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Challenge to a Member

The following was a challenge one of our members was presented with from a third party insurer which as professionals I am sure you would be absolutely disgusted with. Our member obviously responded to the challenge with a frank and honest reply with clear education provided, what are your thoughts? Should these challenges be accepted? “Our reasons for not considering the costs we are looking to deduct are as follows: Sundry parts £0.05: This cannot be quantified to actual, tangible items, and is simply a percentage markup in the cost of the claim. EPA charge £15.00: This relates to the disposal of waste, which the garage will do anyway. We cannot see how this can be quantified at £15.00 relating to this claim in particular. Car care kit £6.00: This relates to cardboard/plastic seat coverings and car mats. These can be bought in bulk and a set will cost a fraction of the price that is being charged here. BS10125 admin fee £25.00: This appears to be an admin fee that the garage are charging because they are BSI accredited, and is simply guidance on “the best approach to conducting repairs to damaged vehicles.” This is the garage’s choice to be accredited or not, and this accreditation costs £112.00 – I am not aware as to whether this is the overall cost, or an annual renewal. We will not pay for the repairer to do this as there is no way that this can be quantified at £25.00 for every repair. Post/pre diagnostic check £50.00: This is a practise carried out with a diagnostic tool, which can be purchased for around £40.00. There is no additional cost to carry this out on individual occasions. External corrosion protection £9.00: Again, this is a product that the repairer will have excess stocks of onsite, and I do not accept that they have spent £9.00 on this product for this specific repair.” Should these challenges be accepted? Should the challenger be named? To register your opinion join our forum:- http://forum.amvea.co.uk/index.php

UK Crackdown on Uninsured Vehicles And Drivers Continues

The MIB (Motor Insurer's Bureau) have released figures showing that 1.5 million uninsured cars have been seized by the police during the continued crack down on drivers using vehicles without insurance in the UK. Driving without insurance in the UK is illegal, the result of driving without it can range from a £300 fixed penalty and 6 penalty points to an unlimited fine and being disqualified from driving if the case went to court. Drivers must hold at least 3rd party insurance even if the vehicle they are driving is insured to another person. The police have the power to seize and destroy vehicles which are uninsured.

Should the DfT be Indpendantly testing Emmisions in the UK?

With the spot light firmly on emissions testing following the VW scandal it has been brought to light that scheme to check the emissions on vehicle independently was cancelled in 2011. A spokesman from the International Council on Clean Transportation stated that it was through the independat testing in Germany, America and Sweden that the VW emission issues were first found, and had this scheme should be implemented with car manufacturers across the uk with mandatory testing.

AMVEA Services and Packages

How can AMVEA help you and your business? At AMVEA we work tirelessly to help our members to grow and flourish in a fast paced and ever changing industry. As well as our fantastic membership packages we also offer the following services:- - Image Assist- Mobile Imaging by a qualified ATA VDA, ensuring you are receiving the exact images required to complete your estimate. -Mobile Estimating- A full estimate completed via Auda including Images by a qualified ATA VDA. Take away the hassle and expense of recovering a potential Total Loss, perfect for Estimator leave cover. - Estimate Auditing- Worried about loosing money on zone 99s or having trouble with a work provider? Our qualified panel of engineers will check estimates for any missing items to give you the reassurance and increase revenue by industry recognised methods means. -Marketing Support- Want to find more work provision but unsure where to start? AMVEA can help, we offer services from databases for local fleets to fully qualified leads pre-called by one of our agents. We also offer bespoke training packages for estimators. With so many great services available it's easy to see why people are joining AMVEA. For more information or to arrange a meeting please call us on 0871 288 6953.

Improve the Quality of your estimates with AMVEA Auditing Services

AMVEA- Association of Motor Vehicle Engineers and Assessors, have developed a new Estimate Auditing Program to help you ensure you are maximising your estimates and providing high quality and accurate estimates first time, every time. Our Estimate auditing package has shown an average increase for repairers of £300 per estimate, our panel of fully qualified engineers will vet your completed estimates to check for any missing items or anything which may need to be increased using industry recognised methods. This vetted estimate is then sent back to you to send to your work providers with the piece of mind that the costs and methods have been maximised to ensure you are receiving the most out of your estimate, increasing your revenue and also standing with work providers. With AMVEA you can be assured that your interests and success are our top priority. If you would like further information in regards to this service or to give it a try please email us at info@amvea.co.uk, or call us on 0871 288 6953

AMVEA are Recruiting!

In light of our recent expansion and success, AMVEA are looking for ATA VDA Estimators to join or team. This position is available Nationwide. We are looking for individuals who want to progress their career with ambitions to become Motor Vehicle Engineers. We offer competitive rates of pay and also further training as required. Interested? Please email a copy of your CV with a covering letter to info@amvea.co.uk

AMVEA Engineering tip of the day – Pre-Incident Damage

Engineers see thousands of estimates with pre-incident damage omitted from the pre-incident damage section within the estimate. Yet, from the images supplied pre-incident damage can be identified. The estimator may think that this field is not critical; however this is important for the engineer and for the repairer to consider, here are some of the reasons: 1) Pre-incident damage effects the value of the vehicle, by entering this in the field and suggesting a monetary figure usually 50% of the cost to rectify at a fair reasonable cost (fixed price menu pricing accepted)the engineer may be more inclined to accept your reduction figure rather than using a potentially higher figure preventing a total loss. 2) The pre-incident damage is an upsell opportunity for the repairer, by entering the pre-incident defects this will draw attention to the fact that there is an upsell opportunity. 3) The manager can identify what potential upsell opportunities have been missed. 4) This is your evidence of pre-incident defects just in case the “insured says that was not there before” preventing a potential claim on the repairer. 5) It draws to your attention potential hassle when repairing the vehicle. 6) It provides an image that you care about the customer and vehicle providing customer satisfaction and further revenue opportunities. I am sure there are many other reasons, please feel free to join our group and support our profession

Vehicle Identity Checks won't be required to return written-off cars in roadworthy condition from October 2015.

Returning a written-off car to the road is set to become easier and cheaper thanks to the abolition of red tape set to save taxpayers millions of pounds, Transport Minister Stephen Hammond has announced. From October 2015 drivers returning a written-off car to a roadworthy condition following an accident will no longer need to apply for a Vehicle Identity Check (VIC). The checks, introduced in 2003, were designed to stop criminals ringing cars – swapping the identity of cars bound for the scrapyard with a stolen vehicle of a similar make and model. But during the last 10 years around a million checks have been made resulting in only a handful of positive results. Stephen Hammond said: “ It’s clear the scheme isn’t doing its job and it is hitting honest motorists in the wallet. The VIC scheme is nothing more than unnecessary red tape, which is why we are getting rid of it.” A VIC inspection currently costs £41 and involves an inspector from the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (in Northern Ireland the Driver and Vehicle Agency ) checking that the vehicle matches information on the DVLA’s database. The decision was taken following a lengthy consultation and review by the Department for Transport. The change will have no impact on road safety as motorists will still be required to ensure their vehicle is roadworthy and has an MOT test certificate before returning it to the road. Source- Department for Transport

Motor insurers face ‘critical shortfall’ in crash repair capacity

The latest UK Car Body Repair Market report, by independent research company Trend Tracker, warns that insurance company profits will be hit by a repair capacity deficit. The number of bodyshops has declined by 32% over the last decade and Trend Tracker predicts a further 9% decline, to just 3,020 by 2020. This, combined with an expected 2% increase in the number of repairs, will create an 11% shortfall in repair capacity by 2020. With insurance companies financing around 70% of all accident repairs, bodyshop owners have long bemoaned the lack of profit in insurance-funded repairs. This, coupled with a fall in the number of accident repairs since the 2006 peak, has led to many bodyshop closures, says Trend Tracker. Based on an average insurance accident repair cost of £1,380, a large insurer-approved bodyshop, operating on modern factory flow-line repair principles, will typically earn just £13.52 net profit on a job taking 15.7 hours to complete, according to ABP Club. This equates to a profit of just 86p per hour per repair. Robert Macnab, lead analyst at Trend Tracker, said: “As recently as 2004 there was a repair capacity excess of nearly 50%. “Insurers were spoilt for choice in terms of who to give work to and could dictate terms. The increasing repair capacity deficit will put quality bodyshops in a much stronger position to secure a better deal from insurers. “We will see more repairers renegotiating or simply rejecting the least profitable insurance contracts, particularly where there is an open-ended obligation for them to provide courtesy cars at their own expense. The hourly labour rate is also likely to rise, further denting insurers’ profits. “Passing on these extra costs to motorists might not be an option for insurers. “The UK motor insurance market is highly competitive and attempts by insurers to raise premiums have often come unstuck, particularly due to the influence of price comparison websites, which encourage low prices.” Since peaking in 2006, the annual volume of car body repairs has fallen by 28% and the number of car body repair workshops has declined by 24%. The rise in oil and petrol pump prices during that time discouraged consumers and businesses from using their cars, resulting in fewer accidents, suggests Trend Tracker. This trend was compounded by the onset of recession in 2008. Trend Tracker, which has been analysing the market since 1994, notes that the UK car accident repair market has historically been very stable and resistant to macro-economic trends. The recent upheaval is unprecedented, it says. Now the market seems set for a period of sustained albeit modest growth, as lower fuel costs encourage greater car use, resulting in an increase in the number of accidents and the number of car body repairs. With the number of repairs forecast to rise from 4.2m in 2014 to 4.3m in 2020, and the average repair cost to rise from £1,115 to £1,157, the overall market size will increase by 5% to £4.94bn by 2020 (based on 2014 prices excluding VAT). Trend Tracker says if you ignore investment returns, motor insurers as a whole are expected to have been loss-making in 2014, with a combined ratio of 109%. This is partly due to excessive competition and persistently high personal injury claims, although accident damage claims account for two-thirds of all motor insurance claims. Source:- Fleet News

DRIVERS face repair bills that vary by as much as 566% depending on where they live in the UK

DRIVERS face repair bills that vary by as much as 566% depending on where they live in the UK. A study has found hourly labour rates can go from £36 per hour to a whopping £240. The average hourly labour rate in the UK is £83.30, while the lowest was found to be in Swethwick, Birmingham and highest in West Byfleet, Surrey. London has the highest average hourly rate, while the lowest regional average is in Orkney. The study by Warrantywise discovered drivers in the UK can pay far more for the same repair work based simply on where they live and which garage they take their car to. Lawrence Whittaker, CEO of Warrantywise, said: ‘Some of the differences Warrantywise has discovered are, frankly, offensive. Our business is based on offering our customers the best service, the best advice and the utmost reassurance when it comes to caring for cars, which is why we conducted the survey. Our advice is simple: shop around, negotiate and remember that as a paying customer, you are holding the ace cards.’

Job Opportunity- Vehicle Damage Assessors and Trainee Engineers

AMVEA are currently recruiting Vehicle Damage Assessors Nationwide to join our fast paced experienced team. If you have a background in working in the Vehicle Repair Industry and have Estimating Experience, please send your cv to info@amvea.co.uk. We are also looking for Trainee Engineers. If you are looking to take your career to the next level and have taken up to level 2 vehicle repair please submit your CV to info@amvea.co.uk.

Adapt 'black box' policies for all ages, insurers urged

MORE THAN one in five young male drivers are now using so-called 'black boxes' in their cars to help lower their insurance premiums, new research claims. And while 22% of men aged 18-24 have taken up the option, only 14% of women of the same age have. As many as 323,000 drivers now have telematics policies, according to the Consumer Intelligence research; a rise of around 9% in the last 18 months. But insurers are being urged to offer new policies for different age groups so that the technology spreads more fully across the market. Consumer Intelligence's own research is claimed to show that 61% of motorists would take out telematics if it cut their premium, 59% would consider it if they were offered refunds for safe driving and 52% would in return for refunds on lower mileage. But the same data shows that two out of three drivers don't believe telematics will ever become mainstream; 53% say it will only ever be a niche market while 9% expect it to not grow and 4% even believe it will become redundant as technology improves. Ian Hughes, Chief Executive of Consumer Intelligence said: “There is still a long way to go for the motor insurance market before there is mainstream adoption of telematics. “There is increasing acceptance of telematics and genuine benefits for drivers and insurers to use it in terms of safer driving and better pricing. “However, insurers need to look at developing policies which address the needs of different age groups and reflect what they want and would value from telematics.”

Estimators ATA VDA wanted!

Due to our continued success and rapid growth AMVEA are looking to recruit further ATA VDA Estimators across the UK. If you are looking to join a fast paced and rewarding working environment and have experience in body shop work please send your CV to info@amvea.co.uk.

Car Dealers Now Becoming Victims Of Clocking, Says Glass’s

Clocking cars has long been an issue within the motor trade industry, but now it is the dealers who are falling victim of the illegal practice, according to Glass's. The motoring guide says that motorists in the UK are now tampering with the odometer within their vehicle so that when they take it to a used car dealer they can claim more money for it. The practice is also reportedly occurring when a motorist has a vehicle on a fixed-mileage lease and does not want to show that the mileage has been exceeded, which can result in penalties equalling thousands of pounds. Having the incorrect mileage displayed in a car is not only illegal by trading standards but it can lead to unexpected issues with the cars, which can cause accidents on the road. As used car dealers could potentially be stung by motorists clocking cars, they need to obtain a road risks insurance policy; this will provide cover for the vehicles they have to drive for business purposes in case they are damaged in an accident. Glass's has stated that drivers are increasingly turning to mileage-adjustment companies that use specialist equipment to artificially reduce the number of miles showing on the odometer. The issue is difficult to tackle because it often involved vehicles that are under three years old, which means there is no MoT certificate and often only one service stamp, thus making it hard to prove that mileage has been altered Rupert Pontin, head of valuations at Glass’s, said: "At this stage, it is very difficult to say how widespread this practice might be but we are certainly seeing an increasing amount of industry 'chatter' about the subject and it is considered a growing problem." source- choiceqoute

Potholes continue to cause widespread suspension damage

It has been reported that UK drivers are facing a £1 million bill for damaged suspension every month. The RAC says in it's report that they have seen an 82% increase in the number of call-outs related to suspension spring failure. Having responded to almost 7,500 such calls through January and February, the RAC says the average cost to fix a suspension failure is £350 – or considerably more for many premium and sports cars. That means that British motorists are being lumbered with a seven-figure repair bill every month, the firm says. RAC chief engineer David Bizley said: “When a vehicle’s spring fails it can’t be driven and usually results in a call to us as the owner can’t simply take it to a repairer. The problems caused by bad quality road surfaces are not confined to suspension springs either – shock absorbers can be affected, and tyres and wheels potentially damaged. “The sharp increase in suspension spring faults that we have seen across the country really does cast a cloud on the quality of our roads. We will be closely monitoring these figures in the coming months to see whether the trend continues. “Experience tells us that these problems are normally worse in the first half of the year, so if numbers are still high come the summer we will know that local authorities are still struggling to get on top of the maintenance backlog.” The firm has joined forces with a pothole-reporting website called streetrepairs.co.uk to create an RAC pothole-reporting app. It allows all road users and pedestrians to photograph and report crumbling roads, abandoned vehicles and faulty street lights, with reports going directly to the people responsible for fixing them. Bizley added: “In addition to highlighting the poor state of our roads we wanted to help motorists do something about getting repairs carried out. Reporting a pothole could not be easier as you simply enter the location or use the app’s mapping tool and describe the issue.”

Mobile Estimate Solutions from AMVEA

Are you struggling to cover for Estimator Annual leave? Do your estimators have to leave site to conduct estimates at client addresses? Our service is here to help you. Introducing AMVEA’s Mobile Estimating Packages. With our new Mobile Estimate package, a fully qualified assessor will visit the insured’s vehicle at their home or work address, obtain all the relevant images and data required and compile a full estimate via Audatex which is networked straight to your work provider, ensuring all zone 99 and costing's are correct to your work providers requirements, leaving you to concentrate on repairing vehicles, thus increasing your productivity, and removing the stress and haste out of arranging onsite or offsite estimates. All estimates are arranged direct with the insured by our friendly and helpful customer care team. To add further reassurance you will receive a log on for our online tracking system, so you can see each stage of the estimate. Our mobile estimating packages start from just £70. Do you have images but do not have time to conduct the estimate? We also offer a remote estimate service starting from £45. Want to know more? Our Customer Care Team are standing by waiting for your call on 0871 288 6953.

Have YOU Checked Out AMVEA's Range of Services?

Have you seen what AMVEA- Association of Motor Vehicle Engineers and Assessors, has to offer for you business? Here at AMVEA we offer help and support for repairers and bodyshops to assist them to reach their full potential by offering a range of industry leading services:- Image Assist Packages- Let us take the hassle out of mobile imaging, our fully qualified ATA VDA assessors will visit the vehicle and compile all the images needed for you to complete your estimate, without you having to leave the bodyshop. Mobile and Remote Estimates- Need a full estimate actioning? we can compile a full estimate for you with images in audatex. Do you have the images but not enough time for an estimator to compile the assessment in auda? We can also action remote estimates from images. Estimate Auditing- Our panel of fully qualified insurance engineers will check your estimates to ensure all costings and zones are correct as per the industry and work providers guidelines. Advanced Estimator Training- Training to enable your estimator to identify and sell repairs on pre accident damage, can also be used in conjunction with the estimate auditing to promote more understanding of what needs to go in an estimate to your work providers. With so many packages on offer it is easy to see what AMVEA is expanding. Why not become a member and access a wide range of offers and services including free business improvement tools, technical data and support and a compliance and competence passport.

Job Vacancies- ATA VDA Vehicle Damage Assessors

Following on from our continued growth and success in 2014 to 2015 we are currently looking for ATA VDA damage assessors across the UK to join our team. You will have a strong understanding of motor vehicles with bodyshop discipline. Computer literacy and working knowledge of audatex is essential. If you want to work for a vibrant and innovative company at the forefront of progress in the repair sector, please send your CV to Lindsay.jones@amvea.co.uk

Image Assist- Revolutionise your images

Image Assist is there for you when you need images of a vehicle and the damage but are struggling to book the vehicle in for the estimate. We will contact the insured, arrange to take the images at their location and send the full details to you, eliminating the hassle and stress out of the process. As our Assessors are all fully qualified we can also identify damage and areas which may otherwise be missed by other image service providers. To find out more and if this can benefit you please contact us.

AMVEA Services and Packages

How can AMVEA help you and your business? At AMVEA we work tirelessly to help our members to grow and flourish in a fast paced and ever changing industry. As well as our fantastic membership packages we also offer the following services:- - Image Assist- Mobile Imaging by a qualified ATA VDA, ensuring you are receiving the exact images required to complete your estimate. -Mobile Estimating- A full estimate completed via Auda including Images by a qualified ATA VDA. Take away the hassle and expense of recovering a potential Total Loss, perfect for Estimator leave cover. - Estimate Auditing- Worried about loosing money on zone 99s or having trouble with a work provider? Our qualified panel of engineers will check estimates for any missing items to give you the reassurance and increase revenue by industry recognised methods means. -Marketing Support- Want to find more work provision but unsure where to start? AMVEA can help, we offer services from databases for local fleets to fully qualified leads pre-called by one of our agents. We also offer bespoke training packages for estimators. With so many great services available it's easy to see why people are joining AMVEA. For more information or to arrange a meeting please call us on 0871 288 6953.

Mobile Estimate Solutions from AMVEA

Are you struggling to cover for Estimator Annual leave? Do your estimators have to leave site to conduct estimates at client addresses? Our service is here to help you. Introducing AMVEA’s Mobile Estimating Packages. With our new Mobile Estimate package, a fully qualified assessor will visit the insured’s vehicle at their home or work address, obtain all the relevant images and data required and compile a full estimate via Audatex which is networked straight to your work provider, ensuring all zone 99 and costing's are correct to your work providers requirements, leaving you to concentrate on repairing vehicles, thus increasing your productivity, and removing the stress and haste out of arranging onsite or offsite estimates. All estimates are arranged direct with the insured by our friendly and helpful customer care team. To add further reassurance you will receive a log on for our online tracking system, so you can see each stage of the estimate. Our mobile estimating packages start from just £70. Do you have images but do not have time to conduct the estimate? We also offer a remote estimate service starting from £45. Want to know more? Our Customer Care Team are standing by waiting for your call on 0871 288 6953.

Audatex Increase paint index by 3.9%

Press Release from Audatex:- Further to our recent communications regarding paint price updates, Audatex can confirm that we will be making an adjustment to our paint material tables for PPG, Akzo Nobel, Axalta Coating Systems, and 3M - effective Saturday 14th February 2015 for our online users. We will update our offline users as part of our D4.29 data release. The impact of the detailed data supplied by these companies is an indicative average increase of 3.9% on the calculated paint and materials. These calculations are based upon updated paint material tables which represent the basket of paint brands used in our system and take into account the market share of the brands within the overall basket, as per the table below: Paint brand Market share from ABP UK Body Repair Industry Yearbook 2014-2015 Nexa Autocolor 18% PPG 10% Sikkens 15% Standox 6% Spies Hecker 6% Cromax (formerly Dupont) 5% Please note that this is an indicative percentage for guidance purposes only, as the actual increase per job, will depend on a number of factors including the specific paint operations (e.g. new part, surface, repair), paint type and the surface to be prepared/painted (e.g. metal vs. plastic). For further information on Paint Updates visit: www.audatex.co.uk/content.php?name=support/paint_updates/paint_material_price_review_and_process

Trying to Find New Work Provision but struggling with where to start?

Making the first move when trying to expand your business is often a daunting task, even for the most established of sites it can be hard to reach a decision maker and ‘sell’ your services. But what if you could be given details for companies who are already looking for a business like yours? Even better what if they have already been contacted by phone and agreed to speak to you? Introducing the AMVEA Sales and Marketing support package. At AMVEA we are always looking at new and innovative ways to help everyone in the industry to grow and increase profitability. With our new Sales and Marketing package we will work for you to connect you with work providers, and can even arrange meetings on your behalf to sell your services. Imagine calling someone and knowing they want to speak to you and know more about your business! Our sales and Marketing Package comes with 3 tiers to suit your businesses individual needs, without costing the earth:- 1. Data Only- A comprehensive cleansed and confirmed data list, including all contact details, websites, size and decision maker name. 2. Warm Leads- We will call the provider on your behalf to introduce them to you and your services to arrange for a call from you. 3. Appointment Lead- An appointment will be made on your behalf for you to meet with the company to present your services. If you would like further information or to discuss how we can benefit you, please call us on 0871 288 6953

Stand Out from the Crowd with Image Assist

Are you experiencing issues with your mobile image provider? Perhaps you have received an influx of work and are struggling to book all the vehicles in for estimates at your bodyshop? Is your Estimator on holiday, or are you experiencing high levels of sick leave? Our Revolutionary Image Assist package is here to assist you! Our fully qualified assessors will go out and take all the images you require for your estimates, our assessors will provide you with the full images required for your estimate, while providing you with a free data check. Image Assist comes in 4 packages. Our top package also includes full details in regards to pre accident damage, full vehicle data and transmission through Auda. Need a full estimate compiling? We can also help with that! Call 0871 288 6953 for more information.

Tax Discs Still On Display

Despite no longer needing to display a tax disc on a vehicle, only 20% of people have done this according to a survey conducted by the AA. 43% of drivers have commented that they left the disc in their cars to remind them when the tax is due. The Tax disc was abolished in October 2014 after the government set up an electronic monitoring system. Motorists have been reassured that they will receive reminder in the post a month before the tax is due, which is now payable in monthly direct debit instalments.

Why Choose AMVEA?

AMVEA- The Association of Motor Vehicle Engineers and Assessors are here to help you and your business to flourish, by increasing productivity, quality and knowledge through our various products and services. So how can AMVEA help you? Are you worried about leaking money from estimates or the quality of estimates being sent to your work providers? Our Estimate Audit package is here to give you the piece of mind that your estimates are second to none and achieving the correct level of income by industry recognised standards. Do you have estimate requests for vehicles that cannot be brought on site? Remove the hassle of sending your estimator out and use our Image Assist Service, our fully qualified ATA VDA Assessors will arrange to visit the insured/vehicle owner at their home/work address and take the images for you, and as they are ATA VDA Assessors they will be taking the images you need showing all the damage and pre-accident damage. Are you low on estimators, or experiencing an increase in workload for estimates? We have a package for that too; our Remote estimate package is here to help. We will Image the vehicle at the insured's/owners home/work address and compile a full estimate in Auda, ensuring all costs and methods are maximised to industry recognised standards and network the completed assessment to your work provider. This package is popular for annual leave cover. All your claims will be dealt with by our highly skilled Customer Care Team and Fully Qualified Assessors and Engineers. We provide full coverage across the UK and offer tailored packages to bodyshop groups. So what do you have to lose? Contact AMVEA to learn more on 0871 288 6953.

HMRC Pursue Motor Trade Businesses

Her Majesty' Revenue and Customs (HMRC) is reportedly targeting car dealers and repairers who have not filled in their tax return correctly. They are currently examining how dealers invoice part-exchange cars where there is negative equity involved in the deal. This move will also affect anyone that is selling or repairing cars who under declares the amount of money. Penalties of up to 100% of the cost of the tax owed can be applied to anyone who has under declared VAT for deliberate errors. The HMRC is taking a proactive approach to this issue and are allowing business and sole traders to rectify any errors which may have been legitimately made and also allow time for follow up rectifications where the discrepancy is found to be 'un-fraudulent'.

AMVEA grows from strength to strength

AMVEA is pleased to announce it's continued growth into 2015, with the implementation of new body shop support services and mobile estimating solutions. We have been concentrating our efforts on building our brand new website with updated members area and forum, as well as improving our current range of products including Image Assist, Remote Estimating and Estimate Auditing. We are also currently implementing a wide range of training services and business development resources for everyone in the repair industry. If you would like to learn more about our services and what we could do for you please call us on 0871 288 6953.

Repair Volumes See A Fall of 28% According To Research

Trend Tracker has completed a report called The Future of the Car Body Repair Market in the UK 20150-2020, which shows that the demand for repairs has fallen from 2006 to 2014 by 28%. The Researched showed that the insurances claims rate also fell between those times; however it has experienced an increase over the past year. When they investigated the reason for the fall some of the contributing factors were a fall in the average mileage done by motorists, the influx of vehicles with ABS fitted and an increase in new car sales. However, the average repair costs rose from £932 in 2004 to £1119 in 2014. This increase has been projected to continue by the report in to 2020 with a predicted rise of another 5%. The decline in the number of primary body shops operating in the UK is projected to slow to 9%, compared to 19% between 2007-2013.

Mobile Estimating Solutions from AMVEA

AMVEA- The Association of Motor Vehicle Engineers and Assessors, have launched a revolutionary new product set to relieve Repairers and Bodyshops across the UK from the stress and inconvenience surrounding mobile estimates and Estimator leave cover. With the new Remote Estimate package, a fully qualified assessor will visit the clients vehicle at their home or work address, obtain all the relevant images and data required and compile a full estimate via Audatex which is networked straight to your work provider, ensuring all zone 99 and costing's are correct to your work providers requirements, leaving you to concentrate on repairing vehicles, thus increasing your productivity. To add further reassurance you will receive a log on for our online tracking system, so you can see each stage of the estimate. Our remote estimating packages start from just £45+ VAT. Want to know more? our Customer Care Team are standing by waiting for your call on 0871 288 6953.

Tyre Safety in Focus

Following National Pothole Day on the 15th January, road safety charities and tyre manufacturers have pushed to increase public awareness in regards to tyre pressures to prevent failures resulting in damage resulting from pothole damaged rims. Many drivers believe their vehicles have a slow puncture, but on investigation they have been found to have cracked rims caused by driving over damaged roads. Tyre pressures should be checked at least once a week, and any loss of pressure should be followed up with a visit to a technician. Driving with an under inflated tyre can cause the tyre to overheat and 'blow out' or cause extensive damage to the rims, it will also provide less protection on damage roads for the wheels. Signs of an under inflated tyre include excessive wear to the edges of the tyre, while over-inflation will cause wear to the middle.

Are you leaking money from your estimates?

AMVEA- Association of Motor Vehicle Engineers and Assessors, have developed a new Estimate Auditing Program to help you ensure you are maximising your estimates. Our Estimate auditing package has shown an average increase for repairers of £300 per estimate, our panel of fully qualified engineers will vet your completed estimates to check for any missing items or anything which may need to be increased using industry recognised methods. This vetted estimate is then sent back to you to send to your work providers with the piece of mind that the costs and methods have been maximised to ensure you are receiving the most out of your estimate, increasing your revenue and also standing with work providers. With AMVEA you can be assured that your interests and success are our top priority. If you would like further information in regards to this service or to give it a try please email us at info@amvea.co.uk, or call us on 0871 288 6953

Changes to the ATA and AMA confirmed by IMI

It has been confirmed this week that the IM will be changing the titles of the ATA and AMA accreditations to 'IMI accreditation'. Over the past few years the ATA has gone through multiple changes including the further development of the Light Vehicle Inspections and Electric Vehicle Technician modules. IMI CEO Steve Nash has stated:- ‘Our main focus is to ensure IMI Accreditation provides a robust solution for proving the current competence of individuals working in the sector, We believe this can be better achieved through stronger association with the wider activities of IMI. The rebranding of both ATA and AMA will also allow us to develop a clear brand strategy, which provides the public with a straightforward way of finding automotive professionals who invest in their skills. Ultimately the closer association between IMI Accreditation and IMI services such as the Professional Register will put us in a better position to provide a licence to practise for automotive technicians.’

National Pothole Day

Thursday 15th January will be the UK's first ever national Pothole Day. The day has been organised by streetrepairs.co.uk and backed by tyregiant.com in order to increase the pressure on the government and highlight the state of the nations roads. Motorists are being encouraged to submit photos of potholes or damage caused by potholes to Twitter and Facebook using hashtags to further the cause. Previous campaigns have seen motorists planting flowers in potholes in the roads to draw attention to them and painting them with bright colours.

Quindell Business Update

Quindell have released a business update this week in regards to changes to the following sectors of the business:- Board Appointments- Subject to the Solicitors Regulation Authority approval Richard Rose will be joining the board as a non-executive Chairman, and Jim Sutcliffe will join as Strategy Director and Deputy Chairman. David Currie will be stepping down from the interim position of non-executive Chairman and will revert back to a non-executive Director. Trading Update- Operating cash inflow for H2 2014 was approx. £13 million. As of 31/12/14 he group has gross cash of approx. £69 million and drawn banking facilities of approx. £52 million. Corporate Matters- The company has entered into a exclusivity arrangement with a third party in regards to the disposal of an operating division in the group. This discussion is on-going. Independent Review- This is still on-going and shareholders will be updated where appropriate. Commenting on the appointments, David Currie, interim non-Executive Chairman, said: "I am pleased that such a high calibre group of professionals will be helping the Board at this time and that Richard and Jim are expected to join the Board in due course. Richard, Jim, Marisa and John have extensive public company, accounting and sector knowledge and I look forward to working with them and the existing management in completing the Independent Review, acting on its conclusions and in formulating our Group strategy." Robert Fielding, Group Chief Executive, said: "We welcome Richard and Jim to the team; both bring a wealth of experience which will assist the business as we move in to our next phase of development."

Warning to motorists over winter driving dangers

In the latest of industry released research it is claimed that drivers have not heeded the events of the past and prepared their cars and themselves for the colder winter months. Despite the severe snow and cold we experienced in December 2013 and January 2014 only 1/3 of motorists have an emergency kit in case of breakdowns or traffic delays . More worryingly only 1 in 5 people have their battery or brakes checked ready fro the cold months, the time when these items are more likely to fail. And the situation does not improve with driving style. 40% of drivers do not drive slower in adverse weather such as snow or ice, and 35% do not leave longer braking distances.

Missing Rare Skyline, Have you seen it?

Police in Fife have reported the theft of a rare Nissan Skyline at 10am on Wednesday 10th December, and are appealing for anyone who has seen the vehicle to come forward. The Skyline, one of only 20 in the uk, is purple with the reg N40 SKY. They have received reports that the car was spotted on the M6 in North West England in the early afternoon and suspect it has been taken south. If you have any information in regards to this case please contact the police.

Supply chain metrics

Work providers and repairers should work together in measuring supply chain performance. We are a true believer that repairers should also measure the work provider. Here are the top 12 items which AMVEA recognise that should be measured as part of supply chain metrics Assets 1 Cash to cash average payment days How quick did you pay the supplier? If a repairer has to keep chasing for payment that’s an added expense. 2 Days to supply How quick did the supplier start to supply, some repairers do "dog bowl" then struggle to get it done. 3 Profit How profitable is your account, if suppliers don’t think its profitable then is it worth doing the work? Repairers will push it back. Costs related 4 Cost of supply Supply of repair but also indirect costs i.e. how many times did you have to call the repairer, or how many times did you handle a call 5 Cost associated to manage Associated costs, , execution, administration & planning 6 Warranty costs Including parts, labour & paint to rectify and replacement vehicle costs 7 Quality of data Poor FNOL relates in questionable data which means increased cost to the supplier Customer service 8 Fill Rates The number of cases completed on time 9 Perfect Delivery The number of cases delivered without defect, problem and perfect documentation 10 Performance to Commit date Percentage of estimates & repairs delivered on or before the original scheduled or commit date 11 Responsive lead time The average elapsed time including delays to contact the client, receive an estimate or deliver a repair 12 Flexibility Increase in volume i.e. number of days required to achieve a 20% increase in volume

Call for accurate data throughout the used car industry

Glass's have stated this month that the valuations on used cars have declined in the last quarter of 2014. Having investigated this it has been found that this decline was not due to seasonal trends which were calculated on previous years data. In an interview with The Bodyshop Magazine, Rupert Pontin, head of valuations has stated:- "The state of the current used market is of definite concern, something that we first started flagging up as long ago as June, when we noticed worrying changes to defleet patterns. ‘By September, we were writing about a definite alteration in the landscape of the used car market and successfully predicting a drop of the kind that we have now seen materialise over recent weeks. ‘We are not simply pointing out our successes in forecast accuracy. Instead, it is important underline how this kind of issue is essential to anyone working in the used car sector. Without accurate and timely pricing information, it is difficult to make profits. It is that fundamental. The fact is that values have been dropping consistently since September but we have ensured that our customers have had the most accurate and reliable market data and trends to hand at every point.’’

Female Desktop Engineer Becomes First Female member of AMVEA

We are pleased to announce the addition of our first registered female member. Lauren West, a new desktop engineer from Tecreports, has been accepted onto the AMVEA membership programme. We are delighted to see companies breaking the gender barrier and recruiting women in traditionally male dominated roles and will be looking forward to seeing how Lauren progresses with her career in engineering. .

Would you benefit from having a blackbox in your car?

This is a re-occurring question on the internet. Is having a black box installed in your car beneficial. Research has shown that for most drivers having a black box installed could save you a substantial amount of money, and it is not only young drivers who can benefit from this. So who can benefit from them? Daytime Drivers- Did you know that if you drive more in the daytime your premiums will go down? Research has shown that driving in the daytime is less risky and many insurance companies are now 'savvy' to this, you could be rewarded for driving in these periods with reduced premiums. Slow Drivers- If you stick to the speed limits and drive carefully a black box will benefit you, the box will record everything from how fast you go round corners to how hard you are breaking. Good if you drive carefully, bad if you are a boy racer. Low Mileage- Don't drive much? then why pay for a full insurance premium? The black box is perfect for low mileage drivers as it will record the amount of use you are getting from the vehicle and your premiums could be changed to reflect this. New and Young Drivers- Due to you being inexperienced on the roads your premiums will be higher, by having a black box and driving carefully you will prove that you are a good driver and in turn reduce the amount you are paying on your premiums. The ABI (Association of British Insurers) have advised that drivers between the ages of 17-24 are more likely to be involved in car accidents which is reflected in their premiums. A black box is a perfect way to reduce the cost.

Are the public driving less?

Studies have shown that petrol sales this year have fallen by 20% compared to the same period 5 years ago. Many people are commenting that this is due to the high price spikes we have been experiencing on fuel in the UK. However there has been an increase in Diesel sales. Is this another repercussion of the recession or are people converting to Diesel cars? http://www.thisismoney.co.uk/money/cars/article-2854892/Why-driving-Drivers-cut-journeys-buy-petrol-despite-falling-prices-pump.html

Beware of DVLA Scam Emails.

It seems no where is safe from scam emails in this day and age. Fraudsters latest move is to target motorists by sending emails pretending to be the DVLA updating records by clicking on a link. The DVLA has responded with a statement advising that they do not send out emails asking customers to verify their details. This scam has shown success for the perpetrators due to the new changes surrounding the driving licences coming into force at the start of next year. The new changes will see and end to the paper licence due to ongoing efforts by the DVLA to digitalise records and reduce running costs. Motorists will instead be issued with a photo card only on renewal or update of details. The DVLA has advised that motorists do not need to take any action in relation to the licence updates in the new year. The Scam is currently under investigation by the Government Digital Service.

May the 'F.O.R.C.E.S' be with you this Winter

With the news and social media predicting severe cold and stormy weather over the next few days, it is important to remember to do a through check of your vehicle every time to leave on a journey. Remember the 'F.O.R.C.E.S' before you set out- Fuel, Oil, Rubber (wipers and tyres), Coolant, Electrics and Screenwash. Keep blankets, water, a torch and some food in the car during cold weather journeys along with a fully charged phone in case of emergencies.

Car Spilits in Two after Crash, Potential Cut and Shut?

One of our assessors contacted us this week to tell us about this new story. This is a shocking scene! http://www.coventrytelegraph.net/news/coventry-news/car-splits-two-during-horror-8159406

Image Assist- Revolutionise your images

AMVEA is proud to announce the release of our new and innovative image assist packages. Image Assist is there for you when you need images of a vehicle and the damage but are struggling to book the vehicle in for the estimate. We will contact the insured, arrange to take the images at their location and send the full details to you, eliminating the hassle and stress out of the process. As our Assessors are all fully qualified we can also identify damage and areas which may otherwise be missed by other image service providers. To find out more and if this can benefit you please contact us.