National Mechanical

ROANOKE, Va., March 13, 2018 – Advance Auto Parts, Inc. (NYSE: AAP), a leading automotive aftermarket parts provider that serves both professional installer and do-it-yourself customers, recently completed the nationwide rollout of cross banner visibility, a program that enables the company to...
GERMANTOWN, Tenn., March 12, 2018 – The Happiest Place on Earth is about to get more crowded. The Automotive Distribution Network has sold out its 14th Network National Convention, with an overflow crowd expected Thursday through Sunday at the Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Resort in Orlando. “...
Sacramento, Calif. – March 8, 2018 – The Automotive Aftermarket Charitable Foundation (AACF) welcomes six aftermarket industry companies to its national Awareness Partner network. 4 Wheel Parts, Aftermarket Auto Parts Alliance, Eckler’s Industries, Mighty Auto Parts, Race Winning Brands (RWB), and...
San Jose, CA - March  7, 2018: Kukui Corporation, maker of the All-in-One Success Platform®, has launched a new recognition program for the independent automotive industry. Through this program coaching and training organizations, software providers, and repair shops that meet a rigid set of...
KENOSHA, Wis. (March 6, 2018) – With the end of winter in sight, shops will soon be gearing up to service vehicle A/C systems. To maximize the A/C performance of cars and trucks, tool upgrades small and large can be win/win for shops and their customers. "The addition of advanced A/C service...
MONTEREY, CALIFORNIA – March 5, 2018 – Mercedes-Benz dealerships ranked highest in the 2018 Pied Piper PSI® Internet Lead Effectiveness® Benchmarking Study, which measured how auto dealerships responded to customer inquiries received through dealership websites. Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA)...
Washington D.C.—The U.S. Copyright Office announced that it will be holding public hearings in April to address proposed exemptions to the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA). Among the exemptions under consideration is the petition filed by the Auto Care Association and Consumer Technology...
The Bartec Tech200PRO is designed to be an inspection tool that will provide a quick and clear status of the tires on the customer’s vehicle.
Sterling Heights, Mich.—The demographics of who is coming in for automotive service is changing, and as technology advances, customers are increasingly looking for streamlined processes and binary choices. “We want the ability to gain customers’ trust beyond just the need of them having to trust...
Women in Automotive Collision held its second meeting at ATI. Those in attendance are, front row, from left: Peggy Vorwald, Jess Crump, and Courtney Kelso; and rear, from left: Sheena Wagner, Julie Hemann, Shelly Jones, Amy Redfield, Becky Hauser, Olivia Cook, and Tonya Kelso.
Fenton, Mo.—With the goal of attracting more young women to the automotive and collision repair industry, Women in Automotive & Collision held its second meeting Feb. 6, at Automotive Technology Inc. (ATI). The group agreed that it’s important to begin discussions with potential students of...
More systems means more MILs, and shops trying to decode and find the fix for a light without the proper equipment is nearly impossible. In addition, many systems don’t show on the dashboard, Watson says.
North Richland Hills, Texas—For mechanical shops doing add-ons and accessories, and collision shops performing repairs, Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS) can open up a world of liability concerns. There are few warning lights for ADAS, because they are often tied into other components, such...

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