Midwest

Instructor John Harden shows some students from his afternoon session class, from left, Solomon Branson, Tommy Bere, and Walker Bear, how to set up a light pull on a radiator support.
Lexington, Mo.—Thanks to collision repair being classified by the Missouri Economic Research and Information Center (MERIC) as being in high demand, John Harden can receive matching grants as high as 75 percent from the state. “We’ve been revitalized with all of the new technologies the last...
Ron Haugen presents “Measuring your marketing” to members of MWACA’s St. Louis chapter. The seminar was sponsored by Factory Motor Parts in St. Louis.
St. Louis— “So what?” That’s what Ron Haugen, former owner of Westside Auto Pros in Des Moines, Iowa, believes consumers are saying about the way a lot of shop owners showcase their business in advertising campaigns. “‘We have ASE-certified techs’ — so what? ‘We have $14.95 oil changes’ — so what?...
Dustin Holland is Parts & People’s new Midwest and River Valley Regional Manager.
Denver—Parts & People is pleased to announce Dustin Holland is the publication’s new Midwest and River Valley Regional Manager. A St. Louis-area native, Holland, who has worked in the aftermarket parts industry for nearly a decade, including writing for the publication, will be responsible for...
San Jose, CA - Oct.  11, 2018: Kukui Corporation, the maker of the All-in-One Success Platform®, has formed a partnership with the Midwest Auto Care Alliance (MWACA) to help conquer financial barriers to success faced by auto repair shop owners. In this partnership, shops who join both MWACA and...
Midwest Auto Care Alliance launched in September.
The Midwest Auto Care Alliance (MWACA) officially launched on Sept. 14. Its website states MWACA is founded on the principle that by “joining together we can advance the common interests of all our members” and “Advancing professionalism and excellence in the automotive repair industry through...
Cable Dahmer Chevrolet Service Director Rich Frost shows how compact the sensor cabinet is of the Hunter Engineering Quick Check Drive system.
Independence, Mo.—Rich Frost, service director of Cable Dahmer Chevrolet, wanted to sell more alignments through courtesy inspections. He had been interested in service drive inspection equipment for several years, but even though each car could be assessed in just a few minutes, for his shop, he...
AASP-Missouri State President Mike Moehlenkamp explains how an inspection is performed and its overall importance to safety by catching possible future maintenance problems or failures.
St. Louis—To inspect or not inspect. While Missouri House Bill (HB) 1444, which failed to pass in May, would have ended the requirement of Missouri vehicle owners to have a state safety inspection before plates are issued or renewed. However, supporters of the bill have already filed motions to...
Greenlight Automotive’s Subaru SSM-III scan tool screen shows a successful adjustment of the blind spot monitor, using a reflective 3D tripod-mounted target, just one procedure required for ADAS calibration.
Lincoln, Neb., and Wichita, Kan.—The latest vehicles, with complex advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS), can be a challenge to repair correctly and safely. Seemingly overnight, nearly every car or light truck is equipped with collision-avoidance devices such as radar and cameras, complicating...
Colin Harris is a Auto Value and Bumper to Bumper Technician of the Year finalists.
MIDWEST Auto Value and Bumper to Bumper announced that Colin Harris, of Highway 7 Service Center in Newall, Iowa, is among 13 Technician of the Year finalists. The shareholder member for Harris is The Merrill Company. They will take a custom-tailored Automotive Service Excellence test to determine...
Office Manager Sam Long uses the Mitchell Diagnostics MD350 scan tool to run a pre-scan, saving the shop cycle time.
Waukee, Iowa—The adage, “Time is money,” is never more true than in the collision repair world. Olson’s Body & Paint strives to provide “timely services that keep you on the road,” so its addition about a year ago of the Mitchell Diagnostics MD350 scan tool has improved cycle time by keeping...

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