The Independent Automotive Aftermarket Federation (!AAF) has worked with the organisers of Automechnika Birmingham 2023 to ensure all members are supported through the event and can confirm the IAAF member exclusive networking event will also return as an evening gathering and the Federation will announce more news on this shortly.
The Independent Automotive Aftermarket Federation (IAAF) is urging Mark Harper, the new Secretary of State for Transport not to mess with the current MOT test frequency and instead look to strengthen the current 3-1-1 testing regime through the addition of testing the vehicle’s electronically-controlled safety systems (ADAS). The IAAF, along with UK AFCAR, is actively highlighting to ministers and their departments the dangers involved if the first MOT is conducted when the vehicle becomes 4 years old and the risks this creates that then threaten road safety.
Automotive consumables supplier and distributor of the TerraClean brand, Randstad, has become a supplier member of the Independent Automotive Aftermarket Federation (IAAF). Randstad started in 1975 and has grown to become one of the UK’s largest automotive suppliers of parts and consumables such as spark plugs, wiper blades and vehicle bulbs to independent garages throughout the UK.
ELTA Automotive is the latest recruit to sign up with the Independent Automotive Aftermarket Federation (IAAF). The company is an Independent automotive component importer and distributor, and a licensee of the iconic Lucas brand. Established in 1993, ELTA Automotive supplies motor factors and retailers across the world from its offices in the UK and Europe. The company delivers a diverse product range across a portfolio of brands and categories including, automotive bulbs, wiper blades, fuel & engine management, heating & cooling, switchgear and window lift regulators to meet customer demands for quality, reliability and value.
The Independent Automotive Aftermarket Federation (IAAF) has launched a new training academy, designed to train, develop and upskill new and existing people working within the automotive aftermarket. The academy will evolve substantially when the new IAAF website goes live later this year, but IAAF has moved quickly to implement and promote initiatives and courses that support its growing membership.
Independent garages can now register any restrictions they face on access to vehicle manufacturer repair and maintenance information with a new form produced by UK AFCAR.
UK AFCAR is working to ensure the rights of the independent aftermarket are upheld in the post-Brexit era; specifically to enable all multi-brand operators to be able to access technical information, supply spare parts of matching quality to original equipment (OE) parts, and perform service, maintenance and repair (SMR) – with which to provide vehicle owners with a choice of the supply of repair and maintenance services as part of an open, competitive, and transparent marketplace.
Award-winning comedian and actor Omid Djalili has been signed up to entertain guests at the IAAF Annual Awards Dinner, to be held on 8 December 2022 at DoubleTree Hilton, Milton Keynes. Omid has appeared in many notable films including Pirates of the Caribbean, The Mummy, Gladiator, Sex and the City 2, and Notting Hill. On the small screen, he has appeared on shows from Sport Relief Bake-Off, to Newsnight. He fronted his own HBO special, and was in many episodes of the sitcom Whoopi, alongside Whoopi Goldberg.
Following the NTDA’s swift rebuttal of Transport Secretary Grant Shapps’ suggestions that longer MOT test intervals may help with the cost of living crisis, Mark Field, IAAF chief executive, has argued that the opposite is actually true:
Alloy wheel refurbishing agent Prestige Wheels has joined the Independent Automotive Aftermarket Federation (IAAF). Prestige Wheels has over 20 years’ experience specialising in the refurbishment and repair of alloy wheels, with both a factory and mobile service covering the heart of England and north Wales.
The Independent Automotive Aftermarket Federation (IAAF) has welcomed automotive lubricants manufacturer Motul to its membership. Established in 1853, Motul is well known in the automotive industry for producing some of the highest quality lubricant products with a heritage forged primarily on the racing circuit.
The IAAF has formed its new look council including distributors, suppliers, buying groups, service providers and garages, who come together regularly to debate industry issues and IAAF policy, ensuring the independent aftermarket can continue to thrive and develop. Appointed at its recent Annual General Meeting (AGM), the meeting provided a welcome opportunity for members to network face to face, with some members attending virtually.
Diagnostic tool and vehicle technical support brand, Maverick Diagnostics, joined IAAF recently. Established I n1999 as Maverick Technology Ltd, Maverick Diagnostics is an established provider of original dealer diagnostics tools and technical support to the aftermarket in the UK and Europe.
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.
IAAF is advising against the Northern Ireland Executive’s (NIE) potential introduction of biennial MOT testing (every two years) for private cars, light goods vehicles following the news that the NIE is consulting on the matter. The current testing frequency in Northern Ireland is 4-1-1 with the first vehicle test at four years of age and then a test every year after. The IAAF argues that the current test frequency is both safer and more cost effective for motorists.