During the July the staggering and subsequent collapse of Unipart Automotive have made uncomfortable reading, especially if you were one of the 1800 staff connected to the company. Of course we now know that a rescue plan couldn’t be enacted, that part of it has been sold off to competitors Andrew Page and The Parts Alliance and that the rest is in administration. At the same time Euro Car Parts, having once been a front runner in the rescue/chasing pack, has announced it is creating 1500 jobs in parallel – presumably to pick up the floating workers shipwrecked when the great ship Unipart Automotive hit it very own iceberg (click here for complete coverage of this news and its implications on the sector).
Halfords Autocentres has launched a monthly payment scheme designed to help motorists spread the cost of their MOT and annual service. Drivers using the Privilege Service Plan will pay a fixed monthly sum, with two and three year options available, to include a full or major service and MOT for each year. Halfords will determine the monthly cost through a combination of vehicle engine size and the length of plan chosen. The service provider has also added extra incentives to the plan, including 10 per cent off repairs during the term and discounts on products such as wheel alignment, battery replacement and air conditioning services.
With 95 per cent of new cars being sold with air conditioning as standard, Chemix Autocentres is reporting that the company has seen an almost 70 per cent increase in calls relating to air conditioning related problems.
Randstad Ltd has launched a new brake bleeding machine into the UK automotive aftermarket. Marketed under the TerraClean brand, it is suitable for bleeding brakes and hydraulic coupling systems quickly and with no mess.
Unipart Automotive has introduced a time-saving Quote Finder tool for the first time. The Quote Finder allows motorists to enter their vehicle registration and mileage when visiting www.uccc.co.uk, before selecting which job they require. Unipart Automotive currently has a network of more than 700 Unipart Car Care Centres, and the new online service will help motorists identify their nearest five garages and every cost associated with their initial request.
Tyre and vehicle service provider ATS Euromaster says that an increasing number of UK holidaymakers choosing to stay in the British Isles means that the demand for caravan and motorhome maintenance and services has risen. This rise has also led to an upward trend in one of ATS-E’s supplementary product lines.