BMW CUTS PRODUCTION DUE TO WLTP FEARS FULL DETAILS CONFIRMED FOR USED CAR CONFERENCE RECORD NUMBER OF MOTS COULD CAUSE MARCH BACKLOG VAUXHALL-OPEL LOSSES DEEPEN UNDER PSA BREXIT: DAMAGE CONTROL...

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The Government has proposed to raise the time threshold for a new car’s first MoT from three to four years. The BBC reports that, following a successful public consultation, the change could be in...

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Over the past decade, the non-franchised workshop sector – predominantly independent garage workshops – carried out the largest volume of servicing, maintenance and repairs (SMR), including MOT...

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The forces driving the retail market for servicing and repairs are complex, but the most recent prime mover was the 2008/2009 recession and how this impacted on new and used car sales and the car parc...

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By Jeremy Evans The importance of data is increasingly growing – in terms of permission and quality – as consumers show their willingness to engage with companies who send them personalised,...

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If you go back 20 or 30 years, we used to talk about the ‘bathtub curve’ when referring to car repairs. When brand new, it wasn’t unusual for cars to develop faults requiring repair. Once fixed,...

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The only government record on clocking has revealed a decline in the practice among cars aged three to four-years-old, a freedom of information request by Auto Retail Agenda has revealed. The Driver...

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The DVSA does nothing to check the accuracy of mileage capture when a vehicle is subject to an MOT, a Freedom of Information Request by Auto Retail Agenda has discovered. Want to read more articles on...

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Discounted MOTs attract the wrong type of customer… and fail to generate additional revenue, a new survey has indicated. An analysis of workshop data by MOT Angel found that 72% of garages...

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Nearly 50% of vans between 3.0 and 3.5 tonnes gvw failed to pass their MOT first time, according to official figures for 2012/13. It was the worst failure rate for any class of vehicle and is likely...

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The industry’s two major trade associations, SMMT and NFDA, have joined forces to launch a nationwide campaign to help motorists reduce MOT failures and drive more work into franchised...

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When analysing the car service and repair market drivers, the ‘usual suspects’ include: car parc size and age profile; average car mileages; build quality trends; service intervals and...

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While franchised dealerships have factory-trained workshop staff and the easiest access to diagnostics and VIN-linked part numbers, it’s their independent competitors who do most of the work...

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by Chris Oakham Eighteen months ago the (then) Transport Minister announced the results of a review of MoT testing frequency. Primarily on the basis that accidents might increase, he said that any...

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Two invaluable sources of facts and figures for our research reports come from the Department for Transport (DfT) – the snappily-named Transport Statistics Great Britain and Transport Trends....

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In the current economic climate, almost all customers are becoming more budget conscious. They are re-examining value for money, and cutting out anything that could be perceived as a discretionary...

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Franchised auto retailers are neglecting MOTs as an ongoing method of retaining aftersales business, according to Network Automotive. Managing director Colin Bruder explains: “Dealerships tend...

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A customer of Carcraft in Bootle was shocked, and angry, to learn that the Mini she’d brought in for an MoT at 10am that morning had been loaned out as a courtesy car. Mechanics only realised...

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