In recent years autocentres have been selling more tyres than ever. At the same time, specialist tyre retailers – such as those featured on our annual table, have moved towards additional servicing and mechanical repairs in order to increase sales. This is especially the case at the top of the table, amongst the largest tyre retail chains where as much as 45 per cent of annual turnover is now made up of non-tyre sales.
Halfords will extend its Mobile Expert service to London, following its pilot in the West Midlands, Manchester and Surrey. The retailer will place five new vans in London from 30 March, which it says will cover the capital. The service means that Halfords Mobile Expert vans will be available to nearly a third of UK households. The company added that it plans to roll out between 100 and 150 vans across the UK within the next two years.
Halfords Autocentres has expanded its apprenticeship scheme with a new five-year plan and a 2019 investment of more than £800,000. This includes both an Apprenticeship and Halfords Technical Training Academy programme. Halfords said the extension is a response to both the growing demand for hybrid and electric cars in the UK, and the country’s scarcity of automotive skills.
Halfords Autocentres have become the official sponsors of the StreetRepairs.co.uk website and #NationalPotholeDay 2017. The collaboration heralds a breakthrough in offering road users the ability to have the safety of their vehicles checked after hitting a pothole. Potholes are an increasing problem on Britain’s roads, causing damage to vehicles and presenting a potential safety hazard.
Halfords Autocentres has made its first staff appointment as a result of its recent partnership with the Dallaglio Foundation. Halfords Autocentres has hosted a series of employability events across its garages, inviting pupils from the Dallaglio Foundation to learn about the employment opportunities and skills available.
Halfords Autocentres aims to have one apprentice in every centre by 2017. Autocentre apprenticeships have an 80 per cent success rate for the completion of the three year scheme. The apprentices qualify with an NVQ Level 3 Standard combing learning with practical, on-the-job training.
Halfords has relaunched its “trade card”, giving trade professionals access to “the best prices on car maintenance tools and products”. The offers comes alongside the launch of a new trade only website, offering the trade exclusive deals and pricing – up to 50 per cent off in some cases.
Halfords Autocentres has launched a new Diesel Particulate Filter (DPF) cleaning service for motorists. The network said the new service is partially a response to both concerns about the level of pollution in diesel cars. Martin Barber, Halfords Autocentres DPF expert states: “We’re seeing a growing concern about pollution from diesel cars, and the impact […]
Automotive retail chain Halfords, which includes the growing and increasingly tyre-influenced Halfords Autocentres business, has reported annual group revenues of £1 billion – a year ahead of the company’s plan to reach this milestone. The figures, released on 5 June and followed up with a trading statement on 15 July that pointed to further growth are at least partly driven by the growth of the firm’s online business which saw sales in the year to March 2015 exceed £100 million, representing growth of +14.3 per cent. Indeed, the fourth quarter of 2015 alone saw online sales grow +12.6 per cent. The result is a positive impact on the group’s pre-tax profits (EBITDA), which were up 8.7 per cent.
Halfords Autocentres must pay a total of £47,000 after technicians in Bristol missed 11 of the 20 basic faults set up on Trading Standards department car. North Avon Magistrates Court ordered Halfords Autocentres to pay just under £15,000 costs, a £32,000 fine and a £150 victim surcharge after the firm pleaded guilty to eight offences under the Consumer Protection from Unfair Trading Regulations.
Following a series of complaints, Trading Standards offices set up the mystery shopper investigation at the Filton branch of Halfords Autocentres in Bristol. While 11 of the 20 simple defects on the car were not identified or fixed, the technician reportedly gave the car back to the customer as if work was complete.
Halfords Autocentres has called 2014 a “record year” for its automotive apprentice programme. 72 new apprentices joined the scheme this year, leading to Halfords’ claim that it is the largest programme in the UK automotive industry. The servicing chain crowned third year NVQ Floyd Ullah (19) from Scunthorpe the winner of its annual apprentice competition, noting that competition for the accolade is growing annually.
As the Met office warns we could be facing one of the wettest winters ever, you may be surprised by what motorists are most concerned about when it comes to driving in winter months. Rather than hazardous weather conditions; black ice; getting stuck in snow or being stranded, a new study from Halfords Autocentres reveals […]
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.
Halfords Autocentres has hired Satnam Singh to head-up its technical training team, a new role that it says “reflects the increasing focus that Halfords Autocentres is placing on training” and on investing to give its technicians “the expertise necessary to be able to service any make or model of car.”
Catalytic convertor (CAT), diesel particulate filter (DPF) and exhaust theft protection specialist Catloc has confirmed Halfords Autocentres as its new national fitting partner. Catloc says CAT, DPF and exhaust theft is on the increase in the UK, and the company sought a partner that would give potential customers easy access to its solutions and fitment of these; for this, it wanted to partner with a sizable and experienced national chain, and Catloc says the presence of more than 300 outlets in the UK made Halfords Autocentres the “obvious choice”.
Catalytic Converter (CAT), Diesel Particulate Filter (DPF) and Exhaust Theft protection market leaders Catloc have just confirmed Halfords Autocentres and Kwik Fit as their new national fitting partners. With CAT, DPF and exhaust theft on the increase in the UK, Catloc wanted to ensure that potential customers had easy access to fitting of their solutions and to partner with a fast fit chain who had the size and experience in covering the whole of the UK. With over 900 centres between them nationwide; Kwik Fit and Halfords Autocentres were the obvious choices.