Winter 2017 Garage Essentials

The Winter 2017 Garage Essentials is the biggest yet with a huge 76 pages, making it hard to miss, as it lands with independent garages and across trade counters throughout January.

Highlights from the extended range of participating tools and equipment suppliers include unique offers and strong seasonal sellers.

The cover features a Dunlop tyre bay package Parts Alliance exclusive, combining a high specification tyre changer and wheel balancer for under £2,300 + VAT.

“It’s great for garages looking to retain profitable tyre work,” said John Wright, GSF’s Head of Garage Equipment and Customer Development. “That package can be leased from under £12 per week over 5 years, so it’s making money from the time it arrives.”

John also highlights the new GE-Tec diagnostic tablet on the cover. Despite selling for under £800 exc VAT it’s based on high spec 8” touch-screen hardware, coming with European software and PARC coverage, all backed up by 12 months’ UK phone support too.

New brands include Angry Jester; their fast-selling Diag Digit diagnostics package is showcased on page 16, along with two further double-page spreads on their professional problem-solving workshop time-savers.

Seasonal sellers include heaters from ZM Heaters, Unilite’s innovative LED inspection lamps and torches with starting / charging systems from GYS, Sealey and SIP.

Responding to demand, there’s also a flexible solution, in conjunction with the IMI, offering two modules of CPD training – now essential for MOT testers from March – for just £59.

With everything from top of the range vehicle lifts to items for under a tenner, there’s something for all budgets and requirements. And it’s even easier to get Garage Essentials than ever before.

It’s now distributed by all members of The Parts Alliance. So, as well as having more pages, there are thousands of more copies too, ensuring availability from the 90 extra branches of CES, GMF, Allparts, Car Parts & Accessories, SC Motor Factors, SAS Autoparts and BMF.

You can view it now online now at

£3.5 million investment in GSF van fleet gets underway

GSF Car Parts has taken delivery of 12 Peugeot Partner vans at their Birmingham head office on Wednesday 22nd December, to replace their local delivery vehicles over 4 years old. The upgrade also marked the start of a rolling programme to exchange all older vans across the entire GSF Car Parts network of 65 branches during 2017. A total overall investment of £3.5 million is planned on 350 Peugeot Partner vans, which will see around 60% of the current GSF van fleet renewed.

Manufacturer-owned Robins & Day, the largest Peugeot dealership group in the UK, will coordinate deliveries branch-by-branch from their Edgware centre. Every van has been fitted with RoadHawk DC-2 dash cams and reversing sensors to help reduce insurance claims, cut repair costs and promote safe driving. They are supplied fully liveried by Sign Language and are ply-lined.

The initial delivery was greeted by the key personnel involved in the project.These included Bradley Mydat, Fleet Sales Manager at Robins & Day as well as Dave Lewis, Operations Director and Kayleigh Eades, Fleet Administrator at GSF Car Parts. To enhance levels of support, the management of the GSF fleet is being transferred into The Parts Alliance Group’s fleet team, under Steve Evans, Group Fleet Manager and Tony Shearer, Branch Operational Services Director.

“This is a major investment that will bring the GSF van fleet into line with our fleet policy for the rest of the group,” said Tony Shearer. “We generally work on a 4 to 5 year and 150,000-mile replacement cycle.”

“We’re delighted that GSF will now have one of the best fleets in our industry,” said Dave Lewis, Operations Director at GSF Car Parts. “It’s a great boost to morale, productivity and of course the image of our business out at customer level.”

The vehicles are being financed through Zenith, the UK’s leading independent leasing, fleet management and vehicle outsourcing provider.

The vans bring many benefits; improved engines and more load space are prime advantages over the vans they are replacing. Modern Euro VI technology means they will deliver reduced fuel consumption and lower CO2 emissions, benefitting both the bottom line and the environment.

The arrangement with Zenith means the vans are protected with a full three-year manufacturer’s warranty but will be serviced and maintained through a bespoke national repairer network of GSF customers, using parts supplied by the business. The impressive attention to detail has even extended to van liveries which have been designed not only to be eye-catching but also modular, making them easy to replace in the event of minor damage to the hard-worked fleet.