintaining its alternation with Automechanika Frankfurt, which recently moved its full form to September 2022 due to ongoing international travel restrictions following the coronavirus pandemic. Organisers of Automechanika Birmingham, Messe Frankfurt UK, report that they made the decision following “close discussion with exhibitors and other key stakeholders in the UK aftermarket”.
Kwik Fit has taken a look at data published by the government and notes that the pandemic was responsible for an additional quarter of a million cars being taken off UK roads. The automotive servicing and repair company reached this conclusion after comparing the number of vehicles officially off road with a registered SORN (Statutory Off Road Notification) in the last quarter of 2020 with figures for the final quarter of 2019.
Hankook presenting new tyre solutions at 2021 CV Show
This summer, Hankook Tyre UK will exhibit its growing range of truck, bus and van tyres, including the new Laufenn truck tyre range, at the Commercial Vehicle Show. The UK’s largest and most comprehensive road transport and commercial vehicle event will take place between 31 August and 2 September; Hankook can be found in Hall 5, at stand 5B50.
Industry works together on Zambian driver simulator
Four big names from the transport and logistics sector have come together to supply an HGV driver training simulator for the Industrial Training Centre (ITC) in Zambia, which Transaid has partnered with since 2008 to help meet the country’s growing demand for professional driver training.
TyreWatch makes Innovation shortlist at Motor Transport Awards
The Motor Transport Awards have announced the shortlist of finalists for 2021 and TyreWatch has been nominated as one of the contenders for the innovation award. Says the MTA: “With an incredibly strong field of entries, our judges have been able to recognise 52 outstanding companies who have been able to demonstrate innovation and excellence.” Established over 5 years ago in Basingstoke, TyreWatch is an evolving digital tyre management platform which uses remote telematics technology to monitor and manage the wheels and tyres of ‘connected’ vehicles.
“Power Two Wheelers (PTWs) have shown a positive year-on-year increase of 340 per cent (13,398 units), however it is important to note that dealers were in the midst of a national lockdown and restricted trading during the same period last year”, said Paddy O’Connell, Head of the National Motorcycle Dealers Association (NMDA) which represents PTW dealers in the UK, commenting on the latest figures from the Motorcycle Industry Association (MCIA).
We’ve all seen the meme. Mechanic hourly rate: Standard - £100; £175 if you watch; and £200 if you worked on it first! Nevertheless, with 40 per cent of people spending more time in their garage during lockdown than before, Halfords is running a “best home garage” competition. The prize? £5000 cash and a “Halfords Ultimate Garage Bundle”.
Slough-based Tomato Tyres is integrating CAM International’s e-jobsheet tablet app for truck, bus, van and car tyre servicing. When work is conducted by Tomato Tyres’ technicians on fleet vehicles, e-jobsheet will enable job data to be passed automatically via TiDaeX as it is completed on the tablet, including a copy of the job card, signatures and any photos provided.
May van registration figures ‘clear indicator’ of growing economic confidence
Commenting on the SMMT’s figures for LCV registrations in May, Sue Robinson, Chief Executive of the National Franchised Dealers Association (NFDA) said: “It is extremely positive to see that light commercial vehicle registrations continued their upward trend with record sales in May, as increased confidence in the sector continues post lockdown.”
‘Great relief’ but recovery ‘might be slower’ than expected – analysts on car sales
Car registration figures may offer some relief for the embattled sector, but analysts have warned the recovery might be slower than first hoped. Andrew Burn, managing director and head of automotive at Interpath Advisory (formerly KPMG Restructuring), said of the May SMMT registration figures: “The latest registration figures will come as great relief to the sector given the tumultuous challenges it is grappling with. The numbers reflect the first full month of showroom openings, with volumes back to circa 2012 levels. The question now is where volumes will settle once we have moved beyond the pandemic and the new norms are established.
Car registrations ‘incredibly encouraging’ comments Carwow
Sepi Arani, director of OEM at the UK’s largest new car marketplace and comparison site www.carwow.co.uk, gives his thoughts on the May SMMT car registration figures and the EV takeover: “Its incredibly encouraging to see new car registrations on the rise and with EV’s taking a 13.8 per cent share of the registrations in 2021 so far, despite the naysayers, EV adoption is happening faster than many give credit for.
Cautious recovery in new car registrations during May
With the year’s first full month of showroom openings, new car registrations in May reached 156,737 units, according to the latest figures from the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT). The total represents an almost eightfold increase on the same month last year, but is down -14.7 per cent on pre-pandemic May 2019, and -13.2 per cent on the 10-year May average.