River Valley

Increased complexity means more reprogramming at Fitz’z Service

St. Louis—With modern vehicles having more control modules than ever, it’s critical to have an OEM scan tool to reprogram them, said Mike Fitzgibbons, who with his brother, Clif Fitzgibbons, owns and operates Fitz’z Service Inc. and the Airbag Service franchise for the St. Louis area. The company has one in-house technician and four technicians who travel to other shops, including two who specialize in steering column repair and two with vans fully equipped to reprogram a vehicle after a module replacement.

Monday, September 1, 2014 - 00:11
St. Louis—After a few years away in Richmond, Va., with an automotive research and development job, St. Louis native Trey Miller came home in 1996. A graduate of Ranken Technical, Miller said he grew up with a love of cars, especially the unique and quirky Saabs. His brother, Kenny, who...
Monday, September 1, 2014 - 00:11
Union, Mo.—As automotive charging and starting systems have become more durable, Central Automotive Electric has increasingly focused on sustainable niche markets, said Mike Schroeder, who owns and runs the business with his wife, Michele. Much of the business across the country for...
Monday, September 1, 2014 - 00:11
Shop offers diversified services in performance, diesel repairs, off-road, and fabrication St. Charles, Mo.—Ben Craven, owner of Craven Performance & Off Road, said his business has thrived in a slow economy by delivering guaranteed results for power or for reliability, as the case may be...
Monday, September 1, 2014 - 00:11
ILLINOIS The Auto & Truck Recyclers of Illinois 2014 Convention and Trade Show is Sept. 19-20, at the Embassy Suites East Peoria Hotel and Conference Center. Seminars and events include Parts Trader, speakers Rob Rainwater and Dan Bruner, airbag and forklift training, a tour of Neal Auto Parts...
Friday, August 1, 2014 - 00:11
ILLINOIS The Auto & Truck Recyclers of Illinois 2014 Convention and Trade Show is Sept. 19-20, at the Embassy Suites East Peoria Hotel and Conference Center. Seminars and events include Parts Trader, speakers Rob Rainwater and Dan Bruner, airbag and forklift training, a tour of Neal Auto Parts...
Friday, August 1, 2014 - 00:11
Terre Haute, Ind.—Scheid Diesel driver Jared Jones stages his Spitzer dragster, the 5.9 Cummins growling and the oversized turbo whistling as it builds boost. Just 6.46 seconds later after breaking the starting beam, a plume of black smoke out of the stack trailing behind, he’s through...
Friday, August 1, 2014 - 00:11
Maryland Heights, Mo.—As Bob’s Transmission & Automotive Service celebrates 25 years in business, it’s adapted to market demands, said Rob Fox, who owns and operates the business with his sister, Jodie Triplett, and his mother and office manager, Judy. His father, namesake and...
Friday, August 1, 2014 - 00:11
St. Charles, Mo.—Shop owners will be able to preview tools, equipment and services for their shop during an exclusive owners-only preview at the free trade show sponsored by the Alliance of Automotive Service Providers of Missouri (AASP-MO.) AASP-MO’s 33rd annual EXCEL Automotive Trade...
Friday, August 1, 2014 - 00:11
Bridgeton, Mo.—Third-generation shop owner Jon Parmentier grew up in the collision repair business, and he still has family who are running two other shops. And even with more than 20 years of experience under his belt, there’s much for him to gain out of belonging to a trade...
Tuesday, July 1, 2014 - 00:11
Highland, Ill.—After 30 years in business, Keith Frank, owner of Keith’s Automotive Center, said the shop recently had its best month in more than five years, which he attributes to the shop’s focus on customer service and sales processes. “It all starts at the front counter...
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