New analysis of DVSA MOT test data shows that faulty tyres accounted for 13 per cent of failures between July and September 2022. Of all failures, 27 per cent are “dangerous”. Previous analyses of MOT failure data have found that tyres account for between 8 per cent and 22 of all MOT failures. And therefore the latest figures represent long-term median tyre-related failure rates. Since industry sources generally agree that MOTs generate around 20 per cent of total annual UK tyre replacement sales, however you count it, MOTs have a significant impact on tyre maintenance and therefore road safety.
The UK Garage and Bodyshop Event has unveiled its line-up of expert trainers and guest speakers for its inaugural June event at Birmingham’s NEC, to support the UK garage and body shop industry through the biggest change it’s ever experienced. The first part of the roster of guest speakers offering industry insight and technical talks from 8-9 June has now been revealed. Giving the opening address at the event will be Andy Hamilton of LKQ Euro Car Parts, who will followed by more than 40 others, including Dean Lander of Thatcham, James Dillon, Steve Carter, ‘The Garage Inspector’ Andy Savva, Quentin Le Hetet of GiPA and many more.
The Independent Automotive Aftermarket Federation (IAAF) has urged the industry to gear up for change in its ‘Aftermarket for the Future’ conference. Held on 2 December, this year’s conference, headed up by recently appointed chief executive, Mark Field.
The conference saw Field kick off the proceedings by celebrating the hard work the aftermarket has carried out over the course of what has once again been a difficult but rewarding year for the trade, before introducing the first speaker of the day, Quentin Le Hetet from GIPA.
GiPA UK, automotive aftermarket intelligence organisation, have released the Q2 results of their quarterly Aftermarket Pulse report. The market recovery situation by the end of June 2021 was 2.9 per cent higher than GiPA’s expectations. While in comparison to the same period in 2020, a double-digit recovery in the market has been observed – particularly in the second quarter of the year – the market is far from having recovered its 2019 activity levels.
Following the unprecedented storm that shook the UK aftermarket in 2020, GiPA created a quarterly aftermarket activity report called Aftermarket Pulse. The objective is simple: assess the state of recovery of the aftermarket in 2021 on a quarterly basis. Last week GiPA delivered the Q1 results. Whilst the aftermarket suffered massively from the lack of mileage due to the third national lockdown from January to March 2021, the impact on UK workshops turnover was not as bleak as anticipated.
On the ninth consecutive week of lockdown in the UK, two thirds of British workshops were open, according to the GiPA garage survey. This average includes franchised dealers, independent motor traders and tyre dealers, as well as national chains. Watch the Tyrepress webinar, ‘Kick-starting your tyre business’ for more information and advice on how different dealer groups have tackled lockdown and reopening.
GiPA UK has been tracking the activity of 420 British workshops for the last 3 weeks, since the Government announced strict measures to tackle the COVID-19 outbreak in the UK and published its 2nd analysis of the impact of COVID-19 on the aftermarket. On week 16, the proportion of workshops that were closed had slightly increased (46 per cent being open). Some previously open workshops decided to close but also some sites that were closed decided to open.
The UK aftermarket is a competitive environment, comprised of tens of thousands of repairers, roughly half of whom are independent garages. With an estimated car parc of 32.5 million passenger cars, garage visits that will be made in the UK this year create a valuable marketplace. Local, regional and national agents need to understand how to fine-tune their workshops and services to build client loyalty.
The Independent Automotive Aftermarket Federation (IAAF) held its first Industry Briefing of 2019 at Stadium MK, home of EFL League Two side MK Dons, in Milton Keynes on Thursday 21 March. Sponsored by industry recruitment specialists Autotech Recruit, the sold-out event in the venue’s Performance Suite welcomed seasoned speaker Quentin Le Hetet from GiPA and Virtual Academy’s Ben Stockton, both addressing technology’s fast-growing role in the aftermarket, now and in the future.