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Feel Illuminated by Alignment – The Garage (Blackpool)

 

The Garage Blackpool by their own admission:

“are dedicated to providing superior value in all parts installed and services performed.  Quality and our desire for excellence are at the heart of this commitment. We use advanced technology and the quality products we offer create a positive car care experience.”

With that in mind, adding alignment to their list of services seemed to be the natural step. Once installed and the training complete on their Hofamnn Megaplan Ecoline 88 system, the ‘The Garage Blackpoool’ were then able to provide their customers with a service that gives an accurate reading of a vehicle’s wheel geometry and solve any issues caused by misalignment.

The Ecoline 88 is a CCD system (Close Coupled Device) and a popular mobile system, consisting of sensors mounted to each wheel. CCD aligner communicates with a PC via Bluetooth and compares the results to a database. The results are easy to see and once the alignment is complete a print off the data can be produced for you customers benefit. They require little specialist knowledge from the workshop as the interaction with the PC talks the technician through the process.

Pros:

  • More accurate than lasers
  • Less alignment knowledge is required for the technician than laser
  • Mobile so you can switch bays with a single aligner

 

Customer service is key for The Garage Blackpool;

“We strive to develop long-term relationships with customers, to provide the best customer service and the most appropriate solutions for your auto care needs. In addition, we always try to answer your questions and explain our work to you so you feel comfortable every step of the way.”

Customer feedback is key to maintaining their trust and communicating your work. A print out provided after every alignment on the Ecoline 88 provides a helpful colour coded adjustment charts instantly show the problem areas, and where the adjustments were made.

To get you car’s wheel geometry checked in the Blackpool area contact The Garage Balckpool for more information about their services. Their experienced customer service team can help you find just what you need and can advise you on the additional options.

98/100 Dickson Road, Blackpool, Lancashire FY1 2BU

T:01253 620180/2

E:: sales@thegarageblackpool.co.uk

https://www.thegarageblackpool.co.uk/

 

To find out more about how Hofmann Megaplan can help your domestic and commercial vehicle operation, visit the main Hofmann company website or to arrange a demo please contact our team on 01480 89-10-11

Have I got room for a 3D aligner?

The common assumption is if you have a small garage 3D alignment might not be for you. Not true.

If you have a four post lift or a pit, you still can have a 3D alignment system installed.

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The latest technology 3-D aligners work with a pair of static cameras mounted in front of, or laterally to the lift.  These take multiple images of the targets which fix to the vehicle’s wheels.  They are suited to higher-volume users such as fast-fit centres and tyre bays due to their greater speed.

Pros:

  • High speed
  • Unmatched accuracy
  • Easy and fast to operate

Need to know:

  • Requires a certain amount of space with a fixed set up in the workshop
  • Will need the database updating
  • Most expensive of the systems

In short: For established or aspiring alignment centres where speed and customer information is the priority. They do require the right amount of space and set up. HD systems will bring the size of the targets down but it is worth checking with your supplier exactly what your requirements are.

Telephone: 01480 8-9-10-11

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Fitting tyres of all sizes – Drayton Tyre & Battery Ltd, Norwich

Drayton Tyre are a Norwich based Company that specialize in the supply and fitting of a diverse range of tyres. Their friendly mechanics are at home fitting wheels from wheelbarrows to tractors, even boasting a specialist commercial vehicle tyre fitting division for the more niche applications.

To help fit a wide range of tyre Hofmann Megaplan help specificity the Junior balancer that sits beside their Megamount 701XL tyre changer for the ‘simple’ car and van applications. In the other corner is the the affectionately known “big boy” the Megamount 352 truck tyre changer. The 352 is the ideal machine for owner/operators of large commmercial vehicles and truck tyre specialists alike, the 352 makes light work of coach, bus and truck tyres, improving efficiency, profitability and labour (not to mention the health and safety element!).

A rim clamping capability up to 27” and a 1600mm O.D. (63”) makes the megamount 352 extremely versatile, whilst the 2 speed hydraulic chuck makes fast work of any job.

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Feel free to contact Dayton and find out more about their specialist tyre operation.

To find out more about how Hofmann Megaplan can help your domestic and commercial vehicle operation, visit the main Hofmann company website or to arrange a demo please contact our team on 01480 89-10-11

Commercial Vehicle Show

This year we are attending the CV Show at the NEC, come find us at stand 4E90.

The 2017 Commercial Vehicle Show takes place at the NEC in Birmingham on April 25th – 27th where we will be featuring our incredible Commercial Vehicle equipment.

Please click on the button to register for your free tickets.

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Hofmann Megaplan tyre changers which are renowned for their unrivalled build quality, and balancers which are likewise for their versatility and unique features.

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If you were unable to attend the CV show this year, but would like to discuss our Truck Tyre Changing equipment please contact our team on 01480 89-10-11

Crossleys body shop (Liverpool)

Crossleys body shop have taken delivery and installation of their new car alignment system.

The ecoline 88….

  • Supplied with PC, 19” monitor & printer
  • Comprehensive Vehicle Database by Autodata
  • Simple to use
  • Even faster operation
  • 3-point ‘GrabClamps’
  • Cameras Front and Rear

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Ecoline 88 – complete system, with ‘grab clamps’ and cabinet

Find out more about our full range of Tyre Changing Equipment on the main company website or to arrange a demo please contact our team on 01480 89-10-11

Condercum fast track – Newcastle

It’s not just cars that need alignment…

… Vans do too

Condercum Fast Track Garage in Newcastle have their new equipment installed into their busy workshop.

Our HMP specialists install all over the UK and this time the Ecoline 88 finds its new home in the North East.

1.  Increase Fuel Efficiency. Correct alignment means your commercial vehicle’s wheels are working together and not against each other, so all the engine’s efforts go into propelling the van and its contents forward. Larger pay load emphasize the friction caused by unaligned tyres.

2.  Reduce Expensive Repairs and down time on a commercial vehicle. Driving with a bad alignment causes the parts in your van to wear unevenly and prematurely. Each time you hit a pothole with large amounts of weight in back, your steering and suspension “feel it”. When your tyres aren’t evenly helping with the impact, certain areas of these systems take the hit harder than others, causing them to fail sooner. Failure = more downtime and greater cost.

3.  Experience Smoother Driving. When your vans’s wheel alignment is not right you will usually notice that your it drifting particularly on long straight roads like motorways, even though your steering wheel is pointing straight ahead.

4.  Increase Tyre Life. Tyres are an expensive running cost for a busy Company and for a business it is important to get the most from them.

Find out more about our full range of Wheel Changing machines on the main company website or contact our team on 01480 89-10-11

It’s no Joke – a Long-Term Upgrade for Northgate Vehicle Rental (Norwich)

For fleet and rental companies, the number of sets of tyres that need changing may not be significant, in comparison to some full time garages, but the requirement can make significant savings. Northgate Vehicle Rental in Norwich had a requirement to change the tyres of returning vehicles but wanted a tyre changer with great functionality but with a price tag that justified the investment – The Ecomount 22 plus fitted that bill to the letter.

To help with the range of tyres Northgate needed change Hofmann Megaplan installed the simple but very effective Ecomount 22 plus with assist arms. The Ecomount is cost effective, fully-automatic tyre changer designed for use in garages usually that deal with lower volume situations – like rental  or anybody looking for a well-priced unit capable of handling difficult tyres such as run-flat and ultra-low-profile.

Unlike other ‘budget’ models, the eco series from Hofmann Megaplan is designed to meet the price of those customers whose low volume dictates the need for a realistically priced unit, without compromising on reliability and long term support.

In with the new…..

Out with the old…. Much used and loved but it’s time for something newer and better

WHEN YOU RUN OUT OF HANDS IN A small SPACE – Discount tyres (Kent)

No building is to big or trailer to small, we will always be able to do the install….

With a limited amount of space and just one operator, dancing around a tyre changer was not the ideal solution for Discount Tyres (Kent). So a Megamount 303R seemed like just the ideal solution.

The megamount 303 Racing is a semi-automatic, space saving, high performance tyre changer designed for extreme/intensive use. Which it most certainly gets from Discount Tyres. Unlike discount ‘swing-arm’ machines, which are generally designed to meet a price point and not a quality standard, the megamount 303 is built for those customers who need a machine capable of handling the toughest rim & tyre combinations, but who don’t have the space for a typical high-performance machine.

Boasting 10” to 24” clamping (22” external) and extra-tall turret to cater for wide rims, the megamount 303 incorporates our unique ‘megafit pro-duo Lite’ robotic arm system to handle run-flats and low-profile tyres all from a 12v format, ideal for a mobile operation like this.

Find out more about our 303 Racing on the main company website or to arrange a demo please contact our team on 01480 89-10-11

 

It’s no Accident – M&E Accident Repair (Leicester)

When you’r a busy repair workshop, being able to put a car back on the road as efficiently as possible is vital to keep the flow of customers happy. Aligning the cars is just one of many jobs that needed to be carried out and with a new Ecoline 88 from Hofmann, M&E Accident Repair Leicester have a mobile, flexible system that can be wheeled around and deliver excellent results.

For garages the ecoline 88 has a simple function, to bridge the gap between laser alignment and fully computerised systems with printout.

The eco line 88 is supplied with a comprehensive vehicle database from recognised industry name,  Autodata and offers a before and after printout – showing the customer exactly how much of an alteration is needed to bring the vehicle back to optimum standard.

Scope of supply:

Ecoline 88 

  • Supplied with PC, 19” monitor & printer
  • Comprehensive Vehicle Database by Autodata
  • Simple to use
  • Even faster operation
  • 3-point ‘GrabClamps’
  • Cameras Front and Rear

More information here: http://www.hofmann-megaplan.co.uk/products/wheelaligners/ecoline-58.html

Find out more about our Ecoline Wheel Alignment Systems on the main company website or to arrange a demo please contact our team on 01480 89-10-11

 

About the customer:

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Why M&E Accident Repair Centre?

Complete customer care, focus, satisfaction, attention to detail. Where providing our customers with total peace of mind is paramount. Vehicle technology has progressed at an alarming rate and your vehicle has to go through quality controlled repair procedures. Accidents do happen and you must ensure you’re repaired by “M&E Accident Repair Centre”.

Changing Tyres is a Serious Business – Bullet proof in Baghdad….

When you get a phone call from from the Middle East asking you about your expertise in bulletproof tyres, the word ‘surreal’ springs to mind. The next step was to head ‘google’ to find out just what a bullet proof tyre involves. A number of phone calls and picture exchanges later, a sample arrived at Hofmann HQ for us to apply our years of experience.

As it turns out the call was from a the embassy of Baghdad who needed Hofmann-Megaplan’s equipment to help change their tyres on their armoured vehicles. The specialty tyres are fitted with a run flat insert… much bigger than you’d find on your average BMW, but that will allow the vehicle to make a swift exit, even if they are damaged by  tyre trauma like gunfire.

The changing technique however was similar to that of a BMW run-flat tyre change, with a very shallow bead break. The megamount 603 is great all round machine favoured by a number of different dealerships and suited this application perfectly

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Complete insert which sits on the rim to allow the vehicle to escape

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The insert is mounted in sections