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Best in Class Garage Equipment at Automechanika 2019

  • Automechanika 2019 saw record numbers visiting, including its highest ever opening day.
  • Everyone who's anyone in the automotive industry was there from suppliers of garage equipment through to bodyshop specialist and aftermarket experts.
  • Hofmann Megaplan were proud to showcase the largest array of equipment and were one of the few offering demonstrations throughout the 3 day show!

Spanning over three exciting days, we delivered live demonstrations of our amazing tyre fitting equipment and fantastic special offers to a full variety of garage owners and automotive enthusiasts.

To all of you who visited us at stand T140, we thank you for making it our best show yet!

Brand New: TreadSmart

Making its debut at Automechanika this year, our drive-over TreadSmart got delegates talking over on the Showcase space!

The TreadSmart has been somewhat of a revelation for garage owners and mechanics alike. Supercharging the ability to upsell tyres and alignment, this new technology offers detailed analysis reports to customers showing transparently the state of their vehicle's tyres.

The BIG talking point!

ADAS. It was pretty much unavoidable at Automechanika 2019!

The need for knowledge and specialised equipment to cope with ADAS on new vehicles is in no doubt now.

Our brand new Advanced ADAS Calibration system has been designed specifically for Hofmann Megaplan to provide ADAS calibrations in the most cost and labour efficient way imaginable. A 65" TV Monitor provides a totally digital solution to updates, instead of purchasing costly boards to deal with different vehicle requirements.

Overwhelmed by the need for ADAS calibrations at Automechanika 2019? Hofmann Megaplan will also be holding an ADAS open day on Thursday 20th June 2019. This is an opportunity to gain invaluable industry knowledge and first-hand experience with both of our ADAS Systems, as well as all other garage and ancillary equipment in the range. Call now on 01480 8-9-10-11 or visit our booking page to claim your place.

Garage Equipment you can trust!

As always our reliable and thoroughly tested tyre fitting equipment range was on show - and our technical specialists continued to deliver interactive live demos.

A variety of tyre changers, wheel balancers and wheel aligners along with our air conditioning and tyre inflation units, were available to view and discuss on stand.

Hofmann Sales Manager, Andy Ringrose was on hand for the entire three days and spoke highly of the show, saying it was "Probably one of the best attended Trade Shows that I have exhibited at, with quality enquiries that, all being well will lead to future sales. Bring on 2021!"
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Wheel Alignment Terms: Laser vs Tracking

Looking to enhance your garage revenue with wheel alignment? Maybe your customers are becoming wiser to alignment and searching for a more comprehensive service? Offering 4 wheel laser alignment could be the answer.

Every garage is looking for new ways to strengthen their services - especially within alignment. Having proved to be one of the most lucrative sources of revenue throughout the automotive equipment industry, wheel alignment is continuing to evolve.

4 Wheel Laser wheel alignments may be the next step in conquering your closest rivals. Step one: understanding it! 

4 Wheel Laser vs Optical Gauges

​​From the uninitiated, we often get asked the difference in these terms and how they are related if not the same thing.

Put simply, 4 wheel laser alignment measures on all four wheels ensuring the car is no longer crabbing, a phrase to remember is the "rear wheels steer the vehicle". Also when you consider 70% of manufacturers now have rear tracking as well as the front, there is extra revenue to be made, but the most important aspect is you will have a straight steering wheel which means no more driving down the road making adjustments on the side of the road.

The generic process of Optical gauges will check the track of the front and rear wheels only, but will not straighten the steering wheel or stop the car crabbing which is highly important on todays modern cars because of the highly complex electronics such as ADAS.

Naturally 4 wheel laser alignment is a more lucrative service to offer when compared to Optical gauges, and the results from 4 wheel laser alignment means better performance from your customer's vehicle.

4 Wheel Laser Wheel Alignment Explained

You shouldn't be overwhelmed by this technology as it is becoming common place in garages across the UK.

Car wheels are not just set up to just point forwards. To ensure the car drives smoothly and functions properly, the wheels are set up to point at specific angles. These angles can be tiny but failing to set them up can ruin the driver's experience.

Laser alignment makes this process simple, using light beams to project any misalignments onto the 3D image screen so that adjustments can be made.

In need of upgrading your wheel aligner for your workshop? See our full range of wheel aligners online now.

Contact us online today or call us on 01480 8-9-10-11 to discuss your requirements in more detail.
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Latest Opportunities in Alignment and Air Conditioning

Hofmann Megaplan is one of the UK's leading suppliers of garage equipment and we are currently expanding our field-based engineering team across the UK. Full details are provided below.

Alignment/ ADAS Field Engineer

Hofmann Megaplan currently has an opening for an experienced alignment engineer to join our expanding alignment and ADAS division.

With the continued growth of our popular alignment range and the recent introduction of industry-leading advanced ADAS systems, there couldn't be a more exciting time to join the Hofmann Megaplan team. You'll be working with the latest technology in the garage equipment sector before anyone else.

As part of our Alignment/ ADAS install and servicing team you'll receive an extremely competitive remuneration package based on your experience. We also hold regular training events to ensure your personal development continues in the field of Alignment and ADAS.

You'll have access to a company van, mobile phone and required tools. The role will cover installs, updates, calibrations, servicing and maintenance across the UK.

We appreciate the importance and necessity of privacy when applying and handle all applications in the strictest confidence.

As well as relevant experience in the field of alignment systems, the successful candidate will also require a full drivers licence, be confident in using PC's and able to problem solve electrical equipment. Knowledge of ADAS is desired but not essential.

Apply online today or by emailing your CV to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

Vehicle AC Recharge Equipment Specialist

Hofmann Megaplan is currently recruiting for a specialist position in Vehicle AC Recharge Equipment.

Air Conditioning recharge systems continue to evolve as technology expands the operational capabilities of these machines. Hofmann Megaplan always aim to be ahead of the curve and as such have some of the most advanced AC Servicing systems in the industry.

As such we are looking to expand the team working with these machines in order to maintain our excellent level of customer service.

The successful applicant for this role will have experience working with both new and old gas vehicle AC recharge systems.

In return, you'll receive access to a company van, mobile phone and required tools. The role will cover installs, updates, servicing and maintenance across the UK.

We're offering a competitive salary for the right applicant with relevant experience in this sector.

We appreciate the importance and necessity of privacy when applying and handle all applications in the strictest confidence. 

Apply online today or by emailing your CV to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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The Wheel Alignment Blog | The Only Prerequisite is Training

As alignment engineers, we often get calls from customers who have become frustrated because they are experiencing readings that they do not understand or that appear incorrect. It could be that these different reading are also resulting in alignment errors and cars not driving straight. 

These erroneous reading are often down to a mistake made by the user, often because they are missing the basic prerequisites of working with alignment technology, TRAINING! A a garage owner it could be detremental to your business ignoring the training needs of your team. It could cost you customers and as such revenue. We've dug a little deeper below.

 Why is this so important? 

When a new alignment system is purchased Hofmann Megaplan always train the customer. This puts them in a position to start utilising this equipment immediately in generating revenue. 

Of course over the year's staff are going to come and go. If you have a 100% staff retention rate in your garage then congratulations, but even your A* alignment guy that said he'll never leave you will retire someday. 

This can quickly result in other members of the team having to step up without notice or training to complete alignments. After all, the odds are its one of your most profitable services and the only other alternative might be to send customers elsewhere.

You can't blame a technician standing in or an untrained user for missing required checks he's never seen or not realising the machine is due for an update or the equipment needs calibration. 

These include: 

  • Always checking tyre pressures before an alignment
  • Review suspension height to ensure there are no broken/incorrect springs or incorrectly adjusted coil overs
  • Check for play in:
    • The lower ball joints
    • Upper ball joints / Top mounts
    • Lower wishbone bushes
    • Subframe mountings
    • Tie rods and ends
    • Wheel bearings 
  • Also, check:
    • Vehicle height and ensure air suspension is set to Jack mode
    • Body distortion
    • Shock absorbers
    • Check for abnormal tyre wear
    • Correct tyre size fitted
    • Check adjusters to ensure they are free and adjustable
  • ​Is Alignment software up to date and is someone ensuring the equipment has been calibrated as required? 

Without sufficient training, how can you expect someone to complete a process that depends on precision and accuracy? Ensure you meet the main condition for successful alignment in your workshop. Talk to Hofmann Megaplan today about alignment training, support, calibrations and updates. Our team of experts are never far away if you require a helping hand.

Author | Warren Carr | Wheel Alignment Specialist​

​My name is Warren Carr and I'm from the team of alignment engineers at Hofmann Megaplan. I will be using this blog to regularly highlight some practical hints and tips which will help you, our garage professionals, achieve great results with your equipment, no matter the make of alignment machine.

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Case Study: Fusion Autos [Interview]

​We are pleased to share with you one of our latest MoT installs from the Northern town of Goole. This premium ATL MoT garage equipment install was managed by our National Sales Manager for MOT Equipment, Andy Davidson and took place at Fusion Autos. 

Fusion Autos consistently provides excellent car repairs, servicing, replacement tyres and now class 4 MoT testing. Exceptional levels of customer service are a priority for owner Craig and so quality ATL MoT products was a must when planning this project.

Pre-Install Planning

As Craig mentions in the above video, Hofmann Megaplan can take off all pre-installation worries.

Offering complete project management for Fusion from start to finish, we supplied a thorough installation plan to ensure the test lane requirements were right for their business and even helped with the necessary compliance paperwork.

A comprehensive design service meant assurance on efficiency as well as space (which was initially a concern for the business). Ensuring Fusion Autos MoT Bay was installed correctly and compliantly took detailed preparation, analysis and execution which Hofmann Megaplan are proud to say comes in their teams stride. 

Installation

We take the same approach to ATL MoT installations at Hofmann Megaplan, as we do when installing tyre changers and wheel balancers up and down the country. This is why we believe our services are just as important as the products we supply!

Conclusion

We are proud of the exceptional installation services we provide and take great pride in the positive feedback we receive from customers. We thank Craig and the Fusion Autos team for choosing Hofmann Megaplan and taking the time to speak with us after.

ATL or MoT services on your to do list for services this year? Check out our fantastic ATL MoT range online today!

Contact us now or call us now on 01480 8-9-10-11 to discuss how we can help!
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Wheel alignment isn't just about completing alignments?

How do you know if a vehicle's alignment is out? For a trained professional, it is a given but educating customers on what to look out for can be tough.

Wheel alignment can arguably be one of the most frequent issues faced by vehicle owners and, if ignored, it can cause some major problems. The wear and tear from misalignment can be severe, not just on tyres, but steering and suspension as well.

What should you warn customers about?

Advising customers on what to look out for before a problem occurs will help build their trust in your business and earn their repeat custom.

For example, if they notice any significant differences in the way the car drives, then it is always advisable to have alignment checked. In fact, it is inevitable that overtime your alignment will become out of sync, due to poor road conditions, potholes, frost heaves, and rural gravel roads.

Other evidence you may give for an alignment check includes:

  • Uneven tyre tread - the wear of each tyre is different
  • Car's steering is pulling - when the steering wheel is straight, the steering pulls left or right
  • Off centre steering wheel - not centralised when driving straight
  • Vibrating steering wheel - a noticeable judder when driving

Educating your customers in these signs demonstrates your knowledge of alignment and builds a relationship between you and them. 

OFFERING WHEEL ALIGNMENT

WHEEL ALIGMENT HAS SO MANY BENEFITS TO THE CUSTOMER, BUT YOU CAN ALSO BENEFIT FROM PROVIDING THIS SERVICE.

CHECK OUT ONE OF OUR PREVIOUS BLOGS FOR THE AMAZING BENEFITS OFFERING ALIGNMENT CAN GIVE YOU!

​Need to purchase an industry-leading vehicle alignment machine? Check out our range of Wheel Aligners and ADAS Calibration Equipment today. 

Contact us online now or call us today on 01480 8-9-10-11 to speak to one of our dedicated team for more information.

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How essential are ADAS Calibrations in 2019?

ADAS is holding a common place on industry news sites & publications now. The latest feature in Garagewire addresses the warnings that experts are heeding of failure to calibrate ADAS following repairs.

This advisories to the automotive repair industries are not to be ignored either. Ensuring that ADAS sensors are functioning correctly post vehicle repair or maintenance is the repairers responsibility. It is an unfamiliarity with this procedures that is causing serious safety concerns, with the lack of knowledge to tackle these critical calibrations.

INDUSTRY EXPERTS HAVE NOW BEEN CITED IN A NUMBER OF PUBLICATIONS STATING THAT MORE THAN 10% OF VEHICLES ON THE ROAD TODAY ARE FITTED WITH AUTONOMOUS EMERGENCY BRAKING (AEB). THAT IS OVER 4 MILLION VEHICLES. YET MANY REPAIRERS HAVE NOT UNDERGONE THE REQUIRED TRAINING TO DEAL WITH ADAS CALIBRATIONS.

ADAS advice for garage owners

It is easy for garage owners to sit back but failure to embrace new technologies is a backwards step. The essential services a garage needs to offer are changing and the advice is get on board early so you're in a position to answer your customers questions, even if you are not offering the services. Other advice offered includes:

  • Working out the number of ADAS equipped vehicles currently coming through your garage doors
  • Get advice! Free educational days and training can bring you up to speed quickly without cost.
  • Nominate members of your team who can become your ADAS experts
  • Know the relevant repair methods and manufacturer instructions
  • Evidence! That calibration has been completed and that the results meet the vehicle manufacturer's specified requirements
  • Don't know? Do not risk an incorrect calibration. Get help from the experts at Hofmann Megaplan

ADAS Calibration at Hofmann Megaplan

​As a leading supplier of garage equipment within the UK and across Europe, we feel we need to stand up and help in the education required around new ADAS technologies. We supply a number of calibration systems each with its own advantages.

ADAS - The Mystery Explained

Unravel the mystery of ADAS at our free 2019 educational open day, hosted at our Centre of Excellence in Huntingdon. Book online today!


Check out ADAS calibration system online. Contact us now or call us today on 01480 891011 to speak to a member of our dedicated team for more information.
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Latest Opportunities: Accounts Assistant

Hofmann Megaplan is one of the UK's leading suppliers of garage equipment and we are currently expanding our finance team in the Cambridgeshire area. Full details are provided below.

Accounts Assistant

Working with the established and experienced accounts team, your daily duties will include:

  • Inputting sales invoices
  • Bank Reconciliations – Current account, Barclays, Paypal
  • Supplier Invoices input to Sage and PO checks
  • Collate data for Payroll
  • Process Payroll through Sage
  • Process expenses
  • Customer Statements sent
  • Credit cards processed
  • Processing of supplier payments
  • Oversee Credit Control
  • Cash receipts
  • Process post
  • Other tasks as required

The successful candidate will be based at the Kimbolton offices. We are looking to fill this role following an internal promotion.

Experience in an Accounts Administrator role is required.

To submit your interest in the following role please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with the role you are applying for as the subject. Please attach a PDF or word version of your CV and any other supporting information for your application.

Alternatively, you can apply online through our external ISN recruitment portal at https://www.isn-europe.co.uk/recruitment-application/

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Vehicle Lifts: top tips when buying a new lift!

Having conducted numerous installs of high quality vehicle lifts for years now across the length and breadth of the UK, we understand the importance of the right vehicle lift. It can maximise space, operational efficiency, safety and the general feel of your garage.

Every garage is different, so you can't just ask another workshop down the road which lift they prefer. Speaking to an expert is your best bet.

​Not only do our team have incredible expertise within garage lifting equipment, we partner along side one of the longest serving lift manufacturers to the automotive industry in the world, Cascos Lifts!

Considerations when purchasing

Searching for the perfect machine? Offer a specific service? Only work on certain vehicles? This is one of the most used and important pieces of equipment within any workshop. Thus there is no room for error when investing in a lift. It could be a costly mistake for your business.

Here are our top tips to consider when buying a new lift:

1. Size and weight of the vehicles you lift

The type of lift you need often depends on the vehicles you work on most. The larger the weight of the vehicle, the bigger a lifting capacity is required from the lift.

Looking for an MoT lift? If you only conduct class 4 MoT testing, it would be worth deciding whether having a 2 post vehicle lift would be more profitable than a bigger 4 post lift.

2. The range of services performed by your technicians

​You need to make sure your new lift is user-friendly. It needs to cater to your technicians needs - mainly being able to perform their work safely and efficiently. If your workshop performs wheel alignment and tyre changing services, you need a lift that offers easy access to that area of the vehicle. The right lift can increase efficiency meaning you get more work done.

​3. Garage footprint and available space

One of the biggest issues we have seen from installing lifts over the years is space. Namely that there is not enough space to get a vehicle onto the lift if installed as requested.

Every shop is different, so it's important to check the lift dimensions against the dimensions of your bays. Also, check with the professionals! We've installed some lifts in pretty tight spots but from a usability perspective they offer what is needed.

It is the lift provider and install team that should flag up any issues in lift choice and locationing.

4. Budget

This is often the most important decision and you have to think long term.

Every business has a different budget, but it's worth taking into account more than just the purchase price. A smaller upfront cost won't be worth the saving when your lift needs constant maintenance and repairs.

You'll will also lose revenue until that machine is back up and running. Consider the total cost of ownership including what vehicles you'll be able to work on, workshop efficiency, repairs and inspections. 

Benefits to a Hofmann Megaplan lift!

​We take care of the whole process! From deciding on the right lift for your garage to install and after sales service. We offer more than a helping hand to purchasing your next lift. 

Do you need to upgrade your vehicle lift? Why not do so and receive excellent install and after sales service as standard? Contact us online now or call us today on 01480 8-9-10-11 to discuss how we can help!

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Brake Testers: What, How & Why!

​Hofmann Megaplan's ATL & MoT equipment division continues to provide high quality equipment and service across the UK. While a bay is often considered as 1 large investment it is many smart pieces that make it up. This week we are looking at break testers.

Our range of durable brake testers are well known within the industry for their reliability and incredible precision. We have installed thousands of this product across the globe to ensure safe testing of cars, motorbikes and light commercial vehicles.

What's often more important when installing a brake tester is advice for the groundwork. Having someone who has done this many times and can help guide you on the depth needed to dig out, distances required all around and best position can save you money, time and effort.

​Our latest install at Fusion Auto saw a fully comprehensive MoT equipment bay added, with the brake testers being easily accessible and with no visual obstructions. This install utilised every inch of space within the workshop where many may think an MoT Bay wouldn't fit.

What is a Roller Brake Tester?

A key component of MoT testing, due to the potential damage that can be caused by having faulty brakes, the brake tester is a must have. Whilst the vehicle is in a static position, the brake tester allows for dynamic assessment of the brakes and provides a detailed analysis of the condition.

How do Brake Testers work?

If you're new to MoT's you might have seen a break tester in action but not know exactly what it is doing.

The roller brake tester is designed to simulate a generic smooth road surface to ensure maximum tyre protection during the testing process.The vehicle is driven onto the brake tester with its wheels centrally located between the two large rollers. The rollers are then switched on once the vehicle's details have been entered and rotated at a consistent speed related to the vehicle type.

The vehicle's brakes are then applied by the operator. A transducer measures the braking force as the vehicle decelerates, creating an in-depth analysis for each wheel. During the process, fluctuation is also measured to determine balance of braking force between near and off side wheels. An output is displayed showing any difference.

Our brake testers are easy and efficient to use in most part due to the consideration we place on smart installs. The user is able to operate the machine whilst sitting inside the vehicle by a user-friendly control system.

Why are they so important?

As explained above, the brake tester is a vital piece of equipment for MoT testing. It could literally be the difference between life and death for anyone operating or sitting in the vehicle.

If faulty brakes are not flagged up because you've chosen to install an unreliable brake tester there could be devastating consequences.

Don't risk it. Visit Hofmann Megaplan ATL MOT now!

​Luckily for you we are here to help! All our brake testers are DVSA approved. Contact us online now or call us today on 01480 891011 to book an appointment with our MoT Station specialists.

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Advanced ADAS Launched as "A Night at the Carnival" hits Glasgow

​With over 800 garage equipment users in attendance, A Night at the Carnival Trade show ​was billed by the organisers as "probably the Best Trade Show on Earth". For our team, it is certainly one of the most unique, not only for the carnival atmosphere but also as a chance to debut the Advanced ADAS system from Hofmann Megaplan, set to shake up the way garages complete this process.

The event brings together a top mix of equipment end users, from Garage owners to Mechanics, all of whom our team enjoyed welcoming onto the Hofmann Megaplan stand. 

On the evening we were offering live demonstrations covering multiple equipment ranges. This offered attendees a true insight not only into the premium quality and advanced operational features that Hofmann Megaplan offers as standard but also the variety of garage equipment we are now able to offer.

On the night...

Hofmann Megaplan Technical specialists were on hand throughout the evening's proceedings from tyre fitting experts to alignment engineers.

The headline product on show was our brand new Advanced ADAS system. This is a system designed from the ground up to offer ADAS calibrations in the most cost efficient way imaginable. A 65" TV Monitor eliminates the need for updates through the purchasing of costly boards. New targets can be downloaded and displayed instantly on the monitor FOC.

Hofmann Megaplan will also be holding an ADAS open day on Thursday 20th June 2019. This will be a chance to get hands-on with both of our ADAS Systems as well as all other garage equipment in the range. Call now on 01480 8-9-10-11 to book your place.

Also on show from our garage equipment line up was the megamount 503 Evo, megaspin 420 with One Weight Balance technology, the fully-automatic NG90 Nitrogen Inflation machine and wheel alignment systems in the shape of our Ecoline 88 and Ssence 600 3D/HD. All feature in the gallery below. 

Andy Currell, an Equipment Specialist at Hofmann Megaplan, was one of the team members running demos across the evening. He said of the event "what a change of pace from the standard trade show. This really was an ideal time to launch our Advanced ADAS System. " 

Sales Manager Andy Ringrose added "This is an alternative system different from the traditional and frankly inefficient way of completing ADAS Diagnostics launched at a trade show themed around a carnival. These are both products and events to look out for in the future."

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Case Study: Ariel Manufacturing

We love returning to our customers year after year to help maintain and service their equipment. We believe it helps reinforces a great relationship between supplier and consumer. Our latest lift service at Ariel Motors in Somerset demonstrates this concept in action!

Ariel Motors, famously known for the modern classic Atom model, are a British car manufacturer that pride themselves on exceptional quality. Tucked away in Somerset, they have help prestige in British motoring by only allowing a single technician to work on a vehicle from start to finish, there by offering a personable service. In their own words it's "just good old fashioned, British skill and handbuilt craftsmanship".

To follow up the Atom range of cars, Ariel started the production of their motorcycle range, the Ace. At the time of starting production they needed several lifts to cope with the demand for this new range. Hofmann Megaplan was a dream match and we were over the moon to work with such a British institution.

Four years on, our engineers have completed the fourth annual lift service of 3 MCL750 Cascos motorcycle lifts. Having originally purchased these durable lifts to for production back in March of 2015, they continue to provide excellent efficiency without a hitch!

At Hofmann Megaplan, we make sure our lift servicing and lift maintenance is just as good as the products we supply - if we didn't, our customers would not continue to use our excellent after sales service!

Do you need to upgrade your vehicle lifting capabilities? Check out our range of wheel lifters online today or check out our Cascos range! Contact us now or call us today on 01480 8-9-10-11 to discuss how we can help!
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Case Study: ProTyre Abingdon

The latest premium garage equipment install from our expert engineers was at the Abingdon branch of ProTyre where they received a welcome upgrade to their tyre fitting equipment.

This ProTyre shop prides itself on exceptional levels of customer service and so premium garage equipment to help offer this is a must. Specialising in mechanical repair such as vehicle servicing and MoTs sees the tyre machinery in regular use. That's before you consider the fitting part of the business which covers cars, vans, 4x4s and agricultural vehicles.

With premium brand wheels on offer including Michelin, Pirelli, Bridgestone and Continental, a top of the range equipment line up was a must.

Enter the megaspin 820P Wheel Balancer. With the ability to provide live recommended actions on screen using a colour TFT display for further visual representation, this machine takes balancing to a new level.

Whilst ensuring their new megaspin 820P Wheel Balancer was installed efficiently and with no hitches, our engineers were also able to introduce the One Weight Balance technology. This enables our tyre changes to balance a wheel using just one weight (not just a static balance either).

The branch also had a megamount 713XL Tyre Changer to compliment this advanced new balancer.

Do you need to upgrade your balancing services? Check out our range of Wheel Balancers online today! Contact us now or call us today on 01480 8-9-10-11 to discuss how we can help!
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Case Study: Raising the bar for Vehicle Lift installs

Not only are Hofmann Megaplan installing tyre changers and wheel balancers up and down the country, we also carry out numerous installs of high quality vehicle lifts every week.

Ensuring new vehicle lifts are safe to use takes detailed preparation and analysis of your workshops footprint. Combine this with knowledge and technical know how, each install can be effortless. Our engineers also appreciate that no two installs are the same. They are always happy to help answer any questions you have whilst on site.

Take a look at our latest car lift installs below, taken from locations all across the UK. No matter where you are or the challenges that are presented, we will provide premium quality vehicle lifts, excellent customer service and efficient engineers with knowledge to share, all for an incredible price.

Cascos C455 5 tonne four post vehicle lift, perfect for alignment services in Bathwick site in Bristol.
Installed at the same Bathwick site in Bristol, another Cascos C455 4 tonne four post lift for their alignment services with a commercial van loaded.
Earlier this year we installed one of our ever popular full-height VSX3000 Scissor Lifts. This was a perfect fit in a location where space was a premium.
Hummer 4 U Ltd took install of a Hofmann Megaplan megalift 4000-2, the latest version of our two post vehicle lift model.
The Cascos C470 7 tonne four post lift looks right at home in Welbournes, Kings Lynn.
After an unfortunate fire at their old premises in January, C.A.R Services in Redruth have had their previous megalift 4000-2 replaced by two new lifts offering maximum lifting space in their new workshop.
A fun one to finish! This Cascos C430 four post lift has been installed for storage purposes. The vehicle lift allows space for an extra vehicle and is able to fit in the tightest of spaces.

Do you need to upgrade your vehicle lift? Why not do so and receive excellent install and after sales service as standard? Contact us online now or call us today on 01480 8-9-10-11 to discuss how we can help!

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Guest Blog: Tyres. Customers get what they pay for, but are you telling them that?

With the ever-increasing amount of new tyre manufacturers now available on the market, I thought it worth taking some time to explore the issues I've seen many fitters having when it comes to quoting and replacing wheels recently.

As an alignment engineer, you often find yourself on installs with a garage owner nearby on the phone to a customer. This probably rings true for many tyre fitters reading this now. The story on the other end of the phone goes something along the lines of "How much will that be then? Oh wow! What about the price of a budget tyre?". It is the term BUDGET TYRE that causes the hearts of many a fitter to sink, but not for the same reason a customer might think. 

A budget tyre approach simply doesn't suit most vehicles. As a fitter, you will have taken the time to ask what car the customer drives, how many miles they cover and maybe even the type of driving they do most commonly. 

All this should determine the right type of tyre for the vehicle, at a price point which will be most efficient in the long run. Whichever option is fitted, as a business you are likely to be making roughly the same for fitting. Customers forget it is the quality of tyre they are compromising on, not the price of your time. 

The same garage owner I mentioned earlier said to me after that call "this customer does 40,000 miles a year and wants budgets" rolling his eyes in disbelief. Some customers will take this a step further! 

I've seen many people buying tyres on auction websites, thinking they're getting a great deal only to find out that the tyres have the wrong speed or load rating, risking the safety of themselves and other road users.

The Moral of this Tyre Fitting Story 

As tyre fitters, you are the ones supplying the tyre, you have the tyre fitting equipment and so as an industry, we should be trying to educate and not frustrate! 

There are tyres now being manufactured just for summer and winter use on domestic vehicles. Yet many people keep the same type of budget tyre on all year round and wonder why they need replacing 4x as much, forgetting the impact these cheap tyres will have on how the car reacts during the summer/winter conditions.

What's more, car manufacturers now often work with tyre manufacturers in a bid to resolve common wear issues. For example, the tyre manufacturers may use harder compounds in certain parts of the tyre that suffer from wear more. Fitting a budget would simply allow these common issues to continue and cost the customer more in the long run.

Many buy second hand and forget there is still a cost to pay for the fitting, supply of valve, wheel balancing and correct tyre disposal. Access to your tyre fitting equipment and advice on the correct tyre is all a part of the package you need to sell. 

So next time a car arrives and you're getting ready to fire up your tyre changing machine, remember, you probably make a similar margin no matter what tyre you fit, but the customer will spend a lot more and potentially not trust you if their tyres are bald a month later. Take the time, have the conversation and make sure you're using your tyre machine to fit the right tyres.

My Dad always used to say to you get what you pay for! This statement is as true as ever with tyres. It's our job to educate road users and help keep everyone safe! 

Author | Warren Carr | Wheel Alignment Specialist 

 My name is Warren Carr and I'm part of the team of alignment engineers at Hofmann Megaplan. I will be using this blog to regularly highlight some practical hints and tips which will help you, our garage professionals, achieve great results with your equipment, no matter the make of alignment machine.

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Case Study: SCS Tyres Co

This install comes from the Northants and the fitters at SCS Tyres Co

Specialists in industrial, commercial and domestic tyres covering Northamptonshire, SCS Tyres is a family run business. Its three generations of owners have racked up over 60 years experience in the industry. 

As such these guys know their way around a tyre machine and settle for nothing but the best. 

It all started with a meeting at our showroom. The customer wanted to kit out their brand new workshop and getting hands-on with the equipment they'd be using going forward was a must. We expect this and it is one of the main reasons we keep a showroom which is fully stocked with all our garage equipment, ready to use! 

After going through all our equipment in detail and consulting with our garage specialist about their requirements they decided to go with the following.

This is a first class machine line up that we think you'll agree the end result is a clean workshop with incredible equipment. The install was completed by Equipment Specialist Andy Currell. Full onsite training was also included to enable the team to make the most of their feature-rich new premium machines. 

5 and a half hours later, SCS Tyres were ready to start fitting and Hofmann Megaplan left another very happy customer.

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5 Reasons you need an Electric Wheel Lifter!

Back problems are no joke! Neither is failure to take care of yourself or your fitters. Lifting tyres takes its toll on the body. So why do it when there is a simple, safe and affordable solution?

Not only can it reduce the risk of injury but it can also boost the productivity of your garage.

Many fitters often overlook this forgotten about piece of garage equipment. However, wheel lifters could be one of the greatest investments you make in 2019! We've customers that have repeat purchased after seeing the difference purchasing one has made.

Stop slowing your service down. Here are the five reasons you need an electric wheel lifter!

1. Wheel Lifting Safety

 An electric wheel lifter offers safety in a number of ways. Used effectively it reduces not only the risk of long term injury but also short term accidents. Wheels are securely locked into the tough grip arms. When working with wheels at height this means no risk of a falling tyre putting a fitter out of action. 

Ensure all removals and movements are safe with minimal risk to your team, workshop and wheels!

2. Ease of Use at any Speed

​What's incredible about this electric wheel lift is how feature rich it is, yet easy to use. The simple control panel offers quick access to lifting at one of three speeds. Using this simple bit of kit becomes second nature whilst eliminating a lifting job that no one need complete. What's more it takes up hardly any footprint in your garage (the reason many customers order one for each work bay). Increase the height you could lift a wheel manually with ease. Let a machine do the work!

3. Efficiency through Portability and Maneuverability

​Our electric wheel lifter is battery powered making it completely portable and easy to transport around your workshop. Moving and fitting tyres becomes effortless and fast. At a fundamental level this wheel lifter makes you more productive and thus more profitable!

4. This Quality Device will change how you work without breaking the bank

​We have not tried to reinvent the wheel. As with all products that wear the famous "H" logo, you receive the highest quality machine designed to last. This is a solution to issues many fitters just get on with and regret at some stage.

5. You can get a top spec Wheel Lifter at an incredible price!

​This is a device we believe should be in every garage and tyre fitting shop. As such we are offering our highly rated WC300 Portable Electric Wheel Lifter for ONLY £995 +VAT!

Contact us online now or call us today on 01480 8-9-10-11 to order your electric wheel lifter now or for more info.

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Two Wheel Specialist Equipment from Hofmann Megaplan

Although we haven't really had a severely cold winter this year, the weather is definitely becoming milder; which makes for happy riding if your one of the UK's 1.23 million registered motorbike owners (2017; Statista).

This makes for big business. It may be time to ask what it will take for you to capitalise on fitting wheels for motorcycles. 

Motorbike Tyre Fitting: What do Hofmann Megaplan offer?

As with all our product ranges, Hofmann Megaplan only supply high quality premium garage equipment teamed with our now renowned impeccable service - our Motorcycle Equipment range is no acception!

Having been a leading supplier of garage equipment since 1931, our products and technology within them often sets the far future others to intimidate. It follows suit that we wouldn't offer a range of motorcycle tyre changing equipment and motorcycle lifting equipment with the famous 'H' logo on it, if we didn't feel it was up to scratch.

Our motorcycle tyre fitting equipment range consists of everything from lifting equipment like the MCL700 Motorcycle Lift through to motocycle wheel balancers including the Moto 200 Wheel Balancer. We also offer two motorcycle specific tyre changers:

While some class 4 tyre fitting machines will already be compatible with class 1 & 2 vehicles, we believe that there are many reasons investing in motorcycle specific equipment is the way to go in building the ultimate garage. 

Why invest in Motorcycle specific equipment?

By purchasing specific garage equipment for your motorcycle tyre fitting services, you will be able to save time. This equipment is designed to do a specific job and while other changers will get the tyre on and off if you're looking to offer motorcycle fitting seamlessly this is a no brains investment.

What's more, when it comes to changing each tyre your equipment is already set up. This saves time and hassle for fitting all wheels as each machine is correctly set up with the right adaptors and its own purpose.

Of course, this can make your garage more profitable, your fitters lives easier and your business busy as you are able to fit in more jobs throughout the day. Your motorcycle tyre changing equipment can pay for itself quicker than you think and you seamlessly increase the number of specialised services you offer.

Visit our Hofmann Megaplan Motorcycle Equipment range now for more information!

Contact us online or call us today on 01480 891011 to discuss your garages requirements in more detail. 

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Case Study: Elite Tyres Direct

Inset: megaspin 200-3S and megamount 503 Racing installed at Elite Tyre Direct in Rainham.

As always our engineers have been busy up and down the country fitting a variety of garage equipment. 

Last week we completed an install for Elite Direct Tyres in Rainham. From their state of the art showroom and garage in the east of London they offer everything from tyre fitting and wheel alignment to car servicing and MOTs.

The company boasts 67,000 square feet of warehousing space alongside its 20,000 square feet retail store, which they keep fully-stocked with the latest alloy wheels and tyres alongside many other ancillary products. They even have a cafe in their waiting area!  

Self confessed experts in all things automotive, they say on their website "we pride ourselves on our extensive knowledge of tyres, alloy wheels, brakes, suspension systems, exhausts – the list is endless."

With sales complete onsite, over the phone and through their Point S powered website, this is a busy workshop with a requirement for the best equipment.

Full range of Hofmann Megaplan Equipment install including two scissor lifts, a trye changer and wheel balancer.

Enter Hofmann Megaplan. Two of our expert engineers spent a day onsite fitting a host of the best premium garage equipment money can buy. This included two brand new service lifts to expand the working area of the garage.

Also installed was a megamount 503 Racing, one of our most popular tyre fitting machines, renowned for its incredible price/ performance ratio. Also added to this garages incredible equipment line up was a brand new 3D fully-automatic data input wheel balancer, the megaspin 200-3S.

This was in addition to a megaspin 400 the company had also previously purchased from the same wheel balancing range.

Hofmann Megaplan would like to thank Elite Direct Tyres for its custom and for choosing our machines to feature in their incredible garage set up!

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MOT Bay Equipment: The Greatest Hits

While Hofmann Megaplan's ATL & MoT equipment division continues to provide high quality equipment and service for a varying range of garage owners. However many are unaware of what equipment goes into an MOT, even though they know the profit it can bring them.

By providing a comprehensive range of products Hofmann Megaplan are able to fit out and upgrade bays with new MOT Equipment to suit more classes. This means better serving opportunities for your garage and not turning customers away. This includes:

What is our Most Popular MOT Bay Equipment?

Whilst no single piece is more important than another, their is always one piece of equipment that starts the search. Emission Testers are often this thing and are available for Class 1 & 2 MOT Testing, Class 4 MOT Testing & Class 7 MOT Testing. These vehicle gas analysers deliver the highest standard in petrol and diesel testing for your customer's peace of mind. Our MOT equipment range includes:

With technologically advanced components included as standard, UK MOT requirements are met with high quality performance products. Our emissions tester units also offer greater ease of use for your engineers and outstanding reliability, so you know that your equipment will not let you down!

What are you waiting for? Visit Hofmann Megaplan ATL MOT now!

Do you need more information or advice on what we can do to help your workshop? Contact us online now or call us today on 01480 891011 to book an appointment with our MoT Station specialists.
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