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Lyle Burgess (r.), founder of Rare Parts, and his son, Danny Burgess, president, stand behind every one of the more than 18,000 parts made by the company with a lifetime warranty to the original purchaser.
Stockton, Calif.—The average age of all light vehicles on the road in the U.S. has climbed to 11.5 years, according to IHS Automotive, a global provider of critical information and insight to the automotive industry. “Vehicles are simply lasting longer and staying on the road longer than ever...
Leesburg, Va.—RepairPal and the National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) are working together to highlight excellence and quality in the auto repair industry. RepairPal’s mission is to elevate the quality of auto repair through its shop certification program, which incorporates...
Andy Wrobleski of South Bend, Ind., bested the other racers in the Top ET and Modified divisions.
Martin, Mich.—Eight racers took to the track at US 131 Motorsports Park and fiercely competed to win a new racing engine during the Engine Pro Engine Giveaway at US 131 Motorsports Park in Martin, Mich. Andy Wrobleski of South Bend, Ind., bested the other racers who were chosen from a field of 20...
Automotive instructor John Gardner has signed on for season 2 of the television show, “Tech Garage,” presented by Advance Auto Parts and airing on Discovery’s Velocity Channel.
Marianna, Fla.—Chipola College Automotive instructor John Gardner has signed on for season two of the television show, “Tech Garage,” presented by Advance Auto Parts and airing on Discovery’s Velocity Channel. Tech Garage is an automotive how-to show focusing on theory, operation and diagnostics of...
Skip Potter, executive director for NASTF, opens the Fall 2015 General Meeting during AAPEX in Las Vegas. NASTF is an organization designed to connect automakers and technicians.
Las Vegas—The now-famous hack last year of a 2014 Jeep Cherokee through its wireless connection  — just a demonstration by security researchers — was the first evidence of the vulnerability of an entire fleet of connected cars to potentially malicious attacks, warned Milan Patel, of IBM, a panelist...
As fuel efficiency improves and both older and younger generations require more room and performance from their vehicles, car buyers are shunning compact cars for a bigger ride. Ford Motor Company estimates that SUVs make up about one-third of the current market, and will grow to about 40 percent...
Consumers today are changing the way they define value, and there’s increasing evidence that value is less about the lowest price and more about ROI, says David Portalatin.
Las Vegas—The automotive industry’s market is performing, on average, better than the majority of other markets, experiencing growth where others have remained largely flat, said David Portalatin, of The NPD Group Inc., during a presentation at AAPEX, in Las Vegas. “There’s a positive outlook for...
Jim Lang says jobbers continue to lose market share and are being squeezed out of the DIY business, which will greatly reduce their margins.
Las Vegas—From longer life expectancy for the average U.S. vehicle to a growing domination of foreign nameplates in the VIO (vehicles in operation), the aftermarket has a bright future for those who are prepared, proactive and nimble. Jim Lang, of Lang Marketing, presented those and other forces...
“Five Days to Victory” helped inspectors and inspection companies complete most of the steps required to achieve lift inspector certification in five days instead of the five months or longer.
Cortland, N.Y.—Nearly 100 people worked toward Automotive Lift Institute (ALI) Lift Inspector Certification during the “Five Days to Victory” event held on the Cheyenne Campus of the College of Southern Nevada in Las Vegas, Nov. 1-5, 2015. The event, sponsored by ALI member manufacturers Challenger...
“Properly charged batteries yield higher cycles,” said Alan Kohler, Odyssey battery marketing manager at EnerSys.
EnerSys introduces Odyssey battery portable charger series at SEMA Show Reading, Pa.—EnerSys introduced its new line of Odyssey battery portable chargers at the 2015 Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA) Show in Las Vegas. With automatic six-stage charging and a wide range of built-in...

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