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

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

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

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

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

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

Heed our expert advice or suffer the consequences...

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

Follow our three steps to MOT greatness:

MOT Lift

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

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

Connected Testing Equipment

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

Service - before, during, after

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

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

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

MOT connectivity dates to remember!

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

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

This applies to:

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

Speak to the experts!

Check out our ATL MOT equipment range for more information.

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

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Do you understand MOT Bay regulations? Do you need to?

MOT Bays are not just about the equipment. There is a host of requirements and regulations surrounding their install and legal running. The question is how much do you need to know and how much can the right partner help ease this pain?

Hofmann Megaplan have supplied and fitted high quality MOT bay packages with equipment and often more importantly, superb pre, during and after-sales service for many years.

We have built up an understanding of the common issues, pain points and best practices when putting together an MOT Bay.

In-depth knowledge and the required experience to tailor your new MOT service can be more valuable than the equipment itself.

From design concept to installation and your first MOT...

The first steps to supplying MOT services can sometimes be the biggest. The work involved in installing the right MOT equipment for your business starts way before ground is even broken.

A360-degree service is a must when installing your MOT Bay as it gives you full support from the early planning stages through to installation.

Offering total project management and advising on MOT equipment to suit your services, the likes of Hofmann Megaplanare able to provide and source the right outfit for your new MOT testing bay based on your space and our specialist industry knowledge.

Expert after-sales service...

MOT test lanes remain reliable and accurate if they are looked after. Simple.

This is the most crucial stage of any MOT installation service; the care and training supplied to help you increase the efficiency and longevity of your new bay. Passing on knowledge to help you succeed in the future should be a part of the package you receive.

Calibrations. Certifications. Servicing. Any reputable supplier should be able to offer this. Hofmann Megaplan are proud to fully manage MOT projects and offer all the support required once you are up and running.

Hofmann Megaplan go the extra mile...

Our team always aim for an exceptional service.

The above & beyond standard we set ourselves means you have everything you need to succeed in your MOT service.

The most comprehensive MOT bay install service in the UK just got better!

But there's less than two weeks left to claim your 1st year calibrations for FREE!

Let us take the reins!

Are you puzzled by the complexities of ATL MOT? Are you currently searching for the perfect MOT station for sale?

Contact us online today or call our dedicated team on 01480 8-9-10-11 for a friendly chat to discuss your new or upgrading MOT services.

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Shine Bright with the best MOT Headlight Tester: 5 Steps to Correct Set Up

Since the beginning of 2016, the regulations for headlamp testing has been altered. Due to this new change we have seen a dramatic increase in failure rates due to insufficient headlights.

It is more important than ever to be accurate and professional when testing this part of a vehicle and this responsibility extends to the equipment being used. That's why we've got some tips to see your headlight alignment tool working right for you. 

Damage to your garage's reputation could be irreversible if you send an unfit vehicle out onto the road. That is why Hofmann Megaplan's MoT specialist division constantly tests its equipment as guidelines on MOT Tests are updated. We make sure your ATL MOT workshop operations run efficiently without interruptions and the correct knowledge and skills are passed onto you through our high quality product range.

MOT Matters: Headlamp Testers for the modern check

Quality of headlight testing equipment is not the only important factor. How a headlight beam tester is set up and being used is vital to a safe and compliant inspection. Failure to do so could result in inaccurate or unreliable results.

Our MoT experts are always on hand throughout our extensive installation service, to ensure you receive the best results.

To guarantee precise readings and performance you should always take into account the following factors:

  1. The position of the headlight beam tester - needs to be located on a level surface and have a permanent position in your workshop
  2. Adjustable rails - built into the ground so that they are level with the vehicle being tested
  3. Robust sliding column - decreasing the risk of deflection with a strong column. Also an electronic device has an advantage for more accurate measurements, over a mechanical and optically operated machine.
  4. Laser over Mirror - a more precise solution for the alignment of each headlamp
  5. Help from the experts - as part of any Hofmann Megaplan MoT Bay install we provide a full on site survey and advice as standard. Its the easiest way to get it right!

However, we can't take responsibility for any operational misuse.

Some Light Alignment Advice

​There are a few other considerations that will mean successful headlight testing in your garage. Before the adjustments are taken, the wheels need to be straight in relation to the position of the car and all tyre pressures corrected when the vehicle is not loaded. In the case of vehicles with pneumatic suspensions, the engine should be operating during testing in order to maintain the correct ride height.

Quality Headlamp testing products - look for the HM!

  • We continue to supply industry-leading headlamp beam testers.
  • We make sure everything is working properly and runs smoothly with your garage's MoT services.
  • We liaise with you during the planning, execution and the post-installation phases of the project.
  • We always aim to deliver reliable headlamp testing equipment, that generates consistent results and dependable income.

What are you waiting for?

​Check out our Headlight Testers today or visit our full range of Hofmann Megaplan MOT Equipment now!

Do you need more information or advice on what we can do to help your workshop? Contact us online now or call us today on 01480 8-9-10-11 to book an appointment with our MOT Station specialists.

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The most comprehensive MoT Bay Install Service in the UK just got better!

  • Above and beyond services FREE OF CHARGE
  • 1st year calibrations FREE OF CHARGE [Limited Offer]
  • Call now to discuss your MOT Bay - 01480 8-9-10-11

Widely regarded as the industry-leading suppliers of MoT equipment across the UK, our specialist team assist with the entire process of not only getting your MoT bay installed but making it compliant with the DVSA ready to use.


Through many years of knowledge development and practical learning, our dedicated MoT install division understand what it takes to complete a successful installation. And it's this vast experience that means our team are able to offer one of the most comprehensive MoT Bay Installation services on offer in the UK.

Above and Beyond MoT Offer!

As part of every Hofmann Megaplan MoT Bay project you receive, completely FREE of charge:

  • Full garage design and planning
  • Any council paperwork completed
  • All DVSA applications taken care of
  • Full turn key package from placing the order to your first MoT
  • On site survey and advice

Our service is second to none, meaning any headache is taken out of setting up your MoT Bay so you can focus on running your business.

We've dealt with every possible surprise and complication that can come from planning, installing and running an MoT Bay so you don't have to! 

Free MoT Calibrations for 1 Year [Limited Time Offer]

What's more, we are able to offer the 1st year calibrations FREE OF CHARGE for MoT Bay installs booked before the 31st August 2019!

There has never been a better time to sort out your garages brand new MoT Bay.

So what are you waiting for? Visit Hofmann Megaplan ATL MOT now!

Do you need more information or advice on what we can do to help your workshop? Contact us online now or call us today on 01480 891011 to book an appointment with our MoT Station specialists.
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Brake Testers: What, How & Why!

​Hofmann Megaplan's ATL & MoT equipment division continues to provide high quality equipment and service across the UK. While a bay is often considered as 1 large investment it is many smart pieces that make it up. This week we are looking at break testers.

Our range of durable brake testers are well known within the industry for their reliability and incredible precision. We have installed thousands of this product across the globe to ensure safe testing of cars, motorbikes and light commercial vehicles.

What's often more important when installing a brake tester is advice for the groundwork. Having someone who has done this many times and can help guide you on the depth needed to dig out, distances required all around and best position can save you money, time and effort.

​Our latest install at Fusion Auto saw a fully comprehensive MoT equipment bay added, with the brake testers being easily accessible and with no visual obstructions. This install utilised every inch of space within the workshop where many may think an MoT Bay wouldn't fit.

What is a Roller Brake Tester?

A key component of MoT testing, due to the potential damage that can be caused by having faulty brakes, the brake tester is a must have. Whilst the vehicle is in a static position, the brake tester allows for dynamic assessment of the brakes and provides a detailed analysis of the condition.

How do Brake Testers work?

If you're new to MoT's you might have seen a break tester in action but not know exactly what it is doing.

The roller brake tester is designed to simulate a generic smooth road surface to ensure maximum tyre protection during the testing process.The vehicle is driven onto the brake tester with its wheels centrally located between the two large rollers. The rollers are then switched on once the vehicle's details have been entered and rotated at a consistent speed related to the vehicle type.

The vehicle's brakes are then applied by the operator. A transducer measures the braking force as the vehicle decelerates, creating an in-depth analysis for each wheel. During the process, fluctuation is also measured to determine balance of braking force between near and off side wheels. An output is displayed showing any difference.

Our brake testers are easy and efficient to use in most part due to the consideration we place on smart installs. The user is able to operate the machine whilst sitting inside the vehicle by a user-friendly control system.

Why are they so important?

As explained above, the brake tester is a vital piece of equipment for MoT testing. It could literally be the difference between life and death for anyone operating or sitting in the vehicle.

If faulty brakes are not flagged up because you've chosen to install an unreliable brake tester there could be devastating consequences.

Don't risk it. Visit Hofmann Megaplan ATL MOT now!

​Luckily for you we are here to help! All our brake testers are DVSA approved. Contact us online now or call us today on 01480 891011 to book an appointment with our MoT Station specialists.

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