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Digital ADAS calibration systems: the present and the future of diagnostic equipment!

As ADAS continues to peak the curiosity of all, we wanted to dig a little deeper into the intricacies of our advanced system. This is the 65" TV model that is wowing audiences wherever we take it!

The need for advanced specialised equipment isn't just for big business or the future. Now, more than ever, it is a necessity in 2019!

As the leading supplier and installer of the first fully digital ADAS system, we are the only ones to currently offer the highest quality calibration equipment available on the market.

For a full run down on our advanced ADAS system, read our previous ADAS blog now!

Let's take a look at our advanced system in more detail...

Five Intelligent Principles to our Advanced ADAS System

Targetless Technology

The versatility of a digital panel means adapting the screen to any existing or future car makers reference protocol is quick, easy and cost effective.


Easy to Use

Simple enough for a single user to operate; the system will guide you through the 6 steps of a calibration procedure.

Fully Automatic

The calibration frame is adjusted automatically, through the electric control, and any movement of the target, in relation to the car, is automatic and virtual. The car never moves!

Keystone System

Extreme accuracy is guaranteed by the self-adaptive system, which allows the software to evaluate the environmental and physical conditions

Universal Coverage

Ensuring the largest market coverage is very important to us.

Just 6 easy steps to a completed advanced and efficient ADAS calibration!

We aim to make every calibration job easy as possible - this way, we decrease the amount of time taken to complete each job and increase the overall efficiency of your garage.

We offer full demonstrations both on site and in our state of the art showroom. 

Get in touch today!

Need to upgrade your garage to include an ADAS calibration system or maybe you just want to learn more about this hot topic?

Check out our ADAS calibration systems online today. Contact us now or call today on 01480 8-9-10-11 to speak to one of our dedicated teams for more information.

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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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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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Air Conditioning Units: a service you can’t miss out on?

With manufacturers recommending that the average vehicle air con system is serviced at least every two years, and with most modern cars coming with Air Con as standard, the demand for air con servicing has never been higher!

Your competitors will be looking for new ways to increase their revenue stream, attract new business and retain current customers. An Air conditioning service machine could be the answer, so can afford to miss out?

Automotive Air Conditioning Service Equipment - Its on the up! 

No longer a luxury feature within vehicles, air conditioning has become an integral service to many garages. In fact it is now one of the most advertised services garages offer with banners and sandwich boards appearing outside many workshops.

Making sure you have the correct equipment ensures you are set you up for success as customers become more aware of the need to recharge their AC. Investing in the right Air Con recharge or servicing machine allows you to complete jobs efficiently while enhancing the productivity of your business.

So which machine is right for you?

Hofmann Megaplan Air Conditioning Machines

As with every Hofmann Megaplan product range, our Air Conditioning Units are manufactured to the highest standard. Manufactured in Italy, you will be receiving the finest system money can buy with a variety of features.

Check out our full range below:

​Want to find out more about our Air Conditioning Units? Contact us online now or call us today on 01480 8-9-10-11 and speak to one of our dedicated Air Con Service system team members for more information.

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Advanced ADAS Calibration System draws record crowd to Hofmann Megaplan Centre of Excellence

Over the last few months, ADAS has been an unavoidable subject - and for many, it is a step into the unknown. Many shows this year already including the CV Show and Automechanika have demonstrated the need for specialised equipment and valuable industry knowledge.

Although many garage owners won't admit it, the demand for ADAS calibrations are beginning to scare even the most knowledgeable. These technologically advanced systems are fast becoming a necessity to keep your customers.

Whilst many specialists are worried about the lack of awareness, this has been the main focus for Hofmann Megaplan.

ADAS Calibration Training - Advanced Systems for Simple Solutions

Held at our state-of-the-art showroom and training centre, our ADAS equipment experts were on hand for a free educational day covering our totally digital solution to ADAS diagnostic systems.

Visitors had the opportunity to gain & share knowledge around multiple Advanced Driver Assistance Systems. Unravelling the mystery of ADAS has never been easier!

"The advanced ADAS system is able to complete more calibration checks in less time due to its digital set up and smart operational features. Minimal interaction is needed from the operator. This is a method of completing ADAS that is making people rethink how they invest in technology. The whole-lift cost of Advanced ADAS vs. standard ADAS is a no brainer. You'll be saving tens of thousands through FOC board updates alone and people are realising that here today."


The team hosted live demonstrations throughout the day, completing more calibration checks with the advanced system on the morning of the event than a standard system could in a day. The brand new Advanced ADAS Calibration system was a big hit with visitors, prompting a lot to rethink how they invest in ADAS calibration equipment.

Advanced ADAS Calibration - The Right Investment

It has been designed specifically for Hofmann Megaplan to provide ADAS calibrations in the most cost and labour efficient way imaginable. A 65" TV Monitor provides a totally digital solution to updates, instead of purchasing costly boards to deal with different vehicle requirements, whilst the operation is smart enough to take measurements and adjust the screen perspective to avoid time spent trying to line up a vehicle.

Other ancillary garage equipment was also on show, including the full range of Wheel Alignment machines and Automatic Tread Measurement Systems. These are services proven to boost revenue in garages and so were of great interest to visitors.

The TreadSmart is the latest offering in this space joining the handheld TreadReader, offering affordable tread scanning with integrated Number Plate Recognition for fast and transparent reporting.

To all of you who visited us at our showroom, we thank you for making it our best open day to date!

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Wheel Lift Review: Manually lifting tyres could cost you more than you think!

Has anyone ever mentioned investing in a vehicle wheel lift? Maybe you've noticed as the day goes on your fitter's speed to carry out jobs decreases?

Vehicle wheels are heavy and you're probably lifting them more than you realise. Are the signs not clear enough yet?

You may be about to lose a valuable member of your team to serious back problems if you don't heed these signs of physical strain. Worse still, you could be out of action!

By investing in a safe and affordable wheel lift, you can look after the well-being of yourself, your team and boost the productivity of your garage at the same time.

Back, shoulder and neck injuries are very common within the industry and these problems are no joke! Manual handling injuries account for nearly half of all tyre-bay related incidents. (HSA)

Taking the strain out of wheel lifting!

​You could benefit immensely from investing in a reliable and sturdy wheel lift.

Check out our 5 reasons why you need a wheel lifter in our previous blog!

Raise your fitters capabilities with the right wheel lift..

As you would come to expect from Hofmann Megaplan, we deliver high quality wheel lifting machines to reduce the health implications and improve the efficiency of your tyre bay or garage.

Ensuring you have the right wheel lift is crucial in guaranteeing the device is used regularly as a daily driver in your garage. Ease of use, portability and speed of operation are just some of the factors you'll be considering.

Unlike tyre changers and wheel balancers, wheel lifts are often forgotten about or the cheapest model on the market is purchased, but does not lead to operational efficiency. You spend more time annoyed at your rubbish wheel lift!

Take a look at our reliable range of competitively priced Premium Wheel Lifts today:

HOFMANN MEGAPLAN WC200 WHEEL LIFTER
HOFMANN MEGAPLAN PFL65 WHEEL LIFTER
HOFMANN MEGAPLAN WC300 WHEEL LIFTER

Contact us online now or call us today on 01480 8-9-10-11 to order your electric wheel lifter now or for more info.

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Best in Class Garage Equipment at Automechanika 2019

  • Automechanika 2019 saw record numbers visiting, including its highest ever opening day.
  • Everyone who's anyone in the automotive industry was there from suppliers of garage equipment through to bodyshop specialist and aftermarket experts.
  • Hofmann Megaplan were proud to showcase the largest array of equipment and were one of the few offering demonstrations throughout the 3 day show!

Spanning over three exciting days, we delivered live demonstrations of our amazing tyre fitting equipment and fantastic special offers to a full variety of garage owners and automotive enthusiasts.

To all of you who visited us at stand T140, we thank you for making it our best show yet!

Brand New: TreadSmart

Making its debut at Automechanika this year, our drive-over TreadSmart got delegates talking over on the Showcase space!

The TreadSmart has been somewhat of a revelation for garage owners and mechanics alike. Supercharging the ability to upsell tyres and alignment, this new technology offers detailed analysis reports to customers showing transparently the state of their vehicle's tyres.

The BIG talking point!

ADAS. It was pretty much unavoidable at Automechanika 2019!

The need for knowledge and specialised equipment to cope with ADAS on new vehicles is in no doubt now.

Our brand new Advanced ADAS Calibration system has been designed specifically for Hofmann Megaplan to provide ADAS calibrations in the most cost and labour efficient way imaginable. A 65" TV Monitor provides a totally digital solution to updates, instead of purchasing costly boards to deal with different vehicle requirements.

Overwhelmed by the need for ADAS calibrations at Automechanika 2019? Hofmann Megaplan will also be holding an ADAS open day on Thursday 20th June 2019. This is an opportunity to gain invaluable industry knowledge and first-hand experience with both of our ADAS Systems, as well as all other garage and ancillary equipment in the range. Call now on 01480 8-9-10-11 or visit our booking page to claim your place.

Garage Equipment you can trust!

As always our reliable and thoroughly tested tyre fitting equipment range was on show - and our technical specialists continued to deliver interactive live demos.

A variety of tyre changers, wheel balancers and wheel aligners along with our air conditioning and tyre inflation units, were available to view and discuss on stand.

Hofmann Sales Manager, Andy Ringrose was on hand for the entire three days and spoke highly of the show, saying it was "Probably one of the best attended Trade Shows that I have exhibited at, with quality enquiries that, all being well will lead to future sales. Bring on 2021!"
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Wheel Alignment Terms: Laser vs Tracking

Looking to enhance your garage revenue with wheel alignment? Maybe your customers are becoming wiser to alignment and searching for a more comprehensive service? Offering 4 wheel laser alignment could be the answer.

Every garage is looking for new ways to strengthen their services - especially within alignment. Having proved to be one of the most lucrative sources of revenue throughout the automotive equipment industry, wheel alignment is continuing to evolve.

4 Wheel Laser wheel alignments may be the next step in conquering your closest rivals. Step one: understanding it! 

4 Wheel Laser vs Optical Gauges

​​From the uninitiated, we often get asked the difference in these terms and how they are related if not the same thing.

Put simply, 4 wheel laser alignment measures on all four wheels ensuring the car is no longer crabbing, a phrase to remember is the "rear wheels steer the vehicle". Also when you consider 70% of manufacturers now have rear tracking as well as the front, there is extra revenue to be made, but the most important aspect is you will have a straight steering wheel which means no more driving down the road making adjustments on the side of the road.

The generic process of Optical gauges will check the track of the front and rear wheels only, but will not straighten the steering wheel or stop the car crabbing which is highly important on todays modern cars because of the highly complex electronics such as ADAS.

Naturally 4 wheel laser alignment is a more lucrative service to offer when compared to Optical gauges, and the results from 4 wheel laser alignment means better performance from your customer's vehicle.

4 Wheel Laser Wheel Alignment Explained

You shouldn't be overwhelmed by this technology as it is becoming common place in garages across the UK.

Car wheels are not just set up to just point forwards. To ensure the car drives smoothly and functions properly, the wheels are set up to point at specific angles. These angles can be tiny but failing to set them up can ruin the driver's experience.

Laser alignment makes this process simple, using light beams to project any misalignments onto the 3D image screen so that adjustments can be made.

In need of upgrading your wheel aligner for your workshop? See our full range of wheel aligners online now.

Contact us online today or call us on 01480 8-9-10-11 to discuss your requirements in more detail.
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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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Case Study: Fusion Autos [Interview]

​We are pleased to share with you one of our latest MoT installs from the Northern town of Goole. This premium ATL MoT garage equipment install was managed by our National Sales Manager for MOT Equipment, Andy Davidson and took place at Fusion Autos. 

Fusion Autos consistently provides excellent car repairs, servicing, replacement tyres and now class 4 MoT testing. Exceptional levels of customer service are a priority for owner Craig and so quality ATL MoT products was a must when planning this project.

Pre-Install Planning

As Craig mentions in the above video, Hofmann Megaplan can take off all pre-installation worries.

Offering complete project management for Fusion from start to finish, we supplied a thorough installation plan to ensure the test lane requirements were right for their business and even helped with the necessary compliance paperwork.

A comprehensive design service meant assurance on efficiency as well as space (which was initially a concern for the business). Ensuring Fusion Autos MoT Bay was installed correctly and compliantly took detailed preparation, analysis and execution which Hofmann Megaplan are proud to say comes in their teams stride. 

Installation

We take the same approach to ATL MoT installations at Hofmann Megaplan, as we do when installing tyre changers and wheel balancers up and down the country. This is why we believe our services are just as important as the products we supply!

Conclusion

We are proud of the exceptional installation services we provide and take great pride in the positive feedback we receive from customers. We thank Craig and the Fusion Autos team for choosing Hofmann Megaplan and taking the time to speak with us after.

ATL or MoT services on your to do list for services this year? Check out our fantastic ATL MoT range online today!

Contact us now or call us now on 01480 8-9-10-11 to discuss how we can help!
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Wheel alignment isn't just about completing alignments?

How do you know if a vehicle's alignment is out? For a trained professional, it is a given but educating customers on what to look out for can be tough.

Wheel alignment can arguably be one of the most frequent issues faced by vehicle owners and, if ignored, it can cause some major problems. The wear and tear from misalignment can be severe, not just on tyres, but steering and suspension as well.

What should you warn customers about?

Advising customers on what to look out for before a problem occurs will help build their trust in your business and earn their repeat custom.

For example, if they notice any significant differences in the way the car drives, then it is always advisable to have alignment checked. In fact, it is inevitable that overtime your alignment will become out of sync, due to poor road conditions, potholes, frost heaves, and rural gravel roads.

Other evidence you may give for an alignment check includes:

  • Uneven tyre tread - the wear of each tyre is different
  • Car's steering is pulling - when the steering wheel is straight, the steering pulls left or right
  • Off centre steering wheel - not centralised when driving straight
  • Vibrating steering wheel - a noticeable judder when driving

Educating your customers in these signs demonstrates your knowledge of alignment and builds a relationship between you and them. 

OFFERING WHEEL ALIGNMENT

WHEEL ALIGMENT HAS SO MANY BENEFITS TO THE CUSTOMER, BUT YOU CAN ALSO BENEFIT FROM PROVIDING THIS SERVICE.

CHECK OUT ONE OF OUR PREVIOUS BLOGS FOR THE AMAZING BENEFITS OFFERING ALIGNMENT CAN GIVE YOU!

​Need to purchase an industry-leading vehicle alignment machine? Check out our range of Wheel Aligners and ADAS Calibration Equipment today. 

Contact us online now or call us today on 01480 8-9-10-11 to speak to one of our dedicated team for more information.

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How essential are ADAS Calibrations in 2019?

ADAS is holding a common place on industry news sites & publications now. The latest feature in Garagewire addresses the warnings that experts are heeding of failure to calibrate ADAS following repairs.

This advisories to the automotive repair industries are not to be ignored either. Ensuring that ADAS sensors are functioning correctly post vehicle repair or maintenance is the repairers responsibility. It is an unfamiliarity with this procedures that is causing serious safety concerns, with the lack of knowledge to tackle these critical calibrations.

INDUSTRY EXPERTS HAVE NOW BEEN CITED IN A NUMBER OF PUBLICATIONS STATING THAT MORE THAN 10% OF VEHICLES ON THE ROAD TODAY ARE FITTED WITH AUTONOMOUS EMERGENCY BRAKING (AEB). THAT IS OVER 4 MILLION VEHICLES. YET MANY REPAIRERS HAVE NOT UNDERGONE THE REQUIRED TRAINING TO DEAL WITH ADAS CALIBRATIONS.

ADAS advice for garage owners

It is easy for garage owners to sit back but failure to embrace new technologies is a backwards step. The essential services a garage needs to offer are changing and the advice is get on board early so you're in a position to answer your customers questions, even if you are not offering the services. Other advice offered includes:

  • Working out the number of ADAS equipped vehicles currently coming through your garage doors
  • Get advice! Free educational days and training can bring you up to speed quickly without cost.
  • Nominate members of your team who can become your ADAS experts
  • Know the relevant repair methods and manufacturer instructions
  • Evidence! That calibration has been completed and that the results meet the vehicle manufacturer's specified requirements
  • Don't know? Do not risk an incorrect calibration. Get help from the experts at Hofmann Megaplan

ADAS Calibration at Hofmann Megaplan

​As a leading supplier of garage equipment within the UK and across Europe, we feel we need to stand up and help in the education required around new ADAS technologies. We supply a number of calibration systems each with its own advantages.

ADAS - The Mystery Explained

Unravel the mystery of ADAS at our free 2019 educational open day, hosted at our Centre of Excellence in Huntingdon. Book online today!


Check out ADAS calibration system online. Contact us now or call us today on 01480 891011 to speak to a member of our dedicated team for more information.
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Vehicle Lifts: top tips when buying a new lift!

Having conducted numerous installs of high quality vehicle lifts for years now across the length and breadth of the UK, we understand the importance of the right vehicle lift. It can maximise space, operational efficiency, safety and the general feel of your garage.

Every garage is different, so you can't just ask another workshop down the road which lift they prefer. Speaking to an expert is your best bet.

​Not only do our team have incredible expertise within garage lifting equipment, we partner along side one of the longest serving lift manufacturers to the automotive industry in the world, Cascos Lifts!

Considerations when purchasing

Searching for the perfect machine? Offer a specific service? Only work on certain vehicles? This is one of the most used and important pieces of equipment within any workshop. Thus there is no room for error when investing in a lift. It could be a costly mistake for your business.

Here are our top tips to consider when buying a new lift:

1. Size and weight of the vehicles you lift

The type of lift you need often depends on the vehicles you work on most. The larger the weight of the vehicle, the bigger a lifting capacity is required from the lift.

Looking for an MoT lift? If you only conduct class 4 MoT testing, it would be worth deciding whether having a 2 post vehicle lift would be more profitable than a bigger 4 post lift.

2. The range of services performed by your technicians

​You need to make sure your new lift is user-friendly. It needs to cater to your technicians needs - mainly being able to perform their work safely and efficiently. If your workshop performs wheel alignment and tyre changing services, you need a lift that offers easy access to that area of the vehicle. The right lift can increase efficiency meaning you get more work done.

​3. Garage footprint and available space

One of the biggest issues we have seen from installing lifts over the years is space. Namely that there is not enough space to get a vehicle onto the lift if installed as requested.

Every shop is different, so it's important to check the lift dimensions against the dimensions of your bays. Also, check with the professionals! We've installed some lifts in pretty tight spots but from a usability perspective they offer what is needed.

It is the lift provider and install team that should flag up any issues in lift choice and locationing.

4. Budget

This is often the most important decision and you have to think long term.

Every business has a different budget, but it's worth taking into account more than just the purchase price. A smaller upfront cost won't be worth the saving when your lift needs constant maintenance and repairs.

You'll will also lose revenue until that machine is back up and running. Consider the total cost of ownership including what vehicles you'll be able to work on, workshop efficiency, repairs and inspections. 

Benefits to a Hofmann Megaplan lift!

​We take care of the whole process! From deciding on the right lift for your garage to install and after sales service. We offer more than a helping hand to purchasing your next lift. 

Do you need to upgrade your vehicle lift? Why not do so and receive excellent install and after sales service as standard? Contact us online now or call us today on 01480 8-9-10-11 to discuss how we can help!

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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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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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Case Study: Ariel Manufacturing

We love returning to our customers year after year to help maintain and service their equipment. We believe it helps reinforces a great relationship between supplier and consumer. Our latest lift service at Ariel Motors in Somerset demonstrates this concept in action!

Ariel Motors, famously known for the modern classic Atom model, are a British car manufacturer that pride themselves on exceptional quality. Tucked away in Somerset, they have help prestige in British motoring by only allowing a single technician to work on a vehicle from start to finish, there by offering a personable service. In their own words it's "just good old fashioned, British skill and handbuilt craftsmanship".

To follow up the Atom range of cars, Ariel started the production of their motorcycle range, the Ace. At the time of starting production they needed several lifts to cope with the demand for this new range. Hofmann Megaplan was a dream match and we were over the moon to work with such a British institution.

Four years on, our engineers have completed the fourth annual lift service of 3 MCL750 Cascos motorcycle lifts. Having originally purchased these durable lifts to for production back in March of 2015, they continue to provide excellent efficiency without a hitch!

At Hofmann Megaplan, we make sure our lift servicing and lift maintenance is just as good as the products we supply - if we didn't, our customers would not continue to use our excellent after sales service!

Do you need to upgrade your vehicle lifting capabilities? Check out our range of wheel lifters online today or check out our Cascos range! Contact us now or call us today on 01480 8-9-10-11 to discuss how we can help!
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Case Study: ProTyre Abingdon

The latest premium garage equipment install from our expert engineers was at the Abingdon branch of ProTyre where they received a welcome upgrade to their tyre fitting equipment.

This ProTyre shop prides itself on exceptional levels of customer service and so premium garage equipment to help offer this is a must. Specialising in mechanical repair such as vehicle servicing and MoTs sees the tyre machinery in regular use. That's before you consider the fitting part of the business which covers cars, vans, 4x4s and agricultural vehicles.

With premium brand wheels on offer including Michelin, Pirelli, Bridgestone and Continental, a top of the range equipment line up was a must.

Enter the megaspin 820P Wheel Balancer. With the ability to provide live recommended actions on screen using a colour TFT display for further visual representation, this machine takes balancing to a new level.

Whilst ensuring their new megaspin 820P Wheel Balancer was installed efficiently and with no hitches, our engineers were also able to introduce the One Weight Balance technology. This enables our tyre changes to balance a wheel using just one weight (not just a static balance either).

The branch also had a megamount 713XL Tyre Changer to compliment this advanced new balancer.

Do you need to upgrade your balancing services? Check out our range of Wheel Balancers online today! Contact us now or call us today on 01480 8-9-10-11 to discuss how we can help!
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Case Study: Raising the bar for Vehicle Lift installs

Not only are Hofmann Megaplan installing tyre changers and wheel balancers up and down the country, we also carry out numerous installs of high quality vehicle lifts every week.

Ensuring new vehicle lifts are safe to use takes detailed preparation and analysis of your workshops footprint. Combine this with knowledge and technical know how, each install can be effortless. Our engineers also appreciate that no two installs are the same. They are always happy to help answer any questions you have whilst on site.

Take a look at our latest car lift installs below, taken from locations all across the UK. No matter where you are or the challenges that are presented, we will provide premium quality vehicle lifts, excellent customer service and efficient engineers with knowledge to share, all for an incredible price.

Cascos C455 5 tonne four post vehicle lift, perfect for alignment services in Bathwick site in Bristol.
Installed at the same Bathwick site in Bristol, another Cascos C455 4 tonne four post lift for their alignment services with a commercial van loaded.
Earlier this year we installed one of our ever popular full-height VSX3000 Scissor Lifts. This was a perfect fit in a location where space was a premium.
Hummer 4 U Ltd took install of a Hofmann Megaplan megalift 4000-2, the latest version of our two post vehicle lift model.
The Cascos C470 7 tonne four post lift looks right at home in Welbournes, Kings Lynn.
After an unfortunate fire at their old premises in January, C.A.R Services in Redruth have had their previous megalift 4000-2 replaced by two new lifts offering maximum lifting space in their new workshop.
A fun one to finish! This Cascos C430 four post lift has been installed for storage purposes. The vehicle lift allows space for an extra vehicle and is able to fit in the tightest of spaces.

Do you need to upgrade your vehicle lift? Why not do so and receive excellent install and after sales service as standard? Contact us online now or call us today on 01480 8-9-10-11 to discuss how we can help!

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