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Official sources in the automotive aftermarket have today shared the news that a change to the government's position on the MOT Exemption is coming next week (1st June 2020), but so far that is all we know.
The Garage Equipment Association shared the news with its members today & advised that the UK's garages prepare, as a surge in MOTs is expect as a result of the announcement.
No further detail has been released on what is going to be included within the announcement, but the government will be updating its position on the MOT extension scheme, which was introduced back in March.
The original announcement gave many qualifying vehicles an automatic 6-month extension on the need for an MOT Test.
Are you ready?
Don't risk missing an influx of business related to increasing demand on MOT Bays.
We recommend that all garages complete a review of their readiness to serve customers ahead of any announcements that the government make on MOT testing next week. As always, Hofmann Megaplan is here to help. Call us today on 01480 8 9 10 11 with any queries.
As demand for MOT tests, service, maintenance and repairs start to grow, some of the automotive aftermarkets leading bodies have released a new guide detailing actions to keep your team & customers safe.
The first edition of the “COVID-19 Protective Measures: Automotive Aftermarket Sector Industry Guidance and Best Practice” has been published online for garages, warehouses, mobile operations and parts distributors.
Whether you have remained open throughout the lockdown for key workers or are just looking to start your business back up, this is an essential read.
The document covers every aspect of the operation, from clear communications with customers and colleagues to social distancing, sanitisation and hygiene. It even goes as far as the collection/delivery of vehicles from vulnerable owners.
The new guidance is designed to help businesses operate safely while minimising the risk of COVID-19 transmission.
The Prime Minister’s announcement on Sunday night (10/05/2020) showed an indication of things to come. For many, it meant relaxation on certain national lockdown requirements that may have left their cars on the drive.
This new guidance is now encouraging many people to go back to work, where working from home is not possible.
The latest information obtained by the GEA suggests the DVSA would like to remove the Vehicle MOT extension program as soon as is practical to do so. this could mean a significant spike in the demand for MOT tests sooner rather than later.
For the DVSA this means ensuring MOT sites are able to operate normally & that MOT equipment is calibrated.
This has also raised the questions of when the DVSA might revoke the concession allowing MOT stations to operate even if their inspection equipment has expired the calibration due date.
As an industry, this update prompts the need to be prepared for action as there are now many overdue MOT tests required in a very short window.
Are you ready to complete MOT Tests when these changes happen? Have you been thinking about installing an MOT Bay but been unsure on timing or cost?
Talk to the experts at Hofmann Megaplan today on 01480 8-9-10-11. Our team are available to help answer these questions & provide you with information on what might be required to start testing in time for these changes.
Other areas to consider:
Is your business ready to open? Are you operating safely for staff and customers? Some things to consider:
- If you have furloughed staff,
- How are you going to bring them back to work, what notice period is required to your staff to come off furlough?
- What provisions do your staff need to organise to be able to return to work such as childcare?
- How to end furloughed staff in your payroll system/government claims process?
- Ensuring a safe environment for employees and customers, have you completed/updated risk assessments for the following:
- Office/admin staff
- Mechanics/ tyre fitters on the road
- Staff collecting parts from distribution centres/stores
- Driving/fuelling vehicles
- Provide reassurance to employees and customers that appropriate steps have been taken to maintain a safe environment:
- Publish your new and or updated risk assessments to all staff
- Publish policies on safe systems of working (such as social distancing requirements)
- Inform customers of required protocols for when a mechanic attends site, what the mechanic will and will not do i.e. not requiring signatures on paperwork etc.
- Show effort in the form of signage, floor marking, barriers, etc.
- Call customers ahead of appointments to ensure all of the above is clear, advise on special requirements & stagger arrival time within the workshop to help with social distancing
- Issue PPE as identified by your risk assessment and ensure your people know how to use it, when to use it and that it's used correctly.
At a time when independent garages across the UK are having to deal with the fallout of a government-sanctioned 6 month MOT extension, latest figures show that the current failure rate for MOT Test is 31%.
This figure was reported on a recent Garagewire article, which also highlighted some of the dangerous faults on vehicles eligible for six-month exemption.
The MOT extension, which came into force on March 30, 2020, has meant many garages have been forced to shut and furlough staff due to lack of trade.
The 31% MOT Failure figure equates to nearly ten million vehicles. That is 10 million vehicles on the road at a time when travel is essential & emergency services are already stretched, which do not meet even the most basic level of roadworthiness compliance.
Garages Fight Back
Fortunately for some garages, the opportunity to prepare for increased MOT demand in the future and educate customers in the meantime has been identified.
Investment in MOT bays has remained steady throughout the COVID-19 lockdown, with some areas reporting an increase in demand.
Many garages have also been taking the time to invest in digital marketing. By building up a presence on social networks like FaceBook locally, garages are able to help educate vehicle owners. This is important, as the vehicles owners are expected to ensure their car remains roadworthy.
Have you got a question about investing in an MOT Bay or investing in your garage? Our team are available to answer your questions & help you plan for the new normal. Contact us on 01480 8-9-10-11 or request a call back here.
View the full picture library of "Faults on cars eligible for MOT extension" from Garagewire here.
The worlds a pretty unrecognisable place right now as lockdown continues in the UK, but many are using this time to plan their comeback.
A big part of this for many is an investment in the right equipment & training, ready for when business returns to a more normal flow.
We've pulled together the top 5 areas we've seen increased demand in during lockdown. Some are seasonal while others relate directly to current affairs. All are smart investments!
1. O-Pro Portable Sanitisation Unit
The ability to give your customers and staff complete peace of mind that a vehicle is now a safe working environment are paramount. How businesses operate is set to change forever & demand for devices like the O-Pro are set to become the standard for garages looking to ensure health & safety is not just something considered in a crisis. Demand has already suggested these devices are non-negotiable for many so we'd suggest reserving your unit now.
2. MOT Bay Installation
MOT will be in demand! A 6-month suspension means an influx of MOT tests will be required in the not too distant future. Now could be the time for your garage to investigate the work required to install an MOT Bay & be prepared for the exemption to end.
Find out more about the MOT Exemption & what else it could mean for your garage on our recent blog post, MOT Exemption vs. Looking after Key Workers.
3. AC Service Stations
Seasonal demand for AC Recovery systems is one of the few things that is guaranteed. That's why we've got an unbeatable offer to help with AC servicing & vehicle sanitisation. AC Service Stations from £1,545*. Check out our for sale page now.
4. ADAS Calibrations & Diagnostics
ADAS Calibrations are an essential part of many jobs now & keep vehicles safe. The decision to invest in such technology shows a businesses dedication to offering the best service.
Our recent case study on an install of Digital ADAS at Central Autopoint summaries perfectly the importance of this technology alongside other smart investments in garage equipment.
5. Premium Garage Equipment + Service
Reliable, strong & feature-rich garage equipment has never been more important, backed up by a service that can ensure your equipment remains up & running.
Not only have Hofmann Megaplan got incredible offers on premium tyre fitting equipment right now, like the ex-loan Twister CP with centre post clamping from £40.65 a week or the megamount 813 XL from just £5,650 for ex-demo units, but we also offer unbeatable customer service!
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We're on hand to help, no matter where you're looking to invest next. Call us on 01480 8-9-10-11 to speak to one of our experts. We're happy to offer advice & guidance relating specifically to your garage & operational situation.
The automotive industry has been hitting the headlines recently as the government has granted vehicle owners a six-month exemption from MOT testing.
This announcement was deemed necessary in order to allow people to carry on with essential travel amid the coronavirus lockdown.
But what does this mean for garages?
The Official Announcement & Implications
Below is an official statement from the Department for Transport, originally released on the 25th March 2020.
“All cars, vans, and motorcycles which usually would require an MOT test will be exempted from needing a test from March 30, 2020. Vehicles must be kept in a roadworthy condition, and garages will remain open for essential repair work. Drivers can be prosecuted if driving unsafe vehicles.”
The idea behind this is to ensure vital services continue, frontline workers can get to work, and people can access essential food and medicine during the COVID-19 outbreak, as stated on the gov.uk website.
We see several main takeaways from this:
- Garages are key workers & should where possible remain open. Many are adapting to the situation with new processes & policies to adhere to government guidelines whilst still offering a range of essential services to keep vehicles safe.
- MOT will be in demand! A 6-month suspension means an influx of MOT tests will be required in the not too distant future. Now could be the time for your garage to investigate the work required to install an MOT Bay & be prepared for the exemption to end.
- The law governing the minimum legal tread depth of 1.6mm has not been suspended. Tyre fitting & all related services including balancing and alignment are still an essential service, now more than ever for our countries key workers.
- You can ensure your customers are aware of how to check their vehicle is safe to drive by sharing this gov.uk link on your social channels or with customer lists.
How is Hofmann Megaplan able to help?
We are able to help your business in a number of ways, in particular with relation to MOT Bays.
Our team are ready to take your calls & offer a no-obligation free quotation to help you understand what would be involved in getting your garage MOT ready.
We offer a complete turn-key service, ensuring everything from the initial planning & design through to your first MOT goes smoothly. There has never been a better time to have this conversation.
We're also on hand to offer essential equipment installation & servicing. We've been completing work across the UK to help keep key workers going including for Kendal/Cumbria Ambulance/ Fire Service Depots.
Contact us today on 01480 8-9-10-11 to discuss how we can be of service. Now more than ever it is essential that we work together to ensure people are safe on the roads!
N.B. Information on this post was correct at the time of writing on 03/04/2020. Please continue to check the gov.uk website for latest guidelines & advice.
Premium garage equipment supplier, Hofmann Megaplan are now able to offer the American brand, Atlas Automotive throughout the UK, in a move to re-align distribution whilst maintaining outstanding service.
The well-established and highly regarded Atlas line, which the company stresses is focused on providing excellent value without being ‘cheap’, will replace the traditional ‘Eco’ economy range, which traditionally formed part of the Hofmann Megaplan portfolio.
Hofmann Megaplan’s Managing Director, Mark Berryman, has said of the announcement “We are really pleased to add this range into our product line-up. There was a lot of overlap between Atlas and our existing ‘eco’ line. This is a move which means we get the global brand-recognition, whilst maintaining the continuity of product that has been very successful in its own right. Ultimately, it is the customer who will reap the reward!”
We're overwhelmed with the care key workers in garages across the UK are taking to ensure others remain safe & able to travel in the isolation of their own vehicles.
We were recently able to complete the install of a brand new Digital ADAS system, along with handheld TreadReader for Central Autopoint.
ADAS Calibrations are an essential part of many jobs now & keep vehicles safe. The decision to invest in such technology shows a businesses dedication to offering the best service.
The handheld TreadReader allows technicians to check the health of your wheels without you having to leave your vehicle. You don't even need to pull into the garage & a clear report can be shown to your through a window & actions decided.
Our training on installs is currently restricted to one member of your team at a time, respecting social distancing rules & wearing appropriate PPE.
While this means installs can take slightly longer, the key workers we've been helping are not only understanding but thankful they are able to access equipment vital to keeping their customers safe & on the roads at this time.
Call us today to discuss your equipment requirements on 01480 8 9 10 11. Where it is essential to the running of your business in serving key workers, we'll always be on hand to help!
Your business can remain open & we at Hofmann Megaplan are open to help you!
The latest government advice for automotive garages means you can continue to serve other key workers.
As garages are set to stay open & serving those key workers on the road, Hofmann Megaplan is proud to continue offering our support with the supply of equipment & key customer service.
We will do so inline with guidance from the Government, ensuring our team is largely based at home without disruption to customer service. We've also taken extra provisions to ensure safe distancing is strictly observed during any necessary installation or servicing work.
If there is anything we can do to help you and your business, please do not hesitate to contact us on 01480 8-9-10-11.
It's not exactly news to many that ADAS Diagnostics was a hot topic throughout 2019 – and so far, our prediction of little let-up moving into 2020, has been spot on!
But for many looking to invest in this state-of-the-art equipment, ADAS diagnostics has become the biggest technological headache of the year so far.
ADAS like most new technology when it is first introduced is an unknown. It is highly anticipated and can be viewed as another unnecessary expense. But with these sensors now commonplace on consumer vehicles, you risk falling behind the curve if not investing & missing out on revenue.
Revenue in ADAS Diagnostics?
ADAS has been around for a while, but the need to calibrate these systems has become far more pressing with demand now commonplace and many capitalising on this.
An anonymous equation
The great thing about ADAS is the data you get back. At a top-level for every install, for example, you can see just how many calibrations are being completed.
We have one customer who started offering ADAS calibrations using their system in July 2019. With the service still rare, they had people travelling hundreds of miles from big body shops as it was the only way they could calibrate.
To date (March 2020) they have completed over 162 calibrations at £225 a service.
That’s £36,450 in ADAS calibrations alone, meaning the system has more than paid for itself!
While this is an extremely simplified version of the potential ROI, the figures are all true & demonstrate with the help and support of Hofmann Megaplan just how quickly this new service could help your business grow.
Why wait to offer ADAS Diagnostics?
Many garage owners may feel with so many changes going on around vehicle safety, that any new equipment will be out of date within a few months. ADAS equipment has been expertly designed to continuously calibrate vehicles.
Digital system takes this as far as daily updates to board FOC over the air, so their ready to go when you are.
The biggest issue seen in the industry to date is a lack of knowledge and understanding from technicians on how to deliver accurate & reliable ADAS testing. As a result, training is paramount.
ADAS at its finest...
Our training & support speaks for itself. We support some of the UK’s biggest body shops & most successful/ highly rated garages. As a result, these businesses are thriving & renowned for offering ADAS. Why not let us support you too?
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The need for ADAS calibration systems is increasing monthly, with new vehicles being introduced into the UK market.
Hofmann Megaplan is keen to help any business looking to maximise the potential of their business by investing in great equipment. Even more so, those that embrace the latest technology with open arms.
Harvey’s Autotech of Westbury is a prime example of a business looking to stay ahead of the curve!
Our aim is to ensure businesses like Harvey’s face minimal stress when upgrading to the best in premium tyre fitting equipment & ADAS calibration solutions. Our expert garage equipment installation team take a big job like this & make it seamless.
They also go the extra mile, ensuring you’re ready to start making a return on your investment from the word go with training & support to suit you.
One Garage Equipment Supplier for a seamless service
Hofmann Megaplan offers customers like Harvey’s a unique advantage as they can get a complete range of garage equipment designed to complement & integrate, all under one roof.
What’s more, the install is completed with the workflow of your garage & all the services you wish to offer in mind. This means operational efficiencies & a better-looking garage.
A full line up of Hofmann Megaplan garage equipment was recently installed at Harvey’s Autotech in February, including a state of the art Digital ADAS system.
Harvey’s is one of the many garages choosing to invest in the most advanced version of ADAS Calibration Sytems in 2020, the digital ADAS solution.
This digital ADAS system sits alongside a megamount 513 tyre changer, megaspin 220 wheel balancer and megaline Ssence 3D wheel aligner paired with megalift.
This really is a garage to rival our own showroom!
A supplier you can trust.
Ready to find out what all the ADAS fuss is about? Looking to explore how investment in premium equipment means bigger returns?
Call us today on 01480 8-9-10-11 to have a discussion that could change the future of your business & arrange a courtesy visit from one of our team.
Hofmann Megaplan utilise information from industry leader Autodata
With technical information for 142 manufacturers covering 34,000 models, Autodata gives users of compatible Hofmann Megaplan aligners all the detailed information needed to carry out alignment checks, calibrations & related servicing.
Autodata is the industry leader in automotive technical information. Their new Web Application covers 34,000 models, giving its customers all the technical information needed to carry out service, maintenance and repairs.
Ssence HD 3D wheel aligner installed at D and R Tyres, powered by Autodata
Suto sets out to be the most innovative, accurate and respected supplier of technical information to the automotive aftermarket.
The Ssence 600 3D/HD wheel aligner is the flagship model in the Hofmann Megaplan range & so it only makes sense one of the best supplies of data globally is used to power this incredible machine. Much like Autodata, this is the technology we use today combined with the best delivery for efficient alignment operations in your garage.
Hofmann Megaplan is proud to work with Autodata in its provision of the most comprehensive industry product and its data.
ADAS Calibration Equipment is still a relatively new phenomenon. Investment in it is a big decision that can for many, be one massive headache.
Speaking to someone who understands ADAS services & the full scope of systems on offer can be essential; especially when it comes to such a large investment which will enable you to complete the ADAS calibrations your customers now require.
You’ve probably been thinking something like “Ok, ADAS is a thing. Do any of my customer even need these calibrations? Oh, I should be completing it after a variety of jobs? It can be an extra source of income? My competitors are offering it now & pinching customers promoting it? There are digital & analogue systems? It costs what? Can I afford not to have it? What system do I need?”
Is there a best ADAS Calibration System?
In short, no.
ADAS is one of the biggest technological advancement in automotive services in the last decade. That means you need a machine that of keeping up with changes to come as cars continue to develop.
For many garage owners, the hefty investment in ADAS calibration equipment can be tough to justify. There are two main systems though catering to different technology levels.
The ADAS Analogue system utilises a more traditional set up of printed boards & a simple manual measurement system, helping to keep initial outlay lower whilst enabling you the ability to complete ADAS calibrations. It is more labour intensive to set up though & new boards need to be purchased to keep it up to date.
Alternatively, a larger investment is needed in the digital solution, which uses a 65” monitor to display boards intelligently to suit the position of the car in front of it. Add to this laser measurement & this system is operable by a single technician saving labour & receives updates over the air for new updates.
As with any piece of garage equipment, knowing which system is best for your garage can only be determined by speaking to the experts! We’d advise booking a visit to the Hofmann Megaplan Centre of Excellence to try both systems out for yourself before making an investment.
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What are you waiting for?
Here at Hofmann Megaplan, we are always quick to show off the incredible garage equipment installation work our experts carry out – especially those that could potentially rival our own showroom!
Over the past six months, Durrant Garage Services in Huntingdon have undergone a complete tyre fitting & vehicle lifting transformation, taking their garage services to a whole new level. With the installation of their latest piece of equipment finally completed, we can show you exactly what we have been up to.
Special thanks to Glynn England of Motor Parts Direct, who this installation was completed in conjunction with!
Professional Equipment to take your garage Premium
This line up was completed last week with a Cascos 5T C455 lift, renowned for robust and efficient lifting.
The workshop is looking great and is a testament to both businesses!
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It can be easy to get carried away by the hype of ADAS diagnostic equipment. These systems are dominating social & appear at all the shows. However, if you don’t know what you are doing this equipment could be no more than an overpriced TV!
Advanced Driver Assistance Systems are complex and should be treated as such.
Investing in ADAS calibration services is a big deal and selecting the right supplier can make or break the return you’ll see.
ADAS is expert level; get qualified!
ADAS calibrations are a crucial process for the efficiency of the vehicle’s systems.
If the vehicle’s cameras are out of alignment by even the smallest of margins, the consequences could be catastrophic; the appropriate action or alert to a potentially dangerous situation will not happen.
Being a fully qualified ADAS technician is a huge USP that will soon be essential. It shows another level of competency that customers rely on when looking for a garage.
ADAS is commonplace on newly manufactured vehicles meaning it will only be a matter of time until ADAS checks will be incorporated into standard checks as part of mandatory safety like the MOT test – so you need to make sure only fully trained professional are conducting these essential calibrations & your customer know about them.
Make sure your customers are ADAS aware...
How many vehicle owners do you talk to that had no idea they even had a certain feature on their car?
Awareness of brand-new technology in the form of ADAS is essential & is a major reason to choose Hofmann Megaplan.
Although certain developments like cruise control and automatic headlights have been around for a few years, the knowledge that these specifications sit within ADAS is also very low.
As an up and coming garage within ADAS services, offering training and tips on how to recognise and deal with ADAS issues will help customers to gain your trust.
Talk to Hofmann Megaplan today about our ADAS POS packs, coming soon. These ensure ADAS is front & centre in your garages & your customers are educated without simply being sold to. We’re also able to offer additional off-site training for your team members who may have missed the install!
You can regain a customer’s business through honest and helpful services!
Take your garage services to the next level...
Our team have been through professional training and have completed numerous successful ADAS installs across the UK alongside additional training & knowledge days. For more advice on these systems, contact us online today or call us on 01480 8-9-10-11 to discuss in more detail.
It is the people of Hofmann Megaplan that make us the best. An easy example of this? Our experts across in the MOT division that specialises in garage preparation, MOT equipment installs and getting business up & running to MOT. It is so much more than just an install.
Why are we considered one of the best in the industry?
The beginning of 2019 saw the integration of our separate ATL MOT site into our renowned main website, in a decisive shift to combine all our services together to showcase the service that has made us famous.
It is safe to say, that journey has got our MOT division booming with new business, throughout the summer and continuing into the tail end of 2019. No one says it better on how we go the extra mile than our valued customers.
A masterstroke that put us ahead of the curve.
Since October, we have been running our new ATL MOT 5 Year Peace of Mind Offer – earning you a potential saving upwards of £3,750 + VAT in calibration fees over the 5-year period.
Available on all orders until the end of the year, this offer covers all MOT bays for sale – which would also see you gain 2 years warranty as standard on your order!
What to expect from 2020.
With the new announcements of connected MOT equipment, we are set to have another busy year in 2020 – equipping even more garages with new equipment.
If we are busy, that means you should be too!
Massive changes are hitting ATL MOT garage services at the moment around connected equipment & it can be tricky to keep on top of what the DVSA now expects of you.
To give you a running start in 2020 & peace of mind with your MOT endeavours, we want to share some of the most important updates that you should really be aware of.
MOT Connected Equipment is on the move!
Over the past 12 months, plans have been in place to roll out new connected MOT equipment standards – in the hopes of making the MOT procedure intuitive, integrated & fraud-proof.
Since October 2019, the DVSA (working alongside the GEA) has completed the successful rollout of connected Brake Testers and announced the introduction of connected Decelerometers from February 1st of this year.
Trails are also being held on emissions testers and headlight testers, with the ambition of them being put into circulation by the end of 2020.
Updated VT01 Form
The well-known MOT application form VT01, has recently been through a facelift too.
Introduced on November 1st 2019, the VT01 application to apply, run or change an MOT station now requests a few extra details as part of the application.
PLEASE NOTE: Any submissions made on the old version of the form, will delay your process.
You can download the new application form here.
Or you could work with Hofmann Megaplan!
We can take care of the entire application process for you as part of our comprehensive MOT Bay install service. Applications, planning, groundworks, calibrations & servicing. If you are searching for someone to install a new MOT bay or looking to upgrade your current MOT bay package, make sure you give us a call.
This is more than a purchase. You are investing in a relationship with us. In return, we’ll ensure you never have a headache from your MOT Bay!
Our specialist ATL MOT division has moved from strength to strength this year. Renowned for an unbeatable 360-degree service from the first call, no ask is too big in helping to get your MOT Bay up & running.
The easiest way to showcase this. Let one of our customers do it for us!
Hofmann Megaplan: What made you choose Hofmann Megaplan for your MOT Bay?
Richard of Ruislip Tyres: Ease! We didn't really get much response back from the emails & phone calls [to others], so rang Andy at Hofmann [Megaplan] the next day. I think two days later he was down from Leeds, so it was good. We ran through what was needed & went from there.
HM: What has it been like working with Hofmann Megaplan?
RR: They project managed the whole thing from day one. The garage we bought was basically a blank canvas. It was going to be completely refurbished and with a blank canvas to play with it needed to be done right. So, we went in, marked everything out & changed a few things around. We have done a lot of the groundworks ourselves [although Hofmann Megaplan are able to organise & manage this], just because we know a lot of builders through customers. Apart from that, it was every week we were getting good comms with Andy & we were on track with everything!
HM: How did Hofmann Megaplan exceed your expectations?
RR: They did all the paperwork for DVSA, for the signoffs and all that sort of stuff, so it took a lot of the pressure off me. I had a lot of stuff going on obviously with the build & we had other machinery going in. We had to do the extension on the back & all sorts. You can see in the video the whole back section is new, so we had to basically build that section to accommodate the MOT Bay because the previous MOT Bay, it wouldn't be signed off. It was too old.
HM: Since working with Hofmann Megaplan on your MOT Bay, how has the business changed?
RR: It's gone from strength to strength I mean we were already very busy with tyres obviously being one of the leading tyre places in the area. All the tyre customers we had, now we are getting the MOT custom as well It's gone from strength to strength & we've been open 3 months now so it's great.
We look forward to sharing more MOT Bay installs with you in 2020. It’s already shaping up to be a busy year.
2020 is set to see no slowdown in the talk around Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS) as garage owners are wising up to the idea of investing in ADAS calibration equipment.
A steep learning curve is ahead for mechanics yet to grasp the ins & outs of ADAS, but digital ADAS equipment is making this far less daunting.
As a garage owner, keeping up with the development of ADAS equipment and the best way to perform ADAS diagnostics can be very difficult – however 2019 has seen many ADAS specific open days popping up, with a chance to get hands on.
For many this is a chance to get excited about ADAS calibrations as an opportunity instead of a threat.
Buy a service, not a product!
If you don’t know what your ADAS equipment is capable of, how can you offer these services to your customers?
ADAS Calibration Equipment is a large but worthwhile investment. Being aware of what your calibration equipment can do is essential to offering this new to many service. You need to be able to justify the additional price you are charging your customer.
Your team also need to understand how ADAS calibrations tie together with the other work they complete and get to grips with performing calibrations efficiently & accurately.
That’s why demo’s & installations are often more essential that owning the equipment. You need a supplier who will not only help you invest in the ADAS equipment but understand how to best utilise it moving forward.
Many are choosing Hofmann Megaplan for just this reason! While we are able to supply the two familiar solution on the market, it is what comes around the physical product that makes us stand out.
From your first enquiry through to each calibration, our service team & ADAS Engineers are on hand to answer your questions, showcase the options available to you, advise, install, train & trouble shoot to ensure your investment isn’t a headache.
Our team have been manufacturer trained and have already completed numerous successful ADAS installs across the UK - so for more advice on these expert systems, contact us online today or call us on 01480 8-9-10-11 to discuss in more detail.
As most of you may already know, the DVSA have been rolling out connected MOT equipment into circulation across the UK since the beginning of October 2019.
Working closely with a few specialist garage equipment suppliers, the DVSA have been creating new regulations that will need to be put in place. Any new MOT stations or existing bays looking to update or upgrade their current MOT equipment, will need to make sure these changes are applied.
Being in the dark when it comes to these new regulations can be difficult – especially with the announcement of new connected equipment to be introduced in February!
So, here is a breakdown of everything you need to know...
What is Connected MOT Equipment?
Your standard MOT equipment is in the process of being modified to gain the ability to link directly to the DVSA’s cloud-based MOT Test System – results from roller brake testers, gas analysers etc. will be transferred automatically, eradicating the need for manual data entry.
Connected roller brake testers have already been introduced on October 1st 2019 – so if you are looking to update your roller brake tester, you need to get connected!
Why are these changes being made?
It may seem a bit of a faff, however the need to eliminate fraudulent activity and inaccurate testing is greater than ever.
What MOT Equipment is next?
With plans to eventually link all digital equipment that records MOT test results to their own system, the DVSA have been spending a lot of resources with specialist MOT equipment suppliers. By ironing out agreed equipment regulations, manufacturing pivotal equipment and creating a phased approach to releasing these products should be made much easier.
• Roller Brake Testers - already available as of October 1st 2019, new or updated brake testers must be applied to adhere to new regulations
• Decelerometers – recently announced to begin their introduction to the industry on February 1st 2020!
• Emissions Testers – exhaust gas analysers and smoke meters are currently being trialled and tested
• Headlight Testers – the long-term aim is to have a connected product available for headlamp tester (testing is yet to begin!)
How does Connected MOT Equipment work?
For those who don’t know exactly what is going on, this can be confusing. Let’s make this simple.
As mentioned above, Connected MOT Equipment needs to communicate and transfer MOT results to the DVSA’s MOT Testing System (MTS). All equipment must also be able to receive previous testing results and vehicle information from the MTS.
As defined by the DVSA, all data must be transferred in the form of a JSON file via a secure Application Programming Interface (API). A specified background programme, available from your specialist supplier, will take each test result and create it into a data file that will be sent directly to the MTS.
One of the most crucial pieces to this puzzle, is the key.
Instructions on how to use the key will be sent at the same time of receiving the software code. This is important to ensure your MOT equipment links directly to the MTS and knows your exact station number – your connected equipment will not work without the key!
For this reason, you must keep your keys secure (you willneed one key for EVERY piece of connected equipmentsoftware that you run), so be sure to only give the key(s) to the engineer installing your software.
• your MOT centre number (sometimes called ‘vehicle testing station’ or ‘VTS’ number)
• your AE name and number
• why you need a key, for example, you’re installing new equipment, or you’ve lost the original key
• which type of equipment is being installed, for example, a roller brake tester
• the name, role, username (if applicable) and email address of the person who needs to be sent the key
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