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

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

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

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

On the night...

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The Moral of this Tyre Fitting Story 

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

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

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

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

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

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

Author | Warren Carr | Wheel Alignment Specialist 

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

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Case Study: SCS Tyres Co

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Case Study: Elite Tyres Direct

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Event Review: Point S Conference

Hofmann Megaplan was pleased to take part in the Point S members Conference & Trade Fair held on the 23rd February  2019. 

The event took place across the entire day with scheduled conference talks, followed by an open trade fair style floor for guests to explore. 

The trade show part of the event was a great opportunity for many exhibitors to talk to the end user of their products and services. Hofmann Megaplan were the only ones however to be demonstrating the revolutionary Handheld TreadReader device. This interactive demo was able to happen live at the show, giving customers a real feel for the benefit this device offers. 

This TreadReader is exclusive to Hofmann Megaplan in the UK and generated a lot of attention, including interest from multiple business owners looking to increase alignment and tyre service sales in their garages. 

Alongside this, the team were on hand to discuss items across the entire range of garage equipment. Some of the highlights included our ever popular scissor lifts, the high spec 813XL tyre changer and OWB (One Weight Balance)

One of the most prestigious machine in our line up which also grabbed the attention of many was the Smart X. Considered by many to be The Ultimate in Tyre Fitting & Removal Technology, this BMW approved machine keeps safety at the heart of the operation by completely automating the process of removing and fitting a tyre. Human error is a thing of the past!

Andy Ringrose, Sales Manager, attended the event with Hofmann Megaplan. He commented, "it's great what Point S is doing in bringing together all of their members at conferences like this, not only to learn but also to see what new technology is out there and available now on the market place. Thank you very much for inviting us along!"

Hofmann Megapan would like to echo Andy's sentiments in thanking Point S for putting on a great event. To find out more about any of the technology discussed at the show including the Handheld TreadReader and One Weight Balancing you can call us now on 01480 8-9-10-11.

You can join Point S online today by visiting their website.

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The Wheel Alignment Blog | Winter Wheel Alignment System Tips

A quick one this month on the havoc cold weather can wreak when it comes to your wheel alignment system!

Keep your Turn Plates Turning, no matter the weather...

 The severity of weather makes a massive difference of course but cold weather normally means more ice on the road. As such we see more salt, dirt and sometimes even sludge on the roads. All of this will collect within the wheel arches of vehicles and it can easily fall onto your turn plates. This will result in corrosion of the turn plates and their useful lifespan being decreased. Did you know a very fine spray of lubricant daily can save your turn plates from corroding? A small cost to make a big saving long term.

Caster Swings + the cold = A MUST! 

​Don't forget your caster swings, especially in the cold!

Most machines are able to bypass doing a caster swing and so this may not be a check you think to regularly complete. However, this could mean you are missing out on service up sales from damage more commonly caused during the winter months. 

Hitting the kerb at any speed can have a noticeable effect on alignment but many don't realise the unseen damage that happens. We commonly see bent wishbones in the winter months from cases where a customer has skidded on ice and had an impact with the kerb. 

Not doing your caster swing check could mean you are missing out on replacing bent wishbones. Your customers will thank you as they drive away safer!

Infrared Interruption 

Most modern computer wheel alignment machines use infrared technology. That includes 3D and CCD alignment machines. 

We always receive, without fail, several callouts over the winter periods where erratic readings or blocked beams have been reported on these systems. The issue is often quite an obscure one. 

We've found that many garages are now starting to use infrared heaters to keep their workshops warm in the winter. The issue? Unfortunately, these heaters are polluting the space with infrared rays. It is an easy problem to overcome though. The solution is to simply not to shine the heaters near the wheel aligners whilst in use.

Keep warm and keep aligning with the accuracy these machines are built to offer! 

Your winter alignment woes?

​Have you got any other winter alignment woes or tips to overcoming issues thrown up by the cold weather? Let us know now. Our engineers are always on hand to help. Call 01480 8-9-10-11 today and arrange to speak to a member of the alignment team.

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 at Hofmann Megaplan

Hofmann Megaplan is one of the UK's leading suppliers of garage equipment and we currently have two new opportunites to join our teams in the Cambridgeshire area. Full details are provided below.

Dispatch Officer - Stores & Spare Parts - Kimbolton

We are looking to fill this role following an internal promotion.

To be successful in this role you will require enthusiasm, common sense and a polite phone manner. A determination to learn and understand the equipment the company provides is a must. Full training will be provided so no previous experience is necessary.

Responsibilities include: 

  • Dealing directly with customers on the phone to problem solve and provide the correct guidance and spare parts
  • Handle dispatch of all parts from the store
  • Organise and maintain the store including managing inbound stock and spares
  • Use Sage Accounts to handle customer records, orders and stock management
  • Deal with external third party services relating to delivery
  • Work alongside the service manager to field other inbound calls

This is a role that offers a great opportunity for career progression, both on the service management and engineering sides of the business. 

Machine Builder/ PDI Engineer - Ramsey

Again this role requires a great deal of enthusiasm, common sense, and the ability to work well as part of a team. There are also overtime opportunities regularly available. Some knowledge of either the machine building environment or garage equipment will be greatly beneficial. 

Responsibilities include: 

  • Unloading & storing deliveries post build
  • Completing the build for a range of garage equipment including tyre changers, wheel balancers and alignment systems (Browse the Hofmann Megaplan site for the full range) 
  • Testing and fault diagnostics on new machines as well as reporting and improving the build process
  • Working with engineers to improve overall operational efficiency
  • Refurbishment and re conditioning of part exchange machines as well as ex-demo equipment
  • Forklift license desired but not required

You will be working in a hands on the environment using power tools and other heavy machinery. This is a physical role with a great team of people in a rapidly growing part of the business. 

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

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

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Case Study: C445 in Bathwick Dorchester

A quick one this week. A recent install of a Cascos C445 Wheel Alignment Lift in Bathwick, Dorchester.

The C445 is one of the most popular lifts we install from the Cascos lifting equipment machinery range. With a  4000kg Capacity & 4.8m Platform Length, it is also worth noting that Cascos specifically design these lifts for alignment

Who better to install this purpose built lift then the same company who will be providing the brand new aligner to the site as well?

Not only have Cascos designed this range with alignment specifically in mind but they have also included industry-leading safety and build features, such as the Superior-strength platforms and a double mechanical peace of mind safety system. 

Find out more about the full Cascos range of lifting equipment by visiting the UK site. 

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Engineers Kick Off 2019 in Spain with Cascos

Pictured above from left Kevin Reynolds, Neal Stote, Luke John, Jon Horsley and Luke Rivett, Hofmann Megaplan Engineers currently on site at Cascos' manufacturing plant in Vitoria, Northern Spain.

Hofmann Megaplan is consistently working hard to ensure the customer service we offer exceeds the expectations of those purchasing our machines. A big part of this is training, and who better to train our team than the individuals manufacturing the product?

To that end, 5 of our engineers are currently over in Vitoria, Northern Spain, where lifting professionals Cascos Maquinaria (Machinery) are based. 

Still operated by the Cascos family, the same passion and pride goes into every lift they manufacture, from scissor lifts to 4 post ATL/MOT Servicing lifts. It is the way that the company has operated since it was established in 1965.

As chosen UK distributors of Cascos Lifts, Hofmann Megaplan takes its responsibility very seriously in ensuring this incredible product is handled correctly after making its journey to the UK. 

This is the very reason our team receive their installation and maintenance training onsite, in Spain, where the lifting equipment is manufactured.  

We believe this is the best way to ensure our engineers know the products inside out. It also gives them a deeper understanding of the aforementioned passion and pride that the business was established upon and that goes into every lift. 

To find out more about the Cascos range including its incredible history and the tradition behind todays manufacturing process, visit Cascos Lifts now.

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Case Study: Ecoline 88 installed in Paris

Hofmann Megaplan are proud to supply wheel alignment equipment not just in the UK but also across Europe!

The above image shows one of our most recent installs of an Ecoline 88. This machine was installed in an accident repair centre Paris, France. 

The Ecoline 88 is one of the most popular wheel aligner models ever sold by Hofmann Megaplan, not least because it includes some luxury additional features whilst keeping its overall cost down compared to similar machines.  

Owners of this machine will enjoy the ease of use when attaching the 3-point 'GrabClamps', the heavy-duty mechanical turnplates and the advanced measuring heads that come as standard, making full 4 wheel alignment a walk in the park.

The 'GrabClamps' alone makes this aligner worth the investment. The measuring head is mounted to the wheel using sprung-loaded 'arms' that grab the tyre, and 3 nylon locators on the rim. This ensures there is no metal to metal contact and thus no damaged rims.

Whichever geographical market you are looking to purchase your new garage equipment for, you can contact our team today online and a member of the appropriate department will be in contact to help with your new purchase.

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The Wheel Alignment Blog | 3 New Years Alignment Resolutions to make this year

Alignment is an ever evolving practice with technology meaning constant innovation. Making sure all the wheels point in the right direction is only the start now!

With so much changing in the world of wheel alignment systems and technology constantly making for new capabilities of our alignment machines, there are more services then ever before to offer and thus more revenue potential for your garage.

Here are our top 3 areas to watch out for in 2019 when it comes to your alignment system: 

Keep it Calibrated in 2019!

So often we get phone calls from customers complaining of issues with there aligner. Turns out the machine hasn't been calibrated in 2 years. Worst case I've seen machines go 3 years + without a calibration.

Hofmann Megaplan recommend calibrating Laser alignment systems every year while Computer machines should be calibrated every 6 months. This is simply because there are more measurements and to keep that extremely high level of accuracy the machine needs this regular check up.

Whilst we're there, using the latest software and database is essential. Failure to do so can mean not having the latest vehicle information and may lead to lost sales.

And voila you now have the latest machine out there.

ADAS Calibration Equipment - it's a no brainer!

 

ADAS (or Advanced Driver Assistance Systems) are a common occurrence on modern vehicles, designed to remove the scope for human error when driving. Of course if these have not been calibrated correctly the vehicle may not know which way is forward to begin with.

These cameras need to be calibrated. In fact any time you have work done on an area that houses a ADAS sensor, it should be recalibrated! Given that as a garage you are likely to work on one of these areas of the car, upgrading your aligner to include ADAS Calibration Systems could be a no brainer

Find out more about ADAS Calibration systems here

Selling Alignment in 2019 just got easier

Technology can even help you sell alignment service to your customers this year. Devices like TreadReader give you a hand held tread depth scanner that can be quickly rolled over all 4 tyres of a vehicle. From there a simple report is produced giving the customer information of the condition of tyres, alignment and key performance indicators like increase in stopping distance. These reports are hard to ignore and could save a drivers life where they otherwise may have carried on with unsafe tyres.

You can even use the TreadReader to build your business pipeline. A visitor to your garage might not need new tyres now but the information the TreadReader provides you with means you'll know when they will.

Find out more about the TreadReader here

Author | Warren Carr | Wheel Alignment Specialist

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

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Case Study: Hughes Brothers Derby

We are pleased to share a quick snap from a recent vehicle lift install for the Hughes Bros

This Derby based BMW and prestige car specialists, which have been in business for over 20 years, opted for three Hofmann Megaplan megalift 4000-2 in their workshop. 

With luxury features including automatic, electronic safety release, medium and high reach pads as standard and sill-protectors on the upper part of the lifting arms, these lifts are built to withstand the test of time and will fit right in with the Hughes Brothers independent and professional business offering.

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Case Study: JP Alloys

Hofmann Megaplan were recently pleased to return to JP Alloys in Cannock to fit a range of new lifts from the Cascos range as well as Tyre Fitting Equipment and own brand 2 post lifts.

Having worked with Hofmann Megaplan before, the company had always been happy with the quality and service offered and so choose to re engage with them on this project.

JP Alloys is a busy wheel refurbishment shop based in Bridgtown, working on a variety of cars covering all shapes and sizes. As one of the fastest growing alloy wheel refurbishment companies in the UK, JP Alloys employs only the latest technology at their cutting edge facility to repair, diamond cut and coat wheels to original manufacturer's standards. They can also provide bespoke finishes to clients' custom specifications.

On this occasion JP Alloys were looking for a reliable mid-rise scissor lift. This was to increase both the number and variety of cars that could be worked on.

Hofmann Megaplan were pleased to install a number of lifts with more to come, including the Cascos S255 mid-rise scissor lift and the megalift 4000-2 two post vehicle lift.

Tyre fitting equipment was also supplied as part of this install including the megamount 713 Evo and megaspin 420.

Andy Ringrose, Sales Manager at Hofmann Megaplan commented "JP Alloys and Darren have always been a pleasure to deal with and it has been a delight to continue supplying them with high quality lifts and tyre fitting equipment as the business continues to grow. We look forward to continuing our work with the company."

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Case Study: Mercedes Workshop

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The ULTRA Package that Sells Alignment For You

Hofmann Megaplan is set to offer the most advanced 3D alignment system available to date on the market. But the ULTRA is more than just a 3D aligner.

The stunning design and slick operation of the market-leading Ssence 3D wheel aligner have now been integrated with the easy to use, compact yet powerful TreadReader. The result? A next level alignment package that offers the owner ULTRA revenue potential.

The ULTRA is the first system to include technology designed not only to carry out alignment but to actually help the end user sell both alignment and tyres. The ingenious handheld 3D TreadReader allows the technician to grab a full appraisal of the tyre condition in seconds, providing an on-screen or printed report. This gives the vehicle owner a clear insight into the adverse wear on their tyres and the need for alignment.

It is the complete integration of the products through the provided megaTab that makes the ULTRA both unique and intuitive in how it is operated. The addition of the TreadReader alongside the market leading Ssence 3D means alignment engineers can truly capitalise on the potential offered from owning a computerised alignment system.

Managing Director, Mark Berryman commented "Hofmann Megaplan are pleased to have been able to take our market-leading 3D alignment solution and empower users to maximise its capacity. It is fair to say that the ULTRA offers a full wheel alignment servicing solution from prospecting phase right through to aligning. It's like having your own dedicated tyre and alignment salesman full time."

Hofmann Megaplan are pleased to exclusively offer the ULTRA alignment package, the only system with integrated TreadReader technology, at a discounted launch rate. Call the team now on 01480 8-9-10-11 to find out more. 

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Is this the death of the Tilt arm? The Par Move Concept

The first Tyre Changer of its kind, the 813XL from Hofmann Megaplan, features a new concept in tyre fitting which is set to shake up the industry.

For most the sight of a tilt back arm is now commonplace on their tyre machine and has been for some time. However, there have always been some drawbacks for certain users where space may be a premium or strength and speed is a priority.

The 813XL from Hofmann Megaplan is the first of its kind with the introduction of the Par Move Concept. The patented parallelogram design works to eliminate flex, increase speed and reduce the required space for a machine. All mounted on a re-enforced chassis and with a robust fixed vertical tower, we could be looking at a new industry standard. 

How the Par Move Concept works

With the mounting head attached to a fixed vertical column, it rotates around pivot points rather than tilting back in the traditional manner. The possibility for flex from the force of the arm is all but eliminated.

The Par Move Concept also means far less space is required as all movement is achieved through a series of pivots on the front of the machine. The machine sits flush with its back to the wall and allows over 1 metre of space to be recovered.

Par Move also offers far greater precision than traditional tilt arm machines. The movement of the mounting head on a traditional tilt arm is carried out through sliding parts and manual adjustments. The pins and bushings of the Par Move parallelogram system are far more precise.

The 813XL also includes a QuadraClamp 4 cylinder turntable and brand new IntelliPro dual assist arm system which gives users the simplest, most effective and most ergonomic twin-assist arm design Hofmann Megaplan have ever produced.

The 813XL is available now to view online. Call the Hofmann Megaplan team on 01480 8-9-10-11 for more information and to arrange a free live demonstration.

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People the Most Important Asset in MOT Design & Installation

Hofmann Megaplan has been looking beyond just the equipment their specialist MOT division provides to focus on what they believe is key to any install; people and the skills they possess which make them amongst the most approachable and knowledgeable in the industry. 

Whilst the automotive testing equipment fitted within the workshop is a vital part of any MOT Bay, from headlamp testers, brake testers and lifts right through to all the necessary ancillaries needed to create a professional vehicle testing setup, it is the people that bring these elements together. They are the pivotal part of any installation.

Hofmann Megaplan has long been proud of its people. They are the component which make each installation so satisfying. Having individuals that make up a team with years' worth of successful installations behind them ensures every MOT Bay is installed with the long term business objectives of the customer in mind. 

Why do people matter?


Supplying and installing MOT equipment can be a complex process, with no two projects the same. With many different factors to consider including the fringe services, tradesmen involved and the scope for unforeseen issues, it can all be quite messy.

Hofmann Megaplan prides itself on having the right people for the job leading these projects. Their service means that as a business owner or manager, you do not end up wasting your time micro managing the installation. Our engineers do as much as is needed to ensure everything is completed correctly and smoothly. The experience they have brings money can't buy value to your MOT installation that can also save you in the long run.

People First, Even After Installation

This human approach carries on post installation as well. By running various comprehensive training courses, every customer is able to ensure they get the most out of their investment. The flexibility to complete training on its own or as part of an install is another great example of putting people first in MOT design, installation and beyond.

Whether its full supply and installation of complete MOT Bays, provision and install of individual equipment, a complete 'hand holding' service and project management or ongoing calibrations, maintenance contracts and aftersales support, Hofmann Megaplan have the people to complete this work with the human touch needed to help your business succeed. Call them today on 01480 8-9-10-11.

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