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Do you understand MOT Bay regulations? Do you need to?

MOT Bays are not just about the equipment. There is a host of requirements and regulations surrounding their install and legal running. The question is how much do you need to know and how much can the right partner help ease this pain?

Hofmann Megaplan have supplied and fitted high quality MOT bay packages with equipment and often more importantly, superb pre, during and after-sales service for many years.

We have built up an understanding of the common issues, pain points and best practices when putting together an MOT Bay.

In-depth knowledge and the required experience to tailor your new MOT service can be more valuable than the equipment itself.

From design concept to installation and your first MOT...

The first steps to supplying MOT services can sometimes be the biggest. The work involved in installing the right MOT equipment for your business starts way before ground is even broken.

A360-degree service is a must when installing your MOT Bay as it gives you full support from the early planning stages through to installation.

Offering total project management and advising on MOT equipment to suit your services, the likes of Hofmann Megaplanare able to provide and source the right outfit for your new MOT testing bay based on your space and our specialist industry knowledge.

Expert after-sales service...

MOT test lanes remain reliable and accurate if they are looked after. Simple.

This is the most crucial stage of any MOT installation service; the care and training supplied to help you increase the efficiency and longevity of your new bay. Passing on knowledge to help you succeed in the future should be a part of the package you receive.

Calibrations. Certifications. Servicing. Any reputable supplier should be able to offer this. Hofmann Megaplan are proud to fully manage MOT projects and offer all the support required once you are up and running.

Hofmann Megaplan go the extra mile...

Our team always aim for an exceptional service.

The above & beyond standard we set ourselves means you have everything you need to succeed in your MOT service.

The most comprehensive MOT bay install service in the UK just got better!

But there's less than two weeks left to claim your 1st year calibrations for FREE!

Let us take the reins!

Are you puzzled by the complexities of ATL MOT? Are you currently searching for the perfect MOT station for sale?

Contact us online today or call our dedicated team on 01480 8-9-10-11 for a friendly chat to discuss your new or upgrading MOT services.

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3 Garage Equipment systems you can’t live without!

The year of 2019 seems to be flying by, leaving garage equipment suppliers to contemplate what they have achieved so far this year but more importantly what will boost business between now and Christmas!

Exhibitions. New product launches. Hofmann have seen a multitude of changes and introductions across the garage equipment industry. Innovative technology set to change the future of garage services is currently keeping garage owners and mechanics alike on their toes.

Here are our top 3 technologies to get to grips with ASAP!

Tread health check tools: boost your alignment & tyre sales!

In our many years of experience, alignment is one of the best services for increasing revenue, and 2019 is no exception to that trend.

It's no surprise that when we introduced our revolutionary handheld TreadReader to the industry, it was welcomed as a revelation for helping increase alignment and tyre sales.

Due to the success of the TreadReader, our team have been busy working on a more rounded tread health check range for tread health tools. Spring saw the unveiling of our brand new TreadReader drive-over scanner, making it even easier for mechanics to get live on-screen feedback of tread health.

The visual reporting on both the hand-held and drive-over TreadReader makes it even easier for customers to see the condition of their tyres and you to make a transparent sale.

The TreadReader's pairing with our megalineSsence ULTRA alignment machine provides unquestionable service and this transparent clarity. We're setting a totally new standard in wheel alignment.

"It's like buying an aligner and getting a free salesman!!!"

The future is digital...

Making its introduction in style at Automechanika earlier this year, our totally digital advanced ADAS solution has been a huge talking point in the unavoidable subject of ADAS diagnostics.

After Automechanika it was obvious that the need for specialist ADAS equipment and professional knowledge were a concern for garage owners – even experts were displaying signs of worry.

Our recent advanced driver assistance system open day for both garage owners and distributors have addressed this concern, bringing together professionals from across the industry to understand the complexities of ADAS and unravel the mystery.

The advanced system from Hofmann Megaplan provides a simple solution to one of the most intricate automotive innovations in recent times!

A breath of fresh air this Summer!

Every summer, many garages ponder as to whether it is worth investing in air conditioning recharge machines – this year has been no different. Although the initial outlay can't put many off seem, the simple fact is these machines pay for themselves quickly!

You could be missing out on hundreds of servicing jobs that could increase your revenue and provide pure profit. Stop sending your business else where!

Our air conditioning units have become a must have for garages now air con is a fairly standard feature on most passenger vehicles. The need for vehicle air conditioning servicing is obvious.

Manufacturers are recommending that the average vehicle air con system is serviced at least every two years. It is easily marketable. Is this really a service you can afford not to offer?

Our team are always here to help!

Start to enhance your own garage services today – contact us online or call our dedicated sales team on 01480 8-9-10-11 for more information.

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Raise your manual handling knowledge! Can you afford not to?

Hofmann Megaplan takes the safety of its team and customers very seriously. Especially within the automotive industry where the risks are increased by the weight of the equipment and vehicles, we work around.

Often overlooked is vehicle wheels! These might not be the heaviest item in the garage but daily lifting from heights can cause unseen damage. In fact, the unnecessary impact and stress being put onto your body can be difficult to identify until too late!

As a garage owner, it is best to not risk your own or your team's welfare.

What is manual handling?

Seems a simple question to answer - but can you?

The term manual handling relates to lifting, pushing, pulling, lowering and carrying loads (weight doesn't come into it!).

So, how many times a day do you carry out one or more of these actions?

Potential Implications..

No-one wants to be dealing with an injured employee, particularly if it is a manual handling error.

Some simple policy and the correct equipment can be the difference between a happy employee and avoidable physical injuries to limbs, tendons, heart and, most commonly, the muscles and back.

Not to mention, where there is blame, there is often a claim.

Back, shoulder and neck injuries are very common within the industry and these problems are no joke! Manual handling injuries account for nearly half of all tyre-bay related incidents. (HSA)

Lift the safety of your employees by decreasing manual handling in your garage!

Be one step ahead of the game and cut down the amount of manual handling required in your garage with our WC300 Wheel Lifter.

We promise this device is worth the investment. Your team will use it daily, be at their most efficient and avoid the risk of serious injury.

The completely portable battery-powered wheel lifter offers three speeds for swift lifting, without breaking the backs of your team.

Check out this amazing machine online now!

Why wait for the benefit? Invest in a portable wheel lifter today.

Check out our 5 reasons why you need a wheel lifter in our previous blog!

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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Case Study: Costco Stevenage

​Need a new site kitting out with the latest premium garage equipment? No problem - Hofmann Megaplan have you covered. The most recent install from our expert engineers was the complete fit out of new tyre shop for major brand Costco's latest opening in Stevenage.

Installation without the hassle!

High quality service of premium tyre fitting equipment is vital for big brand tyre shops as volume is high and machines need to be reliable.

Our specialist machines and install engineers were an obvious choice. 

Megaspin 820 Wheel Balancer

The megaspin 820P Wheel Balancer takes balancing to a whole new level - the One Weight Balance technology enables just one weight to completely balance a wheel.

The incredible ability to provide live recommended actions makes interacting with the machine easy for fitters. A colour TFT display & further user prompts provide a greater visual representation, increasing efficiency for swift balancing.

Our team successfully installed three of these incredible machines to accompany...

Twister Evolution Tyre Changer

​The new branch also had three Twister Evo Tyre Changing machines to compliment these advanced balancers.

Designed based on feedback from tyre fitters, the Twister Evo depicts strength, reliability and ease of use; which suits Costco down to a tee for their ongoing services.

Lifting Costco in Stevenage!

Not only were the tyre-fitting machines installed efficiently, but we also supplied and installed two brand new 3.2 Tonne Two Post Lifts and one 4.0 Tonne Two Post Lift. Between these machines all lifting needs for the branch are covered!

By making great use of the available space, providing excellent solutions for the footprint of the garage and considering the operation requirements, our team took full advantage of offering high specification solutions for high volume requirements!

Do you need to equip a brand new site for your garage services? Check out our range of Wheel Balancers & Tyre Changers 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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Wheel Alignment demand could be set to increase with ISA!

ISA (Intelligent Speed Assistance) systems partner speed sign recognition cameras with GPS speed limit data to slow down a vehicle that is travelling above the speed limit. But how is this impacting wheel alignment specialists?

The introduction of speed limiters on all new passenger vehicles imminent over the next couple of years. New rules provisionally agreed for Europe and the UK will mean a change to the design of vehicles. Developers and car manufacturers are already having to plan for such changes.

A likely result of these changes is an unignorable increase in demand for four wheel alignment.

As one of the most profitable services within garages, the need for specialist wheel alignment equipment and an understanding of these systems becomes a necessity.

Intelligent Speed Assistance (ISA)

The new regulations have been heavily focussed on safety, as you'd expect.

The ISA technology sets out to decrease the amount of accidents on the road that are caused by human error. The new system could be one of many to feature on all new European vehicle by 2022!

Alongside the current revolution that is Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS), ISA will be an intricate and absolutely vital piece of technology that requires accurate calibrations every time using specialised alignment equipment.

The future of alignment will be focused on advancing technologies and better equipped vehicles. Hofmann Megaplan remains at the forefront of these technologies with their Advanced ADAS system currently leading the way in calibrations and this does not look set to change anytime soon.

Check out our range of wheel alignment machines and ADAS calibration systems including the advanced system featuring a 65" monitor online now!

Want to discuss this in more detail? Contact us online now or call us today on 01480 891011 to speak to one of our dedicated teams for more information. 

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Digital ADAS calibration systems: the present and the future of diagnostic equipment!

As ADAS continues to peak the curiosity of all, we wanted to dig a little deeper into the intricacies of our advanced system. This is the 65" TV model that is wowing audiences wherever we take it!

The need for advanced specialised equipment isn't just for big business or the future. Now, more than ever, it is a necessity in 2019!

As the leading supplier and installer of the first fully digital ADAS system, we are the only ones to currently offer the highest quality calibration equipment available on the market.

For a full run down on our advanced ADAS system, read our previous ADAS blog now!

Let's take a look at our advanced system in more detail...

Five Intelligent Principles to our Advanced ADAS System

Targetless Technology

The versatility of a digital panel means adapting the screen to any existing or future car makers reference protocol is quick, easy and cost effective.


Easy to Use

Simple enough for a single user to operate; the system will guide you through the 6 steps of a calibration procedure.

Fully Automatic

The calibration frame is adjusted automatically, through the electric control, and any movement of the target, in relation to the car, is automatic and virtual. The car never moves!

Keystone System

Extreme accuracy is guaranteed by the self-adaptive system, which allows the software to evaluate the environmental and physical conditions

Universal Coverage

Ensuring the largest market coverage is very important to us.

Just 6 easy steps to a completed advanced and efficient ADAS calibration!

We aim to make every calibration job easy as possible - this way, we decrease the amount of time taken to complete each job and increase the overall efficiency of your garage.

We offer full demonstrations both on site and in our state of the art showroom. 

Get in touch today!

Need to upgrade your garage to include an ADAS calibration system or maybe you just want to learn more about this hot topic?

Check out our ADAS calibration systems online today. Contact us now or call today on 01480 8-9-10-11 to speak to one of our dedicated teams for more information.

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Shine Bright with the best MOT Headlight Tester: 5 Steps to Correct Set Up

Since the beginning of 2016, the regulations for headlamp testing has been altered. Due to this new change we have seen a dramatic increase in failure rates due to insufficient headlights.

It is more important than ever to be accurate and professional when testing this part of a vehicle and this responsibility extends to the equipment being used. That's why we've got some tips to see your headlight alignment tool working right for you. 

Damage to your garage's reputation could be irreversible if you send an unfit vehicle out onto the road. That is why Hofmann Megaplan's MoT specialist division constantly tests its equipment as guidelines on MOT Tests are updated. We make sure your ATL MOT workshop operations run efficiently without interruptions and the correct knowledge and skills are passed onto you through our high quality product range.

MOT Matters: Headlamp Testers for the modern check

Quality of headlight testing equipment is not the only important factor. How a headlight beam tester is set up and being used is vital to a safe and compliant inspection. Failure to do so could result in inaccurate or unreliable results.

Our MoT experts are always on hand throughout our extensive installation service, to ensure you receive the best results.

To guarantee precise readings and performance you should always take into account the following factors:

  1. The position of the headlight beam tester - needs to be located on a level surface and have a permanent position in your workshop
  2. Adjustable rails - built into the ground so that they are level with the vehicle being tested
  3. Robust sliding column - decreasing the risk of deflection with a strong column. Also an electronic device has an advantage for more accurate measurements, over a mechanical and optically operated machine.
  4. Laser over Mirror - a more precise solution for the alignment of each headlamp
  5. Help from the experts - as part of any Hofmann Megaplan MoT Bay install we provide a full on site survey and advice as standard. Its the easiest way to get it right!

However, we can't take responsibility for any operational misuse.

Some Light Alignment Advice

​There are a few other considerations that will mean successful headlight testing in your garage. Before the adjustments are taken, the wheels need to be straight in relation to the position of the car and all tyre pressures corrected when the vehicle is not loaded. In the case of vehicles with pneumatic suspensions, the engine should be operating during testing in order to maintain the correct ride height.

Quality Headlamp testing products - look for the HM!

  • We continue to supply industry-leading headlamp beam testers.
  • We make sure everything is working properly and runs smoothly with your garage's MoT services.
  • We liaise with you during the planning, execution and the post-installation phases of the project.
  • We always aim to deliver reliable headlamp testing equipment, that generates consistent results and dependable income.

What are you waiting for?

​Check out our Headlight Testers today or visit our full range of Hofmann Megaplan MOT Equipment 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 8-9-10-11 to book an appointment with our MOT Station specialists.

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The most comprehensive MoT Bay Install Service in the UK just got better!

  • Above and beyond services FREE OF CHARGE
  • 1st year calibrations FREE OF CHARGE [Limited Offer]
  • Call now to discuss your MOT Bay - 01480 8-9-10-11

Widely regarded as the industry-leading suppliers of MoT equipment across the UK, our specialist team assist with the entire process of not only getting your MoT bay installed but making it compliant with the DVSA ready to use.


Through many years of knowledge development and practical learning, our dedicated MoT install division understand what it takes to complete a successful installation. And it's this vast experience that means our team are able to offer one of the most comprehensive MoT Bay Installation services on offer in the UK.

Above and Beyond MoT Offer!

As part of every Hofmann Megaplan MoT Bay project you receive, completely FREE of charge:

  • Full garage design and planning
  • Any council paperwork completed
  • All DVSA applications taken care of
  • Full turn key package from placing the order to your first MoT
  • On site survey and advice

Our service is second to none, meaning any headache is taken out of setting up your MoT Bay so you can focus on running your business.

We've dealt with every possible surprise and complication that can come from planning, installing and running an MoT Bay so you don't have to! 

Free MoT Calibrations for 1 Year [Limited Time Offer]

What's more, we are able to offer the 1st year calibrations FREE OF CHARGE for MoT Bay installs booked before the 31st August 2019!

There has never been a better time to sort out your garages brand new MoT Bay.

So 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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The Wheel Alignment Blog | More to Alignment than just Alignment

Seized components shouldn't stop wheel aligners!

With almost 30 years experience in the tyre trade, you notice a few things. One thing you can't miss out on is the opportunity to increase revenue through the fair work that comes alongside using your wheel alignment servicing equipment.

A most common type of work I see? The same old issue of seized components that never go away.

People realise the potential profit that wheel aligners offer as part of their service structure. 

It used to be the case when selling alignment that I would experience a lot of negative feedback around this exact issue. "I can't be bothered to spend hours unseizing nuts and bolts for the sake of what should be a quick alignment job."

Know your worth and tell your customer

Having the correct tools will help ensure you never have to turn a wheel alignment job away or lose money on it.

I've always stuck by a simple rule that ensures every alignment job equates to fair profit for a garage without ripping off a customer.

It's simple enough. If the bolts don't unseize within 10-15 minutes then you should pull the customer over and explain that, in order to continue the alignment, you'll need to unseize these adjusters. Many customers will be aware of this common problem. They'll understand the extra work required, including heating the component, cleaning, greasing or worst-case scenario replacing.

All this serves to keep your customer safe and their vehicle on the road for as long as possible so it would be neglectful to ignore the alignment issue just because of an issue like this. 

I've always classed seized components not as a bad problem, but as extra revenue. You'd do the same if you had a seized in diesel injector, or maybe even call a specialist in to do it.

Be prepared, have the right equipment for dealing with seized components and be honest with your customers. 

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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Air Conditioning Units: a service you can’t miss out on?

With manufacturers recommending that the average vehicle air con system is serviced at least every two years, and with most modern cars coming with Air Con as standard, the demand for air con servicing has never been higher!

Your competitors will be looking for new ways to increase their revenue stream, attract new business and retain current customers. An Air conditioning service machine could be the answer, so can afford to miss out?

Automotive Air Conditioning Service Equipment - Its on the up! 

No longer a luxury feature within vehicles, air conditioning has become an integral service to many garages. In fact it is now one of the most advertised services garages offer with banners and sandwich boards appearing outside many workshops.

Making sure you have the correct equipment ensures you are set you up for success as customers become more aware of the need to recharge their AC. Investing in the right Air Con recharge or servicing machine allows you to complete jobs efficiently while enhancing the productivity of your business.

So which machine is right for you?

Hofmann Megaplan Air Conditioning Machines

As with every Hofmann Megaplan product range, our Air Conditioning Units are manufactured to the highest standard. Manufactured in Italy, you will be receiving the finest system money can buy with a variety of features.

Check out our full range below:

​Want to find out more about our Air Conditioning Units? Contact us online now or call us today on 01480 8-9-10-11 and speak to one of our dedicated Air Con Service system team members for more information.

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Advanced ADAS Calibration System draws record crowd to Hofmann Megaplan Centre of Excellence

Over the last few months, ADAS has been an unavoidable subject - and for many, it is a step into the unknown. Many shows this year already including the CV Show and Automechanika have demonstrated the need for specialised equipment and valuable industry knowledge.

Although many garage owners won't admit it, the demand for ADAS calibrations are beginning to scare even the most knowledgeable. These technologically advanced systems are fast becoming a necessity to keep your customers.

Whilst many specialists are worried about the lack of awareness, this has been the main focus for Hofmann Megaplan.

ADAS Calibration Training - Advanced Systems for Simple Solutions

Held at our state-of-the-art showroom and training centre, our ADAS equipment experts were on hand for a free educational day covering our totally digital solution to ADAS diagnostic systems.

Visitors had the opportunity to gain & share knowledge around multiple Advanced Driver Assistance Systems. Unravelling the mystery of ADAS has never been easier!

"The advanced ADAS system is able to complete more calibration checks in less time due to its digital set up and smart operational features. Minimal interaction is needed from the operator. This is a method of completing ADAS that is making people rethink how they invest in technology. The whole-lift cost of Advanced ADAS vs. standard ADAS is a no brainer. You'll be saving tens of thousands through FOC board updates alone and people are realising that here today."


The team hosted live demonstrations throughout the day, completing more calibration checks with the advanced system on the morning of the event than a standard system could in a day. The brand new Advanced ADAS Calibration system was a big hit with visitors, prompting a lot to rethink how they invest in ADAS calibration equipment.

Advanced ADAS Calibration - The Right Investment

It 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, whilst the operation is smart enough to take measurements and adjust the screen perspective to avoid time spent trying to line up a vehicle.

Other ancillary garage equipment was also on show, including the full range of Wheel Alignment machines and Automatic Tread Measurement Systems. These are services proven to boost revenue in garages and so were of great interest to visitors.

The TreadSmart is the latest offering in this space joining the handheld TreadReader, offering affordable tread scanning with integrated Number Plate Recognition for fast and transparent reporting.

To all of you who visited us at our showroom, we thank you for making it our best open day to date!

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Wheel Lift Review: Manually lifting tyres could cost you more than you think!

Has anyone ever mentioned investing in a vehicle wheel lift? Maybe you've noticed as the day goes on your fitter's speed to carry out jobs decreases?

Vehicle wheels are heavy and you're probably lifting them more than you realise. Are the signs not clear enough yet?

You may be about to lose a valuable member of your team to serious back problems if you don't heed these signs of physical strain. Worse still, you could be out of action!

By investing in a safe and affordable wheel lift, you can look after the well-being of yourself, your team and boost the productivity of your garage at the same time.

Back, shoulder and neck injuries are very common within the industry and these problems are no joke! Manual handling injuries account for nearly half of all tyre-bay related incidents. (HSA)

Taking the strain out of wheel lifting!

​You could benefit immensely from investing in a reliable and sturdy wheel lift.

Check out our 5 reasons why you need a wheel lifter in our previous blog!

Raise your fitters capabilities with the right wheel lift..

As you would come to expect from Hofmann Megaplan, we deliver high quality wheel lifting machines to reduce the health implications and improve the efficiency of your tyre bay or garage.

Ensuring you have the right wheel lift is crucial in guaranteeing the device is used regularly as a daily driver in your garage. Ease of use, portability and speed of operation are just some of the factors you'll be considering.

Unlike tyre changers and wheel balancers, wheel lifts are often forgotten about or the cheapest model on the market is purchased, but does not lead to operational efficiency. You spend more time annoyed at your rubbish wheel lift!

Take a look at our reliable range of competitively priced Premium Wheel Lifts today:

HOFMANN MEGAPLAN WC200 WHEEL LIFTER
HOFMANN MEGAPLAN PFL65 WHEEL LIFTER
HOFMANN MEGAPLAN WC300 WHEEL LIFTER

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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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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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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