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It's not exactly news to many that ADAS Diagnostics was a hot topic throughout 2019 – and so far, our prediction of little let-up moving into 2020, has been spot on!
But for many looking to invest in this state-of-the-art equipment, ADAS diagnostics has become the biggest technological headache of the year so far.
ADAS like most new technology when it is first introduced is an unknown. It is highly anticipated and can be viewed as another unnecessary expense. But with these sensors now commonplace on consumer vehicles, you risk falling behind the curve if not investing & missing out on revenue.
Revenue in ADAS Diagnostics?
ADAS has been around for a while, but the need to calibrate these systems has become far more pressing with demand now commonplace and many capitalising on this.
An anonymous equation
The great thing about ADAS is the data you get back. At a top-level for every install, for example, you can see just how many calibrations are being completed.
We have one customer who started offering ADAS calibrations using their system in July 2019. With the service still rare, they had people travelling hundreds of miles from big body shops as it was the only way they could calibrate.
To date (March 2020) they have completed over 162 calibrations at £225 a service.
That’s £36,450 in ADAS calibrations alone, meaning the system has more than paid for itself!
While this is an extremely simplified version of the potential ROI, the figures are all true & demonstrate with the help and support of Hofmann Megaplan just how quickly this new service could help your business grow.
Why wait to offer ADAS Diagnostics?
Many garage owners may feel with so many changes going on around vehicle safety, that any new equipment will be out of date within a few months. ADAS equipment has been expertly designed to continuously calibrate vehicles.
Digital system takes this as far as daily updates to board FOC over the air, so their ready to go when you are.
The biggest issue seen in the industry to date is a lack of knowledge and understanding from technicians on how to deliver accurate & reliable ADAS testing. As a result, training is paramount.
ADAS at its finest...
Our training & support speaks for itself. We support some of the UK’s biggest body shops & most successful/ highly rated garages. As a result, these businesses are thriving & renowned for offering ADAS. Why not let us support you too?
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The need for ADAS calibration systems is increasing monthly, with new vehicles being introduced into the UK market.
Hofmann Megaplan is keen to help any business looking to maximise the potential of their business by investing in great equipment. Even more so, those that embrace the latest technology with open arms.
Harvey’s Autotech of Westbury is a prime example of a business looking to stay ahead of the curve!
Our aim is to ensure businesses like Harvey’s face minimal stress when upgrading to the best in premium tyre fitting equipment & ADAS calibration solutions. Our expert garage equipment installation team take a big job like this & make it seamless.
They also go the extra mile, ensuring you’re ready to start making a return on your investment from the word go with training & support to suit you.
One Garage Equipment Supplier for a seamless service
Hofmann Megaplan offers customers like Harvey’s a unique advantage as they can get a complete range of garage equipment designed to complement & integrate, all under one roof.
What’s more, the install is completed with the workflow of your garage & all the services you wish to offer in mind. This means operational efficiencies & a better-looking garage.
A full line up of Hofmann Megaplan garage equipment was recently installed at Harvey’s Autotech in February, including a state of the art Digital ADAS system.
Harvey’s is one of the many garages choosing to invest in the most advanced version of ADAS Calibration Sytems in 2020, the digital ADAS solution.
This digital ADAS system sits alongside a megamount 513 tyre changer, megaspin 220 wheel balancer and megaline Ssence 3D wheel aligner paired with megalift.
This really is a garage to rival our own showroom!
A supplier you can trust.
Ready to find out what all the ADAS fuss is about? Looking to explore how investment in premium equipment means bigger returns?
Call us today on 01480 8-9-10-11 to have a discussion that could change the future of your business & arrange a courtesy visit from one of our team.
ADAS Calibration Equipment is still a relatively new phenomenon. Investment in it is a big decision that can for many, be one massive headache.
Speaking to someone who understands ADAS services & the full scope of systems on offer can be essential; especially when it comes to such a large investment which will enable you to complete the ADAS calibrations your customers now require.
You’ve probably been thinking something like “Ok, ADAS is a thing. Do any of my customer even need these calibrations? Oh, I should be completing it after a variety of jobs? It can be an extra source of income? My competitors are offering it now & pinching customers promoting it? There are digital & analogue systems? It costs what? Can I afford not to have it? What system do I need?”
Is there a best ADAS Calibration System?
In short, no.
ADAS is one of the biggest technological advancement in automotive services in the last decade. That means you need a machine that of keeping up with changes to come as cars continue to develop.
For many garage owners, the hefty investment in ADAS calibration equipment can be tough to justify. There are two main systems though catering to different technology levels.
The ADAS Analogue system utilises a more traditional set up of printed boards & a simple manual measurement system, helping to keep initial outlay lower whilst enabling you the ability to complete ADAS calibrations. It is more labour intensive to set up though & new boards need to be purchased to keep it up to date.
Alternatively, a larger investment is needed in the digital solution, which uses a 65” monitor to display boards intelligently to suit the position of the car in front of it. Add to this laser measurement & this system is operable by a single technician saving labour & receives updates over the air for new updates.
As with any piece of garage equipment, knowing which system is best for your garage can only be determined by speaking to the experts! We’d advise booking a visit to the Hofmann Megaplan Centre of Excellence to try both systems out for yourself before making an investment.
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Here at Hofmann Megaplan, we are always quick to show off the incredible garage equipment installation work our experts carry out – especially those that could potentially rival our own showroom!
Over the past six months, Durrant Garage Services in Huntingdon have undergone a complete tyre fitting & vehicle lifting transformation, taking their garage services to a whole new level. With the installation of their latest piece of equipment finally completed, we can show you exactly what we have been up to.
Special thanks to Glynn England of Motor Parts Direct, who this installation was completed in conjunction with!
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This line up was completed last week with a Cascos 5T C455 lift, renowned for robust and efficient lifting.
The workshop is looking great and is a testament to both businesses!
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It can be easy to get carried away by the hype of ADAS diagnostic equipment. These systems are dominating social & appear at all the shows. However, if you don’t know what you are doing this equipment could be no more than an overpriced TV!
Advanced Driver Assistance Systems are complex and should be treated as such.
Investing in ADAS calibration services is a big deal and selecting the right supplier can make or break the return you’ll see.
ADAS is expert level; get qualified!
ADAS calibrations are a crucial process for the efficiency of the vehicle’s systems.
If the vehicle’s cameras are out of alignment by even the smallest of margins, the consequences could be catastrophic; the appropriate action or alert to a potentially dangerous situation will not happen.
Being a fully qualified ADAS technician is a huge USP that will soon be essential. It shows another level of competency that customers rely on when looking for a garage.
ADAS is commonplace on newly manufactured vehicles meaning it will only be a matter of time until ADAS checks will be incorporated into standard checks as part of mandatory safety like the MOT test – so you need to make sure only fully trained professional are conducting these essential calibrations & your customer know about them.
Make sure your customers are ADAS aware...
How many vehicle owners do you talk to that had no idea they even had a certain feature on their car?
Awareness of brand-new technology in the form of ADAS is essential & is a major reason to choose Hofmann Megaplan.
Although certain developments like cruise control and automatic headlights have been around for a few years, the knowledge that these specifications sit within ADAS is also very low.
As an up and coming garage within ADAS services, offering training and tips on how to recognise and deal with ADAS issues will help customers to gain your trust.
Talk to Hofmann Megaplan today about our ADAS POS packs, coming soon. These ensure ADAS is front & centre in your garages & your customers are educated without simply being sold to. We’re also able to offer additional off-site training for your team members who may have missed the install!
You can regain a customer’s business through honest and helpful services!
Take your garage services to the next level...
Our team have been through professional training and have completed numerous successful ADAS installs across the UK alongside additional training & knowledge days. For more advice on these systems, contact us online today or call us on 01480 8-9-10-11 to discuss in more detail.
It is the people of Hofmann Megaplan that make us the best. An easy example of this? Our experts across in the MOT division that specialises in garage preparation, MOT equipment installs and getting business up & running to MOT. It is so much more than just an install.
Why are we considered one of the best in the industry?
The beginning of 2019 saw the integration of our separate ATL MOT site into our renowned main website, in a decisive shift to combine all our services together to showcase the service that has made us famous.
It is safe to say, that journey has got our MOT division booming with new business, throughout the summer and continuing into the tail end of 2019. No one says it better on how we go the extra mile than our valued customers.
A masterstroke that put us ahead of the curve.
Since October, we have been running our new ATL MOT 5 Year Peace of Mind Offer – earning you a potential saving upwards of £3,750 + VAT in calibration fees over the 5-year period.
Available on all orders until the end of the year, this offer covers all MOT bays for sale – which would also see you gain 2 years warranty as standard on your order!
What to expect from 2020.
With the new announcements of connected MOT equipment, we are set to have another busy year in 2020 – equipping even more garages with new equipment.
If we are busy, that means you should be too!
Massive changes are hitting ATL MOT garage services at the moment around connected equipment & it can be tricky to keep on top of what the DVSA now expects of you.
To give you a running start in 2020 & peace of mind with your MOT endeavours, we want to share some of the most important updates that you should really be aware of.
MOT Connected Equipment is on the move!
Over the past 12 months, plans have been in place to roll out new connected MOT equipment standards – in the hopes of making the MOT procedure intuitive, integrated & fraud-proof.
Since October 2019, the DVSA (working alongside the GEA) has completed the successful rollout of connected Brake Testers and announced the introduction of connected Decelerometers from February 1st of this year.
Trails are also being held on emissions testers and headlight testers, with the ambition of them being put into circulation by the end of 2020.
Updated VT01 Form
The well-known MOT application form VT01, has recently been through a facelift too.
Introduced on November 1st 2019, the VT01 application to apply, run or change an MOT station now requests a few extra details as part of the application.
PLEASE NOTE: Any submissions made on the old version of the form, will delay your process.
You can download the new application form here.
Or you could work with Hofmann Megaplan!
We can take care of the entire application process for you as part of our comprehensive MOT Bay install service. Applications, planning, groundworks, calibrations & servicing. If you are searching for someone to install a new MOT bay or looking to upgrade your current MOT bay package, make sure you give us a call.
This is more than a purchase. You are investing in a relationship with us. In return, we’ll ensure you never have a headache from your MOT Bay!
Our specialist ATL MOT division has moved from strength to strength this year. Renowned for an unbeatable 360-degree service from the first call, no ask is too big in helping to get your MOT Bay up & running.
The easiest way to showcase this. Let one of our customers do it for us!
Hofmann Megaplan: What made you choose Hofmann Megaplan for your MOT Bay?
Richard of Ruislip Tyres: Ease! We didn't really get much response back from the emails & phone calls [to others], so rang Andy at Hofmann [Megaplan] the next day. I think two days later he was down from Leeds, so it was good. We ran through what was needed & went from there.
HM: What has it been like working with Hofmann Megaplan?
RR: They project managed the whole thing from day one. The garage we bought was basically a blank canvas. It was going to be completely refurbished and with a blank canvas to play with it needed to be done right. So, we went in, marked everything out & changed a few things around. We have done a lot of the groundworks ourselves [although Hofmann Megaplan are able to organise & manage this], just because we know a lot of builders through customers. Apart from that, it was every week we were getting good comms with Andy & we were on track with everything!
HM: How did Hofmann Megaplan exceed your expectations?
RR: They did all the paperwork for DVSA, for the signoffs and all that sort of stuff, so it took a lot of the pressure off me. I had a lot of stuff going on obviously with the build & we had other machinery going in. We had to do the extension on the back & all sorts. You can see in the video the whole back section is new, so we had to basically build that section to accommodate the MOT Bay because the previous MOT Bay, it wouldn't be signed off. It was too old.
HM: Since working with Hofmann Megaplan on your MOT Bay, how has the business changed?
RR: It's gone from strength to strength I mean we were already very busy with tyres obviously being one of the leading tyre places in the area. All the tyre customers we had, now we are getting the MOT custom as well It's gone from strength to strength & we've been open 3 months now so it's great.
We look forward to sharing more MOT Bay installs with you in 2020. It’s already shaping up to be a busy year.
2020 is set to see no slowdown in the talk around Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS) as garage owners are wising up to the idea of investing in ADAS calibration equipment.
A steep learning curve is ahead for mechanics yet to grasp the ins & outs of ADAS, but digital ADAS equipment is making this far less daunting.
As a garage owner, keeping up with the development of ADAS equipment and the best way to perform ADAS diagnostics can be very difficult – however 2019 has seen many ADAS specific open days popping up, with a chance to get hands on.
For many this is a chance to get excited about ADAS calibrations as an opportunity instead of a threat.
Buy a service, not a product!
If you don’t know what your ADAS equipment is capable of, how can you offer these services to your customers?
ADAS Calibration Equipment is a large but worthwhile investment. Being aware of what your calibration equipment can do is essential to offering this new to many service. You need to be able to justify the additional price you are charging your customer.
Your team also need to understand how ADAS calibrations tie together with the other work they complete and get to grips with performing calibrations efficiently & accurately.
That’s why demo’s & installations are often more essential that owning the equipment. You need a supplier who will not only help you invest in the ADAS equipment but understand how to best utilise it moving forward.
Many are choosing Hofmann Megaplan for just this reason! While we are able to supply the two familiar solution on the market, it is what comes around the physical product that makes us stand out.
From your first enquiry through to each calibration, our service team & ADAS Engineers are on hand to answer your questions, showcase the options available to you, advise, install, train & trouble shoot to ensure your investment isn’t a headache.
Our team have been manufacturer trained and have already completed numerous successful ADAS installs across the UK - so for more advice on these expert systems, contact us online today or call us on 01480 8-9-10-11 to discuss in more detail.
To many, nothing seems special about a two-post lift. A basic version of this equipment staple might be all you've ever owned or worked with. Turns out vehicle lifting equipment is one of the most interesting areas to watch!
A two-post lift can come in various specs & with accessories to diversify it uses (including alignment tables). But when you look beyond this you now have scissor lifts that can move with a vehicle on them & 4-post lifts geared up to complete any number of jobs as part of an ATL or MOT bay.
Why the love for vehicle lifts?
Where you have a vehicle lift, it is almost certainly the most frequently used machine in a workshop!
Think about it, what diagnostic or repair jobs do you carry out without the use of a car lift? How many times a day do you find yourself saying "let's get it up on the ramp & take a look"?
It makes performing all manner of jobs easier, speeds up productivity and this can lead to more revenue. So, what if we said diversifying the lifting options within your garage could lead to even great productivity & profit?
Are you lifting enough vehicles?
2 post lift and 4 post lifts are commonplace in garages, with one or more of each a familiar sight. Depending on your garage, customer base and speciality though, you could face regular challenges or hold ups with the wrong lifts.
For example, an increase in 4x4 and SUV owners will require greater capabilities in vehicle lifts in the future! Would you be ready to handle multiple larger vehicles today?
Could you align even the biggest vehicles where your competition can't & gain a competitive advantage, or have they got the competitive advantage over you?
Can you move vehicles around your body shop to work on different service aspects without lowering them?
Your competition can & it means they quote quicker repairs & work more efficiently!
The need for the best, latest and most innovative garage lifting equipment is obvious as vehicle types change. Are you ready for this?
Vast range to suit every need...
Here at Hofmann Megaplan, we have been supplying an incredible range of lifting equipment for many years – with new additions to cover all areas and keep our customers working efficiently.
With many configurations and specifications, it can be difficult to identify exactly what you need – we try to make this an easy process.
Check out some of our lifting categories:
Demand for a smarter solution to ADAS calibrations is rife. The industry has been screaming out for something simpler that manual boards that cost in both space and money.
In the latest instalment of our specialist ADAS training this week, we were happy to see some new and existing clients back to inspect ouradvanced ADAS calibration equipment –even in the dreadful November weather!
The experts at Hofmann Megaplan delivered open format demos and were on hand throughout to offer their expertise and advice to those serious about a better solution to ADAS.
Experiencing live demonstrations and having the ability to question our experts on ADAS calibration equipment has been proving extremely valuable to our customers who have gone on to purchase.
Guests took advantage of the resources available & really challenged our team on ADAS systems. They also had the opportunity to discover much more in our state-of-the-art showroom.
ADAS headache or opportunit y
As one of the biggest talking points in 2019, ADAS has stirred up many into conversation, posing a completely new challenge to the industry.
These advanced vehicle calibrations have a reputation for their complexities, but new technologies on show at our educational day busted this.
Specialist training on these systems can help to make garage owners and mechanics lives much easier.
Industry leading garage equipment suppliers, Hofmann Megaplan, are proud to take the lead and guide industry professionals, by producing informative open days and training resources.
Complex made simple!
The initial expense that must be outlaid for ADAS calibration equipment cam discourage garage owners, however we've already seen the returns proven in those early adopters of the advanced ADAS system.
For those who joined us this week, they have learnt how our specifically designed digital ADAS solution has been produced to be the most cost and labour efficient product in the UK, and how ADAS will change the outlook of vehicle calibrations in the years to come.
Providing an easy and automatic set-up, jobs can be completed much quicker and simpler than with manual boards, by one man only and while offering a more precise service.
The totally digital solution to this high tech calibration also brags a 65" TV monitor display,meaning no purchasing costly boards and having to arrange them yourself.Our system gives you the right screen for the right vehicle & even adjusts to the vehicles position in front of it!
To all of you who visited us at our showroom, thank you for braving the weather and joining us for the latest instalment of our specialist training!
Don't know where to start with ADAS calibration equipment?
Who'd have thought, a now stable product in garages could still be subject to innovative new changes! Even the most basic of models are changing to become more efficient, operator friendly & fitted with features many might consider a luxury.
That's why our Hofmann Megaplan range of wheel balancers is constantly evolving to bring new machines that offer all this & more.
Luxury features on premium machines ensure extremely accurate balancing time & again.
Brand new models for high speed wheel balancing!
We have been working again on updating our wheel balancing machines to bring you new models at more attractive price points without compromising on these incredible features.The premium balancing process has become quicker and more accessible than ever before.
So, let's catch you up with our latest wheel balancer range amendments.
Completely brand new to our range, the megaspin 220 offers a compact and high spec balancing solution for your garage.
Fully equipped with multiple easy to use features for simple automatic balancing, this is built for durability through smart processes without the need for a large operational footprint.
Virtual sonar capabilities have now been added to decrease set-up time.
Now boasting the fastest even spin cycle – under 5 seconds – you can perform even quicker wheel balancing services to boost your revenue!
Updated megaspin 120 & megaspin 1200P
The megaspin 120 epitomises how small can still be both premium & efficient! Offering fully automatic 3D data input through Intelligent Width Assessment (IWA), this may be our basic modelbut it is still leaps & bounds ahead of the competitions best balancers! An obvious step forward in wheel balancing technology for your garage?
Our megaspin 1200P balancer continues to deliver excellent results.
High speed. Touchless operation. Laser point accuracy. No checkspin. These are features that mean a flawless balancing service with no risk of failure for your customers.
Not only this, the One Weight Balance (OWB) software allows you to complete your weight application in half the usual time as only one weight is needed (yes, that means huge savings on weights too!).
Choose the right wheel balancer for your 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.
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.
Don't feel abandoned when considering your wheel alignment options!
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 customers, but 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!
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?
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!
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:
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!
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!
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?
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.
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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.
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.
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.
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.
Discuss selling your services with our dedicated team!
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 performance. If 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.
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.
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.
But there's less than two weeks left to claim your 1st year calibrations for FREE!