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Finance levels way up as PCPs expire and hit the market

The proportion of vehicles offered for sale (across all years) with finance outstanding is 12.5 per cent – up from 11.5 per cent in January and 9.5 per cent in June 2016, according to vehicle data experts Cartell.ie. Cartell.ie also reports that more vehicles for certain key registration years are being offered for sale with

Weak pound spurs import spree among Irish Car buyers – Fexco

Irish car buyers more than doubled their spending on importing vehicles from the UK during the first half of 2017 compared with the same time in 2016, according to data released by the foreign exchange specialist FEXCO Corporate Payments. The analysis, of 2,000 transactions made through FEXCO Corporate Payments, shows that by the end of June

Trico Twitter competition extended

Trico’s competition enabling garages and motor factors to win a power bank has been extended until the end of July. A power bank is a handy mobile device that can be charged in advance so that phones, tablets or laptops can receive power later. To be in with a chance of winning, just follow Trico

New Bosch wiper blade app

Following a comprehensive data update, the Bosch wiper blade app now includes both new and improved features as well as a modern design. It is available for download at the App Store for iOS and at the Google Play Store for Android devices, and can be used by garages and consumers alike. With intuitive handling,

Gates’ Poland plant passes 20 million units mark

Increasing demand for Gates’ drive belt kits at the installer level has driven production at its Legnica, Poland belt kit assembly plant beyond the 20 million units mark. By surpassing this milestone, Gates has solidified its position as a leading supplier of turnkey solutions to the automotive aftermarket. “Drive belt kit production at our Legnica

Mini Infrared Thermometer from Laser Tools

Laser Tools’ new Mini Infrared Thermometer (part no: 6838) allows the operator to take non-contact temperature measurements by simply pointing the instrument and pressing a button. It is suitable for a wide range of garage and workshop applications, including vehicle heating and air-conditioning systems, radiator and thermostat function, exhaust manifolds and brakes. Infrared thermometers use

Chicago Pneumatic introduces impact wrenches for heavy vehicle applications

Chicago Pneumatic has launched two new lightweight and powerful impact wrenches for heavy vehicle tyre changing applications. Built on the heritage of successful previous models, the CP7783 and CP7783-6 1” lightweight impact wrenches provide higher torque than similar tools of an equivalent durability and are equally suitable for workshop or roadside assistance tasks. Weighing in at just 18.5 lbs (8.4 kg) and 20.9 lbs (9.5 kg) respectively and delivering a powerful 1,770ft.lbs (2400 Nm) in reverse, Chicago Pneumatic’s CP7783 and CP7783-6 impact wrenches provide a high power to weight ratio to meet

New low profile offset tool kit

When a fastener is buried in the engine bay (or any other inaccessible area), and you just cannot get a screwdriver or hex key onto to it, try this innovative new 10-piece Low Profile Offset tool kit (part number 6709) from Laser Tools. To offer maximum access in really confined spaces, each driver is flat

Textar launches premium brake pads with unique dampening shim technology

Global leader in OE brake technology, TMD Friction, has developed Textar Q+, an innovative dampening shim to provide the ultimate noise reduction, which is now available on a wide range of its premium Textar brake pads. As an OE supplier, TMD Friction has an established reputation for excellent braking performance and as modern vehicles become

New technology features in WAI new to range

New rotating electrics products have been added to the WAIglobal range, bringing the total number of new references introduced to more than 30 in recent months. Among this month’s introductions are a starter motor, 31503N-OE, covers Renault Captur, Clio and Megane, and Dacia Logan and Sandero + Start Stop (2013). The new alternators also offer