Hofmann Megaplan Blog
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.
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!
Let us take the reins!
Since the beginning of 2016, the regulations for headlamp testing has been altered. Due to this new change we have seen a dramatic increase in failure rates due to insufficient headlights.
It is more important than ever to be accurate and professional when testing this part of a vehicle and this responsibility extends to the equipment being used. That's why we've got some tips to see your headlight alignment tool working right for you.
Damage to your garage's reputation could be irreversible if you send an unfit vehicle out onto the road. That is why Hofmann Megaplan's MoT specialist division constantly tests its equipment as guidelines on MOT Tests are updated. We make sure your ATL MOT workshop operations run efficiently without interruptions and the correct knowledge and skills are passed onto you through our high quality product range.
MOT Matters: Headlamp Testers for the modern check
Quality of headlight testing equipment is not the only important factor. How a headlight beam tester is set up and being used is vital to a safe and compliant inspection. Failure to do so could result in inaccurate or unreliable results.
Our MoT experts are always on hand throughout our extensive installation service, to ensure you receive the best results.
To guarantee precise readings and performance you should always take into account the following factors:
- The position of the headlight beam tester - needs to be located on a level surface and have a permanent position in your workshop
- Adjustable rails - built into the ground so that they are level with the vehicle being tested
- Robust sliding column - decreasing the risk of deflection with a strong column. Also an electronic device has an advantage for more accurate measurements, over a mechanical and optically operated machine.
- Laser over Mirror - a more precise solution for the alignment of each headlamp
- Help from the experts - as part of any Hofmann Megaplan MoT Bay install we provide a full on site survey and advice as standard. Its the easiest way to get it right!
However, we can't take responsibility for any operational misuse.
Some Light Alignment Advice
There are a few other considerations that will mean successful headlight testing in your garage. Before the adjustments are taken, the wheels need to be straight in relation to the position of the car and all tyre pressures corrected when the vehicle is not loaded. In the case of vehicles with pneumatic suspensions, the engine should be operating during testing in order to maintain the correct ride height.
Quality Headlamp testing products - look for the HM!
- We continue to supply industry-leading headlamp beam testers.
- We make sure everything is working properly and runs smoothly with your garage's MoT services.
- We liaise with you during the planning, execution and the post-installation phases of the project.
- We always aim to deliver reliable headlamp testing equipment, that generates consistent results and dependable income.
What are you waiting for?
New for 2019, Cascos have introduced a stunning new colour scheme in their ever popular range of vehicle lifts!
Here at Hofmann Megaplan we partner with Cascos Lifts to provide the ultimate ATL MOT range, and are proud to present the launch of the new graphite colour scheme for the 'Elite' brand line.
As always, Cascos continue to supply in the Platinum colour scheme or indeed any other corporate colour schemes upon request.
Cascos have recently carried out an audit of all their materials and component suppliers in order to ensure full traceability of their origin and quality. As a result, the company can have absolute faith in the product they supply and this has resulted in the ability to support a class-leading 5 year warranty.
James Boon, EVP of Garage Equipment commenting on Cascos Lifts:
"It's a well recognised fact that, although you may pay more for the Cascos brand vs. a cheap vehicle lift from the Far East, the Cascos will be by far the cheaper buy in the long term, simply because of the length of life and cost of ownership along the way."
"We still get calls to service Cascos lifts that are 30 years old, which is testament to the build quality and justifies completely the initial outlay."
As the Chinese garage equipment market grows increasingly stronger and popular, Cascos continue to develop high quality and durable products that are able to withstand the test of time. The focus is on customers who place quality and longevity as the most important assets, leading to long term cost savings and efficiencies.
Interested in our Cascos range?
As you know by now, the Hofmann Megaplan's ATL MOT site has moved! However that doesn't change the impeccable service we aim to give all the companies we have supplied garage equipment to, and worked with to achieve the best possible result for their MOT Bays.
Our specialist division for handling automotive testing equipment within the workshop, works tirelessly to make sure your ATL MOT workshop operations run efficiently with minimal interruption. We ensure we have individuals with the correct knowledge and skills, working with you on these projects to guarantee maximum productivity and minimum time to delivery and installation of your MOT Testing Equipment.
What do we offer?
Having been a leading supplier of garage and MOT equipment since 1931, our product standards are of the highest quality and we wouldn't supply equipment with the famous 'H' logo on it, if we didn't feel it was up to scratch.
We can supply test equipment for:
ATL/MOT is our specialist division for handling automotive testing equipment within the workshop. The specialist team works tirelessly to make sure your workshop operations run efficiently with little interruptions right from the planning stage. We have individuals with expert knowledge and skills working on projects to guarantee the perfect bespoke bay for your garage.
Why have we moved MOT Bays & ATL?
For ease of use! Moving our ATL MOT products onto the main site helps you see the full range on offer when looking to spec your garage out for new equipment, from lifts to MOT Bays, Tyre Changers to AC recovery machines.
Can you still find the same products?
Absolutely! Nothing has changed in regards to our product range.
We still supply the same industry-leading equipment and services to make sure everything is working properly and runs smoothly.
Our specialist engineers liaise with you during the planning, execution and post-installation phases of the project, to deliver reliable test lanes that generate consistent results, and dependable income.
What are you waiting for? Visit Hofmann Megaplan ATL MOT now!