TechMan has announced it will once again be a main partner of the Top Technician / Top Garage Awards for 2023. It will also be sponsoring the new Workplace Health and Wellbeing Award in association with the automotive industry charity, BEN. Now in its 21st year, Top Technician and Top Garage 2023 partners with the Garage Equipment Association (GEA), the Independent Automotive Aftermarket Federation (IAAF) and the Institute of the Motor Industry (IMI), and along with TechMan, is also sponsored by Snap-on, TOPDON, Delphi Technologies, BookMyGarage, ALLDATA Europe, TP and Motul.
TechMan showed its new collaboration with BookMyGarage.com at the company’s recent return to Automechanika Birmingham. In addition, TechMan exhibited its latest updates to its popular garage management system, with the latest integrations including a new advanced tyre search.
Garage Management System, TechMan has launched a new website. The company says the new site represents its growing list of features developed to improve day-to-day tasks in a busy garage environment. The firm has invested in new head office premises and additional staff appointments in addition to the ongoing development of the Garage Management System. In the past 18 months, more garages have been using Techman’s software to enable increased digitalisation of their businesses, prompted by pandemic operating conditions.
TechMan has integrated the Euro Car Parts catalogue bringing time-saving benefits to its Garage Management System. TechMan users can now look up parts directly from within a job to view costs, RRP and stock availability at their local branch. Once added to a job card an electronic order is sent in real time, removing the need to order over the phone and minimising the risk of incorrectly ordered parts.
Workshop management specialist, TechMan has significantly reduced the amount of time it takes for garages to book a new job into the workshop thanks to a raft of intuitive features and innovative vehicle data integrations. The booking-in process, which would traditionally require a conversation with a technician to determine the amount of time required and a motor factor phone call to order the parts, can now be completed in less than a minute thanks to the TechMan Garage Management System.
Bridgestone’s First Stop retail network is offering Techman Pro as part of its franchise programme in the UK. According to Bridgestone, First Stop TechMan Pro creates “greater levels of professionalism across its forecourts thanks to real-time digital reporting – including personalised camera and video analysis – as well as data on workshop efficiencies, in a win-win for customers and dealers alike”. First Stop has hailed the technology as “a game-changing addition to its existing dealer package”, adding that it will play an integral role in helping the network grow to 220 centres by 2024.
More than 3,000 vehicle technicians, service advisors and garage owners have now benefitted from TechMan’s advanced training and support programme, developed to ensure garage businesses realise their goals through the successful implementation of its Garage Management System.
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.
Today (Monday 11 January 2021), the DVSA updated its MOT guidance to clarify that “MOT centres can stay open in all areas of Great Britain, including during the national lockdown in England, the temporary lockdown in Scotland, and all of Wales in alert level 4 (lockdown)”. The same guidance always specifies that motorists are still required to get an MOT and there is no MOT exemption this time. As a result, garages across the UK should ensure that customers know that tyre fitting, vehicle repair and MOT services are permitted during the latest lockdown restrictions. At the same time, motorists need to know that there is no MOT exemption.
TechMan is advising its customers that it will be continuing to provide services and support for its garage management system whilst these unprecedented restrictions are in place. Individual garages are evaluating their own position and capabilities during this time in order to understand the best next steps for their businesses and how they can operate whilst adhering to the new social distancing instructions advised by government.
Top Technician has returned for 2020, and round one is now open online. The garage sector competition has been running since 2002, with thousands of people testing their skills in a fun, competitive environment. For the winners, the competition has life-changing potential, according to the organiser, as it puts them on a national stage. Opportunities often follow.
ColourSpray Auto Services in Wirral has reported significant improvements in both its repair times and its overall efficiency across the business thanks to garage management specialist, TechMan. Having previously used an alternative provider, operations manager Dave Hall felt that the existing system had too many limitations for a one-stop garage such as ColourSpray Auto Services.
TechMan has announced that its partner business – Northampton-based garage, In Town Automotive – will be playing host to the prestigious Top Technician / Top Garage 2020 finals for the first time ever.
Colchester-based Shaikly Motor Company has used garage management specialist TechMan to improve efficiency as the business expands. Established in 1977, the family run business has grown to be the largest independent Bosch car service, MOT and repair centre in Colchester, employing 22 members of staff.
TechMan Garage Management Systems has joined the Independent Automotive Aftermarket Federation (IAAF). Built from within a garage environment specifically for garages and workshops, TechMan offers a management solution for workshops looking to improve and streamline processes, and ultimately increase their bottom line.