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The truth behind Wheel Alignment and why you should be including it within your tyre-fitting services!

As all garages will know by now, tyre changing, wheel balancing and wheel alignment all go hand in hand when it comes to your customer's tyres. The simple fact is all these services provide crucial steps to ensure longevity, safety and efficient tyre/vehicle performance.

The only issue is, many of your customers are not aware of this.

Educating your customers beyond a price-driven view of tyre fitting services can be difficult, especially when it can be misconceived as upselling your own services.

Some garages don't see the need for a vehicle alignment machine as their customers don't want it. Many owners, therefore, opt to purchase a tyre changer and a wheel balancer as a package, then see wheel alignment as an added extra if the demand is there. These garages often end up turning business away as customers are smart enough to ask about alignment.

So, where do you stand when it comes to providing wheel alignment to your customers?

Why is wheel alignment so important?

It is always strongly advised for your customers to have their wheels aligned when new tyres are fitted; but again, customers mistake tracking for proper wheel alignment, and even mix up wheel balancing with wheel alignment.

A wheel aligner simply looks at the position of the wheels in relation to each other and the road surface, so that any corrections can be made.

Missing out this crucial step can cause minor and major issues to the tyres and driving performance, in both the short term and long term.

Check out our previous blog to discover the full importance of wheel alignment services!

The need for wheel alignment in your garage is clear. Especially if you are dealing with numerous tyre fitting jobs per day.

Not only will your customers reap the benefits of that extra service, but you can see many advantages within the garage - not least an obvious increase in revenue!

The right wheel aligner for your garage!

Think about the amount of tyre fitting jobs you complete each week or even each day...

Every single tyre fitting job you complete should have an alignment check when the tyres are installed onto the car!

A simple question then - are you completing those checks? Are you even offering them?

Ensuring you purchase the right wheel aligner for your garage services needs a considered approach. By making sure you have the essential footprint to install the wheel aligner, guaranteeing the durability to cope with your garage services, and the all-important budget to consider, you can be well on your way to conquering the perfect set of tyre fitting services.

Check out our entire range of wheel alignment machines online today!

Don't feel abandoned when considering your wheel alignment options!

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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Why is connect equipment in MOT bays happening?

The MOT process as we know it is beginning its biggest change in decades!

Connected brake testers are now a mandatory requirement for all new bays. While garage owners can continue to use their current MOT equipment, any changes or updates must include the ability to connect to the DVSA through your garage's internet.

Brake testers are the first MOT equipment to become connected, with the rest of the bay to follow.

So, what is the reason for this technological change in a process that has run for nearly half a century?

Overlooked & Inaccurate Data

Garage owners want to consistently push for more revenue – after all, isn't that why businesses are created in the first place.

The pressure on MOT testers to perform tests quickly is a constant, as it can mean more customersbut this can overwhelm the assessor so the need for accurate and efficient testing is always a priority!

Details like mileage or even the vehicle registration number can be mis-read (or fraudulently entered) when completing manually.

These simple human errors will be no more in a world of MOT connected equipment.

Fraudulent MOT Activity

As mentioned before, this is sadly a thing!

Fraud has become an all to regular part of the MOT testing conversation, with some facilities using it to increase test numbers, or even allocate a MOT to a vehicle not yet in the country.

Safety is at the forefront of the DVSA's mind,therefore action is needed to eradicate MOT fraud completely.

Most MOT centres continue to follow the rules and regulations, providing valid testing certificates.There are always those who try to cheat the system though.

Not only is this a crime, but the risk of unsafe vehicles being on the road continues to put other drivers and pedestrians lives in danger.

Advantages to the modern garage - everyone must be on-board with Connectivity!  

The biggest challenge could be changing the mindset of garage owners and mechanics alike to embrace this new technology change with open arms.

Many will continue to run on their current equipment, but could you be missing out on unexplored benefits from upgrading, as well as equipment offers and trade-in opportunities.

In fact, changing to MOT connected equipment can make your life as an MOT tester much easier in the long term. These new automated processes not only decrease human error at each stage but will also accelerate jobs, making the test more efficient.

More efficient testing = More MOT's completed = More revenue

When should I get MOT Connected Equipment?

As it stands, only brake testers have been deemed as mandatory to connect meaning if you replace or update your current equipment, the new rules from the DVSA apply and you need to have the ability to connect your new brake tester.

Release dates for the next piece of connected equipment are yet to be confirmed though and our team are engaged with the DVSA and GEA in working to ensure we are ready at every change and keeping our customers informed.

Don't be left in the dark about MOT Connected equipment!

Contact us online today or call our dedicated team on 01480 8-9-10-11 for more information on one of the biggest MOT equipment challenges in the more recent years!

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Diversify your garage’s vehicle lifting capabilities with portable lifting!

Considered one of the biggest investments to be made by a garage owner, vehicle lifting is a serious purchase. The amount of options available can cause a bit of a headache when it comes to deciding on the right specifications, and what is important for your garage.

The obvious choice would be to head straight for the reliable two post and four post lifting solutions, especially when it comes to MOT and wheel alignment services.

However, for smaller garages or agile workshops with different stations something else is needed. Clearly the non-manoeuvrable lifts won't make the cut - enter the portable solution.

Innovation & Quality from Cartar

Brand new for 2019 and now available across the UK, Hofmann Megaplan can exclusively offer the CartarGlidemaster mobile lift for all tyre fitters, garages and bodyshops.

Renowned for its quality, this highly manoeuvrable piece of engineering offers a quick solution, that allows the car to be moved even whilst it is elevated.

How many lifts can you say are capable of this?

Discover the amazing Cartar mobile lift online today – suitable for indoor and outdoor use!

Low Garage Footprint? No issue.

We understand that not every garage can cater for a big two post or four post lift – if we didn't, then we wouldn't supply such a varied range.

Our host of tyre service and scissor lifts, along with a full range of Cascos Lifts, offers the ability to choose the right model/ size/ specification/ budget-friendly option for your business.

Discover portability from the experts!

If you need more direction in choosing the right vehicle lifting solution, check out our full range online today.

Alternatively, contact us online now or call us on 01480 8-9-10-11 for more information. We're happy to help you from measuring up to install and lifting your first vehicle! 

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Peace of mind with ATL MOT Equipment: 3 Steps for success

You've heard us say before that purchasing the right MOT equipment isn't easy and that it can take time to find the right supplier, from first visit to initial MOT inspection.

Not only that, we live in times where the budget required to make such an investment can be hard to justify. The price of a job is quite low in comparison to the price of equipment needed.

It can take time for garage equipment to pay its way, by it will do so and in tremendous fashion!

Here at Hofmann Megaplan, our many years of specialist experience and after-sales service in the MOT sector have taught us numerous lessons, especially when it comes to supplying our renowned MOT Bay Packages.

Check out our advice on purchasing the MOT Equipment that's right for you:

Heed our expert advice or suffer the consequences...

The new rules on MOT equipment, put forward by the DVSA, are starting to change the game for MOT equipment suppliers and garage owners alike. Extra precautions must be taken to ensure your MOT testing bay adheres to these connectivity rules.

Follow our three steps to MOT greatness:

MOT Lift

The centre piece to your MOT operations! A reliable and robust MOT Lift cannot be understated.

Making sure the lift can firstly fit into your garage without a hitch and meeting all regulations, you must be mindful of the difference between a standard 4 post lift and a MOT lift. If there is a lack of space or security features for your operators you're going to be stuck before you start.

Connected Testing Equipment

The new rules brought in by the DVSA have caused a bit of a stir across the MOT sector.However, the possibilities available if the correct equipment is purchased can increase your garages productivity. Offering a seamless flow of automatic data from your testing equipment, these connected tools can supply quick and easy reporting for both you and your customer.

Service - before, during, after

Although not strictly a piece of MOT equipment, the importance of correct planning, application, installation and equipment maintenance is just as valuable as the product itself. Most MOT equipment suppliers will offer some sort of maintenance package – some with warranty, some with parts & labour, some with both.

It is important you read the small print on these plans, as you could be getting less than you originally thought!

Check out our latest MOT offer – combining our incredible after-sales service with our untouchable MOT Bay Packages!

MOT connectivity dates to remember!

The introduction of the DVSA's new rules mean new or replacement equipment you buy must be connected.

Not sure if this applies to your equipment? Call us today for an update consultation to ensure you're only upgrading when its needed.

This applies to:

  • roller brake testers (from 1 October 2019)
  • decelerometers (date to be confirmed)
  • diesel smoke meters (date to be confirmed)
  • exhaust gas analysers (date to be confirmed)
  • headlamp beam testers (date to be confirmed)

Speak to the experts!

Check out our ATL MOT equipment range for more information.

To discuss your MOT requirements in more detail, contact us online or call our dedicated specialist division on 01480 8-9-10-11 today. 

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Investment in your garage equipment can come in all shapes & sizes!

As soon as garage equipment suppliers mention the term 'investment', many business owners are naturally suspicious. Whether you are starting up a new business or upgrading worn out machinery, being skeptical about spending more can cause concern. Be honest, is this you?

For some reason the word 'investment' is often automatically associated with a huge price tag.

Investment doesn't necessarily mean £££££s!

Accumulate & Evolve!

Obtaining the best garage equipment necessary for your services can take time – especially if you are starting from scratch. You'll may have even made the mistake of opting for a budget not up to the job you're doing.

Even if you have been established for a while, pushing that hard-earned cash into the best equipment can be hard.

So, what can you do to make it easier? Or are there other avenues to take to improve your garage operations?

Brand New Businesses

Purchasing tyre fitting equipment that is essential over desirable is often how the decision is made when just starting out. That is until you are busy, getting customers with varying vehicles, tyres, rims and issues coming in. You know you can sustain your business, but will your equipment keep up?

Budget can be a massive hindrance in the beginning!

As your business begins to develop, so should your garage equipment, to more efficient models capable of doing more, faster and with less chance for human error.Modern tyre fitting equipment is designed to save you money, not just make you more. 

Business been quiet? That won't change if you carry on the same

If you have been around a while, you'll know that change doesn't just happen. Customers will not randomly start coming through your doors. To get more out of your business, you must first be willing to put into your business.

There are always deals to be had! Whether its equipment to improve your service offering, tech to help sell or marketing to reach potential customers.

You might try an end of line or ex-demo sales to get your hands on a premium model of tyre fitter. Maybe investment in devices that make tyre conditions more transparent like the TreadReader will increase your sales? Maybe you have all this? Do people even know your garage exists or what you offer? Is it marketing that you need to invest in?

Check out our Hofmann Megaplan offers online & call us to order today!

 

Not every investment has to be a big investment! Have a plan

Besides the bigger garage equipment that is needed to complete basic tyre-fitting, other quick wins can be made to make your services flourish.

Hofmann Megaplan's versatile range not only provides the most advanced tyre fitting equipment within the automotive industry but also supplies garage accessories to make use of small spaces & work proactively with the big machines.

Check out our Accessories now!

Be inspired & get advice! We're here to help 

Our expert team will advise you on the right investment for your budget & your services. We aim to find a solution that is going to work for your garage and the demand you see from your garage. D and R Tyres, for example, identified a gap in aligning commercial vehicles locally. With help and consultation from Hofmann Megaplan they have now been able to capitalise on this opportunity and are the only go-to garage for many businesses in the area.

Check out our entire range of garage equipment online now or call us on 01480 8-9-10-11 to discuss certain requirements in more detail.

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Case Study: D and R Tyres Durham

"We looked at various vehicle lifts and alignment machines. We even sat and discussed some with my accountant and felt that the outlay was a huge gamble. Others, well we will leave that there, as they never returned to the site.

From the initial viewing of the Hofmann Megaplan alignment machine, we noticed how quickly we would be able to get a reading. We wanted to make sure we could align 16 seater Mercedes Benz buses so the ramp size was always going to be important.

Roll forward to a completed install of a 6-tonne ramp and the Megaplan Ssence. The install has taken 48 hours, exactly as planned. Training on the alignment equipment has been done and we have noticed that the speed to get a reading is outstanding.

What was taking us 35 minutes with our old machine from another supplier now takes us 4 minutes. That is to get a reading and includes inputting data. We have another screen fitted in the customer waiting area so they can see exactly what is happening to their car. This also means our office staff can speak with the customer regarding the alignment.

Thanks again Hofmann Megaplan, great install and a great team." 

You can find plenty more photos, including some of the larger vehicles they've already aligned, on their Facebook page. Visit the D and R Tyres website to find out how this business is setting itself apart from the competition with the help of Hofmann Megaplan. 

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Selling Your Services: the next best thing to a new car for your customers!

Convincing your customers to part with their well-earned money for the sake of wheel alignment or new tyres can be a massive struggle.

Unless you have the tools to physically show them what condition their tyres are in, the likelihood is you won't be upselling your services and they'll go on damaging their vehicle, reducing their MPG and generally ruining tyres.

What many of your customers probably fail to understand is, changing their tyres or having their wheel alignment checked can help to make their car feel as good as new again. Who doesn't want that?

The missed opportunity!

Tyres continue to degrade over time, it's an inescapable fact we must show.

Through exposure to the elements; sunlight, water, chemicals and continuous driving, the condition of tyres will decrease, causing performance and handling issues including extended braking distances and reduced grip when cornering.

Even if they don't drive long distances, the tyre's performance will reduce the older they get. Throw in adverse wear from mis-alignment and the distance driven may not matter.

So...

Have you been educating your customers on their tyres & alignment? Do you have the equipment needed to sell your services?

 

Upselling new rubber & alignment!

Wheel alignment has traditionally lived with the bad wrap of being a money maker, not a necessity. However, it has now grown into an industry leading service,creating revenue while improving the performance of their vehicle at the same time.

The old-fashioned view of wheel alignment has been driven away!

But customers still want to see proof that their tyres are in poor condition before parting with their cash. That's where Hofmann Megaplan come into the mix.

Quality reporting from the handheld salesman...

Increase your tyre sales and alignment services with the revolutionary TreadReader.

Released as the world's first pre-check tool, with the capability to integrate your Hofmann wheel alignment machine – this essential piece of equipment instantly provides the quality reporting necessary to sell to your customers transparently.

Offering 3D visual reports and information about the condition of their tyres, this portable and lightweight device can also identify issues such as worn suspension or misalignment.

Check out this device now!

Finding the right vehicle alignment machine...  

Setting the car's castor, camber and toe angle figures means better handling and more even tyre wear. Yes, that can also mean a longer tyre life. Therefore, having a reliable and accurate system in your garage is a must!

Designed to integrate seamlessly with the TreadReader, our range of wheel alignment machines provide efficient systems to cope with the busiest of alignment services.

Browse our range now!

Discuss selling your services with our dedicated team!

Contact our specialists online today or call us now on 01480 8-9-10-11 to get some more information on our range of wheel aligners and the handheld TreadReader.

We're also happy to discuss how to increase business in your garage!

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Hofmann Megaplan first choice for tyre equipment with Mac Tools

Garage equipment line up from Mac Tools, supplied by Hofmann Megaplan

The last weekend of August saw the launch of the all-new Mac Tools tyre equipment line, displayed and demonstrated at the Mac Tools Fair in Birmingham, UK.

These high-end models have been produced exclusively for Mac by Hofmann Megaplan, who will offer a full spectrum of support, including training and aftersales support.

Mac Tools were looking for a range of own-branded product they could focus on, as up until now, they had been partnering with numerous different brands and therefore had very little enthusiasm or focus.

James Boon, EVP for Garage Equipment Product & Strategy, put together a line which gave Mac some exciting and unique features, at a price point that keeps them competitive via their mobile network across the UK & Ireland.

The machines shown at the Tool Fair can be seen pictured with celebrity guest Fuzz Townshend of National Geographic TV show Car SOS. 

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Do your customers know why wheel alignment services are so important?

Wheel alignment can save lives. Do your customers know this?

This may sound extreme or like scaremongering, but it is a fundamental fact; wheel alignment is conducted to ensure a car's wheels are functioning properly for optimal performanceIf they aren't working correctly, accidents are more likely to occur, putting the lives of your customers and their passengers at risk.

 

Do your customers know your Wheel Alignment Machine could save them more than money?

To answer this you must first think, do you know your wheel alignment system?

You will be surprised by the number of owners and mechanics alike that don't understand the power of the alignment equipment they use day in day out. This can be detrimental to the overall service you provide to your customers.

With the introduction of new technology from constant innovation, the garage equipment industry's top suppliers are creating new ways to make wheel alignment as easy as possible. Hofmann Megaplan has lead the charge on this for many years.

Step by step on-screen guides and live training demonstrations are also all provided by our Hofmann installation team – care and service is what sets us apart from the rest!

The best wheel alignment machine? Vehicle owners are getting smarter! 

Trying to pick out the right vehicle alignment machine for your garage can feel like a bit of a minefield, but you want to stay one step ahead of your competition if they're upselling 3D alignment your basic system.

Check out our previous blog to discover the best wheel alignment machine and how we have made it even better!

How often should you recommend wheel alignment?

Everyone has heard the standard responses to how often you should be getting customers to check their alignment; 6,000 miles or annually, check your vehicle handbook.

With so many variances, it is difficult to know what is right. So what should you be advising your customers?

A full wheel alignment service should be the first port of call for anyone involved in a collision. Hitting a curb is enough to knock alignment out and leave wheels in need of replacement sooner than expected.

Also, to ensure the car's wheels are functioning to their optimal performance, making sure your customer's wheel alignment is checked whenever a steering or suspension component is replaced, can help to identify any issues or areas that could be fatal out on the road.

Vehicle Wheel Alignment: The Bottom Line!

Consequences of not checking a car's alignment could be lethal. Having reliable car wheel alignment tools can make a HUGE difference.

Remember if your customer has been in an accident recently, advise they get their alignment checked immediately!

When it comes to alignment, your customers can either pay now or pay later. Simple!

Discuss your Wheel Alignment Services with our experts.

Making sure your wheel alignment services are up to scratch can be a pain – we are here to help!

Check out our range of wheel aligners online today. To discuss in more detail, contact us online now or call us on 01480 8-9-10-11.

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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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