Fuzz Townshend – The Car SOS star talks to Auto Torque

So, Fuzz, how did you get the nickname ‘Fuzz’?
When I was 6 or 7 at school, a couple of girls in my class liked my fuzzy hair, so they called me Fuzzy, and it’s stayed with me!

What was your first car?
I bought a Ford Anglia at 15, but scrapped it before I could drive, then I drove my mum’s Fiesta Mk 1, but the first car I bought of my own to drive was a 1950’s series 1 Land Rover. I did also buy a double-decker bus! But I didn’t drive this, I got offered some money for it so I sold it so I could party for the summer!

What’s your favourite classic car?
I’m a big fan of 1920’s & 30’s cars like a 1930’s Lagonda, and Austin 12s, Austin 30s. I like a car that’s about the journey. Where you think about what you’re going to take and even a 50 mile trip can be an adventure. I love an adventure.

Do you prefer driving or fixing cars?
I think driving, as if I’m driving I’m probably on a break somewhere! But I do like fixing them as well. I like the puzzle that classic cars offer; figuring out why things aren’t working. Like with my Jensen I’m rebuilding, it starts up & ticks over but it’s not good in the mid-rev range. Eventually, I’ll find out why and fix it.

What makes a car a classic?
I think it’s having a passion for a car, especially a slightly unreasonable passion! If you’re spending a lot of time on looking after it & doing it up as a hobby, then essentially it’s become a classic. Some cars are classics straight away, like modern Alfa 4Cs or Alfa 8Cs and arguably a new Porsche 911. These sort of cars get regarded as classics much faster than modern saloons for example.

Any car can gain classic status; they just gain it at different rates. I think the last cars accepted as classic now were cars like Morris Marinas or Austin Allegros. Even modern saloons can become classics when you start to think “I don’t see those anymore”. A lot of cars have clubs dedicated to them, including the modern ones. There’s even a Ford Mondeo club! These clubs are great as one day there won’t be parts for these from main suppliers, so they’ll become a good source of parts for doing them up.

Which car stands out the most of those you’ve restored?
From Car SOS, it’s probably the AC Aceca, a supremely lightweight, precision engineered car that looks like a DB5. I used to have a model one as a little boy but didn’t see a real one until about 10 years ago, so it was pretty special to restore one of those. The Austin 12/4 Clifton Tourer we restored was special too, as it cemented my love of larger pre-war cars.

What’s your favourite era of cars? I do like the 1920s & 30s, like I mentioned, but I also like the 1950s GTs too, hard top sports cars from that era. They’re very rakish and fantastic designs.

What kind of fixes are the toughest?
Ones where it’s hard to get the parts. If we can’t find them, we have to make them, or adapt – for example if there are no panels, we have to make them, it’s as simple as that. The worst thing of all though is getting a car that someone else has had a go at! When they’ve done it badly, you have to unpick what they’ve done, and try to find a datum point, where to start off from that they haven’t touched.

We probably get more people who’ve bought a car & it looks alright, but they can’t work out what’s not quite right, so we have to work out what’s happened. Some may have had a big smash at some point, and there are ripples under the body, so the doors don’t quite shut properly, that kind of thing.

How did you get into car repairs?
When I was younger I used to go up to my cousin’s house in Linlithgow in the school holidays, and he had a garage where I used to help out, sweeping up, making tea, watching out for fires on welding jobs, that kind of thing. Then I started my apprenticeship on the buses after leaving school. I think my interest has always been there.

What gives you most satisfaction, working on a car or playing in your band?
Well, they’re two entirely different things. I love working on my own car and I love playing in a band. If I’m working on someone else’s car then I’d probably rather be playing in the band! It’s great being in the band; you get lovely people jumping up and down in front of you having a good time, and free beer – it’s just a good laugh isn’t it. We used to do gigs with bands like Placebo, and I played Glastonbury last week with The Beat and had a brilliant time.

Do you like any current bands?
I listen to 6 Music a lot, so I’ll pick up on new stuff and download stuff I like. To be fair there’s still so much from the past you can always discover new bands you may have missed, there are so many bands about. Everyone’s made at least one interesting track at some point I think. It’s a bit like with cars; I like some modern cars too – I appreciate them, they’re good, but I do prefer the older stuff.

In your series Car SOS, which have been your most surprising cars?
I think it’s got to be the Mercedes 230SL Pagoda we did in series 5 which was the most hideously repaired car I’ve ever seen. We had to remove the outer 8 inches of it because it’d been so badly repaired. It had been repaired using an arc welder. It looked like a cow had fixed it with a knife and fork! We had to undo a huge amount of stuff which took a couple of thousand hours.

And the good surprises?
When we find something that’s been lost by someone, like an old shopping list, a note or a coin left in a car, they all have a little story. I like stuff like that. In general, it’s always nice when a car starts up after many years, or comes out of the paint shop all done up like new. It’s transformed!

Have you ever considered walking away from a car in Car SOS? 
Yes, in series 1, a Ford Anglia, I realised it wasn’t going to be able to be done in the timescale, not safely anyway. We gave them their car back and fixed up another Ford Anglia for them instead. We do go out and check out a lot of cars beforehand and do turn down a few.

How do you & Tim cope with the emotions of the owners when you reveal the restored car?
It’s when watching it back really that it hits you. During the experience, we’re concentrating on getting the shots and dialogue, and making sure the car is ready, so we’re too immersed in that at the time.

What do you put the success of car SOS down to?
I put it down to it not really being a car show. It’s more about how great people can be, and how other people can appreciate that, with a little bit about a car attached to it. It’s mostly just about how good people can be to each other.

Any other thoughts you’d like to share?
I think it’s great that The Parts Alliance manages to keep stock for older vehicles too. It’s great they have the foresight to do this. It takes space and time, with cataloguing and storage. And going forward, I’d implore anyone in the motor industry to look to the future, try to archive things. We just need a couple of massive hangars full of shelves!

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Trials highlight major advantages for workshops ahead of Yuasa ‘Always Check The Battery’ launch

GS Yuasa Battery Sales UK Ltd has demonstrated significant business and customer service benefits of testing every battery, with a major workshop trial. The battery testing trial, conducted over three summer months, revealed 27% of vehicles tested had a battery issue, and 11% needed a complete battery replacement.

Three workshops in Lancashire, Leicestershire and Kent took part in the trial between May and July, supplied with a Yuasa battery analyser and asked to test the battery of every vehicle worked on.

By monitoring the number of vehicles seen during the three months against the test results, Yuasa demonstrated the value of implementing a testing regime within workshops and calculated the extra revenue brought in through battery replacement and reconditioning services. A workshop which sees 100 vehicles a month could expect an increase in annual revenue of over £15,000 by implementing the initiative.

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The scheme also allows workshops to improve customer service, enhance reputation and prevent customers’ battery failure distress. Most customers would rather find out they need a new battery while their vehicle is in a workshop and not when it fails to start on a cold morning.

Our trial revealed 10% of batteries needed replacing and 26% needed recharging. Having these test results allowed us to recommend to customers that their battery required recharging or replacing. We could give them warning that they may have issues in a few months’ time. When a customer has a vehicle serviced they want reliability for the next year, not just right now. Garage mechanic, featured workshop.

Ian Newham, Training Manager at GS Yuasa Battery Sales UK Ltd said: “Our trial was a huge success and demonstrated that the average garage could increase battery revenue alongside driving customer satisfaction and long term loyalty by testing the battery of every vehicle they service or repair.

Most customers expect their workshop to check and maintain all elements of their vehicle. If the battery fails shortly after a service or repair work, customers may question the quality of the work carried out and the reliability of the workshop.

Garages should be implementing the simple minute-long test into their everyday routine. A battery may look and perform fine but the test will identify its state of health and if it’s likely to fail soon.

One of the participating workshops found 38% of batteries tested needed attention and 19% needed replacing. One of their mechanics stated that: “The Yuasa battery testing programme has helped us, and highlighted the need and
opportunities in offering our customers a professional health and charge status report.

Before you assume this is a simple sales drive, please consider how important the battery has become, it has many responsibilities and effects on the reliability of complex network systems.

Yuasa will soon launch the ‘Always Check The Battery’ workshop initiative which will provide workshops all the tools they need to set up battery testing in a low-cost workshop testing kit.

To find out more about Yuasa’s Always Check The Battery scheme visit your local Parts Alliance branch.

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Customers of the Parts Alliance Flying High

Three lucky customers recently won a flight in a Spitfire, thanks to The Parts Alliance.

Holmer Green Service Centre, Princes Risborough

Gary Cross from Holmer Green Service Centre in Princes Risborough, and a
customer of our Allparts Wycombe branch was also a lucky winner of a Spitfire flight.

Tell us a bit about your business.
The business was set up by John Riley and Mike Bryant in 1983 and has been a loyal customer of Allparts since that day. Mike’s daughter Cindy runs the garage for them as they are both semi-retired. When the business started off they worked out of one unit and soon expanded into taking on a second unit and then another 10 years ago, all on the same site. They’re a well-respected and trusted business offering all makes MoT, service and repair. A member of the Bosch car service network since 2004, they work to very high standards and invest heavily in training for their staff with them attaining ATA accreditation.

What was your reaction when you won?
To say that I was overjoyed would be an understatement! It truly is a dream come true as I have a genuine passion in historical aviation.

What do you think it will be like flying over the white cliffs of Dover in a Spitfire?
It will be incredible and a really fantastic experience and one that I’m very much looking forward to.

When are you going?
I have registered with Red Letter Days and I am looking to do it in September as I would like to link it into The Battle of Britain to make this even more special. I feel that this will really be appropriate and am looking to tie this in accordingly.

Why do you choose The Parts Alliance for your steering & suspension?
We’ve been using them for years and always liked the product and support. We have a good relationship with the Delphi rep, Neal Pegler who comes in with Ben from Allparts from time to time and is always very helpful.

Auto Solutions Ltd, Isle of Man

Nicola Piercy, one of the winners from Auto Solutions Ltd, and a customer
of CES Isle of Man, tells us more …

Tell us a bit about your business.
My husband and I opened our garage in 2009. We are a strong team of eight who pride ourselves on providing high quality work for our loyal customer base. We have eight ramps and offer servicing, repairs, diagnostics and stock and fit tyres with a 3D four wheel alignment system. I would class ourselves as a forward thinking and innovative company and continuously look at ways for improving our services to our customers.

What was your reaction when you won?
We were really shocked and happy! We never win anything! But something like this, wow, what an amazing opportunity! To fly over the white cliffs of Dover in a Spitfire – the iconic aircraft that played such a major role in World War 2.

What do you think it will be like flying over the white cliffs of Dover in a Spitfire?
It’s going to be spectacular and an experience I will never forget!

When are you going?
We haven’t arranged when to go yet but will be going as soon as work allows. Customers always come first!

Why do you choose The Parts Alliance for your steering & suspension?
We have used them for years because of the great quality parts and trusted brands.

Ricardo’s Garage, Fraserburgh

Tell us a bit about your business.
We’re a family run business, started at Rosehearty nearly 10 years ago, before we moved to Fraserburgh where we’ve been for 12 months. We offer all types of car repair, including diagnostics, MoTs and tyres. Our customer base is quite large and growing all the time.

What was your reaction when you won?
Absolutely delighted and shocked to have won! My wife Ingrid will be taking the flight.

What do you think it will be like flying over the white cliffs
of Dover in a Spitfire?
Flying over the White Cliffs of Dover in a Spitfire – it speaks for itself!

When are you going?
Looking possibly at the end of August.

Why do you choose Dingbro for your steering & suspension?
Reliability, quality, price and availability. Being a busy garage we want to fit and forget, getting on to the next job.

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MOT change means forty-year-old classic vehicles to be given exemption

Additional 293,000 registered classic cars to be given a free ticket under new MOT exemption rules

The Ford Cortina will be exempt from the annual test next year.

Vehicles over forty-years-old will be MOT exempt from May 2018 on a rolling basis, the Department for Transport (DfT) has announced despite road safety concerns.

Currently, all vehicles that were manufactured before 1960 are exempt from compulsory annual roadworthiness testing, representing 197,000 vehicles on the UK’s roads.

However, from May 2018, a further 293,000 vehicles will also become exempt.

Consultation opposition

The announcement followed a government consultation in which 1,130 respondents opposed MOT exemption for vehicles over forty-years-old while 899 supported the plans.

According to the DfT, historic vehicles are “usually maintained in good condition and used on few occasions”.

Concerns that these cars are at greater risk of failure than their modern counterparts were dismissed with the claim that “they are used on few occasions, usually on short trips and requiring a full MOT was unreasonable.”

Popular 70’s cars to get MOT exemption

  • Ford Cortina
  • Ford Escort
  • Morris Marina
  • Mini
  • Vauxhall Viva
  • Austin Allegro
  • Ford Capri
  • Austin 1100/1300
  • Ford Granada
  • Hillman Avenger

Transport minister, Jesse Norman said: “After considering the responses, we have decided to exempt most vehicles over forty years old from the requirement for annual road-worthiness testing.

“This means lighter vehicles and those larger vehicles such as buses which are not used commercially.

“Heavy goods vehicles and public service vehicles falling under operator licensing regulations will remain within the scope of road-worthiness testing.

“Vehicles that have been substantially changed, regardless of their age, will not be exempt from annual roadworthiness testing.”

During the government consultation, GW readers raised serious road safety concerns about a forty-year-rolling MOT exemption.

Professional inspection

James Holt commented: “The purpose of an mot is to make sure any vehicle used on a public road meets a minimum safety standard to protect all road users and pedestrians.

“Why would anyone consider not testing any vehicle, however old, a sensible or rational decision.”

Nigel Samson said: “I am a classic car collector and a garage owner and as such I have first-hand knowledge of how a classic vehicle, however kept, can deteriorate over the winter months when not used.

“Many a time I have decided to give one of my cars an airing only to find I have binding brakes or a mis-shaped tyre.

I can only imagine how many owners would take the attitude that they are ‘only going to a show, so it will be alright’ if they did not have to have them professionally inspected.

Do you support MOT exemptions for older vehicles or are you concerned about the safety implications? Share your comments and experiences in the comments below.


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Delphi hit the road to show ‘Best of Brakes’

Delphi’s braking vans will both be out through September and October, aiming to visit 600 garages. The campaign will support of The Parts Alliance’s ‘Best of Brakes’ promotion, which is offering six spectacular holiday prizes.

The vans remind customers how they can win 25,000 prizes just by buying Delphi brake pads, with a video hosted by three-time BTCC Champion Matt Neal.

Both vans showcase Delphi’s braking range whilst the larger technology van also highlights its many OE supply relationships with global vehicle makers. The intention is to cover 6,300 miles in total, reaching Inverness, Galway, Plymouth, Broadstairs in Kent and a host of places in between.

“We estimate we’ll serve over 2,000 hot drinks and give just as many ‘Best of Brakes’ branded chocolate bars away as we tour,” said Mark Barclay, Group Marketing Manager at The Parts Alliance. “There’s also loads of useful information on braking technologies and the current promotion to share too.”

Recent brake testing* suggests Delphi brake pads achieve an optimal balance between the competing demands of high stopping power, low noise and longevity; all adding up to superior quality pads that technicians can install with confidence.

“Our latest copper-free brake pads were recently tested against the OE equivalent and six other leading aftermarket brands on a VW Passat 2.0 TSi,” said Julian Goulding, UK Marketing Manager at Delphi. “The Delphi pads stopped quicker, with least noise and least wear demonstrating the engineering expertise that goes into product development.”

‘Best of Brakes’ is being supported by Allparts, Bromsgrove Motor Factors, BBC Superfactors, BMS Superfactors, Car Parts & Accessories, CES, Dingbro, GMF Motor Factors, SAS Autoparts, SC Motor Factors, The Parts Alliance (South West) and  Qualvecom.

Garages can find out more by visiting www.bestofbrakes.com or contacting their nearest participating branch.

 

* The testing was arranged by Delphi and was carried out in spring 2017 both on-vehicle and on dynamometers. The on-vehicle tests involved ten different vehicles at the world-famous Nardò Ring test track in Italy. To ensure accuracy, stopping distance tests were performed using fully bedded pads

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Mann Filters | Are you delivering ‘watered down’ quality?

The natural suction and air pulsation effect of engine ‘breathing’ has completely deformed the filter media saturated by moderate water ingress into the air cleaner housing.

The filter media damage has caused most of the abrasive contaminants previously retained by the filter, to pass through into the engine, resulting in a potential engine claim against the garage that supplied and installed the defective filter.

The requirement for OE air filter elements dictate that air filter media must meet a minimum level of water retardancy (particularly Land Rover applications!). To achieve this level of protection, the filter media of all MANN-FILTER air filters is impregnated with specially formulated hydrophobic resins that repel water.

The image on the left shows an air filter element recently removed from a 2008 Land Rover Defender 110 by a reputable garage.
The image on the right shows a Mann filter with enhanced rigidity.

In addition, strategically positioned ‘glue lines’ (image.2) enhance the rigidity of the media pleats in defence against adverse conditions such as excessive water ingress.

The failed air filter is offered in the UK Aftermarket at a lower price point compared to the genuine OE MANN-FILTER C25 122 recommended for this application. The obvious lack of media resin impregnation and absence of stabilising ‘glue lines’ of the cheaper product clearly illustrates how its manufacturer or marketer is able to realise the lower price
point.

Yet another example of filter Quality vs Price and a vivid example of the consequences of recommending or choosing the latter

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Are you delivering ‘watered down’ quality?

The natural suction and air pulsation effect of engine ‘breathing’ has completely deformed the filter media saturated by moderate water ingress into the air cleaner housing.

The filter media damage has caused most of the abrasive contaminants previously retained by the filter, to pass through into the engine, resulting in a potential engine claim against the garage that supplied and installed the defective filter.

The requirement for OE air filter elements dictate that air filter media must meet a minimum level of water retardancy (particularly Land Rover applications!). To achieve this level of protection, the filter media of all MANN-FILTER air filters is impregnated with specially formulated hydrophobic resins that repel water.

The image on the left shows an air filter element recently removed from a 2008 Land Rover Defender 110 by a reputable garage.
The image on the right shows a Mann filter with enhanced rigidity.

In addition, strategically positioned ‘glue lines’ (image.2) enhance the rigidity of the media pleats in defence against adverse conditions such as excessive water ingress.

The failed air filter is offered in the UK Aftermarket at a lower price point compared to the genuine OE MANN-FILTER C25 122 recommended for this application. The obvious lack of media resin impregnation and absence of stabilising ‘glue lines’ of the cheaper product clearly illustrates how its manufacturer or marketer is able to realise the lower price
point.

Yet another example of filter Quality vs Price and a vivid example of the consequences of recommending or choosing the latter

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Trust Delphi for R90 Brake Discs

Delphi brake discs have been fully compliant with R90 quality standards for many years.

Recently introduced legislation states that brake discs fitted to vehicles launched after November 1st 2016 must be fully compliant with ECE R90 quality standards. Delphi brake discs have been fully compliant with R90 quality standards for many years so when it comes to R90, we’ve got it covered!

It goes without saying that each and every brake part should perform just like the OE. After all it’s a safety critical component,That’s why all Delphi parts are engineered and validated to deliver the same levels of performance and durability as the OE. As a leading Tier-1 OE manufacturer, this is an approach we’ve always followed, so for us R90 really isn’t any different.”

Alex Ashmore, president, Delphi Product & Service Solutions.

When it comes to providing OE-quality brake discs – Trust Delphi.

What exactly is R90?

  • ECE R90 legislation ensures consistency and high quality levels within
    aftermarket product.
  • Testing is carried out to confirm performance is within a 15% tolerance of the OE part.
  • R90 on brake discs applies to newly homologated vehicles from 1st November 2016.

How will I know if discs are R90 compliant?

  • An ECE R90 number specific to part number and manufacturer must be
    etched onto the disc.
  • The packaging must show the ECE R90 number along with full vehicle
    application details.
  • R90 on brake discs applies to vehicles launched from November 1st
    2016 onwards.
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MOT testing ban for mechanics advertising DPF removals

Two Sheffield testers get two-year ban after DVSA found they were selling a diesel particulate filter removal services

Testing stations have had to check for a DPF in the inspection of the exhaust system as part of the MOT test since February 2014. Image: Bigstock.

The DVSA handed the two-year testing bans after the mechanics were found to be actively advertising and selling a diesel particulate filter (DPF) removal service.

DPF Solutions Sheffield Limited removed the filters from cars intended to be driven on Britain’s roads, posing a clear threat to air quality and public health.

The DVSA investigation also uncovered sister company, MB Services Yorkshire, advertising the service.

MB Services Yorkshire’s owner, Mark Brace claimed that the firms were unconnected but the investigation revealed that the two firms shared the same address and some of the same staff and shareholders – these included Mr Brace’s sons, Ricky and Ross Brace.

Boasting removals

The two companies regularly ‘recommended’ each other on social media, boasting that their DPF removal services were “MOT friendly” and “hard to notice”.

DVSA chief executive, Gareth Llewellyn said: “We take the quality of MOT testing extremely seriously, have carried out almost 10,000 visits, assessments and re-examinations and continue to work with the industry to improve test quality.

“We’ll withdraw the right to provide MOTs, and even prosecute garages who fail to meet the required standards, including those who pose a risk to air quality by removing DPFs or installing other emissions ‘cheat’ devices.”

Official warning

In 2014, DVSA formally notified test stations that if they offered a DPF removal service the agency would consider that this brought the MOT Scheme into disrepute.

However, some workshops continue to offer removal services with the claim that removal will improve the vehicle’s performance, or is cheaper than replacing the current DPF.

Last year, 761 warnings or disqualifications were issued to MOT garage or testers who carried out improper tests that endanger road users.

What the law says

It is an offence, under the Road Vehicles Regulations to use a vehicle which has been modified in such a way that it no longer complies with the air pollutant emissions standards it was designed to meet.

For drivers, the potential penalties for driving a vehicle without a diesel particulate filter are fines of up to £1,000 for a car or £2,500 for a light goods vehicle.

Stopping test stations from removing diesel particulate filters is one of a number of measures DVSA is taking to support the government’s strategy to improve air quality.

From August this year the agency has been including emissions cheat devices in the roadside checks it conducts on lorries in Britain’s roads.

Do you support the DVSA’s new tougher stance? Do you know workshops that continue to offer these services? Share your comments and any concerns below.


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Uni-Select Inc.: The Parts Alliance acquires BBC Superfactors, a leading distributor of auto parts in one of the UK’s prime metropolitan areas

Boucherville (Québec), September 15, 2017 –  Uni-Select Inc. (“Uni-Select”, TSX: UNS), announced today that The Parts Alliance, one of its subsidiaries, has completed the acquisition of the entire share capital of Blackburn Brakes Holding Limited owners of BBC Superfactors Ltd. (”BBC”), a leading distributor of vehicle parts in the UK’s Lancashire market.

In business for over 30 years and an affiliated member of The Parts Alliance, BBC provides quality automotive products and excellent service through a network of 7 locations across the Lancashire area. Over 150 of BBC professionals ensure that more than 1,000 deliveries per day are made to commercial customers with approximately 97% of orders delivered within one hour.

“Combining the dedication of our loyal staff team with the expertise of The Parts Alliance has proved to be a winning formula for us over several years,” said Gary Shulman, Managing Director of BBC Superfactors. “We’re excited to now strengthen this relationship to ensure our business continues to thrive long into the future.”

“Since joining The Parts Alliance in December 2012, BBC have posted consistent double-digit annual sales growth and have invested to achieve industry-leading service levels. We are very pleased to welcome our BBC colleagues in the team,” stated Peter Sephton, President and CEO, European Automotive Group.

“This acquisition strengthens our position in the UK market and underlines The Part Alliance’s capability of driving growth both organically and through acquisitions,” added Henry Buckley, President and Chief Executive Officer of Uni-Select.

 

ABOUT UNI-SELECT

Uni-Select is a leader in the distribution of automotive refinish and industrial paint and related products in North America, as well as a leader in the automotive aftermarket parts business in Canada and in the UK.  Uni-Select is headquartered in Boucherville, Québec, Canada, and its shares are traded on the Toronto Stock Exchange (TSX) under the symbol UNS.

In Canada, Uni-Select supports over 16,000 automotive repair and collision repair shops through a growing national network of more than 1,100 independent customers and corporate stores, many of which operate under the Uni-Select BUMPER TO BUMPER®, AUTO PARTS PLUS® AND FINISHMASTER® store banner programs. It also supports over 3,900 shops and stores through its automotive repair/installer shop banners, as well as through its automotive refinish banners.

In the United States, Uni-Select, through its wholly-owned subsidiary FinishMaster, Inc., operates a national network of automotive refinish corporate stores under the FINISHMASTER banner which services a network of over 30,000 customers annually, of which it is the primary supplier to over 6,000 collision repair centre customers.

In the UK and Ireland, Uni-Select, through its wholly-owned subsidiary The Parts Alliance is a leading distributor of automotive parts supporting over 23,000 customer accounts with a network of close to 200 locations including 161 corporate stores.

 

FORWARD-LOOKING INFORMATION

The information provided in this press release may include some forward-looking information, which could include certain risks and uncertainties, which may cause the final results to be significantly different from those listed or implied within this news release. Such risks and uncertainties may include, for example, the impact of the transaction on the business of Uni‑Select as a whole and certain strategic benefits expected to result from the transaction. For additional information with respect to risks and uncertainties, refer to the Annual Report filed by Uni-Select with the Canadian securities commissions. The forward-looking information contained herein is made as of the date of this press release, and Uni‑Select does not undertake to publicly update such forward-looking information to reflect new information, subsequent or otherwise, unless required by applicable securities laws.