December 16th

Nominations Open for Federated Shop of the Year

Winning Shop Owner to Win a Trip to Puerto Rico

STAUNTON, Virginia – December 16, 2014 – Federated Auto Parts is now accepting nominations for Federated Shop of the Year. The annual Federated Shop of the Year program recognizes a top shop with a demonstrated track record of excellence in such areas as customer service, quality repairs, knowledgeable staff and community involvement. 

December 15th

Mazda Powers Indy Lights in 2015

Mazda Enters Third Decade of Open-Wheel Racing with Addition of Indy Lights

December 11, 2014 (INDIANAPOLIS) — Mazda announced the addition of Mazda-power in the all-new 2015 Dallara Indy Lights chassis at the annual Performance Racing Industry (PRI) Trade Show. This was the latest development in its ongoing commitment to motorsports, which includes the Mazda Road to Indy, the most comprehensive driver development system in the world.

MACS Worldwide Section 609 technician training program, updated for R-1234yf, approved by U.S. EPA

(Lansdale, PA) December 15, 2014 - The Mobile Air Conditioning Society (MACS) Worldwide will roll out a new Refrigerant Recovery and Recycling Technician Certification Training Program on January 1, 2015. MACS will initiate proctored training, self-study training and online training simultaneously on that date.

DEADLINE APPROACHING The 2015 ASA-Midwest Student Scholarship Application Due by Saturday, December 20th

ASA-Midwest will award four (4) $1,000 scholarships
Eligibility Requirements:
1. Applicant must have earned a minimum 2.0 GPA in high school and, if currently enrolled in college or votech program, must maintain a 2.0 GPA.

December 11th

SPARK 2014 website now live

Jupiter, Fla—Multi Parts Supply (“MPS”), today announced the SPARK 2014 website is now live. is a resource for information on the SPARK 2014 initiative, as well as the industry Luminaries, Guiding Lights and Volunteer Educators who have graciously joined MPS in working to ignite the auto care industry’s next generation—the SPARK 2014 Students. The real time Gallery will be updated daily from the show and following the event.

Bosch Establishes Scholarship/Grant Program with Universal Technical Institute (UTI) Foundation

Scottsdale, AZ – Robert Bosch LLC has established an education scholarship and employment grant program through the Universal Technical Institute (UTI) Foundation with a gift of $50,000.  Scholarships will assist students by funding a portion of their technical education at the Universal Technical Institute (UTI), Lisle, IL, campus. Multiple $1,000 scholarships and employment grants will be awarded.


2014 Is Record-Setting Year For Industry-Sponsored Scholarships 295 Awards Presented

Research Triangle Park, N.C. – The Class of 2014 set a new record in the scholarships awarded through the Global Automotive Aftermarket Symposium (GAAS) scholarships, University of the Aftermarket (UAF) scholarships and collaborating organizations at the website: 295 awards for a total of $320,050. The previous record set in 2013 was 250 awards for $264,050. This year’s recipients include 241 U.S. students and seven Canadian students.


December 4th

CARSTAR Auto Body repair experts, in conjunction with the California Auto Body Association, to share longtime aluminum repair certification expertise with independent body shop owners across the United States

LEAWOOD, KS (December 4, 2014) – As the Ford F-150 all aluminum bodied pickup rolls into dealerships around the country, CARSTAR Auto Body Repair Experts, the only MSO with a qualified aluminum repair consulting and certification-focused program in place to handle repairs on these, will share their expertise on a free webinar for interested independent shop owners.

December 3rd


Mazda Dealers Versus Factory Guys, Part II:  This Time It’s Personal