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”.
Independent garages across the UK are valuing the benefits of a web-based Garage Management System more than ever before, say workshop management specialists TechMan. Remote access to business data from any device, has long been enjoyed by workshops using TechMan but never has productivity been more essential for busy garages than during the ongoing pandemic.
TecAlliance has added Instant Data Processing (IDP) in order to update TecDoc data in real time. According to the company, this increases flexibility and shortens the time to market for data suppliers and receivers. TecAlliance says IDP will be available “early in 2021”.
PCL has launched the CH3A01 Twin Swivel Clip-on Tyre Valve Connector and CH3A02 Single Swivel Clip-on Tyre Valve Connector. The two new models complement the recently launched CH2 air connectors, which have received excellent feedback since their launch last year and run alongside the popular CO3 range.
Machine Mart is marketing Clarke’s new CEW520 mains powered impact wrench for heavy duty applications. Designed for quickly removing wheel nuts, studs, stubborn nuts and bolts in general, the CEW520 features a massive torque output of 320Nm. It comes complete with the following accessories:
Martins Industries has integrated Magnum+ into its brand portfolio of tyre equipment and products by acquiring M & R Tire Products. According to the company, Magnum+ is a brand of high-precision tyre balancing beads that are described as “a revolutionary alternative to traditional wheel weight balancing”.
Launch UK has unveiled the X431 Eurotab II. The company states that the newmodel is its most advanced diagnostics tool to date, comprising DoIP (Diagnostic over Internet Protocol), J2534 pass-through online programming, DTC-based database, and intelligent diagnosis, as well as all the features of the previous Eurotab model.
Launch UK has unveiled the new X-431 Euro PRO 4, a brand new advanced automotive diagnostics tool. Based on the Android operating system, the new 1.4 GHz Quad-Core product excels in automotive fault diagnosis and offers wider vehicle coverage, powerful functions and accurate test data.
Machine Mart has added the Clarke CIR13C impact wrench kit to its range, stating that it is ideal for quickly removing wheel nuts, studs and stubborn nuts & bolts in general. This impact wrench operates from 12V auxiliary sockets, portable power packs or most 12V batteries making it an excellent addition to any car, workshop or garage.
Tyre bay equipment supplier Tyre Stuff has introduced a new range of air tools to the market.
Because tyre businesses use air tools for the removal of wheel nuts, tyre buffing as well as exhaust cut offs, they need tools they can rely on. With this in mind, Tyre Stuff has sourced a new range of air tools from Fore.
Pneumatic Components (PCL), the worldwide leader in the design, manufacture and distribution of pneumatic and tyre inflation systems, is reminding drivers of the importance of having correctly inflated tyres this Tyre Safety Month (October).
German oil and additive specialist Liqui Moly has launched Tornador Gun, a cleaning gun that uses compressed air. Many car cleaning experts swear by it. “Now our Universal Cleaner can produce even better results,” says David Kaiser, head of research and development at Liqui Moly.
TechMan has collaborated with award-winning independent Audi and VW specialist ADS Limited, to deliver an honest appraisal of their experiences to date since implementing the TechMan garage management system less than four months ago.