National Mechanical

R.O. Writer streamlines and puts more tools in shop’s box and time on the clock

Juno Beach, Fla.—As the number of supplier, information resource, and reference sites continue to grow, your time, your estimator’s time, and your techs’ time is slowly being consumed. Learning new programs and apps, researching repair information, and going from one Internet parts source to another can rapidly take over the day, R.O. Writer Vice President Kathy Smith said.

Sunday, February 1, 2015 - 00:11
Grapevine, Texas - Staunton, Va.—Management of the newly formed Automotive Parts Services Group (The Group) held its first joint strategic planning meeting Jan. 5-6, in Staunton, Va. The meeting marked the first time that co-CEOs, Bill Maggs from Pronto and Rusty Bishop from Federated,...
Sunday, February 1, 2015 - 00:11
Suite of web-based tools features advancements and new integrations for shop management Las Vegas—MOTOSHOP Technology Tools, a product portfolio of web-based programs for service and repair shops, has begun its roll out of the MotoSHOP Shop Management System (SMS), with a national launch of...
Sunday, February 1, 2015 - 00:11
Two distinct strategies emerge as Google, automakers solidify their approach Southfield, Mich.—Google and various automakers have increased their activity and investments toward the goal of self-driving vehicles, while Google has shifted from its previous strategy to now focus on fully...
Sunday, February 1, 2015 - 00:11
Lebanon, Ohio—Mitch Williams, president and CEO of the Restoration Parts Unlimited companies, said growth in the hot rod and restoration market is unprecedented. With the two markets closer than ever and the value of the cars ever increasing, the popularity, especially among baby boomers, is...
Sunday, February 1, 2015 - 00:11
Offering ‘as good’ or ‘better than new’ products, reman is recognized as standardized process Las Vegas—The Motor & Equipment Remanufacturing Association (MERA) took the stage recently in its ongoing goal to differentiate remanufacturing from other processes, such...
Sunday, February 1, 2015 - 00:11
Industry feedback drives newly released product enhancements for information services Las Vegas—Over the last several years, Mitchell 1 has been visiting shops and spending time with owners and technicians trying to understand their needs, where the company fits in their businesses and what...
Sunday, February 1, 2015 - 00:11
Jasper, Ind.—Jasper Engines & Transmissions is offering Drew Technologies CarDAQ-Plus J2534 reprogramming devices to its customers for rent or purchase. The CarDAQ-Plus is a fully featured vehicle interface, capable of reprogramming most J2534 compliant vehicles from manufacturers around...
Sunday, February 1, 2015 - 00:11
Dearborn, Mich.—For the last decade, the Ford team has been working to make sure all new vehicle launches are supported by a service parts availability program. Since 2002, Ford has successfully ensured that nearly 100 percent of all new service and maintenance parts associated with new model...
Sunday, February 1, 2015 - 00:11
Monroe, Mich.—The Tenneco Expert Plus customer loyalty program, now in its 17th year, is designed to help automotive service businesses increase their share of the undercar service market. The 2015 Expert Plus kit gives members new Monroe OESpectrum counter stool, a “Preferred Consumer...
Sunday, February 1, 2015 - 00:11
Las Vegas—Over the course of one hour, a group of approximately 40 shop owners attending the first-ever “Repair Shop Roundtables” at APPEXedu 2014 bounced shop management ideas off one another, discussing best practices and success stories. The following are key questions and...
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