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Roles for Experienced & Junior Garage Equipment Engineers in Peterborough!

We’re looking for someone based in the Peterborough (Ramsey Forty-Foot ) area.

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Hofmann Megaplan is pleased to share several new opportunities to join our extremely well-organised and reputable business, as accredited by the Garage Equipment Association.

What we’re after:

We’re looking for both Experienced & Junior Installation Engineers to join our fast-growing team, as operations continue to ramp up at a fast pace following the expansion of our National Distribution Centre (NDC). 

This role will involve working closely with the team at our NDC to organise the collection of garage equipment, including our range of vehicle lifting equipment. From there you will be out on-site, working with customers to ensure slick installations. Some cross over into maintenance may be required.

Interested? 

You can view both the roles in full by using the below links. We look forward to receiving your application. 

VIEW EXPERIENCED INSTALLATION ENGINEER ROLE VIEW JUNIOR INSTALLATION ENGINEER ROLE

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We're hiring! Warehouse Distribution Assistant

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This role is an exciting opportunity for someone looking to kick start a career in warehouse management and dispatch, as part of a fast-paced distribution hub serving the whole of the UK.

The position will be based at our new National Distribution Centre (NDC) in Ramsey. Please note interviews and training will be at our head office in Kimbolton.

We are looking to fill this role following the further expansion of our operations at our newly developed NDC on the outskirts of Ramsey.

Full training will be provided at our head office in Kimbolton, so no previous experience is necessary, although it will benefit your application.

What matters most is that you are enthusiastic, have a common-sense approach to work, are polite with a good telephone manner and excited to be part of one of the largest business developments in the area.

A determination to learn and understand the full range of equipment the company provides is a must.

Must currently hold a full, clean driving licence and have access to a vehicle.

Responsibilities will include:

  • Handle dispatch of all parts from the NDC
  • Organise and maintain the store, including managing inbound stock and spares
  • Deal with external third-party services relating to delivery

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Full-time role | Ramsey Forty Foot, Huntingdon, PE26 2, United Kingdom

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Government Prepares to Update Position on MOT Extension

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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?

Hofmann Megaplan is on hand to help with any MOT Bay Installations, calibration requirements or as Garage Equipment suppliers

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.

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Latest COVID-19 Guidance for Garages from top Industry Bodies

Screenshot 2020 05 15 at 13.56.16As 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.

READ THE FULL COVID-19 PROTECTIVE MEASURES GUIDE HERE

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An early end to the MOT Exemption? Are you ready?

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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.
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MOT Exemption but the current failure rate is 31 per cent

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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.

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Top 5 Investment Areas for Garages Right Now

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

HM o pro backgroundThe 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.

Find out more about the O-Pro Portable Sanitisation Unit.

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. 

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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.

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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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Get In Contact Now! 

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.

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MOT Exemption vs. Looking after Key Workers

b2ap3 amp motbay2The 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:

  1. 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.
  2. 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. 
  3. 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.
  4. 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. 

Kendal/Cumbria Ambulance/ Fire Service Depots installsOur 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.

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Hofmann Megaplan Appointed Distributor For Atlas Garage Equipment

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.

Atlas Wheel Balancer Range

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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!

The Atlas range of equipment can be found online in the same space the eco range once lived, inheriting the Eco Wheel Balancers & Eco Tyre Changers categories. 

Atlas Tyre Changer Range

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Case Study: Central Autopoint

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!

 

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COVID-19: Key workers & us

Your business can remain open & we at Hofmann Megaplan are open to help you!

47c7a7a2 efac 4f7a 84b7 2f044f3b9215The 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.

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Hofmann Megaplan Wheel Alignment Information from Autodata

 

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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.

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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.

 

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Hofmann Megaplan are Hiring Service Engineers!

With opportunities Nationwide, there has never been a better time to join one of the best Garage Equipment companies to work for in the United Kingdom! 

Position – Service / Break Down / Calibration / Garage Equipment Engineer
Location – Remote/ Based from home
Holidays – 20 days (plus statutory bank holidays)
Equipment provided – Company vehicle, tablet, mobile phone, workwear
Scope – Service, maintain and repair of a wide range of Garage Equipment, to include MOT bays, lifts, tyre changers, and wheel balancers

Hofmann Megaplan is one of the UK's best-known Garage Equipment providers, renowned for a premium product & equally premium service. 

We currently have vacancies within our team for engineers to assist with the service and calibration of all types of garage equipment.

You'll be joining a network of over 50 engineers nationwide to support garages with everything from installation through to routine servicing & tool calibration.

Essential requirements include:

• Good working knowledge of garage equipment
• Excellent communication skills, towards customers and work colleagues
• Work under own supervision
• Flexible and willing to work ad hoc hours as required
• Full UK driving license is a must
• Able to ensure own van stock meets requirements of jobs
• Ability to understand procedures and job instructions, specific to company standards

In return, you will receive a competitive salary, company vehicle, mobile phone, etc, and have the opportunity to work within an extremely well-organised and reputable operation.

Training will be given and ongoing development is offered, but a good level of education, ideally with relevant trade qualifications would be advantageous.

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Latest Opportunity: Service Co Ordinator

Location: Kimbolton  

A Hofmann Megaplan Service Coordinator provides a top-level customer service, not only to our clients but also our engineers, subcontractors and colleagues.

They are outstanding communicators, who work as part of a dedicated customer service team to ensure all jobs are progressed in a prompt and timely manner, to match the premium equipment being supplied.

If you are enthusiastic, hardworking and have a common-sense approach to work driven by attention to detail, this may be the ideal job for you.

The purpose of the position is to schedule installations and service work for our engineers. Part of this is ensuring the parts are in stock and available before booking the work with customers.

Other responsibilities include:

  • Nationwide scheduling of installations and service work for engineer's
  • Liaising with our National Distribution Centre to ensure machines/ parts are in stock before arranging installation or service work
  • Handling inbound calls with the aim of diagnosing faults and arranging appropriate service work if required
  • Making outbound calls to contact customers when installation/service work has been scheduled

Essential skills for success:

  • Excellent telephone manner
  • Basic knowledge of Microsoft Office
  • Understanding of Sage accounts (desired but not essential)
  • Full UK Driving licence
  • Practical problem-solving skills
  • An ability to prioritise and balance multiple workloads

Customer Service experience would be desired but is not essential as our friendly team will be on hand to help and train you.

If you'd like to be considered for the role, we'd love to hear from you. Just send us your CV with a covering note. Please include your salary expectations and any queries you might have about the role.

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Latest Opportunity: Parts Picker Packer Assistant

Location: Ramsey (Interviewing in Kimbolton with training also provided there)

This role is an exciting opportunity for someone looking to start out a career in dispatch within a fast-paced distribution hub serving the whole of the UK.

The position will be working at our new NDC in Ramsey but interviews and Training will be at our head office in Kimbolton.

We are looking to fill this role following the expansion of our operations to a newly developed National Distribution Centre (NDC) on the outskirts of Ramsey.

Full training will be provided at our head office in Kimbolton, so no previous experience is necessary, although will benefit your application.

What matters most is that you are enthusiastic, have a common-sense approach to work, are polite with a good phone manner and excited to be a part of one of the largest business developments in the area.

A determination to learn and understand the full range of equipment the company provides is a must.

Responsibilities will include:

  • Handle dispatch of all parts from the NDC
  • Organise and maintain the store, including managing inbound stock and spares
  • Deal with external third-party services relating to delivery

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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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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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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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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. 

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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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