Category Archives: News

‘Changing mobility’ session for BE2015

Rupert Pontin, head of valuations, Glass’s will explore the ‘The changing mobility landscape’ as part of the seminar session programme at this year’s bodyshop Event. With the world of mobility is changing. Economic, societal and technological developments are all influencing the environment in which we, as an industry, operate and every indication is that the speed of evolution is likely […]

Gemini acquires AutoRestore sites

Gemini Accident Repair Centres UK Ltd has has acquired all eight of the fixed bodyshop sites from AutoRestore Ltd. Gemini, one of the UK’s leading accident repair specialists, already with nine sites and capacity to repair 13,000 vehicles per year, now jumps to 17 sites and capacity to repair 30,000 vehicles per year following this deal. Tim Hopkins, CEO of […]

OnStar claims title

Vauxhall has been recognised by the prestigious BusinessCar Techies Awards for its new OnStar service, launching in September. Winning the hotly-contested innovation category, OnStar heralds a new era for drivers, taking in-car connectivity to new heights already enjoyed by more than seven million GM customers in North America, China and Mexico. ‘It’s the level and variety of offering wrapped up […]

Auto-renewal could cost £1.2bn

Gocompare.com’s Car Insurance Auto-Renewal Survey has revealed that 5.8 million motorists a year fall into the auto-renewal trap costing motorists up to £1.2bn per annum. Gocompare.com’s Car Insurance Auto-Renewal Survey also revealed that on average, drivers have been with their current insurer for 3.3 years, but a 16% have stuck with the same provider for five years or more. However, […]

FOS names complaint sources

Direct Line has topped the Financial Ombudsman Service (FOS) complaints table for general insurance (excluding payment protection insurance) with Axa and Ageas completing the top three. The information highlights the most complained about firms for the first six months of 2015. Direct Line was named as the most complained against firm in general insurance (excluding PPI) with the ombudsman receiving […]

International agenda for UK event

One of the highest rated sessions to grace the stage at the IBIS Global Summit 2015 is set to be replicated at the bodyshop Event and Awards 2015 in September. Presented by Audatex UK managing director, Paul Sykes, the session ‘Generation Y and digitalisation’ will focus on how those born between 1981 and 2000 (Generation Y) and how they ‘are […]

Car hire rate investigation launched

Six years after Accident Exchange exposed the fraud perpetrated by Autofocus on behalf of defendant solicitors and their insurer clients, Accident Exchange has launched a second investigation as evidence of similar dishonest practices emerge. Accident Exchange chief executive, Steve Evans has launched a fresh investigation as a result of concerns identified from reviewing more than 100 statements regarding the cost […]

ACIS gains Volvo certificate

Ian Dalgarno, national account director for ACIS, has received a Volvo safe repair certificate following his attendance at Volvo’s technical update course held at its training and development centre in Daventry, Northamptonshire. Training content of the course covers safety systems, materials used (types of metal and plastics), bumper repairs with specific focus upon radar locations, windscreen technology, pedestrian, driver and […]

Worker of year a hit

Workwear brand, Dickies, proved a huge hit at Cadwell Park highlighting its UK Worker of the Year competition at the eighth round of the MCE British Superbike Championship. Hundreds queued up to enter this year’s competition, in an attempt to win a Kawasaki Ninja 300 or a £5,000 holiday. Dickies also recently announced that George at ASDA was the latest […]

Andrew Page turns to retail

Independent automotive distributor, Andrew Page is set to open retail stores for consumers across the UK this year. The business plans to open several retail outlets over the next few months, with more to follow later this year and throughout 2016. Each retail store will have a consumer-friendly feel, with knowledgeable staff able to support and advise customers. The retail […]

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