What are the criteria for deciding what constitutes: “Good Value?”

If an item of garage equipment costs £15,000 is that good value? Your first response might be “no way!” It seems like a lot of money but if another item of garage equipment costs £1,500 does that then constitute good value? “Absolutely!” you might say; "That’s a bargain-basement price compared to the other quote we …

Under the bonnet: ATL Brake Testers 02: Is having internet connectivity really an advantage?

A question raised itself last week over lunch with a customer.... "What do you think about these new brake testers that can connect to the internet for service back-up?" "You don't need it. If you build a product that works you don't need that capability. Also, from experience, if you allow a PC into a …

Under the bonnet: ATL Brake Testers 01: Is docking ATL software to the emissions analyser really an advantage?

ATL brake testers have been used within MoT test stations for a number of years now but considering the approval of these products is very strict, it may be somewhat surprising to end users that there are actually a number of ways of achieving the both the control of the unit and also managing the …

Pay online & save. An opportunity for existing customers…

In another customer service improvement for our existing Service Department customers we have completed the necessary updates to enable you to quickly and efficiently pay for your service and calibration contracts online. Just visit our service department's webpage http://getech.org.uk/Product/Service and scroll down to your allocated invoice code. Simply open the drop down menu against the …

When an offer isn’t actually a bargain…

Today this months garage and MoT magazine arrived in the office. Normally it doesn't get a massive analysis from our side as most of the stories are rehashed from previous years - but this month is different!! Complete technical inaccuracies as well as competitors releasing special offer prices that are more expensive than our standard …

VOSA launches MOT site assessment calculator for MoT garages…

 VOSA has created a site assessment calculator, to help you carry out your own site assessments. It is available online now and by using it you can make your own assessment and hence your own potential VTS risk score. This calculator will not amend your official score but will demonstrate which areas you could improve …

Changes to Brake Performance Procedure and Standards (Special Notice 03-13)

The following changes to the brake performance test were introduced today (23 June 2013) Increased minimum service brake efficiency for some passenger vehicles Amendments to the service brake imbalance requirements Checks for excessive fluctuation Removal of the RfRs for severe grabbing or judder on RBT/PBT service brake test A simplified RBT test procedure New checks …

VOSA & DSA to merge

Today, Roads Safety Minister Stephen Hammond announced that the Vehicle and Operator Services Agency (VOSA) and Driving Standards Agency (DSA), are to merge into a single agency which will bring together their testing and standards services. Alastair Peoples, VOSA Chief Executive, will become Chief Executive for the two agencies and will oversee their strategic operations …