Welcome to the Spring edition of Auto-Torque

We’re hitting the ground running with this issue of Auto-Torque, looking not only at parts replacement but what’s going on outside your workshop doors, whether it’s serious floods damaging people’s cars or legislation that might affect the UK’s independent workshop trade.

We’re putting stop/start batteries, exhaust pipes, fuel filters and suspension components under our microscope. There’s also a look at buying tools, and how there are many ways you can order new ones and have them brought to your door.

Keeping your business profitable – or making it even more profitable – is something every workshop should be thinking about, so we’re getting the latest from the Servicesure programme, which puts you firmly in the driving seat and heading towards greater profitability. A new sales team has been recruited and they’ll be looking to introduce more garages to the fastest growing independent-supporting scheme.

Away from the workshop we mange to catch-up with BTCC driver Matt Neal, and we quiz him about his on-track plans for the year and what he gets up to when he’s
not competing.

And we celebrate the Land Rover Defender, which has just gone out of production. There can’t be a garage in the land that hasn’t worked on a Landie at some stage, and we celebrate this much-loved British masterpiece.

That’s it for now – we’ll see you again in the summer.


Rich Barnett and the Auto-Torque team