Hofmann Megaplan Blog
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.
As most of you may already know, the DVSA have been rolling out connected MOT equipment into circulation across the UK since the beginning of October 2019.
Working closely with a few specialist garage equipment suppliers, the DVSA have been creating new regulations that will need to be put in place. Any new MOT stations or existing bays looking to update or upgrade their current MOT equipment, will need to make sure these changes are applied.
Being in the dark when it comes to these new regulations can be difficult – especially with the announcement of new connected equipment to be introduced in February!
So, here is a breakdown of everything you need to know...
What is Connected MOT Equipment?
Your standard MOT equipment is in the process of being modified to gain the ability to link directly to the DVSA’s cloud-based MOT Test System – results from roller brake testers, gas analysers etc. will be transferred automatically, eradicating the need for manual data entry.
Connected roller brake testers have already been introduced on October 1st 2019 – so if you are looking to update your roller brake tester, you need to get connected!
Why are these changes being made?
It may seem a bit of a faff, however the need to eliminate fraudulent activity and inaccurate testing is greater than ever.
What MOT Equipment is next?
With plans to eventually link all digital equipment that records MOT test results to their own system, the DVSA have been spending a lot of resources with specialist MOT equipment suppliers. By ironing out agreed equipment regulations, manufacturing pivotal equipment and creating a phased approach to releasing these products should be made much easier.
• Roller Brake Testers - already available as of October 1st 2019, new or updated brake testers must be applied to adhere to new regulations
• Decelerometers – recently announced to begin their introduction to the industry on February 1st 2020!
• Emissions Testers – exhaust gas analysers and smoke meters are currently being trialled and tested
• Headlight Testers – the long-term aim is to have a connected product available for headlamp tester (testing is yet to begin!)
How does Connected MOT Equipment work?
For those who don’t know exactly what is going on, this can be confusing. Let’s make this simple.
As mentioned above, Connected MOT Equipment needs to communicate and transfer MOT results to the DVSA’s MOT Testing System (MTS). All equipment must also be able to receive previous testing results and vehicle information from the MTS.
As defined by the DVSA, all data must be transferred in the form of a JSON file via a secure Application Programming Interface (API). A specified background programme, available from your specialist supplier, will take each test result and create it into a data file that will be sent directly to the MTS.
One of the most crucial pieces to this puzzle, is the key.
Instructions on how to use the key will be sent at the same time of receiving the software code. This is important to ensure your MOT equipment links directly to the MTS and knows your exact station number – your connected equipment will not work without the key!
For this reason, you must keep your keys secure (you willneed one key for EVERY piece of connected equipmentsoftware that you run), so be sure to only give the key(s) to the engineer installing your software.
• your MOT centre number (sometimes called ‘vehicle testing station’ or ‘VTS’ number)
• your AE name and number
• why you need a key, for example, you’re installing new equipment, or you’ve lost the original key
• which type of equipment is being installed, for example, a roller brake tester
• the name, role, username (if applicable) and email address of the person who needs to be sent the key
Delivering Excellent MOT Services
For more information on our MOT equipment and services, visit our ATL MOT homepage online now.
With opportunities Nationwide, there has never been a better time to join one of the best Garage Equipment companies to work for in the United Kingdom!
Position – Service / Break Down / Calibration / Garage Equipment Engineer
Location – Remote/ Based from home
Holidays – 20 days (plus statutory bank holidays)
Equipment provided – Company vehicle, tablet, mobile phone, workwear
Scope – Service, maintain and repair of a wide range of Garage Equipment, to include MOT bays, lifts, tyre changers, and wheel balancers
Hofmann Megaplan is one of the UK's best-known Garage Equipment providers, renowned for a premium product & equally premium service.
We currently have vacancies within our team for engineers to assist with the service and calibration of all types of garage equipment.
You'll be joining a network of over 50 engineers nationwide to support garages with everything from installation through to routine servicing & tool calibration.
Essential requirements include:
• Good working knowledge of garage equipment
• Excellent communication skills, towards customers and work colleagues
• Work under own supervision
• Flexible and willing to work ad hoc hours as required
• Full UK driving license is a must
• Able to ensure own van stock meets requirements of jobs
• Ability to understand procedures and job instructions, specific to company standards
In return, you will receive a competitive salary, company vehicle, mobile phone, etc, and have the opportunity to work within an extremely well-organised and reputable operation.
Training will be given and ongoing development is offered, but a good level of education, ideally with relevant trade qualifications would be advantageous.
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?
A Hofmann Megaplan Service Coordinator provides a top-level customer service, not only to our clients but also our engineers, subcontractors and colleagues.
They are outstanding communicators, who work as part of a dedicated customer service team to ensure all jobs are progressed in a prompt and timely manner, to match the premium equipment being supplied.
If you are enthusiastic, hardworking and have a common-sense approach to work driven by attention to detail, this may be the ideal job for you.
The purpose of the position is to schedule installations and service work for our engineers. Part of this is ensuring the parts are in stock and available before booking the work with customers.
Other responsibilities include:
- Nationwide scheduling of installations and service work for engineer's
- Liaising with our National Distribution Centre to ensure machines/ parts are in stock before arranging installation or service work
- Handling inbound calls with the aim of diagnosing faults and arranging appropriate service work if required
- Making outbound calls to contact customers when installation/service work has been scheduled
Essential skills for success:
- Excellent telephone manner
- Basic knowledge of Microsoft Office
- Understanding of Sage accounts (desired but not essential)
- Full UK Driving licence
- Practical problem-solving skills
- An ability to prioritise and balance multiple workloads
Customer Service experience would be desired but is not essential as our friendly team will be on hand to help and train you.
If you'd like to be considered for the role, we'd love to hear from you. Just send us your CV with a covering note. Please include your salary expectations and any queries you might have about the role.
Location: Ramsey (Interviewing in Kimbolton with training also provided there)
This role is an exciting opportunity for someone looking to start out a career in dispatch within a fast-paced distribution hub serving the whole of the UK.
The position will be working at our new NDC in Ramsey but interviews and Training will be at our head office in Kimbolton.
We are looking to fill this role following the expansion of our operations to a newly developed National Distribution Centre (NDC) on the outskirts of Ramsey.
Full training will be provided at our head office in Kimbolton, so no previous experience is necessary, although will benefit your application.
What matters most is that you are enthusiastic, have a common-sense approach to work, are polite with a good phone manner and excited to be a part of one of the largest business developments in the area.
A determination to learn and understand the full range of equipment the company provides is a must.
Responsibilities will include:
- Handle dispatch of all parts from the NDC
- Organise and maintain the store, including managing inbound stock and spares
- Deal with external third-party services relating to delivery
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.
Be inspired & get advice! We're here to help
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.
"We looked at various vehicle lifts and alignment machines. We even sat and discussed some with my accountant and felt that the outlay was a huge gamble. Others, well we will leave that there, as they never returned to the site.
From the initial viewing of the Hofmann Megaplan alignment machine, we noticed how quickly we would be able to get a reading. We wanted to make sure we could align 16 seater Mercedes Benz buses so the ramp size was always going to be important.
Roll forward to a completed install of a 6-tonne ramp and the Megaplan Ssence. The install has taken 48 hours, exactly as planned. Training on the alignment equipment has been done and we have noticed that the speed to get a reading is outstanding.
What was taking us 35 minutes with our old machine from another supplier now takes us 4 minutes. That is to get a reading and includes inputting data. We have another screen fitted in the customer waiting area so they can see exactly what is happening to their car. This also means our office staff can speak with the customer regarding the alignment.
Thanks again Hofmann Megaplan, great install and a great team."
You can find plenty more photos, including some of the larger vehicles they've already aligned, on their Facebook page. Visit the D and R Tyres website to find out how this business is setting itself apart from the competition with the help of Hofmann Megaplan.
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!
The last weekend of August saw the launch of the all-new Mac Tools tyre equipment line, displayed and demonstrated at the Mac Tools Fair in Birmingham, UK.
These high-end models have been produced exclusively for Mac by Hofmann Megaplan, who will offer a full spectrum of support, including training and aftersales support.
Mac Tools were looking for a range of own-branded product they could focus on, as up until now, they had been partnering with numerous different brands and therefore had very little enthusiasm or focus.
James Boon, EVP for Garage Equipment Product & Strategy, put together a line which gave Mac some exciting and unique features, at a price point that keeps them competitive via their mobile network across the UK & Ireland.
The machines shown at the Tool Fair can be seen pictured with celebrity guest Fuzz Townshend of National Geographic TV show Car SOS.
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!