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4: A special presentation to Norbert Reilly and GT Exhausts launch a new e-commerce website 5: Shelbourne Motors announce Kia dealership for £5m complex in Newry 6: Agnew Belfast unveils new £2.7m state of the art Volvo showroom 7: TBC Conversions announce 40 per cent growth in sales 8: Global Lubricants sign up Chinese distributor

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People 15 GT talks to Kevin O’Kane, the new man at the helm of FG7 29 Serfac celebrates 40 years in business 46 Colin Porter, MD of Porter’s Bodyshop is in the Driver’s seat

Special Features 11 We look at Province Wide Claims, Northern Ireland’s largest independent insurance broker association. 20 Steering and suspension technical tips from KYB 26 Skoda Octavia 2.0TDI timing belt kit installation advice from Dayco 37 Tenth birthday celebrations coming soon for Riverpark Training

COMMENT Riverpark Training, led by Colin Hagan MBE, will be celebrating its tenth birthday in September. The training facility has produced some of the best apprentices in the world. Riverpark Training is currently the highest performing training provider or college in the UK for its student’s performance at skills competitions in motor vehicle repair technology. To date twenty-three students have won medals at National level and four have progressed to International level in the last ten years. On the international level three have won Bronze and one has achieved a medallion of excellence, this has been in three World Skills competitions in Germany, Brazil and the United Arab Emirates. Two further apprentices are in Squad UK and are currently in training for World Skills Russia 2019. Our best wishes go to Colin and his team. - Editor Pat Burns

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Norbert Reilly honored by ngk


gnition specialist NGK has held a special event to mark the end of a long-standing association with one of its top distributors.

Senior management of NGK Spark Plugs (UK) Ltd recently visited Dublin to mark the end of more than three decades of distribution of its products in Southern Ireland by P R Reilly. P R Reilly has recently been acquired by LKQ Corporation and NGK marked this “ending of an era” by holding a special event and dinner in Dublin in recognition of Norbert Reilly, who is retiring. Speaking on behalf of NGK, Marko Wowczyna, Director – Automotive, NGK Spark Plugs (UK) Ltd, said: “NGK would like to sincerely thank Norbert Reilly and all his team at PR Reilly for their outstanding support and hard work over many years distributing

NGK products in the Southern Ireland market.

“Distributing NGK in Southern Ireland for over 35 years has been a fantastic achievement which has seen NGK become a strong brand leader throughout Ireland. It should also be said that this achievement is also recognised by NGK’s directors in Japan who hold Norbert in very high esteem for the terrific job he has done for all these years. All the team at NGK wish Norbert a long, happy and healthy retirement.”

Norbert Reilly (third from left) is pictured with (from left): Tammy Suzuki, Managing Director, NGK Spark Plugs (UK) Ltd; Stewart Neill, Area Manager – Ireland, NGK Spark Plugs (UK) Ltd; Marko Wowczyna, Director – Automotive, NGK Spark Plugs (UK) Ltd; Brian Childs, former Deputy Managing Director, NGK Spark Plugs (UK) Ltd; Eddie Kobayashi, former Managing Director, NGK Spark Plugs (UK) Ltd; and Tim Ward, Deputy General Manager – Sales & Business Development, NGK Spark Plugs (UK) Ltd

During the long and successful relationship, PR Reilly has been supported by NGK’s Area Manager for Ireland Stewart Neill who also added his thanks to Norbert and PR Reilly. He said: “Over the years we

had many interesting meetings, promotions, activities and quite a few laughs that I will look back at with a smile. Norbert was not just a customer but also a good friend. We plan to keep in touch, something

that I look forward to.” For more information on NGK Spark Plugs (UK) Ltd and its products and services, please visit the website

GT Exhausts launches new e-Commerce website


T Exhausts, the Co. Fermanagh Original Equipment and Aftermarket manufacturer of exhaust and emission systems has launched a new intuitive website at The new multi level website offers a full inventory search facility along with VRM look up and fitment data. The new platform offers established accounts log in, live price data, real time stock and online ordering with a click and collect option a GT Exhausts uses TecDoc and MAM, which allows customers to access over 26,000 applications , all at the click of a button. The new user friendly website features an e-Commerce facility, which allows visitors / trade customers to open an account, where they can view the company’s vast stock of exhausts and emission systems, save multiple shipping addresses and view and track 4- garageTRADER

orders. Wholesale customers can available of special discounts through using Coupon Codes. When they enter the Code, they will automatically receive a discount at checkout. There’s also a Promotion List facility on the site, where customers, according to the money they have spent, in any given period can avail of varying discounts. The new site features a parts finder, where viewers are able to search for parts by filtering different areas like Make, Year, Model.

There’s also a VRM Look up, where the viewer can enter the vehicle’s registration and find the exact product to suit the vehicle. The VRM is country specific and can cater for both UK and Republic of Ireland registrations.

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Shelbourne Motors announce Kia dealership for £5m complex in Newry


helbourne Motors has announced a partnership with Kia Motors (UK) to bring the global car manufacturer to its new £5m Newry complex. Kia is the first manufacturer to be confirmed for the family-owned vehicle retailer’s new state-of-theart multi-franchise facility that’s scheduled to open in early 2019.

The Kia partnership will see Shelbourne Motors be the dedicated dealership supplying new and used Kia vehicles to customers in the Newry and Mourne area. The South Korean manufacturer is one of the UK’s top selling car brands, selling over 93,000 new vehicles in 2017. Its range includes the compact Picanto and Stonic, the mid-sized family Cee’d; the seven-seater Sorento, as well as the award-winning Sportage. Speaking about the partnership with Shelbourne Motors, Nigel Flude, Regional Franchising Manager at Kia Motors (UK) said: “The vision for Shelbourne Motors’ new state-of-the-art facility in Newry is truly spectacular and demonstrates a major commitment to the local automotive industry by this family

run business. “Their exceptional reputation reaches far beyond Northern Ireland and we are delighted to work with such as positive and forward-thinking business that continually strives to deliver firstclass sales and aftercare experience to its customers.

“Newry is an extremely important location for Kia Motors (UK) and this expansion represents Nigel Flude, Regional Franchising Manager at Kia, an exciting step for our Richard Ward and Paul Ward, Sales Directors at Shelbourne brand. This will be the first time that Kia Motors with a 28-bay service workshop. “They are a perfect fit for us at our (UK) will have a dedicated modern, multi-franchise complex dealer supplying new and used Kia Paul Ward, Director of Shelbourne in Newry and will undoubtedly vehicles to the area.” Motors, said; “We’re delighted to strengthen our position as one of partner with Kia Motors (UK) to Northern Ireland’s largest familyShelbourne Motors’ new £5m announce one of the world’s most owned vehicle retailers.” Newry complex is a 50,000 sq ft popular car brands as the first Shelbourne Motors was founded development that will create 60 franchise at our new £5m customby the Ward Family in 1973. It new jobs when it officially opens built facility in Newry. currently employs over 130 staff at with an additional 100 jobs during “This is a real statement of intent its 9-acre Portadown headquarters, construction. by Shelbourne Motors. Kia is where it operates Toyota, Renault, synonymous with driving comfort, Nissan and Dacia franchises, as It will include four new car quality, reliability, technology, well as a Used Car Supermarket, showrooms, new car handover competitive pricing and the marketAccident Repair Centre and Valet bays, lounge-style waiting area with leading seven-year warranty. Centre. café and a drive-thru service centre

A Day at the Races with NGK


GK customers have enjoyed a right royal day out at the World’s greatest horse racing meeting, the Investec Epsom Derby. The group enjoyed hospitality in a private box in the prestigious Queen’s Stand opposite the finish line from where they witnessed 16-1 outsider Masar win the blue riband flat race.

Stewart Neill, NGK Spark Plugs (UK) Ltd’s Area Manager for Ireland, said: “I am delighted that this trip to the Derby for four of NGK’s Northern Ireland customers and their wives has been an enjoyable and fantastic experience that will remain in everyone’s

memory for a very long time. It was definitely a different weekend for sure.” Colin Adams, of Colin Adams Motor Parts in Newtownards, who thanked NGK on behalf of the Northern Ireland customers, added: “

Enjoying the Derby atmosphere (from left to right): Colin and Michelle Adams, of Colin Adams Motor Parts in Newtownards, Bernadette and Charlie Mullin, of C E Motor Factors in Limavady, Stewart Neill, NGK Spark Plugs (UK) Ltd Area Manager - Ireland with wife Gillian, David and Kathleen Davidson, of Woodstock Motor Parts Belfast, and David and Gillian Preece, of Motoglass Belfast

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Agnew Belfast Unveils New £2.7 Million State of the Art Volvo Showroom


he Agnew Group has unveiled a new £2.7 million state of the art Volvo showroom at 1 Boucher Way, Belfast BT12 6RE which represents both a rebrand for the business and a huge boost for the customer experience. The Agnew Belfast brand will replace SMW. The two brands have been synonymous with Volvo in Northern Ireland since the Agnew Group acquired Stanley Motor Works, who have represented Volvo since 1959. Since then there has been a significant investment in the Volvo brand locally, culminating in this move to a new futuristic showroom. Managing Director, Sydney Pentland, who has over 21 years’ experience within the Agnew Group, discusses the development: “We wanted to ensure that Northern Ireland based Volvo clients were given the same opportunity to share in the Volvo Retail Experience that is accessible to customers’ right across the UK. This Swedish inspired concept focuses on space and design. The bespoke experience has been designed to make customers feel relaxed and at ease in an environment that informs and provides flexible waiting, working and assessment areas. “Customers can take advantage of the Swedish ‘Fika’ branded coffee dock and customer facilities in

their ‘living room’ waiting area. They can also browse each model within the showroom and configure their perfect car with wireless connectivity at each model displayed, or within the configuration lounge. “We have integrated an electric charging bay for customers. There is a dedicated Agnew Belfast Unveils New £2.7 Million State of the Art Volvo Showroom: The Agnew fast fit tyre Group has unveiled a new £2.7 million state of the art Volvo showroom at 1 Boucher bay facility Way, Belfast BT12 6RE which represents both a rebrand for the business and a huge and we also boost for the customer experience. offer ‘while you wait’ significantly improved their local Auto Show and the XC40, which servicing. Of course we have the share of Volvo trade in Northern was crowned European Car of the usual courtesy car provision and we Ireland by over 10%. We know Year. operate a collection and delivery what our clients want and we There are also over 75 Selekt facility within the Greater Belfast consistently strive to exceed approved and prepared used cars area.” expectations.” available in stock at any time including demonstrators and exSydney adds: “For us the customer The state of the art showroom will management cars on both the new experience is vital. We value our facilitate the display of seven new site and in the adjacent Selekt Used customers and we consistently cars. Clients will be able to check Car facility. aim to be responsive to their out the new V60 model from 5th To arrange an appointment at needs. Volvo currently enjoys a July, the Volvo XC60 midsize SUV Agnew Belfast to visit the next 6.7% market share of the premium which has been named World Car generation Volvo showroom, please segment in Northern Ireland. of the Year 2018 at the New York call T. 028 9068 6000. Year on year, Agnew Belfast has

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conversions they require exceed their expectations. “It’s this customer centric policy that led us down the path of innovation. “TBC Conversions Ltd now fit as oltec is helping bodyshops to Under Decorative Paints €1,000. local seal, authorities standard its With own some rear door the stay compliant and avoid the Regulation (5.1 no 564 of 2012) quietest increasing activity in on thecompliance market, reducing possibility of fixed penalty local authorities now have the noisethis Soltec urging andarea heat loss.isWe havebodyshops also notices with its complete package power to issue fixed penalty notices to be prepared. pioneered a two-piece ultra-light of waste management assistance. to non-compliant bodyshops which offers range of services rampSoltec for ease of ause.” can mean on-the-spot fines of up to including pre-audit inspections As the only company in Northern Ireland to have attained the Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles Recognised Convertor status the David Donnell Managing Director of TBC Conversions company is trusted and relied upon BC Conversions Ltd, Converting vehicles for wheelchair by manufacturers and customers Northern Ireland’s leading drivers and passengers, as well alike. vehicle conversion as minibuses and taxis for the David Donnell continued: company, has recorded a record commercial and public sector, “Over the last year we have built 40% growth in sales of wheelchair plus specialist conversions that a partnership and network with accessible vehicles over the last 12 include refrigeration units, TBC nearly 20 Volkswagen dealerships months. Conversions Ltd is now one of the across UK and Ireland and plan to Based on the same period last year largest retailer of Mobility vehicles build upon this over the coming (June 2017- June 2018), the firm in the UK. months. converted and sold 481 Mobility David Donnell, Managing Director “A strong production calendar vehicles with almost 80% of these of TBC Conversions explains: across the next 12 months, sales exported to the GB market. “Our growth is down to two factors which encompasses minibus, Established in 2006, TBC – customer care and innovation. wheelchair accessible and specialist Conversions Ltd is based in a “No two customers are the same conversions for the public and purpose-built factory in Dungannon and we treat each as individuals, private sector will ensure future and employs 55 people. ensuring that the vehicle trading is strong.



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“Throughout the business we employ highly qualified experts and have a commitment to engineering excellence and customer service. “We work hard to ensure that all our vehicles are designed, built which can ensure an intelligence, operator and delivered with is correctly registered empathy and care andand it’swell on these prepared to obtain theircontinue certificate foundations we will to of compliance. They can carry out grow.” site visits andConversions use the company’s About TBC extensive experience waste The company is splitininto three management to look at a distinct channels: workshop and highlight TBC Mobility Conversions: areas where an inspector converting and adapting might have concerns. Soltec vehicles for those customers and can also help bodyshops organisations within the mobility with the required recordand wheelchair accessible keeping, training and vehicle markets.documentation. As well as these TBC Taxi and Bus services Conversions: consultancy Soltec converting and adapting vehicles offers a range of practical for taxi waste companies and mini bus management services operators. and products for body repairers. These include spill kits, Conversions: waste disposal TBC Specialist and cleaning adaptingsolutions vehicles forgun those equipment. customers who have a variety of bespoke requirements, including; For shelving, more information call ply-lining, roof-racks, Soltec (Ireland) on 044 933 towbars, seating, glazing, internal 5133 or visit electrics, refrigeration and more.



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tanley Watson, of Lisburn based Global Oils, travelled to China recently to sign a distribution deal with Jama Industrial Automotive Lubricants. The deal will see Global Oil’s range of Magic Bullet products distributed in China. Jama Lubricant (China) Co., Ltd. (Hong Kong) started business development in Xiamen, Fujian to enter the mainland market of China. Jama always aims at the constant pursuit of innovation and excellence in the lubricant field so as to provide customers with the best lubrication solutions and create maximum value for the customers. Jama is committed to the long-term development of its products in China and even the whole Asia-Pacific market. Jama has a production base, two R&D centres, a central laboratory, three marketing companies as well as dealer network and sales team throughout China. Commenting on the deal, Stanley

Watson, Managing Director of Global Oils said, “I am delighted to have set up this deal with Jama and look forward to promoting our Magic Bullet range right around the world.” Magic Bullet is possibly the world’s best all round fuel treatment. Magic Bullet provides engines with increased performance, increased fuel efficiency, harmful emissions reduction and fuel stabilization in new or old vehicles. Magic Bullet is: Non Hazardous Non Flammable Non Toxic Non Combustable 90% Hydro Carbon Based. With headquarters in Lisburn, County Down, Magic Bullet offers a wide range of additives for all types of engine. The Magic Bullet range is manufactured and produced by Global Lubricants NI Ltd at our headquarters in Lisburn.

Powerful decoking agents remove carbon deposits which build up over time, ensuring injectors and fuel lines are cleaned to nearly showroom standard. It is this cleaning action that allows the engine to extract up to 15% more Stanley Watson of Global Oil agrees a distribution power from the deal in China for the range of Magic Bullet products. fuel therefore making it more really hard to develop a range economical. that covers all engines from A cleaner engine will ensure motorbikes, cars, vans and trucks optimisation of its performance, to agricultural, commercial and whilst reducing smoke and marine. The specially designed emissions making it better for the bottles mean that Magic Bullet environment. With continuous couldn’t be easier to use. It is selfuse, emissions and therefore mixing, simply just pour and go. environmental impact are reduced Magic Bullet is already available by up to 25%. throughout Ireland. Global Lubricants have worked



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Comerton+ hill solicitors Claiming for damages for overcharging against Truck Manufacturers

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omerton and Hill Solicitors, of May Street, Belfast are acting for a number of companies with a view to commencing proceedings against the undernoted manufacturers for overcharging. The manufacturers are: 1. MAN; 2. Volvo; 3. Renault; 4. Iveco (which includes Fiat and Magirus); 5. Daimler (including Mercedes Benz, Fuso, Western Star and Freightliner); 6. DAF These manufacturers were found by the European Commission in June of 2016 to have operated a price cartel, keeping prices higher than they would have been had proper competition been operating in the market. Each truck builder was also found guilty of passing on the costs of meeting environmental standards to customers improperly. They were fined a total of €2.926 billion. Each company named above has admitted fault. Scania were part of the investigation, were found to have been part of the cartel but have appealed the finding. They cannot issue at present against Scania but will in future if it loses the appeal. Any person or firm who has suffered loss as a result of

these anticompetitive practices has a right to bring a claim for damages in the Northern Ireland High Court. Liability will not be an issue. As for the amount of potential claims (quantum), representatives of English claimants have estimated a loss of €10,500 per truck. Claimants will be successful if they can satisfy the following conditions: (a) They purchased new either a medium truck (6 tons to 16 tons) or a new heavy truck (16 tons plus); (b) From one of the above companies between 17th January 1997 and 18th January 2011. (For MAN between 17th January 1997 and 20th September 2010). We are the only law firm in Northern Ireland pursuing these claims. Similar claims are being pursued in other parts of the UK and the Republic of Ireland. Comerton and Hill already have live instructions for 120 trucks. Existing clients are from the haulage, concrete, aggregate, animal feed and tanker sectors. Successful claimants can recover damages and costs from the Defendants. If you or your company have been affected, contact Comerton and Hill solicitors.

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I am acting for a number of companies with a view to commencing proceedings against the undernoted manufacturers for overcharging:” 1. MAN; 2. Volvo; 3. Renault; 4. Iveco (which includes Fiat and Magirus); 5. Daimler (including Mercedes Benz, Fuso, Western Star and Freightliner); 6. DAF

Claimants will be successful if they can satisfy the following conditions: a) They purchased new a medium truck (6 tons to 16 tons) or new a heavy truck (16 tons plus); b) From one of the above companies between 17th January 1997 and 18th January 2011.  (For MAN between 17th January 1997 and 20th September 2010).

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rovincewide Claims Ltd. started trading in February 2015 and was set up by the eleven brokers who are members of Provincewide Ltd and run by Trevor White. Provincewide Ltd is Northern Ireland’s largest independent insurance broker association. Trevor has gained 31 years of experience within the insurance company claims market and also the independent claims management sector. Trevor, along with his team of eight people, looks after the day to day running of the Provincewide Claims Ltd. and its sister company, Provincewide Car Hire Ltd. Being owned by the eleven Provincewide Ltd members gives the claims company the strength of the larger national companies while retaining that important personal touch of a local business. Provincewide

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Claims Ltd. may only have been in operation for three and a half years, but the business has gone from strength to strength in that time. The eleven brokers have 28 offices spread right across Northern Ireland and all their clients are looked after by Provincewide Claims Ltd. who handle all aspects of their motor insurance claims. As well as working with the clients own insurers they also work with their panel of solicitors, garages and some third party insurers directly, to recover those “uninsured” losses not covered by the client’s own motor policy. Part of the claims process is to supply hire cars to clients when required and this is done through their sister company Provincewide Car Hire Ltd. which is already well established here. Apart from the motor claims service they also provide a UK and

Ireland-wide breakdown recovery service to their clients. “Brokers have to be different to combat the competition of the internet providers. Many clients

have realised that while the internet can give cheap introductory quotes, when a claim happens the back-up service isn’t there and that is where the service that we provides is invaluable. Having a good claims service assists in the retention of clients and that is why the Provincewide Ltd. members set the company up.” says Trevor. “The members also appreciate they have to work in partnership with those motor insurers who they place business with and by setting up Provincewide Claims Ltd. they have control in the claims process that mitigates claims costs against their partner insurers. “We offer our clients a first class service that guarantees to remove all the hassle when a claim occurs” says Trevor. Provincewide Claims also uses eight recognised repair centres. The eleven members are:

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Curran Connolly & Co

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Digney Grant Ltd.

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Larne Coachworks Monaghan Brothers

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Linda Todd Provincewide Claims Ltd. and Shaw McCarroll of McCarroll McConnell Insurance Brokers.

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New Man at the helm of FG7


G7, one of the largest wholesale suppliers to independently owned motor factors in Ireland has a new man at the helm. Whilst Kevin O’Kane may not have a background in the motor factor industry, he has an impressive knowledge of both Public and Private Sector Management, Business Development, Logistics and a very successful retail background. Originally from Magherafelt he enjoys most sport but is a keen rugby fan, however, with a young family has been retired to the side lines these days. Kevin is keen to add to the great team spirit at FG7.

“I want to keep building on the success of FG7, especially the in a relatively short period by developing further the professional image, with a service that is second to none and which FG7 has become renowned for” he told Garage Trader. After studying Business Development, Kevin’s first professional post was in Leisure Management with Magherafelt District Council before moving on to the retail world with CFC Interiors in Cookstown. With CFC Interiors, being an independent family owned company, Kevin had climbed as far up the ladder as was possible within that business and was seeking to pursue a career that can offer further progression. When FG7 came onto the radar Kevin took some time to research the company and had an opportunity to meet with the five shareholders to hear their vision for its future. When on a tour of the 65,000 square foot dual floored warehouse and on a 4.5 acre site with plans to extend the building Kevin quickly realised this was a very forward thinking and exciting company to be part of where he could see the potential to grow along with the business. He is quick

to acknowledge the hardworking team within FG7 as he highlights how comfortable they made his introduction to the company. He says, “everything you ask for is actioned immediately, the staff here are the most efficient, pleasant and helpful team I have been a part of which is refreshing.” Although only with the company a few months Kevin has hit the ground running having introduced procedures to streamline some existing processes. Employing extra staff to reduce overtime but enhance productivity. Currently working on refining stock levels in the warehouse and ensuring that FG7 are offering the most competitive prices to the valued members who support the group. Introducing the state of the art MAM Cloud system which will be complete before the end of summer, this will only ensure that service will be uninterrupted to all Members meaning that they get quick access to the stock availability at FG7. Hosted a very successful Open Night for all Members and their staff to visit the Warehouse, meet the team and were also treated to some supplier merchandise. Kevin said, “this was a fantastic opportunity for me to meet everyone that I hadn’t already had the chance to but also to show off the facility which the staff here can be proud of the fact they helped to create.” When given the opportunity to join the shareholders in Frankfurt at the first Global One Automotive meeting, Kevin jumped at the chance to learn more about the industry and thoroughly enjoyed the trip. “It was great to meet similar minded people, exchange opinion on different matters, suppliers and experiences, this all helped give me scope for the

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future of FG7.” Subsequently he has already confirmed meetings in headquarters with leading Global One brands but all Kevin would say for now is “watch this space”. With FG7 supplying 31 Motor Factors, both North and South of Ireland, Brexit is a common topic of conversation “We are watching the issue very closely,” but there is a lot of uncertainty with it so at FG7 we will address that when the outcome becomes clear. Growth and trade continue to be strong and with new members requesting daily to be a part of the group there is great potential for further expansion right across Ireland and we will carry on supplying to our members both sides of the border. On the plans to open a warehouse in the south of Ireland Kevin says “This will of course open a world


of opportunity for us and will be exciting to be part of. Logistically we must work out the best location for this to ensure we can offer the same service to all of our members” With constant changes in the market we are ‘geared for the future’ to ensure that the product range is up to date, and our team monitor this daily. We will continue to offer the fast, professional service and delivery from warehouse to branch up to four times per day all the while addressing any improvements necessary which includes adding to a very eye-catching fleet. “There is great potential for further development of the FG7 brand and with our professional team, I look forward to expanding the FG7 name across Ireland.” garageTRADER - 15



Open Night at FG7

Powermaxed Open Night at FG7


he impressive range of Powermaxed products from Automotive Brands held an open night at FG7 near Cookstown recently. Powermaxed supply a range of both detailing and engine additive products and the complete range is now available from all FG7 motor factors.

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Keep Your Diesel on the Road with Automotive Brands


OT laws are about to get really tough as part of the push to get diesels off the road, and Automotive Brands’ products are helping diesel vehicles to meet the tighter specifications and pass their MOT. Major fault: Visible smoke of any colour Any vehicle fitted with a Diesel Particulate Filter (DPF – fitted on all diesels made from 2009 onwards) will automatically fail their MOT if there is visible smoke of any colour emitted from the exhaust. Fortunately, Automotive Brands have a few products which can help fix the cause of the smoke in the first place, improving the condition of the vehicle as well as enabling it to pass its MOT. Black/Bluish Smoke Automotive Brands’ Power Maxed Stop Smoke oil additive is the perfect product to eliminate black smoke from the exhaust. It works by thickening the oil to a higher viscosity, increasing its ability to function despite worn internal components, reducing engine noise, black/blue smoke and increasing the efficiency of the vehicle. Other smoke For lighter smoke leaving the exhaust, Power Maxed Diesel Injector Cleaner is a fuel additive which can be added to approximately ¼ of a tank of fuel to help clear fuel dregs and other contaminants from the injectors to increase efficiency and reduce emissions, dark smoke and engine noise. White smoke or steam from the exhaust can be a sign of a head gasket problem. Check for loss of coolant, oil in the coolant expansion tank and for a creamy white substance around the oil filler cap which can all be indicators of a blown head gasket. Use Automotive Brands’ Steel Seal pour-in head gasket fix to permanently repair the blown head gasket. The product circulates the cooling system until the combined 18- garageTRADER

heat and pressure caused by the faulted head gasket causes a thermochemical reaction whereby the Steel Seal solidifies in layers in the damaged area, repairing it as the reaction continues. The vehicle is then allowed to cool completely (for 6-8 hours) during which time the Steel Seal sets in place in a oneway reaction, creating a permanent fix. Minor fault: High emissions The government has lowered the threshold for a minor fault based on emissions on diesel vehicles, meaning it is important to ensure the engine and exhaust system is running as cleanly as possible prior to its MOT.

The DPF The Diesel Particulate Filter (DPF) catches soot particulates from the combusted diesel, which it then burns away (the filter ‘regenerates’) as running temperatures get higher, usually during motorway driving or any driving over 40mph for more than 10-15 minutes. Vehicles fitted with a DPF which are only used for town driving are likely to be unable to regenerate, and can become clogged, reducing the efficiency of the vehicle, sometimes causing black smoke and even causing the turbo to go into limp home mode, at which point a drive along the motorway will not be enough to allow the filter to regenerate. Power Maxed DPF Cleaner is added to ¼ of a fuel tank, and lowers the combustion temperature of the soot in the filter for those vehicles which have become clogged, enabling the filter to regenerate at lower running temperatures. This in turn can not only reverse limp mode and enable the vehicle to run properly, but can also reduce the emissions caused by a clogged DPF. The exhaust Most Power Maxed products tackle issues right in the engine or, as above, in the DPF, thanks to the expertise in the creation of the products resulting from the input of a British Touring Car Championship race team. However,

some emissions can be caused by contaminants in various parts of the exhaust system. Here, Cataclean Diesel, which is also supplied by Automotive Brands, can be added to the fuel tank to clear away the contaminants in the system, cleaning the internal parts and ensuring your diesel is MOT-ready.

Minor fault: Leaks Much of the Power Maxed range is dedicated to stopping leaks all over the vehicle. A minor fault under the new MOT legislation constitutes a slow engine oil, power steering fluid or coolant leak, but this can turn into a major fault (and immediate fail of the MOT) if the leak is dripping during the examination. Whilst the latter is likely to require the attention of a mechanic to find and repair the source of the leak, Power Maxed products can certainly help with minor leaks, and may even save some mechanical costs on the more major ones too. Engine oil leaks Power Maxed Engine Oil Stop Leak is designed to be poured into the oil of any vehicle, to replenish dehydrated seals in the oil system, restoring them and preventing leaks. Power steering leaks Power Maxed Power Steering Stop Leak works in a similar way but is compatible with the power steering fluid to replenish seals in the system, stopping leaks and preventing future leaks too.

to seal leaks in the cooling system, preventing coolant loss. Users should be reminded that coolant loss can be a symptom of a blown head gasket, so to check for the other symptoms of a blown head gasket before using Coolant Seal, as Steel Seal may be required.

Coolant leaks Power Maxed’s Coolant Seal is a pour-in cooling system additive which uses carbon fibre particles

All products are available from most major motor factors including Bennetts, A1, GroupAuto, Euro Car Parts and more.

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There are 167,000 Nissan Qashqai vehicles on the road in the UK, yet only around 100 per year are having their shock absorbers replaced. This could be because replacing the shock absorbers and coil springs on the front of a Nissan Qashqai (02.07-) requires a number of components to be removed under the bonnet to gain access. The ICME recommended fitting

production lines worldwide fitted with KYB as standard. The same world class product quality is available to the UK aftermarket, including front & rear shock absorbers for the Nissan Qashqai. 1. Remove the tyre. 2. Undo the stabiliser link bar bracket bolt.

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time for this replacement is 1.7 hours per side. KYB is one of the world’s largest manufacturers of original equipment shock absorbers, with almost 1 in 4 of all cars leaving

3. Release the ABS sensor cable from it’s clip. 4. Remove clip from the bracket to release the brake hose cable.

5. Remove the pinch bolt to release the wheel hub. 6. Gain access to the top plate. 7. Remove the clip to have better access to the top nut.

8. There is an additional nut to remove in the recess behind the top mount. Remove both wiper blades then remove the scuttle panel to have access to the last nut. 9. Remove the final top nut whilst keeping hold of the strut under the

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wheel arch with your other hand. 10. Remove the strut assembly and dismantle with a spring compressor.

smooth chrome coating on the piston rod which will result in it not having perfect contact with the oil seal, causing premature leaking.

11. Use an alun key on the top of the strut to remove the top mount.

15. The assembled suspension unit can now be offered up under the wheel arch and fixed in position from the top first, then all the other components should be reattached in reverse order, tightened to the correct torque.

12. When you re-assemble the unit, the protection kit needs to be firmly located underneath the top mount to secure it. 13. If the spring when removed was seated on a cushion, this should be replaced. Twist the spring so it lines up correctly in the spring seat. 14. Assemble the new KYB shock absorber, coil spring, protection kit and top mount in the compressor with the gate closed. Ensure that you never use mole grips to steady the piston rod whilst assembling the unit – the grip can damage the

KYB recommends checking the wheel alignment after the Shock Absorber is fitted to the vehicle. KYB recommends that shock absorbers and coil springs are always fitted in pairs. To see the video showing exactly how to replace the suspension on the front of the Nissan Qashqai, have a look at the fitting video on

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Steering and Suspension


How To Diagnose Top Strut Mount Issues


lthough often overlooked, top strut mounts are one of the most important parts of the suspension system, connecting the coil spring/damper strut assembly to the vehicle’s chassis. Despite their importance and the fact that on vehicles with all-round independent suspension they feature at both the front and rear, mounts are often the last thought when it comes to

diagnosing suspension noise, particularly as there are many other components that could also be the cause. Therefore, the obvious checks to suspension arms, link bars, ball joints, anti-roll bar bushes, track rod ends and the like should certainly be carried out, but if all are found to be in full working order, then the condition of the strut set-up is a natural next step for the technician to assess. Where it is easier for them to identify potential top strut mount failure is when their customers complain of clunking, knocking, grinding or creaking noises, in particular at low speeds when moving the steering lock to lock, hitting potholes, speed bumps or driving over rough ground. These are all symptoms that point to top strut mount failure and the need for their replacement. As a consequence of use, the reality is Step 6that wearing parts, such as 22- garageTRADER

deteriorate very quickly, which will have a knock-on effect to other components, such as the shock absorbers and even the tyres, as these can start to wear unevenly and may cause the vehicle’s steering to pull to one side, an effect that if left too long, can then remain even after a new top strut mount has been installed. Although it is not necessary to replace both top strut mounts together, it is however advised to change complete struts in

suspension components eventually fail. It is therefore advised that serviceable items like shock absorbers/dampers are replaced every 50,000 miles to ensure the vehicle’s suspension system remains in optimum working order. The most important point to remember however, is that if a suspension strut is replaced then the top strut mount should be replaced at the same time, as it is uneconomical to take the whole system apart at a later date just to replace it. On some vehicles however, it can be the case that the top strut mount fails prematurely at low mileage and there are several instances, particularly with a number of Fiat applications including the Fiorino/ Qubo (and their Citroën Nemo/ Peugeot Bipper/Bipper Tepee

cousins), Doblo, Grande Punto and Ducato, where this has occurred. Some of these failures are linked to poor design or specification and have forced the original equipment (OE) manufacturers to re-design and upgrade them due to water and grit ingress from the road penetrating the bearing, causing rust and corrosion and leading to seizure. Another common cause of water ingress comes as a result of jet washing under the wheel arches, where water can get into the bearings, which again can lead to failure. Freezing conditions will also be a problem if there is water penetration, as this will also cause damage to the bearings. Step 10 Failure to replace a worn

top mount will cause it to

pairs and therefore wise to replace the top strut mounts at the same time, not least because it is more economical, as it is a low-cost part in a high-labour process. The job naturally involves the struts being removed from the vehicle and the coil spring being compressed using a compressor, to then enable the safe removal of the top strut mount. Finally, as is recommended following any steering/suspension related work, if the struts/mounts have been replaced, then it is best practice to check the tracking and ensure everything is aligned correctly to prevent further problems occurring and to set the vehicle to its correct specification. For more information about the premium quality products available from First Line Ltd, please call the sales team on: 01869 248484 or visit:

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PR Reilly

Euro Car Parts Team P R Reilly expand their extensive range of OE filter brands


he inside counts …. Filters are crucial to the smooth running and lifespan of the modern engine. A high-level quality is therefore essential.

With MANN-FILTER, you get original equipment quality…every time. The Mann range consists of OE quality products that covers oil, air, fuel and cabin filters. This range covers over 98% of car and light vehicle applications in the Irish market. Another OE quality brand is Fram. Fram filters are known for their durability, reliability, performance

and efficiency. The Fram range covers 96% of vehicle parc. Warranty for both of these brands is in line with the vehicle manufacturer guidelines and conforms to Block Exemption meaning they will NOT affect new vehicle warranty. For further information on the Euro Car Parts Team P R Reilly programme contact our Kilbarrack sales team on 01.8320006 and our Santry sales team on 01.8620000 ANY Part for ANY Car … Branches nationwide

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s the only parts supplier in ROI with a dedicated powertrain team, Euro Car Parts Team P R Reilly understand more than most the benefits that remanufactured engines provide to the aftermarket. In this article, Paula Huesca De Crean, Chief Commercial Officer at Euro Car Parts, explains more.

Not only do remanufactured engines bring cost and environmental benefits to repairers, but they all perform to the same performance specification as their original equivalents. At Euro Car Parts Team P R Reilly, we work very closely with leading engine remanufacturing companies to bring their range to the independent aftermarket. This high standard allows us to offer an impressive 12-month unlimited mileage warranty on parts and labour. There is a clear difference between a reconditioned and remanufactured engine. A reconditioned engine has been cleaned with some damaged components replaced, Step 15 in an attempt to

restore it back to its previous condition. However, reconditioning is a subjective process and offers few guarantees to the end customer when it comes to warranty, longevity and performance.

Compared to the reconditioning process, remanufactured engines go through a more thorough process. Original units are stripped down to the core and rebuilt from the ground up, using the highest quality materials and engineering processes to return them to original performance specification levels. In most instances, performance is even improved. To demonstrate to repairers how effective remanufactured engines are, we have reduced prices across the range for a limited time.

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In addition to delivering guaranteed performance at an unbeatable price, remanufactured engines also carry green credentials. A remanufactured engine is produced using less core metal than new OE engines, with 85 per cent of an engine’s original components returned to OEM specification. Remanufacturing also uses around 85 per cent less energy than other manufacturing processes, reducing both landfill and energy

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GEARBOXES High quality, fully guaranteed, very competitively priced, remanufactured gearboxes with free delivery.

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OUR GEARBOX REMANUFACTURING PROCESS Today’s multi-speed manual gearboxes are highly intricate, precision-engineered units. As you might expect, only the most experienced technicians are entrusted with the complex and involved remanufacturing process that ensures we supply only the very highest quality replacement units. Every gearbox is stripped to its component parts, then meticulously cleaned, tested and inspected prior to remanufacture. Worn components are either discarded or, where possible, re-engineered to original specification.

• Core unit inspected for cracks and other damage • Core unit completely disassembled and cleaned • Casing and all internal components are kept together throughout the process • All components cleaned, graded and inspected, checking against OE specifications • Parts that fail inspection are discarded and replaced • Gears checked for wear to the tooth profiles excessive noise whilst in operation • Synchromesh hubs and baulk rings inspected and replaced if necessary to ensure quiet gear selection

PRICING EXAMPLES Opel Vivaro, Movano, Nissan Primaster, Renault Master, Tra ic PK6-021

Ford Fiesta IB5 (1.25i & 1.4i 16v 4.25 Mk.7)

VW Transporter T5 2.5TDi 6-Speed 1, (0A5 Series - HRU/JFS)

Opel Corsa, Astra, Meriva, Vectra, Za ira F17 1.6i1.8i F17

Peugeot Bipper/Citroen Nemo Hdi 5-sp

Ford Transit MK6 RWD 5 SPEED MT75

Ford Transit MK7 RWD 5 Speed MT75

Peugeot Boxer, Citroen Relay 2.2HDi 6-Speed 1, (GP02)

Opel Vivaro, Movano, Nissan Primaster, Renault Master, Tra ic PF6

Fiat 500/Ford Ka 1.2i 5-Speed

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VW Polo, Seat Ibiza/Cordoba, Skoda Fabia 1.4i 5-Speed 02T (JHS, LVE)

(PF6-010) Contact your local branch for more details. All prices subject to VAT. Offer valid until 30 September ’18.

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The 2.0-litre TDI diesel engine used in the Octavia, features a timing belt driven water pump. As replacing the belt also requires the auxiliary drive system to be removed, Dayco recommend that all the systems’ components primary drive and auxiliary drive - be replaced at the same time.

This step-by-step technical guide will help technicians through the process, to avoid complications and ensure a first-rate job. As with all primary drive system jobs, the work should be undertaken when the engine is cold, so ideally the vehicle will not have been run for at least four hours. Remove the plastic cover to reveal the engine, followed by the mudguard moulding under the right hand wheel arch, which will allow access to the auxiliary drive system, then remove the tensioner and auxiliary belt. Remove the tie rod beneath the engine and then the crankshaft, or TVD, pulley in order to remove the lower and central timing belt covers. Then from the top of the engine move the differential pressure sensor of the FAP with its bracket and the electric fuel pump

with its bracket, followed by the fuel filter and cooling circuit tank, to be able to then remove the top timing belt cover. Remove the lower bolt of the engine mounting bracket flange, correctly support the engine and then remove the upper right engine mounting bracket, followed by the bracket flange. Rotate the crankshaft clockwise to match the timing reference marks on the pulley and lock the pulley in place using Dayco tool T10050 (figure 1). Insert Dayco tool 3359 into the camshaft pulley and a second into the fuel injection pump pulley and loosen both pulleys. After loosening the bolt of the tensioner, rotate the tensioner and remove the upper idler in order to remove the timing belt and then, remove the tensioner. Remove and replace the belt tensioner stud with the new one supplied with the Dayco timing belt kit KTBWP5630, along with the lower and

central idlers with nut and bolt respectively.

and install the new water pump from the Dayco timing belt kit.

Remove the water pump from the casting and after flushing the system and ensuring the mating surfaces are clean, soap the O-ring

Install the new belt tensioner and nut, but make sure that the tooth is inserted into the slot in the housing as shown (figure 2). Then, after

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Figure 4 rotating both the camshaft and fuel injection pump pulleys clockwise, install the new Dayco HT (High Tenacity) timing belt, followed by the replacement top idler and bolt from the kit. Rotate the belt tensioner with its position index inside the space in the back plate as shown (figure 3) Dayco-HalfPage 1 and tighten to 20Nm + Advert_1802.pdf 45°.

Then tighten the camshaft pulley bolts to 20Nm + 45° and the fuel injection pump bolts to 20Nm + 90° (figure 4). Remove all the timing tools and rotate the engine clockwise several turns to ensure that it is correctly timed and that the belt tensioner index is still in the space of the 28/02/2018 13:07:19 backing plate as shown previously.

Remove the alternator pulley bolt and replace the pulley with Dayco ALP2395 and using a 13mm ball-end Allen key, remove the bolt at the back of the auxiliary belt tensioner located under the rear side of the alternator and replace the tensioner with Dayco APV2511. After replacing the timing belt covers and other previously

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removed components, replace the crankshaft pulley with Dayco DPV1123 and tighten the bolts to 10Nm + 90°. Finally replace the auxiliary belt with Dayco 6PK1070. To view this installation, or any other Dayco technical video, visit and click on Dayco TV.

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Serfac Limited celebrates 40 years in business

Dublin-based parts distributor Serfac Limited is celebrating the special milestone of 40 years in business this year. Established by Brian Fanning and Richard Quirke in 1978, Serfac originally commenced business in a small premises with just two

staff members. The company grew rapidly over subsequent years, adding more staff and moving twice to larger premises and now operates from two warehouses in Tallaght, Co. Dublin.

successfully adapted over the years to maintain its position as a leading aftermarket distributor and attributes this success to brand range, quality, product knowledge and customer loyalty.

In an increasingly competitive marketplace, Serfac has

“From the outset, we put great emphasis on range and quality, said Brian. “The importance of selecting the right brands can’t be underestimated and we work closely with our suppliers to offer our customers the very best in terms of both product and service.” Serfac offers one of the most extensive product ranges in the Irish automotive aftermarket and supplies over 100 product lines and over 100,000 different parts. “We always have excellent availability of quality products ready to be delivered to our customers at

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competitive prices”, continued Brian. Serfac’s brand portfolio, which already included leading names such as LuK, Mahle, SKF, GS Yuasa, Monroe, Febi, Denso, Osram, Metelli and Lesjofors, has rapidly expanded over recent months and new high profile additions to the range include Sonax, Dreumex and Brembo. Staff and customer loyalty have also been critical to the success of the business and the majority of Serfac staff have worked with the company for many years, providing knowledge and experience that is hard to find in today’s marketplace. “Many of our customers have been with us since our early days and we have strong and loyal relationships with them”, said Brian.

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SERFAC GT Adapting to the changing marketplace has been vital to the success of the company and Serfac recently opened a second warehouse and implemented a new state of the art computerized Warehouse Management System across both its locations. “Our product range and the number of lines we carry has significantly expanded over recent years and we needed the new facilities and technology to further enhance our service offering”, said Gillian Fanning, Marketing Director with Serfac. “We are the Irish shareholder in leading international automotive network TEMOT and having access to TEMOT’s significant resources has also proved invaluable to us in recent years. I believe that this will be increasingly important going forward in this fast-changing business environment”, she added. With the international resources of TEMOT, a strong brand

portfolio, loyal customers and a highly experienced team, Brian is confident about the future. “We’re operating in a dynamic and challenging business environment

but we offer one of the most extensive product ranges in the Irish aftermarket and pride ourselves on delivering these products promptly, efficiently and on a right first-time basis” he

said. “We’re totally committed to supporting our customers with the best in products, services, support and training and we’re looking forward to another 40 years in business.”

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INA / FAG Product Specialist & REPXPERT

You get more from us than just OE parts. Tim is Schaeffler’s INA & FAG product specialist. Basically, that means Tim knows everything there is to know about bearings. From the bearings you find in INA tensioners, idlers and water pumps - to good old fashioned (and some extremely high-tech) wheel bearings. Tim also knows the best way to fit them, helping to avoid potential premature failures and keeping you and your customers happy. He shares that know-how during regular training sessions held around the country. Of course, it helps if every single OE specification component you need to carry out a professional repair is in the box, right down to the last nut, bolt and washer.

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Iguana wiper blades balance a perfect combination of performance & affordability and flourish in any price-conscious market where competitive pricing is imperative, but product quality must not be sacrificed. The high-impact Iguana branding is guaranteed to catch the eye of consumers whilst the universal concept allows for both maximum vehicle coverage and minimal stock-holding. The Iguana universal jointless wiper blade range is available in sizes 13”-32” and each blade is supplied complete with 7 different connectors which enables quick & easy fitment to 14 different modern front wiper arms as well as various rear wiper arms. Iguana traditional metal wiper blades are available in sizes 10”28” and are simple to fit. Sizes 10”15” are supplied with 3 connectors

which are suitable for 6-9mm hook fitments as well as the 7mm bayonet wiper arm whilst sizes 16”-28” have a single, pre-fitted connector which allows easy fitment to all 9mm hook wiper arms.

NEWS driven by the head-turning Iguana display stand and packaging which offers a commanding presence in any motor factor, garage, fast-fit or retail outlet. The complete Iguana programme is supported by a comprehensive online eco-catalogue which is available at www.iguanablades. com. The eco-catalogue is also smartphone-enabled, making it perfect for those on-the-go or for use on the shop floor. Please contact your national Iguana brand distributor for further details: HBA Distribution 3 Darkley Road Keady Co.Armagh BT60 3RE TEL: +44(0)28 3753 1155 FAX: +44(0)28 3753 8231 EMAIL: WEB:

This exciting brand also boasts an opportunity to increase spontaneous purchases which is primarily

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s the only parts supplier in ROI with a dedicated powertrain team, Euro Car Parts Team P R Reilly understand more than most the benefits that remanufactured engines provide to the aftermarket. In this article, Paula Huesca De Crean, Chief Commercial Officer at Euro Car Parts, explains more. Not only do remanufactured engines bring cost and environmental benefits to repairers, but they all perform to the same performance specification as their original equivalents. At Euro Car Parts Team P R Reilly, we work very closely with leading engine remanufacturing companies to bring their range to the independent aftermarket. This high standard allows us to offer an impressive 12-month unlimited mileage warranty on parts and labour. There is a clear difference between a reconditioned and remanufactured engine. A reconditioned engine has

been cleaned with some damaged components replaced, in an attempt to restore it back to its previous condition. However, reconditioning is a subjective process and offers few guarantees to the end customer when it comes to warranty, longevity and performance. Compared to the reconditioning process, remanufactured engines go through a more thorough process. Original units are stripped down to the core and rebuilt from the ground up, using the highest quality materials and engineering processes to return them to original performance specification levels. In most instances, performance is even improved. To demonstrate to repairers how effective remanufactured engines are, we have reduced prices across the range for a limited time. In addition to delivering guaranteed performance at an unbeatable price,

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remanufactured engines also carry green credentials. A remanufactured engine is produced using less core metal than new OE engines, with 85 per cent of an engine’s original components returned to OEM specification. Remanufacturing also uses around 85 per cent less energy than other manufacturing processes, reducing both landfill and energy demands. or call our Kilbarrack sales team on 01 8320006 or Santry sales team on 01 8620000

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WAI launches new range of MAF sensors W

AIglobal UK has launched a new range of MAF sensors under its growing engine management programme.

the six most popular MAF sensors. This includes references for BMW, General Motors, Isuzu, Jaguar, Mercedes-Benz and Toyota. WAI’s product range, comprising engine management, rotating electrics, window regulators and wiper motors is available on a same day delivery from Marathon Warehouse Distribution and next day delivery from WAI UK. Richard Welland, WAIglobal UK managing director, said: “This is an exciting launch for the WAI brand and one that underlines the quality we have in abundance. Engine management is a growing market for our distributors and their customers and our auto-electrical expertise means we are ideally positioned to ensure they reap the benefits.”

Manufactured and patented by WAI, the 120-strong range features a thermally compensated product that utilises an OE-quality microcontroller technology, which is capable of controlling the MAF output to an OEM level of quality and precision. The sensor precision is measured against air-flow, not voltage nor frequency like lower quality sensors. The new WAI range offers a premium two-year warranty. To launch the range, WAI has produced an eye-catching flyer that promotes the range and in particular

WAI expands on window regulator range W AIglobal has announced a significant increase in its range of OE-quality window regulators for cars, adding more than 700 new references since last year. The internationally-recognised supplier’s range of window regulators offer improved gear design and strength, high torque motors and no bending or premature failures. Manufactured using advanced technology, precision lubricants and connections, all products ensure smooth and quiet operation. Each regulator is developed, designed and tested in house at one of WAIglobal’s several manufacturing locations across the globe. With just 660 last year, WAI now has 1398 window regulator 32- garageTRADER

part references, all of which can be found in its newly released catalogue. WAI has ensured that 50 percent of the new range covers the most popular makes of vehicles including: Renault; Ford; PSA Group; Volkswagen; BMW; and Fiat.

The range also includes newly released items for the 2011-16 Ford Focus, equipped with the comfort function, meaning customers can rely on WAI for access to the very latest products. Due to market demand, WAI has developed the four new Ford window regulators with emphasis

on improving the quality of the pulley and window slider, which tend to be the primary failure modes for this vehicle. All products are supported by a full technical support service that provides comprehensive advice on fitting procedures and in-service issues.

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THE AFTER SERVICE MUST-HAVE ALL GARAGES NEED Offer ECOMAX to your customers after a service or MOT to guarantee long lasting noticeable improvements such as engine smoothness, noise reduction and fuel savings.

Ecomax will keep your customers coming back.

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NEWS Nigel Molloy, Business owner, Ace Motor Factors, Newbawn, Co. Wexford.

What was your first job? I started off working as an aircraft engineer with British Airways at Heathrow before moving back to Ireland.

What was your first car and what do you drive now? First car was a Fiat 128. What music did you listen to on a recent car journey? A CD by the group Passenger. What is the one thing you wish you could do better? Office work. What is your biggest achievement? Winning the Red Bull soapbox race in Cork with a mad bunch of lads.

What is the most stupid thing you have ever done? Testing the soap box over a ramp. They said it would be grand‌ What would be your specialist subject on Mastermind? Things that can go wrong. What one law would you make, change or amend? Change jails from being hotels and education centres to making people pay for what they did. What is your favourite film? Fast and Furious. What did you want to be when you were growing up? Bigger.

BBQ time at Nigel Whann ARC


igel Whann Accident Repair Centre on the Pennybridge Industrial Estate in Ballymena closed early on a sunny Friday in July for a special barbeque to celebrate the long service of two of its employees. Ronny Purdy and Barry Adams have worked at Nigel Whann ARC for twenty years and a special presentation was made to them at the event. A number of other members of staff have also been with the company a long time, proving what a great team spirit there is within the company. 34- garageTRADER

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RT AutoParts

Own brand aerosols now available from RT Autoparts


ne of mid-Ulster’s largest motor factors, RT Autoparts in Cookstown now offers it’s own branded range of aerosol cans. The cans cater for just about every requirement a garage or workshop might need and includes: RAL Sprays Agri Colours Van Colours Truck Colours Pre-charged (Any colour made to order) Ancillary range (like > Satin-Matt-

Gloss black, Gloss White, GreyWhite-Red primer, wheel Silver, Clear Lacquer etc) High Build & Etch Primer Etch Primer Plastic Primer Stonechip Bumper Colours Zinc Spray Fade Out Thinner This new range from RT Autoparts is now available off the shelf while pre-charged made to order aerosols are available on a same day service.

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CTR7 hits the spot in Ireland T he new resistance spot welder from Car-O-Liner, the CTR7, is proving very popular throughout Ireland, with Stuart Alexander reporting a strong uptake on the new equipment. Stuart, who is Managing Director of Car-O-Liner UK and Ireland told Garage Trader that, “We’ve had some really positive reactions from the whole of Ireland regarding the CTR7. We have sold quite a few units already and it is proving to be popular all over with clients commenting on its ease of use and innovative technology.” The CTR7 Resistance Spot Welder, Car-O-Liner’s new generation welding machine, provides quality spot welds with all the new high strength steels using cutting edge inverter technology. A wide range of accessories and sophisticated software with semi-automatic control features guarantee perfect welding results.

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The sharp, easy-to-read, 7” colour screen makes it easy to navigate and set your parameters thereby reducing cycle times and increasing workshop productivity. CTR7 also contains the latest technological platform that, in the future, will support internet technology and wireless communication features. Other features of the CTR7 include: Innovative, Compact design with low centre of gravity for increased safety and easy handling Transformer Gun Technology for greater working range Aluminum, Telescopic Support Arm with integrated balancer (optional) for adjustable height Welding Currents up to 12,000 amps for powerful output for the toughest welding jobs User-friendly Control Panel for easy navigation Large 20 Litre Tank for efficient water-cooled operation

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Riverpark Training is celebrating its 10th Anniversary

iverpark Training was formed in June 2008 after the collapse of Carter and Carter who bought the Blackwater House training facility in Mallusk in September 2007. Motor vehicle Apprenticeship and Technician training has been taking place on the site since 1998 and Colin Hagan the Managing Director has

been involved with training since 1999 when he moved from Isaac Agnew Accident Repair Centre to become an Autobody Repair tutor with Blackwater House. David Frizell joined the company in 2008 from Charles Hurst ARC as a Refinish Tutor and has excelled in his training skills to progress many students to national and

international level. Riverpark Training is currently the highest performing training provider or college in the UK for its student’s performance at skills competitions in motor vehicle repair technology. To date twenty-three students have won medals at National level and four have progressed to International

Timeline of Success Blackwater House

2007 World Skills Bronze Medal (Japan) – Jonathan Lloyd - Car painting (UK national champion twice)

2008 Riverpark Training

2005 World Skills Gold Medal (Finland) and Best in Nation Medal – Andrew Blair - Autobody Repair (UK national champion twice) Since his success Andrew was appointed foreman in Wrights ARC Mallusk before he moved to run his fathers business “Bill Blair ARC” in Doagh. Andrew continues to support apprenticeship training at Riverpark and has assisted in local skills competitions and mentoring for World Skills.

Since his success Jonathan has worked as a Senior Paint technician at Nigel Whann ARC, he also achieved UK Senior Paint technician and was also World Skills Training Manger for Car Painting, he has been very supportive of skills competitions and has provided assistance as a judge at many local skills competitions. Jonathan is now the Northern Ireland representative for 3M products.

2008 Our first classes as Riverpark Training. Were you one of them? If so we are planning a party!

level in the last ten years. On the international level three have won Bronze and one has achieved a medallion of excellence, this has been in three World Skills competitions in Germany, Brazil and the United Arab Emirates. Two further apprentices are in Squad UK and are currently in training for World Skills Russia 2019. 2009 Daniel Matheson UK National Champion Since his success Daniel has worked as a Senior Painter at Bryansford Coachworks before setting up his own paint workshop.

2011 William Howell, Matthew Quinn and Sean Burns all Gold Medal winners at SkillAuto (Glasgow) Both William and Matthew achieved gold medal status in Autobody Repair at this national final, William actually achieved the highest score to date. William Howell is now workshop controller in his father’s company Howell ARC in Bangor, Matthew Quinn went on to compete in World Skills 2013. Sean Burns won gold in Car Painting and now works for Agnew ARC. check out the website:


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We would like to congratulate Colin Hagan and the Staff from Riverpark Training on their 10th Anniversary

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RIVERPARK 2012 Gerald Brennan- Bronze Medal and Matthew Quinn - Gold Medal in Autobody Repair at the UK National Finals (Birmingham)

2012 Gary Greer- Gold Medal. Marc Riley – Silver Medal. Patrick Quinn- Bronze Medal

Gerald now is a partner in a bodyshop in Dunmurry.

Car Painting UK National Finals (Birmingham)

2013 Matthew Quinn- Bronze Medal Autobody Repair and Gary Greer – Medallion of Excellence Car Painting (Germany) Since their success both Matthew and Gary have developed their careers, Matthew has been working in New Zealand and has recently moved back to Northern Ireland where he is building up his own business in paintless dent removal. Gary also moved to work this time to England where he worked for Mclaren before returning to Northern Ireland as a workshop manager for Philip Allen in Cookstown. 2015 Andrew McClure Silver Medal Autobody Repair, Jonny McNaughter Silver Medal Car Painting and Andrew Gault Gold Medal Autobody Repair UK National finals (Birmingham)

2014 James Crawford Gold Medal UK Squad selection Autobody Repair and Patrick Quinn Silver Medal UK Squad Selection Car Painting. Aaron Kernaghan Bronze Medal UK National final (Birmingham) James and Patrick are currently working in their family businesses and Aaron has started his own business.

2015 Rebecca Wilson World Skills Bronze Medal – Car Painting (Brazil) Rebecca is now senior Paint Technician with Bells ARC Crossgar. She is a regular supporter of Skills competitions and has been a judge at Riverpark and also the Skills Show in Birmingham 2017 Andrew Gault World Skills Bronze Medal - Autobody Repair (United Arab Emirates)

2017 Cillian Campbell Gold Medal Autobody Repair, Conor McKevitt Gold Medal Car Painting and Scott Patterson Silver Medal Autobody Repair in the UK National finals (Birmingham) Conor and Scott are now also in Squad UK and currently in training for the next World Skills in Kazan Russia 2019.

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Andrew is currently working for Glen Allen ARC where he is the senior autobody repair technician. He has also supported Riverpark Training as a judge this year and is committed to helping others follow his role. In the past 10 years as Riverpark Training there have been many other success stories, mainly of self-achievement and although they may not have a UK or World Skills medal many have made successful careers and are moving up in the Industry. Elliott McNally from Charles Hurst Nissan and now with Charles Hurst Toyota is an excellent example, he has been very successful within his company and gained recognition for this from the IMI in 2016 when he was a finalist in their non-technical category of top achiever’s awards. garageTRADER - 39



RIVERPARK Elliott was presented with this award by HRH Prince Michael who is the patron of the IMI.

Unusual Projects During the last 10 years Riverpark has had many individual projects to take on as part of our apprenticeship programmes and sometimes strange requests. The most unusual overall was the request from Aldergrove air traffic control to paint a Cessna Bobcat light aircraft. Bit of a problem getting this one into the oven so modifications had to be made. It was a pleasure to watch this aircraft a month later as she took to the sky over Newtownards.

Unsung heroes Many young people have crossed the doors of Riverpark Training in the last 10 years. Many of them simply happy with gaining their qualification and retaining their employment, there are however

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many more success stories than we could mention, of overcoming learning needs, developing skills, setting up businesses, moving to higher education and even moving abroad. We are very proud to have been the inspiration and guidance many of our students needed at the

start of their careers and also their support after their apprenticeships. Our objective now is to develop the success we have enjoyed with the “Accident Repair Sector” to the “Maintenance and Repair Sector”. We have already

established a bespoke training objective for the Agnew Group for their maintenance and repair apprenticeships and wish to extend this to other main dealer groups. Best wishes The training team at Riverpark

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REFINISH GT PPG Refinish UK introduces revolutionary commercial transport platform TURBO VISION within the NEXA AUTOCOLOR brand!


PG, the world’s leading paint and coatings company, have announced the launch of a revolutionary new generation of commercial transport topcoat; Nexa Autocolor’s Turbo Vision. Developing upon the highly regarded Nexa Autocolor EHS Turbo Plus paint line; PPG have invested extensive research and development into the Turbo Vision platform to deliver breakthrough technology designed to address future requirements and expectations of a CT coating system. The new commercial transport offering is available in the premium refinish brand Nexa Autocolor and offers significant enhancements through innovation, process optimisation and colour excellence; whilst also being fastdrying, easy to apply and a durable gloss and finish. REACH INNOVATION Turbo Vision is using a brand new generation of patented technologies and has been designed to reach

new levels of performance, process optimisation and colour excellence. Covering all the needs of the Commercial Vehicle Industry - from repairers, builders to special manufacturers - the easy application and fast drying times deliver a premium finish that is sure to impress! The excellent flow and best-inclass colour matching has been at the center of research when developing the platform, and with different types of vehicles and parts demanding different performance characteristics, a comprehensive range of binders (High Flow, Matt, Structured, Medium Solid and Direct-to-Metal) have been developed to combine with the new premium toners. Using Turbo Vision’s unique Premium High Flow Binder results in enhanced coverage and improved opacity. Ease of application and lower material consumption both contribute towards a 10-15%

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reduction in VOC emissions, resulting in healthier working conditions for painters whilst lowering the environmental footprint for manufacturers and paintshops. REACH OPTIMISATION As an easy-to-use paint process combined with accurate mixing and efficient colour matching, Turbo Vision offers shorter baking times and less re-work. Both experienced painters and trainees alike, will benefit from faster, accurate and reliable results. The covering properties means on average a 10-15% material saving and a 25% bake time reduction. REACH EXCELLENCE Turbo Vision’s general appearance and long term durability exceeds other coating systems. Its colour stability allows painters

to confidently and consistently achieve colour mixing and perfect results every time. David Heal, UK & Ireland Market Director for PPG Refinish, comments: “This new generation of commercial transport coatings is a truly exceptional and exciting platform. Turbo Vision supports PPG’s goal to be the customer’s first choice every time and significantly improves the value we deliver to our customers. The feedback we have received from early users of the system is exceptional, we are very excited for the entire commercial transport market to experience all the benefits this revolutionary platform can offer.” For more information on Turbo Vision, please visit http:// garageTRADER - 43


TTS TTS New Apprentice Recruitment Service for Employers

Transport Training Services Robert Deignan


Apprenticeships consist of a vocational competency qualification, complimented by relevant education andandvocational qualifications. helping to supply localknowledge to an apprenticeship programme Driving, Parts Advisor and Service

t is often said that success in business, at least to some businesses with good quality and who are genuinely passionate Advisor. Applicants undertake extent, is about getting other apprentices across the full range of about the motor trade” says Robert. rigorous aptitude tests at TTS in Why apprenticeship are Apprenticeships people to do the work for you! With programmes. effective? “With my knowledge of employers’ Literacy, Numeracy, Mechanical this in mind have you considered Robert has a proven track record needs and my experience of dealing and Reasoning, and those who meet TTS are now pleased to offer Research shows: employing an apprentice as a way with more than 20 years experience with school leavers I believe I can the benchmark will be offered to a help wider of training and of helping to grow your business? with employers and Apprentices • Over working 80% of employers who employ say make a difference and meetrange employers for further assessment they make their workplace more with productive. the needs of both managers Transport Training Services Apprenticeships for local connecting young people in the and interview. “TTSMotor has built (TTS) have been in the business • 81% ofthe world offavour work, using 13 of athose industry starting including: up some great partnerships with businesses customers company which takesand young people of delivering apprenticeships in on Apprentices years in the further education a career as an apprentice.” employers over the years and I over a company which doesn’t. partnership with employers for sector where he dealt specifically TTS currently offers•aService full portfolio am keen to develop this further” & Parts Advisor • 92% of employers who employ Apprentices believe they many years, and have recently with the motor trade. “One of of apprenticeship programmes says Robert. “By supplying the lead to a more motivated and satisfied workforce. • Tyre/Fast Fit launched a new careers assistance the greatest challenges to the in Light Vehicle Repair, Heavy industry with a flow good of service for young people helping industry these days is finding Vehicle Repair, Body• Repair, prospective candidates I believe Light, Heavy, Motorcycle, Auto Electrical, So why not contact us to find out more. Consider them secure an apprenticeship. bright well-motivated young Vehicle Refinishing, Auto Electrical that TTS can make a positive Body and Paint Technician (up to Level 4 on investing in the next generation of Technicians and help With this comes the benefit that your business peopleinwho keen We to commit Motorcycle Repair, LGV impact on the skills shortage our GOLD Apprenticeship) the are process. currently have Repair, over TTS can help employers recruit 140 enthusiastic young people who have successfully enthusiastic capable young people completed our aptitude application process and are - Over 140 applicants have been successful in into their business. To do this ready to start an apprenticeship. Young people generally our aptitude testing and are keen to start an TTS have created a new post - take quickly to modern technology found on all modern Apprenticeship Careers Development Officer vehicles and to help, all TTS apprentices nowbenefit from - Our Apprenticeship training benefits from - and appointed Robert Deignan,up to date training we’re able to provide with recently acquired extra support from Toyota, Kia, Hyundai, Vauxhall, support from Ford, Toyota, Vauxhall, Kia, who started in the role in early Ford and others. Also our Technical training team has Hyundai and others. April. Robert has a great deal been further strengthened with the addition of highly of experience in this area and experienced and qualified staff Andy Semple, Siobhann - 2 secrets to success in business – Sheer hard is now responsible for building Deery and Roy Kennedy. This allows us to continuously work and getting other people to do it for you! relationships with schools, careers ensure we keep our training up to date. - Starting an Apprentice with TTS could help! and employment services across the province. He’s promoting the It’s a 25th anniversary for Transport Training apprenticeship opportunities in the Transport and Motor sectors Services NI Ltd (TTS), founded in 1992.

We’re a wholly owned subsidiary of TTB a registered charity.

Transport Training Services

At TTS our aim is to deliver the TTB mission of providing training support the NI Motor and Road Transport Industries. We’re always keen to hear from industry people to let us know what we can do to help with the challenges of the modernindustry, so please get in contact.

For more information contact Martin or James at: or phone 028 90825653

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TTS GT currently facing many employers. What we can offer to employers are well motivated young people with a good educational background, who having performed well in our aptitude test are job-ready and motivated to start a career in the motor industry”. Most apprenticeships at TTS are 3 years in duration, with employment from Day 1. The training at TTS is a blend of workshop, e-learning and classroom activities. Training is delivered on a block-release basis, in line with all manufacturer apprenticeships. “Having engaged with employers we now know that ‘block release’ is the training model that best meets their needs. Apprentices attend TTS for one week every 7 weeks or so and we guarantee at least 50% practical training to ensure apprentices are more productive more quickly.” Upon successful completion of the apprenticeship programme the young person will be a fully qualified and skilled technician in their chosen vocational area having achieved a Level 3 apprenticeship

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framework. “As well as seeking applications from motivated young people wishing to pursue a career in the industry, I would also invite employers to visit TTS in Nutts Corner to see our training facilities and find out more about what we do, as well as discuss their recruitment needs and



how we can help them recruit suitable apprentices. We can support employers in a variety of different ways including help with advertising vacancies, short-listing, interviewing and assessment. TTS will also support both the employer and the apprentice throughout the programme with regular feedback visits, work-based assessment

activity and on-going pastoral care. Upon successful completion of the apprenticeship employers will receive a bonus payment of £1500.” For further information on the apprenticeship programme at TTS you can contact Robert on 028 9082 5653 or

Soltec sponsor Irish Special Olympic Team

Parts Supplied and fitted Damaged Cars bought and sold New stock arriving daily breaking 2018 models


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Pictured left to right are Michael Corcoran, Soltec, David Corroon and David Corcoran.


aste Management specialists Soltec are proud to be part of the sponsors for the Irish Special Olympic Team. David Corroon won Gold and silver in the National completion this year. David hopes to represent Ireland in the World Olympics to be held in Abu Dhabi in 2019. We wish David and his family all the best in their endeavours.

Soltec (Ireland) Ltd offers quality, sustainable and cost-effective waste management solutions. We tailor our products to meet the specific needs of our clients, from single operator body shops to large scale industry. Our waste management solutions are based on over 25 years experience working with companies in providing innovative, safe and compliant treatment options. garageTRADER - 45


DRIVER’s SEAT In the Driver’s Seat, Colin Porter, Managing Director, Porters Bodyshop, Portadown.

Great leaders surround themselves with smarter people that will challenge ideas and bring new perspectives to the table. Whom do you most admire? The team I work with are all exceptional and admire all of them they are hardworking people. My dad has been very important to me as he started the business a long time ago in a small garage with limited equipment and resources to work with but managed to build a very successful name and brand. What is the most difficult aspect of your job? I try to treat any difficult aspects of my job as an opportunity to improve myself for the better, I am always looking to improve myself. It may be aiming to stay ahead of the game and keep up to date with the industry or looking at ways to ensure our team members are all well motivated What is your most effective or personal asset? My wife – if I can say this…. Gemma keeps me right and always supports me in my job especially when I am working all those extra hours in work and at home

You’ve won the lottery. What car would you rush out and buy? Lamborghini Aventador! All day long…. Tell us about your career so far? I’ve been working in the family business for 20 years. Started off on the workshop floor before moving into parts and then into estimating then I have progressed onwards and now I’m very proud to be the Managing director of our family business

Did you plan to get involved in this industry? I always had a good interest in cars and business studies at school so coming into the family business was great opportunity for me to fulfill my ambitions What was your biggest disappointment?

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Can’t say I have had anything too disappointing really. Yet! What was the best piece of advice you ever received? `Don’t be the smartest one in the room – often leaders feel they have to be the smartest one on the room.

How do you relax? I love to spend time with my family and also try to play golf…. Tell us something surprising about yourself… I’ve spend far too much money on cars over the years but it’s been well worth it! garageTRADER - 46

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Garage Trader Vol 3: 2018  
Garage Trader Vol 3: 2018