MOT Workshop 58 – New Products and Services

MOT Workshop Magazine 58

• Lucas ZMB271 Single Box 12V Bulb Stand
• Thriving in ‘testing’ times
• Hole cutter set for parking distance control sensors – fitting and replacing
• Commercial finance solutions for the MOT and garage sector
• Laser Tools Racing style and practicality in the workshop – this workshop creeper and folding mechanic’s work mat are just the job!


Lucas offer a host of sales and marketing support tools designed to help customers throughout the automotive aftermarket sell the Lucas brand.

A range of counter top and wall mounted point of sale displays are available to customers including the ZMB271. This iconic wall hanging stock and display solution arrives complete with 199 of the most popular 12v bulbs all clearly labelled for quick and easy identification.

Lucas Bulb StandThe ZMB271 is a firm favourite amongst garages and MOT test stations and the famous green livery can be seen adorning the workshop walls throughout the country.

With over 135 years of innovation and development, Lucas have been continuously trading longer than any other automotive component brand in the world. Add a piece of automotive history for your walls and never be missing that bulb again with the Lucas ZMB27112v bulb display.

For more information or for help finding your local stockist: email:
or call 01675 466999.

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Thriving in ‘testing’ times

With more than 70 percent of Class 3 and 4 vehicles passing their annual MOT Test, the opportunity for workshops to generate additional servicing income on the back of Test failures remains limited.

Hunter 4-wheel alignmentHowever, many forward-thinking workshops are addressing this challenge and supplementing their income by adding a professional four wheel alignment offering to their MOT service. What’s more, not only does the four wheel alignment service unlock a potentially highly-profitable income stream, it can help improve customer service in the process, as well as create a valuable, unique point of difference for the workshop and further improve road safety.

“Four wheel alignment is an extremely complementary service to MOT Testing,” comments Paul Beaurain, managing director of Pro-Align, the exclusive UK distributor for Hunter wheel servicing equipment. “The visual inspection of the tyres during the MOT may not identify a wheel alignment issue, especially if the car owner has recently changed the tyres in readiness for the Test. Much of the work needed in the pre-alignment inspection will be covered in the MOT so the additional time needed for the alignment check itself is minimal.”

With results showing that 9 out of 10 cars on the road suffer from some form of misalignment, it’s clear to see the additional servicing opportunity that can arise from a wheel alignment check.

“Not only can misalignment be a safety issue for drivers, but it will also lead to premature or uneven tyre wear,” continues Beaurain. “If a vehicle has just passed its MOT, there’s an expectation that these issues will be resolved.

By adding wheel alignment servicing, workshops can ensure these issues are dealt with and develop a reputation for the very best levels of customer service, while also growing their bottom line.”

To find out how professional Hunter four wheel alignment servicing can be integrated into your MOT Test bay, contact Pro-Align on 01327 323007 or visit

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Hole cutter set for parking distance control sensors – fitting and replacing

Professional bodyshops know and trust Power-TEC products and this new parking distance sensor hole cutter set (part number 92489) lets you cut dimensionally accurate holes cleanly and quickly when refitting the parking sensors after accident damage.

Power Tec Hole CutterOperation couldn’t be easier; drill the pilot hole in the new panel (5/16” HSS drill bit included), then choose the correct combination of die and cutter punch from the set (ten hole sizes available). Assemble with the die behind the panel and the cutter punch on the outer face then tighten the nut on the force screw with a 12mm socket and within seconds the hole is cut, leaving a clean finished edge on the outer surface of the panel.

Up to 5 mm plastic can be cut and the following hole sizes are accommodated in the set: 32, 26.7, 26, 24, 22.5, 20, 19, 18.2, 18, and 17mm.

Part of the Power-TEC range of parking sensor kits which includes 92468 (18.2mm cutter plus clamps to keep the sensor brackets in place while the mounting adhesive sets) and 92471 which includes 18.2, 18.4 and 26mm cutters plus three sizes of clamp.

Professional results every time whenever you need to cut holes for parking distance sensors; the set is available now from your Power-TEC supplier.

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Commercial finance solutions for the MOT and garage sector

PMD is one of the UK’s leading independent finance providers specialising in the MOT and garage sector. Their role is to provide customers with competitive and flexible finance solutions, making it easier for them to buy the equipment that their business needs.

PMD Business FinanceTheir clients are predominantly small-medium sized businesses and they pride themselves on building trusted long-term relationships that will play a key role in their customers’ business expansion.

Their reputation as a trustworthy finance provider is reflected in their customer retention rate, as many customers repeatedly come back to them, having dealt with them before and know there will be no hidden surprises.

With over 40 funders at their disposal, as well as their own lending book, they can provide multiple credit lines allowing customers to purchase items from different suppliers.

PMD Business Finance can fund business assets, both new and used, with repayment periods between 1-5 years.

For further information telephone 0161 633 2548, or visit their website at:

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Laser Tools Racing style and practicality in the workshop – this workshop creeper and folding mechanic’s work mat are just the job!

Treat yourself to a bit of style as well as comfort and practicality with this workshop creeper and folding mechanic’s mat from Laser Tools, both products as used and recommended by the BTCC Laser Tools Racing team.
The Laser Tools Racing Creeper (part number 6681), is a sturdy, professional, workshop creeper that is ergonomically designed and includes a padded head rest.

Floor CreeperMechanic MatIt is manufactured from a reinforced honeycomb structure that makes it very light but tough enough for the most demanding workshop use. Tool storage pockets are mounted at the side and easy to access. The creeper boasts six three-inch wheels, all bearing mounted, for ease of movement on the workshop floor.

The Folding Mechanic’s Mat (part number 6682), is tough but lightweight and ideal for mobile mechanics and race team use. Made from very sturdy HDPE (high-density polyethylene) material to survive years of hard use, the upper surface is smoothly padded with soft EVA foam for comfort. The mat is a useful 1060 x 480mm in size but folds up to just 480 x 265 x 48mm for convenient storage.

Suitable for the professional technician or the dedicated enthusiast who demands high quality. You’ll wonder how you did without them! Available now from your Laser Tools stockist.

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