National Mechanical

Washington, D.C.—The Motor & Equipment Manufacturers Association (MEMA) and the Brake Manufacturers Council (BMC) recently submitted, in May, comments to California’s Department of Toxic Substances Control (DTSC) on its formal proposed rule regarding motor vehicle brake friction materials. In...
Detroit—Consumer complaints about vehicle software have been growing steadily over the past several years, and 2016 is already on pace with the record-setting level of 2015, according to data collected by J.D. Power through its SafetyIQ program. So far in 2016, consumers have filed 202 formal...
Denver—Gates Corporation has announced its automotive and heavy-duty aftermarket marketing programs and promotions for 2016.  The plan includes three targeted promotional programs that are designed to support Gates core product lines, increase brand awareness and drive business growth. The...
Poway, Calif.—Mitchell 1 has released a series of new training videos for its auto repair shop management system that includes the largest number of topics the company has ever offered in a single collection. The videos are accessible from the online Mitchell 1 Get2Know Training Center and also...
A new survey from AutoMD.com indicates that the lengthening vehicle ownership cycle is impacting vehicle purchasing. The survey, conducted online among more than 1,000 vehicle owners, 59 percent of whom said they planned to purchase within six months, reveals that the majority are opting for a pre-...
The most recent version of the app includes an interactive user guide that explains all the app’s features.
Atlanta—Where there’s an app, there’s a way. Since its introduction last year at the NAPA Expo 2015 in May, the NAPA AutoCare App has gained traction with consumers and NAPA AutoCare Centers as a way to stay connected with one another for service and repair and more. “It was launched to address the...
The Rotary Shockwave-equipped 14,000-pound capacity SM Series and AR Series four-post lifts are twice as fast as a traditional four-post lift.
Madison, Ind.—Four-post drive-on vehicle lifts are easy to install, use and maintain after the initial decision regarding what configuration is best suited for a shop. There are five main factors to consider when purchasing a lift, according to Jim Dirksen, vice president of light-duty for Rotary...
McHenry, Ill.—Raybestos has kicked off the Rev Up Your Walls promotion, featuring a chance to win the newly restored 1969 Raybestos Mustang. To participate in this promotion, shops can purchase the ’69 Mustang Kit (36-MUSTANGTT) from now through July 17, or while supplies last. The kit includes a...
Take advantage of the comprehensive training courses available to you and your team.  Download the schedule PDF by clicking on the link below. For class information, please call the class contact listed.  To register for a class, please call the NAPA Training Service Center at 800-292-6428. All...
Don Weber, president of Engine Parts Group (EPG), holds the latest Engine Pro Performance Parts catalog, just one of the many catalogs, technical service bulletins, and one-sheets available to group members.
Wheat Ridge, Colo.—Engine Parts Group (EPG) was founded in 1989 by a group of top independent engine parts distributors who were seeking a way to work cooperatively in buying and marketing parts, EPG President Don Weber said in an interview at his Anaheim, Calif., office. In 2001, EPG began...

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