Trade comes out to support The Parts Alliance’s South West Show

Trade comes out to support The Parts Alliance’s South West Show

Fuzz Townshed (L), Paul Dineen (2nd L), Matt Neale (R) and a lucky winner

The Parts Alliance’s South West Garage and Workshop Show has returned for 2017 even ‘bigger and better’.

Storm-like conditions failed to deter well over 500 garage owners and mechanics from visiting Sandy Park, home to English Premiership side Exeter Chiefs, on the evening of Thursday 19th October. The event hosted garage customers invited by the nine Parts Alliance branches in Somerset, Devon and Cornwall – including the recently opened Midsomer Norton Branch

Some 57 supplier stands were situated across two conference rooms. They represented many of the leading OE parts brands distributed by The Parts Alliance’s members throughout the UK.

The Angry Jester team showcased the latest ‘problem solving’ specialist tools available exclusively from The Parts Alliance. They did brisk business selling throughout the event, whilst also fund-raising for Cancer Research.

The CEO Peter Sephton, his directors and senior management of The Parts Alliance were also present to welcome customers, suppliers and support staff. Henry Buckley President and CEO of Uni-Select Inc. and his executive team also participated in meeting guests.

The ‘special guest’ appearances from three-time BTCC Champion Matt Neal and Car SOS TV presenter Fuzz Townshend proved particularly popular. A hushed crowd listened intently as both enthusiastically participated in question and answer interviews.

“We were delighted to attract so many customers along in the middle of the working week,” said Paul Dineen, Regional Business Director for the South West and Head of Garage Programmes at The Parts Alliance. “It was a superb event and everyone was just hugely positive throughout.”

“Our thanks go to all the staff team, the supporting suppliers who really pulled out all the stops to make their stands engaging and of course our many garage customers who came along and supported in droves.”

The Parts Alliance say the event built upon 2016’s debut show to attract more suppliers and more visitors. Sales on the night were double last year’s levels too, with many more leads also being followed up by local branches in the days that followed.

The Parts Alliance promise plans are already in place to make the show bigger and better for 2018.

Independent tests show copy turbos can be 40% down on power

Copy turbos can be 40% down on powerNon-original remanufactured and copy turbos can be 40% down on performance with higher emissions, compared to OE remanufactured units.

Strictly controlled tests
Independent tests by the Millbrook Group compared Garrett 100% OE Original Remanufactured turbochargers with non-OE replacements, including the best-selling copy units imported into the UK. The non-OE turbochargers produced less low-end torque than the Garrett 100% OE equivalent, with higher NOx emissions and more CO2 emissions.

Higher NOx emissions from non-OE turbochargers

Non-OE issues
These tests prove non-OE replacement turbos can be a false economy, causing poor performance, generating warning lights due to incompatibility with the engine management ECU, and leading to MOT failure because of increased emissions.

Only the Garrett remanufactured turbo used entirely OE parts. Non-OE turbos use copy parts, which aren’t guaranteed to match original specifications. They may also be produced without essential calibration equipment, or are simply counterfeits.

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BTN Turbo stocks over 18,000 turbos for immediate despatch, all of them 100% OE: brand new or remanufactured from the original manufacturers, such as Garrett’s Original Remanufactured range, and all with a two year warranty.


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Autumn 2017 Garage Essentials brings exciting new products

Garage Essentials - Autumn 2017The Parts Alliance has launched the autumn 2017 edition of Garage Essentials, with the 76 page glossy brochure featuring garage equipment and tooling from the biggest and best suppliers to the UK automotive aftermarket.

Dunlop ‘Star Buy’ packages include a 4 tonne two post lift for under £2,000 and a tyre bay package that offers a saving of £400 and is exclusive to The Parts Alliance.

Tyre equipment has proved particularly successful during a buoyant 2017, so there’s an increased range of options this issue, with solutions from Tecalemit, Bosch and Hofman. The all new EAE package combines a high spec automated tyre changer with assist arm and wheel balancer, for just £2,195 + VAT.

EAE has also launched a new range of OPTL / ATL four post lifts – again exclusive to The Parts Alliance – that can be surface or recess mounted. The three options have platforms ranging from 4.8m to 5.7m, costing between £7,995 and £8,795 + VAT. Better still, these lifts have inbuilt rear slip plates for four wheel alignment.

“We can supply and fit these DVSA approved lifts with a project design at a price point that just hasn’t been available to independent garages until now,” said John Wright, Head of Garage Equipment and Customer Development. “As customers can upgrade their two man MOT test bays to ATL for a lot less with us, we’re anticipating lots of interest, particularly as the wheel alignment capability adds further revenue potential.”

Cover offers feature SIP’s 500 kg heavy-duty hydraulic cylinder transmission jack which is selling fast at just £99.95 + VAT whilst stocks last. Angry Jester’s new Smoke Pro Turbo diagnostic leak detector boasts 10 litre per minute flow rate, quick coupling and 5 minute working cycle, for under £500 + VAT.

Angry Jester showcase their increased range on pages 50 to 53 whilst the Z M Heaters range of multi-oil and portable space heaters return ready for winter too.

Last but not least, Our Virtual Academy debut their online training solution. The manufacturer-level technical library includes interactive video content, proven to boost knowledge retention.

It’s available for the first time on a simple pay-as-you-go monthly subscription for up to four technicians, delivering a flexible on-demand solution for updating or refreshing vital technical expertise.

Printed copies of Garage Essentials are now available to garages from The Parts Alliance members Allparts Automotive, Bromsgrove Motor Factors, Car Parts & Accessories, CES (UK), GMF Motor Factors, GSF Car Parts, SAS Autoparts, SC Motor Factors and Waterloo Motor Trade.

Monkleigh Garage set for South Africa as first big winner

Monkleigh Garage, based in the picturesque Devon village of the same name, has been announced as the first main winner in The Parts Alliance’s and Delphi’s ‘Best of Brakes’ promotion.


Monkleigh Garage

Pictured: Left – Daniel Gill, Sales Manager, The Parts Alliance, Centre – Geoff Williams, Owner, Monkleigh Garage, Right – Ashley Sanders, Branch Manager, Parts Alliance Barnstaple

Having been founded by his grandfather in 1963, the family business is now run by Geoff Williams and his wife Deborah. Today, it’s a Servicesure garage, a customer of The Parts Alliance’s Barnstaple branch, with a thriving trade offering MOTs, servicing, repairs and wheel alignment for cars and light commercial vehicles.


As a result of drawing one of the six top prize scratch cards included with Delphi brake pads, the couple have won a two week holiday to South Africa.

The itinerary will follow the spectacular ‘Garden Route’ coastline taking in a safari game drive, wine tasting and even an ostrich race, before relaxing in Cape Town under the shadow of Table Mountain.

I was absolutely lost for words when I saw that scratch card,” said Geoff. “We never seem to win anything, so to find out we’re going on the trip of a lifetime was mind-blowing.

With five more holidays still yet to be claimed, ‘Best of Brakes’ will run until the end of October. Over 25,000 prizes including Delphi and The Parts Alliance branded beanie hats, snoods, drinks bottles, retro enamel mugs and tins of sweets will be shared amongst UK garages.

“We’re delighted that Geoff and Deborah will be experiencing the magnificent scenery and culture of South Africa thanks to ‘Best of Brakes’,” said Mark Barclay, Marketing Manager at The Parts Alliance. “The opportunity to win these amazing holidays has seen the promotion really capture customers’ imaginations, we can’t wait to see who the next winners will be!

For more information, please contact your nearest participating branch of The Parts Alliance or visit

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