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Pro-Align wins award for performance

Wheel servicing specialist Pro-Align has been recognised by leading equipment manufacturer Hunter Engineering as one of their most successful and important distributors around the world. The company was awarded Hunter’s ‘Platinum Partner’ award for the ninth consecutive year, which for the first time ever, was at the ‘5 star’ level reflecting the significant progression and development of the Hunter brand […]

Drift Bridge grows courtesy fleet

Surrey-based VW and Audi dealer group, Drift Bridge, has increased the capacity of its bodyshop courtesy fleet by a fifth since utilising Accident Exchange’s onward mobility provisions. For the past four years, Accident Exchange has supplied customers of Drift Bridge with an equivalent vehicle should they be involved in a non-fault accident, freeing Drift Bridge’s own loan car fleet for […]

Assessing the role

As the ‘go to’ person for so many elements of a bodyshop business, the value of a highly-talented vehicle damage assessor (VDA) cannot be underestimated. But what does it feel like to be one of these individuals in today’s sector? bodyshop magazine caught up with two such specialists to find out more. Nick Westmoncott-Grint, senior estimator, Fix Auto Bristol West […]

Right move

AW Repair Group opened its fourth site, based in Markham Vale, Derbyshire, in March this year. It’s yet another step on what is proving to be a steady, highly considered expansion of the group’s territory – a strategy which is likely to continue. bodyshop magazine’s, Mark Hadaway bore the steady flow of the M1 roadworks to find out more. AW […]

Symach sells bodyshop to CARS

Symach has sold the first bodyshop in Burlington (Toronto) to CARS of Nick DiLuca, partner of CSN, a group with more than 330 bodyshops in Canada. The new bodyshop will be operational in November and will be built entirely with the Symach equipment and with the FixLine formula. The process of preparation, painting and drying are automated with Symach robots. […]

Full steam ahead for Fix Auto Wrexham

Just seven weeks after owner Lee Hitch collected the keys to a disused business unit, the brand new Fix Auto Wrexham bodyshop has successfully completed its first full week of operation. The site, which becomes the second bodyshop in Fix Auto Oswestry’s managing director Lee Hitch’s portfolio, joins recent new franchisees Fix Auto Blackpool & Fylde and Fix Auto Fix […]

Standox offers bodyshop health tips

Thanks to the international VOC directive, many potentially harmful substances have either been completely eliminated from modern paint products or have dramatically diminished. Nonetheless, personal protective equipment is mandatory for all paintwork. In fact, wearing it should be a matter of course in the interest of health as it offers protection against harmful substances entering the body via the airways, […]

Nationwide acquires Seward group

Nationwide has announced that it has completed the acquisition of Seward Accident Repair Centres Ltd. The total net cash consideration is £3.8m and will be funded from the group’s own cash and banking resources. Seward is the tenth largest independent bodyshop chain in the UK and operates from a head office in Hampshire with eight bodyshops, together with mobile vehicle […]

One vision

Winning one award is impressive, winning two is something else. So, as Sytner BMW Oldbury took to the stage to collect the Medium Bodyshop of the Year Award, joint with Fix Auto Mid Devon, and the Bodyshop Manager of the Year Award at the 2014 bodyshop Awards, I knew this was a company I needed to visit. Truthfully, the best […]

Karl Vella acquires fifth bodyshop

Accident repair company The Karl Vella Group, based in Lancashire, has announced the acquisition of its fifth bodyshop. The bodyshop, in Workington, Cumbria, had previously been trading as Millican Motors Ltd and had entered voluntary liquidation at the end of January 2015. The Karl Vella Group has acquired all the equipment and vehicles, and have entered into a new long […]

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