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Blue makes more Fast to Market additions

Tuesday, November 03, 2020

Parts specialist Blue Print has made more additions to its “Fast to Market” programme which makes parts for newer vehicles available to garage customers, often for the first time from an aftermarket supplier. The new additions include an in-demand Bump Stop which fits several popular Hyundai and Kia models. This is part no. ADG080284 for the Hyundai i10 (2013-), i30 (2007-2012), i40 (2011-), Kia Cee'd (2006-2012) and Kia Sportage (2010-2015)...............................Read More


Philips adds new motion-sensing headlamp

Monday, November 02, 2020

Lumileds, who are responsible for developing, manufacturing and marketing all of Philips Automotive products, have introduced the new Philips HL22M motion-sensing, rechargeable headlamp. The HL22M offers a bright, clear white light of up to 6500K and performance of up to 300 lumens. In real terms this means that it can illuminate objects up to 70 metres away. It has three different light strength settings, 50, 150 and 300 lumens, so the user can vary the amount of................................Read More


Nissens makes new turbo additions

Monday, November 02, 2020

The Danish thermal, turbo and efficiency system components manufacturer, Nissens Automotive, has added to its Turbo range introducing E-actuator variable geometry turbos with electrical control of the VNT mechanism for two popular Mercedes-Benz engine applications, with 10 more products on the way. The newly developed Turbo models represent a much higher complexity than the traditional, pneumatically operated models in the Nissens’ Turbo range................................Read More


Philips add new flexible under bonnet light bar

Friday, October 23, 2020

The Philips brand continues to add to its extensive range of workshop lighting with the latest addition being the Philips CBH52 LED under-bonnet light bar. The CBH 52 is the evolution of the popular CBH 51 and while looking similar the new light has many upgraded features. It has a sturdy aluminium frame and a bar of LED lights and can twist and extend at both ends. ................................Read More


At your Factor KIA Optima IV 2012 on

Tuesday, October 20, 2020

KIA’s premium Optima model is a high specification car that has carved out a significant niche with certain car buyers. Because it’s not as common as its SUV KIA counter parts, garages often think that less common replacement parts for the Optima will be dealer only. However, febi and Blue Print offer a very extensive range for the model, featuring many in-demand items at competitive prices................................Read More


Textar packaging to go plastic free

Thursday, September 24, 2020

TMD Friction has developed new, more environmentally friendly, packaging for its Textar passenger car brake discs, which will save 40 tonnes of plastic each year. A corrugated cardboard will replace the plastic film to effectively separate the Textar passenger car discs so it will not stick to the brake disc coating. With brake discs generally offered as axle sets, with workshops receiving brake discs packed in flat boxes, plastic has been used to stop damage to the surface of the disc coating during transport..............................Read More

Blue Print offers a first class factor braking solution

Tuesday, September 22, 2020

Brake pads form a key part of any motor factor’s sales and it is important to not only deliver quality products at the right price, but to also make the stocking and selling process more straightforward. Blue Print offers an all make braking programme that delivers on all counts, something that has meant it has gained rapidly in popularity with factors around the country...............................Read More


Schaeffler adds to training video library

Tuesday, September 22, 2020

Schaeffler’s REPXPERT workshop support programme now includes a new video for front and rear wheel bearing replacement on a 2012 Ford Fiesta. This is just one of the latest of many new additions to the market leading portal for professional workshop technicians. The front wheel requires a press to remove the Generation 1 type wheel bearing before inserting the new unit into the hub assembly and features an ABS encoder ring incorporated into the bearing...............................Read More


Expanded range of EV parts & equipment creates new garage potential

Monday, September 14, 2020

With electric vehicles now very much having moved into the mainstream, independent garages increasingly need to be ready to service and repair, electric as well as hybrid, petrol and diesel powered cars. To help them meet changing demand patterns, J&S has expanded its range of specialist EV equipment, parts and tools, which is available from motor factors nationwide...............................Read More


Bosch Aerotwin offers improved wiper performance

Friday, September 11, 2020

As we enter the autumn and winter months, wipers will be working especially hard and their effective performance can have a big impact on safety. To meet these demands, Bosch has further refined and improved its popular Aerotwin wiper range. Bosch Aerotwin wipers feature Power Protection Plus (PPP) rubber technology including a patented coating, to provide quiet, and highly effective wiping performance, even in extreme conditions..............................Read More


Innovative A/C products from J&S

Wednesday, September 02, 2020

Like every economic sector, this has been a tough year for the automotive aftermarket, but most garages are now recovering towards, or perhaps exceeding pre-pandemic business levels. As repair volume has increased, parts availability has been an issue for some suppliers, something that causes delays and problems for garages...............................Read More


OESAA garage packs reach Irish garages

Monday, August 24, 2020

Over 100 Irish garages have already received an OESAA ‘Back on track’ pack through the post, and they are also now being delivered by leading parts suppliers across the whole of Ireland. The pack contains a hygiene key, stickers, A2 posters and a washable face mask to help make workshops a safer place for both staff and customers..............................Read More


Wheel bearing guide from REPXPERT

Thursday, August 20, 2020

The Schaeffler REPXPERT team has issued some useful advice to highlight the importance of quality parts and correct tool use during wheel hub repairs. Wheel bearings are safety-critical products that are subjected to considerable driving forces throughout their lifetime, so it is vitally important to install replacements of the very highest quality.............................Read More


A podcast of practical advice from REPXPERT

Friday, August 14, 2020

In a wide-ranging podcast interview, Schaeffler’s Technical Manager, Alistair Mason, has addressed the practical health & safety issues of getting back to work, as well as several technical matters that are becoming increasingly relevant to workshops, and how the company’s REPXPERTs are helping technicians deal with these challenges............................Read More



Blue Print adds more “Fast to market” filters

Friday, August 07, 2020

Parts specialist Blue Print continues to make important additions to its comprehensive filtration range with many of the new arrivals part of its “Fast to market” programme which makes parts for newer vehicles available to garage customers, often for the first time from an aftermarket supplier............................Read More


LIQUI MOLY increase sales despite Coronavirus crisis

Wednesday, July 22, 2020

The global pandemic is leaving its mark on every business, but despite a fall in earnings compared to the mid-point for 2019, German lubricant specialist LIQUI MOLY has reported a 2.9% growth in sales for the first six months of 2020. Commenting on this impressive performance in the face of Covid-19 restrictions, Managing Director Ernst Prost said, “Our proactive measures in this exceptional period are bearing fruit. We remain in the black.”...........................Read More


OESAA to distribute 3,000 free garage packs

Friday, July 17, 2020

The Original Equipment Suppliers Aftermarket Association (OESAA) is to distribute 3,000 free ‘Back on Track’ packs of workshop essentials to independent garages. 2000 similar packs developed by founder OESAA member Schaeffler, were snapped up in a matter of days during May...........................Read More



Transmission filter solutions from febi

Thursday, July 16, 2020

With more and more vehicles now featuring some form of automatic transmission the market for replacement transmission filters is on the increase. Part specialist febi can provide a comprehensive and excellent value solution with more than 150 high-quality Transmission Filter products for popular vehicle models..........................Read More



Blue Print offers Toyota Suction Control Valve solution

Wednesday, July 15, 2020

One of the latest in the series of Blue Print PROTIP technical bulletins for garages concerns a common issue is encountered on the Suction Control Valve of popular Toyota models. Blue Print offers a high quality replacement valve (Part No.: ADT36853) which fits two common cars on Irish roads, the Toyota Avensis II (2003-2011) and Corolla IX (2000-2009).........................Read More



Blue Print adds more “Fast to market” filters

Thursday, July 09, 2020

Parts specialist Blue Print has made some more important new additions to its “Fast to market” filtration range which brings many in-demand filters to the aftermarket quicker than other suppliers.........................Read More


NCT back up and running

Monday, July 06, 2020

The National Car Testing Service (NCTS) has now updated all records for those customers’ vehicles that qualified for the 4 month test extension, A vehicle with a test due date on or after 28th March 2020 has now had their test date extended by 4 months. For example a test due date of 10th May 2020 becomes 10th September 2020........................Read More


At your factor - Hyundai Santa Fe

Wednesday, July 01, 2020

The Santa Fe was the model that first brought Hyundai to the notice of many Irish motorists and the 2014 version has proved to be even more popular than its predecessor. Its SUV design and spacious interior has made it especially favoured as a family car, meaning it is also much sought after in the used car market.......................Read More


REPXPERT creates Covid-19 e-learning module

Wednesday, July 01, 2020

Schaeffler has introduced a new REPXPERT e-learning module, using text and audio, to help garage owners and technicians take on board all of the key guidelines they need to be aware of in order to keep the workplace safe for both staff and customers as they operate under Covid-19 guidance......................Read More


Automechanika Birmingham launches webinar series

Monday, June 29, 2020

Messe Frankfurt UK, the organisers of the Automechanika Birmingham trade event, has announced the launch of live free-to-attend webinars where aftermarket professionals can hear from respected industry leaders and discuss the challenges facing the automotive sector.....................Read More


LIQUI MOLY boosts support for emergency services

Friday, June 26, 2020

German oil and additive specialist LIQUI MOLY has once again expanded its support for the emergency services and relief workers across the globe as they continue to fight the Coronavirus pandemic. The company has now increased its product donation to the value of €4 million. To support rescue services, fire brigades and other first responders, LIQUI MOLY announced at the beginning of April that it would provide them with products worth one million euro. Managing Director Ernst Prost said at the time, “We help with what we do best, oils, additives and other vehicle care products.”....................Read More


Schaeffler adds INA installation guides to REPXPERT

Thursday, June 25, 2020

Following the launch of its LuK clutch step-by-step replacement guides on the REPXPERT online technical portal in March, Schaeffler is now adding more detailed installation guides, this time covering INA belt systems.

By adding these step-by-step processes to its online portal, Schaeffler is providing another free channel for this valuable material, adding to the vast library already available which assists technicians in their daily work....................Read More


LIQUI MOLY additives offer solutions to lockdown vehicle issues

Tuesday, June 23, 2020

With many vehicles lying idle or used very infrequently during the Covid-19 crisis, problems such as dirty fuel, engine sump sludge and clogging of injectors and DPFs can become major issues. German oil and additive specialist, LIQUI MOLY, says it can combat these problems with a very comprehensive range of additives and cleaners that can provide simple, effective and economical solutions to many common issues...................Read More


At your Factor - Hyundai Tucson 2014 on

Tuesday, June 23, 2020

Since its launch in 2014, the Hyundai Tucson has proved to be hugely popular and has consistently been at, or near, the top of the best seller’s model list. With many Tucsons now out of warranty, and often with second owners, these cars are increasingly frequent visitors to independent garages..................Read More


At your Factor - Ford Mondeo 1.6 TDCi 2014

Wednesday, June 17, 2020

The Ford Mondeo was first introduced in 1993 and has been a common sight on Irish roads ever since. The 2014 TDCi model is a particularly popular example and is often a car that independent garages will encounter. These tend to be hard working, high mileage vehicles that are often used as taxis, or have been previously used as business and sales reps cars. This means demand for parts for these cars is always healthy.................Read More


Mannol opens up new business potential

Wednesday, June 17, 2020

As many other businesses have been closed over recent weeks, motor factors have often become the go-to problem solvers for a variety of vehicle, home and garden needs. With its extensive range of oils, fluids, additives, car care and maintenance products, Mannol has been one brand able to supply a wide variety of product solutions................Read More


Schaeffler puts spotlight on REPXPERT workshop portal

Tuesday, June 16, 2020

The Schaeffler team has been highlighting the considerable benefits of REPXPERT, the online technical platform dedicated to professional vehicle technicians.
Their message is REPXPERT is by experts, for experts and contains a wealth of Schaeffler product and system information, technical bulletins, training videos and installation guides. Everything is completely free for members, including access to the TecDoc catalogue and TecRMI technical library...............Read More


The rent free and local gas solution

Friday, June 12, 2020

One impact of the Coronavirus crisis and the subsequent economic downturn is that most vehicles are likely to stay on the road for longer as new car sales fall. This means that as workshop begin to return to something closer to normality, the need to fix and weld vehicles is rising fast and with this comes an increased demand for industrial gases..............Read More


Blue Print adds “Fast to market” Mercedes Cabin Filter

Thursday, June 11, 2020

Parts specialist Blue Print continues to add new items to its “Fast to market” parts range that makes available through motor factors in-demand replacement products that are not otherwise readily available in the aftermarket.
The latest addition is a replacement cabin filter for the Mercedes A Class (2018<), B Class (2018<) and CLA (2019<). The filter is part number ADU172533 and is available from Blue Print stockists..............Read More


New Schaeffler REPXPERT Hotline number

Monday, June 08, 2020

Schaeffler has invested in an updated telecoms system to help reduce call waiting times for mechanics needing technical advice for its range of LuK transmission, INA engine and FAG chassis products.

As part of the upgrade, callers will no longer have to go through a menu system, and will instead be connected directly to a REPXPERT technical expert.............Read More


NCT to resume on a phased basis from June 8th

Friday, June 05, 2020

The National Car Testing Service has announced that it is to reopen NCT test centres on a phased basis from June 8th. Initially 15 centres will reopen with new restrictions for social distancing and hygiene in place.

Customers with a vehicle test due date prior to 28th March 2020 will be given priority and are being invited to make a booking from June 8th...........Read More


Thousands of dangerous vehicles on the road due to NCT suspension

Wednesday, June 03, 2020

As the Coronavirus lockdown begins to ease, tens of thousands of dangerous cars could be returning to Irish roads due to the current suspension of the NCT.
NCT data for 2019, for the 2 months of April and May last year, show 124,918 cars failed the NCT. Of these, 107,477 were classed as major failures and 17,441 were classed as failed dangerous..........Read More


febiPLUS range expansion

Friday, May 29, 2020

febi has once again made some important additions to its febiPLUS range which includes over 1,000 parts which are generally perceived as dealer-only sourced products, but are available from febi in high quality, cost effective aftermarket alternatives.
The latest batch of additions includes sought-after items such as a Breather Valve Kit for VW Group models and a Coolant Expansion Tank for Citroën and Peugeot cars..........Read More


First to market filters from Blue Print

Thursday, May 28, 2020

Parts specialist Blue Print continues to expand it filtration range with the fast introduction of key new products.
The Blue Print team carefully researches the market to ensure its filtration range covers the very latest market requirements..........Read More


CVRT returns as plans are formulated for the resumption of the NCT

Thursday, May 28, 2020

The return of normal vehicle testing has moved a step closer, but a date for the resumption of the NCT remains unclear. The Commercial Vehicle Roadworthiness Testing (CVRT) has now partially resumed. This is reliant on each individual CVR test operator putting in place measures to mitigate against the spread of COVID-19. Initial testing is for vehicles with a test due date prior to March 28th before the 3-month extension to commercial vehicle certificates of roadworthiness came into effect..........Read More


Garage Inspector offers “Back on track” workshop advice

Wednesday, May 27, 2020

The Garage Inspector, Andy Savva, has produced a short video for garages returning to work in Ireland and how they can make customers feel safe at their premises with a special “Back on track” pack that has been produced by parts manufacturer Schaeffler.........Read More


Garages gearing up for the new normal

Friday, May 22, 2020

Industries across the board have been decimated by the Covid-19 crisis and it is a sad fact that many may never bounce back to previous levels, if they bounce back at all. But, while certain sectors, such as hospitality, face a more prolonged shutdown, as a second tier essential service, the automotive aftermarket got back to work on Monday May 18th in line with the Governments 5 step approach........Read More


J&S Automotive Distributors set to accelerate growth with help from Slimstock!

Wednesday, May 20, 2020

With over 260,000 SKUs, J&S Automotive is one of the largest distributors of premium parts, tools and automotive services to the Irish independent aftermarket. Dedicated to the continuous improvement of their systems and processes, the automotive specialist joined forces with the inventory experts at Slimstock to drive efficiency improvements across the supply chain.........Read More


TEXTAR lets kids get creative

Thursday, May 21, 2020

With over 260,000 SKUs, J&S Automotive is one of the largest distributors of premium parts, tools and automotive services to the Irish independent aftermarket. Dedicated to the continuous improvement of their systems and processes, the automotive specialist joined forces with the inventory experts at Slimstock to drive efficiency improvements across the supply chain.........Read More



Schaeffler to distribute free workshop essentials packs

Thursday, May 21, 2020

Schaeffler, the company behind the LUK, FAG and INA original equipment component brands, is to help garages return to work safely with the distribution of its “Back on track” packs..........Read More





Restrictions placed on aftermarket businesses under new emergency measure

Saturday, March 28, 2020

The announcement of further emergency measures to combat the Covid 19 crisis by Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has meant a change in the status of automotive aftermarket businesses........Read More




Blue Print adds key parts for Nissan & BMW

Friday, March 27, 2020

Blue Print continues to add to its range of parts which offer an alternative solution to dealer only perceived parts. This gives customers access to specialist and niche parts in the aftermarket while keeping costs down and maintaining high quality standards.........Read More



Eure!parts helps garages make the most of new opportunities

Thursday, December 05, 2019

The 10th edition of the Eure!Parts promotional catalogue is now out and as ever it is packed with great deals, special offers and information on services, support and training which independent garages can access through their trusted local parts suppliers......Read More



J&S team rise to Movember challenge!!

Monday, December 02, 2019

Members of the at J&S Automotive staff team have been raising money for some very good causes during the past four weeks by taking part in Movember 2019. 10 members of staff have been growing a ‘Mo’ throughout the month, while others have completed sponsored running events and held a cake sale.....Read More



Another successful Movember for J&S Automotive

Thursday, November 28, 2019

J&S Automotive has taken part in Movember for the 10th consecutive year in aid of men’s health. This year J&S Automotive decided to take part in a number of events to raise money for men’s health all over Ireland. 10 members of its staff grew a ‘Mo’, other members of staff ran throughout November and some ‘Mo Sista’s’ held cake sales in support......Read More



Eure!Car offers IMI certified F-Gas training

Wednesday, September 25, 2019

Eure!Car Training has announced that it will be holding two IMI Certified F-Gas handling training courses in November. Run in association with Air Conditioning Servicing equipment specialist Valeo, the courses take place on Tuesday November 5th....Read More



J&S launches new gas supply service at the Ploughing Championships

Tuesday, September 17, 2019

J&S Automotive in conjunction with SGS Gases, is launching a new service designed to give garages and bodyshops fast, easy and economical access to all the specialist aftermarket gases they need, rent free, through motor factors across Ireland....Read More



New rent free welding gas service for the aftermarket

Wednesday, September 04, 2019

J&S Automotive in conjunction with SGS Gases, is launching a new service designed to give garages and bodyshops fast, easy and economical access to all the specialist aftermarket gases they need, rent free, through motor factors across Ireland....Read More



New Bosch range can unlock garage A/C potential

Friday, August 16, 2019

Bosch has highlighted the business potential on offer to garages through air con servicing and launched a new fast and efficient range of air conditioning servicing machines. The company says that nearly 90% of cars in the UK now having A/C, but only 56% of independent garages have an A/C servicing machine.....Read More



Unbeatable summer deals in Eure!Parts Volume 9

Wednesday, July 03, 2019

Volume 9 of the much anticipated Eure!Parts promotional catalogue is included with the July Autobiz magazine. The 24 page booklet is packed with great summer deals, special offers and includes information on some great garage support tools and practical business building ideas....Read More



The complete coolant and lubricant solution from Mannol

Wednesday, July 03, 2019

With a growing need to ensure the correct specification of coolant or antifreeze is used in a particular vehicle, Mannol distributor in Ireland, J&S Automotive, is now offering the aftermarket access to a complete range of these essential fluids at very competitive prices......Read More



Revive highlights petrol engine cleaner opportunities

Wednesday, July 03, 2019

Revive is now firmly established in Ireland as a simple, economical and highly effective turbo cleaning product for diesel engines, but less well know is the capability of its turbo cleaner for petrol engines.....Read More



J&S offering new oil opportunities with Mannol and Fanfaro!

Thursday, January 31, 2019

The popular Mannol and Fanfaro ranges of oils are now being distributed in Ireland by J&S Automotive. Both brands have enjoyed significant success with independent garages in recent years and the new partnership with J&S....Read More



Autoinform Ireland Training Brochure Out Now!

Thursday, January 31, 2019

Full details of the hugely impressive line-up of presenters and trainers at Autoinform LIVE Ireland have now been confirmed and are available in an eight-page brochure, which is being distributed with the February issue of Autobiz Magazine....Read More



Burke Lubricants partner with J&S Automotive in Mobil 1 distribution

Thursday, January 31, 2019

Burke Lubricants, the sole Distributor of Mobil Lubricants in Ireland and J & S Automotive have announced that they have formed a unique partnership to ensure that Mobil 1 products will be available to the automotive aftermarket across Ireland....Read More



Newstalk Interviews Alan Gaynor

Tuesday, December 11, 2018

Ireland’s automotive aftermarket received some high profile media coverage last week as Alan Gaynor, Managing Director of J&S Automotive Distributors was a special guest on the Newstalk Breakfast Business radio show....Read More



J&S Automotive acquires Origo Autoparts Division

Monday, November 26, 2018

J&S Automotive has announced that it has entered into an agreement for the transfer of ownership of Origo Autoparts Division....Read More



Eure!Parts Vol 7 has Arrived!

Friday, November 02, 2018

The much anticipate Eure!Parts promotional catalogue is included in the November issue of  Autobiz magazine. This is the 7th edition of the catalogue which has been expanded to 24 pages packed with deals and special offers....Read More



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