As a trusted world-leading supplier to the automotive aftermarket, Autodata is committed to working alongside leading associations and influential groups to improve the standard and quality of the sector and ensure our products and solutions deliver against the highest industry standards.

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Garage Equipment Association (GEA)

The GEA was established in 1945 and since then it has been upholding the standards of equipment suppliers operating in the UK and European aftermarket. In recognition of Autodata’s systems and processes, Autodata has been awarded ‘Approved Supplier’ status, which requires adhering to a strict Code of Practice.

During Autodata’s longstanding relationship with the GEA, the organisation has been made an ‘Associate Member’ and represented the body on several European committees. This has included influential work to provide greater access to vehicle onboard diagnostics and 'maintenance and repair' information for independent operators under the European Committee for Standardisation (CEN) and International Organisation for Standardisation (ISO).

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The Society of Motor Manufacturers (SMMT)

The SMMT exists to support and promote the interests of the UK automotive industry at home and abroad. Working closely with member companies, the SMMT acts as the voice of the motor industry, promoting its position to government, stakeholders and the media.

Autodata has worked alongside the SMMT for almost 40 years and this reflects Autodata’s commitment to fully engage, participate and support to promote our shared objective of improving standards and quality.

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The Motor & Allied Trades Benevolent Fund (BEN)

BEN is the UK’s dedicated charity for those who work, or have worked, in the automotive and related industries and their dependents. They help thousands of people every year by providing information and advice on a range of issues or, offering friendship and even financial support. 

Each year, Autodata and its employees participate in a number of fundraising activities and volunteering to raise funds to help support their work with industry professionals during times of hardship.

In 2011, Autodata was presented with an award in recognition of its contributions to the fund at the annual GEA dinner. In 2012, Autodata also received a ‘Silver Quality Mark Award’, as part of a payroll giving initiative rolled out across the organisation.

Autodata is currently supporting BEN with its Four Pillars campaign.

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The Retail Motor Industry Federation (RMI)

The RMI’s Independent Garage Association (IGA) is the largest UK representative body in the independent garage sector. As the highly respected and leading body for the protection of the industry’s reputation, the IGA has long been an active campaigner for access to reputable and accurate technical information for independent garages.

Autodata has worked alongside the RMI for a number of years to provide its members with the best opportunity to obtain reliable and up-to-date technical information, which increases the accuracy and quality of vehicle repairs and servicing.

Kevin Chatterton, RMI Membership Manager, said:

“Working with Autodata gives our members a route through their membership to access up-to-date, accurate and reliable technical information. We know of instances where incorrect or out-of-date technical data has been used and the end result is often costly. In order to ensure these mistakes are avoided requires the use of the latest information from a reliable and trustworthy source. 

“One of the key reasons we continue to work with Autodata is because the platform has been designed around the needs of a modern workshop. There is no real training required to navigate your way around and the high quality of illustrations and diagrams is consistent across every manufacturer.” 

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The Institute of the Motor Industry (IMI)

The IMI is the professional association for individuals working in the retail motor industry and the authoritative voice of the sector. The body is committed to transforming the automotive industry by setting, upholding and promoting professional standards – driving skills acquisition, establishing clearer career paths, and boosting public confidence.

With decades of experience in the aftermarket industry, Autodata is committed to sharing its knowledge and skill base with fellow industry professionals. As part of Autodata’s relationship with the IMI, internal industry experts have delivered a series of speeches to IMI members on a diverse range of topics, including market trends, IP enforcement activity and industry standards. Autodata also provide members with a monthly technical contribution, designed to save technicians’ and workshop owners valuable time and money in the diagnostic phase.

Stuart Thomas, Shropshire IMI Member Association Lead, said:

“Autodata provided a fascinating insight into some of the issues taking place across the industry and the risk this poses to both garages and consumers. They also received a number of challenging questions from our members and provided excellent responses that clarified some complex topics.”

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The British Vehicle Rental and Leasing Association (BVRLA)

The BVRLA is the trade body for the vehicle rental and leasing sector in the UK. By consulting with government and maintaining industry standards, they help members deliver safe, sustainable and affordable road transport to millions of consumers and businesses. Autodata is an ‘Associate Member’ of the BVRLA, which requires being quality assured and operating under a strict Code of Conduct. This sets out the standards that the BVRLA expects its members to achieve in all aspects of their business.

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Charted Institute of Trading Standards 

Together with various Trading Standards authorities, Autodata has supported visits to over 800 garages and been successful in identifying and removing many counterfeit copies from use. With further garage inspections planned, Autodata’s strong relationship with Trading Standards is an important partnership to reduce the sale and use of out-of-date and illegal car repair information.

Matthew Cridland, Chairman of Wales Heads of Trading Standards, said:

“Illegal or out-of-date software means that garages might be relying on incorrect information to repair or service a vehicle correctly. In a worst-case scenario, this may well compromise safety. In addition, garages might be putting their computer systems at risk and viruses affecting other programmes essential to the running of their business.”

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