Spring 2017 Garage Essentials

The spring issue of Garage Essentials, the industry leading tools and equipment brochure from The Parts Alliance, is available now to view online.

Printed copies of the 76 page quarterly garage equipment brochure will be arriving at of The Parts Alliance members Allparts, Bromsgrove Motor Factors, Car Parts & Accessories, CES, GMF, GSF Car Parts, SAS Autoparts, SC Motor Factors and Waterloo.

With warmer weather and longer days, thoughts can turn to summer with this edition’s time-savers, revenue-generators and workshop must-haves.

Highlights include a strengthened 2017 air con programme; at the entry level just £1,599 + VAT can see garages take delivery of a fully automatic Kheos Plus R134a service unit, supplied with database and printer. This even includes onsite commissioning, training and an F-Gas licence, making it The Parts Alliance’s lowest ever package price.

At the premium end, there’s a choice between three fully automatic units from Bosch or Waeco’s award-winning automatic German-made ASC units, which carry a multitude of vehicle manufacturer approvals for added peace of mind.

“We’re finding that working together across The Parts Alliance is helping us to develop more exclusive offers to benefit both our members and the garages buying them,” said John Wright, Head of Garage Equipment and Customer Development at GSF Car Parts. “And the growth in business for our suppliers completes a win-win-win!”

Examples include all the ZM Heaters and Angry Jester ranges, which are fully exclusive to The Parts Alliance. So too, and new for this issue, is the superfast GE-Tec diagnostic unit. For under £800 + VAT, the tablet with EOBD and Bluetooth connectivity brings vast vehicle coverage and powerful specialist test functions, with live data graphing and module coding capabilities.

There’s exceptional value on the cover, which features an EAE electro hydraulic two post 4T lift at only £1899 and the SIP Hot Steam commercial pressure Washer & Valet pack for only £1295, again both exclusively available through Garage Essentials and The Parts Alliance.

Service to garages has never been better. GSF Car Parts head office based sales team has combined with The Parts Alliance’s five Technical Sales Managers to offer the ‘best of both worlds’ by combining the experienced field and phone teams seamlessly.

Don’t forget to contact your local branch of The Parts Alliance to pick up the spring issue of Garage Essentials.

First garage wins USA ‘Dream Drive’ with Delphi

The Parts Alliance has announced Steve Patch, Parts Manager of W&M Stevens as the first garage customer to win the ‘road trip of a lifetime’ along America’s iconic Route 66 in the current ‘Dream Drive’ promotion.

A delighted Steve Patch said: “I’m truly blown away to win a real once in a lifetime prize. It really is one of those bucket list moments.”

W&M Stevens is a long-standing customer of the High Wycombe branch of Allparts Automotive. The family-run garage has been established since the 1960’s. Steve is the third generation to work within the business – his father Bob and his uncle Martin are the current owners.

Steve joked: “It’s great to continue the family tradition with the garage. However now I’ve won this prize, they will have to cope without me for a few weeks. Perhaps I’ll send a post card!”

The prize includes personalised itinerary along the Route 66, flights, accommodation and car hire.

Scratch cards included with all sets of Delphi brake pads give customers the chance to win Love2Shop vouchers, American meals, Delphi merchandise and the Route 66 road trip itself.

Head of Marketing for The Parts Alliance, Simon Moore said: “We’re delighted the first winning ‘Route 66’ scratch card has been claimed. Steve can look forward to an amazing experience, taking in the sights along one of the most renowned road trips in the world.”

 

With five more road trips to be won before the end of April garages can find out more at www.dreamdriveusa.com.

The Parts Alliance and Delphi send garages on USA ‘Dream Drive’

A new promotion from Delphi and The Parts Alliance will see six lucky garage customers enjoy the road trip of a lifetime, along America’s iconic Route 66.

The ‘Dream Drive’ promotion will run for two months (from 1st March to the end of April) across The Parts Alliance’s South West branches and through members Allparts, CES, GMF, SC Motor Factors, Dingbro, BBC Superfactors and BMS Superfactors.

Throughout the campaign, a scratch card will be included with all sets of Delphi brake pads. These offer not only the six road trips but over £16,000 worth of Love2Shop vouchers, which can be spent at a huge selection of leading retailers.

Further prizes include a ‘taste of America’ where winners will eat for free at McDonalds, Burger King and KFC and Delphi branded beanie hats, thermal mugs and baseball caps too.

 

Delphi pads are manufactured to meet OE standards, with heat absorbing underlayers, noise reducing chamfers and dampening shims as well as pressed steel back plates. 20 unique friction formulations ensure a close match for each vehicle.

“Triple British Touring Car Champion Matt Neal will be helping get the ‘Dream Drive’ message out,” said Julian Goulding, UK Marketing Manager at Delphi. “It’s an exciting initiative that we hope will really capture the imagination of garages that place their trust in Delphi brake pads.”

For the six lucky main winners, the delights of Route 66 await; the all-American road trip starts in Chicago and finishes at Santa Monica Pier in Los Angeles – travelling across eight states en route.

The winners will visit landmarks including Lake Michigan, cowboy culture capital Oklahoma City, Grand Canyon National Park, Las Vegas, steakhouse centre Amarillo, the Hoover dam plus iconic stops like Cadillac Ranch, Midpoint Café and the Route 66 Auto Museum. The panoramic views in between can be enjoyed from the comfort of a Ford Mustang.

 

The prize includes personalised itinerary, flights, hotel accommodation and car hire, with the road trip taking two weeks to complete.

“We’re delighted to be working with Delphi on such a high profile national promotion,” said Simon Moore, Head of Marketing at The Parts Alliance. “There’s a wealth of information on the Dream Drive website, along with the location of the nearest participating Parts Alliance branch. We wish all our loyal customers the best of luck!”

Garages can find out more simply by visiting the new www.dreamdriveusa.com website.

Parts Alliance is the CAT Factor Chain of The Year Winner 2017!

The Parts Alliance has been named CAT magazine’s ‘Factor Chain of the Year’. The Award came on Friday 10th February at a prestigious industry awards ceremony at Manchester’s renowned Lowry Hotel.

The group were represented by the eight branches in its South West region.The branches were all previously part of the Unipart network, but have since been developed with significant investment fromThe Parts Alliance.

“The acquisition initially looked a good opportunity to improve our group coverage in the region,” said Steve McCann, Chief Operating Officer at The Parts Alliance. “But that was very much the start of an ongoing development process.

“Since then we’ve continued investing time and resources, not least with the implementation of our class-leading IT system, and we’ve been able to transform the South West into a thriving region for the business.”

The award, won democratically by achieving most votes through CAT’s website, proved that a range of exciting initiatives rolled out over the last 12 months had captured customer interest.

These included rapid development of The Parts Alliance’s garage programme, as well as an evening Garage and Workshop Show in October that drew over 500 visitors and fifty suppliers.

Paul Dineen, South West Regional Business Director and Head of Garage Programmes said:

“We’re honoured to have won the ‘Factor Chain of the Year’ and are genuinely grateful to our garage customers and everyone else who took the time to vote for us, it’s hugely appreciated.”

 

Peter Sephton, Chief Executive at The Parts Alliance said:

“This is a great result that not only recognises the excellent efforts of the South West Region but also mirrors developments happening throughout the business. Supporting local expertise with a leading product portfolio, strong core services and a shared group vision has proved to be a winning formula for The Parts Alliance today, and we believe this approach will bring continued success.”

Winter 2017 Garage Essentials

The Winter 2017 Garage Essentials is the biggest yet with a huge 76 pages, making it hard to miss, as it lands with independent garages and across trade counters throughout January.

Highlights from the extended range of participating tools and equipment suppliers include unique offers and strong seasonal sellers.

The cover features a Dunlop tyre bay package Parts Alliance exclusive, combining a high specification tyre changer and wheel balancer for under £2,300 + VAT.

“It’s great for garages looking to retain profitable tyre work,” said John Wright, GSF’s Head of Garage Equipment and Customer Development. “That package can be leased from under £12 per week over 5 years, so it’s making money from the time it arrives.”

John also highlights the new GE-Tec diagnostic tablet on the cover. Despite selling for under £800 exc VAT it’s based on high spec 8” touch-screen hardware, coming with European software and PARC coverage, all backed up by 12 months’ UK phone support too.

New brands include Angry Jester; their fast-selling Diag Digit diagnostics package is showcased on page 16, along with two further double-page spreads on their professional problem-solving workshop time-savers.

Seasonal sellers include heaters from ZM Heaters, Unilite’s innovative LED inspection lamps and torches with starting / charging systems from GYS, Sealey and SIP.

Responding to demand, there’s also a flexible solution, in conjunction with the IMI, offering two modules of CPD training – now essential for MOT testers from March – for just £59.

With everything from top of the range vehicle lifts to items for under a tenner, there’s something for all budgets and requirements. And it’s even easier to get Garage Essentials than ever before.

It’s now distributed by all members of The Parts Alliance. So, as well as having more pages, there are thousands of more copies too, ensuring availability from the 90 extra branches of CES, GMF, Allparts, Car Parts & Accessories, SC Motor Factors, SAS Autoparts and BMF.

You can view it now online now at https://www.gsfcarparts.com/media/GE_Winter_2017.pdf.

£3.5 million investment in GSF van fleet gets underway

GSF Car Parts has taken delivery of 12 Peugeot Partner vans at their Birmingham head office on Wednesday 22nd December, to replace their local delivery vehicles over 4 years old. The upgrade also marked the start of a rolling programme to exchange all older vans across the entire GSF Car Parts network of 65 branches during 2017. A total overall investment of £3.5 million is planned on 350 Peugeot Partner vans, which will see around 60% of the current GSF van fleet renewed.

Manufacturer-owned Robins & Day, the largest Peugeot dealership group in the UK, will coordinate deliveries branch-by-branch from their Edgware centre. Every van has been fitted with RoadHawk DC-2 dash cams and reversing sensors to help reduce insurance claims, cut repair costs and promote safe driving. They are supplied fully liveried by Sign Language and are ply-lined.

The initial delivery was greeted by the key personnel involved in the project.These included Bradley Mydat, Fleet Sales Manager at Robins & Day as well as Dave Lewis, Operations Director and Kayleigh Eades, Fleet Administrator at GSF Car Parts. To enhance levels of support, the management of the GSF fleet is being transferred into The Parts Alliance Group’s fleet team, under Steve Evans, Group Fleet Manager and Tony Shearer, Branch Operational Services Director.

“This is a major investment that will bring the GSF van fleet into line with our fleet policy for the rest of the group,” said Tony Shearer. “We generally work on a 4 to 5 year and 150,000-mile replacement cycle.”

“We’re delighted that GSF will now have one of the best fleets in our industry,” said Dave Lewis, Operations Director at GSF Car Parts. “It’s a great boost to morale, productivity and of course the image of our business out at customer level.”

The vehicles are being financed through Zenith, the UK’s leading independent leasing, fleet management and vehicle outsourcing provider.

The vans bring many benefits; improved engines and more load space are prime advantages over the vans they are replacing. Modern Euro VI technology means they will deliver reduced fuel consumption and lower CO2 emissions, benefitting both the bottom line and the environment.

The arrangement with Zenith means the vans are protected with a full three-year manufacturer’s warranty but will be serviced and maintained through a bespoke national repairer network of GSF customers, using parts supplied by the business. The impressive attention to detail has even extended to van liveries which have been designed not only to be eye-catching but also modular, making them easy to replace in the event of minor damage to the hard-worked fleet.

The Parts Alliance has continued its strategic growth with the acquisition of motor factor Waterloo (Motor Trade) Ltd.

Waterloo, which has branches in Hull, Beverley and Bridlington, was founded in 1928 by current Managing Director Jim Munday’s grandfather.

It becomes a wholly-owned business within the HgCapital-owned Parts Alliance Group but will continue to trade under its own name, serving customers in the East Riding of Yorkshire.

 

 

Jim Munday said: “As a three-generation family business, building long term
relationships and providing quality local service are in our DNA. We look forward to working with Peter Sephton and the rest of the management team to accelerate our growth in what are very exciting times for our trade.”

 

 

“I’m delighted Jim Munday has agreed to work with us to facilitate the integration into The Parts Alliance and the transition of leadership to David Brooks, founder of SAS Autoparts, as we seek to extend our branch footprint and optimise our distribution and reach into the region,’’ said Sephton.

 

‘’Jim will continue to advise us on development projects and we are delighted to have Jim and his colleagues at Waterloo as part of our Group.”
Peter Sephton went on to say: “As a unified multi-brand operation, it’s important to us when we bring in new businesses that we maintain that local brand and management as they bring their unique local knowledge while we add national strength. It’s a powerful combination.”

Micheldever Tyre & Auto Services awards new supplier agreement to The Parts Alliance

Micheldever Tyre & Auto Services, one of the fastest growing independent fast fit networks in the UK, has renewed its supplier agreement with The Parts Alliance for a third term.

Recent expansion of its network across the UK provides 98 fast fit and mechanical centres offering a full range of tyres for car, motorcycle and agricultural vehicles as well as MOT testing and car servicing for all makes and models.

The new contract, worth over £8 million, will run until the end of 2018 and appoints The Parts Alliance for the supply of all vehicle parts, covering Braking, Steering and Suspension, Emission and Service Repair products.

Mark Harley, Retail Operations Director for Micheldever Tyre Services Ltd, said: “The Parts Alliance has the largest network for automotive parts distribution. They supply a full range of OE Quality products and deliver hourly to our centres, which is vital to our business and has helped us provide our customers with outstanding service.”

The Parts Alliance national service from over 160 locations is enhanced to over 300 distribution sites through its strategic partnership with the IFA which was established in 2015. The alliance created a major force within the automotive aftermarket, offering National customers the largest parts distribution network, with quality OE branded products supplied from over 3,000 delivery vehicles.

The Parts Alliance’s annual sales are over £500 million, with the IFA annual sales in excess of £250 million. This provides their customers reassurance in a changing market place on the stability of both groups and provides a united approach for National Account contracts.

Though The Parts Alliance and the IFA collaborate closely on National Accounts, they  retain their independence for procurement and supply to independent garages and workshops, offering them a choice through their established local brands and service.

Mike Curry, National Accounts Sales Director for The Parts Alliance, said: “Our flexible partnership with the IFA has been a great success, providing the largest network for supply to National Account customers to provide unrivalled service. We share similar values and are both committed to providing quality products and service.”

Peter Sephton, The Parts Alliance CEO, said: “It is great news that after working with us for five years, Micheldever has renewed for a third contract term. We look forward to working with Mark and his colleagues as they continue to expand and develop their business. We remain committed to working with all our customers to deliver outstanding service, quality and systems that help them develop their business.”

Introducing the new DriveTec antifreeze & coolant range

The Parts Alliance is proud to introduce a brand new range of industry standard DriveTec Antifreeze & Coolants.

Introducing two brand new concentrated antifreeze and engine coolant products, suitable for all year round use and formulated from monoethylene glycol with Organic Acid Inhibitor Technology.

Both are available in in four different pack sizes (1 litre, 5 litre, 20 litre and 205 litre) and meet the BS6580:2010 quality stndard for engine coolant. There’s also special launch pricing available on 20L & 205L, valid until the end of December 2016.

DriveTec Universal Blue Antifreeze & Coolant
An advanced concentrated antifreeze and engine coolant, suitable for all year round use, and formulated from monoethylene glycol with proven anti-corrosion additives and degradation inhibitors.

  • All Year Protection
  • Free of nitrites, phosphates, & amines
  • Includes corrosion inhibitors
  • Two year change interval

DriveTec Long Life Red Antifreeze & Coolant
An advanced longlife concentrated antifreeze and engine coolant, suitable for all year round use, and formulated from monoethylene glycol with Organic Acid Inhibitor Technology. Longlife Antifreeze is free from nitrites, amines, phosphates, borates and silicates, has excellent hard water stability and very low inhibitor depletion rates.

  • Organic Acid Technology (OAT)
  • Excellent corrosion protection
  • Protects against freezing & overheating
  • Robust five year service life

Biggest and best ever Garage Essentials

The new Autumn 2016 issue of Garage Essentials will be made available through all members of the Parts Alliance. Garage Essentials, originally used by GSF to showcase their quality garage equipment and tooling, has recently merged with Toolchest, a similar publication created by Parts Alliance. Both publications showcase the latest and best of what’s available from the UK’s finest equipment suppliers and brands.

John Wright, Head of Garage Equipment and Customer Development commented “We’ve found that around 85 per cent of the content is similar already between Toolchest and Garage Essentials as we’ve both been actively looking to work with the best suppliers.

It’s clear we can save a lot of time and energy by producing a single publication instead of two, offering suppliers a greater audience and circulation.”

To keep up with demand, Garage Essential’s print run will be extended by 20,000 copies in order to accommodate an increasing amount of Parts Alliance branches.

Previous issues of Garage Essentials can be found online on the GSF Car Parts website.