The Industry Standard for CV Brake Checks

The Industry Standard for CV Brake Checks

When VOSA first offered guidance on testing commercial trailers they advised,

    “The way to use a decelerometer is to first test the drawing vehicle on its own. Then connect the trailer and the deceleration rate should be similar i.e. the trailer is doing its fair share of work. This is not an exact science but would be enough to give you confidence the trailer brakes were working.”

Using a decelerometer to test trailer brakes is a positive method for any operator to complete regular vehicle testing that can be recorded and used as evidence if required. With “Duty Of Care” being top of the agenda for most managers, staff need to demonstrate what best they can do to achieve a safe working environment for employees and the general public.

The BrakeCheck decelerometer is clearly the best solution available in the UK for quick testing vehicle braking systems. It has become “The Industry Standard” for CV testing since it will test tractor units, rigid trucks and also incorporates an infra-red printer to allow repairers and internal maintenance workshops the opportunity to create and maintain an inspection record for their commercial tractors and trailers with hard copy evidence creation within a single cost effective solution.

This package is available to purchase online – Simply click HERE. Alternatively, for card payments or for further guidance from our knowledgeable brake testing experts call 0844 800 9785.

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Lease, Hire or Buy – What is best for Capital Equipment?

Buying workshop equipment is rarely an easy process. Most people can’t afford to buy the equipment outright in their lifetime, so often look for other options that can take the financial pressure off – like financing or a second hand equipment purchase. But how do you know which option is right for you? With the interest and hidden costs of many finance solutions, or buying second hand equipment that may not be reliable, many workshop owners experience a time consuming and frustrating journey.

Leases have given many garage owners an opportunity that’s both practical and cost effective. As a two way agreement between you and a finance company, employers are given a fantastic option to purchase new equipment suitable for their needs and within a managable budget. It’s a solution that’s helped many people get the equipment they want at a price they can afford.

But how does a Lease compare with other buying options? Let’s take a look!

Lease Hire vs. Finance

Historically, for many garage owners, taking out a loan to finance new or used equipment tended to be a most popular option. Most people opted for either a business loan or a personal loan from the bank both of which require about the same amount of paper work and credit history to get it over the line. Depending on your credit history, the value of the purchased equipment and the type of loan you take on, you may have to fork out a deposit in advance as well.

Although purchasing equipment using finance can be the most familiar option it does of course have interest rates attached to it and these vary significantly from loan to loan so that they can end up costing you a fortune down the track. On the other hand, a Lease still has an arrangement with a finance company but it’s much more transparent than a finance loan – which can seem a lot more attractive than what it actually is.

Lease Hire vs. Buying Outright

Whilst buying equipment outright can be a feasible solution for garage owners who are willing to accept the risk of second hand equipment, it’s not always practical for a brand new. Unless you have been on a strict saving plan for years, have cash in hand at the bank or earn a significant above-average return, it’s rarely a practical plan for the average person.

Buying equipment outright with the cash you have saved comes with one obvious advantage though – it’s yours outright with no more to pay and nothing further to owe. It also has a notable downside – unless you have significant additional funding available to hand at the bank, then a future additional cash requirement within the business could cause cash flow issues – therefore it doesn’t always make a lot of financial sense to buy outright and to ‘dig in’ into your ‘rainy day’ savings account.

Lease Hire vs. Mortgage Redraw

It’s the incredibly low interest rates that tempt homeowners to redraw additional home loan payments to buy capital equipment. The problem? Most mortgages are likely to be a 20 year term (or more!). If you add the cost of the equipment to your mortgage and pay this pack over the same 20+ year period then a £30,000 investment can easily turn into a £55,000.

Lease Hire vs. Lease Purchase

These are the most common methods of purchase for large items of high value capital equipment. Sometimes equipment purchased on a hire purchase agreement can sometimes be confused as a ‘equipment loan’. Under either a lease or purchase agreement, the finance company purchases the equipment on your behalf and you will gain the use of that equipment in return for regular payments.

At the end of a lease hire contract, you have the option to buy the equipment at a pre-arranged rate whereas with a lease purchase agreement you will have already paid the VAT up front as a deposit to the supplier with the ownership of the equipment being automatically transferred at the end of the contract term. On paper this looks more attractive – but only as you will have reduced the initial purchase cost by 20% (the VAT element).

Either way around is “as broad as it is long” as far as ownership of the equipment is concerned however, since the lease hire gives the facility to maintain the initial deposit to zero; in most cases these are usually the most cost-effective way to purchase.

Want to find out if a Lease Hire contract is right for your equipment purchase? Contact us at GETECH Garage Equipment for more information on 0844 800 9785.

More information on our lease packages can be found here.


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Customer Review: Huber’s Garage

It’s so nice when a customer makes time to send you such good feedback on their project! Thanks so much Simon and we all wish you the very best with the new equipment!!

Hi Ashley ,
Thanks again for all your efforts with handling our new mot bays for the car and motorcycle departments.

It’s been a fantastic service from start to finish were extremely impressed with the way you organised all our applications and followed through the process.

It’s been great working with you guys and I’ll be highly recommending G-tech on to other members of the motor trade.

Again cheers for all you’ve done .

Simon Huber

Huber’s garage

Today’s blog article is driven by a visit to one of our customer sites yesterday to conduct a calibration on the equipment in the MOT bay.

Having arrived on site to do the work, our engineer was told that the calibration had already been conducted that morning by a local calibration agent. This for us is not a problem – customers have the right to select who they want to conduct works on their premises – however we always do insist (in-line with the DVSA regulations) that the calibration should be conducted as per the manual issued to the Garage Equipment Association.

It was quickly apparent in this instance that had not been the case.

The reason for being able to so quickly identify the problem is that the use of dynamic response code systems to unlock calibration menus have been present in some products since 2005. Simply by checking with the office it was possible to immediately identify that this brake tester had not been unlocked to allow a calibration to be conducted.

Our engineer then contacted the independent agent direct to ascertain how he had conducted his calibration.

The independents explanation was that he had put a weight had been put onto the torque arm and the display was used to judge if the unit was measuring weight correctly.

This does not constitute a calibration!

The very nature of a display is that the value shown on it must, to a certain extent, be interpreted as each LED signifies 5Kgf making it impossible to see the exact value being represented on the display.

Only by hooking the brake tester up to a laptop and then entering the calibration menu is is possible to firstly assess the accuracy of the measurement to allow adjustments to be made to the brake tester such that it is truly “calibrated”.

The sad thing in this situation concerns the regulations. By unknowingly believing that the unit had been calibrated, and having paid for such a service, the Authorised Examiner has left themselves wide open to non-conformance to the scheme (it remains the AE’s responsibility to ensure that all the equipment is calibrated correctly) – the independent agent has essentially “got away with it” or in this case “nearly got away with it” – as we took the original calibration record with us as evidence!

Weigh Up the Value of £4,200 in Cost Savings

Looking to either upgrade your existing MOT bay or starting an MOT project from first principles? GETECH can help you weigh up the pro’s and con’s of the many bay offerings provided by manufacturers and suppliers across the UK.

The first thing to get to grips with is the type of MOT bay you are going to install… Sure – you want the all singing and dancing ATL (Automated Test Lane) – you’ve been told this is the future of MOT testing by a number of agents and you’ve been convinced.

But why pay for an all singing all dancing MOT bay when what you want is a good price and one man to operate your MOT bay… Why not opt for One Person Testing instead?

One person testing was previously only available to existing MOT stations and it allowed them to go to One Person Testing without all the expense of upgrading the entire MOT bay. Happily new applicants now also have this opportunity hence the future of MOT testing is actually One Person Testing rather than Automated Testing.

The only difference between OPT & ATL is the roller brake tester which for Automated Testing has an integrated weighing set to allow “as presented” vehicle weights to be used in the brake efficiency calculation – but in opting to One Person Testing you can eliminate the costs of a complete weighing set, download PC and a whole host of other items within the bay meaning that you could save £3,500 nett on the initial purchase.

So do yourself a favour and OPT for One Person Testing rather Automated Testing with a GETECH MOT Bay – You will already have saved £4200 just by placing your business with us!

Call us on 0844 800 9785 to speak to our MOT advisors at any time during normal office hours or visit our website.


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British Built Reliability

PD COMBI PICThe premier elite combi unit is well respected within the market. It is a British built combined petrol & diesel emission analyser with integrated oil temperature and unique RPM measurement technology which communicates to a solid state PC, with no moving parts, for improved reliability. In addition, this type of PC allows normal windows functions/programmes to be run. Every MOT test is stored to memory for instant retrieval and automatic print out of customer reminder letters.

Product Specifications:

  • Wi-Fi enabled PC with flexibility to run own programmes,
  • CD Rom,
  • 19 inch colour monitor,
  • Keyboard mouse and printer.
  • Fast nationwide on-site support by dedicated UKAS accredited engineers
  • 2 Years Calibration Included
  • 2 Year Warranty as Standard

A 5 year fully inclusive Service & Calibration Package is also available.