The Parts Alliance looks forward to Automechanika

The Parts Alliance is looking forward to returning to Automechanika on 6th to 8th June having also supported last year’s UK debut of the world-leading supply chain trade event.

The Parts Alliance will be at stand 18D10. They believe that for a trading group of their scale, Automechanika offers a unique opportunity to meet a number of different objectives through a single initiative.

Last year’s show saw The Parts Alliance welcoming many prospective international suppliers onto their stand. Additional to these valuable supply chain networking opportunities, Marketing Manager David Bowen highlights the chance to meet with garage owners too.

“We’d like to invite all garage owners and technicians to come and see us on the stand to find out about what we can offer to help boost their business,” said David. “We are confident that we have a solution for garages, workshops and national organisations and would like to meet on the stand.”

The foundation is a full range of parts from leading OE and matching quality brands to support garages with a complete parts and consumables solution.

Beyond that, there’s a class-leading service proposition too. This includes the GS Onestop Garage Management and Allicat online electronic catalogue and parts ordering systems. Both platforms can ‘seriously streamline’ business management and help to eliminate issues around wrong parts ordering according to David.

Representative from Servicesure will be there throughout too, explaining the benefits of joining the UK’s faster growing – and most flexible – network of independent garages.

Last year a number of motor factors also took the opportunity to discreetly register interest in opportunities to join The Parts Alliance, something they can enquire about on the stand once again.

Find out more at www.automechanika-birmingham.com

 

The Parts Alliance Group Ltd acquires BMS Superfactors

The Parts Alliance is delighted to announce that it has acquired BMS Superfactors, their Greater Manchester-based associate member. BMS Superfactors has four branches in Bury, Oldham, Rochdale and Dukinfield, collectively employing over 120 staff.

Founded 25 years ago, BMS Superfactors begun as a small accessory shop and has grown into a business currently completing over 1,000 trade deliveries each day. Since joining The Parts Alliance in December 2012 they have posted consistent double-digit annual sales growth and have invested to achieve industry-leading service levels, with over 97% of orders delivered within one hour.

“We’re delighted to be taking what seems a very natural next step with The Parts Alliance,” said Tony Parr, Managing Director of BMS Superfactors. “Joining the group and gaining access to their OE parts ranges, outstanding AlliCat parts catalogue and overall business support has been central to our success to date.

“For staff and customers, it’s very much ‘business as usual’ but we now move forward on an even stronger footing, being part of one of the largest motor factor groups in the UK, combining systemised entrepreneurship with excellent financial stability.”

Peter Sephton, Chief Executive of The Parts Alliance said: “We welcome BMS Superfactors and all our new colleagues.

“The growth they have achieved bears powerful testament to the skills of the management team led by Tony Parr, Chris Morley and Neil Hardisty as well as the hard work of a loyal staff team. This important acquisition strengthens our group’s position in one of the UK’s prime metropolitan areas.

“Chris and Neil will continue to run the business, whilst Tony will be available to help as necessary.

“We very much look forward to developing the business further under what’s a well regarded local brand by bringing more of our technology, distribution and sourcing capabilities to support Chris and his team wherever we can.”

BMS becomes a wholly-owned business within The Parts Alliance Group (PAGL) but will continue to trade under its own well established name. Chris Morley will continue to lead the business and will be joined by Neil Hardisty on The Parts Alliance’s leadership team.

Father and sons jailed for conning motorists

Mechanics made vehicles unroadworthy and quoted owners inflated prices for repair

Parts were removed from cars and dumped in the back of them when owners questioned overly inflated bills. Image: Bigstock.

A father and his three sons have been jailed for 11 years after defrauding hundreds of customers, Reading Crown Court has heard.

Paul Dockerill and his sons offered a ‘high quality engine remanufacturing service’ in Slough.

The family operated through fake companies between August 2013 and Jun 2015, removing components from cars to make them unroadworthy and then quoted owners hugely inflated prices.

Those who refused to pay were threatened and some found their dismantled engines left in the back of the car.

Some customers were told that their vehicles were beyond repair but were fixed and kept by the Dockerills.

Invoices show that the company made £2.8 million but only paid £800 VAT.

Paul Dockerill was found guilty with his three accomplices after a seven-and-a-half week trial on two counts of conspiracy to defraud and was handed a four-and-a-half year prison sentence.

Martin and Harry Dockerill were each given three-and-a-half year prison sentences.

Jack Dockerill was sentenced to two years in prison, suspended for 18 months, and told to carry out 150 hours of unpaid work.

Investigating officer, Detective Constable Robert Mellor of Thames Valley Police said: “This was extremely well organised criminality which used sham companies to systematically defraud its customers.

“They used the front of a highly polished website and initial customer contact which appeared professional and engaging to gain their customers’ trust and seize control of their vehicles.

“Once that happened customers were trapped and were ruthlessly exploited.

“I hope the sentences of these organised criminals offers some measure of justice to the many victims.”


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The Parts Alliance’s steering and suspension programme sends garages soaring

The Parts Alliance has announced a new major promotion with three lucky customers set to win a Spitfire flight.

The initiative will run through May only, and is supported by members Allparts, CES, GMF, SC Motor Factors, The Parts Alliance South West, SAS, Waterloo, Dingbro, BBC Superfactors and BMS Superfactors.

During May, every part purchased from The Parts Alliance’s steering and suspension category will create an automatic prize draw entry – meaning the more customers buy, the greater their chances of winning.

The three Spitfire flights will soar above Dover’s iconic white cliffs in a two-seat version of the famous fighter aircraft. A huge range of other amazing flying experiences will also be won; these include a helicopter ride and relaxing balloon trip for two, as well as an adrenaline-inducing tandem skydive, or even a flying lesson.

 

“This promotion has been made possible thanks to the enthusiastic support of our key suppliers and our members,” said Simon Moore, Head of Marketing at The Parts Alliance. “There are some really eye-catching prizes as a bonus for the garages supporting our OE and matching quality steering and suspension programme in ever greater numbers.”

The suppliers and brands include Delphi, Monroe, Lesjofors and Polybush.

All trips will be fulfilled by Red Letter Days; they will contact winning customers, who have up to 2 years to redeem their prize.

Garages can find out more by visiting the new www.winaspitfireflight.com website. As well as details of the prizes, there are full terms and conditions with a search facility to pinpoint the nearest participating Parts Alliance branch.

Servicesure set for record-breaking year as 50 join since start of 2017

Servicesure Autocentres, The Parts Alliance garage programme, is seeing members joining in unprecedented numbers.

By mid April over 50 new garages had joined the national network in 2017 alone. The rate of joining has consistently averaged 15 garages per month since the latter part of 2016, marking a clearly established trend rather than a spike in interest.

“We’re delighted with the speed at which the Servicesure network is developing,” said Paul Dineen, Head of Garage Programmes at The Parts Alliance. “There’s no ‘one thing’ but the primary attractions appear to be our growing range of service suppliers, the national warranty and the branding awareness packages.”

More Servicesure Autocentres are now opting to take up the instantly recognisable branding suite, which Paul simply believes reflects trends in the wider market.

“Garages are recognising that we can offer the best of both worlds,” he said. “They not only retain their independence, as Servicesure’s not a restrictive concept, but they also gain the strength that comes from aligning with an established national brand and that’s reassuring to motorists.

“It’s not just about image, it’s the substance behind Servicesure that counts with the initiatives we bring to capture and retain business in a competitive market.”

The Parts Alliance say Servicesure is amongst the best garage programmes in the UK and is not as rigid as many others, meaning garages can flex it to fit their own circumstances.

“Not every garage operates in exactly the same way,” said Paul. “It’s about recognising these differences and supporting the garages whilst ensuring they all meet the Servicesure standards.”

Recruiting quality garages to maintain these standards is essential; it underpins Servicesure’s unique ‘national warranty’ – which drivers can redeem with any Servicesure garage anywhere in the UK.

A new ‘Brakesure’ concept was launched in January to offer motorists lifetime replacement on brake pads. Trust is placed with member garages to choose when to offer the incentive to qualifying customers.

To find out more about the range of benefits enjoyed by garage members of the fast-growing Servicesure network please visit http://www.servicesureautocentres.com/become-a-servicesure-garage/ .