September 30th, 2014

Mitchell 1 integrates tire catalog in latest release of Manager SE software

Poway, Calif.—The latest release of the Mitchell 1 Manager™ SE shop management software includes an integrated tire catalog from American Tire Distributors Inc. (ATD), along with other enhancements implemented in response to user feedback.

October 2014 - Auto Notes

New era. The Volvo XC90, a vehicle that revolutionized the SUV market across the globe for 12 years, ceased production in August. The second-generation XC90 will begin production in January 2015 and Volvo said the all-new unit will include the most comprehensive and technologically sophisticated standard safety package in the industry. That includes a run-off road protection package and auto-brake at intersection capability.

Enhanced ATEQ TPMS tool features simplicity and efficiency for professional installers

Livonia, Mich.—Not long ago, the acronym TPMS was unfamiliar to most independent aftermarket repair shops. It was not until 2008 that all vehicles in the U.S. were federally mandated to be equipped with tire pressure monitoring systems (TPMS). Those vehicles have now reached the “sweet spot” for the aftermarket and, in response, shop owners and technicians are quickly adapting to its service and repair needs, said Erion Venetiku, national sales manager at ATEQ, a manufacturer of TPMS tools. 

AutoZone reaches definitive agreement to acquire Interamerican Motor Corporation

Memphis, Tenn.—AutoZone Inc. announced it has entered into a definitive agreement to purchase Interamerican Motor Corporation (IMC). Founded in 1962, IMC, which currently operates 17 locations, is the second largest distributor of OE-quality import replacement parts in the U.S. The company has been committed to offering an extensive parts line for all European and Asian cars. Original equipment brands are at the core of the IMC parts program.

ASA shop owners join task force to fight preventable warranty

Editor’s note: The AASA Warranty Task Force convened a joint meeting with ASA shop owner members during NACE/CARS. The following are excerpts of details and initiatives discussed, as presented by Bill Hanvey, AASA vice president, programs and member services.


October 2014 Publisher's Statement

In-market presence: roots and boots on the ground

MAHLE Service Solutions launches with all redesigned equipment

York, Pa.—RTI is out. MAHLE Service Solutions is in.

At its core, MAHLE has always been viewed as an engine parts company in the industry, where 90 percent of its $13 billion in expected 2014 revenue is attributed to OE sales, Marketing Director Ted Hughes said, during a virtual media roundtable, Sept. 11.

That is changing, however, as the company enters the aftermarket tool and equipment industry.

Custom Alignment says tire maintenance is key to a good ride

Mountain View, Calif.—When it comes to maintaining a proper ride and diagnosing the most common problems associated with it, your tires are where the rubber meets the road. Joe Silva, owner and operator of Custom Alignment, explains that the No. 1 problem and indicator of ride control issues involves tires.

Third-party verification, OEM certifications and lean processes keeps Kraft on track

Santa Cruz, Calif.—With a history that spans more than 50 years, Kraft’s Body Shop built its future one customer at a time, second-generation Owner and General Manager Todd Kraft said. “We’ve served several generations of families in Santa Cruz because we want customers for life and treat them that way. Providing a right and correct repair outweighs cycle time. We want to stand behind every job and sometimes that can take a bit longer.”