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Installing a new ATL or MOT bay? – HMP now have that covered!

Renowned for our quality wheel and Tyre products, Hofmann Megaplan needs little introduction to the local garage. We’ve supplied a range of feature-filled machines for the automotive workshop for many years, making car maintenance effortless for the technician and consistently great for the customer. But its not just our products that have given us the reputation we hold today – it’s the great, approachable people we have working for us that really makes the difference.IMG_0444

It’s with great pleasure…

We can now officially tell you that the number of excellent people working at Hofmann has increased further still, with the acquisition on Scorpion Garage equipment in Birmingham. They bring with them a real wealth of experience in providing first class MOT / ATL bays, from start to finish.

Our experienced specialists will work with you during the project planning, execution and post-installation phases to deliver a reliable test lane which generates consistent results and dependable income.

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When it comes to the equipment we use in our MOT / ATL set ups, we have selected the machines representative of our high quality approach. All of them have a proven history for longevity and precise results thanks to established manufacturing and careful eye for detail. From Brake testers to ATL lifts, to headlamp and emissions testers we can now cover every aspect for  a VOSA approved test lane.

From concept to reality, Hofmann Megaplan supports you through each stage of the ATL/MOT process.

If you’re looking to set up an MOT / ATL test lane you should call our MOT division and let us talk you through the process, in our simple, yet efficient style, we’re known for.

To request a call back from the Hofmann Megaplan MOT/ATL  team click here or call us on 0121 351 6329.

Brochure download – Alternatively download a PDF of our new brochure HERE

 

Not just MOT bays

We can now offer air conditioning servicing on a range of old and new machines including: Bosch, Boston, Biessbarth, CTR, Crypton, Ecotechnics, Kendon, Sun Kool Kare, Tecalemit, Tronic, Autoclimate CoolTech, Robinair, Protech KK1 KK2, Air Solutions, Texa Konfort Autocraft Smart Charge, Dunlop, Bradbury. … Plus we now also have the qualified staff to provide F-Gas training 

A 5 star approach to making alignment work for your business

Wheel alignment is not overly complicated. In most instances modern alignment equipment can ‘prompt’ a technician through the process, to achieve swift and precise readings. But how do you make it work and develop into a consistent revenue stream for your workshop? Well, it could be down to how you communicate and market it to your customers.

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Working Proof
Literature placed in the waiting room talked the customer through all the available options

A excellent example of this is FIVESTAR AUTOCENTER – Huddersfield.  They realised very early on that they needed to take the mystery out of alignment and start a conversation with their customers about the benefits to a perfectly aligned vehicle, that ultimately could save them hundreds of pounds in the long term.

To do this they offered a FREE complimentary alignment for a promotional period, on each vehicle that came through their doors. This enabled FIVESTAR to assess and diagnose any severe cases of misalignment and discuss the options available to the owner.

FIVESTAR decided they wanted to at the forefront of alignment technology by purchasing a Hofmann Megaplan Ssence 600 3D aligner. The  Ssence 600 system represents the very latest 3D wheel alignment technology. Utilising the ‘reflective target’ type measuring head and camera system, the Ssence is fast, simple, and ideal for those customers looking to get swift and accurate results. The software has been designed to make life as easy for the operator as possible, minimising unnecessary procedures commonly found on other, similar systems.SSENCE-600

Talking them through

Every customer was handed a print out of their vehicle’s current alignment values and talked through the options available, making sure they had all the information on their vehicle to make an informed decision. If they decided work was necessary, FIVESTAR  happily carried out the work and provided proof of the work carried out.

… needless to say this was successful. With their equipment paid off in less than 12 months and influx of new and existing alignment customers.

Great service FIVESTAR!

Check them out for yourself …

fivestar-autocentre-logoIf you’re based in the Huddersfield area and would like to talk about alignment with FIVE STAR call them now on (01484) 54 54 22.

How far are ‘they’ willing to go? – I bet we go further!

Going the extra mile

We like to think we are dedicated to every installation we carry out. Quite often you’ll see posts on this very blog about installations in most remote of places. This one is no exception! With the products checked and PDI at our Huntington base, the products were loaded ready for our engineer to install at the most northerly tip of the British Isles, Shetland. The customer required a complete tyre changing and alignment setup including, lifting equipment, wheel aligner, tyre changers and finally balancers.

shetland1The Shetland island is the UK most northerly group of islands and putting that into perspective their nearest neighbour is Orkney, 50 miles (80km) to the south-west. In fact it’s only 200 miles (320km) away from Norway.  It’s a 12 hour ferry ride, something our engineers know all about!

In such remote locations services can be expensive and  the customer need to know that their equipment would be well made and stand the test of time, so not to incur any costly call outs.

 What was installed?

TSX3200 Min Height LRScissor lift – TSX3000

At the heart of the installation are the two new TSX3000 scissors lifts, recently added to Hofmann Megaplan range. Boasting a lifting capacity of 3 tonnes and minimum height of just 110mm making it great for installations directly to the floor. Their strength and versatility make them ideal in a situation like this.

Tyre changer – 503 Racing

megamount 503 Angled 2The fully-automatic megamount 503 Racing is simply fantastic value for money; providing the typical build quality customers have come to expect from a ‘megamount’ model, combined with a versatile specification and highly competitive price tag. A best seller and common sight amongst tyre shops, garages and main dealers across the globe!

Laser Aligner – megaline

Representing great value for money and incredible return on investment, the megaline system 4 is a must for any garage or tyre shop; even those with existing computerised systems would value the megaline as a way of getting measurements quickly for customer checks.

Lifts – megalift 4000-2 

A fairly recent addition to the Hofmann Megaplan range, the megalift 4000-2 lift as a an electro-hydraulic 2 Post lift represents excellent value for money, combining an economic design typical of entry-level lifts, but with the added peace of mind of being a Hofmann Megaplan product with all its associated qualities such as build, reliability, long-term spares availability and reputation.

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Finally the megaspin 200-3 was added is just makes perfect sense! Small, and loaded with features normally only associated with ‘top end’ machines. The megaspin 200 is a motorised wheel balancer utilising low speed technology to eliminate the need for a wheel guard, making it an excellent solution for workshops where space is at a premium.

This particular install was sold by Andrew Page where you can get a range of Hofmann Megaplan products.

Out with the OLD, in with the NEW

Royal Mail Fleet upgrade from their old truck tyre changer for one of our most popular machines…

The megamount 352….

The Old…

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The New…

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Rim after rim of commercial tyres changed … thanks to Hofmann Megaplan

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

Small and beautiful in London – Hillfield garage (North London)

image1-2When space is at a premium, a good 2-post lift will get everything up in the air for you to work on. Hillfield Garage in Hornsley, London took this very approach to set up their tidy little workshop. (Also the colour-scheme looks great!)

The megalift 4000-2 builds on the success of it’s hugely popular predecessor, the megalift 4000, this new model includes additional luxury features such as automatic, electronic safety release, medium and high reach pads as standard fitment, and sill-protectors on the upper part of the lifting arms.

This well priced model is manufactured in the Far East, we feel people should know this. However, unlike most of the lifts at this end of the market, this product is subjected to a European standard for quality control and specification. In basic terms, the megalift 4000-2 cannot be compared to other budget 2 post lifts of dubious brand and origin!

  • 4000kg Lifting Capacity
  • Designed and developed in Germany
  • European design qualities – specified for our vehicles
  • Low profile cover plate
  • Convenient, efficient Single Phase operation

Hillfield Garage would love to see you. Give them a call on 020 8341 2580 or visit their instagram page 

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

Replacing an old truck tyre changer – Royal Mail Fleet (Chelmsford)

If Royal-Mail-trucksyou have owned a Hofmann megamount truck tyre changer, you’ll know the benefits:

  • Heavy duty construction
  • Proven design over many years
  • Relatively compact design and simple to use
  • Can handle rims up to 27” (63” O.D.)

But you’ll also know how invaluable they are in terms of time and cost saving. Sending tyres away to be fitted can be an expensive process and many are now choosing to change their own tyres in onsite workshops. One company to do this, is the Royal Mail Fleet in Chelmsford, who finally saw their truck tyre changer ‘give up the ghost’ this year.  They decided to replace it with Hofmann-Megaplan’s popular megamount 352 Truck tyre changer.image1-1

This machine is ideal for truck tyre specialists and makes light work of coach, bus and truck tyres, improving efficiency, profitability and labour. It also has significant advantages; 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.

This machine is available in both 1ph or 3ph.

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

Images: http://motortransport.co.uk/blog/2017/05/18/royal-mail-underperforming-in-booming-parcels-market-says-expert/

 

Successful Alignment Install – Edgefield coachworks (Edinburgh)

Edgefield Coachworks is an award winning body repair centre in Edinburgh.  They wanted to add a flexible, precise alignment system to their busy business and Hofmann Megaplan duly obliged with an Ecoline 88 4 wheel alignment system.

CCD or 4 wheel alignment systems, are 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.

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

Need to know:

  • Results can take as long as 10 minutes
  • An update to the data is required when new cars come onto the market
  • Busy centres can monopolise the aligners time

 

In short if you’re a small / medium sized set up, with multiple technicians with varying abilities, CCD has its benefits. The system automatically instructs the operator through the adjustments and gives feedback to the customer to build your relationship. They are mobile too, so allows flexible working throughout the workshop.

image1-4Edgefield Coachworks is an award winning body repair centre that has been operating in Edinburgh since May 2008 but coachbuilding has been at the centre of the Neish family for 3 generations. Their priority has always been on the quality of the work, which is why they’re one of Edinburgh’s leading Insurance Approved Accident Repair Centres. With a large facility to repair any make and model of car up to 7.5 tonnes including tyres, exhausts, brakes, suspension, servicing clutches, air con and vehicle geometric checks. They often do specialist work on a vast amount of supercars, primarily the TVR coimage3-3mmunity. 

If you’re in need of you wheels aligning, in Edinburugh, they would be more than happy to see you.

Unit 1 Eldin Industrial Estate, Edgefield Road, Loanhead, Edinburgh, EH20 9QX

T: 0131 440 3108

E: edgefield.coachworks@zen.co.uk

http://www.edgefieldcoachworks.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

Save time and money – South Essex Shareholders Ltd

When youmegamount-352‘re the own of a fleet of large commercial vehicles you soon get used to invoices flowing through the door for tyre replacement. South Essex Shareholders Ltd decided it was time to take delivery of their 1st truck tyre changer, to be installed into their busy workshop. The results thus far have been outstanding, saving them time, and more importantly money, normally spent on sending wheels out to be changed. Within a short space of time the machine has already paid for itself.

The megamount 352 is a beast of a machine and is the ideal machine for owner/operators and truck tyre specialists alike, the 352 makes light work of coach, bus and truck tyres, improving efficiency, profitability and labour (not to mention injuries to staff!).

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.

Available in 1ph or 3ph.

  • Heavy duty construction
  • Proven design over many years
  • Relatively compact design and simple to use
  • Can handle rims up to 27” (63” O.D.)

For more information on the Hofmann Megaplan range of Truck Tyre Changing Equipment please visit our main website hofmann-megaplan.co.uk or call our friendly team on 01480 891011

Give your Bike business a LIFT – Protyre Carterton

With motorcycles accounting for nearly 4% of all vehicles (ref: https://www.gov.uk/) on the UK roads, catering for them makes great business sense. We were approached Protyre in Carterton to install a motor bike lift to be able to deal with their busy tyre shop. The MCL700DLX is a premium quality lift with integral, slide-away run-up ramp, wheel clamp, moveable tie-down brackets, and a hefty 700kg lifting capacity.

Boasting a no-quibble 2 year warranty, the MCL700DLX is designed for intensive use and features our ultra-reliable electro-hydraulic operation.

We’ve been manufacturing what are widely accepted as the best lifts since 1965 (anyone who remembers the ‘Honda’ or ‘Souriau’ lift of the ’80s will appreciate the quality and longevity). With a class leading 5 year warranty, all of the usual luxury features you’d expect, and a unique drop-down front section to allow front wheel removal, this lift is simply unrivaled in terms of build quality or specification.

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Richard and his team pride themselves on providing an exceptional level of customer service. The centre specialises in mechanical repairs including vehicle servicing and MOTs as well as supplying and fitting tyres for cars, vans, 4x4s and agricultural vehicles from all leading manufacturers, including Michelin, Pirelli, Bridgestone and Continental, the centre also boasts a laser wheel allignment system. Richard and his team will be pleased to provide advice on the best tyres to meet your driving requirements.

 

If you’re in the Oxford area looking for somewhere to have you bike tyres fitted, why not give Richard and his team a call: 01993 843987

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