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UK new car sales fell 44.4% in March due to coronavirus

UK new car sales fell 44.4% in March due to coronavirus

6th April 2020 | 0 Comments

The UK new car market declined -44.4 per cent in March, according to the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT). 203,370 fewer cars were registered than in March 2019, as showrooms closed in line with government advice to contain the spread of the coronavirus.

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Independent garages more valued since start of coronavirus crisis

3rd April 2020 | 0 Comments

Fixter, an online car maintenance service provider, has published survey results which show that essential businesses, such as independent garages, are valued more than before the crisis. Specifically, 89 per cent of customers who rely on their cars now think that it is more important than ever to keep it in a good condition.

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NTDA concerned about long-term impact of MOT exemption

2nd April 2020 | 0 Comments

The UK Government exemption on MOTs for six months from 30 March 2020, may have come as welcome news to many motorists, but the NTDA has also raised serious concerns about its impact on future vehicle roadworthiness. The fact that the emphasis has been placed on motorists to ensure their vehicles are kept in a roadworthy condition, further raises concerns. In short, the NTDA believes this general exemption will create long-term problems.

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Motor Ombudsman upgrades knowledge base to include Covid-19

Motor Ombudsman upgrades knowledge base to include Covid-19

2nd April 2020 | 0 Comments

The Motor Ombudsman has upgraded its online Knowledge Base with the introduction of a new category on the Coronavirus (COVID-19). It has been designed to help consumers answer frequently asked queries on car ownership, vehicle maintenance and dispute resolution, following the latest government measures which have recently been implemented in the UK.

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ETEL appoints Kwik Fit MD Mark Slade as deputy group CEO

2nd April 2020 | 0 Comments

European Tyre Enterprise Limited (ETEL) has promoted Mark Slade, managing director of Kwik Fit GB, to the new position of ETEL Group Deputy CEO. Slade will continue in his role leading Kwik Fit, but will also take on additional group responsibilities as part of a broader remit.

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The tyre business is keeping countries rolling

The tyre business is keeping countries rolling

30th March 2020 | 0 Comments

By the time you read this a quarter of the world will be on some kind of lockdown along with virtually every car plant in Europe and many tyre factories. We are in uncharted territory. And, as ETRMA secretary general Fazilet Cinaralp said recently, we have to brace ourselves for “one of the biggest challenges our industry has ever faced”. And yet there have already been numerous examples of endeavour, enterprise and generosity in the face of such adversity.

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First Stop Tyres and Car Services tyre retail proposition launched

First Stop Tyres and Car Services tyre retail proposition launched

27th March 2020 | 0 Comments

At the start of March, Tyres & Accessories met with UK retail network manager, Bridgestone EMIA Mark Widdows in order to learn more about the newly relaunched First Stop tyre retail proposition. The first thing we at T&A noticed was that the tyre retail network previously known simply as First Stop is now badged as First Stop Tyres and Car Services. This subtle but important development shows that the network is moving with current trends that show that leading tyre retail chains are generating almost as much turnover from servicing and light repair work as they are from tyres themselves. It also suggests the level at which the newly-rejuvenated network it planning to pitch its offer. Put the tyres and services language together with the 220-branch goal and it is clear that First Stop is aiming for the top five of the tyre retail tree. And as far as target customers are concerned, this means drivers of roughly three-year-old cars – the post-dealership motorist. It will also have a keen car, van and 4x4 focus.

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SD International: Zeta, Pace and Toledo brands still available

SD International: Zeta, Pace and Toledo brands still available

26th March 2020 | 0 Comments

With the Tire Cologne Show in Germany already cancelled due to the Coronavirus pandemic, the UK and European tyre markets are facing an unprecedented trading period. However, according to SD International, digital communication is now proving to be a valuable lifeline to keep the industry moving until the market is able to resume normal trading procedures. With this in mind, SD-International is continuing to promote its three private brands Zeta, Pace and Toledo “in support of the tyre trade”.

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National Tyres: Vehicle safety vital, staff and customer safety paramount

25th March 2020 | 0 Comments

National Tyres and Autocare have spoken up in support of vehicle maintenance as well as detailing how it will protect staff and customers during the coronavirus outbreak.

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NTDA: MOTs are central to vehicle safety

25th March 2020 | 0 Comments

Following the news that cars, motorcycles and vans will begin being exempted from MOTs from 30 March 2020 (on a six-month rolling basis) for the next 12 months, the NTDA has affirmed the importance of the MOT. However, NTDA chief executive Stefan Hay also sought to bring some detail and nuance to the discussion.

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MOT exemption starts on 30 March 2020

MOT exemption starts on 30 March 2020

25th March 2020 | 0 Comments

Following talk of a possible MOT suspension, the government has clarified the position. Cars, motorcycles and vans will be granted a six-month MOT exemption from 30 March 2020 in order to allow people to carry on with essential travel. This means vehicles that would usually would require an MOT test won’t need one from 30 March. However, the government does say “vehicles must be kept in a roadworthy condition, and garages will remain open for essential repair work”, adding that “drivers can be prosecuted if driving unsafe vehicles.”

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Garage staff are key workers, says Protyre

24th March 2020 | 0 Comments

Protyre confirms that all its centres are operational at this point in time, adding that the company is monitoring the COVID-19 pandemic daily and will respond accordingly to government advice.

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ATS Euromaster: Most centres open, but priority given to emergency fleets

24th March 2020 | 0 Comments

Even emergency vehicles need breakdown assistance, servicing and tyres, and this is one main reason why the government has authorised garages and fast-fits to remain open during the COVID-19 pandemic. ATS Euromaster confirms that most of its service centres remain open following the Prime Minister’s announcement yesterday, however they ask customers for understanding should prearranged jobs be postponed in order to prioritise emergency fleet work.

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NTDA: Tyre retailers, garages are “essential” during lockdown

24th March 2020 | 0 Comments

Following the news that everyone in the UK should stay at home and therefore the country has entered a de facto lockdown, the government has published exceptions to that rule of key businesses include garages. In light of this and the closure of schools the week before, the National Tyre Distributors Association (NTDA) has reaffirmed the association's support of tyre centres.

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Garages to remain open despite lockdown

Garages to remain open despite lockdown

24th March 2020 | 0 Comments

Yesterday Prime Minister Boris Johnson outlined strict stay-at-home measures for the whole of the UK. These effectively amount to a country-wide lockdown and will be enforced by the police. As a result, gatherings outside of households are effectively banned and shops have to close. However, reading the small print reveals that automotive garages are within the limited number of retailers that will be allowed to remain open. And therefore tyre centres will be allowed to keep going as well. Motorists looking for information on garages in the Covid-19 lockdown can find more on Tyrepress's sister site, WhatTyre.

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