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Diamond Bar, Calif.—The number of specialty equipment businesses discovering and leveraging quality product data as a tool for increasing sales is on the rise, with hundreds of companies investing time and connecting with the SEMA Data Co-op (SDC) during the 2015 SEMA Show in Las Vegas. The SDC...
STAUNTON, Virginia – December 14, 2015 – Nominations are now being accepted for the Federated Auto Parts Shop of the Year contest. The Federated Shop of the Year award recognizes a top shop with a demonstrated track record of excellence in such areas as customer service, quality repairs,...
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.
Each week ASE certified mechanic and Chipola College professor, John Gardner, explains the in’s and out’s of today’s modern automobile on Tech Garage presented by Advance Auto Parts. From the integral working of your cars electrical system, to explaining on board diagnostics, to helping choose the...
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...
Autologic Diagnostic’s Justin Kidd explains the features of the new Autologic Assist technology during an AAPEX press conference.  The tool is designed to connect aftermarket service providers to dealer-trained technicians remotely though a scan tool. (Photo by Michael Anderson)
Las Vegas—Autologic Diagnostics announced the introduction of its new Autologic Assist fix and support system. Autologic Assist, the first and only fully integrated automotive diagnostics support solution of its kind, is designed to serve the needs of aftermarket repair shops, particularly those...
Schaeffler’s Urs Stuckenbruck and Judy Love present REPEXPERT 2.0 during a press conference at AAPEX. (Photo by Rob Merwin)
Las Vegas—Schaeffler announced the launch of its new technical and training website for the North American aftermarket at AAPEX. Urs Stuckenbruck, director Product Management and Marketing, North America, introduced the services and programs that are included in the REPXPERT service brand,...
Bogi Lateiner, of the Velocity Channel’s “All Girls Garage,” introduces MAHLE’s new ArcticPRO units at AAPEX. They will be available for sale during the first quarter of 2016.
Las Vegas—MAHLE Service Solutions announced at AAPEX 2015 additions to its line of ArcticPRO air conditioning (A/C) service units. The ArcticPRO ACX1185 is a unit that offers integration of the TechPRO diagnostic tool to service vehicles that use R134a refrigerant and the new ArcticPRO ACX1285 also...
The AASA Know Your Parts mobile Tech Hotline Directory puts full-service suppliers’ technical hotlines at technicians’ fingertips.
Las Vegas—The Automotive Aftermarket Suppliers Association (AASA) Know Your Parts campaign launched a new resource for service professionals during AAPEX: the Know Your Parts “Tech Hotline Directory” for smart phones. “This new ‘Web app’ will give technicians a single source to access our supplier’...
John Ratzenberger, featured speaker at the 2015 ATRA Powertrain Expo luncheon, hosted by Raybestos, says “all my heroes growing up were people who had their own tools and knew how to use them.”
Las Vegas—The Automatic Transmission Rebuilders Association (ATRA) Powertrain Expo exceeded all expectations, said Dennis Madden, ATRA CEO, of the event Oct. 29 to Nov. 1, at the Rio Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas.  “Talk about synergy. With more than 1,200 attendees, two-dozen seminars, and...
Auto Care Association President and CEO Kathleen Schmatz, who is retiring after 12 years at the helm, addresses the AAPEX 2015 General Session audience. She will be succeeded by Bill Hanvey, of AASA. AAPEX is co-owned by AASA and the Auto Care Association.
Las Vegas—If the products and classes offered at the Automotive Aftermarket Product Expo (AAPEX) in Las Vegas, Nov. 1-4, provided indication as to where the industry is headed — and what it’s presently being transformed by — it’s technology. It’s a constant reminder that it needs to be embraced and...

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