Northern California

Telematics could streamline repair processes and efficiencies

Sacramento, Calif.—Telematics have been a part of the public’s automotive experience since GM’s launch of On-Star in 1996. Sold as a safety enhancement, telematics have far more uses than accident reporting, directions, and theft recovery, said presenters at the recent 2014 Industry Summit in Sacramento, sponsored by ASCCA and CAWA. Attendees were provided a basic understanding of the technical features of telematics, how it can be applied within the aftermarket industry, building customer relationships and increasing supply chain efficiencies.

Tuesday, April 1, 2014 - 00:11
MotoSKILL offers ‘Pass or Don’t Pay Guarantee’ on ASE Test Prep MotoSKILL Shop Tech Training, a comprehensive training program with more than 180 hours of online video courses for automotive technicians and service writers, is now offering a “Pass or Don’t Pay...
Tuesday, April 1, 2014 - 00:11
Subhead: It takes a ‘village’ of industry partnerships to raise a shop’s profits and performance Walnut Creek, Calif.—Just as it takes proper diagnostics to keep customers’ vehicles performing, it takes regular business diagnostics to keep a repair shop moving forward...
Tuesday, April 1, 2014 - 00:11
Napa, Calif.—CAWA recently offered an afternoon of training and information on industry issues during its February 2014 Leadership Meeting at the Meritage Resort – Napa. Speakers during its general session included Kathleen Schmatz, AAIA; Jim Grubbs, eBay Motors; and Tom Marx, The Marx...
Tuesday, April 1, 2014 - 00:11
Sacramento, Calif.—The California New Car Dealers Association (CNCDA) reported that new vehicle registrations increased 11.9 percent during 2013 over 2012, outpacing U.S. new car sales growth of 7.2 percent last year. “California’s franchised new car dealers continue to drive our...
Tuesday, April 1, 2014 - 00:11
San Jose, Calif.—Within the walls of the 100,000-square-foot Arseen Auto Body lie not one, but two complete collision repair shops. A key to Arseen’s success was the addition of a Fast Track department some six years ago. A shop within a shop, Fast Track has dedicated tear down, prep,...
Tuesday, April 1, 2014 - 00:11
San Jose, Calif.— More than 140 shop owners gathered recently at business diagnostics and optimization firm Kukui for its first tradeshow, held at its San Jose headquarters, where attendees were addressed by industry experts from RO Writer, ESI, Mudlick Mail, ATI, and others. More than just a...
Tuesday, April 1, 2014 - 00:11
Napa, Calif.—Consolidation in the aftermarket is expected to be a widening trend among large automotive companies over the next few years, while the independent distributor market share will continue to decline, said Tom Marx, CEO of Marx Group Advisors, who was a speaker at a recent CAWA...
Saturday, March 1, 2014 - 01:11
Sierra College automotive grad turns $500 and borrowed pickup into his life’s work   Sacramento, Calif.—Kim Scheidel, armed with an automotive degree from Sierra College, $500 and his father’s borrowed pickup, started Scheidel’s Fleet Service. Almost 30 years later...
Saturday, March 1, 2014 - 01:11
Cupertino, Calif.—Sitting in the heart of Silicon Valley, De Anza College’s Automotive Technology program has a lot to offer for those looking become an automotive technician, specifically, the type of certification earned. For the approximately 800 students currently in the program,...
Saturday, March 1, 2014 - 01:11
Rancho Cordova, Calif.—Northern California Smog Institute Owner Alcides Gonzales said training complacency is the biggest challenge facing every repair business. After a long week under the hood, technicians are more apt to go home than go to school. On one hand, the availability of online...
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