Win a Spitfire Flight and other amazing flying experiences!

Be a high flyer with The Parts Alliance!

This May, if you buy a steering and suspension part from The Parts Alliance, we’ll enter you into the draw for some fabulous flying prizes, including the chance to fly in a Spitfire! That’s all you have to do to have a chance. We’ll let you know if you’re a winner, and contact you to arrange it all!

For the first time in UK history, experience the unique thrill of a breath-taking passenger flight in a two-seat version of the Spitfire. Hear the Rolls-Royce Merlin engine roar into life as you prepare to take to the skies for a 20 minute round trip over the coast of the English Channel, the location of so many wartime airborne fights.

Witness that famous elliptical wing passing over England’s green and pleasant land and marvel at the power, manoeuvrability and grace of this iconic aeroplane with a superb aerobatics experience. This is an exceptional chance to enjoy a truly unforgettable high flying experience.

That’s not all!

We’re also giving YOU the chance to win over 40 other amazing flying experiences! The more steering and suspension parts you buy from us, the more chance you have of winning one of:

  • A tandem skydive – dare you take the ultimate adrenalin thrill!?
  • A flying lesson – take the controls of an aeroplane for yourself!
  • A helicopter flight for two – a unique flying experience and fabulous way of sight-seeing
  • A balloon ride for two – a tranquil flight over the countryside

Best of all, if you’re one of our lucky winners, you can choose which of the four prizes you would like to take, so if skydiving isn’t for you, you can choose one of the others. You’ll also have up to 2 years to take your flight, from any number of locations around the country.

If you’re one of the lucky winners of our Spitfire flight, we’ll also put you and a partner up in a hotel near the airfield in Chichester, West Sussex for the night. The Spitfire team will give you a full briefing and training at their flying academy, held one-to-one with a seasoned flying instructor.

Find out more here: www.winaspitfireflight.com

Remember, the more shock absorbers, wishbones, coil springs and suspension bushes you buy from us between 2nd-31st May, the more chance you will have of winning one of these amazing flying experiences!

CONTACT YOUR LOCAL PARTS ALLIANCE BRANCH TO ORDER STEERING & SUSPENSION PARTS AND THE CHANCE TO WIN A SPITFIRE FLIGHT!

Polybush parts resolve issue in Fiat Ducato ambulances

West Midlands Ambulance Service was finding that the suspension bushes in its fleet of Fiat Ducato ambulances were suffering from premature wear. Given the importance of these vehicles being available and on the road, it was vital that repairs did not incur too much workshop time.

As the suspension bushes were not available separately, WMAS was suffering from lower vehicle capacity and downtime. Because the original fix involved replacing the full anti-roll bar and spring on a regular basis, the issue was also incurring high costs.

By designing specific bushes for the vehicles’ leaf springs and anti-roll bars, Polybush provided a cost-effective solution that kept these emergency vehicles on the road, and reduced repair costs by over £700 per vehicle on parts alone.

As a result of this successful fix, WMAS is now commissioning Polybush to provide new bushes for its fleet.

Servicesure Autocentres sponsor darts superstar Peter ‘Snakebite’ Wright

Servicesure Autocentres, the UK’s fastest growing network of garages, has hit the bullseye by making its first venture into big-time darts.

The garage programme of The Parts Alliance and committed to maintaining high standards covering car service and repair, Servicesure will play a major part in the UK’s fastest growing sport by sponsoring world number three Peter Wright.

The 47-year-old Scot, a World Championship finalist in 2014, won his first major title – the UK Open – earlier this month and is currently flying high in the Premier League.

The 12-month partnership was launched with a special event at The Parts Alliance head office in Solihull.

Wright, one of the sport’s most colourful characters and known as Snakebite to his legion of fans, said: “2017 has got off to a brilliant start for me by winning the UK Open and I’m hoping to keep that success going for the rest of the year.

“I’m playing the best darts of my life at the moment and I’m thrilled to have the backing of Servicesure for what I hope will be an exciting period of my career.

“The Servicesure programme has a fantastic reputation in hundreds of garages across the UK and I’m very proud to be joining forces with such a successful brand.”

Wright will wear a Servicesure Autocentres logo on his shirt and become a brand ambassador, making personal appearances over the next year.

Paul Dineen, head of the Servicesure programme said: “Peter is one of the best and most popular darts players in the world and we are thrilled to be supporting him.

“Darts has seen a huge surge in popularity and millions of people in the UK either attend tournaments or watch them on Sky Sports, BBC or ITV every year.

“We pride our Servicesure programme on quality so we wanted a darts ambassador who fitted the same bill – and Peter certainly does that.”

The Servicesure programme currently has 420 garage members, up from 258 less than three years ago, and there are significant plans for further growth.

Offering more than 30 business services, Servicesure is committed to helping its garages deliver an exceptional standard of car care to motorists.

All Servicesure Autocentres are subject to a strict code of conduct, reinforced by The Motor Ombudsman, while motorists also benefit from an exclusive National Warranty which guarantees against parts and labour defects for 12 months or 12,000 miles at any Servicesure Autocentre in the UK.

VW’s dieselgate ‘technical fix’ has damaged engines, owners claim

The recall has left many VW drivers with poor fuel consumption and slow acceleration

Volkswagen owners have said the technical fix to correct the so-called “defeat devices”, used by the VM to cheat air emissions tests, has left them with unreliable cars.Owners claim that the fix, which alters the software and involves modifying an air sensor, has resulted in poor fuel consumption, difficulties starting as well as reduced power and acceleration.

Some have voiced their concerns to the Common’s transport committee, which is investigating VW over the scandal.

The German car-maker has confirmed that it will investigate all complaints free of charge and insists that the cheat devices were not fitted to cars sold in the UK but said it is applying the “technical fix” to UK cars to give drivers “peace of mind”.

However, the transport committee believes it is “not credible” that VW would be prepared to recall more than one million cars at great expense if there was nothing wrong with them.


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Staffordshire family garage owner wins ‘Dream Drive’

Dave Bailey of Major Motors, a loyal customer of CES Stoke, is the first Servicesure garage to strike it lucky in The Parts Alliance’s ‘Dream Drive’ promotion.

“I’ve always wanted to visit America, so I’m really looking forward to taking in the sights and spending time in so many famous cities,” said garage owner Dave. “My wife Hilary will be joining me on the trip, so it’s going to be a really special few weeks for both of us.”

During the 2,400 mile ‘road trip of a lifetime’ they’ll visit Chicago, St Louis, Las Vegas, the Grand Canyon and Los Angeles, driving through the iconic landscape and open roads of America’s deep South.

Major Motors was established in 1978 by Dave’s father, before he joined in the mid-1980’s. It’s a firm favourite amongst its loyal customer base, offering servicing, repairs, diagnostics, air conditioning and even bodywork.

“We always use Delphi braking as our first choice,” said Dave. “The quality is very high and the pricing is good too. “

Dave said CES Stoke had been the garage’s main supplier ‘for many years’ and praised the branch for ‘excellent service and support.’

Head of Marketing for The Parts Alliance, Simon Moore said: “We’re delighted to be sending another customer along Route 66 and we look forward to more customers winning prizes.”

The ‘Dream Drive’ promotion continues until the end of April. Scratch cards are included with all sets of Delphi brake pads.

With four further Route 66 road trips still to be won, as well as Love2Shop vouchers, American meals and Delphi merchandise, garages are urged to find out more at www.dreamdriveusa.com.

Spring Edition of Garage Essentials Launched

The spring issue of Garage Essentials, the industry leading tools and equipment brochure from The Parts Alliance, is available now to view online.

Printed copies of the 76 page quarterly garage equipment brochure will be arriving at of The Parts Alliance members Allparts, Bromsgrove Motor Factors, Car Parts & Accessories, CES, GMF, GSF Car Parts, SAS Autoparts, SC Motor Factors and Waterloo.

With warmer weather and longer days, thoughts can turn to summer with this edition’s time-savers, revenue-generators and workshop must-haves.

Highlights include a strengthened 2017 air con programme; at the entry level just £1,599 + VAT can see garages take delivery of a fully automatic Kheos Plus R134a service unit, supplied with database and printer. This even includes onsite commissioning, training and an F-Gas licence, making it The Parts Alliance’s lowest ever package price.

At the premium end, there’s a choice between three fully automatic units from Bosch or Waeco’s award-winning automatic German-made ASC units, which carry a multitude of vehicle manufacturer approvals for added peace of mind.

“We’re finding that working together across The Parts Alliance is helping us to develop more exclusive offers to benefit both our members and the garages buying them,” said John Wright, Head of Garage Equipment and Customer Development at GSF Car Parts. “And the growth in business for our suppliers completes a win-win-win!”

Examples include all the ZM Heaters and Angry Jester ranges, which are fully exclusive to The Parts Alliance. So too, and new for this issue, is the superfast GE-Tec diagnostic unit. For under £800 + VAT, the tablet with EOBD and Bluetooth connectivity brings vast vehicle coverage and powerful specialist test functions, with live data graphing and module coding capabilities.

There’s exceptional value on the cover, which features an EAE electro hydraulic two post 4T lift at only £1899 and the SIP Hot Steam commercial pressure Washer & Valet pack for only £1295, again both exclusively available through Garage Essentials and The Parts Alliance.

Service to garages has never been better. GSF Car Parts head office based sales team has combined with The Parts Alliance’s five Technical Sales Managers to offer the ‘best of both worlds’ by combining the experienced field and phone teams seamlessly.

Don’t forget to contact your local branch of The Parts Alliance to pick up the spring issue of Garage Essentials.

Spring 2017 Garage Essentials

The spring issue of Garage Essentials, the industry leading tools and equipment brochure from The Parts Alliance, is available now to view online.

Printed copies of the 76 page quarterly garage equipment brochure will be arriving at of The Parts Alliance members Allparts, Bromsgrove Motor Factors, Car Parts & Accessories, CES, GMF, GSF Car Parts, SAS Autoparts, SC Motor Factors and Waterloo.

With warmer weather and longer days, thoughts can turn to summer with this edition’s time-savers, revenue-generators and workshop must-haves.

Highlights include a strengthened 2017 air con programme; at the entry level just £1,599 + VAT can see garages take delivery of a fully automatic Kheos Plus R134a service unit, supplied with database and printer. This even includes onsite commissioning, training and an F-Gas licence, making it The Parts Alliance’s lowest ever package price.

At the premium end, there’s a choice between three fully automatic units from Bosch or Waeco’s award-winning automatic German-made ASC units, which carry a multitude of vehicle manufacturer approvals for added peace of mind.

“We’re finding that working together across The Parts Alliance is helping us to develop more exclusive offers to benefit both our members and the garages buying them,” said John Wright, Head of Garage Equipment and Customer Development at GSF Car Parts. “And the growth in business for our suppliers completes a win-win-win!”

Examples include all the ZM Heaters and Angry Jester ranges, which are fully exclusive to The Parts Alliance. So too, and new for this issue, is the superfast GE-Tec diagnostic unit. For under £800 + VAT, the tablet with EOBD and Bluetooth connectivity brings vast vehicle coverage and powerful specialist test functions, with live data graphing and module coding capabilities.

There’s exceptional value on the cover, which features an EAE electro hydraulic two post 4T lift at only £1899 and the SIP Hot Steam commercial pressure Washer & Valet pack for only £1295, again both exclusively available through Garage Essentials and The Parts Alliance.

Service to garages has never been better. GSF Car Parts head office based sales team has combined with The Parts Alliance’s five Technical Sales Managers to offer the ‘best of both worlds’ by combining the experienced field and phone teams seamlessly.

Don’t forget to contact your local branch of The Parts Alliance to pick up the spring issue of Garage Essentials.